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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
With the U.S. economy and IT spending finally appearing to be making a
comeback and China and India adopting IT faster than you can say symmetric
multiprocessing, why am I predicting layoffs?
I'm not predicting layoffs so much as a shift from vendors and service
providers who don't support the integration of open source and commercial
systems. You see, I lead somewhat of a sheltered life - I usually speak with
people in the open source field, the IT professionals who drink the
proverbial Kool-Aid. They already have IT plans that encompass open source
operating systems, such as Li... (more)
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)
Thin-client computing is alive and well...and thriving in early-adopter
environments. In this article, Dr. Migration explains why thin-client systems
are showing up everywhere from POS applications to classrooms, and why you
might want to consider a thin-client solution for your own organization.
Almost every desktop computer user today is familiar with the PC computing
model in which user applications are executed on the local PC and data is
stored on the local hard drive. This type of computing model is sometimes
referred to as thick-client computing when extended to the network... (more)