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My kid hates Linux (ZDNet)

Christopher Dawson relates his teenage son's unhappy experience with Linux on ZDNet. The problem seems to be Flash support for 64-bit Linux, which is not an uncommon complaint. "Don’t let your users' first impressions be that Linux doesn't work. Get the deployment right before it appears on their desktops and many won't even notice the difference (unless they were using Vista; then they might thank you). I've convinced my kid to give it another shot when I do a clean install of 32-bit Ubuntu 8.04 as soon as it comes out. I'll report back on his impressions."

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Google talks up Android: open ecosystems lead to innovation (ars technica)

ars technica reports from Robert Love's Android talk at LugRadio Live. "Google has done a lot to demonstrate its commitment to making Android an open and inclusive platform, but there are still some issues that concern developers. Although the kernel and much of the platform source code are available from a public git repository, there are still some parts of the stack that haven't been fully opened yet. Love cited the high rate of code churn as one reason why some code isn't public at this stage and said that all of the source code will be fully available under open licenses after phones start to ship during the second half of this year. 'To do this right—to open source this in a way that is beneficial to the community—we want to wait until the code isn't a big mess.''

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Kate Developers Meeting (KDE.News)

KDE.News has a report on a recent Kate Developer Meeting. "[S]cripting support will allow us to extend Kate with little helper and indentation scripts. We rethought Kate's session workflow to better meet the user's needs. There are plans to allow combined highlighting, which means mixing e.g. HTML and php syntax highlighting will be even more powerful. Collaborative features was also a point which is especially interesting with regard to Decibel."

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RSA: Security Experts Debate Linux Vs. Microsoft (ChannelWeb)

ChannelWeb covers a debate at the RSA 2008 conference over the security of Linux vs. Windows. "Ford said the difficulty with comparing operating systems is that it's often an apples and oranges comparison, and that "raw vulnerability counts really don't give you a good picture," although they can't be discounted entirely. Besides, argued Ford, even if Linux has more overall vulnerabilities, these vulnerabilities have traditionally been less severe than those affecting Windows. He defined severity as consequence plus ease of exploitation. "Every time Windows gets a vulnerability, someone immediately writes a rootkit or a worm," said Ford. Linux, in contrast, has fewer critical issues, he added."

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Google App Engine for developers

In a web log, Niall Kennedy discusses the recently released Google App Engine. "On Monday Google launched Google App Engine, a hosted dynamic runtime environment for Python web applications inside Google's geo-distributed architecture. Google App Engine is the latest in a series of Google-hosted application environments and the first publicly-available dynamic runtime and storage environment based on large-scale propriety computing systems. Google App Engine lets any Python developer execute CGI-driven Web applications, store its results, and serve static content from a fault-tolerant geo-distributed computing grid built exclusively for modern Web applications."

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HP releases its first Linux-powered laptop ( notes HP's release of the Linux-based Mini-Note PC. "At the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit at the University of Texas Supercomputing Center April 8, Hewlett-Packard announced the release of its first Linux-powered computer to be sold in the United States, the HP 2133 Mini-Note PC running Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Service Pack 1. HP was expected to offer a Linux desktop, and now it has finally done so. It's not, however, the Linux desktop that many users expected. Instead of being a general-purpose consumer system or business PC, the Mini-Note is meant for the education market."

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Mickos, As New Sun Exec: Linux Will Stay In LAMP (InformationWeek)

Sun is still committed to Linux in LAMP, according to this article on InformationWeek. "As soon as former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos, now a Sun Microsystems senior VP for databases, took the stage, he was asked what was Sun's commitment to the L in LAMP?... the integrated open source stack that includes Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. "The commitment is complete," he responded without hesitation. The scene was The Commons Auditorium at the Austin branch of the University of Texas. It was the site of one historic commitment to Linux --IBM (NYSE: IBM)'s decision in 1999 to become a backer, not an opponent, of the open source operating system."

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Linux at Work

Cisco Set to Dominate Linux Market? (InternetNews)

Sean Michael Kerner blogs about Linux based Cisco routers. "Instead of needing to rely on Red Hat or Novell to supply Linux running on servers from HP, IBM, Dell, etc., a user that already has an ISR (and there are 4 million of them out there) can just buy an AXP from Cisco, put that module on their ISR and -- badda boom badda bing -- they've got a Linux application server."

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The making of Wine (Network World)

Network World talks with CodeWeavers CEO Jeremy White about Wine. "'We are completely rewriting the Windows operating system from the ground up,' he says. 'Basically we took Microsoft's crown jewel, that they've had billions of dollars to develop using tens of thousands of developers, and we, the open source community, have essentially re-implemented that. We are the scrappy underdogs.'"

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ARM Linux gains embeddable SQL database (LinuxDevices)

LinuxDevices looks at the ARM port of the Firebird DBMS. "The Firebird Project has ported its lightweight, open-source database to the ARM architecture. The project is looking for help testing a new Firebird 2.1 RC2 release, which in addition to ARM support, adds database triggers, temporary and monitoring tables, common table expressions, and recursive queries."

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ASP.NET AJAX makes its way to Linux via Java (BetaNews)

BetaNews looks at Mainsoft for Java EE version 2.2. "A newly released update to Mainsoft's Java EE software product promises to let programmers use Microsoft's ASP.NET AJAX Web application framework on Java-supported platforms outside of Microsoft Windows, including Linux and Mac OS X. Mainsoft's original claim to fame is its technology that allows programmers to run .NET code on the Java platform. The company reportedly invested $14 million in research to unchain Microsoft's approach to AJAX from .NET and Windows, letting it become a true full-fledged, cross platform that can be used with any Java Virtual Machine."

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The Top 100 Open Source Software Tools for Medical Professionals (LiveSmarter)

LiveSmarter has a look at free software tools for medical professionals. It is interesting to note the number of applications available for medical-specific use. "Expensive software and subscriptions for anti virus systems, supporting electronic medical records and even phone or e-mail communications can put on a strain on small clinics as well as larger hospitals. Open source tools are free, highly customizable, and secure enough to handle the sensitive data that medical professionals often work with." (seen on LinuxMedNews)

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