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Showing the Newbie's Side in Linux

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When I first started reading the article "Current Problems with Linux" I expected something of a Linux bashing. However as I read thru it, I kinda remembering feeling the way he describes five years ago when I first started using Linux. It took me about 3 or 4 tries to finally get away from windows due to some of the issues Aditya Nag discusses. I don't entirely agree with all his assessments, but some merit further thought.

O'Reilly Releases "Linux in a Windows World"

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"Before the Linux operating system can achieve world domination, there are a few lesser challenges it will need to face, the chief among which is the huge installed base of Microsoft Windows users. Practically speaking, the overall success of Linux will not be in its eradication of Windows, but in its ability to coexist with it and other systems. "Indeed, the challenge of coexisting with Windows can be viewed as an opportunity," says Roderick W. Smith, author of "Linux in a Windows World" (O'Reilly, US $44.95). "Linux can be integrated into a Windows network, providing a reliable and low-cost platform on which to run vital services for Windows systems, or even serving as a workstation on an otherwise Windows-dominated network.""

The Business Case for Linux

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ComputerWorld is running this really interesting article written by Carol Sliwa focusing on high volume businesses and their contemplation of running Linux servers. "Now that Linux is more commonly viewed as a mainstream option for mission-critical functions, IT managers are increasingly evaluating the open-source operating system with the same due diligence with which they compare commercial offerings."

Review: SimplyMEPIS 3.3 Linux

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Randi submits, "XtremeResources is pleased to announce the publication of a review of the SimplyMepis 3.3 Linux Distribution by our very own Steve "sjohnson" Johnson."

This is a really nice review of Mepis starting out with a little background on Warren Woodford. The review includes some

Linux Starts to Take a More Central IT Role

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"IT managers who once used Linux chiefly to support Web and file- and-print servers said at last week's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo here that they're now running key applications and databases on Linux-based systems - a sign that the open-source software is penetrating deeper into corporate enterprises."

Mandrakesoft and Conectiva Merger

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"Mandrakesoft today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Conectiva, the number one Linux company in Brazil and Latin America. This acquisition is expected to increase significantly Mandrakesoft's size and R&D capabilities."

rm -rf Contest Interest Wanes?

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I've been watching MadPenguin's rm -rf contest with voyeuristic interest and hoping for a real plethora of entries, however, I've yet to receive many thrills.

IBM furthers Linux While Gates Signs Contract

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IBM may be committed to furthering it's involvement with Linux, first with it's announcement a few days ago of significant investment, and today amidst accusations from M$ that it's all talk, they state they currently employ approximately 8 to 9000 developers to work directly on open source projects.

Linux For The Future

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"It was wild idealism, really, around the notion that software should be developed communally and distributed freely that spawned Linux more than a decade ago. It's an ideal that has resonated up the chain of command to become a major disruptive force in the business world. While much is made of the threat to Windows, the Linux operating system and accompanying open-source movement threaten to put other decades-old IT mainstays, notably Unix and RISC-based processors, out to pasture. As the new products and big ideas swirling around LinuxWorld last week show,

Linux kernel to include IPv6 firewall

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"Version 2.6.12 of the Linux kernel is likely to include packet filtering that will work with IPv6, the latest version of the Internet Protocol."

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Games: OpenMW and Linux Gaming Benchmark

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Bloomberg's big move on machine learning and open source

With its orange text on black interface and colour coded keyboard, the Bloomberg professional services terminal – known simply as ‘The Terminal’ – doesn’t appear to have changed much since it was launched in the early ’80s. But behind the retro (Bloomberg prefers ‘modern icon’) stylings, its delivery of financial markets data news, and trading tools has advanced rapidly. The terminal’s 315,000 subscribers globally are now able to leverage on machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing techniques developed by the company, as they seek an edge in their investment decisions. Bloomberg is also applying those same techniques to its internal processes. Leading the company’s efforts in the area is Bloomberg’s head of data science Gideon Mann, who spoke with CIO Australia earlier this month. [...] Behind much of Bloomberg’s recent builds has been an open source ethic. Mann says there has been a sea change within the company about open source. "When the company started in 1981 and there really wasn't a whole lot of open source. And so there was a mentality of you know if it's not invented here we're not interested,” Mann says. [...] The organisation took some convincing, but, championed by the CTO, there has been a “huge culture change” towards open source. “There are two groups you got to convince: you’ve got to convince management that using open source is going to be safe and lead to better software, and then you also have to convince engineers that using open source is going to increase their skillset, will lead to software that’s easier to maintain and is less buggy and it's going to be a more beautiful system. Once you can kind of convince those two then you're set,” Mann says. The company is an active contributor to projects including Solr, Hadoop, Apache Spark and Open Stack. Read more Also: Uber Open Sources AthenaX, Its Streaming Analytics Platform

Firefox 57 - Trick or Treat?

The best way to describe Firefox 57 is too little, too late, but better later than never. In a way, it's a pointless release, because it brings us back roughly where Firefox was and should have been years ago. Only all this time in between was wasted losing user base. WebExtensions will be the thing that makes or breaks the browser, and with insufficient quality in the available replacements for those that don't make the culling list, there will be no real incentive for people to stay around. Firefox 57 is better than earlier versions in terms of looks and performance, but that's like saying you get 50% discount on a price that is twice what it should be. Ultimately unnecessary, just like graduating from university by the age of 68. There aren't any major advantages over Chrome. This is essentially a Firefox that sucks less. So yes, on the positive side, if you do want to continue using Firefox, version 57 makes much more sense than the previous 53 releases. It has an almost normal look, some of the sorely needed security & privacy addons are available, and it offers a passable user experience in terms of speed and responsiveness. Bottom line, I will stick with Firefox for now. As long as my extensions keep working. Take care. Read more

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