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Mark R. Hinkle: "Linux is ready for the desktop" In my view, Linux on the desktop is a viable operating system. It offers many features that are more innovative than commercial solutions. Virtual consoles, secure remote access solutions, true multi-tasking, and the ability to use robust journaling file systems all come to mind. Despite these advanced features, I have also noticed some parallels between Linux and some earlier versions of Windows. Let’s term these similarities as “growing pains.” I do feel that there are many cases today where Linux is an inadequate solution, specifically in the area where James Turner's complaint lies - in laptops(docking is my pet peeve) and multimedia. However, I believe James to be a high-needs user; it’s my contention that much of the computing world comprises low-needs users. These terms should not reflect poorly on either group... (more)

LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

Nothing unites people more than a common cause. In the Linux world the "cause" is ensuring the freedom to pick and choose how we do business (with regards to IT) and the ability to work together to make something better than the individual parts. So it was fitting that at LinuxWorld in New York companies like Computer Associates and IBM were patting each other on the back and talking about how their collective vision was moving forward with better, more robust solutions for the enterprise - largely due to their collaborative efforts. As usual, the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo wa... (more)

Guide to Linux on the Business Desktop Part 2 of 3

In Part 1 of this series (LWM Vol. 2, issue 4), Dr. Migration analyzed some common Linux distributions with the goal of helping you figure out which is right for you. This month, he takes a look at some of the major vendors' Linux desktop offerings and begins to explore the Linux laptop. I have been a loyal consumer of desktop PCs, laptops, and servers from one vendor for almost 10 years. As I started my search for Linux PC manufacturers, I looked for a vendor to supply me with not only a Linux solution, but one that they could support with the same level of competence that I've... (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)

*SPECIAL Linux.SYS-CON.com ANALYSIS* Bruce Perens White Paper on UserLinux

Linux evangelist Bruce Perens has made available his first draft, UserLinux: Repairing the Economic Paradigm of Enterprise Linux. Which at first read sounds like a good idea, even though it seems to bear many similarities to United Linux. UnitedLinux to date seems to have had very little impact on the Linux user community - due to SCO’s participation and the lack of unilateral support by Linux distribution vendors, most notably Red Hat. Analysis of UnitedLinux’s results to date may be helpful to those thinking about jumping on the UserLinux bandwagon. This is not to say that UserLi... (more)