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Windows vs Linux: a modern desktop comparison

We've put together a series of Windows XP, SUSE 9.3 and Ubuntu 5.04 desktop screen shots as a side-by-side comparison of some of the common desktop features available in the modern operating system desktop.

Software firm settles GPL violation lawsuit

The UK subsidiary of security software firm Fortinet has settled an action brought against it because it was allegedly not complying with the terms of the General Public Licence (GPL), which underpins the distribution of most open source software.

Using Your Linux Desktop

This chapter introduces you to Linux Desktop's graphical user interface, which allows you to navigate the operating system. While this chapter is geared toward Linux novices, there are some hints and tips that will help even the experienced Linux user.

Open Source goes beyond software

  • Financial Express (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 4:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What began as the ‘free software’ movement, thanks to Richard Stallings, has matured over the years. It is not just a posturing alternative to the commercial ‘closed’ software.

Converting e-Books to Open Formats

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 4:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
E-books are a disappointing flurry of vendor-specific formats. Get them converted to HTML to view on your choice of device.

Report: Linux on the Desktop--Wide Deployment Soon?

Is Linux about to "make it big" on a lot more desktops worldwide? Executives from Novell and IBM expressed diametrically opposing opinions on this question, in a panel discussion at last week's "Linux on Wall Street" conference that also touched on the server and IP (intellectual property) sides of Linux. Jacqueline Emigh reports.

Making Packager-Friendly Software, Part 2

  • Onlamp (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 3:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
My previous article, Making Packager-Friendly Software, explains why software packaging is sometimes problematic due to real problems in the mainstream sources. It also discusses many issues that affect the distribution files and the configuration scripts (the most visible items when trying out a new program). This part explores the problems found in the build infrastructure and the code itself.

MontaVista Linux phones heading for US and Europe

  • The Register - Software: Operating Systems (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 3:02 PM EDT)
  • Groups: MontaVista; Story Type: News Story
From server to handsets - the struggle continues

Fortinet settles GPL violation lawsuit

  • The Register - Software: Developer (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 2:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The UK subsidiary of security software firm Fortinet has settled an action brought against it because it was allegedly not complying with the terms of the General Public Licence (GPL), which underpins the distribution of most open source software.

Mainstreaming open source is unstoppable

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 1:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A few weeks ago in these pages, my industry colleague and former Linux Australia president Pia Smith raised a number of issues which confront the open source space.

From the Editor: June 2005 - Other People's Problems

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 1:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Peer production is only the beginning. Today, the best software maintenance is part salesmanship.

An Open Letter to Linux Developers

Girding himself in asbestos, the author makes a plea to the developers of Linux.

Oracle Plans Open Source 'Installfest'

  • AllAfrica.com (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 12:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Oracle
Oracle SA will stage a Linux and Java 'installfest' that will allow developers to install the Oracle JDeveloper development toolset on Linux onto their own PCs at no cost. Oracle's installfest, to be held at the LinuxWorld conference, forms part of its strategy to increase the awareness and use of Novell's SUSE Linux, the Oracle JDeveloper suite and its complementary tools, as well as Oracle's Database 10/g/ Standard Edition 1, for up to two processors.

Readers chime in on pay vs. free Linux

Many readers commented on last week's report of a study by Evans Data, which said that in a poll of Linux developers, more coders who use Linux prefer to use non-commercial, or pre-packaged distributions of Linux, as opposed to shrink-wrapped Linux distributions from such vendors as Red Hat or SuSE. Of the 419 developers the research firm polled, 34% said they preferred to roll their own Linux, whereas 28% liked commercial Linux better. 

Windows Pocket PC and the Linux desktop

Linux and Microsoft's Pocket PC platform have different document formats. Since there is no automatic file synchronization program for Linux comparable to Windows' ActiveSync, Pocket PC users have problems not only with disparate file formats, but even file transfer between the two platforms. But there are ways to get them to talk to each other. I tested four of them and found that two worked well for me -- which doesn't mean the others won't work for you, just that I had trouble using them with my hardware and software.

Embedded Linux: Coming Soon to a Device Near You

Linux is engaged in a heated battle with Microsoft and other OSes to become the platform that powers billions of next-generation gadgets and devices. Find out what embedded Linux is and how it differs from traditional operating systems.

Novell continues to contribute, commit to Open Source

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 11:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
First Ximian, then SuSE Linux, Evolution Connector and Hula. Now Allison and JEMS. eWEEK.com's Darryl K. Taft explains how Novell Inc continues to increase its commitment to Open Source.

Red Hat launches Linux in Gujarati

  • Business Standard (Posted by dave on Apr 29, 2005 10:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
Red Hat India Pvt Ltd has launched the Gujarati version of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (RHEL), a Linux-based operating system. Red Hat aims at a wider reach in the country through a strategy that involves providing software at affordable prices. The company also is in talks with several state governments to implement its softwares in different departments.

Linux: Official Git Web Interface

Peter Anvin announced that an official git web interface is now available on kernel.org, using gitweb. Through the new interface, one can easily browse through Linus' official 2.6 git tree, along with several others. Following this announcement there was a brief discussion about the logical ordering of commits, complicated by the nature of distributed development.

Debian to drive Munich's Windows-to-Linux switch

The German city of Munich has opted to use the Debian version of Linux for a high-profile, 14,000-computer installation, passing over Novell's Suse Linux despite its regional popularity. Debian is a non-commercial version of Linux, though some companies such as Canonical and Progeny have based products on it. Two regional companies, Gonicus and Softcon, will help Munich with the project, called LiMux.

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