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Mandriva, Linspire and Damn Small Linux

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Big 2008 release from Mandriva
Desktop Linux distribution Mandriva 2008 was also released last week after six months of development and testing. Changes in this release are many but the main ones are the inclusion of KDE 3.5.7, the new GNOME 2.20, version of the Linux kernel with fair scheduling support, 2.2.1, a 3D-accelerated desktop courtesy of Compiz Fusion 0.5.2 and Mozilla Firefox Hardware compatibility also got a big boost this time around, good news for those that struggled to get everything to work in previous releases.

Ubuntu gets Gutsy
The Ubuntu development team last week Ubuntu 7.10) ahead of this week's (October 18) full release of this popular distribution. Desktop highlights in this release include: Compiz Fusion; greatly improved printer installation in Gnome; free Flash support with a development release of Gnash; and automated Firefox plugin installation.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

Red Hat eyes app platform leader with Samsung

Red Hat, the world's leading mobile application platform provider, says it will create an unprecedented partnership model with Samsung, a move it has been pushing to provide converged mobile systems at the enterprise level. Read more

A kid in an open source candy store

In 2009, I decided to leave HP and become an independent consultant. I presented at the inaugural LinuxCon on "Transforming Your Company with Open Source." Over time, my engagement with open source became more introspective. I wanted to integrate its lessons more fully into the personal development lessons that I was learning through my ongoing studies of psychology and spirituality. I thought back to the kid in the candy store. What open source was doing was connecting (and confronting!) me with the energy of abundance. This is the kind of energy that encourages positive action while loosening attachment to the fruits of that action, increasing self-awareness in the process. I wrote about this in a 2011 article on, and expanded on it further in chapter 3 of my book Enlightening Technical Leadership in 2013. Read more