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Tired of supporting friends' computers? Migrate them to GNU/Linux

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*NIX - UNIX: Tired of supporting friends' computers? Migrate them to GNU/Linux
Linux ...I had no desire to spend hours on the phone after I moved walking people through driver downloads and various other tasks related to setting up a Microsoft operating system. So, two weeks before I left, I moved several of my accidental "clients" to GNU/Linux and helped them make the transition. The result, after six months, is an end to the annoying phone calls and a much easier time diagnosing hardware problems.
Published May 02, 2005 - 01:19 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Ubuntu Plans Desktop Raid
Linux More than 150 developers of the recently released Linux distribution Ubuntu are in Sydney working on storming the desktop market.

"Developers at the Ubuntu Down Under conference are laying down the next stage of the distribution's evolution. The talkfest--organised by Canonical, a company that sponsors the development of the distribution and funds a number of other open source initiatives--kicked off yesterday.
Published Apr 27, 2005 - 05:15 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: More Evidence Project Monterey Partners Knew Linux Was the Future
Linux Here's some interesting evidence from 1999 and 2000, and it supports the evidence Groklaw has already found, namely that not only did IBM know that Linux was the future, and that Project Monterey was merely an upgrade path to Linux, so did everyone else, including SCO. Which SCO? Both of them. Santa Cruz and Caldera. They all knew.
Published Apr 26, 2005 - 11:19 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Lack of testing 'threatening stability of Linux'
Linux A lack of commitment to testing by the Linux community may ultimately threaten the stability of the operating system, Linux kernel co-maintainer Andrew Morton has warned.

Speaking at Linux.conf.au 2005 in Canberra, Morton said more attention needed to be paid to testing to avoid bugs proliferating in the kernel, which forms the basis for commercial Linux distributions as well as being used directly by many open source enthusiasts.
Published Apr 22, 2005 - 10:51 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux: Can it be Marketed Successfully?
Linux Let’s admit it, Linux is not perfect. In fact, no operating system is perfect. But since many Linux gurus and advocates regard Linux so highly and claim that it’s in utmost state of readiness for the masses, why is it that Linux isn’t gaining any momentum in the industry?

The fact is that it’s still a minuscule operating system that probably holds two percent of the total OS market. Quite frankly, the Linux community needs be proactive and go after a higher share of the market if they want major companies to adopt it.
Published Apr 20, 2005 - 01:51 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Novell: Linux Is an Innovation Driver
Linux Linux and open source technologies are more than just clones of existing applications -- they drive innovation, the chief Linux czar for Novell said today.

During a keynote address at the LinuxWorld conference here, David Patrick, general manager of Linux, Open Source Platforms and Services for Novell, said the current open source ecosystem is like the early days of open source funding some years' back, and a key area where innovation unfolds.
Published Apr 20, 2005 - 10:48 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux on the desktop is not enough
Linux Let's not beat around the bush. When I talk about desktop Linux, what I really mean is Linux on laptops. An unfair benchmark? Maybe so. Still, today the notebook is king. Tasked with serving the needs of real-world professionals, a growing number of IT shops have all but forsaken traditional beige boxes in favor of black briefcases.

So how does Linux fare on your average laptop today? Actually, pretty well. Most distributions correctly identify laptop screens, pointing devices, and other peripherals. Support for wireless networking is functional for many chip sets. PCMCIA cards are well-supported. Even basic power-saving features are in place.
Published Apr 19, 2005 - 05:05 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux on desktop needs better sales people
Linux Linspire chief exec Michael Robertson is visiting London on a mission to persuade system builders that there's money to be made in Linux on the desktop. Robertson guesstimates that it costs PC builders £125 or more in licensing fees to offer PCs with Windows XP and Office XP pre-installed.

Linspire's pitch is that system builders could offer machines with equivalent functionality using Linspire 5.0, Open Office and 12 months access to CNR (Linspire's online software library) for £15 a pop. By reducing software costs, resellers could offer systems at much lower cost, the pitch goes.
Published Apr 18, 2005 - 03:33 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Upgrading to Linux from Windows 98
Linux In this tutorial-style article, Michael C. Barnes outlines a strategy to avoid costly upgrades from Windows 98 to Windows XP -- in terms of both hardware and software -- by upgrading to Linux, instead.

Barnes reviews the typical requirements of computers used for relatively generic purposes, and shows how to give a new lease on life to aging laptops and PCs by replacing obsolete OSes such as Windows 98 with a combination of Linux, free open source applications, and inexpensive commercial software.
Published Apr 18, 2005 - 01:42 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Munich picks its Linux distro
Linux Debian has got the nod from the city of Munich for its trail-blazing migration from Windows to Linux on the desktop

The City of Munich has chosen to migrate its 14,000 desktops to a free Linux distribution, rather than a commercial version of the open source operating system.
Published Apr 15, 2005 - 05:55 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux and thin clients
Linux The primary goal of Linux desktop operation is to give users access to typical desktop applications -- word processors, spreadsheets, Web browsers, etc. An alternative exists to this configuration, though: thin client computing.

In many respects, thin client computing is very old; the typical mainframe model, with a large central server and many dumb terminals attached to it, closely resembles thin client computing.
Published Apr 14, 2005 - 01:49 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux Developers Moving Towards Non-Commercial Linux Distributions
Linux Linux developers have used commercial versions of Linux more than non-commercial versions in the past, in 2003 the preference for a commercial version of Linux was double that of non-commercial Linux, but, according to Evans Data Corporation's new Spring 2005 Linux Development Survey, that has now changed and Linux developers now prefer non-commercial versions of Linux.

Six months ago, purchased and free Linux were in a virtual tie, now 34% prefer non-commercial versions of Linux and 28% prefer a commercial version.
Published Apr 13, 2005 - 05:03 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Gartner: Linux Process, Not Tech, Biggest Hurdle
Linux Neither SCO Group's copyright claims on select Linux code nor Microsoft will be able to slow the spread of Linux in the enterprise over the next two years, an analyst for Gartner Research said.

The biggest hurdles to greater Linux enterprise penetration are process-based, according to George Weiss. In a conference call sponsored by Unisys, Gartner's Weiss said five 'process' issues could potentially inhibit Linux's continued movement up the enterprise pyramid.
Published Apr 13, 2005 - 11:14 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Adventures in Migrating to New Linux Distributions
Linux A few months ago I decided to migrate my not entirely functioning Red Hat ES 3.0 system to the Debian stable release. I wanted to do my upcoming work using completely noncommercial, open source software, including the operating system. This migration seemed like a task that would be relatively straightforward for someone with 25 years of software development experience.
Published Apr 11, 2005 - 10:32 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: The good and bad of Linux LiveCDs
Linux A PC booted from a Linux LiveCD is transformed. It no longer has any of the user accounts, logging and security controls of its original host operating system. It has become a Linux system, completely under the control of the end user and loaded with an arbitrary selection of open-source software -- yet it still has access to the same hard drives, network, servers and other resources as before. The security threat this poses is obvious.
Published Apr 08, 2005 - 11:10 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux Forking is Not Likely, Kernel Maintainer Says
Linux Linux devotees need not worry about the Linux kernel ever forking into multiple, incompatible derivatives, Andrew Morton, lead maintainer of the 2.6 version of the kernel, said at the Open Source Business Conference here on Tuesday.

Forking of the kernel would result in a $100 million-per-year expense to maintain the forked version, thus making it undesirable for anyone to fork it, according to Morton, of Open Source Development Labs.
Published Apr 06, 2005 - 12:26 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Wind River's Linux transformation
Linux In the past two years, Wind River Systems got over its scorn for Linux. Now it's up to Ken Klein, chief executive for 15 months, to do more than embrace the open-source operating system: He's got to find a way to profit from it.

Wind River specializes in embedded software used in computing devices such as DVD players and nerve gas detectors. The company has historically sold its VxWorks operating system for these tasks, but it now also pushes Linux.
Published Apr 06, 2005 - 05:00 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Security Top Reason IT Pros Consider Linux
Linux Security concerns are the main reason IT managers consider switching from Windows to Linux on the desktop--but the cost of migration and compatibility issues remain significant barriers, according to a new study.

Concerns about Windows security vulnerabilities and the high cost of keeping Windows secure were named as the top motivations for moving away from Microsoft's ubiquitous operating system in the online survey of nearly 1,700 IT professionals by analyst house Quocirca
Published Apr 05, 2005 - 03:48 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux fails in small business market
Linux Linux is losing momentum among medium sized enterprises, according to a survey by Canadian research firm Info-Tech Research Group.

After years of increased interest in the open source operating system, IT managers from medium sized businesses have come to a conclusion that open source is not for them. The findings point to a rift between large enterprises that are increasingly embracing open source and smaller businesses that opt for a Microsoft-centric world.
Published Apr 04, 2005 - 10:43 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: FBI info-sharing project is one of a growing list of open-source successes
Linux Following in Johnson's footsteps, engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center attempted to reinvent supercomputing in the 1990s with 16 Intel 486 computers, some Ethernet cable and the Linux operating system. The open-source operating system's flexibility allowed engineers greater freedom to tailor technology to their needs.

The supercomputing effort spawned the Beowulf Cluster and massive Linux clusters at universities and Energy Department laboratories. It even contributed to sonar arrays on U.S. nuclear submarines.
Published Apr 04, 2005 - 01:30 AM
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