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Linux needs to disappear

Okay, I confess that I chose this headline to draw you into this blog entry. A more accurate headline would be"Operating systems need to disappear". But I don't want my meaning to be misconstrued. The term"operating systems" would have to include proprietary operating systems. If I say"proprietary operating systems need to disappear", I mean they should be wiped off the face of the earth. When I say Linux should disappear, I mean that end users shouldn't need to know it's there. Big difference. Add to that the fact that I would love to see Linux asthe operating system for all computing devices, and there's not much left to use as a headline except"Linux needs to disappear".

Welcoming Newcomers to Linux and FOSS, or, the Least You Can Do is Not Chase Noobs Away

LXer Feature: 1 Aug 2006

What is the future of Linux and Free Software? A rigid little cult that accept only the Right People? Or a community that truly practices "Free as in Freedom"?

Leading Linux phone partners form "Adcore-Tech"

The mobile phone joint venture formed by NEC and Matsushita/Panasonic reportedly will include Texas Instruments (TI), and will be known as "Adcore-Tech Co. Ltd." TI will have a 12 percent share, and the venture will be capitalized at $103.8M, about 17 percent more than reported earlier, EE Times-Asia is reporting.

Linux Leader Takes Aim At Free Software Movement

Linus Torvalds, who helped create the open source operating system Linux, is blasting the Free Software Foundation (FSF) again as the group releases its latest draft of a revised General Public License (GPL).


The FSF and the Software Freedom Law Center released the second discussion draft of the GNU GPL version 3 last week. The draft marks the halfway point of a yearlong public review process for proposing changes and finalizing the GPLv3.

[There have been a lot of stories about this since the Groklaw story broke. Most have been repeats of a few snippets of the Groklaw comments. This one, at least, provides some context. -- grouch]

Red Hat tipped towards expansion in telecoms

Linux vendor Red Hat has signaled its intent to extend its presence in the telecoms sector with the launch of a tailored partner programme.

Wind River Having a Real Time With Linux

  •; By Sean Kerner (Posted by red5 on Aug 1, 2006 4:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
What do you do when you're the number two player in the embedded Linux space? Copy what makes #1 successful of course.

Parse your Text with Yacc and Lex

Examine the processes behind building a parser using the lex/flex and yacc/bison tools, first to build a simple calculator and then delve into how you can adopt the same principles for text parsing. Parsing text is an important part of many applications. Within UNIX, several elements of the OS rely on parsing text, from the shell you use to interact with the system, through to common tools and commands like awk or Perl, right through to the C compiler you use to build software and applications.

Red Hat | Government News | July 2006

* GOVERNMENT NEWS: The Department of Defense releases report: "Open Technology Development Roadmap"
* WEBINAR: Service-Oriented Architecture
* GOVERNMENT TRAINING SPECIAL: GSA Federal Government discount
* RED HAT ROADSHOW: Linux in New York City
* UPCOMING EVENTS: Red Hat Government tradeshows

Borrowing a PC? Put Linux on it, via a USB drive

Don't worry about having to borrow someone's swim trunks again

Fedora seeks women developers

The project is trying to attract female coders, but some members of the FOSS community doubt it will be a success

Defense maps out an open-source approach

  •; By Joab Jackson and Dawn S. Onley (Posted by grouch on Aug 1, 2006 1:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
The Defense Department has a practical reason for using more open-source software and incorporating open source into its procurement cycle.


"This report highlights how open source has shifted from a curious alternative to a mainstream engine for value creation for industry," said David Mihelcic, chief technology officer for the Defense Information Systems Agency.

News from KDE Web Dev

The Quanta development team is pleased to announce our Hot New Stuff server implementation is now running. This means that Quanta Plus users can now begin taking advantage of KNewStuff. We are also preparing for exciting new developments we want to work on during the upcoming Akademy in Ireland.
Finally development has resumed on Kommander, read on for full details.

Linux Phrasebook: Lifesaver in the murky waters of CLI

The Linux Phrasebook , written by Scott Granneman, is one Linux book that will stay within easy reach of my desktop. If you're fond of Linux, and you're not a programmer or network administrator, chances are you'll like this book. It can help you gain control over the appearance and performance of your Linux workstation without spending hours looking for answers online.

Microsoft Takes One Step Closer To A Cabinet Position

  •; By helios (Posted by helios on Aug 1, 2006 12:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
One would think, or at least hope, that those on Capitol Hill would be a handbrake on this sort of activity/mentality. When a disturbingly large number of Senators hold the belief that "Microsoft knows the business, why go with an unknown entity?", it sets the stage for a true-by-definition monopoly to take its first breath of life.

Wind River Opens Code to Open-Source Community

Wind River’s support for the open-source software community continues with the release of more than 300,000 lines of code to the Eclipse Foundation.

Advanced, customized searching with Opera and Firefox

Whether you're keeping track of the news, conducting research, viewing photos, or reading blogs, searching is an integral part of your Internet experience. Search engines, aggregators, and RSS all exist to help you find what you are looking for on the Web. If you make the same kinds of searches on a regular basis, then your browser can help you, too. If you use a recent version of Opera or Firefox, you already have the tools you need to perform advanced searches on any Web site quickly and accurately. Here are some tips on how you can customize the Opera and Firefox search bars and address-bar keyword searches, in order to include regular and advanced search options for your favorites sites.

Retool your Linux skills for commercial UNIX

Examine how to best migrate your Linux skills to take advantage of AIX and Solaris. This tutorial will show you how to cope and understand the nuances and differences.

Mandriva 2007 Beta 1 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - Available in four different flavours (KDE or GNOME, i586 or x86_64), you can get a glimpse of the next Mandriva Linux 2007 edition... Main changes: New Mirror structure; New network popup notifications (on network state mainly); Gnome 2.16 beta 1; Kernel 2.6.17; KDE 3.5.3; Updated wireless application (drakroam) (encryption mainly); Switch to new standard menus, XDG (in progress). OSDir has some sweet shots of the upcoming Mandriva Linux 2007 in the Mandriva 2007 Beta 1 Screenshot Tour.

Europe, Middle East, Africa Training News - July 2006

* Monthly trivia question
* Take Red Hat training: Get new music
* RED HAT MAGAZINE: A traveler's diary: Red Hat in Latin America
* TIPS FROM RHCEs: Sharing a hot spare device in software RAID

Report: Defense Department Marches Towards Open Source

In a new initiative to spur more use of open source software within the US Defense Department, the department's Office of Advanced Systems and Concepts has begun teaming up with Red Hat, Novell, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and AMD--along with big systems integrators and "non-traditional" open source companies--to glean insights that will help shorten the learning curve to deployment.

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