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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
New users tend to make some common mistakes when trying out GNU/Linux for the first time. The reasons for these mistakes are varied. Here are some solutions to five commonly encountered GNU/Linux problems.
aLinux (formerly Peanut Linux) is an interesting distribution that has been getting increased coverage in recent weeks. Jay Klepacs, the founder and lead developer of aLinux, was kind enough to answer a few questions about aLinux - in his typical eccentric and verbose fashion.
Distribution release PocketLinux 1.2 was announced on Distrowatch last night and Tuxmachines was excited to try it out. However, that excitement didn't last long. Not only were the simplifications pointless as was the light version of KDE, ... well, read the rest to find out...
There it is.
We've hopefully fixed up all the problems that the longish -rc series showed, and it shouldn't be that painful. The changes since -rc7 are pretty small, full shortlog and diffstat of that appended.
There are many faces of Linux, a term which has come to mean many things. One problem with all this nomenclature is that it is very confusing. How do you know when someone says Linux what they are talking about?
It is the end for the proprietary platform in the enterprise, according to Red Hat general manager Max McLaren. "Our market is currently the Unix to Linux migration, so we still have a long, long way to go before we are completely sated and have to go after any other market."
Every once in a while, there will be an announcement somewhere about a Mandriva deployment, usually in Europe, most likely in France. I have begun to wonder if this nation-centric approach to distributing Linux distros might not be the best approach for Linux as a whole.
The next stable update of the Linux kernel will bring advances in file system event monitoring, the Xtensa architecture, and a set of system calls that allows users to load another kernel from the currently executing Linux kernel.
Richard Stallman, chair of the Free Software Foundation, said on Thursday that the Linux trademark fracas in Australia has distracted attention away from the real issue — that of freedom to distribute and change software.
Some readers seem to expect journalists to hide the dirty laundry of poorly designed software and badly supported hardware. No professional reviewer owes the free software/open source/Linux/BSD/GNU/whatever community a softball review for the sake of advocacy.
A major reorganization is in the works for China's open-source software industry, with discussions under way over how local Linux vendors and industry organizations can cooperate more closely -- including the possibility of a merger between several of the country's top Linux companies.
THE SOFTWARE equivalent to Wal Mart is engaged in negotiations with the Open Source Development Labs in a bid to resolve the issue about which OS is the cheapest to run.
Instead of the traditional car analogy, how about a restaurant analogy?
At one end, you have yourself, cook them yourself. At the other end, you have the five-star restaurant. Everything is handled for you, for a price. But what about the middle?
To quote DistroWatch, "Freespire is a new Linux distribution, a free edition of Linspire with all proprietary components and trademarks removed. The distribution comes with a free repository of over 1,500 packages available via apt-get and Synaptic. This initial release functions as a live CD only and serves as a proof of concept." Here is a quick rundown of the Freespire linux livecd.