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The thing I like about Linux.SYS-CON.com is that most of the authors by and large practice what they preach. Every one of our staff is involved with a Linux vendor company, a non-profit, or is an active user of Open Source technology. I think it's an incredible benefit to you as a reader to have a practitioner's point-of-view rather than that of pundits who have to depend on the quality of their sources when reporting on technology. You also get to benefit from the anecdotal information they get by partnering with Linux and Open Source users to solve their problems. For example, our reviews editor Matt Frye spends his days migrating applications from Solaris to Linux, Ibrahim Haddid works for the Open Source Development Labs (the home of Linus Torvalds), Greg Wallace is the co-founder of Emu Software (www.emusoftware.com), where as of January 1 I'll be his co-worker... (more)

Open Source, Part of a Bigger Trend

During my career I have had the privilege and the misfortune to be involved with quite a few nascent businesses. Some have been small, with no more than five or ten employees. To this day they still have that many or less. Others grew from 50 employees to over 10,000 in a very short time. In every case there was a technology component involved in my job. During this time I have consistently been an IT buyer. I still cringe at the $3,000 a piece I spent for DX2-33 PCs with 8MB for a financial services firm back in the mid-1990s, though at the time it was a heck of a deal. I still ... (more)

Linux.SYS-CON.com Exclusive: What Would UserLinux Look Like?

Last Monday at the Desktop Linux Consortium Conference at Boston University’s Tyngsboro, Massachusetts Campus there was a lot of talk about a “UserLinux” distribution. The topic was sparked by remarks by Bruce Perens who voiced a need for a distribution that was designed to meet community needs for a desktop operating system based on the Linux community favorite Debian distribution. I contacted Bruce who has been kind enough to interject some comments to my own text. They are marked [thus]. The thought of UserLinux sparked my thinking. The thing I like about Linux is that it’s ... (more)

Desktop Linux: Think Thin

Thin-client computing is alive and well...and thriving in early-adopter environments. In this article, Dr. Migration explains why thin-client systems are showing up everywhere from POS applications to classrooms, and why you might want to consider a thin-client solution for your own organization. Almost every desktop computer user today is familiar with the PC computing model in which user applications are executed on the local PC and data is stored on the local hard drive. This type of computing model is sometimes referred to as thick-client computing when extended to the network... (more)

Favorite FLOSS Applications

I often make recommendations on the applications I use daily while sharing my perspective on the Linux desktop. However, recently I've been getting feedback from users on what they feel are the most valuable open source desktop applications and why. Don't take my word for it...take theirs. In this article users discuss their most useful desktop applications. Maybe you'll want to give them a try - if you already use some of them, you may discover features that you were unaware of. Evolution www.ximian.com Contributed by Jon Carnes, Network Guru, Featuretel My favorite desktop appl... (more)