March edition of the GNOME Journal

The latest issue of the GNOME Journal has just been published! It features an introduction to GTK+ cross-platform application development, an interview with Jakub Steiner and Andreas Nilsson about the Tango Project, the first article of a series about free desktop companies, and a letter from the editor.

Can Apple clear the way for the Linux desktop?

That's the question that occurs to me as I read this piece in Roughly Drafted. It's about how Apple is kicking Microsoft's butt at the high end of the desktop market, and how Microsoft seems to be bumbling its way out of desktop hegemony anyway. Linux is mentioned only twice in this long piece, but the harbingery of the references are significant. Here's the enclosing quote:

The Next Round Of Microsoft Vs. Linux: Health Care

An industry that has long resisted IT automation got a double dose of medicine last week. Both Microsoft and backers of key open source initiatives laid out plans to push IT further into health care--plans that also put the Windows and Linux camps on another collision course.

Tamil Nadu gets dual-boot Win-Linux desktops

The Indian state of Tamil Nadu has finalized a tender for 40,000 Lenovo desktops which can be installed with both Novell's Suse Linux and Microsoft's Windows XP Starter Edition.

Open source goes live

The Veterans Health Administration hospitals were among the first in the United States to embrace IT-assisted health care in a major way. So it was a much anticipated moment when last week the OpenVista system, a private adaptation of the VA's system, was released as open source code on the SourceForge site. Its commercial backer, Medsphere, made the move after revising the code to run on Linux and adding features a commercial hospital needs, such as providing cost-of-care information to insurers.

FSF Urges Computer Makers To Replace Windows Vista With Linux

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) sent five proposals to Sun Microsystems, HP, and Dell in January that would aid in the spread of free operating systems.

"We see Microsoft Vista as being a failure," said Peter Brown, FSF executive director, in an interview Friday. "People aren't buying new hardware because of Vista."

Microsoft Windows ousted at California school district

By all appearances, the migration from Microsoft Windows to Novell SUSE Linux on the server and the desktop at the Windsor Unified School District in Northern California has been almost as pain-free as any IT professional could hope for.

By this summer, all 5,000 students and 250 teachers will be working off of a Linux-based thin client running OpenOffice.org, and the majority of the district's servers will be running Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.