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Is a Linux desktop avalanche coming?

Opinion -- Slowly, ever so slowly, the Linux desktop has been picking up momentum. It keeps getting better and better, but Microsoft's monopoly has kept many PC users from realizing that there really is a viable alternative to Windows. However, that's about to change.
Just like a few more snowflakes can turn a quiet snowy mountainside into an avalanche, Linux is teetering on the edge of becoming a real force in the desktop computing world.

Some common beginner Linux installation issues

In this cursory overview, Mark Rais, provides some of the common reasons why people brand new to Linux have installation failures. The brief article covers issues with Fedora, Gentoo, Mepis, PCLinuxOS, and Ubuntu.

Device Profile: Nokia N800 Internet tablet

Nokia quietly began delivering an upgrade to its Linux-based 770 Internet Tablet in January. The N800 retains the same small web tablet form factor, while adding a webcam and significantly increasing computing horsepower, memory, and storage expansion.

OooBasic crash course: One-click email backup of OpenOffice.org documents

Gmail offers a few clever features that make it more than just an email service. You can use your Gmail account as a document viewer, a file storage, and even as a full-blown Getting Things Done solution. You can also turn Gmail into a nifty backup solution for your OpenOffice.org documents using a simple OOoBasic macro and Gmail's own tools.

Linux powers first software-defined cellular base station

The first software-defined cellular base station to be certified by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission is on display at a communications conference in San Diego this week. The physical layer software of Vanu Inc.'s "Anywave" Base Station runs on Linux and commodity Intel hardware, for low cost and convenient upgrades, according to the company.

Wikis work wonders at SpikeSource

  • ITManagersJournal; By Tina Gasperson (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 1, 2007 12:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SpikeSource is a three-year-old company with an open source business model that packages popular applications together with its own SpikeIgnite platform. SpikeIgnite does the work of integrating disparate applications and tools into a single solution so customers don't have to fiddle with dependencies and integration coding. The company calls it "support automation." As you might expect, SpikeSource itself depends on open source software to run its business from the inside. What might surprise you is that, instead of relying mostly on email and a fancy content management system for internal and vendor communications, it makes extensive use of wiki software.

Integrate Workplace Forms and DB2 Content Manager

Get easier management of blank form templates and central storage of completed form instances with IBM Content Manager Integrator. This tool enables integration of open XML-based eForms components between Workplace Forms and DB2 Content Manager.

Motorola Initiates Industry-wide Project to Create Open Source High Availability Operating Environment

OpenSAF Aims to Accelerate Broad Adoption Through Common Software Platform

Athena Thin Clients Introduces New Open Source Embedded Linux ...

Athena Thin Clients, a leading developer of embedded hardware and software in server based computer networks of the European Thin Client market, again claims its leadership in Thin Client development at Cebit 2007 in Hannover, Germany. Athena development engineers are the first to build a Linux Thin Client based on Debian kernel 2.6. This new Linux version carries the name NLX 5 where NLX stands for New LinuX. Athena® will be the first Thin Client manufacturer to have not only an extremely powerful but also the most flexible Linux embedded operating system in the market today.

New Releases Lead to Better Ruby Testing

The last week or so has seen new releases of two of my favorite additions to testing (or speccing if you're of the BDD persuasion) in the Ruby world.zenspider andKevin Clark have released a new version ofHeckle on the 20th, andMauricio Fernandez released a new version ofrcov this morning (the 21st).

Qlogic iSCSI HBAs First in the Linux Kernel

QLogic Corp., a leading provider of iSCSI HBAs, today announced the availability of the industry's first iSCSI HBA functionality to be accepted into the "upstream" Linux kernel. Developed by the Linux community, the upstream Linux kernel is the central core of popular Linux packages including Debian, Red Hat, SuSE, Slackware and Yellowdog.

Sun joins the Free Software Foundation

Sun Microsystems is the latest company to become a patron of the Free Software Foundation (FSF). The FSF's corporate patron program allows companies to provide financial sponsorship for the FSF in return for free license consulting services. High-profile FSF patron affiliates include prominent technology companies like Google, Nokia, IBM, Cisco, and Intel. FSF involvement represents Sun's latest attempt to take a more active role in the open-source software community.

Red Hat competition to seek fresh ideas

The global Red Hat Challenge gives Asian graduate students a chance to develop creative solutions to business problems posed by the No. 1 Linux vendor.

Linux: 2.6.21-rc2, Lots of Changes

Announcing 2.6.21-rc2, Linus Torvalds noted,"I'm not very proud of this, because quite frankly, -rc2 has way more changes than I really like." The current Linux kernel development model is that the bulk of changes in a new kernel should happen during the -rc1 phase, with the rest of the -rc kernels being primarily bug fixes. Linus explains,"it's largely my fault, because I simply missed a V4L/DVB merge that came in before the merge window closed, but since I didn't notice it didn't make -rc1, and as such it got merged late and is in -rc2 instead." With typical humor he added,"but because I'll flail around wildly and rather blame anything else than my own incompetence, I'll just claim that all the other kernel developers have been irresponsible, and caused -rc2 to be bigger than needed.

Software runs Linux, Windows apps on Mac desktops

Desktop software maker Parallels on Feb. 27 launched the final, stable version of its virtualization software for Intel-powered Apple Macs. "Desktop for Mac" aims to enable users to easily install and seamlessly run Linux, Windows, and other operating systems alongside Mac OS X on their Macs -- without re-booting.

Most popular websites 6 out of 7 powered by GNU/Linux

Pingdom - an uptime monitoring company conducted a survey recently where it researched the technologies that power 7 most popular websites namely -

Upcoming PHP release will offer Unicode support

Andrei Zmievski is one of the leading developers of the PHP programming language. Since March 2005, he has been working with about 20 other developers to add Unicode support to version 6.0 of PHP. Now their efforts are nearing an alpha release.

Help Lobby Washington To Protect Open Source from Software Patents ...

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property is making another attempt to reform patent law. I need your help to lobby them to add protection from software patent attacks for Open Source software and Open Standards. Please visit http://techp.org/user/edit If you signed the Novell petition, you have a login there. You'll see a form asking for more data. If you didn't sign, please create a new login, and you'll be asked for the same data.

Self-Executing Application Installers in Linux: Yay or Nay?

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 28, 2007 5:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Windows users prefer self-executing application installers, and for the most part, they get the job done well. But those of us on the Linux side of the fence have long since been content with Deb and RPM packages, among other application packaging options.

AdWords Campaigns? Avoiding the Mistakes

  • avangate.com; By Adriana Iordan (Posted by avangate on Feb 28, 2007 4:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
How to avoid the most common AdWords errors. Some of the most common AdWords campaign mistakes come from superficiality or insufficient knowledge about the targeted market and the way the Web works.

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