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Hoping to cash in on a pre-Christmas buying spree, perhaps, MandrakeSoft just created MandrakeMove - with a beta currently downloadable. There will be a bootable CD of the product, which is based on Mandrake Linux 9.2, "provides a complete personal desktop operating system," says MandrakeSoft in its announcement. The idea, in other words, is that there's no need to install a Linux system to have a full-featured desktop. "Just place MandrakeMove live CD into a CD-ROM drive, boot from the disc," gushes the company's Web site, "then watch an entire Mandrake system run 'on the fly' from the CD-ROM. As a unique added feature, the MandrakeMove CD-ROM may be ejected to access content from another CD." Personal data and configuration settings may be stored on a dedicated USB Key, the company notes, but only in the "Boxed Edition" that they are hoping will lie in Christmas st... (more)

Ray Lane Enumerates "Top Six CIO Objections" to Enterprise Linux

Read Netscape Co-Founder's 12 Reasons for Growth of Open Source Here are the 6 reasons that Lane identified, as itemized in his Open Source Business Conference 2004 keynote in San Francisco last week: Lack of formal support Velocity of change Lack of roadmap Functional gaps Licensing caveats ISV endorsements Lane gleaned the six objections from interviews with "a few dozen" CIOs at Fortune 500 companies. Before joining KPCB, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Oracle, and led Oracle's business expansion beyond its core database technology into enterprise applications... (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)

John C. Dvorak's Microsoft Murder Plot: "How to Kill Linux"

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, g... (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)