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It's a lot easier to make the leap from Windows to GNU/Linux on a desktop machine (or even a server) than it is a laptop. Laptop computers are far more likely to contain unsupported unique or proprietary hardware than desktop machines, so laptop computers in general can be difficult to get your favorite free software operating system onto. Confused as to what distro you should use, or what computer you should buy? Here are some tips to make your decisions easier.
The Chairman and President write: In the days since Research In Motion (RIM) announced a final settlement agreement that ended a lengthy and complex patent battle...we have also heard broad concern expressed about a patent system in obvious need of reform. Who knew that patent litigation and the subject of patent reform could ever become such mainstream topics of conversation?
They took out full page ads in eight U.S. newspapers on Tuesday. Next? A Linux server for Blackberry would work.
HP has announced that it will be providing the nonprofit organization World Vision U.S with various hardware, including ProLiant blades running Linux.
There's been some discussion lately about whether Ubuntu is suitable for Linux beginners. If you raise this issue, someone is sure to tout a script called Automatix as the solution to any perceived notions of the user-unfriendliness of Ubuntu. Automatix automatically installs a laundry list of applications, plugins, and utilities that are supposed to turn a barebones Ubuntu install into desktop perfection. That sounded like something I should try.
Debian Project considers GNU FDL conditionally free
While no official announcement has yet been made, an online meeting between Mark Shuttleworth and his team voted in favour of the six week delay for Ubuntu's Dapper Drake, setting the new release date as 1 June.
Partnership with Japan's Leading Open Source Technology Integrator Further Extends JBoss Middleware into Japanese Market
I know many of you are still reluctant to phase out your NetWare servers in favor of Open Enterprise Server (OES) or SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). So we won't talk about that today. Rather, I'm going to ask you to take a look at the systems on your users' desktops. More than likely, they're running some version of Windows. Is that really the best use of your (always limited) licensing dollars?
BIRT, which turns two in August, is the lovechild of enterprise reporting specialist Actuate (which donated code and full-time technologists to the effort) and the open-source Eclipse software community. BIRT is a J2EE-based reporting solution that plugs into the Eclipse IDE. Like Microsoft’s SSRS offering, BIRT combines an embeddable reporting engine, report lifecycle management capabilities and a client authoring tool.
"I'm not a Microsoft hater," says Kerry Miller, a network engineer and PC services manager for the bank. "I just believe in the right tool at the right time..Only about 15% of the servers are on Linux," he says. "But the work is pretty important, supporting 100% of the users. It's not that we have a lot of Linux boxes, it's that the Linux boxes are in pretty strategic spots." ["in pretty strategic spots"- So in other words, they only use Windows where it does not matter if it crashes. - sharkscott]
A small, US-based professional services and consulting company specializing in embedded Linux reports that its revenues grew by an order of magnitude in 2005, while its staff size tripled. Embedded Alley Solutions CEO Pete Popov says the company was also able to increase its level of profitability during the year.
Second S2 title coming to a Linux Client near you
"We received tremendous support from the Linux community for our first title, Savage: The Battle for Newerth," said Marc DeForest, co-founder and lead designer of S2 Games.
Our audio expert checks in with some of the core Linux audio projects to see what's new.
CATS is the HR/Staffing/Recruiting industry’s first and only open source, enterprise class, web based ATS package. Built using the LAMP platform and open source design methodologies, CATS is on a fast track to rival the best proprietary ATS offerings in the marketplace..Using CATS, Human Resource managers and recruiters can easily manage critical talent acquisition issues in an easy yet powerful manner.
Gael Duval loses his job after disappointing financial quarter; exec plans to start again with open-source software.
"We expect customers to have a mixture of new prodcuts and older products in their working enviroment," said Alan Yates, general manager for Microsoft Office Information Worker Product Management Group. "Customers can upgrade at their own pace according to their own decisions."
The Debian Installer team is proud to announce the second beta release of the installer for Debian GNU/Linux Etch.
Dapper Drake, the next Ubuntu release, is going to be different, say the developers working on the release. So different, in fact, that Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has proposed a six-week delay for final polishing on the distribution that has captured the hearts of new and expert Linux users alike. Shuttleworth and the rest of the developer community surrounding Ubuntu call Dapper the first enterprise-level release.
"Skolelinux, the Debian-edu project's Custom Debian Distribution, is installed in hundreds of schools in Norway, Germany, and other countries. "
Yesterday's online meeting shows support for Shuttleworth's plans for a six-week delay for Ubuntu, although there are concerns over the release schedule of the next version of Ubuntu, Edgy Elephant.
[ED: With a name like Eee, I will wait what ever time it takes for the gestation of an Excellent Elephant. I think the right choice was made, get it right as possible. - HC]
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