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OpenOffice: It's Not About the (Direct) Cost

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*NIX - UNIX: OpenOffice: It's Not About the (Direct) Cost
Linux Jem Berkes has it right. As a software developer taking the users' point of view, he clearly articulates why OpenOffice stands with the GNU/Linux operating system and the Mozilla Firefox Web browser as the premier components of the open desktop.

As Jem puts it: "There are some very good reasons to use OpenOffice.org instead of Microsoft Office, and the best reasons have nothing to do with cost of the software." Among his listed points are OpenOffice's a) OS platform-agnosticism; b) its stability; c) the trustworthiness of its development model and its developers; d) its data longevity; e) its data interchange; and f) its growing popularity.
Published Dec 08, 2004 - 02:42 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux server market to be 'worth $9bn by 2008'
Linux Sales of servers using Linux will grow faster than the overall market at least through 2008, when customers will spend $9.1bn for machines using the open-source operating system, market researcher IDC forecast Monday.

Revenue from Linux servers is expected to grow annually at 22.8 percent, compared to 3.8 percent for the overall server market, IDC said.
Published Dec 07, 2004 - 01:07 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Upgrading to FreeBSD 5.3
FreeBSD I finally had a chance to upgrade my home systems to FreeBSD 5.3. Here's my working notes for both a fresh install and an upgrade from 5.2.1 to 5.3.

First, I started with my laptop which was running FreeBSD 4.10. For those who are looking for migration examples from 4.10 -> 5.3, I can't help you there as I chose to do a fresh install on purpose.
Published Dec 07, 2004 - 11:54 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Mac and Linux Not Immune to Viruses
Security Any operating system in the hands of naive users can be as dangerous as a Windows computer.

It's easy for administrators and computing professionals to get frustrated with users for all kinds of reasons, but security has to be one of the biggest reasons these days.
Published Dec 06, 2004 - 07:59 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Killing the Five Myths Against Linux
Linux Over the past few years, I have tried to focus almost exclusively on helping small companies and inquisitive users move to Linux.  I realize that much of the hesitation to apply Linux in the business and home setting extends from five core myths.  Yes, it’s true that some people hesitate because they adore their Windows environment.  But most users I have worked with tend to shy away from trying out Linux simply because they believe a myth.
Published Dec 06, 2004 - 07:09 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux Camp Takes New Tack on Kernel
Linux Up to now, once a production Linux kernel was released, stabilized, patched and updated as a point release, any new feature or technology in progress was moved to a new development and test kernel.

But with a common goal of providing a more constant, smoother and faster development cycle, new technologies are being put directly into 2.6.x, while any move to start a 2.7 development tree is still many months away, Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel, told eWEEK in an e-mail interview.
Published Dec 06, 2004 - 01:00 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux in Government: The Government Open Code Collaborative
Linux As we celebrate the holiday season and prepare for the next round of legislation, a group of state and local governments has banded together to collect and distribute freely the costly software that normally runs taxpayers $100 billion annually.

Called the Government Open Code Collaborative or GOCC.gov, this organization states that its members work together voluntarily to encourage "the sharing, at no cost, of computer code developed for and by government entities where the redistribution of this code is allowed".
Published Dec 03, 2004 - 02:55 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Unix Lawsuit Agreement Raises Questions for SCO
Unix The SCO Group may have a more difficult time making its case that Linux includes illegal source code than previously thought, according to documents published recently on the Groklaw.net website.

Earlier this week the site published for the first time a 10-year-old lawsuit settlement agreement that grants developers the right to redistribute much of the Unix source code that SCO claims to own and which may ultimately strengthen IBM's defence in a lawsuit between the two companies.
Published Dec 02, 2004 - 03:11 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: New pricing plan for Solaris 10 soon
Solaris Network computing biggie, the $11.6-billion Sun Microsystems Inc, will soon unveil a brand new subscription-based pricing model for its Solaris 10 operating system (OS) in India. The Solaris 10 price plans will be determined based on the total number of CPUs (central processing units) at client locations and will be computed annually.

The Sun Solaris 10 is being billed as Sun’s flagship operating system. Sun, which has an annual R&D budget of roughly 20% of its global turnover, spent $500 million in developing the Solaris 10 platform.
Published Dec 02, 2004 - 12:02 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux newsletter author answers questions over editorial influences
Over the last several weeks, many readers have brought up the fact that Microsoft signed on as a sponsor of this newsletter at the beginning of November. At the same time, the last several newsletters have dealt with a report issued by a research firm that was critical of Linux.

Many readers have questioned this coincidence - some seeing it as just ironic, while a few have voiced suspicion about the journalistic integrity of this newsletter.
Published Dec 01, 2004 - 05:24 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Most CIOs would consider Linux for email
Linux Linux has gained further credibility in the enterprise after most IT managers said that they would consider the open source operating system as a platform for email.

Over half of respondents to a recent survey indicated that they would seriously consider switching to Linux messaging over the next two years, if there was no disruption to end users.
Published Dec 01, 2004 - 12:35 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Survey: Linux gets hot, Unix gets cold, and Microsoft stalls
market Share IBM was like a proud parent last week as it showcased a report – in a conference call with the media -- that said Linux is moving from fringe applications to the core enterprise applications stack.

The report, penned by San Francisco-based Peerstone Research Inc., stated that over the next five years companies running enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications will migrate away from Microsoft Windows Server and Unix to systems based on Linux. The migration will be to the tune of an estimated 12% to 15% decline in Windows Server growth in 2004 and 2% to 5% in 2005.
Published Nov 30, 2004 - 05:04 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux sales growth beats Windows
market Share IDC's Q3 2004 server report found the users spend £529m worldwide on Linux servers - an increase of 44% on last year. Meanwhile, sales of Microsoft Windows-based systems were also growing, but at a lower rate. Sales hit £2.8bn worldwide - an increase of 13.3% on last year's figures. Hewlett-Packard said it had shipped 27.4% more Linux servers compared to last year.
Published Nov 30, 2004 - 11:21 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Latest Offering from Lycoris
After several months, amidst various delays and other issues, this author has had the opportunity, at long last, to install and evaluate the latest iteration of Lycoris' Desktop LX, Amethyst 1.4.

Of what may be said of Lycoris' latest build, one thing must be said first and foremost. If this is your first Linux distro, you will be unable to help but be impressed by how interactive and svelte the KDE environment is.
Published Nov 29, 2004 - 04:33 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Microsoft Loses China Contract At Last Minute
Linux The Beijing municipal government has pulled out of a deal to buy Microsoft software. In a victory for local suppliers, the local authority is instead expected to sign a deal with indigenous suppliers according to the Chinese website Pacific Epoch...

"However, in the end the final approval from the Beijing procurement office was not forthcoming. Under pressure from local suppliers and central government, Beijing municipal government has instead opted to replace Microsoft Office with Kingsoft WPS and Windows with Red Flag Linux.
Published Nov 29, 2004 - 04:30 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux Meets Ballmer's Call for $100 PC
Linux Microsoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer's recent call for the creation of a $100 PC to help emerging markets has been met with a response by a company called SolarPC with a new Linux-based personal computer.

Ballmer laid down the challenge for the computer industry to create a $100 PC in October, arguing that it would encourage emerging nations and help to thwart software piracy by reducing total systems costs
Published Nov 25, 2004 - 01:57 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Inside EuroBSDCon 2004
FreeBSD During the final weekend of October, nearly 200 people attended EuroBSDCon in Karlsruhe, Germany. The event offered a keynote by Apple's Jordan Hubbard, 23 talks organized in two tracks, a social event inside Luigi Colani's exhibition, and multiple coffee breaks to socialize. ONLamp.com writer Federico Biancuzzi attended; here's what he saw and heard.
Published Nov 25, 2004 - 11:52 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Red Hat tells Sun's Schwartz to get a dictionary
RedHat Reacting to claims by Sun Microsystems COO Jonathan Schwartz that Red Hat is a proprietary incarnation of Linux, Red Hat's vice president of open source affairs Michael Tiemann believes Schwartz should get his facts straight and expressed doubts over how open any open source Solaris is likely to be.
Published Nov 24, 2004 - 12:07 PM
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*NIX - UNIX: Linux Server Sales Hit a New High
market Share Quarterly sales of servers running the Linux operating system topped $1 billion for the first time during the third quarter of 2004, analyst company IDC reported Wednesday. With year-over-year revenue from Linux server sales up 42.6 percent, Linux accounted for more than 9 percent of the $11.5 billion in servers sold worldwide during the quarter, which ended September 30, the research firm says.
Published Nov 24, 2004 - 11:24 AM
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*NIX - UNIX: Review: CentOS 3.3 is a good Red Hat server alternative
Linux According to the Web site of its developers, the cAos Foundation, "The goal [of CentOS] is to reproduce RHEL in a freely distributable form that complies in full with RedHat's redistribution requirements. It is designed for people who need an enterprise class OS without the cost of certification or the RedHat brand name." To a large extent, it succeeds.

Unlike the hobbyist nature of White Box Linux, CentOS is more of a full-time effort from a dedicated non-profit foundation. CentOS 3.3 is supposed to be the equivalent of RHEL3.
Published Nov 23, 2004 - 01:23 PM
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