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Real-Time Linux Primer

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Computer systems that are required to respond immediately to specific events, such as control systems in cars, airplanes, or home security systems, are based on platforms that are often referred to as "real-time operating systems" (RTOSs).

One... no... Two Things Linux Has That Windows Doesn't

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This is a perfect job for Linux. A simple script, the bash shell and free Linux applications can fix him up nicely.

Debian developers ponder trademark changes

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The leader of the Debian Linux distribution has called for changes to be made to the open source project's trademark policy, to ensure it has the appropriate level of protection against legal challenges.

Make mine a Lite, a MEPISLite

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MEPISLite 3.3.1-2, a late beta version, is designed from the ground-up to be a fully functional Linux system that will run on a Windows 98 class machine. It is reported to run on as little as a Pentium II system with 128MB of RAM and a 2GB hard drive.

I believe it.

Dell gives Linux a vote of confidence

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But it's not all good news for Microsoft, as Dell plans to sell OS-free PCs as well. With Linux becoming more popular, the company recognises there is a sizeable niche market that wants to choose which operating system to use.

When Bill Gates first heard about Linux

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Do you know who was responsible for telling Bill Gates about Linux for the first time? My dear husband offers up this question to aquaintances at regular intervals. Then, as they shake their heads, he replies:

Wolvix: Leader of the Pack

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A new distribution is in our midst and it clearly deserves some attention. Wolvix is a Linux distribution livecd based on Slax and is available as a 456M download. The site says, "It's a desktop oriented distribution made to fit the needs from regular to advanced desktop users." When the head developer wrote and asked me to take a look, I said, "sure." But I sure wasn't expecting quite what I found.

In Defense of the Linux Trademark

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Trademarks are different from other types of intellectual property. A trademark can be a mark, a word, a color, a sound or some other "label" that functions as an indicator of the source of goods or services for which the trademark is used. When it no longer does so, the trademark is not doing its job.

Linux Desktop - An Analyst's Nightmare

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Good analysts usually have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They socialize easily and can politic with the best. They generally make lousy technicians. If you pay an analyst to advise you about Linux desktops and they say that Linux is not ready, consider a second opinion.

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