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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)

EOS Editorial — Net Neutrality

First, Internet access will be the core telecom service of the future. Not only will essentially everyone in the developed world be connected to the Internet, but more and more applications will migrate to the Internet. In our homes we will use a variety of devices which communicate via the Internet. We will use telephone-like devices to have voice conversations over the Internet. We will use one-way and two-way video devices that communicate through the Internet. We will use many different web-capable and email-capable devices. And certainly we will use important new Internet ... (more)

Crash Course in Open Source Cloud Computing (v2)

Crash Course in Open Source Cloud Computing View more presentations from Mark Hinkle. This is a presentation originally given at SCALE 9x and revised for the  Indiana Linuxfest 3/26/2011. ... (more)

OSCON 2014 – Crash Course in Open Source Cloud Computing

I’ll be presenting an updated version of my Crash Course on Open Source Cloud Computing presentation at OSCON 2014. I have some new material on Docker and SDN along with the latest updates on cloud software. Here’s the official excerpt: The open source mantra is to release early and release often. That means software velocity can be difficult to keep up with. This discussion will expand on the latest open source software used to deliver and manage cloud computing infrastructure. Topics covered include virtualization (KVM, Xen Project, LXC), orchestration (OpenStack, CloudStack, ... (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)