OpenSolaris' child, Illumos, goes forward without Oracle

Nexenta, an open-source organization that's been trying to "combine the OpenSolaris kernel with the GNU/Debian user experience," has announced a new open-source effort called Illumos. Nexenta proclaims this "is a 100%...

Ubuntu vs. Red Hat: Who really contributes the most to Linux

Last week, Greg DeKoenigsberg, a former Red Hat developer on the Fedora community Linux project and now CTO of The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), ignited a firestorm by showing that, when it...

Apple iPad's rivals are coming

I get that Apple's iPad is hotter than hot with over three million sold so far, but to say "Apple has won the battle for tablet computing already" is really overreaching. I mean, come on: the Android Linux-based tablets -- or if you...

Dell expands Ubuntu Linux desktop offerings

The latest panic in desktop-Linux-land was that Dell would no longer be selling Ubuntu pre-installed on laptops and netbooks. Alas, for those who love drama, it wasn't true. In fact, Dell is expanding its Ubuntu desktop offerings. ...

The most popular Linux for Web servers is ...

Even a Linux fan might not have heard of CentOS Linux but, if you're a Web or other edge-server administrator, I can guarantee you know about CentOS. That's because, according to Web Technology Surveys, in July 2010, "For the first...

Android may have the phones, but MeeGo may get the cars

PORTLAND, Ore., -- Google's Android is already hot in smartphones, and it's going to be hotter than hot in Linux-powered tablets. So, where does that leave Intel and Nokia's embedded Linux, MeeGo? In the dust? Actually, it looks now...

Ubuntu Linux brings IBM DB2 to the cloud

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, has always had many user and developer fans. Enterprise business fans? Not so much. Canonical hopes to change that with today's, July 21, launch of a virtual appliance of IBM's...

What does Oracle plan for Sun's open-source projects?

I get that Oracle runs on open-source software. I know that Oracle is a major Linux supporter. But, please, please dont mistake Oracle as an open-source, open-core, or any other kind of "open" business at heart. Larry Ellison,...

Can Windows kill the Internet?

I've long thought that someday Windows' security problems could foul up the Internet for everyone. That day may be arriving. It's not just me being paranoid about Windows. It's the ISC (Internet Storm Center), the group that tracks...

R.I.P. OpenSolaris

Goodbye, OpenSolaris. It's been fun knowing you. Unfortunately for you, it's become all too clear that your new parent company, Oracle, doesn't want a thing to do with you. I predicted that Oracle, which is a Linux company, was...

OpenSUSE 11.3: The Linux distribution for KDE lovers

I've been using SUSE Linux since its start in 1994 and then, as now, I like this strong desktop Linux distribution. Of course, openSUSE 11.3, the latest version, doesn't look a lot like that vintage Slackware variant, but one thing...

XP lives! Windows 7 dies?

Okay, color me surprised. The last thing I expected from Microsoft was for the company to extend Windows XP's life for an unbelievable ten years. I thought Microsoft might extend XP Home's life for a while to try to keep...

Even as SCO dies, the company lies

This would be funny if only there weren't people out there who are fool enough to believe in any anti-Linus lie. I mean, how dead does SCO have to be before its anti-Linux FUD finally disappears into the history books? It's not dead...

Once around the Web with Firefox 4 Beta 1

I want, I really want Firefox to become a top-of-the-line Web browser again. It was Firefox, after all, that broke IE's (Internet Explorer) strangle-hold on Web browsers. Even Microsoft owes Firefox some gratitude. If Firefox hadn't...

Bilski loses, but the patent madness continues

Once upon a time, the U.S. patent system served a useful purpose. It was meant to encourage inventors and innovation. Ha! Boy, was that a long time ago. Now patents, especially software patents, serve only as bludgeons for patent...

Sexual assault by Internet

Now, this is different. A computer cracker, Luis Mijangos of Santa Ana, CA has been arrested by the FBI for taking over more than 100 Windows PCs and using what he found on them to extort sexually explicit videos from women and...

Linux's old KDE 3 desktop lives!?

I love it. KDE 3.x, which has always remained my favorite Linux desktop interface, is making a come back. A tiny group of open-source developers from Pearson Computing is trying to bring KDE 3.x from the grave in a project that...

Google Voice: The Web's best free voice app

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: I hate the telephone. I hate being interrupted when I'm in the middle of writing. I can't stand mobile phones, although I use them, and I've gotten sick and tired of buying both new land...

Dell backtracks on Linux being safer than Windows

Recently Dell did something amazing. The Austin, TX computer giant admitted on one of their Web pages that "Ubuntu [Linux] is safer than Microsoft Windows." (PDF Link) But, now Dell has backed off to the far more generic "Ubuntu is...

Why are you still running Windows XP SP2!?

OK, I get why many Windows users haven't moved from XP to Windows 7. For one thing, while you can upgrade some XP PCs to Windows 7, chances are you really need to buy a new PC. And, whether you're just buying a new PC for yourself or...

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