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Linux Users Detail Their Red Hat Gripes

Responding to a recent column, the readers speak, and it turns out there are many reasons to hate—or praise—the Linux distributor.

Interview: Mandrakesoft Sees Room For Several Linux Players

With much of the Linux industry consolidating around Novell/SUSE and Red Hat, and some other smaller Linux distributions feeling the squeeze, Mandrakesoft managed to return to profitability in the first quarter of the year. Right now, the Linux distributor is brimming with activity around new products, partnerships, and Web-based services.

Some notes on the "Who wrote Linux" kerfuffle

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 27, 2004 10:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The history of Unix and its various children and grandchildren has been in the news recently as a result of a book from the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution. Since I was involved in part of this history, I feel I have an obligation to set the record straight and correct some extremely serious errors.

Tannenbaum on Who Wrote Linux

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on May 27, 2004 10:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Andrew Tannenbaum, author of the Minix operating system, talks about Ken Brown, the president of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, and the history of Unix-like operating systems.

"beehive" Now Officially an Open Source Project: Apache Beehive

  • Linux World (Posted by dave on May 27, 2004 10:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Apache Software Foundation, the leading open source community partner for commercial companies, has announced that BEA's "Project Beehive" is now

Microsoft hits out at open source

A Microsoft official has claimed that governments supporting open-source software are not helping build a viable software ecosystem in their communities.

Interview: Nirav Mehta of newly launched

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 27, 2004 10:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Today marks the official launch of a new open source project. Utkarsh is an operating system based on Linux and localized in the Gujarati language, spoken by more than 5.5 million in India's Gujarat state and worldwide. Utkarsh (which means progress or rising high) version 0.1 is now in beta testing, and the team is bubbling with ideas for future growth. Recently Mayank Sharma spoke with the young Gujarati entrepreneur behind the project, Nirav Mehta.

The LDP Weekly News - May 26, 2004

  • (Posted by dave on May 27, 2004 10:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Issue Number : 21 Publication Date : 2004-05-26 Table of Contents 1. New document proposals 2. Updated HOWTOs, FAQs and Guides 3. News in The LDP world 4. Discussions on The LDP lists 5. HOWTO contribute to The LDP

Torvalds proposes tighter tracking for Linux 2.7 kernel

Linux founder Linus Torvalds has proposed changes to the Linux kernel development process designed to make it easier for kernel developers to respond to questions of source code ownership, like those raised by The SCO Group Inc. in its multi-billion dollar lawsuit with IBM Corp.

Insurance for Linux users: why is it needed?

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 27, 2004 9:39 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO, IBM; Story Type: Interview
When a start-up firm called OSRM (Open Source Risk Management) announced two months ago that it planned to offer standard product liability insurance to Linux users and developers, many in the Linux community wondered why. For some, such coverage appeared to be an unwarranted admission that there was something wrong with Linux. Sure, vendor specific indemnification of users was appearing, but IBM itself, the first target for SCO's absurd legal claims denied the need. As recently as the last LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, IBM's Jim Stallings, general manager for Linux at Big Blue, was quoted as saying, "The claims that have been alleged [by SCO] against IBM [have] no basis, so indemnification is not needed." NewsForge recently interviewed OSRM's founder and CEO, Daniel Egger, to gain his perspective on the issue.

How companies can evaluate whether open source will work for them

  • IT Manager's Journal (Posted by dave on May 27, 2004 9:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A new open source evaluation model will be published this summer that will finally shed some long-overdue harsh light on a key business and development question

Home on the open source range

  • Sydney Morning Herald (Posted by dave on May 27, 2004 9:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If working from home is hard work, then working from home on free software sounds insane. Yet there are a few people who have achieved

Flash for Linux? You Betcha.

  • Linux World (Posted by dave on May 27, 2004 9:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
San Francisco-based Macromedia today announces the immediate availability of Macromedia Flash Player 7 for Linux - a new version of Macromedia Flash Player

How Gluecode led Debisys into the wide open spaces

Debisys, a prepaid phone transaction service processor, thought it would be a Windows shop forever. Debisys runs Windows 2000 servers, a SQL Server database, and Windows desktops. "There was a perception that we'd always buy Microsoft software," says MIS Manager Mike Figeuroa. But that is all about to change. "We are doing a complete migration to open source."

Sun Insists Red Hat Linux Is Proprietary

Sun President Jonathan Schwartz explains in detail why Red Hat Linux is proprietary, but others disagree and wonder what Sun is accomplishing with its confusing open source views.

The many faces of open source

  • Australian IT (Posted by dave on May 27, 2004 8:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
NEXT time you chat to a colleague about open source, take a moment to check you are both talking about the same thing: there's a good chance you are not.

First look: Sun Java Desktop System Release 2

Imagine for a moment that Windows XP came with Office XP Professional and Visual Studio .NET preinstalled with it. Imagine it was significantly more secure and easier to use. Imagine that it cost only $50 for all of that software. Sun's new Java Desktop System Release 2 is like the bizarro world equivalent of that kind of Microsoft software package. It's in the same league, except it doesn't use Microsoft technologies. If only it actually worked.

Did you ever have one of those weeks?

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 27, 2004 8:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This week's little computer-based irritations have reached the overload state for me. I need to vent a little to folks who'll understand the frustrations.

Linux for mission-critical apps

  • Malay Mail (Posted by dave on May 27, 2004 8:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
By Cynthia Peterson. Confidence in Linux as a platform to run mission- critical applications is expected to rise in the enterprise market.

Linux developers must 'sign their work'

  • (Posted by dave on May 27, 2004 7:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux operating system, on Monday announced the launch of the Linux Developer's Certificate of Origin (DCO), a new system

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