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In many cases, the end of the year gives you time to step back and take stock of the last 12 months. This is when many of us take a hard look at what worked and what did not, complete performance reviews, and formulate plans for the coming year. For me, it is all of those things plus a time when I u...
Linux in the News - Wednesday
Linux in the News - Wednesday

"Microsoft will say that Linux is a nasty but necessary virus"

"So there's no mistaking a rhetorical campaign from Redmond to 'delegitimize' free software, and a parallel campaign to 'legitimize' use of Microsoft IP under an approved license, under certain conditions. Microsoft would far rather you run untamed Linux code on its partitioned Windows servers hosting UNIX services. At some point in the future, we suspect, having convinced the world that Linux is a nasty but necessary virus, it will generously offer to host it all on giant Windows clusters. (Earlier this year, Microsoft bought Connectix's VM software to do just that job)."

ANDREW ORLOWSKI, writing from San Francisco for The Register, December 8, 2003

Is Sun becoming a Linux company?

"Sun has a multiple-personality disorder. ...In the past [it] has often looked outside of SPARC for a business path, first with Intel x86 Solaris and later with its acquisition of Cobalt Linux-powered servers in a box. Eventually, though, Sun has always reverted to its SPARC roots. There's another personality, though, that sees Sun becoming a Linux company. That's the one behind JDS as well as the recent deal with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to build low-cost Sun Fire servers based on AMD's 64-bit Opteron chip. Clearly, this one's on top for now."

STEPHEN J. VAUGHAN-NICHOLS, writing in eWeek, December 9, 2003

New Linux Record

 "Within a month, we have seen the 1 million transactions per minute barrier broken again, this time on a cluster of HP Integrity servers with Intel Itanium 2 and Linux. This data demonstrates the flexibility of Itanium-based servers running Linux."

SAMER KARAWI, Marketing Manager, Business Critical Systems, Hewlett-Packard Middle East
[quoted in AMEInfo, December 10, 2003]


Linus's "Good taste" Criterion for Kernel code

"If you've followed Linus Torvalds' postings on the Linux kernel mailing list (the LKML) for awhile, then you're aware of the high esteem he has for kernel code written with 'good taste.' It seems the highest compliment Linus ever pays to other kernel hackers is to refer to them as having 'good taste.' It's a compliment he has reserved for a very select few: Alan Cox and a handful of others. His disdain for code written in 'bad taste' appears to be just as strong as his appreciation of the good. Over the past few months, one particular kernel module has been the center of a mild controversy. On the surface the problem seemed at first to simply be a bug that was exposed in testing of the 2.6 kernel. But it's proved to be more serious than that: it's an example of 'bad taste.' "

JOE BARR, opening of his article, December 9, 2003


Japanese press: "Java desktop system challenges Windows"

"The most interesting part about the Java Desktop System is that it is based primarily on open source software including the powerful Linux operating system. Java Desktop System additionally offers a set of useful and capable applications including the StarOffice productivity suite, the Mozilla Web browser, the Evolution e-mail and calendar system, and Java 2 Standard Edition. The GNOME desktop environment serves as home base for the system

The CSSC [China Standard Software Company] deal is a good start overseas. Not only does China represent the single largest growth market in the world, but an early vote of confidence by Chinese government and industry is likely to encourage others in the region to accelerate their move to open-standards and open source software. These markets are concerned with three principal factors: cost, control, and security. An open source system is difficult to beat in terms of up-front acquisition cost, and offers the type of control that is simply unavailable in proprietary software solutions.

It's unlikely that the Java Desktop System alone will succeed in dethroning Windows. But the wheels of revolution are gaining momentum, and it's likely only a matter of time before open source systems on the desktop take their place as something more than a technical curiosity."

The Yomiuri Shimbun [Japan's leading business daily], December 9, 2003



Sun vs Microsoft in the UK: "Is Ballmer on the plane yet?"

"[I]f Sun won a major foothold in UK public service at the client end [as in the potential National Health Service deal for the Java Desktop System], this would by no means be the end of it. Not having Microsoft on the desktop would substantially reduce the chances of the company leveraging its way further into the server side, and would require that any Microsoft systems used would interoperate effectively with open source desktops. So it could both roadblock the leveraging process and enable the wider take-up of open source in European governments.

[...] Granger may of course only be threatening defection in order to get Microsoft to shift on discounts. Under the circumstances, he surely ought to be able get some big ones. Is Ballmer on the plane yet?"

JOHN LETTICE, writing in The Register, December 8, 2003

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