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Which Linux Distro Is Most Popular? Don’t Even Ask

Linux lacks any clear-cut system for determining which is the most popular or the best distribution, or which desktop environment is used more than others. That may be one of the major frustrations among Linux developers trying to spread the word about adopting the Linux desktop instead of Microsoft...

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FOSS Fact or Fiction? A Tale of Two Surveys

It's a well-known fact that statistics can be manipulated to suit virtually every occasion and purpose, but every once in a while an example comes along that illustrates that rule with breathtaking clarity. Case in point? Two recent surveys on the topic of FOSS that came out in the very same week. O...

The Impossible Quest for the Most Popular Linux Distro

Linux lacks any clear-cut system for determining which is the most popular or the best distribution, or which desktop environment is used more than others. That may be one of the major frustrations among Linux developers trying to spread the word about adopting the Linux desktop instead of Microsoft...

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‘Rectangle with Rounded Corners’ Part 5: The Mocking Begins

Well the ear-splitting din emanating from the neighboring Apple territories last week may have made conversation difficult for a few hours here in the Linux blogosphere, but it seems safe to say that the temporary discomfort was a small price to pay for the lively and entertaining discussions that h...

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Microsoft’s Linux Labors: A Signal of Defeat?

Such has been the joy in the Linux blogosphere over Red Hat's ascendance to the billion-dollar sphere that it's been difficult to imagine anything that could possibly top that excitement. But guess what? A new report from the Linux Foundation recently offered news that many consider equally momento...

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FOSS’ Factious Gender Divide

There's no denying that the FOSS community has many virtues, but gender equality doesn't seem to be one of them. Gender-related issues and tensions have plagued the FOSS world for as long as many of us can remember, and the problem has already been picked apart on these pages time, time and time aga...

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Windows 8 Secure Boot – or How Microsoft Is Riling Up the Linux Masses

What a difference a week makes. It was just the other day that Linux bloggers were celebrating the news from researcher Net Applications that desktop Linux had surged in popularity in recent months. Now, the mood in the blogosphere has plummeted once again as a result of the latest developments on t...

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Microsoft’s ‘Linux Threat Level’: Down to Green or Redder Than Ever?

Now that Microsoft wants to be Linux's new best friend, there's bound to be no end of sweet nothings and touching gestures emanating out of Redmond. After all, we're pals now, right? Lo and behold! For all you skeptics who doubted the software behemoth's amorous words, consider a few phrasing change...

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Linux Geeks and Tablet Temptation

If "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!" summed up all that was wrong in Jan's world on "The Brady Bunch" all those many decades ago, an equivalent for today's computing world might be, "tablets, tablets, tablets!" After all, the widely hyped new devices pretty well dominated the news coming out of CES, and the...

The Enterprise’s Open Storage Quandary

Enterprises' need for storage is increasing exponentially as businesses use more and more rich media such as audio and video both within their networks and on customer-facing websites. That demand is going to continue growing, driven both by customer demand and demand from new hires who grew up with...

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Software Appliances: Lean, Mean Deployment Machines

Today's enterprises are clamoring for software applications that run in a wide variety of environments -- everything from physical to virtual to cloud. If you are a software vendor, how do you make it easy to give them what they want? You could hand customers your software on a CD and let them figu...

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Windows Donations to Schools and Libraries: Charity or Tyranny?

There are many ways to celebrate software freedom, such as by choosing to use Linux in your daily life. This Saturday, however, is the day to loudly proclaim your fondness for FOSS, for it's Software Freedom Day once again! That's right: In a few short days, geeks and nongeeks alike will get their p...

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Linux – The New ‘Hot’ Job Skill

There are many reasons to love Linux, as geeks around the world already know, but recent news adds yet another to the already long list of glorious virtues: It has now been named the No. 2 hottest IT job skill. Yes, Linux has claimed the second spot on research firm Foote Partners' list of hottest ...

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On Pi Approximation Day, Flying Pigs and DRM

America's Independence Day may have come and gone, but that doesn't mean there's been nothing else to celebrate as the summer wears on. No indeed! Last Wednesday was none other than Pi Approximation Day, an event of perhaps even greater import for geeks far and wide. Traditional celebrations include...

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The US Army: It’s Better with Vista?

Sometimes it's hard to distinguish fact and fiction on the Linux blogs. Take last week, for example, when Asus's apparent decision to join hands with Microsoft and proclaim that its netbooks were "better with Windows" shook things up. Few saw that one coming, we'd bet; once it did, the shock and dis...

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Lies, Damn Lies and Linux Market Share Statistics

Market share, market share, what's Linux's true market share? That, in essence, has been the question du jour on the Linux blogs in recent days. It all started when NetApplications' Hitslink.com released some statistics for April indicating that Linux just passed 1 percent for the first time. Around...

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College Police Target Linux User; Bloggers Up in Arms

Mention "Linux" and "police" in the same sentence, and you're pretty sure to get bloggers' attention. Mention them in such a way as to suggest that Linux was a motivating factor behind a police investigation, and you're likely to have a virtual riot on your hands. Sure enough, that's exactly what ha...

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Use the Kernel as a Hypervisor – but Trim It Down First

Desktop virtualization is entering into the corporate limelight, after many years of existence as a consumer toy. Recently, for example, Citrix and Intel announced a partnership that will deliver an embedded bare-metal client hypervisor by the second half of 2009. Startup contender Virtual Computer,...

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Are Open Source Games Ready for the Big Time?

Whether you're talking about the Wii, the Xbox 360 or the PlayStation 3, the video game industry is on a record-setting pace for revenue in 2008. Consumers have scooped up billions of dollars worth of game consoles, accessories and big-budget titles. With sales set to top $22 billion in 2008, accord...

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A Teacher’s Misguided Linux Rant and the Equally Misguided Response

A variety of interesting topics are usually discussed on the Linux blogs in an average week, which is why it's often so hard for us here at LinuxInsider to choose a select few to focus on in this column. Luckily for us this time around, last week was no average week. No, it became immediately obviou...

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