08.11.08

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Links 11/08/2008: GNU/Linux Accounts for 4% of Desktop Unit Sales, Thrives in Devices

Posted in News Roundup at 8:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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GNU/Linux

  • Netbooks A Linux Stronghold?

    For years, backers of open-source software have hoped to push Microsoft out of its dominant position in desktops and laptops. Windows-powered personal computers account for more than 90% of unit sales,. Linux 4%, Gartner says.

  • The Right Linux Distribution

    In a previous column, I asserted that Linux is ready to meet the demands of corporate desktops, while it is still some way off from being ready for mass use in the consumer environment. But, with that said, the obvious question that remains is: which distribution is right for your organisation?

    [...]

    Desktop Linux is on the agenda of many organizations, especially government, in the case of South Africa. But, so often the costs of managing and deploying Linux are not factored in. Once these considerations are included, it is surprising which distributions come out on top.

    The recommendation for any company moving to a Linux desktop environment is, therefore, to focus on features that benefit the computing environment, not just individual machines, and to consider both the competency and costs of management and support for any given distribution.

  • Happy Birthday Vector Linux
  • EZGOV EUROPE BECOMES FIRST UK RED HAT SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR
  • Technical videos from conferences [Ottawa Linux Symposium]

Embedded/Devices

Interviews

KDE/Qt

  • Best Application EVAR!

    so the very kind folks who won the Akademy awards last year ( sebastian trueg, matthias kretz, danny allen ) decided to go ahead and award Amarok with the Best Application award! we are obviously very excited and very pleased to win this award, and want to (tearfully) thank all those users who have been with us through the long dark (teatime of the soul) times of Amarok 1.x…. wait, we never had those. nevermind.

  • Video Editing in Linux: Kino v Open Movie v KdenLive

    Out of the 3 programs previewed, I liked Kdenlive the best, but not having the Title show up was a real bummer. Kdenlive could eventually become my editor of choice by the time it gets to 1.0 status. The trick is going to be to keep the development moving and thus keep my interest alive. This type of progression is what has helped Linux reach critical mass as desktop choice.

  • Qt 4.5 to Dramatically Improve QtWebKit and QGraphicsView Through Animations and Speed Ups

    At Akademy 2008 in Belgium, Qt developers Simon Hausmann and Andreas Aardal Hanssen announced dramatic improvements in the web browser engine in Qt and the canvas that is used by, for example, the Plasma desktop shell. Video support, animations and transitions, optimisations to speed up painting and animations, and new graphical effects open up nearly endless new possibilities for developers to present their user interfaces with. Read on for more details.

Ubuntu

  • Ubuntu really is Linux for humans!

    And speaking of speed, Ubuntu gets my notebook running so fast that the processor gives off noticeably more heat, especially when I had Ubuntu running in it’s own partition. For anyone else that may consider Ubuntu on their laptop, I would recommend picking up a cooling pad.

  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 103
  • Ubuntu is already more attractive that osx

    What I find really interesting about Mac owners is the lack of customisation they generally add to the desktop and interface. Maybe a change of background picture, quicksilver and thats about it. While on the linux side I’ve seen radical changes, for example Glyn has stuck with the standard Ubuntu theme while Sheila has her ubuntu setup so weird it looks like Xubuntu.

F/OSS

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