Top Stories by Mark R. Hinkle
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 UserLinux
is destined for failure; on the contrary, Bruce’s effort to bring the same
discussion to the community rather than the corporate level intrigues me. But
it leads me to pose the following questions: Can and will the community
advance Linux in the enterprise faster than the distribution 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)
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, speci... (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)
Inflection points in mathematics are those points on a graph where its
concavity changes. Andy Grove, founder of Intel, defined inflection points in
the business world as events that change the way we think and act. And to
that end Linux is most certainly the cause of an inflection point.
Linux is triggering many people to change the way they think and act with
regards to computing. Over the last decade many enterprises have followed a
few dominant IT vendors with commercial offerings and rarely hesitated about
costs associated with their solutions. Now more enterprises are conver... (more)