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"2004 will be the year of Linux," says Richard Seibt. As the former CEO of SuSE, now joining Novell to continue managing SUSE LINUX as President, he ought to know. "Novell's global sales and support channels provide tremendous new avenues to get Linux - and especially SUSE LINUX - to market," Seibt explains. "Leveraging open source in your enterprise just got a whole lot easier," he adds. In a statement made today, Novell reminded the world that there is another Linux show about to drop, in the form of a $50 million injection from IBM now that the SUSE acquisition is complete: the closing of the SUSE LINUX acquisition, the statement said, "fulfills conditions for the $50 million investment by IBM in Novell announced Nov. 4." "In addition," the statement continued, "the closing allows for completion of negotiations between Novell and IBM to extend the existing commerc... (more)

KDE GNU/Linux Desktop Continues Its Multilingual Rise

Although no one at LinuxWorld knew offhand how many Linux users exactly needed it to be translated into Upper Sorbian, a language spoken so far as we know only within the city of Bautzen in the southeastern-most part of Germany, the KDE GNU/Linux desktop has just released a maintenance release which adds, among other features, Arabic, Croatian, and Upper Sorbian language support - bringing the total number of KDE language versions up to 51. KDE, including all its libraries and its applications, is available for free under Open Source licenses and can be obtained in source and num... (more)

Linux Quote of the Week: From Linus Torvalds

Linus on Darl "If Darl McBride was in charge, he'd probably make marriage unconstitutional too, since clearly it de-emphasizes the commercial nature of normal human interaction and probably is a major impediment to the commercial growth of prostitution." ... (more)

Australian Linux Users Go On the Offensive vs SCO

“The OSV categorically believes that what SCO is trying to do is wrong, regardless of who is right or wrong between IBM and SCO,” says the Open Source Group Victoria (OSV), an Australian group determined not to take SCO's busines practices lying down. The OSV has accordingly made a complaint - its second - to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Here's how the action is reported at ARNnet: The initial complaint, made in July 2003, asked the ACCC to investigate SCO’s “unsubstantiated claims and extortive legal threats for money”. SCO maintains that some UNIX... (more)

Test SUSE LINUX 9.0 Without Installing It

The week's most useful address is arguably ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/live-eval-9.0 - this is how you can download it to a CD and start SUSE LINUX from there without changing the partioning of your hard disk before using it. Novell's hope is that allowing people to see the new functionalities and the look-and-feel of SUSE LINUX before installing it will help drive adoption. At the address above you can find the ISO of the so-called SUSE "Live Filesystem. Once written on a CD, says a note on the SUSE site, "It allows you to start SUSE LINUX from the CD, nevertheless with cer... (more)