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IT Management Linux News for Oct 31, 2008

  • Editor's Note: Does Linux Deliver For Small Businesses? (Oct 31, 2008, 23:01)
    The answer is Yes, it does, though with some qualifications. The short answer: it's all in the implementation. The long answer starts with taking a look at Canonical's successes in opening new doors for Linux deployments.

  • OpenSUSE Starts Steering its Own Course (Oct 31, 2008, 22:17)
    LinuxPlanet: "Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports that it's not easy for a Linux company to let go the reins of control over its community Linux distribution. Just ask Red Hat, which started to let go of Fedora and then decided to keep managing it. But, now Novell is loosening its apron strings on its community Linux openSUSE."

  • Review: Ubuntu 8.10 Is The Real Deal (Oct 31, 2008, 22:01)
    ChannelWeb: "Without much fanfare, developers of Ubuntu Linux have delivered the latest version of the open source operating system that scores higher than Windows Vista in performance testing, does a better job than Windows in making wireless connectivity easy and, overall, leaves fewer reasons to stick with Windows than any other previous release of Linux."

  • Xubuntu 8.10 Released (Oct 31, 2008, 20:31)
    Xubuntu: "The Xubuntu team is happy to bring you the latest and greatest software the open source community has to offer. This is their latest result: Xubuntu 8.10, which brings a host of excellent improvements built on the rock solid Xfce 4.4.2 desktop environment."

  • Linux Continues to Define the Future of Computing While Microsoft Follows (Oct 31, 2008, 20:01)
    Jim Zemlin's Blog: "It is hard for the executive director of the Linux Foundation to feel bad for Microsoft, but they are having a bad week while Linux continues to move forward in innovative ways into new markets for computing. Let's take a look at the difference between Microsoft and Linux this week:"

  • Why I Don't Like Canonical (Oct 31, 2008, 18:31)
    adamw's very own blog: "So, I've just been (implicitly) quoted bashing the Mark Shuttleworth / Canonical business model... I thought it was worth expanding my point from my own tiny pulpit."

  • NVidia Fan Speed Revisited (Oct 31, 2008, 17:01)
    Linux Journal: "One of the comments to my last post about adjusting the fan speed on your NVidia graphics card was that what was needed was a script to adjust the speed based on the temperature. The script presented here does just that."

  • The Bilski Decision Is In: Buh-Bye [Most] Business Methods Patents - As text & updated 3Xs (Oct 31, 2008, 16:31)
    Groklaw: "Pop some champagne! The Appeals Court decision [PDF] is in on Bilski: I'm still reading it, but on first quick reading, one thing is clear: it's a win! Eligible patent matter just got smaller."

  • The Windows 7 GUI From a Linux User's Perspective (Oct 31, 2008, 12:31)
    TGDaily: "Today, hard core Linux users were able to view for the first time some of nifty GUI features in Microsoft's next generation desktop operation system - Windows 7."

  • Desktop Linux Tidal Wave Alert (Oct 31, 2008, 12:01)
    Cyber Cynic: "In 2009, more Linux-powered desktops will sell then will Windows-powered ones. Sounds crazy doesn't it? Think again."

  • Ubuntu's Enterprising Ibex Springs Into Release (Oct 31, 2008, 11:01)
    Enterprise Networking Planet: "Canonical is stepping up its Linux assault on the enterprise with the launch of Ubuntu 8.10 Server Edition. Code-named Intrepid Ibex, the latest version of the Ubuntu server operating system was made available for free download on Wednesday by the distribution’s London, UK-based sponsor."

  • Automatic And Up-To-Date Fedora 9 Installations With Kickstart And Novi (Oct 31, 2008, 06:01)
    HowtoForge: "The problem with Kickstart is that it usually uses the distribution's packages from the time the distribution was released, i.e., it does not consider updates which means you would have to update each system manually after the Kickstart installation. This guide explains how you can do up-to-date Kickstart installations with the help of a tool called novi."

  • Parallel SSH Execution and a Single Shell to Control Them All (Oct 31, 2008, 01:31)
    Linux.com: "If you want to increase your productivity with SSH, you can try a tool that lets you run commands on more than one remote machine at the same time. Parallel ssh, Cluster SSH, and ClusterIt let you specify commands in a single terminal window and send them to a collection of remote machines where they can be executed."