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Windows to Linux: a corporate success story

  • The R Zone; By Rudd-O (Posted by tadelste on Feb 12, 2006 12:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I frequently hear complaints about CIOs in other companies. Complaints directed straight at Microsoft Windows. I’ve seen people go blue in the face when complaining about the assorted kinds of malware they’ve had to remove from the networks they manage.

But the mere suggestion of migrating to Linux, directed at those CIOs, is enough to trigger a bunch of emotional responses on them. “Our users won’t go along”, “We depend too much on Office to make the switch”, “Linux costs more in the end” are common responses.

Today, I’ll be telling the story of our own migration to Linux. As you can probably infer from the title of this story, it’s been a success.

Linux urged to be more user-friendly

Linux has a long way to go to gain popularity

NEW DELHI: Linux has to more user-friendly for more adoption, according to professor Deepak B Phatak of Kanwal Rekhi School of Information Technology, IIT Bombay. Delivering the inaugural keynote address at the three-day LinuxAsia 2006, Prof Phatak said that even though many sectors in the industry have adopted Linux, there is a long way to go to gain popularity. Citing an example, he said that the Government of West Bengal had recently decided to adopt Linux but majority of the people preferred to use the Windows operating system.

“This is an example that Linux is less user-friendlier compared to the popularly used Windows,” he said.

On the Open Source (OS) market, Prof Phatak remarked that the OS should go beyond software. He said that the huge dreams could be realized with the help of Linux Kernel.

It's time for TV

  • Softpedia; By Bogdan Radulescu, Editor, Linux Software Reviews (Posted by tadelste on Feb 12, 2006 12:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
This review isn't just for those of you who have a TV Tuner, is for all Linux users. If you don't have a TV Tuner don't run away from this page, because this review might convince you to acquire one.

How To Install ColdFusion MX 7 On Debian Sarge

  • HowtoForge; By Oguz Demirkapi (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 12, 2006 11:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Although ColdFusion MX 7 does not officially support Debian, it is still possible to run ColdFusion on a Debian server. This HowTo shows how to install ColdFusion MX 7 on a Debian Sarge system and how to integrate it into Debian's Apache web server.

SUSEWatcher is a great openSUSE feature

I "rotate" Linux distributions, using each of the most popular ones for a few months so I have a chance to give all of them a fair chance to win my love. Right now, I'm running openSUSE, and the openSUSE feature I like best so far is SUSEWatcher, Novell's automatic software update alert.

Microsoft Message To Windows Users…Shut Up And Pay Up.

  • www.lobby4linux.com; By helios (Posted by helios on Feb 12, 2006 7:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
…you are going to kneel at the alter of Bill Gates and fearfully pay your tithe. For those of you who do this…for those of you who will actually drink this kool-aid…

Linux, other free open source software powering the new Austrian Health Card system

  • Valentinos tiny WebServer; By Christian (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 12, 2006 7:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux and other free Open Source software is the base of the IT infrastructure of the new Austrian health insurance card system. Eleven other countries might follow the Austrian example.

Microsoft's IE7 browser preview fails to impress

Some geek once told me that Web browsers are like sports teams -- they inspire loyalty. If that's true, I guess you can call me a fair-weather fan.

The Road Goes Ever On and On for Peter Quinn

For the first time, to the best of my knowledge, Peter Quinn's still-evolving slide set on the OpenDocument Format (ODF) saga is available on line (in ODF, of course, as well as in PDF form).

Open source review crucial

  • London Free Press; By DAVID CANTON (Posted by tadelste on Feb 12, 2006 12:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
[Ed: Signs that Linux is making inroads into major media when people like David Canton write that "open source" came about 20 years ago. So have fun and enjoy a good laugh. Some day, we should expect the press to get it right. -tadelstein]

The GPL -- perhaps the best known open source software licence -- is being rewritten.

The concept of "open source" software was first put forward about 20 years ago by computer programmer Richard Stallman. It began as a philosophical notion that software should be distributed in a form that allows it to be modified by its users.

This means the source code -- or human readable code -- is distributed along with the object code -- or computer readable code. Most open source software is free or low cost. It is improved and modified by a bevy of users, rather than employees of the creator.

Open Voting Through Open Source Opens Society Alex S. Gabor

  • Opinion Editorials; By Alex S. Gabor (Posted by tadelste on Feb 11, 2006 11:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
George Soros Supports Open Source Software in Election Systems

Recent hearings begun in California on the use of “open source software” have heated up the debate on voter and election frauds and where it can or should be used in our electoral system while a parallel development on the issue of voting rights has been filed in a lawsuit with the U.S. Supreme Court. The lawsuit challenges the use of voting machines and absentee voting in elections for public office.

Minutes of the mozilla.org Staff Meeting of Monday 6th February 2006

The minutes of the mozilla.org staff meeting held on Monday 6th February 2006 are now online. Issues discussed include Firefox 1.5.0.1 Feeback, Upcoming Releases, Firefox 2, Personnel and Marketing.

Letter writers on Unix: 'Wake up, Guys!'

  • InformationWeek (Posted by tadelste on Feb 11, 2006 10:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A lot of feedback flowed into Information Week after our Jan. 23 cover story, "What's Left of Unix." Most of the responses offered full bore support for Unix, as in, "Not meaning to be harsh, but man... wake up guys!!"

Linux alpha for Second Life released

Last month we tantalised you with the news that a Linux client for Second Life was under development; the good news is that it's now available to download and install. As the Second Life website warns, this client connects to the main grid, so be careful--there are definitely still bugs in the system, and any changes you make to the world are permanent.

Mozilla Bloggers Comment on the addons.mozilla.org Review Process

Several Mozilla Bloggers have recently expressed concerns about the review process for extensions at addons.mozilla.org. David Baron feels that crashes and memory leaks caused by extensions could change user perception of quality of Mozilla products as a whole. Unlike the Mozilla source code, extensions do not benefit from an extensive community review process.

Oracle Eyes Open-Source Firms

Oracle is reportedly in talks to acquire three open-source companies in order to expand its customer base, and deals could be announced as early as Monday.

The software giant, fresh from its $5.85-billion acquisition of Siebel Systems and still trying to swallow PeopleSoft following last year’s takeover, is expected to buy JBoss, Zend, and Sleepycat Software in deals that could total $600 million, according to a report in BusinessWeek. Oracle officials declined to comment.

Technical Working Group Elected

The first Technical Working Group for KDE has been elected. It will consist of seven long-time contributors to KDE and become operational in the few next days.

Microsoft to Google: Assimilate This!

When you add Microsoft's roll-out of Windows OneCare to its Windows Live Custom Domains initiatives, it's clear that Redmond is drawing a line around end-users and small and medium business, and daring Google, Yahoo and others to try crossing it. Of course, as a result of this Battle of the Titans, lots of longtime Microsoft supporters are bleeding. And when the dust settles, plenty of survivors will be assimilated by someone. Only question is... who?

MPAA: DRM is here to save consumers from piracy

  • AfterDawn; By Dela (Posted by tadelste on Feb 11, 2006 4:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux users were left out in the dark for example, until DeCSS made fair use possible. Now Advanced Access Content System (AACS) will do the same thing again for high definition movies. Take these anti-consumer copy protections and merge them with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) or the European Union Copyright Directive (EUCD) and their equivalents elsewhere; the movie industry has complete control.

Programming with wide characters

The ISO C90 standard introduced a wide character type named wchar_t, thereby appointing an official standard for wide characters in the C language. Its usage, however, is not well understood among C programmers, and debugging wide characters with the GNU Debugger is a challenge few can get to work. As a result, many programmers fall back to using ASCII character arrays, which is not good; today, localized code matters more and more.

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