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Thursday, 11 September 2008 21:39

GNU: the revolution turns 25

It's probably a sign of the times we live in that the release of a browser by a commercial organisation like Google merits significantly more coverage than the approaching 25th anniversary of the organisation that gave rise to the free and open source software movement.
Published in Open Sauce
Monday, 25 August 2008 21:06

Who writes Linux? (And how you can too!)

The very heart of the Linux operating system is the kernel, the piece of software which makes programs run and work with hardware. It's possibly the largest and most geographical spread open source project in the world. With software projects failing daily how can such a task actually work?
Published in The Linux Distillery
Thursday, 21 August 2008 13:12

Isn't Linux just UNIX under a different name?

What's the big deal about Linux? Isn't it at heart just a PC-based version of UNIX – the ‘70’s hit operating system which has outlived the predictions of its demise throughout the ‘90’s? If you’ve come from a Solaris or HP/UX or AIX background isn’t a PC-based UNIX a bit, well, passé?
Published in The Linux Distillery

With Ubuntu 8.04 now on the streets, it’s time to catch a breather and reflect on just why Ubuntu gets all the hype. Why is Ubuntu the hottest brand in Linuxdom at this time? Why is it the distro most frequently advocated? I posed these questions to readers and LUG members; here’s the feedback from real-life Linux users.


Published in The Linux Distillery
Wednesday, 09 April 2008 18:37

A bright open source future

Some exciting new software items are on the verge of release. This includes an update to the core Linux kernel itself, a new release of Ubuntu, and a brand new Firefox. Here’s the low down on each and why the immediate future is all good news.

Published in The Linux Distillery
Tuesday, 05 February 2008 19:35

Open source software and the future of the world

Torvalds has been to Linux.conf.au and Torvalds has spoken. During a wide-ranging interview, the Linux founder speculated on the future of hardware and the control that open source offers vendors. The ramifications of this are remarkable. Come hear the word of Torvalds.

Published in The Linux Distillery
Thursday, 10 January 2008 17:42

Lovable LUGgable: support your Linux user group

There’s no denying that the widespread growth of Linux was due in part to the raw enthusiasm of advocates meeting together under the broad banner of a “LUG” – a Linux User Group. LUG members were pioneers and cowboys, early adopters and passionate hobbyists. Today, the LUG is different. With the rise of commercial backing, the ease of distro installation, and the omniscience of Google do LUGs still have any role to play in the Linux world?

Published in The Linux Distillery
Wednesday, 21 November 2007 18:06

Linux on the line: musings on the CLI / GUI flip-flop

People are a funny lot. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. And one person’s primary means of instructing a computer is met with disdain by another. There’s a perennial battle between mousers and keyboard jockeys, and “what’s in” appears to go in cycles.

Published in The Linux Distillery
Monday, 15 October 2007 17:53

An Ubuntu guide to taming the Linux kernel

Although Linux is frequently referred to by the names of various distributions, what can properly be called “Linux” is really the management part of the operating system known as the kernel which interacts with the computer’s hardware. Here’s how the kernel works in Ubuntu, and how to rebuild it.

Published in Open Source
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.
Published in Open Sauce
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.
Published in Open Sauce
Thursday, 26 July 2007 07:53

Memo to Con Kolivas: why not roll your own?

In early 1996, Theo de Raadt, now well known as the head of the OpenBSD project, started to get an inkling that he was being somewhat marginalised within the NetBSD project of which he was then an integral part.
Published in Open Sauce
Sunday, 01 April 2007 08:29

Ballmer joins Linux Foundation board

In what many long-time observers of free and open source software consider a natural progression, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer is to join the board of the Linux Foundation.

Published in Open Sauce
Friday, 23 February 2007 10:15

FUD from Ballmer, 'sponsored' by Novell

A couple of days ago, Steve Ballmer was out and about spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt about possible IP violations in Linux.

Published in Open Sauce
Monday, 12 February 2007 05:39

GNU/Solaris - dead in the water?

The declaration by Linus Torvalds and other kernel developers that the Linux kernel will stay under its existing licence - the second version of the General Public License - and the talk being floated by Sun Microsystems that it likes the upcoming third revision of the GPL have led to much speculation that an official version of GNU/Solaris would arrive by the end of the year under the GPLv3.

Published in Open Sauce
Friday, 09 February 2007 09:23

Ubuntu? Not for me, thanks

It's common to see newbies on general tech forums ask for advice about distributions when they are planning to test out GNU/Linux for the first time.

Published in Open Sauce




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