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Joe Brockmeier Archive

Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years covering IT. Formerly the openSUSE Community Manager for Novell, Brockmeier has written for Linux Magazine, Sys Admin, Linux Pro Magazine, IBM developerWorks, Linux.com, CIO.com, Linux Weekly News, ZDNet, and many other publications. You can reach Zonker at jzb@zonker.net and follow him on Twitter.
Stick a Fork in Flock: Why it Failed
This probably won't come as a surprise to many, but the "social Web browser" has thrown in the towel. Don't cry for the Flock team - they're flying the coop for Zynga to go make Facebook games or something. But Flock's loyal fans are out in the cold. Why'd Flock fail? There's a few lessons to be learned.
CentOS 5.6 Finally Arrives: Is It Suitable for Business Use?
CentOS bills itself as an alternative to RHEL or Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, but can you trust it to run your business?
Rooting a Nook Color: Is it Worth It?
Looking for a good, cheap Android tablet? Lots of folks recommend grabbing a Barnes & Noble Color Nook and then rooting it to make an Android tablet. Is it worth it? Depends on what you expect from a tablet computer.
Google’s Wrongheaded Approach to Android
Google took a step backward with Honeycomb last week. Instead of locking the source they should start treating Android as a real open source project and start enforcing the Android trademark.
A Look at Firefox Mobile
Firefox is coming to Android devices. Does Android need another browser and can FF and it's add-ons displace the default software on the growing mobile platform?
Red Hat and the Kernel Kerfluffle
Recent changes to how RHEL kernel patches are distributed is creating barriers for developers. Why did Red Hat make this change? To stay competitive.
Apple Keeps Android Tablets at Bay with the iPad2
The iPad 2 isn't a "magical" update of the iPad, but it's an incremental update that's good enough to keep Apple on top of the tablet market for another year. Sad panda for Android.
Interview: Ted Gould on Ubuntu Unity
Linux Magazine's Senior Software Editor Brockmeier, talks with Ted Gould of Canonical about the upcoming release of Ubuntu Unity. In this interview Ted touches on Unity's UI design decisions, hardware drivers and bundled software.
Upstreams, Downstreams, and Revenue Streams in Ubuntu
Just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should. Case in point: Vendors can take a hefty cut of the profits from applications sold through their app stores or shipped by default. But should they?
One Down for MeeGo: Now What?
Who has two thumbs and isn't at all surprised at Nokia throwing MeeGo under the bus? This guy. The Nokia partnership with Microsoft is appalling and bad news for MeeGo, but not a surprise at all. What comes next? That's up to Intel.
First Look at openSUSE 11.4
If you're looking for excitement, the openSUSE 11.4 release is probably not for you. On the other hand, Linux users who like boring, dependable, and usable should look a bit more closely. While openSUSE isn't chock full of changes, it does provide a solid no-nonsense distro for the adult in you.
Send in the Clones: The Long Wait for CentOS 6
Forget Godot, we're waiting for CentOS 6. If you hoped to have a shiny new CentOS release under the Christmas tree, you were disappointed. 2010 slipped by, still no release. Hoping to surprise your honey with CentOS 6 on Valentine's Day? Maybe. If you're lucky.
Mepis Goes to 11
It's not the best-known distribution, but Mepis still has its fans. The Debian-based distro is getting very close to its final 11 release. With a major version bump (last release was 8.5) Mepis 11 has a lot to live up to.
First LibreOffice Stable Release Nears: What Now?
LibreOffice's first release is near, but what comes next? It's time for LibreOffice to distinguish itself as more than a clone of Microsoft Office or OpenOffice.org.
Linux Mint Debian Edition 10: Rolling Release Nirvana
Linux Mint Debian Edition 10 is out, and it's just what the doctor ordered for Linux gearheads who want a rolling release with the extra touches that make Mint unique.
Ring in 2011 with Old School Apps
Time to ring in the new year with old school applications. Web 2.0? It's old and busted, and Mutt is back in style.
MeeGo’s Community Woes: Improvement in 2011?
Though MeeGo shows a lot of promise, the project is not making the most of the open source developer community. Here's what's wrong, and what MeeGo needs to do better in 2011.
Top 10 Distribution Developments in 2010
Yes, it's that time of year. Eggnog, fruitcake, tangled lights, crowded stores, bad weather — and the annual industry retrospectives. You can't argue with tradition, though, and 2010 was a very interesting year for Linux and open source. Let's take a look back at 2010 and see whether it was naughty or nice.
Linux Mint 10: A Perfect 10?
Linux Mint is back and better than ever with the Linux Mint 10 release. Though it's not a massive update on Linux Mint 9, this comes with enough polish and new features that it's well worth the upgrade.
Who’s to Blame for the Linux Kernel?
Ever wonder who contributes the most to the Linux kernel? Of course you have. Here's a hint: It's not Canonical, certainly not Microsoft, and you might be surprised which companies crack the top 20 and where.
Progress Report: LibreOffice Beta 3
The OpenOffice.org fork continues to move forward. The Document Foundation recently released LibreOffice beta 3, with a set of modest user-facing improvements, and more under-the-hood work. Can LibreOffice overtake OpenOffice.org? Chances look very good.
It’s Not Easy Being Green: Life for SUSE with Attachmate
Attachmate buying Novell came as a bit of a surprise to industry watchers, but now that the deal is inked (but not closed) what does it mean for SUSE, openSUSE, and the rest of the Linux industry?
Will Debian 6 be Easier to Install?
A new and improved Debian installer awaits for Debian 6.0, but is it better than what's gone before? We take a tour of Squeeze's installer beta and find out.
Is Canonical’s Unity Move Divisive?
Canonical's announcement that it would not adopt GNOME Shell for Ubuntu 11.04 has not been universally loved. But is Unity divisive or just a typical development decision being given too much weight?
Gmail vs. Zimbra Desktop 2.0
Now under VMware's wing, Zimbra has released Zimbra Desktop 2.0 productivity client. Zimbra Desktop 2.0's main feature is email, so we decided to see how it stacks up against Gmail. The verdict? Google probably isn't too worried.
Is Ubuntu 10.10 Worth the Upgrade?
Itching to upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10? Not so fast! Look before you leap, you may want to stick with Ubuntu 10.04, especially if you're a netbook user.
Banshee 1.8 Brings Amazon MP3 Support Back to Linux
Users sick of waiting on Amazon to provide current downloaders for Linux will be pleased with Banshee 1.8. Just released, the new version can browse the Amazon MP3 store and act as a downloader for Amazon's .amz files, plus a number of other new enhancements and features.
VortexBox 1.5: Turn an Old PC into a Jukebox
Have an old PC sitting around with nothing to do? Just add VortexBox and you can have a Linux-based streaming jukebox in no time.
A Quick Look at OpenIndiana
Just a few weeks after Oracle put OpenSolaris out to pasture, the OpenIndiana folks have pushed out their first release. Is it worth a look? Depends on how exciting you find OpenSolaris, but it's not going to knock Ubuntu off the desktop.
Debian with a Hint of Mint: Linux Mint Ships Debian-based Distro
Linux Mint is going old school with a new release based directly on Debian rather than Ubuntu. Want all the fun of Debian testing, with much less hassle? Mint may be what you're looking for.
Dell Studio 1747 Laptop: One Fatal Flaw Away from Linux Perfection
Dell's 17-inch Studio 1747 laptop is a beefy desktop replacement that ships with Windows 7. But how does it fare with Linux instead? A few days hands-on with the laptop shows that the machine is almost perfect, save for one fatal flaw.
Debian at 17: As Important as Ever
It's hard to believe that Debian has 17 years under its belt, but the project celebrated its 17th birthday on August 16. Though Debian may not be quite as well hyped as other distros, it's still one of the most important FOSS projects around.
Should OpenSolaris Die?
After months of silence, OpenSolaris supporters have had enough and launched the Illumos project. Described as a "spork" of OpenSolaris, rather than a true fork, Illumos is a misguided attempt to keep the Solaris legacy OS alive for another generation. Too bad it's doomed from the start.
Fresh Candy for Firefox: Tab Candy Makes Tabs Managable
Have too many tabs to deal with in Firefox? You can tame your tabs with a bleeding edge Firefox build with a brand-new feature called Tab Candy.
Firefox 4 Beta Brings Speed Boost
Firefox has been taking heat from Google Chrome over speed for some time, but the world's most popular open source browser is getting ready for a comeback. Can Firefox 4.0 woo back some of the early adopters who've embraced Chrome? It looks like it will have a very good shot.
Opera 10.60 Brings More Than Speed
Opera 10.60 beta is out the door, and they've reinstated Linux as a first-class citizen for releases. The latest release has more speed, WebM support, and Geolocation for users who want everyone to know exactly where they are when posting from Twitter.
Flock Flies the Firefox Coop
Flock has undergone a major evolution in the last year. From the Swiss-Army knife of social media to a slimmed down browser that tackles Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube only. Even more shocking, the project has dumped Firefox for Chromium. Was the switch worth it?
The Party of Gno
If something doesn't work, try something else. That's a lesson that the FSF needs to embrace, if it wants to succeed with a mainstream audience. Being the Party of Gno, and trying to tell users to just avoid Windows, Cloud Computing, iPads, and proprietary software isn't cutting it. It's time to come up with credible alternatives or be satisfied with remaining irrelevant to the majority of users.
Firefox Losing Foothold on Linux Distros?
When you install the Ubuntu Netbook Edition in October, don't look for Firefox on the desktop — it won't be there. Chromium, Chrome's open source cousin, is going to be taking its place. After years of desktop dominance on Linux, is Firefox losing its foothold or is this an anomaly?
Mozilla Introduces sudoSocial
With Facebook stomping all over users' privacy, there's been a lot of interest in open source and privacy friendly social network tools. The good news is that Mozilla is getting involved with a new platform called sudoSocial. The bad news is that sudoSocial is very new, and not quite sure what it wants to be when it grows up.
Is Thunderbird Too Little, Too Late?
You win some, you lose some. The Mozilla project has won big with Firefox, but not so much with Thunderbird. Thunderbird 3 is a decent mail user agent, but it doesn't seem to have the right stuff to break out into widespread usage.
WebM Poised to Bring Open Video to the Masses
The long struggle for open video on the Web may finally be over for Linux users. Last week, Google announced WebM at its Google I/O conference. What's it mean for you? In the long run, a totally open media format for the Web, plus the backing of enough companies and organizations to push open media over the top online.
Kick Out the Jams: Firefox and Chrome Extensions for Music Lovers
Now that Songbird has abandoned Linux, where will we turn for a browser-based music fix? Not to worry, you can still find plenty of add-ons and extensions for Firefox and Chrome to turn them into excellent tools for finding and listening to music.
Microblogging and More with Gwibber
Tired of slogging through Facebook's interface? Sick of seeing the Fail Whale? Cut through the cruft and simplify your social services with Gwibber -- a microblogging client for Linux that supports Identi.ca, Facebook, Twitter, and more.
Hell Freezes Over: Opera Mini on the iPhone
It seemed like they'd be ice skating in Hades before Apple would bless a real competitor to Safari on the iPhone, but Opera Mini has made its way into the App Store. Now that Opera has sailed past the gatekeepers, what's the verdict?
End of the Desktop? Google Backs WebGL
Stick a fork in the desktop, it's done! Recently Google demoed a port of Quake II to WebGL and HTML5, showing that even first person shooters are suitable applications to run in the browser. While the tide isn't going to turn all at once, it seems more likely than ever that a browser-based desktop is a viable option and ultimately the way many users will experience all applications.
Is Google Appifying Email a Good Thing?
It's Google's Internet, we just use it. Well, maybe not, but some days it seems that way. Google's gone from searching the Internet to being a big chunk of it. The latest moves from Mountain View include adding OAuth and contextual gadgets to email. Good on the surface for Google users, but what do they mean for everybody else?
Is Opera 10.50 Really the Fastest?
Opera is finally making with the snapshots for 10.50 on Linux, but is it really as fast as they claim? Opera's upcoming release gets a shakedown this week, and the results might surprise you.
Can Flash Survive HTML5?
Is HTML5 going to put the hurt on Flash? Rumors of Flash's demise may be greatly exaggerated, but the long term prospects for Adobe Flash seem pretty dim indeed.
Claws Mail: Mail with Attitude
When other mailers aren't doing the trick, it's time to break out Claws: An extremely configurable and extensible GUI mailer that gives you all the control you'd ever want over your mail without sacrificing ease of use.
IE8 vs. Firefox: Four Things Firefox Could Learn from IE
It's popular to hate on IE8, and easy to do! But the truth is, Firefox could take a few cues from stodgy old Internet Explorer. From user-friendly features to deployment tools, there are still a few things that IE does better.
Vimperator: Use Firefox the Vim Way
Bring the mightiness of Vim to Firefox! If you're ready for a fully keyboard-driven browser, the Vimperator add-on for Firefox can help you do away with mouse-based drudgery and add the awesomeness of vi-like keybindings to Firefox 3.5 and later.
Customize Chrome for Better Browsing
Google Chrome has only had extensions available for a few months, but it already has a great collection of add-ons that will boost your browsing experience. We look at a handful of extensions that let you manage tabs effectively, learn more about the sites you browse, and read feeds with panache.
Jetpack Gearing Up for Production: Look Out Chrome?
Chrome is catching up to Firefox pretty quickly in the extension department. The Chrome Extension Gallery has added more than 2,700 extensions in just a few months. Meanwhile the Mozilla team is busy perfecting Jetpack to make life much easier for add-on developers. With the 0.8 release out the door, let's look at what the road ahead looks like for Mozilla Jetpack and the future of add-ons with Mozilla.
Google Buzz: Much Ado about Something
Google is having another go at a social media offering, and this time it looks like the company may be on the right track. Google Buzz was rolled out en masse this week, to largely positive reviews. The service has a few rough edges, but has quite a bit of potential.
Alternative Browsers: Beyond Chrome and Firefox
Looking for a new flavor of Web browser? If the mainstream favorites aren't doing the trick, or you just want to test drive something new, we take a look at several of the "alternative" Web browsers for the Linux desktop.
Firefox 3.6 for Developers
Last week we looked at Firefox 3.6 from the user perspective. This week we'll take a quick look at some of the under-the-hood improvements for Firefox 3.6 for developers.
Firefox 3.6 Goes Gold
It's finally here! After about six months of development, Firefox 3.6 has landed. A bit too late for the original 2009 release date, Firefox 3.6 is worth the extra bit of development time.
Make Firefox a Productivity Powerhouse
Spending most of your workday in Firefox? Most of us live in the Web browser for day to day work, so it's important to make it as productive as possible. With the help of a few add-ons and Web services, you can easily double your productivity in Firefox.
Become a Firefox Test Pilot
Picture a "test pilot" and you'll probably imagine a dashing personality ready to risk life and limb in order to test the latest technology. The Mozilla Test Pilot program is a lot like that, except you don't have to risk life or limb, and it might not give any great stories to tell at the bar. But you could help the project with very little effort, and isn't that almost as good?
Sneak Peek at Opera 10.5
If at first you don't succeed, try again. Opera hasn't cracked double digits in the desktop browser market, but that doesn't mean the company is giving up. A few days ago, Opera released alpha builds of Opera 10.5 and made them available for download. If the alpha release is any indication, Opera is going to give Firefox and Chrome a run for their money, speedwise.
Web Winners and Losers in 2009
Break out the Champagne and get ready to celebrate the winners of the Web in 2009, and give a few shots to the losers. Looking back on 2009 on the Web, we saw some tectonic shifts in the market and major developments that are going to make 2010 very interesting indeed. Grab your tickets and we'll see if you picked the winners for 2009, but if you bet heavy on Microsoft, you might be disappointed.
Old School Browsing with w3m
Not to sound like a Luddite, but sometimes the old ways are best. When it comes to Web browsers, that's not very often, but knowing your way around a text-mode browser like w3m does come in handy from time to time. You probably won't want to switch, but after taking a look at what you can do with w3m, you might want to add it to your toolbox.
Official and Unofficial Google Chrome Extensions
If you like Google Chrome's speed, but miss the extensibility of Firefox, you're in luck. The Chrome team announced the developer program around Chrome Extensions this week, and unveiled part of the site that will eventually serve as the official mothership for Chrome add-ons. If you can't wait until then, we've got a round-up of resources for unofficial scripts and extension that should keep you occupied until the wraps come off.
Chrome OS is Here: Some Assembly Required
The big news of the week: Google Chrome OS is out in the wild. Sort of. If you're willing to roll up your sleeves a bit and do some work, you can get your hands on Google Chrome OS, but it's not quite ready for everybody just yet.
What’s New in openSUSE 11.2
After nearly a year in development, openSUSE 11.2 is ready to be unleashed! A peek under the hood shows a lot of new and interesting changes since 11.1, including updated desktops and a preview of WebYaST.
Mozilla Jetpack Gets an Update
Mozilla Labs is continuing in its quest to make it as easy to extend the browser as it is to write a Web page. The latest update to Jetpack came out this week, and brought a few new APIs and a gallery of community contributed Jetpacks. There's been quite a bit of progress, but Jetpack isn't quite there just yet.
Midterm Report on Firefox 3.6
Firefox 3.6 development is moving along nicely, if a bit tardy. The first beta was expected in mid-September, but it finally dropped right before the end of October. How's 3.6 look? It's not a major leap from Firefox 3.5, but it has a few nice features and is showing decent improvement in JavaScript performance.
Rule the Web with Four Firefox Add-ons
You don't have to take the Web as-is, you have the power to change it! With a few handy add-ons for Mozilla Firefox, you can take control of the sites you visit and make them look and work the way that you want to.
Opera Readies Unite
Opera recently released a beta of its next browser update, Opera 10.10. Of note in this release is Opera Unite, finally enabled by default. Opera is showing signs of progress, but is Unite all it was initially cracked up to be?
Underwhelmed by Wave: Google’s Wave Falls Short
After chomping at the bit to get a Google Wave invite, the reality leaves a bit to be desired. While Wave has some interesting features and a slightly new take on collaboration, the current implementation has little to offer beyond what you'll already find in tools like EtherPad and Google Docs.
Untangling the Web with Mozilla Weave
Syncing bookmarks? That's for amateurs! If you're ready to get real, you can sync your bookmarks, passwords, history, tabs, and more with Mozilla Weave Sync for Firefox and Fennec.
Enhance Firefox with SmarterFox
Work smarter, not harder. It's a good motto, and one that applies well to SmarterFox, an extension for Firefox that makes common tasks much easier to perform.
Rethinking Gmail: Reliability Matters
Gmail has changed the way we think about email, mostly for the better. Lately, though, Gmail has become notorious for its problems rather than speedy search and its "never delete mail again," storage allotments. It might be time for a tough love approach.
Thunderbird Ups the Email Ante
After far too long in development, Thunderbird 3.0 seems to be nearing the home stretch. We take a look at the latest test builds for Thunderbird 3.0 beta 4. Is it worth the wait? Despite the sluggish development cycle, signs point to yes. Read on for how Thunderbird can help you manage your inbox.
Get Decked: A Look at TweetDeck
Having trouble keeping up with your social media? The TweetDeck crew released a major update to the "social dashboard" this week that adds support for Facebook and MySpace. Now you can update several major services and bring order to your social media universe.
Sizing up Opera 10 Final: Can it Compete with Chrome and Firefox?
Opera 10 is finally final. It has lots of great bells and whistles, and a much nicer user interface compared to the Opera 9x series, but can it compete with Firefox and Chrome?
Getting to Know Snowl: Following Online Discussions
What does the next-generation feed-reader look like? Probably a lot like Snowl, a project out of Mozilla Labs that bills itself as a tool to follow and participate in online discussions. We take a look at early release of Snowl to see how it's coming along. It's not perfect yet, but the long term future for Snowl looks good.
Make Firefox Social: Four Social Media Add-Ons You’ll Love
Social media addict or social media newbie? Either way, we've got four must-have Firefox extensions that will make using popular social media sites much easier and more seamless within the world's most popular open source browser.
Looking Ahead to Firefox 3.6: Speed Matters
Firefox just keeps moving on. After hitting the billionth download, you might think the project would sit back and relax a while, but not so much. This week, the Mozilla Project released 3.6 alpha 1, which mostly focuses on speed improvements. Is it better than 3.5, or Google Chrome? Let's take a look!
Google Chrome: Meet the New Boss
Meet the new boss, not quite the same as the old boss. While Google Chrome isn't likely to unseat Firefox as the browser of choice for most Linux users very soon, recent development builds are showing a great deal of promise.
Time Marches On: Mozilla Sunbird Finally Approaches 1.0
The Mozilla Project's long-awaited calendaring app is about to see 1.0. After five years of development, the project released 1.0 beta builds this week. We took Sunbird for a spin to see how it manages our time.
Browsers of Future Past: Seamonkey 2.0 Preview
Everything old is new again, goes the saying, and I guess it's true. This week the Seamonkey Project released the first beta for the Seamonkey 2.0 Internet suite, a project that continues the tradition of the Netscape Suite with code from the latest releases of Firefox and Thunderbird under the hood.
Share Firefox Add-ons with Collector
Ever had problems finding Firefox extensions? Want to tell the world about the extensions you find most useful? Now you can, using the Firefox Add-on Collector.
Four Firefox Annoyances to Fix for 4.0
Firefox is the perfect browser, right? Well, it's probably the best on the market -- but that doesn't mean that it's perfect. Firefox has several annoyances -- some large, some small -- that we'd like to see fixed for 4.0.
Can Mozilla Catch Up on Mobile? Beta Fennec Builds Say Yes
Mozilla is at it again. Not content to slug it out on the desktop, the Moz folks are taking a run at the mobile market with Fennec. The betas released last week suggest that they're on the right track.
Opera Kicks It Up A Notch With Unite
Opera has stepped up the browser heat with Unite. The fledgling technology launched on top of the Opera 10 beta is an interesting collaboration tool that might just change the way users look at the Web browser.
Safari vs. Firefox: Does Safari Measure Up?
By releasing Safari on Windows, Apple is doing more than providing a rich browser experience for Mac users -- it's making a land grab for the Internet, and may pose a threat to Firefox as it attempts to displace IE. Does Safari 4 measure up to Firefox 3.5, and should the Moz folks be worried?
First Look at Opera 10: Can it Make a Dent in the Desktop?
Opera has done well with mobile, but can it take the desktop by storm? Opera 10 beta 1 was released last week, and Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier takes a look at Opera 10 to see if it can make some noise next to Firefox, IE, Safari, and Chrome.
Mozilla JetPack: Lowering the Bar to Extend Firefox
One of Firefox's great advantages is the ability for users to create custom extensions. While add-ons have historically been non-trivial to write, Mozilla Labs is looking to make this considerably easier with JetPack.
Flock 2.5 Delivers the Promise of Social Media on the Web
As you spend more-and-more of your time on the Internet and connecting with others, Flock can help to streamline repetitive social activities.
Prism: The Future of Web Apps?
Mozilla Labs continues to turn out interesting projects. Prism, a single-serving browser for web apps, extends and protects your online applications.
Five Game-Changing Features in Firefox 3.5
The latest Firefox may still be in beta but it boasts a number of behind-the-scenes features that will make developing for the web easier as well as end-user changes that add new functionality, like private browsing and support for drag and drop.
Can Konqueror Compete? A Look at KDE’s Browser
With Firefox marketshare now above 20% and rising fast, can the KDE Project's browser, Konqueror, compete? Recently I started running KDE 4.2.2 and decided to use Konqueror in place of my default browser — Firefox. Let's see how Konqueror stacks up.
Top 10 Firefox Add-ons for Linux Users
One of Firefox's greatest strengths is that it can be extended to provide additional functionality to the end user. However, the vast number of extensions available for Firefox can be a bit overwhelming. We look at that top 10 Firefox add-ons that can improve your productivity on Linux.
Stuart Cohen: Meet the Man Behind the Collaborative Software Initiative
Disruptive technologies meet staid businesses. Stuart Cohen is bringing the open source development model together with big business, and finding it to be a perfect fit. Joe Brockmeier talks to Cohen about the Collaborative Software Initiative's first year, and where it's going from here.
Making Interoperability Possible: An Interview with Likewise CEO Barry Crist
Likewise CEO Barry Crist talks about the importance of interoperability, the differences between the corporate and open source communities, and what's ahead for Linux.
How Consolidation Affects Open Source
So, now that the dust is starting to settle from the news that Sun is buying MySQL for a staggering $1 billion pricetag, let's take a look at the larger picture-- how is consolidation going to affect the open source ecosystem? MySQL was the first project in 2008 to be absorbed this way, but it certainly won't be the last.
Podcast: Interview with Ubuntu’s Jono Bacon and Jorge Castro
This week we spent some time talking to Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon, and External Projects Developer Liaison Jorge Castro, about the Ubuntu community, Personal Package Archives, and where Linux is headed in 2008.
Podcast: Ted Ts’o Interview
In this podcast, Ted Ts'o, the Linux Foundation's newly appointed Chief Platform Strategist, takes a few minutes to talk to Linux Magazine about his new role with the Linux Foundation, the status of Ext4, the Linux Standard Base, and more.
Is Apple Serious About the Server or Not?
I've often wondered why Apple maintains a server OS and product line. From what I can see, they don't seem at all serious about the server market.
Is 2008 the Year of the Linux Desktop?
No doubt you've heard the prediction before — "this is going to be the year of the Linux desktop." At the risk of being repetitive, though, I'm going to go ahead and say it: 2008 really could be the year of the Linux desktop.
I Wanted a gPhone, But All I Got Was This Android
After months of media-built hype, the mythical "gPhone" was unveiled this week as Android, a Linux-based software stack for building mobile phones. Despite the disappointment, Android might be just what the market needs, if the Open Handset Alliance (OHA) can actually get an open stack shipping on real devices.
What does the Linux desktop really need?
Once again, the Linux Foundation Desktop Linux (DTL) workgroup is polling users to find out what desktop Linux really needs. While the foundation folks conduct the poll (and I'd encourage Linux Magazine readers to participate), let me share my top three priorities for the Linux desktop in 2008: Applications, multimedia, and polish.
HP Beats the System i on Integration for Midrange Shops
IT Jungle reports on some of the Shorty's compelling features, including its suitability for deployment in normal office environments:
Webkit vs. Mozilla: Should Firefox jump on the Webkit bandwagon?
As the Mozilla folks start making plans to plan for the Mozilla 2 codebase, Matt Gertner over at the AllPeers blog has a radical suggestion: Dump the Gecko rendering engine and embrace WebKit.
Who Will be Big in 2008?
Every year, Linux Magazine starts the new year off with a look at the top 20 companies that we think will be particularly influential in the world of open source software. Our editorial crew has some strong opinions in this area, but we're also looking to Linux Magazine readers to sound off and tell us what companies will lead the way in 2008.
Can VMware end Linux hardware compatibility problems?
VMware made announcements yesterday that might spell an end to one of the biggest problems facing Linux: Hardware compatibility. If you think you missed the hardware compatibility announcement yesterday, don't worry: The answer lies in VMware's ESX 3i, the Open Virtual Machine Tools announcement, and the announcement of a draft specification for a portable virtual machine format.
Tell Us About Your IT Infrastructure
Linux Magazine is looking to find out a little bit about your organization's IT infrastructure. Do you use virtualization? Is green computing a priority? Is your organization adopting multi-core CPUs or taking a wait-and-see approach to upgrades? What applications are the most important for your organization?
Linux Magazine 2008 Editorial Calendar
 
Run Linux on Linux
If you need to run multiple distros at the same time, test out new kernels, or just want to test new software in a 'sandbox,' User Mode Linux is perfect for the job. Here's how to get started.
Slapper Slap Down
If you use Linux on your desktop, you may wonder if you're susceptible to those pesky software infections known as viruses, worms, and trojans. Well, like the doctor says, "There's good news, and there's bad news." Read this feature to learn your prognosis.
Managing Servers with Cfengine
Imagine this scenario: you have twenty servers under your care, some running Red Hat Linux, some running Solaris, and a few machines running Debian. You want to make sure that all of the systems have the same network configuration, but you don't want to log in to each machine and make the changes by hand. Unfortunately, you also know that it won't be easy to write a simple shell script to automate the task because each system's layout is a little bit different. Making simple changes to all machines on your network, without automation, can be quite a hassle. Happily, that's what Cfengine is for.
Protect Your Data with OpenSSH
Linux has always offered lots of tools that make it easy to work remotely over a network. However, many of those tools were highly insecure. OpenSSH changes that and keeps your communications secure.
How’s Your LUG Life?
There are Linux User Groups just about
Unleashing Dr. Frankenstein
Whether you enjoy building your own system