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Variations on a virtualization theme

To virtualize or not to virtualize -- that is no longer the question when it comes to deploying Linux in the data centre. Today, the question is which virtualization approach to take.

Inside One Laptop per Child: Episode one

This is the story of the little green laptop that could. Meet the faces behind the One Laptop per Child initiative and see what they do every day in the Cambridge, MA office. Sit in on a brainstorming session. And find out what you can do to help.

Windows-to-Linux desktop strategies

For large and small organizations, switching to Linux desktops isn’t as simple as changing break room coffee vendors. [...] Key among all the things to think about is a Linux desktop support model. Organizations that have long supported their own Windows desktops must consider if this model will suffice in a new Linux environment.

Six tips for Linux, open source desktop migrations

Planning a migration from Windows PCs to Linux-based desktops is no small task. Here are six issues and strategies to consider before getting started.

Q&A: You can get taste of Linux without having to install it

Q:I just tried Windows Vista and was soooo impressed that now I'd like to try out Linux. What is the best way to dip my toes into the Linux pond?

A: Wow. I'm sure that wasn't the effect that Microsoft was going for;

Study: Windows has fewest security holes

Microsoft Windows has the lowest number of vulnerabilities and the fastest turnaround time for patches of all commercial operating systems--but it also has the most serious flaws, according to Symantec.

[How FUDish. Only 2 critical flaws for Red Hat and 12+ for Windows — Sander]

Linux, open source software pay off for PayPal

When Scott Thompson left Visa to take the CTO role at PayPal in 2005, the Web company's data center surprised him. "Wait a minute," he recalls saying, "they run a payment system on Linux?" Thompson says he quickly saw the economic, operational and development advantages of open source and Linux technology. He now sees no other way to do it.

What Was Right–and Wrong–With Novell Brainshare

The VAR Guy skipped last week’s Novell BrainShare event because of other pressing deadlines, but he got a comprehensive brain dump from a senior IT manager who attended. Here are some hits–and misses–from the event.

Bake-Off: 4 Linux Desktops Tackle The Enterprise

For this review, the CRN Test Center evaluated offerings from the four leading Linux enterprise desktop alternatives: Linspire Five-O, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, the newly released Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop 5.0 and Xandros 4 Professional.

Interview with Miguel de Icaza, founder of the Mono-project

"The Microsoft / Novell partnership should have included a technical Mono/.NET collaboration" Miguel de Icaza, founder of the Mono-project in an interview about the future of the free .Net-alternative, the Microsoft deal and basing a desktop on C#

The Year of OpenSolaris

At the end of 2006, ZDnet blogger Paul Murphy made what I thought at the time to be a poor prediction: That 2007 will see Sun's OpenSolaris eclipse Linux in the size and activity of its developer community, and all OS development projects, save Windows, will adopt OpenSolaris' organizational structure and licensing provisions.

Compiz and Beryl merge: What's really going on?

  • Beryl Mailinglists; By Robert Carr (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Mar 25, 2007 7:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups: Community
The first thing I want to note is: The merge is NOT ON, it looks incredibly likely, and it's looked incredibly likely for a few weeks now, but there are still some very important things to work out, and a lot of discussion still needs to happen. [...] Some of the final details are being discussed now and once David gets back from brainshare we hope to be able to work out the remaining problems and have some more news within a week or so!

Does the world really need OLPC?

Shelley the Republican presents a masterly dissection of the lies and falsehoods of the Democ-rat Liberal Satanist Linux agenda. OLPC seems to be an insidious atheist European plot to give American intellectual property to third-world countries. Fortunately, it can't compete against the Christian Windows Vista (TM) laptop.

[You know you're popular when you're being parodied :-) - Sander]

Dell launches low-cost PC in China

Dell has launched a new low-cost desktop PC aimed at grabbing market share in China. Instead of Microsoft's new Windows Vista OS, it runs Windows XP. Another PC the company is offering at a special price runs Linux.

Is OLPC Putting a Band-Aid on a Gaping Wound?

What does the sitcom "Seinfeld" have to do with One Laptop per Child (OLPC), the project aiming to distribute inexpensive notebook computers to the impoverished, third-world children? Not much, except for the fact that two critics of OLPC -- Linspire President and CEO Kevin Carmony and company Chairman Michael Robertson -- refer to an episode of the show when discussing OLPC. They say there are parallels between OLPC and the 1997 Seinfeld installment "The Muffin Tops."

Notes from Prof. Eben Moglen’s talk on “The Empire & the iPhone: ‘Technology Platforms,’ the Commons, and the Way We Live Now”

There's an interesting bit in these notes about Tivo finally commenting on GPLv3. Apparently Tivo wants the key signing clause removed. "[They] even offered removal of DRM from the stored video, just as long as they could keep the subscription lock-in by signing the software."

Novell Claims Red Hat Desktop Move Validates Its Strategy

Novell officials are welcoming the news that Red Hat is planning a packaged Linux desktop solution, which they say validates their existing desktop-to-data center offering. Nat Friedman, Novell's vice president of Linux desktop engineering, told eWEEK in an interview that Red Hat's acknowledgment of the Linux desktop's importance is welcomed.

GPL Redraws The Rules Of Software Competition

Work on GPL Version 3 continues, but the debate between Richard Stallman and Linus Torvalds over new features is less important than the rewriting of the rules that GPL has imposed on the landscape.

Open source association challenges fines against DRM circumvention

The APRIL, a French association promoting open source software, has requested the annulment of a decree which specifies that possessing or using technologies that circumvent technological protection measures for copyrighted works (thereafter TPMs or DRMs for Digital Rights Management) should be punished by a €750 fine.

Mac vs. PC: How Would Linux Fit?

Always a branding powerhouse, Apple is a company whose television advertisements are usually excellent. Their recent Get a Mac campaign (”Hi, I’m a Mac / And I’m a PC”) certainly does not disappoint. At this point, the television commercial are very well known. Naturally, various members of the Linux community have attempted to insert Linux into the original concept. After all, it is clear that Apple means “Windows” when they say “PC,” so how would Linux fit in this arena?

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