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Against whom is Linux competing?

  • ZDNet; By Marc Wagner is Services Development Specialist, UITS, Student Technology Centers at Indiana Universi (Posted by Abe on Sep 13, 2005 5:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community, Microsoft
In the closing of his article What Linux needs to succeed, Paul Murphy writes of Linux devotees:

Stop trying to make Linux look like Windows, don't put those [Windows] people in charge, and don't let anyone pretend that Linux is some kind of cheaper Windows replacement. Linux is what it is: Unix, and it takes different reflexes, different ideas about networks, about the role of the computer, about data storage, and about application management to make it work.

While I agree with a number of his conclusions (such as the relative strengths of Solaris, BSD, and Linux distantly followed by Windows), I think he misses the point.

VMware beta ups multiprocessor abilities

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Sep 13, 2005 5:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Workstation 5.5, due out later this year, lets one computer simultaneously run several operating systems.

Edubuntu 5.10 Preview Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - Edubuntu is a partner project of Ubuntu Linux, a distribution suitable for classroom use. A preview of the project's upcoming release 5.10 "Breezy Badger" has been released for download and testing.

OSDir has some sweet shots of Edubuntu 5.10 Preview.

Novell, SugarCRM Sweeten SMB Program

The Linux back-office Sugar Suite is the first CRM product to be added to Novell's Market Start program.

Mozilla Developer Center in Beta

The Mozilla Developer Center is now in beta at Known as Devmo to its friends, the Mozilla Developer Center is a new site for coders wishing to build upon the Mozilla platform.

Linux Professional Institute Certification Training Videos Now Available From CBT Nugget

The Linux operating system continues to increase in popularity. This growth has created a greater demand for qualified and trained technicians. CBT Nuggets has produced a series of training videos focussing on the Linux operating system and the Linux Professional Instute's intermediate level certification.

Strategic thinking and Open IT systems go together

With the increasing use of open standards and open source, often brought about because of the transition to service oriented architecture (SOA), it's important to stop and think strategically about your IT systems from the "open" perspective. Bob Sutor, Vice President of Standards and Open Source for the IBM Corporation, shares his views on SOA and web services.

Sun makes peace with the Linux world

Sun is 'done with the competitive rhetoric' when it comes to Linux, according the firm's chief executive

Panasonic to invest in embedded-Linux start-ups

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Sep 13, 2005 12:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Company's venture capital arm is looking to work with four to five start-ups, helping them develop technology and find partners.

SA geek scores top marks in Novell exams

RedLinX technical manager Trevor Fraser recently topped the marks charts when he scored an almost perfect 99.25% in recent Novell CLE exams.

BitTorrent for Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 13, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The BitTorrent protocol implements a hybrid client/server and P2P file transfer mechanism. BitTorrent efficiently distributes large amounts of static data, such as installation ISO images. It can replace protocols such as anonymous FTP, where client authentication is not required. Each BitTorrent client that downloads a file provides additional bandwidth for uploading the file, reducing the load on the initial source. In general BitTorrent downloads proceed more rapidly than FTP downloads.

AquaticPrime open-source licensing introduced

  • Macworld (Posted by dave on Sep 13, 2005 10:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Knoxville, Tenn.-based Aquatic has introduced AquaticPrime 1.0, an open source software licensing scheme aimed at helping shareware developers to protect their software against piracy. It’s compatible with Mac OS X v10.3 or later and works with both Cocoa and Carbon applications.

Msdn Opens Up to Firefox, Opera

MSDN announced last week that it had tweaked its subscriber download site in order to make it compatible with both Firefox and Opera. There are some issues, such as extra work needed in installing the File Transfer Manager, however developers are working on a new version of the FTM that should correct final problems.

Windows-to-Linux desktop migration tips: Why to switch, how to plan

  • Enterprise Linux Tips; By Jan Stafford (Posted by tadelste on Sep 13, 2005 9:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Businesses should switch from Windows to Linux desktops because Linux's technology is superior, according to Jon Walker, CTO of Versora. There are plenty of other reasons to make the switch, said Walker. Linux is a more secure operating system, extends the life of personal computers, erases vendor lock-in and carries lower license and support fees. In this tip, based on Walker's migration workshops, we present his reasons why businesses should move to Linux desktop and good practices for planning that migration.

Is desktop Linux stuck on stupid?

What really scares Microsoft is innovation, not copy-cat desktops. If you want to see the kind of visceral hatred fear inspires, check out Ballmer's antics over Google. Or, for a more subdued example, read Doug Barney's put down of the Unix business architecture (big servers, smart display desktops) in a recent RedmondMag Editorial.

rPath, a Startup Led by Ex-Red Hat Executives, Raises $6.4M

rPath’s focus is customized Linux applications based on an open -source project known as Conary. According to Information Week, rPath will offer “a new way to build and maintain Linux without the overhead” required with other solutions such as Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux.

AIB embraces Linux-based solutions

Andrew Johnston, senior technology architect at the AIB Group told Electric News.Net that the bank was utilising the replacement of aging branch systems based on Windows 3.1 and IBM OS/2 to implement new functionality offered by a Linux setup.

Internet Startup Tackles Password Security, Identity Theft ...

Passguard (, an advanced Login Manager toolbar for Firefox, Mozilla and Netscape browsers. Passguard is a bookmark, password management and login assistant that offers enhanced security, bookmark search, speedy site retrieval and automatic logins.

New distro, Ultima 4 Reviewed

Ultima can be described very simply: it is Slackware pre-configured into a very useable desktop. So, DO expect Slackware's stability, performance and simplicity, as well as low hardware requirements. DO NOT expect cutting edge technologies and latest versions of packages - Slackware, and therefore Ultima, stick to what works for them. In particular, they still use 2.4.x kernels, though 2.6.x kernel is supposed to be available somewhere (but if it appeared anywhere as an option during the installation, I missed it).

Patent reform: Who's on first?

  • ZDNet; By Declan McCullagh (Posted by tadelste on Sep 13, 2005 9:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Microsoft has been especially critical of a legal framework that causes it to spend $100 million a year defending itself against 35 to 40 lawsuits at any one time. But what spurred the company to team up with Smith was a jury that awarded one-man software company Eolas Technologies $565 million in damages--a decision that has been partially reversed--in a patent dispute over Microsoft's Internet Explorer. "We really feel that there's a litigation lottery," said David Kaefer, Microsoft's director of intellectual-property licensing. "People roll the die and hope that their number comes up big."

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