Recommended Readingreports on the Lindependence movement; an effort to mass convert folks from Windows to Linux. "For his part, Cafiero is leading a revolution in the redwood-ringed town of Felton. He's been inspired by others around the country and with them he's dubbed the effort 'Lindependence 2008,' a scheme hatched to turn Felton into an all-Linux enclave." takes a look at what various vendors are doing in light of Vista's problems, including a report that HP is considering making its own Linux distribution. "Still, the sources say employees in HP's PC division are exploring the possibility of building a mass-market operating system. HP's software would be based on Linux, the open-source operating system that is already widely available, but it would be simpler and easier for mainstream users, the sources say. The goal may be to make HP less dependent on Windows and to strengthen HP's hand against Apple (AAPL), which has gained market share in recent years by offering easy-to-use computers with its own operating system."
Companiesreports on Canonical's efforts to improve the Linux desktop. "Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth announced Wednesday that his company, Canonical, will hire professional designers and interaction experts to improve the usability of the Linux desktop software ecosystem. They will work closely with upstream developers to bring a better experience to users of the open source operating system. The charismatic frontman of the Ubuntu phenomenon made headlines for his keynote at OSCON earlier this year when he called for the open source software community to take on Apple and Microsoft and turn Linux into a platform that delivers superior usability and attractiveness." reports that Lenovo is discontinuing sales of pre-installed Linux systems. "Lenovo Group Ltd. is cutting back on sales of desktops and laptop systems with the Linux operating system pre-installed. The PC maker said yesterday that it will no longer take online orders for computers pre-loaded with any flavor of Linux. Ray Gorman, a spokesman for the company, said that it will continue offering such machines only through its own or partner direct sales teams. "Our commitment to Linux has not changed," said Gorman in an e-mail to Computerworld. "What's changed is that customers will no longer be able to order Lenovo ThinkPads and ThinkCentres with pre-installed Linux via the lenovo.com Web site.""
Businessa lengthy InformationWeek article on corporations and their management of (and acquisition of) open source projects. "Over the past 24 months, a premium has been placed on open source code, as it moved from the backwater of the enterprise to the mainstream. In the process, open source has become big business. The idea: Develop open source code quickly; make it available for free download in hopes of winning early market momentum; rake in some technical support revenues as the code develops an enterprise following; and cash in via an acquisition by a deep-pocketed vendor."
Linux at Workcongratulates the CERN LHC project on its first day of operation. "Today was Big Bang Day at CERN as the world's largest science experiment was turned on. Like all good technology enthusiasts the KDE developers have been keeping up with the progress of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. We are pleased to see that like all world class physicists the first ever ATLAS results come from KDE. Their impressive control centre is also making excellent use of KNotes. Just as good, the world has not yet been sucked into a black hole."
Resourcescontinues his look at Java sound and music applications. "In this second part of my survey I list and briefly describe some of the Java sound and music applications known to work under Linux. Java applications show up in almost every category found at linux-sound.org and the Applications Database at linuxaudio.org. The scalability of the language is well-demonstrated throughout those pages where one can find everything from highly specialized mini-applications to full-size production environments. Of course I can't cover or even present the entire range of Java soundapps, but this survey should give readers a good idea of Java's potential in the sound and music software domain. Again the presentation is in no special order." looks at Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) systems and Linux. It describes how to determine the NUMA topology and then how to tell Linux how to best use the processors based on the workload. "The overall performance of a NUMA system depends on the proportion of memory accesses made by all processors to local (directly connected) memory. Each access a task makes to remote memory reduces the performance of that task. It may also reduce the performance of other tasks, by causing contention for remote memory connections."
Reviewsreview of Easystroke which is a program to record and manage mouse gestures. "Once it's launched, you'll see the Easystroke icon sitting in your system tray. Assuming you're using a three-button mouse (trackpad gestures can be a bit tricky), hold down your middle/scroll button and make some gestures around the screen. Easystroke's icon will change to represent what you just did, and you'll get a feel for how responsive the program is." looks at ten successful software forks. "Much of the open source software that is in popular use today was born from other projects. We thought it would be interesting to take a look at the history of some of these software forks and find out WHY they happened in the first place. We looked at the WHY because software forking is often seen as somewhat of a waste of development resources and isnt considered a good thing. Sometimes the results can be great, though, as many of the examples below clearly show."
Miscellaneousreports on an NSF grant for the development of Linux courses. "Polk Community College and the University of South Florida Polytechnic have received an $812,726 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a four-year curriculum for Linux computer system administration. The grant funds will be issued to the two institutions over three years. Cliff Bennett, director of PCC's network engineering technology program, said the grant will let the schools develop a program that "will produce graduates skilled in open-source Linux system administration.""
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