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IT Management Linux News for May 29, 2009

  • Ten top Linux distros for your netbook (May 29, 2009, 23:34)
    Enterprise Open Source Toolkit: "Why settle for an operating system that does not suit your netbook when numerous alternatives can create a laptop-like experience, asks Jack Wallen."

  • The Free Software Alternative (May 29, 2009, 23:04)
    ServerWatch: "There are free software alternatives to most of the commercial ones that you use, and they're compatible with their commercial counterparts. These free alternatives cover the gamut of desktop and server software from word processing to graphics to high-end web application services. There's no need to dip into your life's savings to equip your business with high-quality software."

  • Novell's Linux Business Still Not Profitable? (May 29, 2009, 20:34)
    InternetNews: "Novell is managing to grow its Linux business despite a difficult economy, but is it profitable? The answer, according to both Novell's CEO and its CFO, is not yet."

  • Linux finds a role in Australian prison cells (May 29, 2009, 18:34)
    IT Wire: "Cybersource's Linux-based PrisonPC secure desktop system has been installed at another Australian prison. Almost 60 units, plus associated servers, have been installed at the Alexander Maconochie Centre correctional facility in the Australian Capital Territory."

  • Novell fattens net in bad financial times (May 29, 2009, 16:34)
    Practical Technology: "The company saw its biggest growth in its Open Platform Solutions area, which, for all intents and purposes, is Novell's Linux business. Open Platform showed $39 million revenue, and $37 million of that was from its Linux Platform Products."

  • US Military Technology Paradox: Cutting Edge & Clueless (May 29, 2009, 15:34)
    TechTreasures by Ron...: "To be honest, my perception of the military would be more in line with the recent announcement that US Army was updating its 700,000 desktops at the end year, not with Windows 7 and Office 2010, but with Vista and Office 2007. So how is it that the military can be by turns cutting edge and clueless?"

  • Radical Idea: Charge Vendors for Software Deployed in Schools (May 29, 2009, 12:34)
    Khaotic Musings: "Many years back, when I had the time to make the rounds at various government education departments, I asked the brass why on earth they didn't charge software vendors (like Microsoft, Adobe et al) for software the government's schools put in front of students?"

  • Canonical support (May 29, 2009, 12:04)
    OA - Ubuntu: "Let's introduce a subject that I've rarely seen discussed on planets or forums: Canonical paid-for support. At Oxford Archaeology we have been paying customers for almost a year, and I think it is a good time to look back and see if it was worth it, what worked well, and what could be improved."