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Various bits of news about operating systems

Kubuntu v.s. PC-BSD

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ITtoolbox Blogs: I played a bit with Kubuntu this morning in preparation for the article "PC-BSD for Ubuntu Users". It made sense to me to compare the two operating systems if they were both running the same window manager (KDE) so I wouldn't be distracted by Gnome v.s. KDE issues. That was my first mistake....

Ubuntu frustrates but Vista angers

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thefreedesktop.blogspot: My new Acer laptop came with Windows Vista Home Premium preinstalled. I quickly installed Ubuntu on a separate partition - keeping the Vista install for the time being. I use Ubuntu Linux as my primary OS. However for a moment, I was pleased to have kept Vista around.

Windows has 'fewer flaws' than Linux ?

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vnunet: Data collected by a Microsoft security researcher suggests that the company had to patch far fewer software vulnerabilities than competing vendors in 2007.

Windows Tech Writers Wrong About Linux

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osweekly: At least we are making some progress in the field of Windows using tech writers speaking with any level of clarity about Linux as a viable alternative. Yet as good as the article linked above is, its writer is wrong with one seriously flawed statement.

Counting the roots of growth: BSD vs Linux vs Solaris

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Paul Murphy: I think we all know which of the three major Unix variants has the largest number of paid up licenses for non embedded use, which generates the most headlines, and which offers the highest reliability. But which one is growing fastest?

What *NIX has wrong for the desktop: Top 12

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beranger: Everything *NIX, from GNU/Linux to *BSD, has some overengineered or underengineered concepts that don't fit that well with a desktop or laptop usage. A short list.

Vista Ultimate vs. Ubuntu 7.04 - Which Install Is Easier?

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scitech.teambio.org: This weekend I suffered a meltdown of my workstation’s main hard drive. The drive held my Windows Vista Ultimate install. This time, Vista was going to have company - and maybe competition. This time, Ubuntu 7.04 was getting an equal share of the drive.

A Tale of Two SCOs

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Linux Online: Everyone is focusing on the death sentence that was handed to SCO last Friday. But that was really a mere formality. SCO has been dead for quite some time. Such is the fate of those who live by litigation and not by making good products.

Novell won, SCO lost. So what does that mean for us?

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blogs.ittoolbox.com: For me personally it doesn't change a single thing. This Novell vs SCO vs IBM battle was just all a bunch of background noise for me. I suspect that for many other open source advocates it was just background noise for them too. Why?

Ubuntu Kills Linux, Then Self, Dell Suspected of Foul Play

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devside.net blogs: The world wants Linux. And as we all know, the news can’t be wrong. Especially if it’s regurgitated over and over again on every tech site on the net. Just one problem though…

SCO Shares Plummet In Novell Ruling Aftermath

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information week: Shares of business software distributor the SCO Group tumbled in early trading Monday following a judge's ruling that the company has no ownership claim on the Unix operating system. As of 11:00 a.m. Monday, SCO shares (NasdaqCM:SCOX) were off about 70% to 47 cents.

The Problems With Dual Booting

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OSWeekly: Whether your computer is primarily running Windows, OS X, or Linux, are you or have you ever thought about dual booting two operating systems? It can be done, and why only have one when two are twice as nice, or so they say.

Also: Proprietary vs. OSS Software: The Debate Continues

More on Linux vs Windows

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Paul Murphy: Last week’s discussions on using Linux to catch Peter Principled bosses between rocks and hard places included a comment from ARyKaXaN in which he points out that Wintel’s majority market position makes it the standard against which most people judge other products and then concludes that as long “as *users* aren’t willing to accept that only windows behaves as windows” other OS/GUI combinations will face uphill struggles for acceptance.

Future Implications: Why Microsoft will fear Google and Linux

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c|net blogs: Google and Microsoft are at it again. But this time Google is attacking Microsoft for threatening Linux users for patent violations. Microsoft is deathly afraid of Google. But Microsoft's fear of Google goes far beyond Linux and open source.

Also: Open Source's Next Steps
And: It's not about Windows, dammit!

Linux Foundation calls for 'respect for Microsoft'

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vnunet: Linux needs to recognise Microsoft's leadership in some areas to better itself, Jim Zemlin, executive director for the Linux Foundation told delegates at the Linuxworld tradeshow in San Fransisco.

Linux Vs. Mac: Linux Users Respond

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Serdar Yegulalp (informationweek): Linux users had some interesting opinions about our recent article comparing Mac OS X with Linux, and didn't leave Windows out of the discussion.

Q&A: Sun's Top Operating System Brass Talk OS Strategy

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ITJungle: In March, server and software maker Sun Microsystems brought in a new set of executives to manage the technical and marketing aspects of its Solaris Unix variant. Ian Murdock, one of the co-creators of the Debian variant of Linux, was named chief operating platforms officer, and Marc Hamilton, a long-time executive in Sun's Systems group, was named vice president of Solaris marketing. The two sat down recently with me to talk about the future of Solaris and other operating systems.

Good Son, Bad Son

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Linux Today: A couple of weeks ago, my mom got a bee in her bonnet about no longer being able to connect to her favorite web sites, due to the age of her browser and operating system. Her options: get a new Apple machine with OS X or get a new PC and let me get Linux on it for her.

Windows vs Ubuntu - why switch?

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TALL blog: I want to re-install my work PC - get rid of Windows and install Ubuntu. Here’s why…

Startforce - A web based OS

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Arun's Blog: Startforce is a web based operating system. I wanted to give it a try. I clicked on the new user and entered the username and password. Once I entered those information I was greeted with a desktop similar to Windows XP or one of the Linux OS.

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