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Linus Torvalds announced today that all further pre-release updates to the version 2.6 Linux kernels would be bug fixes only as 2.6 test kernels are about to reach versions –test8 and –test9. The following is an excerpt from his e-mail to the Kernel Mailing List, Wednesday October 8, 2003: The more interesting thing is that I and Andrew are trying to calm down development, and I do _not_ want to see patches that don't fix a real and clear bug. In other words, the 'cleanup and janitorial' stuff is on hold, and -test8 and then -test9 should be for _stability_ fixes only. In other words, this should calm things down so that by the end of October we can look at the state of 2.6.0 without having a lot of noise from 'not strictly necessary' stuff. Version 2.6 of the Linux kernel is the first major stable release since version 2.4 was released in January 2001. Some of the ... (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)

i-Technology Viewpoint: The New Paradigm of IT Buying

With the U.S. economy and IT spending finally appearing to be making a comeback and China and India adopting IT faster than you can say symmetric multiprocessing, why am I predicting layoffs? I'm not predicting layoffs so much as a shift from vendors and service providers who don't support the integration of open source and commercial systems. You see, I lead somewhat of a sheltered life - I usually speak with people in the open source field, the IT professionals who drink the proverbial Kool-Aid. They already have IT plans that encompass open source operating systems, such as Li... (more)

Nitix Linux Operating System - Debate Between Open Source and Microsoft

There is a new facet in the debate between open source and Microsoft, pitting the flexibility of open source against the tight integration of Microsoft technologies. One camp claims that integration is the key for ease-of-use and consequent cost-savings from reduced administration while the open source advocates are preaching the virtues of flexibility. Nitix OS, a Linux distribution made by Net Integration Technologies, may actually be able to assuage both camps. Nitix OS facilitates tight integration of network services made possible by the flexibility of Linux open source arc... (more)

"A Watershed Event for Open Source Office Suites": Linux.SYS-CON.com Reviews StarOffice 8

On September 27, Sun released StarOffice 8, their cross-platform office suite, which they believe to be the best alternative to the business standard, Microsoft Office. This new product release along with the release of OpenOffice.org 2.0, on October 20, was a watershed event for open source office suites. With a host of new features and increased functionality, both suites have never before offered such a robust and feasible alternative to the undisputed productivity suite leader, Microsoft Office. Sun Microsystems has been developing the product since their acquisition of Star ... (more)