Linux is the easiest of all operating systems to use, and yet the complaints about how it is too hard are louder than ever. What the heck is going on?
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The official mythology of FOSS states that it is a meritocracy, and that only the code matters. The reality is not nearly so happy. On September 19th, the GNOME Foundation and the Free Software Foundation will host a mini-summit on women in FOSS. Will it do any good? How much of a problem is it really?
Companies with inferior products are often tempted to create Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Paul Rubens wonder if Novell's FUD campaign a sign of a company that is afraid of the truth.
You think you own your stuff that you paid your own money for? The Sony PS3, the XBox, the Palm Pre? Think again---these titans of tech are not selling products...
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In which Emery Fletcher discovers that getting online with Linux means missing out on a host of "benefits" offered only to Windows users.
There is a persistent and annoying myth that nobody should have to bother with learning to use a computer competently, but rather should wait until that far-off day when computers are perfect and effortless, and even dead people can use them. Your editor has a bit of fun and shoots this down.
How can anyone make a living writing Free software? Why should a coder work for free? These questions, and others, are answered in this two-part series. Today we learn why Free and Open Source software are very important even to end users who are not coders.
Emery Fletcher knows just as much about Google's ChromeOS, the reigning champion of blogware, as any other commentator in the whole world, and generously shares his insightful insights with a grateful audience.
Imagine if office furniture were manufactured and sold by Microsoft...buying furniture would be so much simpler!
The server market is shaping into a Linux vs. Windows battle as UNIX declines. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is strong and growing. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), backed by Novell, should also be strong and growing, but it isn't as it continues the Novell tradition of continually getting whipped by Microsoft. Does SLES even have a reason to exist?
Linux Planet Classics: Like Dracula, the old myth that free software can't innovate keeps returning. But this accusation is one that's overdue for a stake through the heart. Those who have experienced free software projects firsthand know that they depend on innovation and generally foster it. Bruce Byfield aims to retire this moldy canard.
While we're going deeper into the hole to stimulate the US economy and get back on track, why not leverage our stimulus dollars with Open Source in schools? Matt Hartley examines a number of areas where FOSS can save significant money, and give our kids a better education.
Windows worms and Trojan horses infect the entire US military, it seems, and Carla Schroder wonders why isn't this a huge scandal? Why does Microsoft always get a free pass despite causing billions of dollars of damages? Other musings cover corporate rootkits, security vendors looking the other way, and aren't there any adults in corporate land?
Ask not what Linux can do for you-- ask what you can do for Linux. Carla Schroder cuts through the misconceptions that plague Free Software and reveals what it's really about.
LinuxPlanet Classics: This was originally published on LinuxPlanet Dec. 18, 2000, though it could be brand-new, as these same old anti-Linux arguments are being recycled yet one more time. And just in time for the holidays! Read on to learn how Brian Proffitt artfully demolishes the "It's not even an operating system, it's just old technology cobbled together" nonsense.
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