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The consistent failure of Linux to grab even 1% of the desktop OS market

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royal.pingdom.com: Linux has been around for almost two decades now. It has become a resounding success as a server OS (for example as the L in the famous LAMP stack), and more recently as a mobile OS (Android). But what about on the desktop?

LinuxCon: Exploits Show Why Linux Is Vulnerable

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esecurityplanet.com: There is a widely held belief that Linux is a completely secure operating system. But to Brad Spengler of the grsecurity project, the belief is far from accurate. And he has the kernel exploits to prove it.

Desktop Linux: Great for the Environment, Bad for Economy?

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earthweb.com: Is using desktop Linux better for the environment than say, running Microsoft Windows or Apple's OS X?

Linux safer than Windows

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manilastandardtoday.com: SOME time ago, the Financial Times reported that Google was phasing out the internal use of Microsoft Windows because of security concerns after the company’s operations in China were hacked. Here’s another story about the security debate.

Novell cuts Q3 revenue outlook

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SUSE
  • Novell cuts Q3 revenue outlook
  • Red Hat Has Trended 8.23% Higher In Past 45 Days

Uberstudent: The students’ Linux

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ghacks.net: There are so many Linux distributions out there it’s dizzying. Some are simply respins of various base distributions with a different theme or maybe one or two specific applications thrown in for good measure. And then there’s Uberstudent.

Legal DVD Playback Coming to Linux?

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Legal

linuxjournal.com: In a country where the legal system is based on precedents, a judge's recent decision just may make the use of Linux a whole lot easier.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 366

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Feature: Customer Service and Open Source Software
  • News: New hope for OpenSolaris, Custom FreeBSD, new PC-BSD blog and Dell's stance on selling Ubuntu
  • Questions and answers: Playing a game of What-If
  • Released last week: Karoshi, MeeGO, Parted Magic, Elastix
  • Upcoming releases: BlankOn Sajadah
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Btrfs Did Regress Hard In The Linux 2.6.35 Kernel

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phoronix.com: This morning we published benchmarks of ZFS, EXT4, and Btrfs when running these three popular file-systems off a high-performance OCZ Vertex 2 solid-state drive. To a fair amount of surprise, the EXT4 file-system ended up beating out Btrfs on the SSD in a number of tests.

Debian Developers per country

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perrier.eu.org: Back in 2009, I did some analysis of the number of developers per country. Apparently, some people at DebConf remember this and asked if I could update this data. So, here we are with the 2010 version, sorted by the ratio of *active* developers per million population for each country.

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