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Medsphere team continues to fracture: Pecaitis leaves Medsphere

According to the all-knowing (or pretty darn close) Tim at HIS talk "Frank Pecaitis and Medsphere have parted ways". Apparently Pecaitis now works for GE. From what I can tell. Frank Pecaitis was the last of the old-guard leadership still active at Medsphere. Modern Healthcare already broke the story that Ken Kizer is leaving Medsphere"when a successor is found" which apparently has not happened yet. Who is left at Medsphere? This is exactly what I had hoped to prevent: An ongoing pointless lawsuit, leaving the two brother founders twiddling their thumbs, and a company that is tearing itself apart.

Novell's Linux business spikes since Microsoft deal

  • PC World; By Linda Rosencrance (Posted by hchaudh1 on Sep 27, 2007 7:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Novell
"When we're out there competing with Red Hat, [our salespeople] are saying, 'Our Linux is recommended by Microsoft,' and customers that already have a Windows investment say it seems to make sense to pick the Linux that works with Windows."

In Debate Over Desktop Linux, It All Comes Down To Money

My article 7 Reasons Why Linux Won't Succeed On The Desktop jump-started anew the debate over why the open-source operating system hasn't made significant inroads on the client side into Windows' user base. The real reason, it seems, is something much more basic than confusion about Linux distros, annoying fanboys turning off potential adoptees, or resistance from average users. What it all boils down to is the almighty dollar. Linux is deceptive in coming across as a free option. Yes, the OS itself can be obtaining for no cost, or, if you buy a commercial version, for a pittance as compared to Windows. The real cost of Linux starts after you install the executable. That's the investment you have to spend in user training, and the support contract you have to purchase.

Export Writer documents into any wiki format

One of the most welcome additions to 2.3 is a new export filter that allows you to save Writer documents as MediaWiki-formatted pages. That's all fine and dandy if you are using MediaWiki, but what about other wiki systems? The answer to this question comes in the form of the OpenOffice2UniWakka export filter. While it's designed to work with the UniWakka wiki, with a bit of hacking you can adapt it to other wiki systems as well, even if you are not familiar with XML and XSLT.

Five Ways Linux Is Better Than Vista

A user or sysadmin posts about problems with a brand new Vista PC on a support forum. Within minutes, a "helpful" soul suggests a fix: "Install Linux!" Enthusiasts have always touted Linux as the best operating system, and they've become more strident and shrill since Vista's launch. Despite Microsoft's optimistic predictions and fervent proselytizing, Vista has received a chilly reception in the marketplace. The reasons are legion: its price tag, the lack of driver support, legacy applications not working on Vista, and the list goes on. Is Linux really better than Vista? Sure. Linux is free, while a flavor of Vista can be as low as $99.95 and as high as $399.95. Linux has a cute penguin for its mascot. Does Vista even have one? Even if it does, it's surely not as adorable as Tux? Let Test Center count the ways.

Linspire adds paid support option to Freespire

Linspire, the company behind the Linspire commercial and Freespire community desktop Linux operating systems and, a free Linux software delivery service, has announced the immediate availability of its first commercial paid support offerings for Freespire 2.0 users. Freespire 2.0 was released in early August. This Ubuntu 7.04-based distribution differs from other Linux distributions in that it makes no bones about using proprietary software, drivers and codecs. It includes, as options, essentially all proprietary software that's currently and legally available for Linux.

New Loki Games Repository Emerges

The folks over at Tux Games have opened up a repository containing a collection of old software titles ported by Loki Games. This repository contains game updates as well as demos for some of their games ported during their short lifespan. At present there are 15 Linux game demos available and 22 folders of updates for software written by Loki.

IBM: Symphony downloaded 100,000 times in first week

People apparently are already tuning in to IBM's Symphony. The company reported Wednesday that its free rival to Microsoft's Office suite was downloaded 100,000 times in the first week of release. "To be honest, we were surprised at the speed with which people jumped on this," said Mike Rhodin, general manager of both IBM Collaboration and Lotus Software, in an interview Wednesday. To keep up with the number of people interested in downloading Symphony, IBM tripled the number of download servers it had for the suite of productivity applications in the first few days of its release, he said.

Review of Ubuntu 7.10 (gutsy) new features and changes

This review is a summary of practically all the features and changes in the latest version of Ubuntu. It covers such stuff as: major improvements on a desktop; compiz fusion overview; screen, graphics and driver preferences improvements; new default desktop search instrument; changes on printing service and Firefox 3 features. As always, new version of Ubuntu is better than previous. But probably this version did the most powerful step forward than any other.

Interview: Clement Lefebvre of Linux Mint by Tony Mobily

This is the first in what I hope will be a series of interviews with major GNU/Linux distribution lead developers. This interview is with Clement Lefebvre the lead developer of Linux Mint and he talks with me about his project, development, the community, and his views on free vs open source software.

Making a backup reminder script

I like to back up the data on my laptop computer as often as possible, just in case I have trouble with it. I have some large files on the laptop that prevent me from scheduling an Internet backup to my home machine, so I have written a script that reminds me to periodically plug in an external USB drive; then upon clicking continue, the reminder script runs my custom backup script.

GNU Herds: The Job Site With a Free Software Focus

People interested in offering and seeking jobs specifically related to Free Software might find the GNU Herds project interesting...

Getting more comfortable with Zenwalk ... and a touchy touchpad

Remember yesterday, when I was railing against -- in no particular order -- Gateway, Ubuntu, Puppy, the Alps touchpad and Vector? A cooler head prevailed today. I stuck with Zenwalk 4.6.1. I may even install the 4.8 release candidate.

Open source to help quell ICT trade deficit: Waugh

  • Computerworld Australia; By Rodney Gedda (Posted by jdub on Sep 27, 2007 10:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Australia's $21 billion ICT trade deficit could be dramatically reduced if the local industry played to its strengths and exported services using open source software, according to industry analyst Jeff Waugh.

Linspire adds paid support option to Freespire

Linspire, the company behind the Linspire commercial and Freespire community desktop Linux operating systems and, a free Linux software delivery service, has announced the immediate availability of its first commercial paid support offerings for Freespire 2.0 users.

This week at LWN: Large pages, large blocks, and large problems

Most of the core virtual memory subsystem developers met for a mini-summit just before the 2007 Kernel Summit in Cambridge. They came away feeling that they had resolved a number of VM scalability problems. Subsequent discussions have made it clear that, perhaps, this conclusion was a bit premature. They may well have resolved things, but it is not clear that everybody came to the same resolution.

System Emulation with QEMU on Linux

Today, googling the word virtualization results in around 22 million hits. In this article, learn about QEMU, an interesting virtualization applications not headlining the news today. QEMU is an open source emulator for complete PC systems you can use on a number of settings. Explore QEMU and its architecture and how to emulate a guest operating system on a Linux host.

Sun packs out Solaris developer support

Users running Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system are getting something a little extra thrown into their contracts: developer support. Sun is wrapping extended support for its Solaris Express Developer Edition, previously only available to application developers, into existing and new Solaris customers' contracts without charging extra, the company said.

Looking for the next Net business

The Internet most of us experience is not the World of Ends suggested by the end-to-end system design concepts around which the Net was originally architected and built. Instead we have something that is faster-than-dialup, and faster-than-it-used-to-be; but is not The Net. Instead it is the part of the Net that's left in a pipe that's optimized for television, for one-way few-to-many "content delivery" and for locking users into client roles, while servers labor somewhere else.

MMC Flash Memory Card Support

Noting the approaching 2.6.24 merge window which will follow the upcoming release of the 2.6.23 kernel, MultiMedia Card (MMC) subsystem maintainer Pierre Ossman described what he plans to push upstream, "this release will probably be one of the biggest ones for the MMC layer so far. The major pieces are SDIO and SPI support, but there are several small nuggets as well." Regarding the new Secure Digital Input Output (SDIO) stack he noted, "gone are the days of having to rely on proprietary stacks for SDIO support in Linux. So no more spotty support for hosts and possible GPL problems. SDIO will now be a standard feature of Linux." He also described three working drivers already ported to the new stack.

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