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Linux Foundation to Microsoft: stop secretly attacking Linux
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 10 September 2009 11:56

   Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin issued a scathing condemnation of Microsoft's recent attempts to unload Linux-related patents to patent trolls. He calls for the company to "stop secretly attacking Linux" and compete on the basis of quality rather than FUD.

By Ryan Paul | Last updated September 10, 2009 9:40 AM CT

Linux Foundation to Microsoft: stop secretly attacking Linux
Linux is booming, but unpaid adoption may hurt vendors
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 19 August 2009 11:35

Even as the recession continues to cool CIO appetites for software purchases, Linux is bucking the trend, according to a new IDC report.

 August 19, 2009 4:27 AM PDT
by Matt Asay

   IDC is projecting Linux revenue to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 16.9 percent from 2008 to 2013, topping $1.2 billion in 2013.

As IDC notes, this growth will comprise just 4 percent of total software market revenue by 2013, up from 2.2 percent in 2008. However, for the second time, IDC has also examined nonpaid deployments of Linux, revealing some troubling data.
I've always assumed Red Hat's primary Linux competitor is Novell. And based on IDC's numbers, it does appear that Novell is increasingly a real threat to Red Hat.
But it is the nonpaid usage of Red Hat's software that may well pose a bigger risk.

Is Linux Irrelevant?
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 10 August 2009 11:17

It's not the distro or even the Linux kernel that matter. It's the things made with Linux -- the servers, smartphones, netbooks, and other mobile devices.

By Serdar Yegulalp
August 10, 2009 04:00 AM

As the story goes, in the late eighties Bill Gates was asked about the competition Unix posed to Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT). He smiled and asked, "Which Unix?"

The same could be said of Linux today. Which Linux? Linux is now defined mostly by the fact that it isn't any one single thing -- no one distribution, software house, or entity has the last word on what Linux is going to be. To that end, the only "Linux" worth calling out by that name alone is the Linux kernel itself -- a kernel which is continually repackaged and distributed in a slew of different ways.   [Comments...]
Hands-on: Linux appliances made easy with SUSE Studio
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 30 July 2009 10:36

   Novell has launched a new service called SUSE Studio that makes it easy to build software appliances. Ars gives it a spin and find it's an excellent tool for building virtual appliances.

By Ryan Paul | Last updated July 30, 2009 6:29 AM CT

Novell has launched a new Web service called SUSE Studio that simplifies the process of building Linux-based software appliances. It provides a convenient interface for creating custom versions of Novell's SUSE Linux distribution with specialized configurations. The service is part of Novell's broader SUSE Appliance Program initiative.
Microsoft using Linux drivers to boost server share
Written by Gizmo   
Tuesday, 28 July 2009 10:34

By Barbara Darrow, Senior News Director, and Leah Rosin, Site Editor,

If there is one major beneficiary of Microsoft's decision to submit device driver code to the Linux community, it's Microsoft itself, IT pros and solution providers said.

Getting things done with Linux to-do list programs
Written by Daniel   
Monday, 13 July 2009 11:12

To-do list programs can help you stay organized and boost productivity. Ars looks at GTG, KOrganizer, and other task management tools for the Linux desktop.

By Ryan Paul | Last updated July 12, 2009 8:00 PM CT

 I've found that maintaining a proper to-do list consistently boosts my productivity. The challenge, however, is finding task management software that fits with my workflow. I've tried several web solutions—including Remember the Milk (RTM) and a self-hosted Tracks setup—but the problem with browser-based to-do lists is that I tend to ignore what's not immediately visible on my desktop. Fortunately, there are several reasonably good open source to-do list tools for Linux.

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