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Recent stories about open source technology in government raises the question of whether CIOs of municipalities are serious about moving to Linux and open source technology, or if they are just using the threat of such a switch as a way to either get Microsoft to lower pricing on its software, or to force the dominant desktop software vendor to add new features?
Buffalo Linux is a relatively new GNU/Linux distribution based on Debian and the Linux-Live scripts. It includes many commonly used and essential programs on a live CD with the ability to easily install to hard disk. I ran into a few problems, but found Buffalo is worth looking into.
REALbasic 2005 for Linux is powerful and easy-to-use and it is helping to bring new software to the Linux platform, because it's similar to Visual Basic, for the first time, the more than three million Visual Basic developers around the world can leverage their skills to create software for Linux
In the closing of his article What Linux needs to succeed, Paul Murphy writes of Linux devotees:
Stop trying to make Linux look like Windows, don't put those [Windows] people in charge, and don't let anyone pretend that Linux is some kind of cheaper Windows replacement. Linux is what it is: Unix, and it takes different reflexes, different ideas about networks, about the role of the computer, about data storage, and about application management to make it work.
While I agree with a number of his conclusions (such as the relative strengths of Solaris, BSD, and Linux distantly followed by Windows), I think he misses the point.
Workstation 5.5, due out later this year, lets one computer simultaneously run several operating systems.
- Edubuntu is a partner project of Ubuntu Linux, a distribution suitable for classroom use. A preview of the project's upcoming release 5.10 "Breezy Badger" has been released for download and testing.
OSDir has some sweet shots of Edubuntu 5.10 Preview.
The Linux back-office Sugar Suite is the first CRM product to be added to Novell's Market Start program.
The Mozilla Developer Center is now in beta at developer.mozilla.org. Known as Devmo to its friends, the Mozilla Developer Center is a new site for coders wishing to build upon the Mozilla platform.
The Linux operating system continues to increase in popularity. This growth has created a greater demand for qualified and trained technicians. CBT Nuggets has produced a series of training videos focussing on the Linux operating system and the Linux Professional Instute's intermediate level certification.
With the increasing use of open standards and open source, often brought about because of the transition to service oriented architecture (SOA), it's important to stop and think strategically about your IT systems from the "open" perspective. Bob Sutor, Vice President of Standards and Open Source for the IBM Corporation, shares his views on SOA and web services.
Sun is 'done with the competitive rhetoric' when it comes to Linux, according the firm's chief executive
Company's venture capital arm is looking to work with four to five start-ups, helping them develop technology and find partners.
RedLinX technical manager Trevor Fraser recently topped the marks charts when he scored an almost perfect 99.25% in recent Novell CLE exams.
The BitTorrent protocol implements a hybrid client/server and P2P file transfer mechanism. BitTorrent efficiently distributes large amounts of static data, such as installation ISO images. It can replace protocols such as anonymous FTP, where client authentication is not required. Each BitTorrent client that downloads a file provides additional bandwidth for uploading the file, reducing the load on the initial source. In general BitTorrent downloads proceed more rapidly than FTP downloads.
Knoxville, Tenn.-based Aquatic has introduced AquaticPrime 1.0, an open source software licensing scheme aimed at helping shareware developers to protect their software against piracy. It’s compatible with Mac OS X v10.3 or later and works with both Cocoa and Carbon applications.
MSDN announced last week that it had tweaked its subscriber download site in order to make it compatible with both Firefox and Opera. There are some issues, such as extra work needed in installing the File Transfer Manager, however developers are working on a new version of the FTM that should correct final problems.
Businesses should switch from Windows to Linux desktops because Linux's technology is superior, according to Jon Walker, CTO of Versora. There are plenty of other reasons to make the switch, said Walker. Linux is a more secure operating system, extends the life of personal computers, erases vendor lock-in and carries lower license and support fees. In this tip, based on Walker's migration workshops, we present his reasons why businesses should move to Linux desktop and good practices for planning that migration.
What really scares Microsoft is innovation, not copy-cat desktops. If you want to see the kind of visceral hatred fear inspires, check out Ballmer's antics over Google. Or, for a more subdued example, read Doug Barney's put down of the Unix business architecture (big servers, smart display desktops) in a recent RedmondMag Editorial.
rPath’s focus is customized Linux applications based on an open -source project known as Conary. According to Information Week, rPath will offer “a new way to build and maintain Linux without the overhead” required with other solutions such as Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux.
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