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Portable Linux Apps: Not Always an Easy Schlep

One of the best productivity tools I had when I used Microsoft Windows was a collection of portable applications. I missed those tools when I migrated to Linux. Now several open source projects could make portable apps available to mainstream Linux users. Three websites are trying to create that fun...

Verizon’s Droid X Joins Android A-List

Verizon Wireless unveiled the much-anticipated Motorola Droid X on Wednesday. The device, which Motorola variously describes as a touch tablet and a pocket-sized home theater, runs Android version 2.1. It will be updated over the air to run on Android 2.2 later in the year. When that happens, the Dr...

LINUX PICKS AND PANS

Rhythmbox Knows the Words and the Tune

Rhythmbox, an integrated music management application, was originally inspired by Apple's iTunes. This open source app works on the Gnome Desktop and is based on the powerful GStreamer media framework. If you have read recent Linux Picks columns, you know that the Linux world of apps gives you sever...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

Is There Room for Microsoft at the Linux Table?

Well, the Karmic Koala may have ruffled a few feathers last week, but already the scales seem to be tipping back toward the positive side. TuxRadar recently put Vista, Windows 7, Ubuntu 9.04 and 9.10 through their paces -- focusing in particular on boot speeds -- and the newborn marsupial proved its...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

On the ‘Fake Linus Torvalds’ and the Nifty Nokia N900

You know it's a good day when included among all the dry-as-dust press releases that arrive on your virtual desk is one that promises to combine Linux, Twitter and "dangerously outrageous" fun. Sure enough, from none other than the Linux Foundation came the tantalizing announcement of the "Fake Linu...

Nokia Tosses Another OSS OS Into the Mobile Mix

Nokia on Thursday announced the N900 smartphone, a mobile device running the Linux-based Maemo operating system that the company typically uses for its tablets. The device runs a Mozilla-based browser and offers still and video photography, an FM radio and 3.5G and WLAN connectivity. Maemo is the op...

The Dark Side of Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing may be killing a lot of jobs. True, it's still a nascent business strategy that works well only in certain scenarios, and it can't be lumped in with outsourcing as the cause of mass layoffs. As is the case with outsourcing, though, it can be particularly difficult to quantify crowdsour...

Instant-On Computing: The Killer OSS-Based PC Feature?

In our age of instant gratification, no one likes waiting for anything. That's why the sluggish launch time of a typical personal computer can make a consumer irritable. It's also why instant-on computing has become a sort of Holy Grail for hardware and software makers in the industry. The pursuit o...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Q&A With OSA Community Dev Chair Gopi Ganapathy

The Open Solutions Alliance, a federated community of open source business and developer communities, opened in early December a community portal built upon technology from one of its newest member organizations, Essentia. The company develops software platforms and solutions for online communities ...

Is Firefox Fit for Enterprise Duty?

Enterprise application whitelisting company Bit9 launched an attention-getting press release last week, a document which merely bubbled for a few days until the recent Internet Explorer flaw took center stage and Mozilla pushed out a few Firefox updates. Eventually, the heat under the issue boiled o...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

What Free Software Does the World Need Now?

Halloween came and went last week, and we have yet to hear from anyone who wore a Tux costume. Sigh -- looks like we'll have to wait another year. Generating much more excitement than the spooky Linuxy possibilities, it seems, was the grand landing of Intrepid Ibex, which caused a veritable flurry o...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

The Importance of Purity on the Linux Desktop

Well, the dog days of summer have begun to set in, so it's not too surprising that the Linux blogs were relatively quiet last week. Linux geeks across the nation were no doubt seeking refuge wherever they could -- it's hard to withstand flames on the blogs when you feel like you're aflame yourself! ...

Mozilla Dispatches Firefox Bug Zapper

Mozilla released an update Thursday that corrects several vulnerabilities in the Firefox Web browser. Firefox 2.0.0.12 patches critical flaws that could result in Web browsing history and forward navigation stealing; privilege escalation that could allow cross-site scripting exploits; and crashes wi...

Zonbu Releases Lean, Mean – and Cheap – Notebook Machine

Zonbu, maker of the Zonbu Mini desktop, unveiled a new addition to its line of hassle-free, affordable and green PCs -- the Zonbu Notebook computer. The inexpensive, Linux-based laptops include a service contract, billed monthly, that takes over the tasks of backing up data and monitoring the system...

Nokia Launches Feature-Packed, Linux-Based Internet Tablet

The Linux-based mobile device marketplace is growing and thriving, and Nokia is but one beneficiary, though a strong one indeed. As a sign of the times, Nokia's Thursday launch of the "Internet Tablet" device N810 represents a move away from phones and into new opportunities in mobile devices where ...

Mozilla Relieves Firefox, Explorer Security Headache

Mozilla, maker of open source Web browser application Firefox, released a new version of the program that fixes a security issue stemming from an interaction between Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Firefox. Version 2.0.0.5 of Firefox was made available for download on Wednesday. The problem -- fir...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Openads CEO James Bilefield: Publishers Need Independent Solutions

London-based Openads, the developer of a free, open source adserver used by more than 20,000 publishers in 140 countries, announced on July 5 the appointment of James Bilefield as CEO. Bilefield brings more than 15 years of entrepreneurial, management and media experience to Openads from his work at...

OPINION

Sun’s Latest Quandary: Courting or Competing?

I'm not sure I get the follow-through of Sun wooing mashup artist start-ups. If anything, by Sun trying to appeal to these types of low-capital spending firms shows Sun's latest quandary -- it waited too long to compete with its customers. Microsoft has rarely passed up the opportunity to compete w...

LiteScape Unveils Open Source Desktop Client for Communications

For some time there has been a drive to smooth the process of building applications over existing call platforms. Also, more and more PBX operators have been moving platforms to open source -- Cisco Call Manager 5.0, for instance, is Linux based. Now the next step in developing robust open source un...

Wizpy Delivers Linux to Windows PCs

Japan's Turbolinux began shipping its Wizpy digital media devices on Friday. The Flash-based, USB device includes a version of the Linux operating system that can be used to run the open source OS on nearly any computer. According to Turbolinux, the idea behind the device is "to turn all the world's...

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