HP: The Linux distributor?

Hardware companies don't tend to have their own Linux distributions. IBM uses Linux everywhere, but they don't have their own Linux. Dell will be happy to sell you notebooks and netbooks with Ubuntu or a workstation or server with...

Office 2010 is in the stores. Yawn.

Am I the only who finds Forrester analyst JP Gowdner's blog proclamation that "Office 2010, Microsoft's latest release, will continue to succeed with consumers" and "In terms of usage and penetration, Google Docs remains a failure"...

SCO & Novell: Game, set and match

Last week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah finally granted Novell's request for declaratory judgment and ruled against SCO's last frantic attempts to keep any of its claims going. Or, to quote Pamela Jones, editor of...

Linux-powered iPad-like tablets can't come quickly enough

Apple has long had a history of being arrogant. But, more often than not, they've been able to back it up by the quality of their products. But now, with Apple locking out Adobe Flash and Google Ads, not to mention their cute trick...

Ten years of IBM mainframe Linux

How things have changed. Back in March 1991 (PDF), Stewart Alsop, venture capitalist and one-time editor-in-chief of InfoWorld, said, "I predict that the last mainframe will be unplugged on March 15, 1996." In 2010, while IBM doesn't...

Help! I'm out of bandwidth and I can't get my demo up!

In a way, it's funny. First, Google had to ask people to turn off their smartphones and computers to do their recent Google TV demo; now, Apple's Steve Jobs, the master of the demo, has run into the same kind of bandwidth problem...

Canonical to offer new Ubuntu Linux business support options

Linux is great — if you know what you're doing. If you don't, Linux, like any operating system, can be a pain. Enter Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux. On June 7th, Canonical will start offering new Ubuntu Server and Ubuntu...

Linux evolves: TVs, smartphones, tablets

Linux rules supercomputers. It's vitally important to servers. And, Linux is making gains on the desktop. Where Linux is really going to shine in the next twelve months though is in devices: tablets, smartphones, and TVs. For...

Goodbye Windows, Hello Linux and Mac, says Google

As everyone knows by now who follows technology news, the Financial Times reported that Google "is phasing out the internal use of Microsoft's ubiquitous Windows operating system because of security concerns." Some doubt this story,...

MeeGo, the new netbook Linux, arrives

Take one part Intel's Moblin, mix with Nokia's Maemo, bake for three months in the Linux Foundation oven, and you get MeeGo. Linux Foundation executive director, Jim Zemlin has called this new embedded Linux, the open-source...

Want to buy a Linux company?

Want to buy your very own Linux company? Two important ones, Mandriva and Novell are looking for buyers. There's a world of difference though between the two. Mandriva, which at one time was a major Linux distributor, is in serious...

Has ASUS abandoned netbook Linux?

It wasn't even three-years ago that Asus took the concept of a cheap, small notebook and turned it into a revolution: the Linux-powered netbook. Today, netbooks continue to sell well. Indeed, Linux netbook sales forced Microsoft both...

Novell launches SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP 1

Novell launched SLE (SUSE Linux Enterprise) 11 SP 1 today, May 19th. At first glance, this major update to both SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) and SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) is quite impressive. Technically, SLE 11...

The five best things coming in Fedora 13 Linux

When Fedora 13, Goddard, is released on May 25, it's not going to be your usual Fedora Linux release. In the past, Fedora has been seen as a great Linux distribution for Linux experts. Paul W. Frields, the Fedora Project leader, told...

Linuxcare returns with focus in the cloud

Back in Linux's early days, Linuxcare emerged as the first important Linux support company. In 1998, the company made headlines not just in the technology press but in mainstream business publications like the Wall Street Journal as...

Running Windows games on Linux gets easier

One constant complaint about the Linux desktop is that it doesn't have enough games. That's actually not true. Linux has plenty of games. What these people usually mean is that it doesn't have their favorite Windows games. Now that's...

Too many Ubuntus?

Listen. I get it: Ubuntu is an excellent Linux distribution. The latest version, Ubuntu 10.04, is great, and I certainly see why there are several Linux distributions based on Ubuntu such as Kubuntu. But do we really need two new...

Sun open source reborn in ForgeRock

When Oracle bought Sun, there were many unanswered questions about Sun's open-source portfolio of programs. Over a year later, we still don't know if OpenSolaris is going to have Oracle's support. But we do know that OpenSSO, an...

Linux needs to do more for programmers

Much as I hate to admit it, Microsoft does some things better, much better, than Linux. Number one with a bullet is how Microsoft helps programmers and ISVs (independent software vendors). MSDN (Microsoft Software Developer Network)...

Chrome 5: Faster and better

The first thing you'll notice with Google's new beta of its Chrome Web browser is that it's faster -- much faster -- than the last version. You don't need any fancy tests to see that. All you have to do is use it, and you'll see that...

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