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Shun Linux and kiss your job security good-bye, part 1 [Interview with Robin Miller]

IT managers who think that their Microsoft certifications give them all the tenure they need are in for a rude awakening. In fact, says author Robin Miller, their pink slips are only a point-and-click away. Learn to use Linux, he said, or you'll be left behind. To help IT managers and users see how easy it is to use Linux, Miller has written Point & Click Linux: Your Guide to Trouble-Free Computing, which has just been published by Prentice Hall PTR. Miller, who is also editor-in-chief of Open Source Technology Group, offers tips on building Linux skills and easing a company and its users onto Linux desktops in this interview. In part two, he focuses on choosing tools and distributions and supporting Linux.

Polese opens up on open-source plans

  • CNET; By Martin LaMonica (Posted by dave on Jan 4, 2005 2:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SpikeSource, a start-up headed by computing industry veteran Kim Polese, has revealed more details of its plan to tap into the growing popularity of open-source software at corporations.

Why there's no need to abandon .NET for open source

A client recently greeted me with a barrage of complaints about Microsoft, product costs, and so forth. They wondered aloud whether they ought to assemble a strategy for moving to an open source platform to save money. Now, I'm not one to start an argument about the merits of consumer vs. open source. Rather, I took the opportunity to point out the open source route available to .NET connoisseurs.

Interview: Richard Stallman

  • KernelTrap (Posted by dave on Jan 4, 2005 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: GNU
We began this interview via email, but later had to finish by telephone after Richard Stallman fell and broke his arm. He was kind enough to speak with me at length, discussing his first contact with computers, his time in the AI lab, the current state of the GNU Hurd, his current role in the Free Software Foundation, the problems with non-free software, and much more. The following words offer much insight into how we got here, and what challenges we still face.

Xilinx Ships New Virtex-4 FX12 FPGA

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dave on Jan 4, 2005 1:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
First Virtex-4 Device with Embedded PowerPC Delivers 3x Performance Advantage

Lab will offer consulting on free software

  • Salem Statesman Journal (Posted by dave on Jan 4, 2005 1:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Open Source Laboratory at Oregon State University is planning informational outreach boot camps at businesses for staff to learn about open-source software. Open-source software is software available to anyone for free. The software is applied to applications such as word processing, spreadsheets and Web browsing.

Securing your workstation with Firestarter

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 4, 2005 1:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Firestarter is a GPL-licensed graphical firewall configuration program for iptables, the powerful firewall included in Linux kernels 2.4 and 2.6. Firestarter supports network address translation for sharing an Internet connection among multiple computers, and port forwarding for redirecting traffic to an internal workstation. Firestarter's clean and easy to use graphical user interface takes the time out of setting up a custom firewall.

Interview: Debian Project Leader Martin Michlmayr

In this interview, Martin Michlmayr, the Debian project leader, talks about Sarge, the next release of Debian GNU/Linux. One of the most significant improvements in Sarge over Woody, the last stable Debian release, is in the new user-friendly installer. Others include the addition of Apache 2.0.52, GNOME 2.8, KDE 3.2, and XFree86 4.3.

Linux gives tighter control over computer's users

  • The State (Posted by dave on Jan 4, 2005 4:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
To the list of reasons you may want to use Linux instead of Windows as your computer’s operating system, add one more: Control over users means control over evil software.

Linux continues inroads into server market

  • ComputerWorld (Posted by dave on Jan 4, 2005 3:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Linux server platform is becoming more varied -- and more capable, according to a recent report by IDC. The report noted that Linux is already well entrenched as a Web-centric server platform, in IT infrastructure roles and in the high-performance computing arena. In 2005, the report predicted, Linux will take on more workloads in the enterprise, such as hosting independent software vendor applications and databases.

Asian open-source standard eyes June release

  • Korea Herald (Posted by dave on Jan 4, 2005 3:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With the open-source movement gaining momentum regionally, software developers from Korea, Japan and China said they are nearing the completion of a compatible open-source operating system that will be promoted as an Asian standard.

The "Constant fiddling with Linux" myth

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jan 3, 2005 3:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I hear this canard over and over: that it takes constant attention to make a Linux installation work right, which means the cost of administering a Linux system is higher than maintaining one running a proprietary operating system. While it's true that you can spend almost every waking hour tweaking a Linux server, network or desktop, most Linux users don't need to do this any more than most car owners need to adjust their tire pressure to meet the demands of every road surface they encounter in the course of a day's driving.

Venezuela Orders Ministerial Migration to Open Source

  • TechNewsWorld (Posted by dave on Jan 3, 2005 3:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There are 14 ministries covered by Venezuela's first decree, which stipulates that government entities must complete the migration to open source within two years. Ministries can claim exemption if they can show that migrating from proprietary solutions would be impossible.

Ubuntu Linux Beefs Up International Screenshots

Ubuntu Linux has expanded their series of international screenshots. In addition to Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and French, they've now added Mandarin, Arabic, and Russian screenshots to their screenshots page.

Linux on the Desktop at work and worth it

  • (Posted by dave on Jan 3, 2005 2:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This post is in response to the various naysayers in these forums who say Linux on the business desktop is either not possible or not worth it.

Review: Small Business Accounting Software For Linux

  • LinuxPlanet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by dave on Jan 3, 2005 2:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Choosing small business or personal accounting software seems relatively simple: evaluate features, ease of use, price, support--the usual things. The one factor that can really drive you nuts is migrating away from an existing installation.

Windows, Linux Squeeze Unix

Linux distributions continue to amass on the border of Windows Server's enterprise territory, but top executives at Microsoft Corp. are not blinking. That's because the real battle for software growth this year, they say, will center on low-cost, high-volume x86 hardware and drawing enterprises away from proprietary Unix.

Linux Platform Ecosystem to Grow to $36 Billion by 2008

So just how big is the Linux ecosystem today, how fast is it growing, and how big is it going to get? These are the three questions that IT managers, independent software vendors, and IT hardware suppliers are all trying to answer as they map out their plans for the next several years. The answer to those questions, according to a study by IDC is big, fast, and a lot bigger.

Interview with PlaySMS project owner Anton Raharja

PlaySMS, a mobile application platform, was initially released on SourceForge almost a year ago. Since then it has been downloaded more than 11,000 times and built a community of more than 200 developers. Now on version 0.8, it is on track to release version 1.0 by the first quarter of next year.

Linux and Open Source: The 2005 Generation

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dave on Jan 3, 2005 9:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux and open source are at the heart of today's computing technology. Deal with it.

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