Interviews

Interviews with various people, mostly in the FOSS world

Interview: Mandriva CEO Francois Bancilhon

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MandrivaLinux (formerly MandrakeLinux) will shortly introduce a new round of releases for its Corporate Server, Corporate Desktop, and PowerPack Edition GNU/Linux distributions. While preparing to review these operating systems I sent some interview questions to Mandriva's CEO, Francois Bancilhon.

Open source stacks move into critical operations

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The open source stack is moving to the core of data centers -- to a place where it's responsible for handling critical parts of business operations. Support for these applications is paramount for IT departments and absolutely essential to the enterprises that use them, according to a report from The 451 Group, based in New York.

Richard Stallman on Kerela's desktop Linux adoption

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To learn more about the recently reported migration of computers in 12,500 high schools in the southern Indian state of Kerela from Windows to GNU/Linux, prompted largely by the recent visit to India of free software guru Richard M. Stallman, DesktopLinux.com contacted Stallman for further details.

Linspire Founder on Linux, iPod

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Is Michael Robertson afraid of anything? The entrepreneur has a made a career—and a fortune—playing rough with giants. Now, though, he’s turning up the volume: predicting an end to Apple’s hold on digital music, shaking up the Linux community by looking to marry open source smarts with proprietary know how, and talking trash about Microsoft’s new Zune.

PC-BSD Interview

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PC-BSD is one of the newest additions to the BSD family. The focus for this project is to create a user-friendly desktop experience based on FreeBSD and it has quickly garnered attention from media and the community. Kris Moore founder and lead developer of PC-BSD took some time off to answer a few questions about the past and current state of the project in general and its relation to KDE in particular.

Interview: Timothy Miller, Open Graphics Project

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Timothy Miller is the founder of the Open Graphics Project. In 1999, he started learning chip design on the job, because the kinds of graphics chips that his employer needed couldn't be bought from 3rd parties anymore. He has been designing graphics chips and graphics-related chips ever since.

Inteview with Croteam's Vedran Skrnjug on Serious Sam 2

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Gaming

In an interview with Croteam's Vedran Skrnjug we've had the opportunity to get some information about the upcoming linux release of Serious Sam 2. The interview gives some background information about the motivation for the port and some details about the expected game.

The Moon in your hands

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Sci/Tech

NASA has a developed a virtual Moon, much like Google Earth, that lets users zoom around three-dimensional visualizations of the terrain. Declan Butler talks to Patrick Hogan, manager of NASA's World Wind project, about the software.

Linux From Scratch

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From the days when installing a Linux distribution required a 300-page bible, to the days of Live CDs, the question "How do I learn Linux?" doesn't seem to have a ready answer. That's probably because the question itself is a little vague. If you want to learn how to use a Linux distribution, trying out one should help you. You need to lock yourself in a room for a weekend with a copy of Linux From Scratch (http://www.linuxfromscratch.org). Find out more from Mayank's interview with Gerard Beekmans.

Hackers still important, Red Hat exec says

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Michael Tiemann, Red Hat's vice president of open source affairs, who is also president and a member of the board at the Open Source Initiative was in India last week. In a telephone interview from Delhi, Tiemann talked to IDG News Service on a wide range of issues relating to the open source movement.

An Interview with Mindware Studios

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Gaming

With Cold War (Mindware Studio's inaugural title) having gone gold late last month for Linux, we took the time to get a few questions answered by Mindware Studios. In this interview, Patrik Rak of Mindware answered some of our questions about their Meng engine as well as a few pieces of information from what we can expect to see in the future including some more information on their Linux and Macintosh clients.

Six Things You Didn't Know About Firefox Extensions

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To many, a Firefox extension is more magic than technology, and the process by which it is developed and used is shrouded in mystery. To find out more about Firefox extensions and their capabilities, we asked some extension-related questions of the Mozilla Foundation's technology strategist, Mike Shaver.

XenSource CEO Addresses Microsoft, Red Hat-Novell Dispute

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XenSource CEO Peter Levine spoke with CRN Senior Writer Paula Rooney after his LinuxWorld Expo keynote about his company's partnership with Microsoft and other hot topics.

Exclusive Q&A: Linus Torvalds

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If open source were a religion, Linus Torvalds, the Finnish engineer who wrote the core of the operating system that would become Linux, would be its prophet. In an email interview with Red Herring, Mr. Torvalds says his 15-year-old creation is growing up nicely.

Ubuntu CTO on the desktop platform's runaway success

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With the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo kicking off this week, today we conclude our series of interviews with Linux experts. This week, I talked with Matt Zimmerman, chairman of the technical board and CTO for Ubuntu. We spoke about Ubuntu's latest LTS offering, whether Ubuntu is being adopted on servers, and how to compare one open source organization to another.

The Voices of Xandros

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Most operating system reviews and developer interviews rely on technical points to explain what the project is about and what benefits users might derive from it. But what of the people responsible for the lion's share of the work in the open source software world? So rarely do we hear about their opinions and perspective on their project of choice. So here's a not-so-technical interview with three of the real people who contribute time and effort to developing the Xandros family of GNU/Linux distributions.

Phil Thompson Talks About PyQt

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High level languages are increasingly being used in preference to C and C++ in new desktop software. One of these languages best supported in KDE and Qt is Python. To find out about the history and current state of PyQt KDE Dot News talked to Phil Thompson, author and maintainer of the bindings.

Interview with id Software's Timothee Besset at QuakeCon 2006

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I had the opportunity to catch up with id Software's resident Linux expert, Timothee "TTimo" Besset, who has been responsible for every id-produced Linux port since Quake III: Arena, at QuakeCon this past weekend. Since Quake 4 was recently released and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars is on the horizon, I asked TTimo if he wouldn't mind answering a few of my inane questions:

Managing Linux servers in a Windows world

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As Linux servers continue to pervade data centers at increasing rates, one of the biggest challenges to strike IT managers is getting those servers to work well with their existing Windows systems. Recently, Centeris CEO Barry Crist sat down with SearchOpenSource.com to talk about why the landscape for cross-platform server management is improving .

Novell turns its focus toward growth

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SUSE

When Ron Hovsepian was named chief operating officer of Waltham's Novell Inc. in November, investors were already calling for the ouster of then-chief executive Jack Messman. In June, Messman's critics got their wish, and Hovsepian got one of the toughest jobs in the software industry. Hovsepian recently spoke with Globe reporter Hiawatha Bray on how he expects to meet the challenge that defeated his former boss.

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