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.

Songbird 0.2.5 Released

A new version of Songbird, the free, cross-platform audio player (and much more) based on Mozilla. Songbird 0.2.5 Developer Preview brings a host of new features and a healthy dallop of bugfixes and is available now for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.

SCO's McBride: 'We're Undervalued'

You've got to hand it to SCO CEO Darl McBride, he sticks to his guns.

On SCO's Q1 2007 earning conference call late Thursday afternoon, McBride outlined his company's performance and told listeners that he believes that SCO stock is undervalued. McBride also levied some fighting words against those that SCO is litigating against, saying that, "it's time to get it on!"

Spending on open source support services in Canada to soar

The market for open source support services is going to boom over the next five years, according to a recent Gartner survey. The study of organizations in geographies around the world – including Canada and the U.S. – predict that spending in this country will likely see a compound annual growth rate of 16.1 per cent between 2006 and 2010. That's marginally below the expectation in the U.S. and almost three per cent more than the global average.

Mindquarry Forms Up With an Open Source Team Software

Mindquarry offers the first Open Source alternative to Microsoft's Sharepoint Server or IBM's Lotus Connections. The free download is available at mindquarry.com. Mindquarry eases especially teams in small and mid-sized companies, freelancers or home workers to use distributed workplaces in an efficient way. It streamlines knowledge and file exchange and the management for teams and tasks.

The Emerging Dell-Linux-Apple War

While we spend a lot of time talking about Linux vs. Windows and Windows vs. the MacOS, the real battle for the Windows desktop alternative may be the preliminary round between the MacOS and Linux. That battle really kicks off this year with Apple stepping up their effort sharply with the Leopard, and Dell becoming aggressive (with others likely to follow) with SUSE Linux (though this choice may change).