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A few years ago both Red Hat and SUSE (now Novell) changed the way they release their distributions. Essentially, they split their distros into two varieties: "community" and "enterprise". Community is Red Hat's Fedora and Novell's OpenSUSE. Enterprise is Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLES). Why is that, and is such a division good for everyone?

Update: Just Push Play

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For the past two months, I have been working on a beginners-level consumer book on Ubuntu 7.04, Feisty Fawn. It's been a bit hectic, but now I am about finished and ready to send the last chapter to the publisher. (I'll tell you the title later; we're still trying to pin it down.)

The final chapter (for me, not the book) is documenting the Automatix2 installer for Ubuntu (as well as Debian 4.0, MEPIS; plus the family of *buntu flavors).

And while Automatix2 is really useful, there is one part of it I have never liked: the fact that we have to use it to get DVD playback capabilities.


Black Duck Talks Turkey

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Among the many people who have more than a passing interest in the final outcome of GPL version 3 (GPL3) is Doug Levin, CEO and founder of Black Duck Software. If you have never met Mr. Levin, he's one of those people who demonstrates a real passion for what he does. He also, much to the chagrin of his PR staff, doesn't believe in saying anything off the record.

So when his staff drops you a line and says he'd like to talk about GPL3 along with his company's new release, you have a pretty good sense that this is going to be an interesting conversation.


...and some days the bear gets you.

Last week, I got wind of some issues regarding Samba's relationship with Microsoft, and drew some conclusions about the overall meaning of those issues. Unfortunately, it seems, my conclusions were wrong.

Although my speculation that Microsoft had not put forth a good faith effort based on its apparent reluctance to attend this month's SambaXP conference in Germany wasn't completely off the mark--based on the information I had. But, like some well-intentioned interventions, things were not quite as they seemed.