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Various bits of news about operating systems

Upcoming Fedora Test Days: preupgrade and Xfce!

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This week we round out the Fedora 13 Test Day schedule, which has seen us run the gauntlet from NFS, through color management and SSSD, scale the heights of Graphics Test Week, and will see us come to a triumphant finish with the Preupgrade Test Day on Thursday 2010-04-29 and the Xfce Test Day on Friday 2010-04-30.

OpenSolaris back on track.

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blog.hydrasystemsllc: The acquisition of Sun by Oracle left a few projects in questionable states. It was unknown as to whether Oracle would continue supporting these open source projects. OpenSolaris was included in that list.

MeeGo mobile Linux will also do laptops and desktops

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arstechnica.com: Intel has revealed that it is developing a variant of the Linux-based MeeGo operating system that will run on conventional desktop and laptop computers.

OpenSolaris 2009.06

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desktoplinuxreviews.com: Occasionally I get an interesting, off-the-beaten-path suggestion on the Request A Review page. This time around somebody suggested doing a review of OpenSolaris. Why do a review of OpenSolaris? Well why the heck not?

Could OS/2 come back from the grave?

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blogs.computerworld.com: OK, hands up, who, like me, was a one time IBM OS/2 user? What? You don't know OS/2? It was IBM, and briefly, Microsoft's 32-bit server and desktop operating system that was going to change the world. Then, Bill Gates decided that he'd do better by going it on his own with some operating system called Windows.

OpenSolaris free CDs halted

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h-online.com: Oracle has stopped the free OpenSolaris CD shipping program. A posting on the OpenSolaris website discussion mailing list by Oracle's Derek Cicero says the related links and icons have been removed from the opensolaris.org site.

OpenSolaris, Still Open-Source Software Ready to Serve

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serverwatch.com: If Oracle's recent Solaris licensing changes have you singing the blues, OpenSolaris might provide you with a fresh tune to whistle while you work.

OS of the Future: Built for Security

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Security

eweek.com: Led, somewhat ironically, by Microsoft Windows, operating system vendors and some other software vendors have been making their products more secure by default. They also have been providing tools and best-practice guidelines for application developers to improve security.

Oracle's OpenSolaris 2010.03 Is M.I.A.

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phoronix.com: OpenSolaris 2010.03 was supposed to have been released earlier this month. However, March is coming to an end and there still is no sign of OpenSolaris 2010.03. Oracle, which now owns Sun Microsystems, has also not provided us with any comment on the situation nor have they addressed the OpenSolaris community.

License change leaves Sun Solaris users at a crossroads

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infoworld.com: Recent changes to Solaris licensing could further encourage Solaris 10 users to consider Linux -- and result in fewer new users considering Solaris at all. If you're a Solaris customer, don't overlook this license change.

Windows breeds fear and ignorance in computer users.

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It’s become increasingly apparent that this otherwise upstanding member of society is simply not a candidate for Linux. And he’s not alone. He would argue that he’s not naturally curious about technology and just needs to get things done, but I’d go a step further and condemn him to what I suspect is a vast majority of computer users who are technology-averse.

And I put the blame squarely on Windows.

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Windows Up, Mac OS X Down, Linux Down

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  • Windows Up, Mac OS X Down, Linux Down
  • IDC: Windows dominates Linux in servers, not just the desktop
  • Linux is doing just fine on servers

Sabayon 5.2 To Ship With 2.6.33 Kernel… and BFS!

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Gentoo

With Sabayon fever reaching boiling point I have some cool news to break to you all, which, as you have guessed from the title is that Sabayon 5.2 will ship with 2.6.33 Kernel with Con Kolivas 1 (ck1) 2.6.33 desktop performance patches (including BFS).

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Symbian’s Mobile Operating System Now Officially Open Source

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opensourcecritic.com: Following their announcement back on the 4th of February, 2010… Symbian has released the first fully open source version of their mobile operating system, the Symbian^3 (S^3) platform.

Oracle Solaris, Linux, and OpenSolaris

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blogs.zdnet.com: As the pennies start to fall in the Oracle/Sun merger we’re seeing a lot of fear and ignorance getting expressed. Meanwhile lots of other people are happily spreading FUD.

Oracle Explains Unclear Message About OpenSolaris

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eweek.com: A posting on the company Web site implied that OpenSolaris may soon be "end-of-lifed." However, there's no need for app developers and IT managers to worry: Oracle says it is not killing off the freely down-loadable community version of Sun's Unix-based Solaris enterprise operating system anytime soon.

Oracle Still To Make OpenSolaris Changes

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phoronix.com: One of the open-source projects that Oracle hasn't been too open about their intentions with has been OpenSolaris. Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) already closed up last month and there hasn't been too much information flowing out about the next OpenSolaris release.

Open Source Bits and Pieces

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redmonk.com/sogrady: A number of folks have been surprised by Google’s decision to transition to Portage – the package management system from the Gentoo Linux distribution – rather than something more popular like Apt (Debian/Ubuntu) or Yum (Fedora).

Chrome OS vs Ubuntu Netbook Remix

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techradar.com: Although Chrome OS is based on Ubuntu, Google has no intention right now of targeting the mass market. Google has no interest in this, so a Chrome OS device is geared towards getting control to Linux as soon as possible.

OpenSolaris community worried by Oracle silence

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h-online.com: The OpenSolaris community is concerned by the silence from Oracle over its future plans for the open source operating system. In a blog posting, OpenSolaris developer Peter Tribble complained that Oracle has not mentioned OpenSolaris.

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