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Considering Linux as a desktop operating system? Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye! guides you through the process and even includes a bootable CD mastered by author Marcel Gagné. As I read Marcel Gagné's Moving to Linux I was conflicted. In many ways I was envious because this is the book I wish I had written. On the other hand I wished I could add a little more detail here and there. However, without a doubt this is an excellent resource for the uninitiated Linux desktop user. I enjoy Marcel's conversational style and subtle humor, which make this book more interesting than the many Linux books that aim to supplement readers' existing Linux knowledge rather than start them on their journey into the Linux desktop. The book makes some choices for the reader because of the sheer volume of options available to the Linux desktop user. The focus of ... (more)

Update on my Bilateral Tendon Tear

Over the last few months I have been recovering from a bilateral tendon tear that has kept me from doing just about everything I love to do. Today I was told my orthopedist that I am going to have to repeat the surgery and start from square one. Another surgery, another extended hospital stay and many months of recovery. It’s perhaps one of that darkest days of my life. I am devastated that I won’t be able to give my keynote at CloudOpen and I won’t get to see all my open source friends. I am blogging this so I can just point to the link because explaining the details to even my ... (more)

Introduction to the Linux Desktop

I've been a dedicated Microsoft user since the beginning. However, the increasing frequency of operating system upgrades, rising minimum hardware requirements, and the general lack of valuable features included in new releases prompted me to explore alternative operating systems. For years, I turned primarily to Microsoft for my computing needs both in my personal life and for the businesses I've been involved with. In recent years Linux has emerged as a viable alternative to Microsoft for all my computing needs, be it an enterprise server or personal desktop. The Linux alternati... (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)

Is Linux Desktop-Ready Yet...or Not?

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, speci... (more)