December 05, 2008 (9:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
I’ve heard that Linux is for geeks. Is that true?
Not at all. It might have been the case a decade ago, but today you’ll find many beginner-friendly Linux distributions. They use graphical desktop environments like KDE, Gnome, or Xfce that don’t require any particular skills beyond point-and-click. In fact, there is even a book with that title.
December 05, 2008 (8:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Seven months after the release of OpenSolaris 2008.05 (a.k.a. Project Indiana) its successor was finally released earlier this week. OpenSolaris 2008.11 was released on Tuesday with many updated packages and new features. To see how this new work has affected the performance of Sun's OpenSolaris operating system, we have benchmarked both releases through some different tests.
December 05, 2008 (8:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Imagine a scenario where a data center runs out of space. What does the business need to do? It needs to find more space, build the infrastructure, racks, cooling, power and everything that needs to be done to make it a real brick and mortar data-center. Anything from a year plus to build something like that. Wait and spend a lot of money, before any real results come out of it.
December 05, 2008 (7:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
I can set up a Linux desktop from bare metal to working customized desktop in about an hour. I can set up several dozens Linux desktops for an SMB (small to medium sized business) in a day. I can't, however, roll out several hundred or thousands Linux desktops without a lot of help, time and work. Now, thanks to a partnership between Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, and IBM, there's a way to roll out corporate Linux desktops almost as fast as you can plug them into the network.
December 05, 2008 (7:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Wow, the competition among open source browsers is getting so heated that you have to stay on top of the day-to-day goings on with the pre-release versions. We've written before about Google Chrome winning speed tests, and I keep hearing people cite it as the fastest browser. Meanwhile, CNet has been posting speed results showing very strong performance from the beta version of Firefox 3.1 (it is indeed snappy). Now, there are some new performance results out that show the nightly builds of Webkit--the open source rendering engine within Safari and Chrome--posting the fastest performance of all.
December 05, 2008 (6:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Joi Ito and the Creative Commons need help getting the word out -- and defined. Creative Commons licenses allow (to varying degrees) the content they apply to to be freely used, distributed, and altered, with varying levels of attribution or certain restrictions on commercial use. One of the gray areas Creative Commons has been grappling with is how exactly one defines "non-commercial.
December 05, 2008 (6:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Boxee announced today that it has added Netflix video downloads -- including the ability to browse Netflix’s media library from within Boxee -- to its A/V media center platform for Linux, Mac, and (soon) Windows PCs. This Boxee enhancement also marks the first time Netflix instant downloads will be available to users of desktop PCs running Linux.
December 05, 2008 (5:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Today IBM announced that it has teamed with Canonical and Virtual Bridges to offer a Linux-based virtual desktop computing environment. With this product, IBM hopes to emphasize and increase adoption of its Lotus collaboration software, as well as promote the use of Linux (Canonical's Ubuntu) by way of Virtual Bridges' VERDE desktop virtualization platform.
December 05, 2008 (5:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
The short answer is: "Probably." But there's more to it than that.
December 05, 2008 (4:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Ubuntu has once again opened up a call for submissions to anyone interested in being a part of the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase. If you're a musician, artist, photographer, or all-around creative genius and would like to enter your work in the current competition, you've got until February 9, 2009 to submit something to the judges.
December 05, 2008 (4:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Axiomtek is readying a full-size PICMG 1.3 SBC (single-board computer) boasting an Intel Core 2 Quad processor. Targeting control and automation, visual inspection, digital surveillance, and network security applications, the Linux-ready SHB102 supports 16GB of DDR3, and has two gigabit Ethernet and a dozen USB ports.
December 05, 2008 (3:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Timesys has announced a partnership with Swell Software to integrate the latter's ultralight GUI software stack with its LinuxLink embedded Linux development platforms. The LinuxLink subscriptions will provide embedded ARM platforms that have been integrated and tested with Swell's "PEG" graphics development environment, says Timesys.
December 05, 2008 (3:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
From Android's launch to the upcoming open-source Symbian, open source has emerged as a driving force in the world of mobile devices, writes VisionMobile's Andreas Constantinou in a whitepaper. Constantinou breaks down the major open-source technologies, using charts to help sort through the confusion.
December 05, 2008 (2:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
If I play video games they're usually pretty low tech ones. One of the few games I miss from the old days is Duke Nukem, and I'm talking about the Duke before he went 3D. If you have an old DOS game that you'd like to run, or for that matter any old DOS program, check out DOSBox. Even if you don't have any DOS programs that you'd like to run, you might want to try downloading some of the old DOS games that are now available free online.
December 05, 2008 (2:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Supporters say the new kernel technology could make Linux the safest OS for data. But will other vendors join in?
December 05, 2008 (10:00:00 AM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
An analytics site finds traffic from Google.com obfuscates the operating system being used.
December 05, 2008 (6:00:00 AM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
What are the chances you'll actually watch a DVD/Blu-ray more than once or twice?
December 05, 2008 (2:00:00 AM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
News hit Slashdot on Wednesday that China is forcing its Internet cafes to use licensed copies of Red Flag Linux, and allegedly not because it wants to encourage software freedom, as Radio Free Asia suggests.
December 04, 2008 (10:00:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
Microsoft and EMC's RSA on Thursday announced an expanded technology partnership around digital rights management in the enterprise.
December 04, 2008 (9:30:00 PM) - 3 years, 11 months ago
From the "Guido must be happy" files:
Python 3.0 is now officially out - breaking compatability (in many respects) with currently deployed Python 2.x series. Don't worry it's not all lost for existing Python users, though the official Python release does sound dire.