Top Stories by Mark R. Hinkle
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 infinitely customizable to meet the needs of almost any
situation. However, for it to be a viable desktop for the masses there seems
to me that there has to be some common features that a large number of Linux
desktop users would appreciate. I thought about this quite a bit and started
my li... (more)
Linux evangelist Bruce Perens has made available his first draft, UserLinux:
Repairing the Economic Paradigm of Enterprise Linux. Which at first read
sounds like a good idea, even though it seems to bear many similarities to
United Linux. UnitedLinux to date seems to have had very little impact on the
Linux user community - due to SCO’s participation and the lack of
unilateral support by Linux distribution vendors, most notably Red Hat.
Analysis of UnitedLinux’s results to date may be helpful to those thinking
about jumping on the UserLinux bandwagon. This is not to say that UserLi... (more)
I often make recommendations on the applications I use daily while sharing my
perspective on the Linux desktop. However, recently I've been getting
feedback from users on what they feel are the most valuable open source
desktop applications and why. Don't take my word for it...take theirs. In
this article users discuss their most useful desktop applications. Maybe
you'll want to give them a try - if you already use some of them, you may
discover features that you were unaware of.
Contributed by Jon Carnes, Network Guru, Featuretel
My favorite desktop appl... (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)
The thing I like about Linux.SYS-CON.com is that most of the authors by and
large practice what they preach. Every one of our staff is involved with a
Linux vendor company, a non-profit, or is an active user of Open Source
I think it's an incredible benefit to you as a reader to have a
practitioner's point-of-view rather than that of pundits who have to depend
on the quality of their sources when reporting on technology.
You also get to benefit from the anecdotal information they get by partnering
with Linux and Open Source users to solve their problems. For example, ... (more)