Linux

Large public-sector Linux project flops

Birmingham City Council began the project — one of the largest public-sector Linux projects in the UK — in May 2005 to evaluate the potential of open-source software. The council, the largest local authority in the UK, intended to deploy open-source software on 1,500 PCs in libraries across the city.

The four most trendy Linux developments

From desktop distros to open source virtualization, these four Linux topics are hotter than hot.

Vendors of every ilk have tripped over themselves to announce Linux-related products. We have Linux CD players, firewalls, intrusion-detectors, IP phones and routing software platforms - and the list grows daily. Applications that perform every task imaginable (and some tasks you don't want to imagine) have gushed from the open source community.

Clear indication that Linux has arrived

Oracle’s announcement of providing support on Red Hat Linux is a clear indication that Linux has arrived. Linux, which started out as a hobby among some engineers, is today enterprise-ready and important enough for Oracle to provide support.

Zenoss The Most Downloaded Commercial Open Source IT Management Platform

Network and Systems Monitoring Project Surpasses 50K Downloads in 120 Days from Sourceforge.

Zenoss project has had over 50,000 downloads in the last 120 days—making it the world’s most popular commercial open source IT management platform based on download statistics from SourceForge.net, the leading open source distribution site. Launched in February 2006, the Zenoss IT monitoring solution has seen a meteoric rise to an activity rank of 250 out of more than 133,000 open source projects registered on SourceForge.

Dell customer gets Windows refund

Thanks to Dell, one UK Linux user has succeeded in the perennial quest to buy and use a laptop without paying for an unused bundled OS.

Dell today gave freelance programmer and sysadmin Dave Mitchell, of Sheffield, UK, a refund of 47 pounds ($89) for the unused copy of Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2 bundled with his new Dell Inspiron 640m laptop, Mitchell says. Dell also refunded the tax, for a total of £55.23 ($105).

Free Your Mind!

Bob Dylan sang, "The times, they are a-changing", and when it comes to desktop operating systems, times really are. Linux, which was once the choice of geeks, has now undergone considerable changes ? using it on the desktop seems imminent. Gone are the days of grisly hardware compatibility, rudimentary graphic interfaces and negligible vendor support; it's now time to enter the new world of Linux!

OSDL Tags Fellowship Fund Donations for Linux Kernel Documentation

OSDL fellowship will fill the gap for a long-awaited technical writer for Linux kernel

BEAVERTON, Ore., November 7, 2006 - The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux® and open source software, today announced the first fellowship grant from its Fellowship Fund announced earlier this year. The one-year fellowship grant will sponsor a technical writer, whose work will be targeted at Linux kernel documentation, further accelerating and maximizing Linux development.

Linux on More Dell Client Systems?

As highlighted in Michael Brown's post, we put a lot of effort into our Linux offerings on our workstations and servers.

On the client side, our efforts are much more behind-the-scenes. We recognize the chicken-and-egg problem though: it has to work before many people will want to buy it; and it won't work unless effort is put into it before people start buying it. So we're cracking the egg, not quite making omelets.