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Revisiting Novell's Linux desktop interface

A few issues back, in talking about client services for Linux desktops, I mentioned the two major graphical user interfaces for Linux: GNOME and KDE. A few of you wrote in to say that you'd heard Novell was creating a new GUI for its Novell Linux Desktop package which would be a blend, a mélange, a combination of these two. So I looked into it.

A Firm Foundation for the Linux Desktop

  • O'Reilly's Linux Dev Center; By Andy Oram (Posted by isam on Oct 30, 2004 6:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups:
A look into the History of X, and thoughts about "What's Next for X?"..

What your choice of Linux distribution says about you

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 30, 2004 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many Linux newbies -- or wanna-be newbies -- get hung up over the choice of their initial distribution. We here at NewsForge have put a lot of thought into this, and have decided to share our best thinking on the subject in order to help ease you newbies out of the monopoly spread into the Linux world. The most important thing for newbies to consider is this: what does your choice of distributions say about you?

The Best Free Desktop Linux . . .and how to make it better

  •; By Michael C. Barnes (Posted by dave on Oct 29, 2004 4:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Continuing his quest for the perfect Linux desktop, Michael C. Barnes gives readers an in-depth analysis of the technologies that make open source a great alternative to proprietary operating systems. Examining the various components that constitute a complete system, Barnes provides practical advice and instruction on how to improve your desktop experience and productivity with freely available software. He reviews desktop environments, communications using voice-over-IP, common applications, and more.

KDE: Breaking the Network Barrier

In this month's KDE: From the Source, entitled Breaking the Network Barrier George Staikos takes us on a walk-through of KDE's desktop networking protocol handlers in the vein of sftp:// webdav:// and a few really nifty ones I wasn't aware of like info:/ perldoc:/ and tar:/. The entire KDE desktop environment is decked out like this, and as George puts it, "Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X have a long way to go to catch up with the robust, transparent functionality that KDE has provided since version 2.0."

Linux Java Desktop System R2 Gets MySQL 4.17

The JDS Community Web Site has provided MySQL 4.17 RPMS to the repository

Linux Journal Readers' Choice Awards 2004

This years awards go to a number of great projects and sites. Results are a good indication of real choices of Linux community. For me, the most interesting fact is that Frozen Bubble is the most popular game.

HP, SuSE target German public sector

The German subsidiaries of Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) and Novell Inc. are teaming to offer Linux-based products to the country's huge public sector.

Chinese vendor offers Linux mobile platform

  • InfoWorld:; By John Blau (Posted by dave on Oct 29, 2004 11:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After launching two of the world's first Linux smart phones, China's E28 Ltd. is now offering handset manufacturers the opportunity to license its software and hardware designs based on the increasingly popular open-source operating system.

RedHat vs Sun: The four way Handicap match

People have been debating on the RedHat vs Sun “i-can-accuse-you-better-in-my-blog” clashes. One can find every newsite, every analyst and heck every tom, dick and harry taking one side or the other of the supposedly two-way battle. But is it really two-way….. and are they really fighting or just doing business?

Is the Mainstream Ready for Linux?

  • PC World (Posted by dave on Oct 29, 2004 10:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Research: Businesses are going open source, but OS may still be too technical for most users.

An MPlayer project update

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 29, 2004 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
MPlayer, a popular movie player application, has been in the 1.0 release candidate stage since September 2003. We caught up with some of the developers of this huge project for an update.

Morton wins AUUG open source tech award

  • The Age (subscription) (Posted by dave on Oct 29, 2004 10:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Kernel
Andrew Morton, maintainer of the 2.6 series Linux kernel, has won the Technology Award presented by the Australian UNIX and Open Systems Users Group as part of its Open Source Awards for 2004.

Not So Fast, Linux

  • BusinessWeek; By Andy Reinhardt (Posted by dave on Oct 29, 2004 9:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Many European local governments are thinking about ditching Windows, but Microsoft is fighting back.

Mandrakesoft screams as Linux OS uprooted

  • The Inquirer (Posted by dave on Oct 29, 2004 9:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mandrakelinux 10.1 Officiel [sic] comes with extended support for mobile devices, better hardware compatibility and application upgrades.

KDE and the Linux Journal 2004 Readers' Choice Awards

KDE and its various applications have featured very well in the Linux Journal 2004 Readers' Choice Awards which are published in the November issue of the magazine. Most importantly, in the category of "Favorite Desktop Environment", KDE came in first followed by GNOME. The trend over recent years has shown KDE gaining more and more popularity over GNOME and this year KDE received two votes for every one that GNOME received.

Linux: Efficient Cross Compiling

In a posting to the lkml, Al Viro offered a guide on how to cross-compile multiple platforms in parallel.

Boot Linux faster

  • IBM developerWorks; By James Hunt (Posted by VISITOR on Oct 29, 2004 7:59 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
This article shows you how to improve the boot speed of your Linux system without compromising usability. Essentially, the technique involves understanding system services and their dependencies, and having them start up in parallel, rather than sequentially, when possible.

Full speed ahead for Open/Speedshop

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Oct 29, 2004 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SGI; Story Type: News Story
Silicon Graphics (SGI) announced last week it was teaming with the U.S. Department of Energy to begin work on Open/Speedshop, an open source version of SGI's performance analysis tool Speedshop designed to run on Linux platforms. The tool will be issued under a yet unnamed open source license.

TimeSys offers carrier-grade, real-time Linux

  • Network World on Linux; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by dave on Oct 29, 2004 5:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The latest advancement of embedded Linux as a telco platform was the release last week of a registered Linux distribution from TimeSys that complies with the Open Source Development Lab's (OSDL) Carrier Grade Linux 2.0 specifications.

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