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  • Linux Users' Group Webring

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 3:26 am

    Webrings may not be as popular online as they once were, but they still have a purpose. This ring is dedicated to linking together Linux user groups worldwide.
  • LUGs around the world

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 3:20 am

    Looking for the Linux user group nearest to you? This unique map-based resource can help.
  • GLUE: Groups of Linux users everywhere

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 3:16 am

    GLUE is an organization that can help you find a local Linux user group. It's an invaluable reference if you want to hook up with your fellow Linux users.
  • LinuxChix

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 3:10 am

    This organization is dedicated to supporting women in open source computing, and in providing a forum where those women can discuss their issues.
  • Tux.org

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 3:05 am

    Tux.org is an umbrella organization that brings together various Linux user and developer groups.
  • Give Linux a leg up

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 3:00 am

    Win4Lin can help Linux users take advantage of Windows applications. Check out this review to find out what's new in the latest version of the software.
  • Microsoft to ship Virtual PC at steep discount

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 2:55 am

    Virtual PC, Microsoft's product that allows users to run Windows or Linux as a "guest OS" under Windows, will be priced very competitively in its latest incarnation. Does Redmond see VPC as a way to sell more Windows licenses - and tighten its dominance?
  • VMWare vs. Virtual PC

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 2:51 am

    In the PC emulation world, Microsoft's recently acquired. Virtual PC takes on VMWare. Who comes out on top? This review takes a look.
  • Flexibility in ROM: A stackable open source BIOS

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 2:46 am

    BIOS - the (often proprietary) instructions that run the base hardware for most computers - is the last frontier for the open source world, and changes to BIOS can mean problems for open source OSs. This paper proposes an open source alternative that will in part use the Bochs emulation system to do its work.
  • Dos and don'ts: Get the most out of free support

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 2:41 am

    Free support can be valuable for open source software users, but those used to commercial support services might need help figuring out how to find what they need. This tip will help you get started. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Free Linux/OSS support: Why one sysadmin became a convert

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 2:10 am

    Proprietary vendors call free OSS support "worthless"; but one sysadmin claims that mailing lists and Web-based documentation have solved almost all of his open source problems, while proprietary support often consists of a "closed group of often poorly trained techs [who] frequently don't have the ability to provide the same answers that a varied actual user base can provide." (Check the links at the bottom of the page to earlier installments in this series on open source support. Free registration required to access site.)
  • Reader's view: Proprietary support breeds lazy IT pros

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 2:05 am

    Support for closed-source systems comes in the form of answers dispensed by vendors to sysadmins who can't really evaluate or modify those solutions. According to one sysadmin, this breeds lazy thinking and results in less creative and less productive IT staffers. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • HP to sell, support SuSE Linux

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 2:01 am

    SuSE and Hewlett-Packard have forged an alliance under which HP will sell its ProLiant servers running SuSE Enterprise Linux. HP will also supply support services for these servers. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Fury brims over Red Hat support charges

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:56 am

    As Red Hat moves to a new business models that focuses on its more lucrative enterprise-level products, many users of lower-level Red Hat versions find themselves in an uncomfortable situation: either pay significantly more for enterprise-level support, do with support, or find a new distro. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Sun inks deal with EDS for Java desktop support

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:53 am

    Showing that it's serious about promoting its Linux-based Java Desktop Environment, Sun announced a deal with IT services firm EDS, under which the latter will supply training and support for Sun clients who choose JDE.
  • Wind River's next embedded Linux step: Development services

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:48 am

    Embedded development company Wind River is taking an interesting tack to Linux: it's not offering its own Linux products, but its experienced support staff will help support and develop for embedded Linux platforms started by others.
  • IBM commits to Linux

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:44 am

    IBM's commitment to Linux got stronger as the company added a Linux-centric center in New Zealand. According to one official there, IBM plans to make much of its money on support services.
  • Mitch Kapor on the Open Source Applications Foundation

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:39 am

    Mitch Kapor founded the Lotus Development Corp. and co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation. His latest project involves building an open source architecture for a personal information manager (PIM).
  • Open source software for 500,000 U.K. civil servants possible after sun deal

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:34 am

    The British government has announced its intention to move to an open source architecture for its operations - and Sun has stepped in to lay the groundwork.
  • OMB tech chief: Management key to tech changes

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:30 am

    The future of technology is shifting away from proprietary systems and towards architectures built from open source components. That's what the tech chief of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget has to say - and it could have big implications for government computer spending.
  • Red Hat looks beyond Linux

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:26 am

    Red Hat's entrance into the architecture market looks to be a bid by the company to move beyond the single product - Linux - that has made its fortune to this point.
  • Open source architecture for affordable e-governance

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:21 am

    India is a tech-savvy, densely populated nation that can't afford Microsoft licenses for it's billion-plus people. This presentation outlines an open source architecture for Indian e-government that uses open source components to save money. (Presentation is in Microsoft PowerPoint format.)
  • The Open Source Architecture: Red Hat's technology strategy

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:17 am

    Red Hat is betting that corporate customers want more than just an operating system: the company is now offering a complete architecture that includes "distributed system management, integrated security, system virtualization, data management, and web application frameworks."
  • Gartner tips for down times: Consolidate, consider Linux

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:11 am

    Though the economy shows signs of life, IT departments are still strapped. In this interview, one Gartner analyst urges companies to consider Linux as a cost-savings aid. (Free registration required to access site.)
  • Study: Windows cheaper than Linux

    Posted December 15, 2003 - 1:07 am

    Microsoft has made quite a bit of hay of late over a study from Giga that pegged Microsoft's Web portal development tools as cheaper overall than Linux and Java used in combination. But since the study itself was so narrowly focused - and was actually commissioned by Microsoft - some in the industry remain skeptical.
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