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(LinuxWorld) -- Given the kinds of comments I receive in e-mail, people who feel they cannot switch to Linux on the desktop seem to fall into one of three groups. There are those who say they need Microsoft Word and Excel, others who say Quicken is the deal-breaker, and still others whose corporate lives revolve around Microsoft Outlook. Now, the glass-is-half-full way to look at this is that I don't hear anyone complaining about the lack of a good Linux desktop environment anymore. Indeed, the situation has reversed. If anything, Microsoft is now in catch-up mode, especially with respect to KDE 2.2. That obviously isn't enough to make people switch. Despite the fact that Outlook, combined with the poor security model of Windows itself, costs companies a fortune in damages, I believe Outlook is the show stopper here. I'm a well-known critic of Microsoft, but I hav... (more)

Twelve New Programming Languages: Is Cloud Responsible?

Do we need programming languages? You may think that the answer is no. But, if you go by the recent trend you may need to change your mind. Consider for example the following questions: Why is Google working two (GO, DART) new programming languages? Why has IBM (X10), Cray (Chapel) and Red Hat (Ceylon) working on creating a new programming language of its own? Why did the attendees of a recent conference in London select 5 (HTML5, DART, Scala, Clojure, Node.js) new languages as the most important software development trends for 2012? What does Neil McAllister mean when he says that these 10 (DART, Ceylon, GO, F#, OPA, Fantom, Zimbu, X10, Haxe, Chapel) programming languages that could shake up IT? Why did Anders Hejlsberg of Microsoft, the creator of Turbo Pascal, Delphi and C# launch TypeScript? Are new programming languages getting created just to satisfy the creativ... (more)

An Advanced File System for Linux

As Linux made its way further into the enterprise, a key feature that it was lacking at one point in time was a journaling file system. This was true in 1999, but today there are four journaling file systems that can solve enterprise server requirements. This article focuses on one of them: JFS. The file system is one of the most important parts of an operating system. It stores and manages user data on disk drives and ensures that what's read from storage is identical to what was originally written. In addition to storing user data in files, the file system also creates and manages information about files and about itself. Besides guaranteeing the integrity of all that data, file systems are also expected to be extremely reliable and have excellent performance. Before the year 2000, Ext2 was the de facto file system for most Linux machines; it was robust, reliable,... (more)

SuSE Announces New Version of its Linux OS for SMBs

Hot on the heels of  its 9.0 operating system for desktops, the Oakland, CA-based German company has announced that the latest SuSE Linux platform, Standard Server 8, will be available from next month, and is claiming that its graphical interface and configuration wizards will enable easy setup and deployment. The platform, which features Web-based remote administration and provides secure access through a VPN - virtual private network - supports up to 2 CPUs and is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). "By expanding the SUSE LINUX Server family with SUSE LINUX Standard Server,” asserts SuSE CTO Juergen Geck, “we give smaller organizations and departments a versatile solution that incorporates all the functionality they expect from a server operating system." "Linux novices in small and mid-sized organizations," Geck continues, "will be able easily to s... (more)

Darl McBride's 5 Reasons Why SCO Can *STILL* Win vs IBM

In an interview just conducted by eWeek, SCO Group supremo Darl McBride demonstrates his unswerving and continuing confidence in SCO's case. The eWeek interviewer, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, didn't sound as confident in the arguments he heard as those making them, but that didn't stop McBride and Chris Sontag, senior vice president of the SCOsource division, from outlining at least five reasons why they still think SCO will prevail, in spite of the near-universal criticism the company receives from the Linux community. Here they are. Draw your own conclusions. 1. "We never contributed our code to the GPL." McBride: "The fact that we participated with Linux does not mean that we inadvertently contributed our code to the GPL. You can't contribute inadvertently to Linux. We feel we have a very strong position based on the GPL." 2. "If we did contribute code to the GPL..... (more)

Linux and Security: Forrester Report Flawed, Say Four Top Vendors

GNU/Linux vendors Debian, Mandrakesoft, Red Hat, and SUSE have joined together to give a common statement about the Forrester report entitled "Is Linux more Secure than Windows?" - here's the full text, released yesterday: Despite the report's claim to incorporate a qualitative assessment of vendor reactions to serious vulnerabilities, it treats all vulnerabilities are equal, regardless of their risk to users. As a result, the conclusions drawn by Forrester have extremely limited real-world value for customers assessing the practical issue of how quickly serious vulnerabilities get fixed. The security response teams of GNU/Linux distributors Debian, Mandrakesoft, Red Hat and SUSE have assisted Forrester in gathering and correcting data about vulnerabilities in their products. The gathered data was used at Forrester for a report that became titled "Is Linux more secure ... (more)

Introducing "Grokdoc" - A Large-Scale Linux Usability Study

The latest idea of "PJ" - Groklaw's Pamela Jones - is for the 6,000 members of her Groklaw community  "to apply the open method to doing a GNU/Linux newbie usability study." The result will be a new wiki-style Web site, Grokdoc. "No one, to the best of my knowledge," explains PJ, "has done this on such a scale. Grokdoc will be written from the results we observe. We are not trying to duplicate effort. We are trying something brand new. Instead of experts telling newbies how to do things, we will let newbies show and tell us what they need." She explains the idea so far at the main Groklaw site: "As you know, in addition to using GNU/Linux, I also have an iMac. I know Apple did usability studies, and their stuff just works so easily. Hiring experts to do such studies for the free/open world is probably beyond the means of most of the programmers we have. So this is m... (more)

LinuxWorld, San Francisco: "Live Open Source...or Die"

When SYS-CON Radio interviewed Sam Greenblatt, Senior VP and Chief Architect of the Linux Technology Group for Computer Associates, live at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2004 in San Francisco about Linux's remarkable rise and rise and his company's highly active global role in the unfolding open source story, he was his usual ebullient self. Among other issues Greenblatt talked about Ingres: "We just raised the bar in the open source community, by taking the strongest database and putting it back into open source." There are 22,000 Ingres users today, he adds, some of them in the largest organizations in the world. For companies, "Live Open Source...or Die" ought to be their motto, he says. Click here to listen [interview in MP3 format] ... (more)

The i-Technology Right Stuff

Related Links: Wanted: 19 More of the Top Software People in the World Sung and Unsung i-Technology Heroes Who's Missing from SYS-CON's i-Technology Top Twenty?" Our search for the Twenty Top Software People in the World is nearing completion. In the SYS-CON tradition of empowering readers, we are leaving the final "cut" to you, so here are the top 40 nominations in alphabetical order. Our aim this time round is to whittle this 40 down to our final twenty, not (yet) to arrange those twenty in any order of preference. All you need to do to vote is to go to the Further Details page of any nominee you'd like to see end up in the top half of the poll when we close voting on Christmas Eve, December 24, and cast your vote or votes. To access the Further Details of each nominee just click on their name. Happy voting!   In alphabetical order the nominees are:   Tim Berner... (more)

Why People Like Open Source Software

I like quotes by great minds. Here's my favorite quote by Henry Ford: If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right. Some of these chapters of our upcoming O'Reilly book "Enterprise Development with Flex" had opening software-related quotes.  Our editor suggested that for consistency,  it should be done in every chapter, which makes sense. Chapter 6 of the book is titled "Open Source Networking Solutions", which begs for a specific quote on  open source software, but I'm not aware of any pundit who said something short and catchy in this field. Hence I decided that I might as well come up with a quote myself. In less than three minutes I gave birth to this one: 99% of the people who reject using the software until it gets open sourced, neither plan nor will look at its source code. If you know of any better  on open source software, please ... (more)

Practical Approaches for Optimizing Website Performance

Optimizing website performance is a challenging task. Websites are composed of many moving parts - both on the client and on the server - and optimizing performance requires a multi-faceted approach that addresses potential problems in all moving parts. Performance bottlenecks are caused by an array of problems, from browser mechanics to server configuration, and a clear understanding of how to address these problems will provide AJAX ASP.NET developers with the tools necessary to make any website faster. What Does It Mean to Optimize Performance? Before any discussion about improving website performance begins, it's very important to ensure a clear understanding of what "performance" means in this context. With websites in particular, it's easy to confuse the terms "performance" and "scale." Both are important, but each focuses on a separate aspect of building a hig... (more)

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