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posted in May 2009

Windows 7 Vs. Linux: OS Face-Off

While Windows 7 has been brewing in Microsoft's labs, Linux has been maturing. We look at what each operating system is capable of today, and how they measure up against each other.

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Invisible Linux: The Details

The other week I theorized about "Invisible Linux" -- what Linux would need to become to really make inroads on the desktop. Since making that post, I've been refining my ideas about what this would be and how it could be created. Read on for more.

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Still No Chrome For Linux?

With Chrome 2.0 out this week for Windows only, the hue and cry arises once more: why is there still no Chrome for Linux -- or for that matter, anything other than Windows?

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Open Source On Wall Street: Crunching The Numbers

Open source on Wall Street isn't exactly news, but the "where" and "how" are crucial. It's looking more and more like the big-money men are turning to open source not just to build their networks and backends, but to actually crunch and count the money. I hope it's not just a strategy only for hard times.

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Moblin Moves Into The Public Eye

The first truly significant public beta of Intel's Moblin distribution went public the other day. It's also the first peek we've had at Moblin's native interface, which straddles a curiously wavering line between netbook, notebook, and phone interface.

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Microsoft and Linux Foundation Agree To ... Agree!

Is that flapping sound I hear the wings of pigs? Microsoft and the Linux Foundation both agree on something? Yes. In this case, it's proposed guidelines for software licensing that would make both open source and proprietary software authors that much more liable.

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The Day, Or Year, The Linux Desktop Died

It was back in 2002, according to Sam Trenholme, the creator of the secure DNS server software MaraDNS. That was the year that forces conspired to make sure Linux on the desktop would never become a reality. Linux as a server was another matter entirely, but to him the "Linux desktop" is as dead as the Amiga.

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The New, Not The Same As The Old

5/13/2009 was nobody's idea of a portal to the world of Linux, and now thanks to the Linux Foundation -- the best gang for the job, I'd think -- it's now online with a snappy new look and feel. All right in time with Linux's recent uptick (however minor) in popularity: the last thing people new to this whole Linux thing is a site that looks like a bad fan page.

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You Say Open, I Say Free ... Let's Call The Whole Thing Off

Apparently I'm not the only one fed up with the vocabulary wars that seem to be part for the course in the open source world. To wit: is free software the same as open source in all but the terminology? The problem is, the terminology does seem to make all the difference -- because we allow it to.

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Ahnuld to California: Open Our Textbooks

I haven't been all that impressed with Arnold Schwarzenegger's record as governator -- er, governor -- of California. But he's eyeing a plan that could have major implications for education and open content if it takes off: a state-supported repository of digital textbooks.

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Moblin + Novell = ... Novlin?

Okay, so I'm bad at portmanteaus. But here we have a buddying-up between two corporate outfits with more than a tentative involvement in open source, even if the exact terms of the deal are still rather vague.

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No GPL For Me, Thanks

A programmer friend of mine has done something that looks paradoxical at first: he's a free-software user, creator and advocate, but he doesn't use the GPL anymore. Is he out on a limb, or just wising up?

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