BASEL, 19 August 2004 Just a month ago the very first Linuxcafé in Switzerland opened in Basel. The swiftly rising numbers of visitors are giving clear evidence that it is a successful concept.
An Australian city has signed a contract to replace Microsoft's Windows-desktop system on several thousand PCs with Sun Microsystems's products, Sun officials said Friday.
The open-source movement has taken the world by storm. Get ready for it to turn its sights on marketing and advertising. Marketing has long promised interactivity, but it's remained more myth than reality. Maybe we got it wrong. Perhaps what people want isn't click-and-branch "interactive" marketing. Perhaps what they want is creative freedom and control. Perhaps what they want is open-source marketing.
LUDWIGSBURG, GERMANY -- During the opening day of KDE's World Summit -- aKademy -- the idea that there's no such thing as a free lunch was easily dismissed thanks to meal tickets from IBM and a local cafe, though sadly those who convened to discuss and celebrate free software weren't rewarded with free beer. With approximately half a thousand people currently registered, months of preparation have turned into a day of frantic setting up and a lively meeting of the KDE Project's governing board, the KDE e.V.
Last month I decided to switch from Windows to Linux full-time. My reasons were many, but it really gets down to two things: Windows wasn't working for me the way I wanted it to, and after testing out Mandrake 10 on my server box, I decided that if any distro was ready for the desktop, it was Mandrake 10.
Builder Australia recently caught up with PHP innovator Rasmus Lerdorf, to find out about the success of PHP, the open source movement around the world, other scripting languages and what we can expect to see in the next generation of the dynamic scripting language.
Linux without KDE or GNOME? You bet! GNUstep Live CD uses the popular and appealing GNUstep desktop environment. Who said Linux has to look like Microsoft Windows anyway ;)
As further testament to the growing popularity of open-source software among regional governments, South Korea's education ministry could soon switch to the Linux operating system.
The largest open-source project in the South Korean public sector - the National Education Information System or NEIS - is hitting its stride. Bearing Point Korea on Friday submitted a final advisory report for NEIS to the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MOE), the organisation managing the project.
For those who deal with setup/maintenance/administration/upgrades of servers, the choice of using proprietary or open source software can either add to our busy schedule or make it more simplified. Kasey Speakman submitted the following editorial to osOpinion/osViews, which compares the advantages and disadvantages of Linux and Windows server systems as well as the benefits and disadvantages of proprietary and open source software.
A couple of months ago, Novell announced that anyone who wanted to try its new Linux offerings and utilities could sign up for what's called the Novell Linux Technical Resource Kit. Well, if a company with real marketing had been behind it there would have been great fanfare and much hoopla. This announcement simply showed up on a Web page. This is Novell we're talking about after all, and, as the old saying goes, its extremely difficult for the leopard to change its spots.
Thin client firm Wyse Technology has joined Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), the chief consortium working to encourage firms to adopt Linux. The move makes Wyse the only member focused on thin client systems, and the firm said it will participate in OSDL's steering committee on desktop Linux initiatives.
Interaction with a legacy Oracle database can be done simply in only a few hundred lines of code, using Perl, DBI and DBD::Oracle.
The book focuses on the version of Linux it comes with, but for the intended audience and goal I think this serves the purpose well. If you want to see what Linux is about, check out Linux For Non-Geeks.