Switching over to Linux has been a gamble for many business people. They ask, "Who is going to support this thing?" That question has been the killer for many would-be Linux migration projects. In spite of distribution vendors and consulting firms offering a plethora of support services, companies have still been reluctant to change. Even if the new system had ultra-slick support tools built in, the disruption caused by retraining the operations staff in the Linux way of doing things was just too much to handle. QCD Microsystems hopes to overcome this migration barrier with their Interstructures product.
The first Linux World Conference and Expo to be held on African soil is being held in Sandton with keynote speaker Mark Shuttleworth of Ubuntu Linux
A new initiative by the two companies seeks to replace Solaris with Linux in the hearts and minds of users.
SA Linux "veterans" Obsidian Systems plan to use local show to launch their new corporate identity.
In a bid to fend off Sun's rejuvenated Solaris OS, Red Hat and Big Blue are teaming up to convince customers to migrate over to Linux.
Birmingham City Council has launched one of the UK's most ambitious open-source trials to date, shifting 1,500 client computers and associated server infrastructure to Linux and other open-source software.
The acceptance the web browser Firefox has garnered at enterprises is likely to take a step forward as it seems IBM is encouraging its employees to use it, aiding the open-source browser's quest to chip away at Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
In this informative article at DesktopLinux.com, guest columnist Michael C. Barnes provides an introduction to Puppy Linux, a "small Linux distribution" that offers an "amazing" combination of speed, size, completeness, and ease-of-use. Starting out more as a demonstration distro than a full desktop OS, Puppy Linux has rapidly "evolved into a real workhorse distribution whose completeness is astonishing," and that "should be part of any organization's enterprise tools," Barnes says.
To the Linux faithful, Microsoft is widely considered to be something akin to a minion of the king of the Underworld. When it comes to operating systems, Microsoft is undoubtedly the 800-pound gorilla that all other companies play second fiddle to; but the Linux phenomenon has given Microsoft pause. Linux represents a unique challenge to Microsoft, as it is somewhat decentralized, difficult to sue, and--given its free nature--difficult to undercut in price.
Opera Software recently released version 8.00 of its eponymous Web browser. I decided to see how the new version of the popular commercial browser compares to the open source Mozilla Firefox 1.0. I found both Firefox and Opera are capable browsers, and though they are very different, they each has much to offer any user.
Local training company Intoweb to launch web-based interactive OpenOffice.org 2.0 training package at LinuxWorld.
In March, Mozilla developer Mike Shaver agreed to answer some questions about the Lightning project, which aims to add calendaring and scheduling functionality to Mozilla Thunderbird. Mike has finally found time in his busy schedule to respond and his answers are now online. In line with the Mozilla project's mission to "preserve choice and innovation on the Internet", you can choose to read his replies on one of two different weblogs. Head to Simon Paquet's weblog for Mike's answers on a green background or go to Asa Dotzler's weblog for the lead Lightning developer's responses over yellow.
Consultants are economically dis-incented from building products software companies are dis-incented from giving it away and open source organizations get the support of techies but not end-users
MEPIS developer Warren Woodford announces that the latest SimplyMEPIS bootable CD begins shipping this week. Although a "minor update," SimplyMEPIS 3.3.1 is the version packaged and distributed by MEPIS's new ally, Technalign, as SimplyMEPIS XI, Woodford says.
EduBuntu and a local support partner for Ubuntu topped Shuttleworth's opening address at LinuxWorld yesterday. He also gave some hints on what to expect from Breezy Badger, the next release of Ubuntu expected in October.
Following the gradual path Linux took at one school in Italy
Ever since development of PixiePlus stalled, the average Linux user has been left short of a decent image management application. KimDaBa showed some early promise, but it needs some work on its often confusing interface to compete with iPhoto and Picasa, where ease of use is king. Hoping to fill the space is F-Spot, a new photo manager created by Larry Ewing, the man best known for having created the ubiquitous Linux mascot Tux.
Symphony OS is a new twist on the desktop and what it should be like. It is a live cd based on Knoppix, which is a solid and very high quality debian live cd. The desktop is called Mezzo which is built over FVWM which all comes together in a very easy to use easy to navigate and likable desktop.
Koders.com allows developers to identify and access millions of lines of code that can be leveraged for their development projects; calculate quantifiable benefits of code reuse
Intel and Novell on Monday said Linux is gaining on Microsoft's Windows operating system in Brazil thanks to government policies pushing open source software.