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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 infinitely customizable to meet the needs of almost any situation. However, for it to be a viable desktop for the masses there seems to me that there has to be some common features that a large number of Linux desktop users would appreciate. I thought about this quite a bit and started my li... (more)

KDE's KIOSK Admin Tool

Linux is infinitely configurable. It's so flexible it runs on mainframes, cell phones, PCs, even gaming stations and digital video recorders (DVRs). This is one of its biggest strengths especially for those who want control or the freedom to tailor a desktop PC to their specific needs. It is also a boon to the system administrator who may want to configure the desktop to the point where it serves user needs, not their whims. Depending on your organization your desktop may be locked down so you can't install unnecessary programs that can cause the system to fail. In cases like sch... (more)

Running Your Business on Linux

As many of our readers already know, all the editors of LinuxWorld Magazine have day jobs where we use Linux and open source. Some like Paul Sterne of Open-Xchange (www.openexchange.com) and Jon Walker of Linux migration specialists, Versora (www.versora.com), work for vendors. Others are practitioners like Matt Frye who manages Solaris-to-Linux migrations for a telecom infrastructure company. That's what I like about LinuxWorld Magazine; you get the unique perspective of not just pundits who are reporting on technology but anecdotal stories about real-life successes (and failure... (more)

Open Source CloudStack 3.0 Is Coming

Over the last year I have been working on the CloudStack Open Source Cloud Computing project. This month we are getting ready to launch CloudStack 3.0 which really raises the bar for cloud computing platforms.  So what is CloudStack? It is an infrastructure-as-a-service(IaaS) platform that orchestrates virtualized servers into an elastic compute environment. The project was originally developed by Cloud.com and is now sponsored by Citrix since they acquired Cloud.com in July of 2011. The new dashboard from the CloudStack 3.0 beta CloudStack provides multiple methods for interacti... (more)

Open Source and DevOps By @MRHinkle | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

OpenSource.com – Open source and DevOps aren’t mandatory, but neither is survival I recently wrote an article for OpenSource.com – Open source and DevOps aren’t mandatory, but neither is survival. This article is part of the Easy DevOps column coordinated by Greg Dekoenigsberg, VP of Community at Ansible. Share your stories and advice that helps to make DevOps practical—along with the tools, processes, culture, successes and glorious/inglorious failures from your experience by contacting us at devops-stories@redhat.com. Technorati Tags: devops Software Is Eating the World Down... (more)