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John C Dvorak's PC Magazine article called "How to Kill Linux," introduced the world to what he called "the lopped-off head approach" - the head being that of Linux, and the beheader being Microsoft. Dvorak's notion is that, since the key to competitive success is to gain dominant market share with a proprietary product, all Microsoft needs to neuter Linux is to usher "MS-Linux" into the world, then cut the driver layer out of Windows and attach it to Linux directly. "If Microsoft actually produced an MS-Linux that was the standard Linux attached to the driver layer of Windows, giving users full Plug and Play (PnP) support of all their peripherals, nobody would buy any other Linux on the market." With that one driver element proprietary, in Dvorak's view, the murder plan might succeed, with Microsoft taking its distribution of Linux and selling it as a "lopped-off h... (more)

The KDE Group Protests "GNOME-Only" Decision for UserLinux

$Revision: 1.26 $ We, the undersigned KDE and Debian developers, fans and users of both, present this strategic proposal for a closer collaboration between the UserLinux and KDE projects. It is our strong belief that we can provide the UserLinux effort with undeniable value and credibility through its endorsement and execution. This proposal outlines our desktop strategy for UserLinux, including but not limited to: KDE Core Enterprise Enhancements UserLinux Installer and System Tools FreeDesktop.org and GNOME/GTK+ Integration OpenOffice.org and Mozilla Integration UserLinux wil... (more)

"Thunder" - N. America's Fastest Linux Supercomputer

A Linux cluster deployed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and codenamed "Thunder" yesterday delivered 19.94 teraflops of sustained performance, making it the most powerful computer in North America - and the second fastest on Earth. The 4,096 Itanium 2 processor based cluster is the largest Itanium 2 processor deployment, as well as the largest implementation of Quadrics' low-latency QsNet(II) interconnect technology - technologies which, in combination, allow Thunder to achieve record cluster efficiency of 86.9%, an important metric in measuring cluster scalability. "T... (more)

Reader Feedback Special on James Turner's 'Is SCO Bad Not Just for Linux, But Also for America?'

LinuxWorld Magazine senior editor James Turner fluttered the dovecotes just a tad this week when he wrote an opinion piece here on LinuxWorld.com in which he detailed six reasons why he was “enraged” by the SCO Group’s latest actions in their campaign to derive revenue from their ownership of the various Unix / UnixWare patents they purchased from Novell when SCO was still called Caldera. Here’s a round-up of some of the most energetic and insightful feedback. . . Turner’s piece ended with a call to action. That resonated well with Don Whitbeck, who writes: “It appears to me tha... (more)

LinuxWorld San Francisco 2005: LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards Presented in SF

The winners of the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Awards - in 14 separate categories - were presented with their awards on Tuesday at the LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco, in a ceremony emceed by SYS-CON Media West Coast Bureau Chief Roger Strukhoff (pictured). The Product Excellence Awards, managed by the editors of LinuxWorld Magazine in close collaboration with the show's organisers IDG World Expo, recognize the best products and services showcased on the exhibit floor at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2005 in San Francisco. The winners were as follows: Best Security Solution: Asta... (more)