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What's Novell Linux Desktop all about?

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Dec 4, 2004 6:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
While many of you would post guards on your server room door rather than migrate from NetWare to another platform, the desktop is a different kettle of fish. I know plenty of people who long for the days of DOS workstations. There's even still a few who like their OS/2 desktops. But there are many of you who run Windows on your users' machines and are looking for an alternative. NLD could be that alternative.

Very Skewed Browser Statistics

Note the heavy use of the default Mac browser and the hefty numbers for FireFox. Skewed true, but very recently IE was at the 90% range for this site! Remember too that this probably is not a techie haven site, more likely regular folk interested in politics.

The end of an era

Commentary: So IBM is looking for a way out of the PC business. Big Blue's personal computer division is going to be sold. It's hard to believe after all these years, even though the PC business at IBM has never really recovered from the kidney-punch Microsoft delivered to it by withholding licensing for Windows 95 until 15 minutes prior to launch. The malignant monopoly was just as open to the possibility of competition in those days as the Bush administration is to dissenting views today, so IBM had to be punished for daring to push OS/2.

Getting paid for free software

  • Builder AU (Posted by dave on Dec 3, 2004 2:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the war of words between open source advocates and opponents, a common refrain can often be heard from the opposition: “Open Source is not sustainable, because you cannot expect people to work for free forever.”

Internet Explorer market share drops below 90 percent in Europe

Mozilla's Firefox browser continues to steal market share form Microsoft's Internet Explorer around the globe. According to a report released by a German Internet advertising firm, Firefox has grown to more than 5.5 percent, while the Internet Explorer drops below 90 percent for the first time in years.

Linux Gazette #109 is out!

  • Mailing list; By Benjamin A. Okopnik (Posted by dave on Dec 3, 2004 12:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Community
Linux Gazette is a volunteer-run monthly web magazine dedicated to two simple ideas: making Linux a little more fun, and sharing ideas and discoveries.

True Stories of Knoppix Rescues

  •; By Kyle Rankin (Posted by dave on Dec 3, 2004 11:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As a sysadmin, I wear many hats. Some days I'm the janitor--I clean up discarded files on the file server and clear spam from the mail server. Other days I'm the maintenance man--I make sure all the servers are running smoothly and that any holes have been patched. Some days I'm the architect--I plan, organize, and design systems to suit our needs. Some of my favorite days, however, are the days I put on my rescue hat. When a machine is in trouble, the whistle sounds, I grab my rescue gear, and I run down the beach with my life preserver. OK, well, I made that last part up; I'm not David Hasselhoff and this isn't Baywatch, but when it comes to system recovery, I choose the other thing Germans love--Knoppix.

Linux in Government: The Government Open Code Collaborative

  • Linux Journal; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by dave on Dec 3, 2004 11:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Can a gated Open Source community really work?

Product of the Day: Product Spotlight Supercomputing 2004 - Quadric Network Hardware

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Dec 3, 2004 10:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The following information has been provided by the product vendor and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Linux Journal.

Linux needs better network file systems

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 3, 2004 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In a previous article we looked at local file systems in Linux. In this article we'll examine the range of choices available for Linux network file systems. While the choices are many, we'll see that Linux still faces significant innovation challenges; yesterday's network paradigm isn't necessarily the best approach to the network of tomorrow.

Open-source Alternatives to Proprietary Windows Applications

Users who are very entrenched into the MS system may not necessarily see the benefits immediately," Sun's Manish Punjabi observes. "But over time ... they are generally satisfied. Overall, we believe that the interoperability is already good and will only get better.

OSDL adds POSIX to Linux test suite

Open Source Development Labs is integrating the Open POSIX Test Suite into its library of tests for the Linux kernel to boost application portability following cooperation with Groupe Bull SA.

Linux software, now in Bengali

The state's ambition to carry IT to the grassroots level received a boost on Thursday with open source provider Red Hat launching a Bengali beta version of Linux.

Sun open-source license could mean Solaris-Linux barrier

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by dave on Dec 3, 2004 6:45 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
Sun Microsystems has quietly begun seeking official open-source status for a new software license that likely will be used to govern its Solaris operating system. But the license may inhibit cross-pollination between Solaris and Linux.

Object database goes open source

  • InfoWorld; By Paul Krill (Posted by dave on Dec 3, 2004 6:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Startup company db4o bjects next week is releasing its object database, db4o, under an open source format, with the product now available either under the GPL via open source or commercially as embeddable software.

Vic student admin goes open source

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Stephen Bell (Posted by dave on Dec 3, 2004 5:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Victoria University’s adoption of an open source platform for its student administration, human resources and finance system does not set a precedent for a more general move in the open source direction, says IT services manager Alan Dempster.

More Firefox secrets

  • IT World; By James Lewin (Posted by dave on Dec 3, 2004 5:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Last week's article looked at some of hidden features of the new Firefox browser. This week, we'll dig even deeper, with a look at extensions, customization and performance.

Gambas speeds database development

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 3, 2004 5:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Gambas, designed by Benoît Minisini, is a new graphical development environment for Linux that aims to improve database development times.

My workstation OS: Xandros Desktop 2.0 Deluxe

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 2, 2004 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I've been using Xandros Desktop 2.0 for about a year now. It has all the features I need in a desktop to keep my business, my family, and myself happy. Xandros 2.0 has made administering my home computer easier and allowed me to move away from a dual-boot configuration.

Linux puts another financial feather in its cap

One of Germany's biggest financial services companies has migrated its core Web services infrastructure to Linux - a fresh example of how the operating system is making its way into more important enterprise applications.

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