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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You can tell a lot about a company by the way they treat the employees lowest on its pay scale. Pay cuts and, yes, even layoffs are inevitable in today's economic climate. The decisions are painful, but they're often necessary and unavoidable. They aren't, however, a license to be callous and cold toward the very people who have kept your business running. Computer vendor HP recently announced significant across the board pay cuts for everyone starting at the top down -- and I do mean everyone. All 100,000 employees on the payroll at HP will suffer some sort of reduction …

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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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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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The topic of certification surfaces every so often in technical circles--especially when job seekers face tough job competition. The value of such certifications comes into question versus that of years of experience. For experienced technicians and engineers, the opinion is that experience is the most important for landing a job. In the minds of newbies and wannabes, certifications rule. Certifying authorities and vendors, of course, want you to spend the money obtaining the certifications and are ready to cite instances where certification is required for employment. I, myself, was caught up in the certification frenzy back in the early 90s …

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[URL="http://www.ubuntu.com"]Ubuntu[/URL]'s Lucid Lynx (10.04) isn't out yet but Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and [URL="http://www.canonical.com"]Canonical[/URL], and his team look toward the October 2010 (10.10) release they're calling Maverick Meerkat. On his personal blog this morning, Mark wrote, "It’s time to put our heads together to envision 'the perfect 10'." Mark, himself, has a new vision for the upcoming release already knowing that 10.04 is almost "in the can." His new vision is one of lightness-lightness in footprint, in deployment and in support requirements. A grand vision but can he do it? You already know that I think Ubuntu is the …

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Today marks the end of an era for [URL="http://www.sco.com"]SCO[/URL], the embattled company whose officers thought that they owned the full rights to the UNIX code, is no more. Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, purchased the company for just over $4 million. The company will be renamed to Linsco to reflect its new ownership and new direction. I interviewed Linus via [URL="http://www.skype.com"]Skype[/URL] yesterday afternoon about this purchase. The transcript of that conversation, in its entirety, is below. [B]KH:[/B] Hello, Linus, it's great to talk with you on such an auspicious occasion. You bought SCO! [B]LT:[/B] Thanks, Ken. It's nice to meet …

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See SCO keep going. Stop SCO Stop. Seriously Stop SCO Stop. In a seriously OMG moment yesterday, [URL="http://www.sco.com"]SCO[/URL] lost another battle in its UNIX ownership claims. The Utah jury decided that [URL="http://www.novell.com"]Novell[/URL], in fact, did not transfer the UNIX copyrights to SCO when they sold UNIXWare to them years before. But they're not done yet. Oh, not by a long shot. Just when, three lawsuit defeats ago, we thought we were done with SCO; they're back. Again. My first question is, "Just how long can they keep doing this?" The second question is, "How much money do they have?" Lawsuits …

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Well, well, how about that [URL="http://www.dell.com"]Dell[/URL]? In a landmark decision, Dell [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/23052/1231/"]announced[/URL] that it has penned a deal to use [URL="http://www.novell.com"]Novell[/URL]'s SUSE Linux in its data centers to power its new OptiPlex FX 160 thin client systems. Wow. Dell is doing this to save money and simplify its IT infrastructure and requirements. Why is this landmark, you ask? Just over a year ago, I was on assignment to do a story on commercially available Linux from PC vendors such as Dell. I was passed from client service representative to supervisor to sales to...oh, you get the idea. Well, the bottom …

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It's been almost a year since I[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220028.html"] last interviewed [/URL] Joe 'Zonker' [URL="http://www.dissociatedpress.net/"]Brockmeier[/URL], who is the community manager at [URL="http://en.opensuse.org/OpenSUSE_11.2"]openSUSE[/URL]. I sent him several questions to answer by email. I was curious about the new version of openSUSE, 11.2, along with his increasing use of social media to promote it. I also wanted to know how people curious about open source operating systems could get started. [B]RM[/B]: What are some of the key features in the new version of openSUSE? [B]JZB[/B]: Free beer! No, wait... that didn't make it into this release, except at the openSUSE conference, where we did …

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Welcome to the 10th installment of the Crystal Ball Sunday series. This is an exciting time to be involved with Linux because the temperature is right for some Linux vendor consolidation. In my August 22nd post, [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3012.html"]Microsoft and Novell: Buying In or Selling Out[/URL], I subtly predicted that [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL] would end up buying Novell due to its overwhelming and somewhat odd major investment in [URL="http://www.novell.com"]Novell[/URL]. My prediction hasn't come true quite yet but on the horizon for 2009 you'll see Linux company consolidation. I think several of the more popular distributions will be absorbed (assimilated) into the larger distributions. Why, …

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Today, Tuesday November 10, 2009, [URL="http://www.novell.com"]Novell[/URL] announces a Visual Studio plugin that allows support for non-Microsoft operating systems that use .NET code development on a platform known as [URL="http://go-mono.com"]Mono[/URL] via a new product called [URL="http://go-mono.com/monovs/"]Mono Tools for Visual Studio 1.0[/URL]. This is not a cost free toolset. In fact, it's really quite [URL="http://www.go-mono.com/store/"]pricey[/URL]--starting at $99 for the Professional (Individual) version. Of course, compared to the exorbitant price of Visual Studio, that's a mere pittance. If you can afford Mono Tools, it's a powerful addition to your Visual Studio environment. Using Mono Tools, you can create and test your .NET applications …

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Since I check my linkbacks religiously, I noticed one of the comments over at [URL="http://www.linsux.org"]linsux.org[/URL] (An anti-Linux rant site) on my recent post, "[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story226405.html"]5 Things You Can Do to Put Linux in the Driver Seat[/URL]" and thought I would share one of the entries with you. He wants us Linux types to stop work on so many disparate distributions and focus on a single one. Is this a good idea or the best idea I've ever heard? He lists a few items, beginning strangely at #6, that he wants Linux fans to cease and desist on but the one that …

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Just when you thought it was safe to return to those keyboards knowing that all is well with the world and the ownership of Unix is happy with its rightful owner, Novell; he's baaaack. I'm sure that I'm not the first to look at this latest news and say "WHAA? AGAIN? I thought we had this settled." But noooo, Linux arch nemesis SCO with the inimitable Darl McBride at the helm is at it again. I am so shocked at this latest attempt by the perhaps brain-damaged judges panel in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver to …

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OK, I can't resist this whole SCO thing, since it has again raised its ugly head. My [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4658.html"]previous post[/URL] on the subject the other day drew a lot of attention from a diverse gaggle of readers and commenters so I thought I'd go back to the well at least once more for good measure. Here's the real shocker in the whole SCO v. Everyone mess--they still think that they own Unix. Though they never produced proof in the past 6 or so years since the original lawsuit maelstrom began. They are so convinced that they own Unix, that they have …

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[B]For Sale By Owner:[/B] One Commercial Linux Company with excellent history and reputation in the enterprise Linux arena. Profitable concern specializing in open source and Linux-based solutions. Offers top-notch distribution with broad hardware support, superb technical solutions, built-in virtualization, education and certification programs. Known to the technical world as [URL="http://www.redhat.com"]Red Hat, Inc.[/URL] and listed as [URL="http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=RHT"]RHT[/URL] on the NYSE. At $21.60 per share (Today's price), Red Hat is the perfect match to your existing portfolio. Please contact a Red Hat executive for more information. OK, Red Hat isn't [I]officially[/I] for sale but this is a great listing for them if …

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Linux distributions could use a boost in a few different areas, specifically these five: Virtualization, Graphics, Games, Point-of-Sale and Education. Some significant progress has been made in the past year or so in virtualization and graphics but there's still more to do. Everyone has their own set of ideals for Linux development but if effort is focused in each of these areas, we'll see much more mainstream adoption of Linux-based technologies. [B]1. Virtualization -[/B] Linux is currently the platform of choice when it comes to virtualization. [URL="http://www.vmware.com"]VMware[/URL]'s ESX and [URL="http://www.citrix.com"]Citrix[/URL] XenServer are synonymous with enterprise virtualization. However, now that [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL]'s …

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If I hadn't already known--or at least had some idea of the religious zeal I was about to face, I would have been more shocked at the response to my [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4525.html"]2009's 10 Worst Linux Distributions[/URL] post from the other day. I now have definitive evidence that Linux is a religion--a religion that spans the globe, crosses all cultural boundaries, all languages and has as much power as any other "established" religion. Today, 16 July, 39 AL (After Linus), I now officially establish The First Church of Linux. If you seriously analyze it, Linux has all the ingredients and meets all …

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Prejudices and opinions aside, at some point in your career you'll be asked to select a viable Linux distribution for your corporate network. How will you choose? Will you use the same distribution that you use at home or will you do some research and find something that's corporate-ready? Are you up to the task? Do you know what to look for in a distribution to support a corporate environment? Here are 5 ways to decide on a Linux distribution for your corporate network. [B]1. Commercial Support[/B] - This is a sore subject among some Linux types since most believe …

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I've been in discussions with a group of other writers, Linux distribution watchers, Linux community leaders and developers in the past few days concerning Linux commercial vs. Linux community versions and some of us came to the conclusion that [URL="http://www.fedoraproject.org"]Fedora[/URL]'s relevance has waned. In fact, it might be time to scrap it completely. Or maybe it's time for [URL="http://www.redhat.com"]Red Hat[/URL] to step up and support it formally and unconditionally. Fedora is the only major community Linux edition that has no commercial support option from its commercial benefactor. Even OpenSolaris has commercial support from [URL="http://www.sun.com"]Sun[/URL]. This brings me to the question, …

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Today, I'm announcing my new Linux company, HookLineNSinker, Inc. (HLNS) which will produce a new commercial Linux distribution: Pricey Linux. HLNS products include Pricey Linux Enterprise, Pricey Linux Small Business Server and The Pricey Linux Desktop. There are also Pricey Linux Support options for those of you who need 24x7 support for your Pricey Systems. And to comply with Linux licensing, we'll also offer a free, community edition of our Pricey Linux known as BaitNSwitch Linux. BaitNSwitch Linux is the distribution where we test out new features, versions and options. It is to be used at your own risk and …

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As I've written before ([URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2335.html"]here[/URL] and [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4177.html"]here[/URL]), the Linux desktop in danger of extinction. If operating systems could be placed on the Endangered Species list, I'd lobby for it. Perhaps this is a legitmate task for the [URL="http://www.linuxfoundation.org"]Linux Foundation[/URL]: Preserve the Linux desktop. I'm not quite ready to give up on Linux as a Desktop operating system--though I feel that I'm in the minority on this topic that grows mootier by the day. I think there's still a glimmer of hope in the unlikeliest of places: [URL="http://www.linux-mag.com/id/7181"]Schools[/URL]. I know it might sound crazy but it's true. Schools are notoriously cash …

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I read a [URL="http://tech.yahoo.com/news/infoworld/20090403/tc_infoworld/131038"]news story[/URL] by Paul Krill about how Linux OS Server shipments have and will continue to slip by double-digit margins in 2009. Windows Server shipments are hit hard as well but almost 5% less so than those of Linux. The original report came from IDC. The IDC is self-described as follows: [COLOR="Green"][INDENT]IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1000 IDC analysts …

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Almost a year has passed since I wrote, [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2329.html"]Novell CEO Disses Embrace of Desktop Linux[/URL] where I told you how Ron Hovsepian, Novell CEO, totally slammed Linux as a desktop operating system and now another major CEO comes out publicly against Linux on the desktop. Red Hat's CEO, Jim Whitehurst, actually said "First of all, I don't know how to make money on it." Wow, Jim, really? Perhaps you shouldn't be CEO of a Linux company. How does Microsoft make money off of Windows? They sell it. I know it sounds crazy, Jim, but that's how it works. You create …

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Almost 10 months ago, I wrote the post, [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2350.html"]"Dear China, Microsoft Wants to Charge You for Air Too"[/URL] and now Novell follows up with its own plan to charge China for air. The Chinese assume that since Linux is open source that it means that it is less capitalistic and less money driven. OK. Now let's see if you can get [I]them[/I] to believe that. The conversation will go something like this: [B]Novell:[/B] Hi, we're Novell--we represent the open source operating system, Linux. [B]China:[/B] Great. You did know that Red Hat and Microsoft both have already been here, didn't you? …

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It's time to embrace change in the IT world. Linux, for many, is ushering in a new age of reason. Its cost, stability, and open licensing make it a clear choice for those wanting to save money or shore up their service offerings. Companies, large and small, are turning to Linux to lower costs, leveraging existing hardware with virtualization, and making better use of people resources through cross-training on Linux systems. There's no denying the recent 'move to Linux and open source' trend. [URL="http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/vmware-announces-first-open-source/story.aspx?guid={32C0070A-469C-4165-99D1-58A4F5E5CA1A}"]VMware[/URL], [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3930.html"]Dell[/URL], and [URL="http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090205/tc_pcworld/microsoftmaygoopensourcewithdanger"]Microsoft[/URL] are the most recent converts to the whimsical world of Linux and open …

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What's more stable than a rock, faster than a spinning disk, more powerful than a Windows system twice its size, and able to leap platforms like no other operating system? Surprise! It's Linux. It's also recession proof. Can that be true? Yes, and here are the 5 reasons why: [B]1. Not Corporate Bound[/B] - Linux is developed worldwide by volunteers. It isn't owned by a single company. No one person or entity really owns Linux, the operating system. [B]2. Free[/B] - Several companies create their own distributions and market them commercially but the underlying system is still, and will always …

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Joe "Zonker"Brockmeier is the Community Manager for openSUSE. He has been involved with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) since 1996 when he discovered FOSS while a college student and was hooked. For most of his career he has worked as a technology journalist covering Linux and open source topics. Most recently, he was Editor-in-Chief of Linux Magazine prior to joining Novell in February of 2008. I asked him about his role in bringing this release to light and how the open source community drives this type of project. [B]Tell me about your role as openSUSE community manager?[/B] Sure. The …

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There are three Linux distributions that didn't make it into my [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3322.html"]top 10 list[/URL] of best Linux distributions but they are ones to watch. These three distributions are all aimed at the Desktop, are simple to install and use, and they're free. [URL="http://www.linuxmint.com"]Linux Mint[/URL], [URL="http://www.thinkgos.com"]gOS[/URL], and [URL="http://www.opensuse.org"]OpenSuSE[/URL] are the three distros (distributions) to watch. (I reviewed 2 (gOS & Linux Mint) of these 3 in a Linux Magazine article, "[URL="http://www.linux-mag.com/id/6200"]Spawn of Ubuntu[/URL].") [B]Linux Mint [/B]- [COLOR="Green"]From Freedom Came Elegance [/COLOR]- The tagline for this distribution holds true--Linux Mint is an elegant twist on its Ubuntu parent. Linux Mint installation is …

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Are you participating in Hack Week? That's Novell's open invitation to the world for suggestions on how to improve its openSuse Linux distro running through this Friday, Aug. 29. And you might just even win a prize. Calls for porting [URL=http://www.gnome.org/projects/tomboy/]Tomboy[/URL] to Windows (and maybe even Mac OS X), adding geocode filtering to RSS and fully supporting Amazon's Elastic Cloud 2 are just a few of the ideas put forth in this year's annual Hack Week. Among last year's 10 winning ideas were a[URL=http://idea.opensuse.org/content/ideas/add-a-buildservice-project-that-recompiles-debian-packages] build service project that recompiles Debian packages[/URL], a [URL=http://idea.opensuse.org/content/ideas/test-harness-for-the-build-service-for-automated-testing]service that can run automated tests as part …

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The End.