ZDNet Asia reports
that manufacturers are requesting Linux drivers for their hardware. "According to Greg Kroah-Hartman, Novell programmer and Linux Driver Project lead, the group of some 400 programmers at the Project receive requests to port existing closed-source drivers to open source drivers for Linux "all the time", and has been "doing a lot of work on this over the past few years".
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Matt Asay looks at market data from IDC
and worries about unpaid Linux deployments. "It gets better (or worse, depending on your view). If one adds in the RHEL clone CentOS and Red Hat's own community distribution Fedora Core, Red Hat and its offspring dominate the global Linux deployments market with 57.1 percent market share.
This might not be so bad, if the trend were toward more paid Linux adoption, but it's not. While paid Linux server deployments will grow at an impressive rate, nonpaid deployments will grow even faster, nearly reaching parity with paid deployments in 2013.
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comments on netbook returns by Dell's Todd Finch on a ZDNet blog.
"According to uber-OEM Dell, the whole debate about Linux netbook returns is a non-issue.
Speaking at OpenSource World, a Dell executive deflated Microsofts enthusiasm for making a case out of the number of Linux netbooks returned by unhappy customers.
Todd Finch, Dell senior product marketing manager, said the number of Linux returns are approximately the same as those for Windows netbooks. He categorized the matter of returns as a non-issue.
Finch went on to say that Microsoft are making something of nothing.
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Dave Phillips reviews LMMS
in the Linux Journal. "LMMS combines a lightweight DAW (digital audio workstation) with editors for the composition of musical material, including a beat/bassline editor, a piano-roll window for writing MIDI parts, and a song editor for organizing your materials into larger forms. The DAW includes a few amenities, such as track-based automation for gain and plugin parameters, and a 64-channel effects mixer with support for LADSPA and VST plugins.
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takes a look
at Nokia's upcoming Maemo 5.
"A Nokia product codenamed RX-51 recently cleared FCC approval and has now appeared in leaked photos that made their way onto the Internet; it appears to be the long-awaited Maemo 5 product. The source code of Maemo 5 provided some early clues about the RX-51 last year. Maemo fans have been poring through it and documenting various technical details that provide insight into the hardware.
The new pictures also seem to indicate that the device is a phone, and not just a Web tablet like its predecessors. This would be a major step forward for Maemo and could reflect a more Linux-centric mobile strategy for Nokia.
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Linux Journal looks
for the Android G1 mobile phone. "Like any device,
the G1 has certain physical limitations — only so much stuff can fit
in the case, and among the stuff being stuffed in is its memory. Apparently,
according to one of Google's developers, not enough memory was stuffed when
the stuffing was good, and now G1 owners may find themselves short on
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