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In my editorial in last month's LinuxWorld Magazine, I defined inflection points (with the help of Intel's Andy Grove) as those things that change our behavior with regards to our IT strategy. I was speaking of software and hardware upgrades and other realities of running a business that make us consider other options before investing in our IT infrastructure. Typically, this means purchasing newer versions of the same solutions we've been using. I believe many of these proceedings are on the horizon, but the question is, how deep is that horizon? For example, every year since 2000, I've heard some industry pundit, analyst, or Linux evangelist talk about it being "The Year of the Linux Desktop," and to the disappointment of many, that has not yet happened. While the adoption of Linux as a desktop platform is growing, there is no mass migration to Linux for the produc... (more)

Is Linux Desktop-Ready Yet...or Not?

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, speci... (more)

To Whom It May Concern

U R G E N T    A P P E A L Distributed Denial of Service Attacks against SCO, or anyone for that matter, are a clearly unacceptable activity. While many in the Open Source community are not pleased with SCO's lawsuit against IBM, or their proposed legal challenges aimed at Linux users, these DDoS attacks do not promote the Open Source cause, and are not consistent with Open Source values. The Open Source community is based on the notion that principals of free speech should be applied to software development. DDoS attacks clearly deny the victim the ability to communicate freely ... (more)

Guide to Linux on the Business Desktop Part 1

I originally planned a series of articles dedicated to building the ultimate Linux desktop for business users. However, after doing some research I changed my mission - this will still be a series of articles dedicated to the Linux desktop for the everyday productivity user, but it won't be a decree of the best business desktop. I think that would be hypocritical; after all, no business or organization is identical to another. Everyone has different needs, so flexibility in your computing solution is essential. The characteristic that is most appealing to me with regards to Linu... (more)

Managing Linux Desktops

I often speak about the Linux desktop as a viable business solution and analyze how and why it works, what's handy and where it's progressing but maybe one point gets lost and that's the manageability of the Linux desktop, not only locally but remotely and centrally. When looking at Novell's latest offering recently, the Novell Linux Desktop 9 (NLD) (www.novell.com/products/desktop/), I realized that they have a product that meets the simple needs of the business PC user. Now, what constitutes "simple needs" you may ask? Well, I define it as core business applications, office suit... (more)