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The Linux Desktop Myth

Someone's personal take on why Linux is not more popular than it is and that person's "how I came to use Linux" story.

GPL 3 Lawyer Has His Regrets

  •; By Sean Kerner (Posted by red5 on Aug 18, 2006 8:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, HP
Few topics are as contentious in the Linux world as GPL 3 (define), the general public license that details how many open source software programs can be used. During a session at the LinuxWorld conference here, Free Software Foundation counsel and co-author of the GPL 3 draft, Eben Moglen, explained the current status of the license draft discussion as well as some of the more contentious issues surrounding it.

Problems forwarding X over SSH

  • Linux DevCenter; By Juliet Kemp (Posted by dcparris on Aug 18, 2006 7:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
A few weeks back I found that, for some reason, one of my machines wasn’t allowing X forwarding over SSH (which is normally run as standard within my local environment, since I have lots of users who at least occasionally run graphical stuff on multiple machines).

Developing effective slide shows

For many, returning to classes means returning to slide shows. Once used mainly in business, today slide shows are equally important in education. Students use them in portfolios to share their mastery of a subject, and many consider them a basic requirement for class presentations. Yet, despite the ubiquitousness of slide shows, few people use them well. Here are some tips to help you improve your presentation skills.

Why is Linux Successful?

The success of Linux over the past 15 years boils down to a few key factors, according to a panel of Linux luminaries.They also made some strong statements as to why Linux has succeeded where BSD failed, as well as noted the conditions required for Linux to succeed in the years to come.

Blue-chip multinationals opt for open source

European food giant, the Kepak Group, and global gas company, The BOC Group have contracted Surrey-based open source service provider, Sirius Corporation to deploy a range of open source software (OSS) solutions.

Can Novell's horse win the derby?

After years of struggle, things are looking up for Novell in bible-belt land. With SLED and SLES 10, the company might just take on its biggest rival, Microsoft.

Best practices for Eclipse model-driven development

The ability to create templates to codify best practices (that generate artifacts) is a powerful concept that can save you countless hours and reduce tedious coding. Get an introduction to the code generation framework, JET, which is an Eclipse technology project, that we expect many developers will use in their endeavors.

Free software's secret weapon: FOOGL

It's a long-standing joke in the free software world that this will be the year when we see GNU/Linux make its breakthrough on the desktop - just like last year, and the year before that. What's really funny is that all the key GNU/Linux desktop apps are already being widely deployed, but not in the way that people have long assumed.

Oracle users keen on open source

As much as 60% of Oracle installations are being done on open source operating systems and as many as 37% of Oracle users are also running open source databases alongside their Oracle databases. This is according a recent study of Oracle users by the Independent Oracle Users Group.

Howto and Test: Debian Installer Beta3 - Part 2

Late yesterday evening, I showed how to install Debian testing aka the upcoming “Etch” version, using the text mode of the newly released Beta3 of the Debian Installer. Today, like promised, I’ll show the same procedure, but using the graphical mode instead.

Microsoft Office for Linux 'inevitable'

Microsoft will release a version of Office to run on Linux within the "next couple of years", according to the chief executive of the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL).

[Oh great! There goes the neighborhood! If it's licensed under the GNU GPL or another FSF-approved license, I'll consider using it. I might even recommend it in that case. Otherwise, it's a moot exercise. - dcparris]

Telecoms Action Group

Today we are formally launching a campaign to spread consumer awareness about telecommunications in South Africa.<br /> <br /> Our first project is an ambitious fundraising drive to take out a full <br /> page advert in a leading national newspaper to protest the current lack <br /> of alternatives in the South African telecommunications sector. We've <br /> had a fantastic response from South Africans since publicising the idea.

[All I can say is, "Go for it!" - dcparris]

Gartner: Stay rational with open source

Open source may have its merits, but a market analyst advises businesses not to consider the technology based solely on its namesake.

[Some organizations make open source their strategy to get free of royalty-based licenses and all the license enforcement that goes along with such. - dcparris]

Kepak plans extensive open-source adoption

Kepak, the food-processing company headquartered in Ireland, is planning to extend its use of open-source software (OSS) to other areas of its business, having implemented a system to control its pan-European network and also put in place an identity-management system.

Take notes with Tomboy

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by dcparris on Aug 18, 2006 11:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNOME
A few weeks ago, I started looking around for an application that makes it easy to take notes. I do all my writing in Vim, but I wanted something that was good for quick and dirty notetaking and for organizing information without maintaining a collection of text files. After some research, I settled on Tomboy.

Splendidcrm adds to open source CRM tally

  • Computer Business Review; By Staff Writer (Posted by dcparris on Aug 18, 2006 11:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
SplendidCRM Software Inc nudged the open source CRM market forward a notch with a release of its Microsoft-based application.

OSDL accepts GPL proliferation

FSF hopes for Torvalds compromise

LinuxWorld Delegates to this week's open source love-in left San Francisco pondering a a split over the next proposed version of GPL, which governs Linux.

Ecs Bags Red Hat Contract in Singapore

ECS Computers has announced that it has been appointed as an authorised distributor for Red Hat products in Singapore.

Open Source Gaining Corporate Acceptance

When it comes to software applications, this outlook does not necessarily hold true. Open-source software provides a number of options that are often as good, or better, than their commercial or retail competition. Traditionally, executives and network administrators have frowned upon most open-source software for one reason or another. The reality is that budgets are tight and open-source products have matured, and companies should start to consider open-source products for their networks.

[Yet another article propagating the myth that "open source" is gratis. You can bet this one generated an e-mail to the editors. - dcparris]

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