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The Classmate PC, a low-cost notebook targeting emerging markets, was jointly demonstrated by Mandriva and Intel earlier this month at the KDE-sponsored aKademy 2007 conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Featuring an educational interface, Mandriva's Discovery 2007 Linux is based on an Intel Mobile Processor ULV900.
Prominent Linux kernel developer Con Kolivas recently quit and left it all behind. According to Kolivas, Linux is burdened with "enterprise cr@p" and the kernel developers are oblivious to the performance problems of Linux on the desktop. In this interview, he talks about what pushed him to quit and how Microsoft has succeeded in crushing innovation in personal computing.
A global survey conducted by Alfresco has found some interesting trends within the use of open source software among enterprise users that show promise for the future of open source. It was found that there was a strong preference for deployment on Linux over Windows. It also found that Red Hat use has grown much faster than that of Novell SUSE following Novell's Microsoft patents deal.
Earlier this month, Intel and the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project announced that Intel has joined the OLPC board -- a surprise given the previously reported acrimonious relationship between the two organizations. We spoke with Will Swope, Intel's vice president of corporate affairs, about the reconciliation and what it means.
The efforts of Microsoft to pressure the Linux community over alleged and unspecified patents is akin to "patent terrorism", according to a local executive for Sun Microsystems.
At the O'Reilly Open Source Convention today, Software Freedom Law Center director Eben Moglen threw down the gauntlet to O'Reilly founder and CEO Tim O'Reilly. Saying that O'Reilly had spent 10 years making money and building the O'Reilly name, Moglen invited O'Reilly to stop being "frivolous" and to join the conversation about software freedom.
The question of Canonical's success seems answered, for now. A better question could be, how will Canonical avoid the pitfalls of success that have befallen other strong software companies?
One Laptop Per Child's XO (commonly referred to as the $100 laptop) is designed to change the world by bringing computing resources to children in the developing world. But the many innovations in the XO may also end up changing the world of technology.
Pyro is a new desktop environment for Linux which utilizes Firefox to run web applications alongside native desktop applications.
Version 3.0 of the Debian-based schools Linux distribution Skolelinux has been released. The latest release features support for more than 50 languages and includes a range of educational software.
Portable applications can come in handy when you are on the move, but there are situations when using them is not an option. For instance, before you connect an external hard disk or a USB stick to a public computer, you have to ask permission. More importantly, even if you get permission, you can never be sure what kind of nasty viruses and malware you will be getting on your storage device. But why bother with portable applications at all when you can have your very own Web-based operating system bundled with a few essential applications? That's the promise of eyeOS -- an impressive and surprisingly useful open source Web-based OS.
Red Hat is growing and executing well. Financial analysts expect Red Hat to hit $517M this year (fiscal 2008, ending Feb. 2008), and $631M in fiscal 2009. At this pace, Red Hat should cross the $1 billion revenue mark in fiscal 2011. Red Hat may well be the gorilla in the Open Source marketplace. But after everything is said and done, that marketplace is tiny in comparison to the total software market. Just imagine a Microsoft that could offer customers a choice of Windows/.NET, Linux/JEE or, and here's the magic, BOTH. The fact is most customers have heterogeneous environments, and those that don't today, will likely in the future.
[It's hard not to laugh out loud when reading stuff like this – Sander]
This week on Open News Microsoft's Patent Covenant Woes, Mozilla Protects Itself From IE, and No Steam For You.
Xen and lguest technologies have both been merged directly into the Linux kernel, opening up more virtualization avenues.
Thomas Gleixner described an effort to create a unified x86 architecture tree, "the core idea behind our project is simple to describe: we introduce a new arch/x86/ and include/asm-x86/ file hierarchy that includes all the existing 32-bit and 64-bit x86 code and allows the building of either a 32-bit (i386) kernel or a 64-bit (x86_64) kernel." Andi Kleen expressed some concern, "I think it's a bad idea because it means we can never get rid of any old junk. IMNSHO arch/x86_64 is significantly cleaner and simpler in many ways than arch/i386 and I would like to preserve that. Also in general arch/x86_64 is much easier to hack than arch/i386 because it's easier to regression test and in general has to care about much less junk. And I don't know of any way to ever fix that for i386 besides splitting the old stuff off completely."
Skolelinux version 3.0 (codenamed Terra) is now available for free download, the project's Oslo, Norway-based team announced on July 22. The distribution supports educational institutions in over 50 countries and has become part of the Debian project, where it is known as "Debian Edu."
In this article, I provide a survey of a number of popular Linux data visualization tools
and include some insight into their other capabilities. Finally, I identify the strengths of each tool to help you decide which is best for your application. The open source tools that I explore in this article are gnuplot, GNU Octave, Scilab, MayaVi, Maxima, and OpenDX.
The new PC-BSD 1.4 beta, released last week, offers 3-D desktop support via Beryl as well as late-model components such as KDE 3.5.7, FreeBSD 6.2, Xorg 7.2, a selection of fresh GUI tools and utilities, and a variety of optional components, as detailed in the full release notes. PC-BSD is a desktop-oriented distribution based on FreeBSD, similar to DesktopBSD, but outside the official FreeBSD project. It strives for user-friendliness primarily via a graphical installation program and a KDE graphical interface.
Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, announced on July 22 at the Ubuntu Live conference in Portland, Ore., the availability of Landscape, its Web-based systems management program for Ubuntu servers and desktops. Landscape will be available to Canonical's support subscribers. Landscape provides a key tool for the growing number of businesses that want to take advantage of the ease of use of Ubuntu and have previously seen system administration or support as a hurdle. This is Canonical's first native Ubuntu system deployment and management tool.
LXer Feature: 24-Jul-2007
An interview with Dave Wreski CEO of Guardian Digital, makers of EnGarde Secure Linux. I ask him how EnGarde came about, what makes EnGarde different and the effect if any, of the GPLv3 on the software in EnGarde. He answers all these questions and more, in The LXer Interview of Dave Wreski.
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