We've heard a lot about the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project, which aims to provide a $100 laptop for developing nations, and we've heard a bit about its Sugar interface and other technical abilities, but recently we spent the time with QEMU and a test build of the OLPC XO operating system (Fedora based) to see how it really shapes up.
Open source is all the rage but, interestingly, neither Red Hat nor Novell's Linux certifications were among the top 20 professional certifications in ZDNet Asia's IT Salary Benchmark 2006 survey.
Earlier this year, we asked our readers why people thinking of Linux aren't also thinking of OpenSolaris (or vice versa), now that both are pukka OSS operating systems.
This guide shows how to install three different Internet Explorer versions (6.0, 5.5, and 5.0) on Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, Edgy Eft and Dapper Drake desktops. This is good for people such as web designers who have switched to Linux but still need to test their web sites in Internet Explorer. In addition to that, there are still a few web sites out there that work only in Internet Explorer.
For much of its history, Debian has been the major noncommercial, philosophically free distribution. Now, as Debian developers and users have deserted the distro for Ubuntu, does Debian have a purpose any more? Debian 4.0, which was released this week, represents a collective effort to answer that question. The philosophy behind the release is best summarized on the home page for the Debian on the Desktop subproject, which states, "We will do everything we can to make things very easy for the novice, while allowing the expert to tweak things."
Trickle is a lightweight userspace bandwidth shaper for users with low-speed Internet connections that lets you limit the bandwidth that a specific protocol is using so that you can maintain multiple simultaneous connections and not end up in a traffic jam.
Google revealed a list of over 900 accepted Summer of Code projects. Ubuntu, as one of the mentoring organizations, lists 20 projects.
CentOS 5, touted as a "100 percent compatible" rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, was released today, featuring the GNOME desktop and a 2.6.18 kernel. CentOS targets those who need enterprise-class operating system stability without the cost of certification and support, chief maintainer Karanbir Singh said.
"Twice the performance at half the price:" The emergence of enterprise-class, open source solutions is yet another chapter in a "commodity" vs. "special purpose" battle that has been raging for several decades now. Well on its way to becoming IT's version of The Thirty Years' War, the struggle has gone hot and cold over the years -- but it has never gone away.
OpenSUSE announced today the release of the third public alpha of OpenSUSE 10.3, which boasts a 2.6.21-RC5 kernel, a choice of GNOME or KDE desktops, and its usual complete roster of application packages.
There are tens of thousands of open source projects in the wild, but how do you determine what's good and what's not? Ohloh, a resource for open source intelligence on thousands of open source projects, has up-to-date information on open source projects and the people who develop them.
Attendee registration opened today for LinuxWorld Conference & Expo San Francisco, scheduled for Aug. 6 through 9 at the Moscone Center. More than 100 technical sessions will focus on key themes and technologies that include applications, virtualization, system troubleshooting, Linux/Windows interoperability, and more.
The release Date for Ubuntu Feisty Fawn has been delayed due to validation bugs, There is no ETA yet, but the Ubuntu team hopes the delay will be just a few days.
Ironically for Microsoft, Vista is just the shot in the arm that desktop systems with open-source Linux operating systems needed to boost their sales. At least that's the way solution providers see it.
BOOTPLUG, basically, is a USB flash memory (1GB) with USB-HD bootable Linux (kernel 2.4) installed. Insert the BOOTPLUG into USB slot and boot up, any PC will be totally hijacked by BOOTPLUG and turn into a Linux client machine.
FreeBSD is very much a source-based system. The operating assumptionof the architects of FreeBSD is that you will compile most things fromthe source code. The system is designed to work that way, and does itexceptionally well.
The buzz about Linux, BSD, Open Solaris, and other free versions of Unix seems to swell every month. In case you haven’t tried one of them yet, you might be wondering, “What is all the fuss about?” Truly, you see passion about these systems that is seldom shown to their competitors. Here’s a brief list of where the Unix system triumph.
Mule is an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) -- the "glue" between different enterprise applications in different company departments that allows IT managers to move information back and forth seamlessly. Think of disparate enterprise applications as ribs, with the ESB as a backbone that connects everything. Mulesource founder Ross Mason says open source is the best way to make an ESB that is customizable and affordable.
It's a delicious paradox that Linux, which was for years the system for people who really enjoyed fiddling with their computers, should have developed to the point where it's the best system for people who hate the bloody things.
Norway's Opera Software yesterday released Opera 9.2, an update to its popular, freely-available web browser. The new version supports 31 languages and introduces a new "speed dial" function plus a set of alpha-level developer tools, according to the company.