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IT Management Linux News for Dec 10, 2008

  • With HP in, All OEMs Now Ship Desktop Linux (Dec 10, 2008, 23:31)
    Cyber Cynic: "I have known for more years than I care to think about that HP has been almost ready to release a pre-configured Linux desktop system. But, then, they wouldn't pull the trigger. Now, they have."

  • FSFE and GPL-Violations.org on Reporting (and Avoiding) Licensing Issues (Dec 10, 2008, 22:01)
    OStatic: "The FSF Europe's Freedom Task Force and GPL-Violations.org have jointly prepared a few guidelines on how to best report (and avoid) license violations."

  • HP Finally Offers Pre-Installed Desktop Linux (Dec 10, 2008, 21:01)
    LinuxPlanet: "For years, HP has been slowly edging towards releasing a pre-installed Linux for general users. Today, December 10th, the company finally announced that it would be releasing Novell's SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) 10 SP 2 on its low-priced business class HP Compaq dc5850."

  • Funambol's CEO Sees AGPL as Essential for FOSS in Cloud Computing's Future (Dec 10, 2008, 20:01)
    Linux.com: ""The future of software is in cloud computing," says Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO of Funambol, a company that provides mobile services. And if free and open source software (FOSS) is going to survive in that emerging market, he says, then the community needs to adjust by promoting greater use of the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL), a license specifically crafted for software as a service."

  • Followup: Asterisk Bug is Old, Fix is Also Old (Dec 10, 2008, 19:31)
    John Todd: "Just an update on this issue: We were able to get in touch with the IC3/FBI agent in charge on Monday. Indeed, we were correct in our guess - this is an old bug that was fixed some time ago..."

  • Incidents on the Internet -- Weekly summary (Dec 10, 2008, 19:01)
    Royal Pingdom: "This is a weekly recurring post about noteworthy incidents on the Internet. This includes for example general network issues, ISP problems and downtime for well-known websites."

  • Whirlwind Tech Tour: Linux distributions ranked for speed, security, performance, support (Dec 10, 2008, 18:31)
    Search Enterprise Linux: "This week, we address the issue of how Linux distributions compare in performance under different enterprise conditions. Whether you manage a small or large IT department, have the latest software versions or ...less-new ones, check out this question and the answers below to find out which Linux distribution might serve you best."

  • Linux Worthy of Any Economy (Dec 10, 2008, 18:01)
    OpenSUSE Linux Rants: "I found this spectacular article on reasons to consider Linux in a down economy. Actually, they work in any economy. Take a look:"

  • Why the Cybersource Linux Solution for Australian School Laptops Won't Make It (Dec 10, 2008, 17:01)
    The Linux Distillery: "Australian Linux and open source implementation and training consultancy, Cybersource, have put forth their 9-step open-source and netbook solution to solve the Australian Government's one-laptop-per-child promise which has so far had policy makers scratching their red-faced heads. Yet, Cybersource's plan simply won't make traction and here's why not."

  • Give Linux With no Surprises (Dec 10, 2008, 16:31)
    451 CAOS Theory: "In other words, if you're offering or giving a Linux-based computer this holiday season -- whether you're a big box retailer, online distributor, or Linux fanatic who wants to spread FOSS to family or friends -- make sure you tell them it's Linux."

  • XP Lives... For a Price (Dec 10, 2008, 14:05)
    Cyber Cynic: "Can we cut the crap? No one wants Vista, and stubborn Windows users have demanded XP. While neither Microsoft nor its partners will admit it, Microsoft has abandoned its attempt to kill off XP."

  • Joe the Plumber Teaches How to Weather the Recession With Linux and Open Source Models (Dec 10, 2008, 13:35)
    The Linux Distillery: "In this globally troubled time open source software - and Linux, its operating system poster child - has clear economic advantages. You've heard talk of Joe the Plumber; let me introduce his little known cousin Cain the CIO who’s looking to do more with less money."

  • The Many Signs That GNU/Linux Grew Significantly in 2007 - Part 1 (Dec 10, 2008, 13:05)
    BoycottNovell: "IT is sometimes forgotten that GNU/Linux is more than just a desktop operating system. Linux, being a well-engineered kernel, is used extensively and also funded for its important role in several different areas of computing."