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Only in a bubble is Google's web WP an Office-killer

Analysis 'Lightweight, high-velocity and very connected' Explaining why she decided to sell the company, whose only product has been in a limited, closed beta for just six months, co-founder Claudia Carpenter wrote -

"We like lava lamps and they're pretty much standard decor at Google."

[ED: A really cynical take on market hysteria where Google is just one of the bad actors. - HC]

The Linux experiment, part 3

As you can see, my experimentation with Linux is not quite over. After writing last week’s column about my troubles installing Skype for Linux, I got an email from a Linux user who knew how to fix the problem. Interestingly, the online version of my column posted by Whistler Question each week ( was added to a Linux User’s Group (or LUG), and I got no fewer than seven responses in the two days after publication, all different, on how to fix the problem.

[ED: Here is a salient quote: "I find it very interesting that there is such a fervent and dedicated community of Linux users who want to help each other." Who was it that said LUGs were so yesterday. I hope I never see that day. - HC]

Analog - www logfiles Analizer Installation and Configuration in debian

  •; By (Posted by gg234 on Mar 11, 2006 7:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Analog - www logfiles Analizer Installation and Configuration in debian

COMRADES! GPLv3 is here!

The new general public licence has arrived. Paul Furber celebrates the Great Leap Forward of 2006.. "As you are aware from your compulsory weekly education classes, the old general public licence has resisted all attempts to overcome it. Many have tried. All have failed. Millions of companies have gone bankrupt trying to make money from it and over 100 governments have collapsed trying to oppose it -- which is, of course, just as we intended."

Tools: GCC 4.0.3

Mark Mitchell announced the availability ofGCC 4.0.3. He explains, "this release is a bug-fix release for problems in GCC 4.0.2. GCC 4.0.3 contains changes to correct regressions from previous releases, but no new features." GCC 4.0.2 [story] was released nearly 6 months ago in September of 2005. GCC 4.1.0 [story] was released in early March of 2006.

GCC is the GNU Compiler Collection which includes C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Java, and Ada compilers. Download GCC 4.0.3 from a gcc.gnu.orgmirror.

Second Beta of KOffice 1.5 Released

With more than 1500 improvements since the first beta release of the 1.5 series, the KOffice developers invite the user community for the final round of testing of KOffice 1.5 before the first release candidate.

Linux Advocacy…A Fool’s Errand or a Mission of Mercy?

  •; By helios (Posted by helios on Mar 11, 2006 4:41 PM EDT)
I also learned that people were not near as computer stupid as I had assigned them to be. While the Windows users just accepted the errors and mistakes, the Linux users were digging in the forums and wikis, trying to understand their new computers.

Fedora Core 5 Status

  • Mailing list; By Jeremy Katz (Posted by bstadil on Mar 11, 2006 2:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
Due to circumstances outside of our control, we're going to be unable to keep to the scheduled date of March 15th for the release of FC5 and instead are going to have to make the release date Monday, March 20th.

SGI Receives SAP Certification for Altix Line of Open-Source Linux Servers

With SGI Altix Option, New and Existing SAP Customers Can Improve ROI With Flexible Linux Environments

[ED: Just wish SAP(ians) would make up their minds: either F/OSS stinks or it's Great! Come on, you been studying out in the Sun too long. - HC]

Red Hat releases big-iron update

An update to the company's premium Linux version now supports 64-processor servers. And, bigger configurations are on the way.

Time to stick a fork in the GIMP?

Some people like the GIMP, the open source community's answer to Adobe Photoshop, but a recent survey by Novell showed that Photoshop is one of the top three applications Linux users want ported to their platform, which indicates the GIMP may not be meeting the needs of Linux users. Designers' efforts to improve the GIMP have failed in the past. Maybe now is the time for a more radical approach.

Why LUGs matter

Virtually the same day I read Joe Barr's article "Do LUGs still matter?" I received an email message saying that someone was setting up a new Linux user group (LUG) in my hometown. I attended the first couple of meetings of this group with Joe's article in mind, and with the perspective of a free software advocate, not a Linux or open source advocate. The experience made me realize LUGs do still matter, perhaps more than ever, although for different reasons than they once did.

Is Google About To Buy Sun Microsystems?

  •; By Daniel M. Harrison (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 11, 2006 7:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Daniel M Harrison's take on what is really going on with Google and Sun.. "Anyone who thinks Google can continue its phenomenal growth without a platform to combine hardware, storage, StarOffice, JAVA, and Solaris ought to think again - the combinations are the only competitive advantage that can enable them to trade at a P/E of 100 - and perhaps way above." [Ed: Google and Sun, one company? It sounds like two Ogres trying to tap dance to me. - sharkscott]

Recent Distro & OSS Reviews

A unique site specializing in Linux Distro reviews. Latest include: First Look at SimplyMEPIS 3.4-3, Kororaa XGL LiveCD, Yoper 3.0 Beta, GRML, Gentoo Linux 2006.0, GoblinX Premium 2006.1, Fedora Core 5 Test 3, SuSE 10.1 Beta 6, MandrivaOne - a livecd.

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Shuttleworth wants six week delay for Dapper

Mark Shuttleworth has called for a six-week delay on Ubuntu Dapper Drake, hoping to harden, polish and localise the operating system that he sees as Ubuntu's first enterprise-ready desktop. This would be the first break in Ubuntu's six-month release cycle.

Debian Stabilizing the Linux Landscape

  • Lxer Day Desk; By Tom Adelstein, Editor-in-Chief (Posted by tadelste on Mar 11, 2006 6:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features

The people who first brought us GNU/Linux intended to offer an operating system you could freely download and who's code you could freely have and change. At the end of the Dot-COM boom, part of the investment community led by Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists such as Kleiner Perkins fell in love with Linux companies and funded several taking a few public. But no one could "get to" Debian. Thank you, Smith Barney.

An Interview with Christof Wittig: CEO db4objects and President

In the continuing series of interviews focused on databases, Christof Wittig contatced TxtEdMacs describing revived effort to set new specifications for Object databases. Soon afterwards Christof accepted an offer to be interviewed on the topic and TxtEdMacs, who had tired of the usual set of resultant evasive, market speak jumped fully into the effort. Unfortunately for Txt., instead of being able to show off he was used by Christof to mop the floor. To say the interview was refreshing and direct is an understatement. So read on.

Extreme OS Makeover: Ubuntu To The Rescue

  LXer Feature: 6-Mar-06

Charlotte, NC - LXer editor Don Parris gives a family of computer novices an extreme OS makeover when their Windows system proved unreliable. This is just one example of how people around the United States, and in other countries, are discovering the freedom of a GNU/Linux system. LXer will be tracking the couple, who are just beginning to venture into the wild world of computing. Share your conversion experiences with LXer.

Why People Like Linux

GNU/Linux has a rapidly growing user base according to our polls. Today, we posted articles from Belfast, India, Wales, Croatia, Glasgow, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the UK and Massachusetts. On other days, we see articles from many other countries. We have readers from 165 countries and more often than not our US readership runs only about 50%.

Is price the only reason for the interest? Unlike the early days when Linux provided a learning platform for people who couldn't afford UNIX, price seems the least important reason.

What about the Microsoft alternative? Again, we saw that as barely a factor. People just like Linux.

Free software history and evolution in the former Soviet Union: Russian Federation, Belarus, Ukraine

  • Free Software Magazine; By Gianluca Pignalberi (Posted by fsmdave on Mar 11, 2006 4:29 AM EDT)
A short analysis of the free software world in three countries of the former Soviet Union

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