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We Need Better Open-Source
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  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 18, 2005 2:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion:If open source is to continue gaining ground with the corporate desktop, it must develop not just an outstanding e-mail client, but an all-out replacement for Outlook on Windows.

NetWare Platform Is Far From Dead

Far from sounding a death knell for NetWare, the work Novell has done to plaster over the differences between NetWare and Linux in OES should extend the life of NetWare as a platform.

Fighting anti-Linux FUD, part 263

During my 25 years in the personal computing industry -- as a user, developer, and journalist -- I've seen a lot of attempts by vendors to create fear, uncertainty, and doubt -- FUD -- in the minds of customers and vendors who might be considering an alternative to the vendor's solution. This was true when I spotted a Microsoft employee spreading FUD under an assumed name on CompuServe in the early '90s: the infamous Steve Barkto affair. It is true today, in the form of an Info-Tech study titled "Mid-sized businesses not interested in Linux." Portions of the study are available online here. The report set my internal FUD alarms clanging. After reading the full report and speaking with its primary author, I have to say that the Info-Tech study not only fails my FUD sniff test, but also demonstrates classic FUD techniques.

Linux receives pat on the back for security

  • IDM.net.au (Posted by dave on Apr 18, 2005 9:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A recent survey carried out by Evans Data Corporation has revealed that development managers have more faith in Linux as an operating system to guard them against internal attacks than they have in Windows.

How Linux Saved Microsoft

Think about it: For decades we have surveyed companies and for decades, except for those who are actually in the software business, the vast majority have said they don't want to be in the software business. Yet open source, as it is supposed to be practiced, puts you squarely in the software business.

Playing with Walmart's Linspired laptop

My wife and daughter recently ordered for me Walmart's $500 Bal^nce laptop computer, which comes equipped with a Linspire operating system. I had some fun putting both the hardware and software through their paces.

The GNU/Linux Desktop Adoption Drive: Revisited -or- Maybe I was wrong...

A few months ago I wrote an article about how I suspected it would be a Wal-Mart like entity that would make desktop Linux a reality. This is a revisit to that same subject. Never one to take myself entirely too seriously, all I can say is that possibly I took the wrong direction about the right subject. See, I've recently changed my mind.

Second LPI mass examinations at LinuxWorld

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Apr 18, 2005 6:03 AM EDT)
  • Groups: LPI; Story Type: News Story
Following the highly successful mass-LPI examination fest earlier this year organisers are planning to hold a second mass examination during the LinuxWorld conference and expo.

Review: CentOS 4 Offers Strong RHEL Alternative

"Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 was released on February 14th, CentOS issued its cloned version two weeks later on March 2nd. Since then I've been evaluating CentOS and putting it through its paces to see if it would hold up to its auspicious genetic parent..."

Open source opens opportunities

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Apr 18, 2005 5:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
No matter how much effort is put into developing services and technologies for proprietary operating systems, over the next few years open source development will provide a bigger foundation for richer and more sophisticated operating-system platforms than anything any vendor in the commercial market can achieve.

Red Hat introduces Hindi

North Carolina-based Linux vendor Red Hat is focusing on localisation and e-Governance projects. The company has launched its new version of Linux v.4 in Hindi in the Indian city of Bhopal to enable the state government machinery interact with the people in the national language.

Dual core processors boost systems' performance

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Apr 18, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Users' desire for additional computer speed is never-ending. As soon as vendors implement one technology that offers a quantum leap in processing power, users anxiously await the next. As a result, hardware vendors are now poised to introduce a new microprocessor design: dual core CPUs, which promise to boost the performance of Linux servers, desktop systems, and notebook computers.

Fortinet had allegedly violated the general public licence (GPL)

  • GrabaGeek (Posted by dave on Apr 17, 2005 8:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Fortinet apparently did not want to believe that this is a serious issue, but a German court has granted a preliminary injunction against security firm Fortinet for hiding Linux in its code. Fortinet the company may not sell its products without fulfilling the stipulations in the GNU General Public License.

Desktop Adapted for Dad (DAD)*

The ideas in this article came from my project to give my retired father a computer running Debian Sarge and KDE. All the ideas can be transposed to any modern Linux/Unix distribution, and most of these ideas should work with any desktop system

Linux spreads its wings

  • Express Computer (India) (Posted by dave on Apr 17, 2005 5:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux has come a long way in India with major successes in the corporate segment. Its growing popularity has resulted in an increased demand for Linux professionals

Upgrading to Linux from Windows 98

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Apr 17, 2005 3:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this tutorial-style article, Michael C. Barnes outlines a strategy to avoid costly upgrades from Windows 98 to Windows XP -- in terms of both hardware and software -- by upgrading to Linux, instead. Barnes reviews the typical requirements of computers used for relatively generic purposes, and shows how to give a new lease on life to aging laptops and PCs by replacing obsolete OSes such as Windows 98 with a combination of Linux, free open source applications, and inexpensive commercial software.

SUSE LINUX 9.3 Screenshot Tour

We've added SUSE LINUX 9.3 screenshots to our ever-growing screenshot gallery, at OSDir. Our gallery now contains over 200 Linux and Open Source screenshot tours.

Linux: Kernel Mentors Project

Matt Mackall announced the creation of the Kernel Mentors Project, "an informal project to get experienced developers to mentor new developers and coach them on the best ways to get their code ready for submission."

Windows users test Linux waters

"Selling" Linux: Customer reaction and the challenges we face.

Kernel Changes Draw Concern from Open-Source Community

The Linux 2.6 kernel is getting fatter, some contend; others say new features are optional and that their use is at the discretion of organizations compiling their builds of the kernel.

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