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My desktop OS: Ubuntu

A few months ago I selected Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) as the new operating system on the Acer TravelMate T290LMI notebook I use at home and for work. In past years I tried other Linux distributions and always returned to Windows. Now I'm sticking with Ubuntu, but I haven't been able to give up Windows altogether yet.

OpenVZ Project Releases Beta for Latest Linux Kernel

he OpenVZ project (www.openvz.org) today announced improved features and performance of its operating system level server virtualization software technology.

Firefox Extensions Say it All

  • LXer.com; By Tom Adelstein, Editor-in-Chief (Posted by tadelste on Feb 1, 2006 5:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: LXer Features


If you have any doubts about the source of innovation in information technology, you should look at the Mozilla web site. I just counted 1,028 extensions contributed by the community. Then take a look at the themes section. Even the colossus of Redmond with its billions of dollars hasn't mustered that kind of development effort for IE from its community over the years. Now, let's get familiar with underlying reasons.

Red Hat Takes UTI Bank On Linux Ride

Tuesday, January 31, 2006: New Delhi: Red Hat has successfully migrated UTI Bank's critical customer relationship management (CRM) applications on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform.

Interview: Ken Starks, Lobby4Linux

Ken Starks is a man with a mission: He wants to see Linux succeed on the desktop. To that end, Starks has been beating the drum for Linux on his Lobby4Linux Web site the past year or so. More recently, he has launched something called The Austin Project, which has since been renamed to Linux4Austin. The project aims to bring desktop Linux to the attention of the masses with a radio ad campaign.

A reaction to ReactOS

  • Free Software Magazine; By David Sugar (Posted by fsmdave on Feb 1, 2006 3:15 AM EDT)
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Some say ReactOS may slow GNU/Linux adoption, or development of pure GNU/Linux applications. This may be true, but I look at the question differently.

Red Hat Joins Laptops for Children Initiative

RALEIGH – Red Hat is lending its support to the One Laptop Per Child Initiative, an effort to provide $100 laptops to students in developing nations and emerging markets.

SGI Highlights Key Sales, Groundbreaking New Products in Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2006

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 1, 2006 1:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Major sales to new customers around the world and the introduction of breakthrough high- performance computing (HPC) solutions marked the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2006 for Silicon Graphics (OTC: SGID), the company announced today.

The Open Source Storage Holy Grail

  • Computer Business Review; By Tim Stammers (Posted by tadelste on Feb 1, 2006 12:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM hopes that its Aperi open source initiative will open up the storage market and banish proprietary technologies from the sector.

Big Blue frees up DB2 Express-C

IBM is offering a free version of its database manager, DB2 Express-C, in a bid to lure software developers to work on it. IBM's offering comes fast on the heels of similar offerings by Microsoft and Oracle and joins MySQL and PostgreSQL as free databases that can be easily downloaded.

Open source's other advantage

  • Rough Type Blog; By Nicolas Carr (Posted by bstadil on Jan 31, 2006 10:58 PM EDT)
An interesting research paper by three Harvard scholars, reveals that the apparent weakness of the open-source organizational model - the constraints on close collaboration among programmers - may actually be a hidden strength.

The research implies that open source's advantage doesn't stem from the strength of the programmer community. It stems from the weakness of that community.

Goobuntu screenshots

  • Slashdot Comments; By Bjorn Stadil (Posted by bstadil on Jan 31, 2006 10:30 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
The rumor mill is active again concerning a Google Linux distribution. Whatever the case might be someone has posted screenshots of the alleged internal effort dubbed Goobuntu

See here and here

Mozilla Reborn: SeaMonkey 1.0 Is Released

Firefox and Thunderbird may have the headlines, but the all-in-one Web browser/e-mail package lives on in the Mozilla Foundation's brand-new SeaMonkey.

Bingo, Boise!

  • www.technetra.com; By Alolita Sharma (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 31, 2006 8:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Forget the Desktop! The new computer game is consumers and convergence. By the time Linux wins the hearts and minds of the PC desktop, everyone else will have forgotten that unfortunate analogy from the era when people worked in offices with desks and pushed paper

Debian Founder Ian Murdock Appointed Chief Technology Officer of ...

The Free Standards Group (FSG), a not-for-profit organization that develops and promotes open source software standards, today announced Debian founder Ian Murdock has been appointed its chief technology officer and elected chair of the Linux Standard Base workgroup. As founder of Debian -- one of the most successful open source projects in history -- and commercial custom Linux platform provider Progeny, Murdock brings unmatched experience building open source communities, driving technical consensus and solving Linux distribution challenges. His experience will immediately enhance the open standards initiatives of the Free Standards Group and the Linux Standard Base.

Red Hat's techie with a business head

ZDNet UK spoke to Cox last week about a wide range of topics, including the next version of the GPL, software patents, the kernel development process and Linux on the desktop.

Everything Your Professor Failed to Tell You About Functional Programming

Computer science is the womanizer, and math is the pure-hearted girl he won't call the next day.

Why Linux on Clusters?

Linux on HPC clusters seems to be an obvious choice. It was not, however, a forgone conclusion that Linux would end up leading the supercomputing parade when Tom Sterling and Don Becker used it to build the first Beowulf cluster. Inquiring minds want to know "Why Linux on Clusters?"

Uk Linux guru backs GPL 3

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Jan 31, 2006 5:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: GNU
Cox told ZDNet UK that he thinks many of the changes in GPL 3 are sound: "The majority of it looks very sensible, such as letting copyright information be displayed in an About box, rather than relying on command line instructions [as is the case in GPL 2]. Some of the more contentious stuff has sensibly been made optional," he said, in an interview with ZDNet UK.

K Desktop Environment 3.5.1 Released

KDE 3.5.1 was released today, featuring fixes to over 150 reported bugs and many other small improvements making this the most stable and feature-rich Unix desktop ever

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