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Does Linux really need a "killer app" to succeed?

In the late 1990s, we thought Linux needed a "killer app" that would make general PC users view Linux as a necessity the same way they first viewed Windows as a necessity due to Microsoft Office. However, a new direction in open source adoption seems to be emerging that might require a re-think and a change in our perspective.

Canopy Coup? SCO's Parent Dumps Top Execs

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Dec 24, 2004 3:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SCO
The Canopy Group has ousted its CEO and CFO, leaving questions about whether subsidiary SCO will continue its Linux-related lawsuits.

Will Microsoft Lose The Browser Wars?

Despite lawsuits and charges of unfair competition from the likes of Netscape and others, Microsoft dominates browser software with over 90% market share.

Eu grants more funding for open source project

  • Computer Business Review (Posted by dave on Dec 24, 2004 1:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
European researchers have been granted a second round of funding of nearly $3m by the European Union to develop software tools for open source projects. Click here to find out more!

How XML Brings a Boost to Open Source Projects

  • OpenEnterpriseTrends.com (Posted by dave on Dec 24, 2004 12:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Senior devs at Quadrix Solutions have found XML can bring some powerful boosts to core Open Source stand-alone apps. Notably in the areas of apps integration and performance.

Mobile Linux gets another boost

  • The Inquirer (Posted by dave on Dec 24, 2004 11:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's intriguing to see who else has invested in Montavista (a total of $75 million to date). Investors include handset suppliers like Siemens, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic Toshiba, and Ericsson. There's a whole bunch of VCs too as well as the China Development Industrial Bank. But what's this? Chipmakers Infineon, IBM Microelectronics, and Yamaha. Plus Intel, of course.

Honeypot Project Finds Unpatched Linux PCs Stay Secure Online For Months

  • TechWeb (Posted by dave on Dec 24, 2004 10:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The average unpatched Linux system survives for months on the Internet before being hacked, a report recently issued by the Honeypot Project claims. The life expectancy of Linux has lengthened dramatically since 2001 and 2002, the project said, from a mere 72 hours two and three years ago to an average of three months today.

Craft a load-balancing cluster with ClusterKnoppix

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 24, 2004 9:31 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The cluster, a collection of computers that work together, is an important concept in leveraging computing resources because of its ability to transfer workload from an overloaded system (or node) to another system in the cluster. This article explains how to set up a load-balancing Linux cluster using Knoppix-based LiveCDs.

Introduction to Inkscape 0.4

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 24, 2004 8:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Inkscape is an open source vector art application that features a powerful and intuitive interface that imbues even the most novice user with the ability to produce high-quality, scalable art.

Linux life-span on the up

  • Computer Business Review (Posted by dave on Dec 24, 2004 7:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Random acts of senseless violence against Linux and Unix servers have dramatically decreased recently, with the average low-value Linux box expected to last a few months before being compromised, a report out this week says.

Analysis: The business case for desktop Linux

  • Computerworld Australia (Posted by dave on Dec 24, 2004 6:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's one of the perennial questions facing the open source movement: Is Linux ready for the corporate desktop? Ready or not, Linux is coming.

Firefox Ad Boosts Downloads

Last week's two-page advertisement in the The New York Times paid for by fans of Mozilla's Firefox browser is bringing in more downloads.

What Makes a Good Open Source Product

This article explores a few thoughts and observations that I see as relevant for the creation and marketing of open source in the real world. It is based on part of the keynote "How to Eat an Elephant" which I presented at the AUUG Annual Conference in Melbourne, September 20041.

Microsoft Court Loss Might Not Help Open Source, Samba Leader Says

  • Information Week; By Charles Babcock (Posted by dave on Dec 23, 2004 5:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
Unless Microsoft licenses its communication protocols differently, open-source projects can't make much use of them.

Scripting with dmidecode

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 23, 2004 4:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The recent Newsforge article about dmidecode got me thinking: what other practical applications are there for dmidecode? As that article points out, there isn't a lot of software out there that makes real use of the dmidecode data. Let's see if we can change that.

A decisive victory for open source in the political arena

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 23, 2004 3:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In political campaigns, flexibility, speed, and cost really are killer apps. Candidates are more interested in results than process. Strangely enough, open source solutions really fit well into this kind of environment.

Review: CentOS: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Minus Red Hat

Users who want Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS3 without actually paying money for it have a number of options, including downloading and compiling or outright stealing (not recommended). Or you can find a free distribution that has put all the packages together for you. Such is CentOS.

Emulator-friendly Linux code

  • IBM developerWorks; By Peter Seebach (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 23, 2004 1:25 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Computers have been emulating other computers for a long time, often to access a legacy application or to use applications written for a popular OS on a system with a more stable, responsive OS. As Linux grows in popularity, developers need to examine their options when planning binaries that will run on non-Linux systems.

My Rebuttal To Aaron Siego

Aaron Siego, one of the KDE developers, recently posted a very public rant against porting OSS applications to proprietary platforms like win32. I a self professed zealot for all things FOSS, strongly disagree with Mr. Siego. The proceeding is my rebuttal to his statements.

An Open-Source Solution For Content Management

  • Information Week (Posted by dave on Dec 23, 2004 11:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The open-source arena now has its own world-class content-management system: Plone. If you're a solution provider considering a CMS for a client, or perhaps a collaborative portal for your own company, take a look at Plone. You won't be sorry.

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