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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 pains.” 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 group... (more)

Trans-Pacific Open Source Software Conference (TPOSSCON) 2006

Where do you go if you want to discuss Open Source with some of the most influential Open Source leaders in Asia, Australia, and the rest of the Pacific Rim? Why Hawaii, of course, for TPOSSCON 2006 to be held January 9-12 in Honolulu (www.tposscon.com/). The second annual event is put on by the Hawaii Open Source Foundation (www.hosef.org) led by Scott Belford, recognized as one the 40 under 40 and soon to be a staffer for Hawaiian state senator Will Espero. Scott has taken his vision of helping his community learn about Open Source and expanded it by helping to gather together... (more)

Introduction to the Linux Desktop

I've been a dedicated Microsoft user since the beginning. However, the increasing frequency of operating system upgrades, rising minimum hardware requirements, and the general lack of valuable features included in new releases prompted me to explore alternative operating systems. For years, I turned primarily to Microsoft for my computing needs both in my personal life and for the businesses I've been involved with. In recent years Linux has emerged as a viable alternative to Microsoft for all my computing needs, be it an enterprise server or personal desktop. The Linux alternati... (more)

CPUBuilders by Stratitec Linux Computer System

Colleagues and friends often ask me about Linux since they see it referenced everywhere from Business Week to quirky IBM and Dell commercials during football games. I am always eager to share my experiences - I say that it takes a bit of time to get up to speed, but it's worth it in the end, especially for those people who have been victims of the latest computer virus. The biggest hurdle for them is usually installing Linux. However, recent home-user PCs are making it even more practical to take the first step into Linux. Wichita, Kansas-based PC builders Stratitec announced a ... (more)

SYS-CON Radio Interviews Steven Pignataro of MamboServer.com

SYS-CON Radio Interviews Steven Pignataro of Mambo Open Source CMS Listen to the interview ... (more)