Displaying items by tag: Sam Varghese

Monday, 22 October 2007 22:43

Ubuntu: where to from here?

In business, as in many other things in life, it is relatively easy to plan for failure. I guess we all do it in some small way, one of the most common being the way people back up their digital personal files to guard against hardware failure or file corruption. But how does one plan for success?
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Thursday, 18 October 2007 22:21

The patent wars have begun

When Steve Ballmer blurted out on October 9 that Linux was violating patents held by Microsoft and specifically named Red Hat, it was an indicator that the next phase in the campaign of harassment and extortion of companies dealing in free and open source software was about to begin.

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Monday, 15 October 2007 22:33

Mandriva 2008: keeping the faith

Linux users - you've just got to love them. Utter anything close to an adverse comment about the Linux distributions they use and boy, do they hit you with a lot of verbal insults. Say a few nice things about the same distribution and you become number one on their list of "people who make this earth a worthwhile place in which to live."
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Thursday, 11 October 2007 20:40

openSUSE 10.3: why did Novell ever bother?

Linux users don't accept criticism of their chosen distribution easily - that's probably why a number of reactions to my last piece about openSUSE tended to be somewhat short of making a point.

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Friday, 05 October 2007 04:04

Crossing the Windows pain threshold

When does one reach the tipping point, the point at which one will not rest until one changes operating systems? Or, to put it another way, what kind of pain threshold are Windows users willing to tolerate before they cry out to be rescued?

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Tuesday, 02 October 2007 04:11

Novell uses Microsoft FUD to market itself

For some time, we have not heard anything about the patent sellout which Novell inked with Microsoft 11 months ago. Microsoft has since used the deal as the basis for spreading FUD about Linux, with claims that the free operating system could be in violation of as many as 235 patents which Microsoft claims to own.

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Friday, 28 September 2007 04:55

Selling Linux: what Dell could do

Recently I've been devoting some space to a discussion of Dell's efforts to sell Linux on certain PCs and laptops among its range of models. There's also been discussion of why this effort appears to be somewhat half-hearted.
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Monday, 24 September 2007 21:51

Dell and Linux: uneasy bedfellows

An interesting point that has been highlighted as a result of one American reviewer, Walter Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal, having obtained an Ubuntu-loaded Dell laptop for a review, is the fact that Dell appears to be plastering a vanilla Ubuntu installation on these machines and then selling them.

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Thursday, 20 September 2007 22:29

Linux: understanding it takes time

Linux users tend to get all excited when a mainstream publication picks up any distribution and deems it worthy of review - even if the conclusions of the reviewer concerned turn out to be negative.
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Monday, 17 September 2007 22:25

Some lessons from the SCO debacle

If any bookmaker is offering good odds on the SCO Group surviving into 2009, it may well be worth a punt. After the company filed for bankruptcy on Friday, there aren't many who will bank on the company being around that long.
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There are fireworks going off wherever the Linux community congregates and the champagne is being quaffed in unimaginable quantities.
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Monday, 10 September 2007 22:22

Gutsy Gibbon swinging along

There's a month to go before the next Ubuntu release, 7.10 aka Gutsy Gibbon, hits the download servers. A September 4 daily build shows a number of improvements over the 7.04 release which was named Feisty Fawn.
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Thursday, 06 September 2007 22:27

GPL vs BSD: why are people fighting?

For the second time in six months, a flamefest has broken out between those who release software under the BSD (Berkely Software Distribution) licence and others who release software under the General Public Licence.
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Tuesday, 04 September 2007 04:43

Taking FOSS to the masses

Since 2005, a small band of volunteers in many countries has been gathering together on one day of the year to give away free and open source software in order to spread awareness about this genre.
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Friday, 31 August 2007 04:31

GNOME: 10 years old but did we need it?

This month, the GNOME project - one of two main choices when it comes to desktop environments for Linux - celebrates 10 years of existence. It was founded on August 15, 1997, by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena-Quintero.

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Monday, 27 August 2007 22:18

Feisty in wireless land

Recently I've been reading a lot about how well Ubuntu works on laptops, particularly when it comes to handling wireless connections - something that is generally a problem under Linux due to a number of factors, the primary one being the paucity of drivers for most cards.

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Thursday, 23 August 2007 04:42

Linux conference returning home

Australia's national Linux conference, linux.conf.au , will be returning home next year, with the University of Melbourne playing host.
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Tuesday, 21 August 2007 06:57

Why people don't switch operating systems

The topic of Linux on the desktop is one that raises its head every couple of days somewhere on the Web – and here it is again.

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On April 1 this year, I wrote a spoof headlined "Ballmer joins Linux Foundation board." Considering the statements that were reported last week as emanating from the executive director of the same foundation, Jim Zemlin, I wonder if my tale will still be considered a spoof after a few years.
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Monday, 13 August 2007 08:23

Darl McBride, where are you?

Nearly 54 months ago, when the SCO Group launched its legal action against IBM, there were a number of cheerleaders - both SCO personnel and outsiders - who contributed a great deal to the debate.

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