Celebrating one month of KDE 3.3 out in the wild, userinstinct put together a usability review with user testing. "Based on feedback from our test group, the default settings for a number of KDE parameters differ from what is usually expected and desired by users. Providing better defaults would reduce the time users spend looking for configuration settings and would provide a better "out-of-the-box" experience."
Windows is 'free' in Iran, but even there is an increasing move towards Linux, according to an AFP report. Apparently, because Iran refuses to abide by international copyright laws, pirated copies of Windows make the product free and everyone uses it.
Those of us that Unix operating systems on a regular basis are familiar with the stability and ubiquity but familiarity and consistency? While the former is exactly where it should be the latter needs some work. Peter Colijn submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews which suggests that as Unix migrates to the desktop, this is the next step that needs to be address for greater acceptance.
Today, Sun Microsystems is holding a news conference in New York City to tout "a new vision" for selling Solaris-based products to Wall Street and the financial services community. In the words of President and COO Jonathan Schwartz, Sun is focused on "reengaging" customers on Wall Street. He promises new technologies, new strategies and "connecting of the dots" for customers. Sound familiar? It should.
Wall Street Solutions Provider will use POWER5 Technology to Speed Clients’ Brokerage and Trading Operations
Recently Mailroute, a company that provides virus and spam filtering for businesses, switched its GNU/Linux-based servers from SCSI to Serial ATA disks and saved itself a lot of money. The switchover wouldn't have been possible without Broadcom's new SATA RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) controller, the RAIDCore BC4852.
Rsync is a command line utility traditionally used in synchronizing files between two computers, but rsync can also be used as an effective backup tool. This free and powerful tool is simple enough for anyone to use on their Linux desktop.
The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the premier Linux certification organization world wide (http://www.lpi.org), together with its affiliate LPI-German, announced that Hewlett-Packard Education Services had become its most recent sponsor. Hewlett-Packard Germany was providing the sponsorship to LPI international to assist with LPI-German marketing and business development activities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
A bug in a Microsoft system compounded by human error was ultimately responsible for a three-hour radio breakdown that left hundreds of aircraft aloft without guidance [...] In one case, a pilot had to take evasive action.
Deal with your relational databases with a cross-platform, object-oriented layer that takes the hassle out of Model-View-Controller application development.
If you're looking for a broad understanding of Linux clusters, this might be the reference text for you.
Is the U.S. federal government moving toward adoption of Linux and open source solutions? The answer is yes. The only question is "how fast?"
The Atlanta company, which calls itself a "professional open source" company, said JBoss AS 4.0 has achieved certification for J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) version 1.4 for which it had to pass more than 23,000 tests of the Test Compatibility Kit.
Linux is expected to make steady gains over the next few years on the desktop PCs of small businesses, according to a new report.
Open-source software is rapidly creeping into all aspects of the corporate infrastructure, and management tools appear to be the most recent invaders.
What seems to be a blunder by the Motion Picture Association of America in its hunt for online pirates has prompted Linux Australia to contact its legal representatives and warn of a possible breach of Australian law.
The Gentoo User Survey has been released. This survey is meant to get some feedback from Gentoo Linux users and give us a feel on how Gentoo is being used and what we can do to improve. The survey should take around ten minutes to complete and will be available through the rest of September. Upon registering for the survey at our new Survey site an activation code will be sent to your email address.
The KOffice team is happy to bring you the third bugfix package that builds upon the previous 1.3.x versions, with many fixes, mainly in the core libraries and in some filters. But there is also a fully new and complete translation for KOffice: Welsh. See the release notes and the complete list of changes.
Using its strengths in virtual machine technology, VMWare Inc. on Monday unwrapped new beta software for the desktop that allows administrators to more securely deploy and mange work environments outside the corporate network.
MandrakeSoft SA has updated its version of the Linux operating system and has announced plans to raise $7.3m via a capital share increase and move to the Euronext Nouveau Marche in order to fund and facilitate new acquisitions.