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Desktop linux developer Linspire announced today the release of a new retail software box set - OOoFf! - consisting of open source favorites OpenOffice.org office suite and the Firefox Web browser just in time for the holiday season. OOoFf! is an acronym for OpenOffice.org and Firefox both which are freely downloadable from the Internet. According to Linspire CEO, Michael Robertson, Linspire wants to compliment the online efforts of OpenOffice.org and Firefox with a retail product. "I think OpenOffice.org and Firefox are the secret weapons of desktop Linux," Robertson says. "If people get familiar with these applications they will find they function almost identically on Windows as they do on Linux. I think OpenOffice and Firefox reduce that switching cost from one operating system to another. This is our clandestine effort to get them comfortable with cross platform ... (more)

SpikeSource: Automated Open Source Testing and Certification

SpikeSource, a starry Redwood City, California, start-up providing Open Source software testing services, wants to embolden enterprises to use the Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Python/Perl (LAMP) stack (www.spikesource.com). Their goal is to certify the LAMP stack and the applications that use it. At the heart of its value proposition is an automated testing bed, which lets software vendors and Open Source projects upload their applications and verify that there are no conflicts with the stack. SpikeSource provides these tools for free and offers tools to integrate and manage Op... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: The New Paradigm of IT Buying

With the U.S. economy and IT spending finally appearing to be making a comeback and China and India adopting IT faster than you can say symmetric multiprocessing, why am I predicting layoffs? I'm not predicting layoffs so much as a shift from vendors and service providers who don't support the integration of open source and commercial systems. You see, I lead somewhat of a sheltered life - I usually speak with people in the open source field, the IT professionals who drink the proverbial Kool-Aid. They already have IT plans that encompass open source operating systems, such as Li... (more)

Linux.SYS-CON.com Exclusive: What Would UserLinux Look Like?

Last Monday at the Desktop Linux Consortium Conference at Boston University’s Tyngsboro, Massachusetts Campus there was a lot of talk about a “UserLinux” distribution. The topic was sparked by remarks by Bruce Perens who voiced a need for a distribution that was designed to meet community needs for a desktop operating system based on the Linux community favorite Debian distribution. I contacted Bruce who has been kind enough to interject some comments to my own text. They are marked [thus]. The thought of UserLinux sparked my thinking. The thing I like about Linux is that it’s ... (more)

Desktop Linux: Think Thin

Thin-client computing is alive and well...and thriving in early-adopter environments. In this article, Dr. Migration explains why thin-client systems are showing up everywhere from POS applications to classrooms, and why you might want to consider a thin-client solution for your own organization. Almost every desktop computer user today is familiar with the PC computing model in which user applications are executed on the local PC and data is stored on the local hard drive. This type of computing model is sometimes referred to as thick-client computing when extended to the network... (more)