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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
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
CloudOpen 2014 – Mixing Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail
Here’s the presentation I gave at the Linux Foundation’s CloudOpen in
Dusseldorf on October 13, 2014 titled Mixing Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail
Add two parts virtualization, one part orchestration add a little networking
shake and pour. Unfortunately cloud computing isn’t that easy but then
again not all clouds are the same and tastes may vary.
This talk will discuss how the varying open source technologies like
OpenStack, Docker, LXC and others can be mixed together to make something
that appeals to the needs of a wide va... (more)
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)
There is a new facet in the debate between open source and Microsoft, pitting
the flexibility of open source against the tight integration of Microsoft
technologies. One camp claims that integration is the key for ease-of-use and
consequent cost-savings from reduced administration while the open source
advocates are preaching the virtues of flexibility.
Nitix OS, a Linux distribution made by Net Integration Technologies, may
actually be able to assuage both camps. Nitix OS facilitates tight
integration of network services made possible by the flexibility of Linux
open source arc... (more)
Linus Torvalds announced today that all further pre-release updates to the
version 2.6 Linux kernels would be bug fixes only as 2.6 test kernels are
about to reach versions –test8 and –test9.
The following is an excerpt from his e-mail to the Kernel Mailing List,
Wednesday October 8, 2003:
The more interesting thing is that I and Andrew are trying to calm down
development, and I do _not_ want to see patches that don't fix a real and
clear bug. In other words, the 'cleanup and janitorial' stuff is on hold, and
-test8 and then -test9 should be for _stability_ fixes only. In other wo... (more)