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Sam Williams Archive

The Odd Couple
GNOME and KDE might be competing projects, but both must overcome some significant, common obstacles before either Linux desktop can wrestle marketshare from Windows and Mac OS X.
MySQL’s Main Man
Since assuming the mantle of leadership of MySQL AB in 2001, M�rten Mickos has steered the database software company from open source darling to open source powerhouse, multiplying revenue some twentyfold in a very short time. On the eve of the release of MySQL 5.0, Linux Magazine spoke with Mickos about the unique challenges of running the decidedly unique — and very successful — software company.
Opening Windows
Since its very inception, Microsoft has held that cash for code is king. But the company is slowly, grudgingly, and cautiously treading into Open Source. Here’s a look at the “Gates Public License.”
Git With It!
Just weeks ago, the kernel development team received a clear edict from its benevolent dictator Linus Torvalds: Stop using BitKeeper, start using (Torvalds's own) Git. Some foretold of calamity, but what impact has Git really had on kernel development? Here's an assessment from Torvalds and others.
The State of the Penguin: IT
The rise in scale and complexity of corporate networks hasn’t been matched by a proportional raise in IT budgets. So, to eschew the cost of commercial network management suites, IT departments are turning to open source. The result? Better tools, more widespread adoption, more participation — reminiscent of the rise of Linux itself.
Turning to Open Source
The rise in scale and complexity of corporate networks hasn’t been matched by a proportional raise in IT budgets. So, to eschew the cost of commercial network management suites, IT departments are turning to open source. The result? Better tools, more widespread adoption, more participation — reminiscent of the rise of Linux itself.
The State of the Penguin: Telecom
From data centers to hand held receivers, Linux is changing how manufacturers and carriers do business — for the better.
The DVD Controversy
There's some bad blood brewing between the hacker community and Hollywood. But the DeCSS issue is only the opening salvo in a much bigger war.