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Exclusive Interview | Garrett D’Amore

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Interviews During the week, Unixmen exclusively interviewed Illumos Founder, Garrett D’Amore. Garrett has worked for the likes of Sun Microsystems and Nexenta. Upon the announcement of Oracle closing development of OpenSolaris, he founded the Illumos project which would become a continuation of the OpenSolaris kernel.

State Of OpenIndiana

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OS : When Oracle announced it was discontinuing the development of OpenSolaris, there was shock among the free Unix community. A fork of OpenSolaris was quickly announced. Let’s fast forward to today and we have a complete Illumos based, OpenSolaris forked Unix distribution-OpenIndiana.

Google should acquire Canonical and merge Ubuntu with Android

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Ubuntu Ubuntu could easily emerge as a force to reckon with in the mobile industry. Perhaps a stand-alone Ubuntu platform won’t succeed (cause it lacks major backers), but Ubuntu for Android definitely has a chance.

Also: The Insidious Nature of Chromebooks

OpenSXCE Continues OpenSolaris Tradition

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OS Posted under "things I hope get traction and thrive", OpenSXCE is the latest iteration of the once popular OpenSolaris Community Edition. OpenSXCE is based on Illumos, the operating system descendent from OpenSolaris, and as such inherits some of the great stuff that originated at Sun.

Will there ever be a perfect operating system?

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  • Will there ever be a perfect operating system?
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  • Review: Fuduntu 2013.2
  • North by (Linux Fest) Northwest
  • Fedora 19 Alpha Version Arrives
  • This week in rawhide 2013-04-23 edition
  • Mandriva Business Server gets updates
  • Lightweight openSUSE: LXDE Desktop From Scratch
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Windows 8 vs Mac OS X vs Ubuntu Linux vs Chrome OS

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OS I honestly like them all, and I use them all on a daily basis.

Hands-on with Mozilla’s Web-based “Firefox OS” for smartphones

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Moz/FF Launching a new mobile OS is a difficult project since the market leaders, Android and iOS, have such a big lead. Mozilla, the non-profit foundation behind Firefox, believes it can tackle this dilemma.

The secret origins of Google's Chrome OS

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Google Many people know that Chrome OS is based on Linux. But where did Google's operating system actually come from -- and what is it made of today? Here's its story.

Google Chrome OS vs. Ubuntu

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Ubuntu In this article, I'll explore how Chrome OS stacks up against Ubuntu and whether the two operating systems are likely to appeal to the same user base.

Funny Mythness

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Linux There are many myths related to Linux in a business environment. For me, the most pervasive and irritating is the assumption that the most convenient and efficient way for everybody (including me) to do our jobs is from a Microsoft desktop. It seems irrelevant that I spend most of my day wrangling Linux and Solaris servers.

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