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Why LUGs matter

Virtually the same day I read Joe Barr's article "Do LUGs still matter?" I received an email message saying that someone was setting up a new Linux user group (LUG) in my hometown. I attended the first couple of meetings of this group with Joe's article in mind, and with the perspective of a free software advocate, not a Linux or open source advocate. The experience made me realize LUGs do still matter, perhaps more than ever, although for different reasons than they once did.

Is Google About To Buy Sun Microsystems?

  • Blogcritics.org; By Daniel M. Harrison (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 11, 2006 7:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Daniel M Harrison's take on what is really going on with Google and Sun.. "Anyone who thinks Google can continue its phenomenal growth without a platform to combine hardware, storage, StarOffice, JAVA, and Solaris ought to think again - the combinations are the only competitive advantage that can enable them to trade at a P/E of 100 - and perhaps way above." [Ed: Google and Sun, one company? It sounds like two Ogres trying to tap dance to me. - sharkscott]

Recent Distro & OSS Reviews

A unique site specializing in Linux Distro reviews. Latest include: First Look at SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3, Kororaa XGL LiveCD, Yoper 3.0 Beta, GRML, Gentoo Linux 2006.0, GoblinX Premium 2006.1, Fedora Core 5 Test 3, SuSE 10.1 Beta 6, MandrivaOne - a livecd.

You will also find an archve of reviews which provide a rich arcive.

Shuttleworth wants six week delay for Dapper

Mark Shuttleworth has called for a six-week delay on Ubuntu Dapper Drake, hoping to harden, polish and localise the operating system that he sees as Ubuntu's first enterprise-ready desktop. This would be the first break in Ubuntu's six-month release cycle.

Debian Stabilizing the Linux Landscape

  • Lxer Day Desk; By Tom Adelstein, Editor-in-Chief (Posted by tadelste on Mar 11, 2006 6:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features


The people who first brought us GNU/Linux intended to offer an operating system you could freely download and who's code you could freely have and change. At the end of the Dot-COM boom, part of the investment community led by Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists such as Kleiner Perkins fell in love with Linux companies and funded several taking a few public. But no one could "get to" Debian. Thank you, Smith Barney.

An Interview with Christof Wittig: CEO db4objects and President ODBMS.org



In the continuing series of interviews focused on databases, Christof Wittig contatced TxtEdMacs describing revived effort to set new specifications for Object databases. Soon afterwards Christof accepted an offer to be interviewed on the topic and TxtEdMacs, who had tired of the usual set of resultant evasive, market speak jumped fully into the effort. Unfortunately for Txt., instead of being able to show off he was used by Christof to mop the floor. To say the interview was refreshing and direct is an understatement. So read on.

Extreme OS Makeover: Ubuntu To The Rescue

  LXer Feature: 6-Mar-06

Charlotte, NC - LXer editor Don Parris gives a family of computer novices an extreme OS makeover when their Windows system proved unreliable. This is just one example of how people around the United States, and in other countries, are discovering the freedom of a GNU/Linux system. LXer will be tracking the couple, who are just beginning to venture into the wild world of computing. Share your conversion experiences with LXer.

Why People Like Linux



GNU/Linux has a rapidly growing user base according to our polls. Today, we posted articles from Belfast, India, Wales, Croatia, Glasgow, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the UK and Massachusetts. On other days, we see articles from many other countries. We have readers from 165 countries and more often than not our US readership runs only about 50%.

Is price the only reason for the interest? Unlike the early days when Linux provided a learning platform for people who couldn't afford UNIX, price seems the least important reason.

What about the Microsoft alternative? Again, we saw that as barely a factor. People just like Linux.

Free software history and evolution in the former Soviet Union: Russian Federation, Belarus, Ukraine

  • Free Software Magazine; By Gianluca Pignalberi (Posted by fsmdave on Mar 11, 2006 4:29 AM EDT)
A short analysis of the free software world in three countries of the former Soviet Union

Free Software Foundation Europe Celebrates Its 5th Birthday

  • LinuxElectrons (Posted by bstadil on Mar 11, 2006 3:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Free Software Foundation Europe celebrates its fifth birthday today. FSFE President Georg Greve looks back at the Foundation's history so far

ICTA project showcased at Asian open source conference [Sri Lanka]

  • Sri Lankan Daily News and Reports (Posted by tadelste on Mar 11, 2006 3:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
March 10, Colombo: The e-Sri Lanka PC project of the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) was showcased at the LinuxAsia2006 Conference at New Delhi, India.

KDE and Business: Intevation Interview

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by bstadil on Mar 11, 2006 2:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: KDE
In the first in a series of articles, KDE Dot News will cover businesses with past and present involvement that are vital to KDE's ongoing success.

Today, we interview Bernhard Reiter and Bernhard Herzog of Intevation, a company that has long been helpful with KDE application development and quality assurance.

Changing the world, one word at a time

Passionate proponent of multilingualism, Dwayne Bailey, called on civil society to localise open source software and use it to achieve massive change.

You're taking the p*ss, Europe tells Microsoft

Foot dragging, insolence and bloatware. Microsoft had accused Barrett of colluding with competitors by meeting with them regularly. In fact, that's just his job. Rather tartly, the EU also reminded Microsoft that Barrett had been proposed by … er, Microsoft.

When the price isn't right . . .

  • Glasgow Daily Record; By Steve Lawson'S (Posted by tadelste on Mar 10, 2006 11:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
You could, of course, start out by replacing Windows with a Linux OS, of which there are dozens of free ones, all complete with a vast range of programs.

Less is more: the hidden treasure of less command

  • nixCraft; By LinuxTitli (Posted by nixcraft on Mar 10, 2006 11:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU
less is a pager or a program similar to more, but which allows backward movement in the file as well as forward movement. Less has a massive number of options.

Linux.com weekly security advisory - March 10, 2006

Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Mandriva, Red Hat, and Ubuntu released several advisories. SquirrelMail, WordPress, Zoph, Mplayer, app-text/tetex, Freeciv, kdegraphics, and Zoo are some of the packages that have vulnerabilities.

My sysadmin toolbox

I maintain a Web server using Apache 2, PHP, Perl, MySQL, and OpenSSL; an IMAP server running the up-and-coming RoundCube Webmail client; and a server for streaming MP3s. GNU Emacs, OpenSSH, TightVNC, and netstat are just a few of the tools I use to maintain my servers.

Novell shifts executive team

Novell announced Thursday that as it continues its transformation into a Linux business that it has shook up its Worldwide Management Committee.

Bringing open source to Welsh business

  • Ping Wales; By Marjorie Delwarde (Posted by tadelste on Mar 10, 2006 7:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Set up in December last year, Infocom Online is an ambitious online solutions provider which holds a core mission close to its heart: to help Welsh businesses thrive through open source.

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