It's hard for me to admit it but there are things, ten things to be exact, that I really hate about Linux. Sometimes I think it's just me but I do see other people stating a few of these in the forums so I'm at least not alone with some of these issues. These are in no particular order and they aren't just rants; they're legitimate problems and issues that I find annoying, destroying or cloying. Feel free to add your own to the list in the Comments section. [B]1. Too Many Good Distros[/B] - I hate the fact that …

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I used to refer to [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Windows[/URL] as "The Infinitely Rebooting OS" and it has improved some over earlier versions but today was a different story and reminded me of those thrilling days of yesteryear. My question is why, Windows, why? Why must I reboot when I install a desktop application? Why must I reboot again when that application receives an update? I have to reboot for patches, applications, updates and installing Internet Explorer's latest version. Come on, give me a break. There has to be an easier way. I hear what you're saying, "There is an easier way, Ken, you …

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I'm a fairly prominent member of the Linux Community as a writer, contributor, and longtime evangelist for the cause and there are a few things I'd like the Community-at-Large to consider on my behalf. These are five things that I wish Linux had. Consider this as my wish list for the 2009 development calendar. 1. Built-in Paravirtualization - I want a distribution that is paravirtualized--that is to say, a distribution that comes out of the box ready to give you the virtualization you need as a hypervisor OS. I know there's projects like [URL="http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu/serveredition/jeos"]JeOS[/URL] and [URL="http://www.proxmox.org/"]ProxMox[/URL] but I want a …

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Yesterday, September 10, 2009, the announcement came that [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL] launched and is funding a new open source organization named [URL="http://www.codeplex.org"]CodePlex Foundation[/URL]. The [URL="http://www.codeplex.org/board-of-directors.aspx"]major players[/URL] in the new organization are from Microsoft, [URL="http://www.novell.com"]Novell[/URL] and [URL="http://www.dotnetnuke.com"]DotNetNuke[/URL]. Does this mean that a brave new Microsoft is beating its proprietary, closed-source swords into open source plowshares? Maybe. Maybe not. Is this new effort a ploy by Microsoft to garner goodwill from the open source community and open our collective heart for a big Redmond hug? Can it be that Microsoft is through saying, "Put up your dukes" and is attempting to preen its Lion's …

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System Administrators (SAs) have a tough job: Dealing with users and user accounts, security, patching, updates, upgrades, disk space, performance and other miscellaneous tasks often known as "other duties as assigned." For some SAs, the day never ends. Despite the challenges, pitfalls and occasional irate user; system administration is a fulfilling job with intangible rewards like no other position in IT. To assist those weary SAs in their quest to conquer their Linux systems, I've devised this list of 12 native Linux system monitoring tools that are always at my fingertips. Any user may issue these commands, if they exist …

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This week I'll be at InterOp Las Vegas looking for the latest and coolest Linux-based technologies that InterOp exhibitors have to offer. My favorites are certainly the "new innovators." New innovators are small companies who've developed their own products and are trying to get noticed in the high-tech space. These are the best and most enjoyable people to talk to at such shows. You'll benefit from the trip indirectly through this blog since I'll be reporting on who and what I find there. What I'm looking for specifically are companies whose founders are: 1. - Dedicated to the Open Source …

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The world's largest technical support, software and hardware companies use Linux on a daily basis for a variety of tasks and solutions. This post gives you an overview of all the ways in which large companies use Linux. Most don't use Linux on the desktop but do use it in ways you might expect (and a few you might not expect) a company of that magnitude to use it. They've leveraged Linux for some of the most critical workloads and 100% uptime service levels. Welcome to the world of enterprise Linux. [B]10. Intrusion Detection Systems[/B] - Linux provides the perfect …

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I've had several people ask me what I think the best, top, most user friendly, ultimate, and so on distribution is--so now I'm publishing my Top 10 Linux Distributions in reverse order of preference. Ease of installation, commercial support, community support, updates, administrative tools, stability, performance, and to a lesser extent--their ranking on [URL="http://www.distrowatch.com"]DistroWatch.com[/URL]. 10. [URL="http://www.novell.com"]SuSE[/URL] (SLED, [URL="http://www.opensuse.org"]OpenSuSE[/URL], etc.) - This bottom spot belongs to Novell's Linux offerings mostly due to the commercial version's lackluster performance and overall updatedness (if that's a word). SuSE Linux seems to be a bit behind the curve for updated hardware drivers. Though it's community-supported …

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A new version (9.0) of [URL="http://www.postgresql.org"]PostgreSQL[/URL] is in beta and ready for public testing. If version 9.0 lives up to its proposed [URL="http://www.postgresql.org/about/featurematrix"]feature list[/URL], then it is serious competition for MySQL. PostgreSQL proponents have long suggested that PostgreSQL has always enjoyed superiority over MySQL. I beg to differ but that may be changing. I tried using PostgreSQL several times over the past few years, beginning with version 6.x. I received it on CD for review. It was OK. Nothing thrilling or special. I did think it was an ambitious project but at the time, I didn't really care much for …

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[URL="http://www.intego.com"]Intego[/URL] [URL="http://www.intego.com/news/hellrts-backdoor-can-allow-malicious-remote-users-to-control-macs.asp"]announced[/URL] today that there is an actual virus threat to the invincible [URL="http://www.apple.com"]Mac[/URL]: HellRTS.D Backdoor. Yep, that's right, a Mac virus just waiting to take control of your iThis and iThat. It would have been funnier if the virus had a better name, but hey, virus writers aren't necessarily all that clever. But it's a real virus and a real threat so you'd better watch out Mac addicts lest some evildoer takes over your iThingy and surfs over to some naughty site while your girlfriend is updating her [URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL] page. Of course, you can protect yourself with signature files …

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My "[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story229382.html"]10 Best Linux Distributions of 2009[/URL]" list drew a bit of disdain from some of my readers, so I thought I'd make it up to them by posting a list of Linux distributions that [I]they[/I] like to use. Since I have no way of knowing which of these distributions is better or worse than the others, I've place them in alphabetical order instead of any real ranking based on quality, community, development cycle or other criteria. I want to show you, faithful reader, that I do indeed read your comments and take your feedback seriously. You have a voice …

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Time to enter the Wayback ([URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WABAC_machine"]WABAC[/URL]) Machine to an experience I had with a new Linux user and compare it to today's more tech savvy audience. The year was 1997 and I had settled in for the evening with my [URL="http://www.guinness.com/"]favorite beverage[/URL] and a bit of channel flipping, when I received a telephone call from a guy who'd installed Linux on his computer. He didn't know what else to do from there, except call someone who did know what to do, me. The conversation began with him saying, "I've installed Linux, now what?" I was in business for myself, at …

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[URL="http://www.mozilla.com"]FireFox[/URL] 3.5 is due out by the end of June and includes some pretty interesting new features--and not a moment too soon. Some of these new features include the ability to play videos in the browser without the need to download and install a third-party plugin. It also includes [URL="https://wiki.mozilla.org/JavaScript:TraceMonkey"]TraceMonkey[/URL], which is a JavaScript Engine that is much faster (And hopefully less buggy) than the one in previous FireFox versions. This is all good news but you realize that with every bit of good news there's something dark and mysterious waiting to be brought into the light: Plugins. I hate …

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[URL="http://aws.amazon.com"]Amazon Web Services[/URL] (AWS) uses it. [URL="http://www.elastichosts.com"]Elastichosts[/URL] uses it. [URL="http://www.google.com"]Google[/URL] uses it. Yahoo uses it. [URL="http://www.engineyard.com"]Engine Yard[/URL] uses it. [URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL] uses it. "It" is Linux, of course. But what else do all these companies have in common? If you said "cloud technology," you're correct. Perhaps the best known of all cloud vendors, AWS, makes the most of its resources through the use of [URL="http://www.xen.org"]Xen[/URL]'s Linux-based virtualization. AWS is the gold standard in the cloud-computing business. Although not the cheapest cloud solution, it's reliability, ease of use, stability and superb technology make it a wise choice for companies who need 100% …

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I saw a report that read, "Video game sales plunge in April." Software sales dropped by 22 percent and hardware sales dropped by 37 percent. What's the story, folks? Do you have all the gaming miscellanea that you can afford? Are you satisfied with your current array of video games? Are you using free games like the ones found in Linux? Wait, I know what it is, you're playing games off of [URL="http://mamedev.org/"]MAME[/URL] to regain your misspent youth and to try and regain the thrills you used to get when putting all those quarters into a console for three minutes …

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I just read an article called: [URL="http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/life-after-windows-what-happens-tech-if-microsoft-dies-551?source=footer"]Life after Windows: What happens to tech if Microsoft dies?[/URL]" The article made me think of what it really would be like without Microsoft. I didn't like it. We need Microsoft over there competing with us. No matter what happens to the economy, to the PC hardware format or to the demographic of the common computer user; [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL] and Linux will never be "best buddies." And I know that "Linux" includes the major commercial Linux players: [URL="http://www.novell.com"]Novell[/URL], [URL="http://www.redhat.com"]Red Hat[/URL] and [URL="http://www.canonical.com"]Canonical[/URL]. I know that Novell and Red Hat have both crossed enemy lines with …

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Hey Windows fans, would you like to take Linux for a spin to see what everyone's buzzing about? It's easy to do in just five easy steps. You can test Linux for yourself without having to setup multibooting, worry about partitioning or installing over your current Windows system. That's right, you can. Try out that Linux power and coolness for yourself using these five easy steps. Don't worry, you'll never have to leave the comfort of Windows to do any of them--not even to a command line. Let's get started! [B]1. Download Virtual PC 2007[/B] - [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=28C97D22-6EB8-4A09-A7F7-F6C7A1F000B5&displaylang=en"]Virtual PC 2007[/URL] allows …

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Do you use [URL="http://google.com"]Google[/URL]'s Chrome Browser? Apparently, a lot of people do. So many, in fact, that it has now [URL="http://www.pcworld.com/article/199961/googles_chrome_passes_safari_in_us_browser_share.html"]passed[/URL] [URL="http://www.apple.com/safari/"]Safari[/URL] in the web browser popularity poll. Is this a big surprise to anyone? The article states that Chrome now has just under ten percent of the market share to Safari's four percent. It isn't a surprise to those who use Chrome. Like other Google products, it's well made, stable, works on Linux, supports dozens of languages and is very fast. What's not to like? The better question is who cares about browsers and the so called browser wars? …

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Any list of best or worst will have its opponents and proponents and I foresee that this list of worst Linux distributions will be no different. There were, at last count, almost 300 Linux distributions and they all can't be great. But, this list of Linux distributions are, in my opinion, the worst of the lot. Beginning with the least offensive at number 10 to the least desirable at number 1, this list is a compilation of my opinions and experiences with various distributions over the past 15 years but only current distributions are included. [B]10. Security-enabled Distributions[/B] - If …

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I saw this article yesterday titled, "[URL="http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090220/tc_pcworld/studyfederalgovtcansavebillionsinitspending"]Study: Federal Gov't. Can Save Billions in IT Spending[/URL]," and feel compelled to comment. The gist of the article is that by switching to open source software, like Linux and OpenOffice.org, the federal government would save billions of dollars in IT costs. This is one for the "DUH!" category. It is such a "duh" moment for me that I feel like playing "Really" like Seth and Amy do on Saturday Night Live--so I think I will. I read an article that the federal government could save billions in IT spending by using Linux and …

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When I started exploring Linux back in 1994-1995, there were very few resources available and many of the problems I experienced didn't have solutions. That was a long time ago. The situation has changed for the better. These days, there are plentiful resources for those new to Linux or for those of you who want to learn more. I've compiled a list, in no particular order, of ten ways to explore Linux based on my experiences. Linux, for me, has been a path to enlightenment about this Unix-like system on commodity hardware and I hope others find it as fascinating …

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Do you consider yourself to be fairly familiar with the [URL="http://www.debian.org"]Debian[/URL] Linux distribution? I thought I was familiar with it enough to know its origin and history, how its name was derived and that Richard Stallman, the Father of the [URL="http://www.fsf.org"]Free Software[/URL] movement, uses a Debian derivative ([URL="http://www.gnewsense.org/"]gNewSense[/URL]) for his own [URL="http://www.lemote.com/"]personal computer[/URL]. There's one significant piece of the Debian puzzle that I didn't know about: Its [URL="http://www.debian.org/devel/constitution"]Constitution[/URL]. It has a Constitution and well-defined leadership roles. It also has well thought out rules of engagement, problem resolution and overall structure. I sincerely applaud the creators and successors who've pushed Debian …

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That's right, create your own Linux virtual appliances with [URL="http://www.vmware.com/appliances/learn/vmware_studio.html"]VMware Studio[/URL]. Appliances are small, single purpose servers that provide a service to users. Some examples are Content Management Systems (CMS), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, web servers, mail servers, DNS servers, database servers, and so on. VMware Studio is actually a virtual machine (VM) image that runs in VMware Server, VMware Player, and possibly their other products. To use the Studio, download and boot the VM. Instructions on how to access the web-based interface are displayed to you on the VM's console. The appliance-building process is simple but requires that …

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Jim Whitehurst, [URL="http://www.redhat.com"]Red Hat, Inc.[/URL] CEO, believes that [URL="http://www.vmware.com"]VMware[/URL] is its biggest competition in the virtualization and cloud computing space. In a [URL="http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/199870/red_hat_ceo_vmware_our_biggest_competitor.html"]PCWorld article[/URL], Whitehurst stated Friday at the Red Hat Summit that "When you start thinking about who is defining cloud-based architectures, it's us and them [VMware]," he said. "We're the only two companies that have the components to really do cloud." Whitehurst has possibly never heard of Ubuntu Linux and its cloud offering, [URL="http://www.ubuntu.com/cloud"]UEC[/URL]. Whitehurst continued, [QUOTE]"Technically, it's a perfectly fine vision. Commercially, I worry about the lock-in and VMware defining the stack," he said. Cloud computing favors …

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[URL="http://redhat.com"]Red Hat[/URL] Enterprise Linux now comes with built-in virtualization ([URL="http://linux-kvm.org"]KVM[/URL]) but is Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) about to go to the virtual mat with [URL="http://vmware.com"]VMware[/URL]? If you look at their [URL="http://www.redhat.com/v/swf/rhev/demo.html"]RHEL video[/URL], you'll come away with a resounding 'Yes' to that question. Red Hat purchased [URL="http://www.redhat.com/promo/qumranet/"]Qumranet[/URL] in 2008 to acquire their KVM-based virtualization solution and SolidICE product based on the SPICE protocol. What does RHEL mean for consumers? For the end user, folks like you and me, it means that hosting companies can offer more services to developer and companies that host their applications at third-party locations, which in …

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In a twist of Internet fate, [URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL] creator and owner Mark Zuckerberg finds himself as defendant in a lawsuit over the Facebook's majority ownership. Paul Ceglia claims that he entered into a contract, signed by both himself and Zuckerberg, that sold 50 percent of facebook.com to Ceglia for $1,000. Ceglia further claims that Zuckerberg promised him one percent more per day until the site was completed. Ceglia [URL="http://www.scribd.com/doc/34239119/Ceglia-v-Zuckerberg-complaint"]filed his claims[/URL] with the Allegany County Supreme Court of New York. He claims to own 84 percent of Facebook per the contract. I wonder if Ceglia would be so interested in the …

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In the latest episode of the [URL="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9179007/SCO_appeals_ruling_in_Novell_case"]story that never ends[/URL], [URL="http://www.sco.com"]SCO[/URL] filed an appeal in the [URL="http://www.novell.com/prblogs/?p=2153"]closed[/URL] case against [URL="http://www.novell.com"]Novell[/URL]. Everyone in the Linux and Open Source Communities thought the case was finally brought to a close when the judge declared that Novell is the owner of UNIX copyrights. The judge also ordered the case closed. However, SCO has decided to appeal the ruling and has asked for a reconsideration of all decisions. It's anyone's guess as to how SCO continues to stoke these court fires while in bankruptcy and a rapidly dwindling customer base. IBM, Novell and others who've …

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According to the Associated Press article, "[URL="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100706/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_technology_consolidation;_ylt=Aue.2rGwfTjg.EXFBurPtDIjtBAF;_ylu=X3oDMTMwZ2I5cjU2BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwNzA2L3VzX3RlY190ZWNobm9sb2d5X2NvbnNvbGlkYXRpb24EY3BvcwMxBHBvcwMxBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA3RlY2hjdXN0b21lcg--"]Tech customers question industry's takeover spree[/URL]," large technical companies have absorbed smaller tech companies to the detriment of their customers although these tech "sponges" say they're doing it "for their customers." How can there be such a disparity between the reality of customer pain and the public face of the tech companies? But why would a customer complain about their favorite tech company getting soaked up by a larger, better funded company? In a single word: Delivery. Delivery is how efficiently customers are served by a provider. And, it's a major pain point for …

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There's a lot of buzz on the Internet today about some "leaked" [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL] slides concerning Windows 8. But, like the [URL="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9178753/_Don_t_get_excited_about_Windows_8_says_analyst"]Computerworld article[/URL] on the subject says, you shouldn't get excited about anything in those leaked slides. You're likely to end up disappointed. If any of you can remember back to 1994, when Windows 95 beta versions were out, there were some awesome options available that never made it into the operating system (OS). In fact, some of them have never made it into any Windows operating system. Every new iteration of a Windows operating system brings out the wishers and …

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There's big news in the software patent front from none other than The U.S. Supreme Court. In the case of [URL="http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=167db2c8-5a72-4f52-8c22-6ae54ff16062"]Bilski vs. Kappos[/URL], handed down yesterday, is a major blow to the anti-patent movement, specifically the [I]no software patent[/I] groups. [INDENT]Florian Mueller, founder of the anti-software patents movement (NoSoftwarePatents) in Europe, provides the following commentary on the subject: Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling in re Bilski was unfortunately a clear victory for those favoring an expansive patent system and the inflation that it entails. The two "inventors", Bernard L. Bilski and Rand Warsaw, saw their patent application thrown out, and that …

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