The Latest

Wiggly Windows

I love Compiz. I won't lie to you. Sometimes, however, I worry that it's making me a dumber employee. Sure, my coworkers may play their Windows Solitaire for hours on end, but I just grab my browser window and shake it like a dog to watch it jiggle. And I like it. more>>

Linux Gas Pump Prints Google Maps

In further proof that you can never escape Google or interactive marketing, Gilbarco Veeder-Root announced Google support for its Encore gas pump's interactive displays. Gilbarco's Linux-based Applause media system now offers printable Google local business search, maps, driving directions, and coupons. More.

BusyBox Busy With Two New Suits

The developers of BusyBox made history a month ago with the settlement of the first lawsuit ever filed over violation of the GNU General Public License. Now it's making history again, with two more GPL suits. more>>

What Does "IP" Really Mean?

For readers of Linux Journal, "IP" almost certainly refers to the Internet Protocol, part of the TCP/IP suite that underpins the Internet. But to most people, if it means anything, "IP" refers to something known as "intellectual property". This widespread recognition is rather curious, because "intellectual property" does not exist. more>>

Linus On Where Linux Is Going

If you've been wondering where Linux — the kernel, that is — will be going next, Linux's developer-in-chief Linus Torvalds is ready to clue you in. more>>

Let's keep photography and mapping mashable

Many people have suggested that I submit some of my many aerial photos to Google Earth. I'd love to do that, but after looking at the instructions for adding photos, especially the "acceptance policy", I have to wonder if it's worth the effort, or even the Right Thing To Do. more>>

FSF Releases GNU License

The Free Software Foundation has released Version 3 of the last of it's free software licenses to be updated — the GNU Affero General Public License or GAGPL — aimed at network software and web applications. more>>

KDE 4.0 Hits Release Candidate

The first Release Candidate for the much-anticipated KDE version 4.0 was released on Tuesday to great fanfare from the KDE community. more>>

SCO Won't Be Letting Go, Oh No No

Last month we brought you the astonishing news that someone actually wanted to by SCO, the now-bankrupt perennial thorn-in-the-side of the Linux community. As of today, the joke is — again — on them, as they've had to hightail it in reverse with their tail between their legs. more>>

Welcome To Gran Paradiso, Early-birds

Early-bird specials are a good thing, and Mozilla is offering one up just in time for Thanksgiving: The first beta release of Firefox 3 a.k.a. Grand Paradiso. more>>

The Latest From Apple: iSnoop?

Apple has been riding a wave of good publicity recently, stretching from the release of the much-anticipated iPhone through to last month's debut of Leopard, the latest installment of Mac OS X. But the happy times may be headed for a dip after questions arose about whether Apple is using it's technology to spy on users. more>>

Google Looking To Dial Skype's Number?

We all know that eBay picked up Skype in 2005 for about $2.6 billion, and just about everybody thinks it was a mistake. Now the rumor mill is alive and running with — what else? — rumors that Google wants to take it off eBay's hands. more>>

Some Linux Audio Updates And Expansions

In this week's article I'll bring you up-to-date on what's happening with some of the many exciting developments in the world of Linux audio software, with recent news regarding the JOST plugin host, the Audacity soundfile editor, and the new LV2 native Linux plugin standard. more>>

Microsoft Deal Opens New Questions About Patents

A deal between Microsoft and Kyocera Mita, a Japanese printer manufacturer, has resulted in new questions about Microsoft's always-shaky claims of patent infringement. more>>

Firefox 3 Bruhaha Turns Blue

Firefox 3 has had it's share of troubles lately, and the most recent set — which included an article in Thursday's New York Times — took a turn for the R-rated yesterday as Mozilla's Director of Community Development described the claims in the Times article as "horseshit." more>>

Analysts Make Room For Linux Desktops

A new report on Windows Vista implementation has just been released, and analysts are interpreting it as giving a wide window for Linux in small businesses. more>>

Show us your Chumby

is a wireless Linux-based stuffed plush box that can do pretty much anything you can hack it to do. That was the promise when we wrote about it in the September issue of Linux Journal. Now it's also reality: Chumby is shipping. more>>

What could be better than advertising?

The Economist asks, Will Facebook, MySpace and other social-networking sites transform advertising? Good question, but it's the wrong one.

The right question is, Can we equip customers to become independent of sellers and their controlling intentions — Including the unwanted crap that constitutes far too much of the world's advertising? For the good of both sellers and buyers? more>>

Dell Goes Ubuntu, Again

Reports are starting to surface that Dell, which already offers Ubuntu pre-installed on it's desktop machines, will soon be certifying Ubuntu's server package for pre-installation on Dell servers. more>>

Sun Takes On Virtualisation In The Open

Sun Microsystems made the move into the virtualisation market Wednesday, with the announcement of Sun xVM, their new open source virtualisation platform. more>>

White Paper
Linux Management with Red Hat Satellite: Measuring Business Impact and ROI

Linux has become a key foundation for supporting today's rapidly growing IT environments. Linux is being used to deploy business applications and databases, trading on its reputation as a low-cost operating environment. For many IT organizations, Linux is a mainstay for deploying Web servers and has evolved from handling basic file, print, and utility workloads to running mission-critical applications and databases, physically, virtually, and in the cloud. As Linux grows in importance in terms of value to the business, managing Linux environments to high standards of service quality — availability, security, and performance — becomes an essential requirement for business success.

Learn More

Sponsored by Red Hat

White Paper
Private PaaS for the Agile Enterprise

If you already use virtualized infrastructure, you are well on your way to leveraging the power of the cloud. Virtualization offers the promise of limitless resources, but how do you manage that scalability when your DevOps team doesn’t scale? In today’s hypercompetitive markets, fast results can make a difference between leading the pack vs. obsolescence. Organizations need more benefits from cloud computing than just raw resources. They need agility, flexibility, convenience, ROI, and control.

Stackato private Platform-as-a-Service technology from ActiveState extends your private cloud infrastructure by creating a private PaaS to provide on-demand availability, flexibility, control, and ultimately, faster time-to-market for your enterprise.

Learn More

Sponsored by ActiveState