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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)

To Whom It May Concern

U R G E N T    A P P E A L Distributed Denial of Service Attacks against SCO, or anyone for that matter, are a clearly unacceptable activity. While many in the Open Source community are not pleased with SCO's lawsuit against IBM, or their proposed legal challenges aimed at Linux users, these DDoS attacks do not promote the Open Source cause, and are not consistent with Open Source values. The Open Source community is based on the notion that principals of free speech should be applied to software development. DDoS attacks clearly deny the victim the ability to communicate freely ... (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)

EMC to Acquire VMWare

Storage giant EMC announced yesterday that it would acquire VMWare in a cash transaction valued at approximately $635 million. VMWare is considered by many to be the leading technology for server consolidation on Intel-based server hardware and has enjoyed great success in the Linux community, so acquisition by EMC only adds to their future prospects as an important technology for Linux server adoption and integration into the enterprise. The company's virtualization technology has garnered acclaim in the Linux community as a way to run both Microsoft Windows and Linux servers on ... (more)

Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!

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 mor... (more)