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‘My First Time’ Posts and Other Linux Marketing Problems

In our ongoing quest to bring readers all the FOSS news that's fit to print -- with the occasional addition, perhaps, of some that isn't -- we here at LinuxInsider are always suckers for a good contest. And so we're delighted to spread the word about a contest that recently made the news on Slashdot...

Coke’s Virtual World: Fizzy Fun or Empty Marketing Calories?

Coca-Cola has opened CC Metro, the soft drink maker's island located in the There.com virtual online universe. Coke announced the launch of the new community created by Makena Technologies, founder of There.com, Thursday. Whether Web surfers will line up to play around in what amounts to a Coke-them...

Novell Touts Linux With New Marketing Campaign

On the heels of its recent Suse Linux Enterprise 10 platform release, Novell said it would put its marketing money where its mouth is with a multimedia ad campaign for Linux. The campaign, dubbed "Your Linux is Ready," will be backed by the company's entire fourth quarter advertising budget, will co...

Sun To Launch $50 Million Marketing Campaign

Sun Microsystems is embarking on a new US$50 million marketing campaign, it was revealed today. The company is pointing to success stories with clients like online auctioneer eBay, General Motors, and Major League Baseball in an effort to show the world how its products and services help connect peo...

OPINION

What Gaming Shows Us About Microsoft Marketing

I recently had the opportunity, as part of a review of what works in systems security, to look closely at a couple of massively multi-user online games including "EverQuest" and "Star Wars Galaxies." Several of these now support up to half a million registered users and go beyond simple player co-op...

Mozilla Launches Open-Source Marketing Campaign

You've heard of open-source software. Now meet open-source marketing. The Mozilla Foundation launched a fundraising campaign yesterday to pad its coffers for a marketing campaign to be kicked off in conjunction with the release of version 1.0 of its Firefox Web browser scheduled for Nov. 9. Accordin...

The desktop may be the final frontier for Linux, but one company is using a combination of Windows interface strategy, Wal-Mart sales and a wide selection of software to try to match the inroads Linux has made in the corporate datacenter. That company is Lindows.com. There was much open-source hoopl...

Lack of Qualified Linux Talent Impedes Enterprise Move to the Clouds

Even in these changing times of shuttered shops and pandemic-driven corporate layoffs, a flood of tech jobs goes unfilled due to a lack of Linux skills among IT workers. That combination is contributing to a slowdown or delay in enterprise plans to migrate their local computing base to public cloud ...

CONFERENCE ROUNDUP

The Linux Foundation’s First-Ever Virtual Open Source Summit

The success of The Linux Foundation's first virtual summit may well have set the standard for new levels of open source participation. Summit masters closed the virtual doors of the four-day joint gathering on July 2. The event hosted the Open Source Summit + Embedded Linux Conference North America ...

Linux Foundation Offers Discount-Priced Cloud Engineer Bootcamp

The Linux Foundation is priming the pump to help software engineers get cloud technology-certified through a self-paced bootcamp and discount pricing. LF last week announced the availability of the Cloud Engineer Bootcamp, its first-ever training bootcamp. This new offering enables individuals to go...

PRODUCT REVIEW

Lenovo Duet: Chrome OS Shines on Innovative 2-in-1

Lenovo introduced innovations that push the limits of Chrome OS-powered tablets with a new 2-in-1 form factor in the IdeaPad Chromebook Duet. This new device mimics Microsoft's Surface Pro line, using the Chrome OS instead of Microsoft Windows. It redefines what the Chrome OS can do on a convertible...

Red Hat’s Virtual Summit Crowds Hint at Future Conference Models

In what could be a trial run for more of the same, Red Hat last week held a first-ever virtual technical summit to spread the word about its latest cloud tech offerings. CEO Paul Cormier welcomed online viewers to the conference, which attracted more than 80,000 virtual attendees. The company made s...

GitHub Expands Free Feature Access, Slices Other Costs

GitHub has lowered its pricing plans drastically and made its core features free for everyone, even for private development. GitHub CEO Nat Friedman announced a plan that has been in the works for some time, noting that the changes were not related to the COVID-19 worldwide health crisis. The new st...

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Freespire 6.0: A Return to GNOME2’s Simpler Linux Days

If you are tired of distro hopping and want a computing platform that works without drama, check out the latest Freespire Linux release. Freespire, a U.S.-based distribution built on Debian/Ubuntu, is a no-nonsense OS that is uncomplicated to install and use. Freespire is released biannually. Develo...

Petitioners Demand Microsoft Release a Free Windows 7

The Free Software Foundation wants Microsoft to keep Windows 7 alive as a free operating system. Microsoft stopped providing free security patches and support for Windows 7 earlier this month. Although the popular operating system reached its 10th birthday last fall, some 200 million PCs around the ...

ECT News Network 2020 Editorial Calendar

ECT News Network meets an important need in the tech industry. Through its four publications — the E-Commerce Times, TechNewsWorld, CRM Buyer and LinuxInsider — ECT delivers unique, in-depth perspectives to hundreds of thousands of monthly visitors, including enterprise IT decision...

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ALT Linux: Worthy Linux Alternatives, With a Catch

ALT Linux offers a buffet of Linux distributions that meet a variety of specialized needs. Its inviting selections could be a good source of alternative Linux OS solutions if you take the time to sort out the menus. You might find navigating the poorly designed website a tedious chore. Still, persev...

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KaOS Linux Brings Order to the Desktop

The KaOS distro is an up-and-coming Linux operating system that provides one of the best integrations yet of a refreshed KDE-based computing platform. Two types of users gravitate to this solidly maintained distribution: those who are frustrated by poor user experiences with Linux distros that are b...

Red Hat Breathes New Life Into Java

Red Hat is the new keeper of the keys to two popular versions of the open source Java implementation, OpenJDK 8 and OpenJDK 11, having taken over stewardship from Oracle. Oracle ended commercial support for Java 8 and the Oracle JDK 8 implementation of Java SE last year. Oracle left the enterprise J...

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Endless OS Functionality Controls Simplify Computing

Endless OS is an unusual Linux distro in that its user interface is more like an Android smartphone or tablet than a Linux desktop computer platform. Version 3.5.4, released on Jan. 17, brings parental controls and other refinements that make this distro a cool alternative to the Chromebook for home...

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