Vancouver Community College made the switch to Linux from a mixed environment of NetWare and Windows operating systems one year ago when it purchased IBM blade servers, which came with Linux pre-installed, to replace its aging infrastructure. Novell’s Suse Linux Enterprise Server 9 now accounts for over 50 per cent of VCC’s server environment, which has 40 physical servers and double that number of virtual machines.
Back in 2003, Jeff Garzik announced the availability of "a new SCSI driver." That driver was, in fact, the libata subsystem, which was to be the foundation for serial ATA support in Linux. In the process, however, Jeff had thought a bit about supporting the current parallel ATA (PATA) drives, but that was not really his goal..
Linux creator Linus Torvalds today signalled his enjoyment of the annual "Talk Like a Pirate Day" festivities, using the nautical lexicon to launch an update to the kernel at the heart of his open source operating system.
HP-hired investigators searching for the source of boardroom leaks allegedly tried to plant a trojan horse program on a CNET reporter's laptop, but apparently the attempt failed because the reporter was running Linux instead of Windows, according to Groklaw's Pamela Jones.
With growing support from policy-makers and adoption by the Department of Defense (DoD), Linux has rapidly moved beyond the curious alternative to become the platform of choice for many government agencies.
Now, with open-source adoption moving beyond the infrastructure and up to the application, solution providers that can see beyond the concept of "free" software will be in high demand.
Why has the country's biggest known desktop Linux implementation gone relatively unpublicised for so long?
This week I wrote about Kennards Hire's project to migrate its whole IT infrastructure to Linux. The project should be a milestone reference point for vendors like Novell and Sun who keep telling us Linux is ready for the desktop, despite a dearth of local customers.
The mobile industry is a lot like Hollywood. Celebrities hop in and out of the fame limelight at startling speeds; just like various technologies in wireless. Right now, WiMAX is the darling of mobile infrastructure, and who in short-range wireless doesn’t get giddy at the mare mention of ultra-wide band? At last week’s Mobile Application Platforms and OS (MAPOS) conference in London, hosted by Informa Telecoms & Media, there was no doubt who the current darling of handset software is: Linux.
If you have an old PC lying around (or even a brand new one), this may be the time to give Linux another try.