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The Linux desktop, Mac OS X, and barking dogs

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Linux There are, of course, the constant reports of how easy Linux is to install and use on the desktop. Then there are the more pragmatic posts like this one from Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols calling out a few things Linux needs to succeed on the desktop, despite its otherwise strong credentials. And yet the dog isn't barking. Few are buying. Why?

OpenGL 3.0 released

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liquidat.wordpress: The Khronos Group has released a new mile stone version of the OpenGL API: version 3.0, codename Long Peaks. While this is really good news, Khronos is still unable to communicate with the community.

Reimagining The Desktop

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Here is an interesting discussion of the changes KDE 4 (via Mandriva Linux 2009 pre-releases) brings to desktop interaction. It's a very comprehensive and thoughtful discussion and explanation of the new features KDE 4 introduces and what they mean for how you interact with your desktop. If you're not sure how to go about using KDE 4 to its full potential, read it!

The community Linux impact

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blogs.the451group: A recent talk I led about community Linux and Ubuntu in the enterprise at LinuxWorld generated some discussion over at Slashdot. I can’t say that I completely agree with the headline, ‘Paid support not critical for Linux adoption.’ Well, not critical to some adoption. If we’re talking about the enterprise, and particularly if we’re talking large enterprise, paid support is absolutely, positively critical to use of Linux.

Announcing ENOS 2008

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SUSE The acronym ENOS stands for ‘Encontro Nacional de openSUSE‘, a Portuguese expression which can be translated to ‘National openSUSE Meeting‘, an event meant to unite the Portuguese openSUSE users, as well as provide the participants an inside view into the latest developments in the openSUSE project and stimulate them to take an active part in the community itself.

Giving an old Windows hand some Linux advice

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Linux I see my colleague Preston Gralla is looking for the best Linux for a Windows pro. That's a good question with several good answers.

Why lawyers don't like Linux

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Linux Professionals who work on the basis of billable hours rarely take the time out to write an article for publication unless they have a valid reason for doing so. That's why I'm generally a bit sceptical when lawyers come out with articles that attempt to make a case against the use of free and open source sofware.

The kids are all right with Linux

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Linux School starts early in Georgia. The kids are all back at it. It was on a pre-semester visit to my son’s high school that I got a shock on Friday. Linux.

Why Vista is not ready for Linux and Mac users

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izanbardprince.wordpress: I’ve started my simulated migration from Linux to Vista already, starting my dog food challenge two days early, I will go over my findings so far, sometimes making the assumptions a new Windows user would, and mostly from the perspective of a Linux “switcher”, with a dose of sarcasm.

some ubuntu stuff

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  • Ubuntu devs are considering using empathy as default for Intrepid

  • Why GnomeBaker and Brasero Aren't Standard on Gnome
  • Ubuntu: Intrepid Ibex - A quick look at Empathy
  • Ubuntu Podcast Episode #4
  • How I plan on fixing Wine for Intrepid

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 265

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Feature: Meet LoLiTa - the Linux user's group of French Polynesia

  • News: openSUSE KDE3 live CDs, Debian 5.0 and Fedora 10 features, mixed fortunes for Linspire and Freespire, updates on Foresight KDE and PC-BSD, "divorce" at
  • Released last week: Musix GNU+Linux 1.0R2R5, CCux Linux 0.9.9
  • Upcoming releases: Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 4, Frugalware Linux 0.9 RC1
  • Donations: Linux Mint receives US$400.00
  • New distributions: Bubuntu, Elastix, GUFI, Medianix, Ojuba Linux, OzOs, Ryder Linux, Tin Hat, WorkBench Linux
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Visions of a Microsoft-Free World

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Linux Is free software taking over the world one town at a time? Residents of Felton, Calif., recently pledged to go proprietary-free for at least a week. Plans for similar events are reportedly under way in town in Oregon and New Mexico, as well as 100 towns in Italy.

The Right Linux Distribution

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Linux In a previous column, I asserted that Linux is ready to meet the demands of corporate desktops, while it is still some way off from being ready for mass use in the consumer environment. But, with that said, the obvious question that remains is: which distribution is right for your organisation?

Firefox Wins the “Who’s the Next Open Source Idol”

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Moz/FF (PR): GroundWork Open Source, Inc. (, announced today Mozilla’s Firefox was successful in beating out the other three contestants, reigning champion “Tux” the Linux kernel penguin, “Beastie” the BSD demon and the GNU “Gnu” to become the world’s favorite Open Source Idol.

It wasn’t supposed to be this easy

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Linux A few weeks ago, our old printer gave up the ghost. I never used it much, but my wife did and immediately ordered a new HP multifunction from a well-known electronics chain. What attracted her to it was the price, and the printer’s wireless capabilities.

Review: Pardus Linux 2008

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Linux Pardus is a rather interesting Linux distribution amongst a wide field of many competitors. It's unique in that, while it's designed for desktop usage, it is funded and developed by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.

today's leftovers

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  • Akademy in Belgium

  • Howto: Setup Encrypted ~/Private Directory On Intrepid
  • Ubuntu LaTeX; change fonts of xdvi preview
  • Richard Stallman lives and works by his principles
  • DimDim 4.0 is here
  • KDE 4.1 on OpenSuSE 11.0
  • Finding Compiz Shortcuts
  • Open Source Software Gaining Ground
  • Write Unicode characters with a Compose key
  • One year ago...Mark Shuttleworth on idealism
  • One year ago...The dignity of the developer
  • Linux Outlaws 50 - The Big Five-O

Canonical To VARs: 11% of U.S. Businesses Use Ubuntu Linux

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Ubuntu In an effort to rally solutions providers around Ubuntu Linux, Canonical is telling resellers that 11 percent of U.S. businesses already run Ubuntu. That’s impressive, but when will VARs truly jump on the Ubuntu bandwagon? Here are some clues from The VAR Guy.

Windows' days may be numbered

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Microsoft Some very interesting documents have been leaking out of Microsoft. They clearly indicate, believe it or not, that Microsoft is considering shifting its users from Windows to a new operating system: Midori.

Canonical’s Smartest Move of 2008

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Ubuntu When Canonical canceled its Ubuntu Live conference — which had been scheduled to coincide with OSCON in Portland, Oregon — I was deeply disappointed. But in retrospect, here’s why canceling Ubuntu Live — and focusing more resources on August’s LinuxWorld Expo — was a very smart move by Canonical.

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