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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
Nothing unites people more than a common cause. In the Linux world the
"cause" is ensuring the freedom to pick and choose how we do business (with
regards to IT) and the ability to work together to make something better than
the individual parts. So it was fitting that at LinuxWorld in New York
companies like Computer Associates and IBM were patting each other on the
back and talking about how their collective vision was moving forward with
better, more robust solutions for the enterprise - largely due to their
As usual, the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo wa... (more)
In Part 1 of this series (LWM Vol. 2, issue 4), Dr. Migration analyzed some
common Linux distributions with the goal of helping you figure out which is
right for you. This month, he takes a look at some of the major vendors'
Linux desktop offerings and begins to explore the Linux laptop.
I have been a loyal consumer of desktop PCs, laptops, and servers from one
vendor for almost 10 years. As I started my search for Linux PC
manufacturers, I looked for a vendor to supply me with not only a Linux
solution, but one that they could support with the same level of competence
that I've... (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)
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)