Mac vs. PC: How Would Linux Fit?

Is there a right way to bust apart the challenging fortress of metaphor that Apple has created with the “Get a Mac” campaign? With such a powerful dichotomy between the Mac and PC archetypes, is it even possible to insert Linux and have it come out on top?

Linux bootloader for the Xbox360

Felix Domke, the man who made the news a little while ago when he released kernel patches for Xbox360-specific hardware, has just released a bootloader which sets up a Linux environment on your 360. While the stuff available currently isn't very exciting for the common Linux user, the future holds a lot of promise if applications get ported to the 360-specific architecture.

Linux and symmetric multiprocessing

As evidenced by major central processing unit (CPU) vendors, multi-core processors are poised to dominate the desktop and embedded space. With multiprocessing comes greater performance but also new problems. This article explores the ideas behind multiprocessing and developing applications for Linux that exploit SMP.

Taiwan notebook players sound off on Linux

Considering that Dell recently asked its clients for their opinions on selling Linux-based notebooks, it was interesting to raise the same question to Taiwan-based notebook players, and the results showed that branded players are more conservative than ODM manufacturers concerning adopting Linux compared with a Microsoft operating system (OS).

Where are the Linux admins?

In the battle to spread the use of GNU/Linux, it is often forgotten that education has to be the starting point. People need to be educated to the point where they come to demand decent behavior from an operating system; companies need educated admins to keep GNU/Linux systems running.

Should Linux Play the Apple Card?

Periodically, the suggestion is made. The latest similar argument - though he does not, in fact, take Apple’s name in vain - comes from Jeremiah Foster in the form of an open letter to Mark Shuttleworth, of Canonical/Ubuntu fame (oh yeah, and Soyuz).

If you think selling Linux is easy, why not beat Dell to it?

Dell's latest launch has really taken off. Unfortunately for Dell's crumbling profitability, it's a website called IdeaStorm, not a new PC. IdeaStorm is designed to get ideas and feedback from Dell users, and the mechanism is much the same as Digg: people make suggestions and everybody votes for the ones they like best.

Time to start casting the Linux "Switch" commercials

Open-source software proponents may end up owing Microsoft a big, ironic thank you for finally getting Vista out the door. Release of the new version of Windows has forced IT folks in the public and private sector to make some serious plans about their upgrade paths, and that could be working in favor of Linux.