Over at LinuxPlanet, Bruce Byfield has a thoughtful piece about Linux supporters having a negative identity
, defined by their opposition to Microsoft. It is worth a read even though it is annoyingly paginated into five pieces. "Think about it: Starting from nothing, the free software community has achieved the impossible, confounding all sorts of expectations. In doing so, it has not only changed the way that business is done, but empowered millions, combining technological and social change in a way that has never been seen before. These accomplishments, I suggest, are long overdue for acknowledgment and celebration. We hear too much about hate, and not nearly enough about pride.
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Trade Shows and Conferences
InformationWeek covers the first day of the Linux Collaboration Summit
, concentrating mostly on the first keynote speech and the kernel hacker roundtable. The roundtable featured seven kernel developers and was moderated by LWN Executive Editor Jonathan Corbet. "At the same time, the easy part of Linux's advance may be over. IDC analyst Al Gillen told about 300 attendees at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Austin, Texas, Tuesday that Linux has made many of its gains at the expense of legacy Unix systems. From here on, its growth may slow, as result of both server virtualization, which packs more applications on a single server, and head-to-head competition with Microsoft's Windows Server. 'Never discount Microsoft,' added Gillen.
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The Industry Standard
on Adobe's release of a beta version of the Adobe Integrated Runtime
(AIR) system for the Linux platform.
"AIR is a cross-operating system runtime for building Rich Internet Applications using Flash, Flex, HTML and Ajax. With the Linux-supported version of the runtime, RIA developers can extend the reach of their applications to Linux users without having to write additional platform-specific code.
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Sun Microsystems' involvement with the Ubuntu distribution.
"When Sun Microsystems (JAVA) acquired MySQL for $1 billion, it instantly gave Sun credibility in the open source market. But Sun isn't stopping there.
In recent weeks, Sun has quietly increased its bets on the fastest growing version of Linux in the market. And it isn't from Red Hat or Novell.
Rather, Sun is preparing to certify more of its servers for Canonical's Ubuntu Linux. The effort includes Sun's latest small and midsize business servers. In an interview with Reuters on April 2, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth reinforced the growing relations between Sun and Ubuntu.
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ZDNet covers a change on Swiss school PCs, from dual boot Windows/Linux to Linux-only
. "Beginning this September, all 9000 computers will run only Ubuntu and free and open source software. While officials are happy to be saving money on licensing, the Department of Public instruction largely made the move out of what they considered best practices for student education.
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Linux-Watch has some advice when looking for a lawyer
, especially one knowledgeable about free software licenses and the like. "Chances are you already have at least an idea of how to find a contract lawyer, a tax law specialist or a real-estate attorney. But what if your programmers are using open-source code that's licensed under two different licenses? What if you're concerned with how a patent might affect open-source software your company is already using? Or let's say a company based in Utah decides that you've put its proprietary code into Linux, who do you turn to then?
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Wired provides an overview of CHDK
, a free firmware enhancement for Canon cameras. "CHDK, the Canon Hacker's Development Kit, is an open-source software project that can be loaded on cameras using Canon's DIGIC II or DIGIC III firmware platforms. It unleashes new features including RAW file format, live histogram display, a battery readout, and the ability to run scripted actions on a camera.
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The Register's Hardware site covers
a mini-notebook from HP, available with SuSE Linux pre-installed.
"HP claimed the 2133 has a "92 per cent full-size" keyboard, which
defines the sub-notebook's dimensions: 256 x 165 x 33mm. That's the front
thickness - HP didn't say how much bigger the 2133 gets at the back. The
unit weighs 1.27kg, rather more than the Eee but fractionally less than the
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LinuxDevices takes a look
at the SanDisk Sansa e200. "The "Podzilla" open source application
suite was ported to a relatively inexpensive line of flash-based mp3
players. Originally developed by the iPod Linux project, the software now
runs on SanDisk's $100-$150 Sansa e200 devices, reports Sebastian Duell,
chief SansaLinux project developer.
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