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MandrakeLinux always had a reputation as an ideal distribution for beginners. Now that the renamed Mandriva has included technologies from Conectiva and Lycoris into Mandriva Linux 2006, this reputation seems more justified than ever. From its installation program to its selection of software and desktop design to its package design and security options, Mandriva is one of the easiest to use distributions available today.
Company Unveils First Thin Client Multilevel Application Running Trusted Linux Technology on the Desktop
Theo de Raadt's popular open source operating system, OpenBSD, releases its 18th installment. Like previous versions, the focus is on security, with plenty new features to keep users happy.
MS IS REALLY REALLY SCARED of the whole OpenOffice Google Axis of Not So Evil.
How scared? Scared enough that Firefox Mozilla is now public enemy #2, and it is dipping its toes in the water to embrace it in the fight against the big G.
Microsoft launched the new Windows Live office-as-a-service service, or at least a preview of it yesterday.
The Network World staff wrote below a large Microsoft Ad: "Three open source start-up executives Tuesday showed their daring by making pitches to potential customers. What made them daring is that they did it in front of dozens of attendees at the Open Source Business Conference in Newton, Mass."
"Not surprisingly, the customer panelists who agreed to participate are from organizations that use open source software, though some to much larger extents than others. Their responses to the new companies ranged from practically inviting them in to show off their software to telling them to get back in a couple of years."
[Ed: This doesn't surprise us in the least. Take a look at an article we published today about VC's, Linux and Open Source companies:]
Related Article today The Venture Capital Reluctance Toward Linux
AndyCooll writes about his experience trying Firefox and OpenOffice.org. He writes: "I saw that the quality of these products were excellent. And I was hooked. It was only a small step then to trying Linux."
From the article: Why People Switch to Linux
Innovative Approach Secures the Organization's Web-linked Applications and Data Assets
I have a confession to make: I've been stealing from Google. With $1.578 billion in revenue last quarter, the company is unlikely to miss the pennies I've denied it. Still, I feel I owe an explanation: I'm "adnorant," which is to say I ignore online ads.
I've been using a Firefox plugin called CustomizeGoogle to block Google ads and generally improve the search experience.
Red Hat has announced expansion plans it claims will take it forward to 2007.
Taking as its cue new figures from IDC that show the Linux server market expanding by 26 per cent annually to a value of $12 billion by 2008, and the Linux client market growing by 30 per cent to $10 billion, Red Hat will expand in four directions: regionally; into mission-critical applications; in terms of product breadth; and with a more vertical focus.
Level 3 Certification Ensures High-Performance 64-Bit Linux OS on SGI Servers Meets Global Government and Military Security Standards
Not a graphics guru but you would like to know a little bit about creating a nice background? Using the gimp in a few steps, a variety of nice backgrounds can be yours for your X desktop.
It's not often that you see a desktop operating system aimed at power users. Usually an experienced user is expected to build the operating system from the command line ala FreeBSD, Gentoo, Debian, Slackware, or Linux From Scratch; or to spend hours customizing one of the totally
Red Hat announced that its primary technology plan for 2006 through 2007 would be to continue to reduce IT infrastructure costs for customers. The company sees virtualization, stateless Linux and developer enablement as the key levers to reduce costs by increasing organizational efficiency and agility.
Aside from some obvious business benefits, some government regulations require Federal Identity Management
Yesterday OpenBSD, the proactively secure Unix-like operating system, released version 3.8, featuring several improvements to networking, RAID management tools, and increased security. At openbsd.org you can download installation files or order the official three-disc CD set, which supports 16 processor architectures out of the box. I took this new release as an opportunity to perform my first ever OpenBSD install.
Free software developers from around Africa have developed a hospital pharmacy management system to replace existing proprietary systems. The system was developed after a request by a pharmacist who needed to replace his outdated Access-based system.
[And it's almost complete! - Ed]
Red Hat has ridden the Linux wave quite successfuly for a decade now. It's by far the leading Linux distributor and growing at 40% to 50% per year. This is mostly based on a simple formula: For many applications, corporations can cut their computer hardware costs by 30% or more by shifting from proprietary Unix software and RISC-chip hardware to Linux running on Intel- and AMD-based servers.
Now comes Red Hat's next act. In its next major release, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, due out before the end of the year, the company is introducing a handful of technologies and services aimed at making computing substantially cheaper for corporations. It's attacking the total-cost-of-ownership issues that Microsoft has raised in an effort to hold back the Linux tide. If Red Hat brings down the cost of open-source computing by another big step, it, and Linux, could prove mighty hard to stop.
But, the Unix company still doesn't show any public smoking gun of proof of Linux copyright violations or IBM wrong doings.
Jack Loftis writes: Open standards and open source software (OSS) got political on Monday when Linda Hamel, the general counsel for the Massachusetts Information Technology Department (ITD), suggested that groups that oppose the OpenDocument file format standard might be influenced by Microsoft.
[The comment about going from open source to OpenDocument is either intentionally misleading or ignorant. It would be good to know which. - Ed]
The co-author of the upcoming GPL Version 3 says his conference speech will target big-picture issues such as why user rights are so important to business users.
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