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Linux Shootout: 7 Desktop Distros Compared
Linux
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 07 May 2009 11:06
We tested openSUSE, Ubuntu 8.04, PCLinuxOS, Mandriva Linux One, Fedora, SimplyMEPIS, and CentOS 5.1. All performed well, and each had at least one truly outstanding feature.

By Serdar Yegulalp
May 5, 2008 04:00 AM

In the last couple of years, desktop-friendly Linux distributions have taken enormous leaps -- they're easier to install, better maintained, and more powerful than ever before. There's also that many more of them -- which means that many more possibilities to sift through.
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Linux Passes 1% Usage Milestone As Windows Slips
Linux
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 05 May 2009 11:22
Apple's Mac OS X is the top beneficiary of Microsoft's weakening market share among Web users.

By Thomas Claburn
May 4, 2009 03:30 PM

The percentage of Web users running Linux devices passed the 1% mark for the first time last month, thanks in part to increasing acceptance by mainstream PC vendors.
According to Web metrics firm Net Applications, the usage share of Linux on client devices reached 1.02% in April.
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Has Desktop Linux Missed its Opportunity?
Linux
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 27 April 2009 11:49
It's time we faced it: The Year of the Linux Desktop, long foretold, isn't coming.

Year after year, breathless pundits announce that the open source OS is on the verge of a tipping point, a critical mass that will see businesses abandoning Windows in droves. And year after year, nothing happens. Is it too late for desktop Linux to matter?
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Attack Sneaks Rootkits Into Linux Kernel
Linux
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 17 April 2009 11:14

A researcher at Black Hat Europe this week will demonstrate a more stealthy way to hack Linux

Apr 14, 2009 | 04:21 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins
DarkReading

Kernel rootkits are tough enough to detect, but a researcher this week has demonstrated an even sneakier method of hacking Linux.
The attack attack exploits an oft-forgotten function in Linux versions 2.4 and above in order to quietly insert a rootkit into the operating system kernel as a way to hide malware processes, hijack system calls, and open remote backdoors into the machine, for instance. At Black Hat Europe this week in Amsterdam, Anthony Lineberry, senior software engineer for Flexilis, will demonstrate how to hack the Linux kernel by exploiting the driver interface to physically addressable memory in Linux, called /dev/mem.

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Intel aims for 2-second boot time with Moblin Linux platform
Linux
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 09 April 2009 11:34

At the Linux Collaboration Summit, the director of Intel's Open Source Technology Center has revealed some details about the company's vision for Moblin, its Linux-based mobile platform. He says that Intel hopes to achieve two-second boot time and redefine mobile user interfaces.

 By Ryan Paul | Last updated April 8, 2009 6:10 PM CT

At the Linux Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, Intel Open Source Technology Center director Imhad Sousou discussed the company's plans for the next major version of its Linux-based open source Moblin platform. The aim of Moblin, Sousou says, is to improve the quality of the Linux user experience on Atom-based devices. For Intel, this is a broad mandate that reaches deep into the platform and will require improvements at many different layers of the stack. One especially important aspect of Intel's platform improvement agenda is to reduce overall startup time.
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Microsoft lawyer 'won't speculate' on Linux suits
Linux
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 26 February 2009 11:58

REDMOND, Wash.--Microsoft's top intellectual property lawyer said that the company's legal action against TomTom over Linux was specific to that company, but he declined to say whether other suits over the open source operating system might follow.

February 25, 2009 9:08 PM PST
by Ina Fried

"I wouldn't speculate at this point," Horacio Gutierrez told CNET News in an interview late Wednesday. Gutierrez did add that Microsoft's patent suit against TomTom, which includes three claims related to file management techniques used in the Linux kernel, was specific to that company.

It is the "TomTom implementation of the Linux kernel that infringes these claims," Gutierrez said. "There are many flavors of Linux (and) many implementations of the Linux kernel. Cases such as these are very fact-specific."

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