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Recently SkySQL announced itself to the world with its focus being on former Sun MySQL customers. This comes in the aftermath of Sun being bought by Oracle and the subsequent departures of former Sun executives and engineers before and after the purchase. I recently had a chance to talk with Ulf Sandberg the new CEO of SkySQL for a few minutes.

Q: It looks to me that most, if not all of the original architects of MySQL are either invested in or an active part of SkySQL.

A: Yes, both co-founders and OnCorps as well as Open Ocean Capital, which is comprised of some of the founders of and investors in MySQL Ab as well. – OnCorps being major investor, they wanted the most for their money and they will be involved in keeping us focused on sales and revenue. Bob Suh, CEO and Founder of OnCorps who used to be at accenture wanted to be in on it. We have almost all of the core developers and support team and we are selling that to our prospective customers. Knowing that most of the people you used to get support and service from are here at SkySQL makes it a much easier choice for them.

Q: I take it you are actively selling your services to all your old customers at Sun and MySQL then, how is that going?

A: “We’re back”, we are telling people that MySQL took a break but now we’re up and running again. To our customers, they have an alternative for pricing and services as compared to Oracle and can decide for themselves what is best. I think everyone can see what is going on with Oracle and with us in the market now they have a choice as to who they want to get their support and services from going into the future.

Q: So having already done business with them as Sun they were familiar with you and you philosophy correct?

A: The ecosystem and partners want to talk to people they know, along with the commitment to open source and keeping the code open. Most companies do not want to be hostage to one vendor, especially one that charges a lot for their products and service. They now have an alternative in SkySQL and we have already received a number of requests from companies that would rather be with the original MySQL team and our reasonable pricing model and not hand cuffed by Oracle. They also do not trust that Oracle will supoort open source and MySQL down the road but will try to upsell them as soon as they can to more expensive but typically not needed product.

Q: It seems obvious that the takeover of Sun by Oracle lit a fire to make this happen. A lot of people think it was Oracle’s attitude towards the developers that did it, MySQL started bleeding execs and devs even before the sale to Oracle was official.

A: We saw what was going on and decided it was best to go in another direction. The deal took a long time to close and some MySQL folks were already leaving prior to completion. We did expect Oracle to continue with the acquisition, similar to what they have done to other companies they bought. They have no prior experience of open source nor interest as evident from how OpenSolaris, OpenOffice and as of lately Java has been managed by Oracle.

Q: Is Oracle really committed to MySQL?

A: Depends on who you ask, they are really focused on sales..

Q: Isn’t the writing on wall for MySQL?

A: Sun had soft gloves, maybe too soft. Oracle is much more about “Here is what you are going to do and how your going to do it.” and it just is not how we feel it should be done. How could Oracle balance both their enterprise database offerings which are very expensive with the popular MySQL database in their accounts? Their sales people just don’t want MySQL in their accounts and become a threat to their high price. They might say they are supporting MySQL externally but in reality, there is such an internal conflict that it likely can not happen.

After reading this article by Henrik Ingo and talking to Ulf I think that there is more than enough room in the ‘MySQL” world for SkySQL to not only survive, but thrive as well. If there is one thing I have learned it is that there is a ton of talented people who can code SQL and if you can find and keep them, you’re going to be alright.


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2009’s 10 Worst Linux Distributions: Any list of best or worst will have its opponents and proponents and I foresee that this list of worst Linux distributions will be no different. There were, at last count, almost 300 Linux distributions and they all can’t be great. But, this list of Linux distributions are, in my opinion, the worst of the lot. Beginning with the least offensive at number 10 to the least desirable at number 1, this list is a compilation of my opinions and experiences with various distributions over the past 15 years but only current distributions are included.

Another Linux Myth Killed In Broad Daylight: Now Mepis doesn’t present Network Manager on first boot. Warren has devised a pretty cool Network connection utility in Mepis so I followed the bread crumbs to the menu link and opened it. I configured the settings with a couple clicks and then started Network Manager. We were in like Flynn…pulling a fluctuating 61-73 percent signal strength for the next three hours. I couldn’t buy a wireless signal from the Windows machine.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Five Great Linux Distributions That Did Not Survive: If you looked at DistroWatch for a typical day five or six years ago you’d see a lot of familiar Linux distributions with announcements. You also would likely see some names that would be unfamiliar if you are relatively new to Linux. Currently the DistroWatch database contains 278 discontinued distributions and 36 more that are listed as dormant. Of these 314 distributions and countless others that never were listed on DistroWatch at all there are many which are probably best forgotten. There are others which were promising but for one reason or another were abandoned. A smaller number were truly exceptional but still failed to survive. This week I decided to wax nostalgic and look at five that seemed special to me at one time or another. Obviously this list is based on my personal experience. If you’ve been around Linux for a long time you might have a list of your own.

What Chrome OS has on Windows that Linux doesn’t: Google’s Chrome OS isn’t the first operating system to challenge Microsoft Windows’ commanding lead. But it’s got an advantage that other rivals such as Linux lacked: the Web. Any new operating system must attract the developers who produce the applications to make it useful. The trouble Windows challengers have had is matching the wide spectrum of software available for Windows already.

When Zeal Becomes Zealotry: A Tawdry Tale: I love zeal. Zeal is enthusiasm, it’s zest, it’s drive, it’s initiative. Zeal builds communities. Unfortunately, in some individuals, zeal turns to zealotry, and zealotry does just the opposite. This a long posting, but it provides an excellent example of what I’m talking about, and I hope you’ll take the time to read it.

The Fastest Linux Boot Yet? 1 second: The race for the fastest Linux boot has been going on for about a year at this point and now we’ve got a new winner. Embedded Linux vendor MontaVista today is announcing the demonstration of a 1 second Linux boot. In contrast the fastest production Linux releases today are in the 20-25 second range. To be fair, MontaVista’s Linux with the 1 second boot is embedded and designed specifically for the Freescale Semiconductor MPC5121e hardware built on Power Architecture technology. That’s not to say they can’t get the same performance on other architectures, it’s that is the hardware on which the first 1 second boot is being demonstrated.

File System Evangelist and Thought Leader: An Interview with Valerie Aurora: Being a special unique snowflake, I work part-time for Red Hat as a file systems developer and part-time as a science writer and Linux consultant. I love having more than one job; boredom is my greatest enemy and switching gears every week keeps me interested and entertained.

Google quietly releases open-source NX server: Amid the fanfare of last week’s Chrome OS announcement, Google quietly released an open-source NX server, dubbed Neatx, for remote desktop display. NX technology was developed by NoMachine to handle remote X Window connections and make a graphical desktop display usable over the Internet. By its own admission, Google has been looking at remote desktop technologies for “quite a while” and decided to develop Neatx because existing NX server products are either proprietary or difficult to maintain.

All About Google’s ChromeOS, by the Pundit Savant: Emery Fletcher knows just as much about Google’s ChromeOS, the reigning champion of blogware, as any other commentator in the whole world, and generously shares his baseless insightful insights with a grateful audience.

Why GNOME Do Is Built With C#: With all the recent heat generated about Mono and the C# language, it only seems appropriate to take a look at the issue from a programmer’s perspective. David Siegel talks about how he came to choose C# for writing GNOME Do.

OpenSuSE, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva Benchmarks: With it being a while since we last compared many Linux distributions when it comes to their measurable desktop performance, we decided to run a new round of tests atop four of the most popular Linux distributions: OpenSuSE, Ubuntu, Fedora, and Mandriva. To see where these Linux distributions are at, we used their latest development releases and then performed all package updates as of 2009-07-15. Following that, we ran an arsenal of tests using the Phoronix Test Suite. Here are the results.

Linux Sucks: Linux is gaining momentum and people are starting to switch over to this computer operating system. I have been using GNU/Linux for years and would like to warn you about it. My consciousness wouldn’t allow me not to speak out about the OS. Linux is a free operating system that anyone can download and use.

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In this week’s LXer Weekly Roundup DeviceGuru talks about how Lenny brightened up an old laptop, Linux has a marketing problem, how RMS may be looking at the internet the wrong way, Microsoft sues TomTom and all the rest of the previous week’s big stories.

To start off this week’s Roundup DeviceGuru talks about how Lenny brightened up an old laptop, Linux Loop thinks Linux has a marketing problem and in some filesystem news M.Tim Jones of IBM/developerWorks takes a look at the anatomy of ext4 and Phoronix asks when will Tux3 enter the mainline Kernel?.

In an opinion piece submitted to LXer written by James Cook, he states his case for How RMS May Be Looking The Wrong Way At The Internet and in what may be the greenest computer I have yet seen, Marvell has introduced their fully functional 5 watt Linux server. You gotta admit, 5 watts is pretty darn low on the power consumption whether it can do all the things you want a server to do or not.

Well, to say the least Microsoft was busy this week. On top of laying off employees and then asking for severance money back from those very same people to losing $435 Million in the netbook market in 2008, and Steve Ballmer’s admission that Linux is a bigger competitor than Apple, they decided to sue TomTom over Linux Kernel implementations of several of their FAT32 patents all the while Groklaw asking us to think “Think Bilski” about it.

To wrap things up, the Microsoft vs.TomTom story get its fair share of sensational titles and supposedly Mark Shuttleworth says Linux is a joke, why do I get the feeling that he was taken out of context? 😉

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At the beginning of the week Debian went into a deep freeze until their announced release date for Lenny on Valentine’s Day. A group of developers have brought the dark horse of file managers Midnight Commander back from a deep sleep. Jimf exposed me to midnight commander, it was way over my head at the time and in a related article Carla Schroder says you “You Get What You Pay For” that talks about projects having a hard time making ends meet. Both of which I will be talking about again soon..

Ever since KDE 4 came out it has taken a lot, and I mean a lot of heat. Not all of it undeserved but still. The story seems to be changing tune however with the latest 4.2 update. Because when you can get Glyn Moody to ask himself if Linus jumped too soon in regards Linus’s recent admission that he has switched to Gnome from KDE and get Bruce Byfield to say the wow factor has returned, you can’t be doing too bad. A story sparked a debate in the forums about the merits of making KDE work on windows and challenging Microsoft on its own turf, and whether it is a wasted effort.

Here is something I was totally unaware of, apparently Windows 7 “Starter” which will be the one of the so far announced 6 versions of Windows 7 that will be aimed at the netbook market will only be able to run three programs at a time. Only three? Really? Why? Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. I don’t mind though, I’m glad to watch. And an article that hit our newswire that spawned an online documentation project at thetuxproject.com

A recent article on the ascendant state of the WINE Project by Thomas Wickline got me to confess to how much, I have not used it. It got me thinking about it and I thought I would post this great article I found on LWN called “Common Wine Myths” Also, Tech Republic has a list of 10 obscure Linux applications you need to try that seems to have perked some interest.

I interview Jesse Trucks of LOPSA and share my opinion on “The Death of the Newspaper” and to wrap things up I have a nice piece of non-research enititled Netbook Linux at a Crossroads and Ken Hess asks “Are You Smart Enough To Use Linux?” Great way to alienate prospective Linux users Ken, telling them that Linux is really complicated and that they are probably too stupid to use it makes me ask, are you a Linux advocate, Windows advocate or just trolling?

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I interview Jesse Trucks a Director of LOPSA, who along with Chris St. Pierre will be teaching several classes guaranteed to make you a better System Admin at their SCALE University for the second year in a row at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) 20th to 22nd of February in Los Angeles.

I interview Jesse Trucks a Director of LOPSA, who along with Chris St. Pierre will be teaching several classes guaranteed to make you a better System Admin at their SCALE University for the second year in a row at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) this February 20th to 22nd in Los Angeles.

For those who may not have heard, just what is LOPSA?

The League of Professional System Administrators (LOPSA) was formed in 2005 after the originally elected members of the Board. For details about how that all came about, there is a detailed history on the lopsa.org site, as well as information in meeting minutes going back to that era. The brief version is that the people who used to be involved in managing SAGE, which was an organization within Usenix. SAGE’s exact status within the Usenix organization has changed over the years, so please refer to Usenix’s site for details and background on SAGE.

They decided they wanted to provide certain services and benefits that were not in line with Usenix’s mission and goals. Those people then formed LOPSA to serve the system administration community in the ways they thought were the most needed. LOPSA’s mission (quoted directly from the web site at https://lopsa.org/AboutLOPSA) is: “…to advance the practice of system administration; to support, recognize, educate, and encourage its practitioners; and to serve the public through education and outreach on system administration issues.”

LOPSA is a nonprofit organization incorporated as a 501(c)(3) corporation in the United States, but we are an international organization with members spanning the entire globe. We strive to bring awareness of the importance and professional nature of system administration work to people both in our field and those that work with system administrators – which is, essentially, everyone that works in an office or near automated equipment or computerized systems. We are a professional association for system administrators; much like the AMA for doctors (but without the licensing aspects – it’s just a roughly similar analogy).

Could you give our readers a little background on you and your involvement with LOPSA.

I currently live in south-central Wisconsin, in the United States, on a small hobby farm with about 30 animals and my wife, who is a professor, journalist, writer, and web designer. I’ve been working as a system administrator for about 12 years in a variety of situations. I do some consulting for small projects – usually cleaning up after a security breach or catastrophic failure of some sort for small or mid-size organizations. I’ve worked with many OS and hardware platforms including, but not limited to, Windows, Solaris, MacOS, HP-UX, and a number of Linux and BSD distributions.

A number of years ago I was attending a local group meeting of system admins, and when LOPSA was just being founded and David Parter recruited me to help out. I started by hosting the elections for what became the first LOPSA Board of Directors, then was recruited to the LOPSA Tech Team, which handles all the technical infrastructure required to support LOPSA and its programs. I was asked by the Board to help plan a two-day training event back in 2006, so I joined what would later be named the LOPSA Education Committee. The Education Committee talked me into doing all four class slots for the inaugural LOPSA Sysadmin Days training event in Phoenix – a performance I repeated at the second LOPSA Sysadmin Days the following year in New Jersey.

In between the two events the LOPSA Leadership Committee asked me to run for the LOPSA Board elections for the 2007 – 2009 term. I got on the ballot and won a seat on the Board, and now it’s nearly election time again for the next two year term. As a member of the LOPSA Board, I have championed a number of advances in our technical infrastructure, and we are in the process of planning a major overhaul of the lopsa.org web site. I am dedicated to spreading the word about LOPSA, and I am trying to increase our membership, which will increase the quality and quantity of tangible member benefits as well because we will be more attractive to sponsors and partners for events as we grow.

What will be the subjects of the classes being given at SCALE?

We are teaching four classes at SCALE. Chris St. Pierre is teaching a course on documentation for system administrators on how SAs can create effective documentation without spending all their time doing it and a brand new course on Fedora Directory Server (FDS) that I wish I could attend myself. Chris gets great reviews for his teaching and he’s a great communicator. His classes are filled with useful information delivered with great humor and he makes it fun for topics that would normally be dry and tedious.

I am teaching a very popular course on disaster recovery, which has been on the roster for nearly every event I’ve taught at and a reprise of my virtualized storage course from the Ohio Linux Festival in 2007. Both classes are for covering the basic concepts and implementation for the topic at hand.

The DR course, for instance, talks about the definitions of disasters and disaster recovery, and goes into how to think through risk analysis and disaster recovery plans as part of business continuity. It doesn’t matter what size your operation is, the class will get you started on a disaster strategy immediately. It’s a fun class because everyone’s operation is different, and we all learn from one another’s perspective on how to approach a particular risk profile.

The storage class is great because it really gets into the meat of how virtualized storage works conceptually and in practical implementation. It is littered with examples of how to implement something for a real world solution. Again, the course is about teaching the foundation and basic skills for people to take back to the office and make a real world difference immediately.

So I take it SCALE isn’t the only Expo that LOPSA does this?

No, LOPSA has done two of its own training events called Sysadmin Days in 2006 and 2007, and we’ve been at the Ohio Linux Festival (OLF) two years in a row and we did SCALE last year too. David Parter and I taught a two day System Administration Master Class at last year’s Yet Another Perl Conference North America (YAPC::NA) in Chicago, which was a lot of fun. We’ve had a booth presence in a few other places, including a small Microsoft Windows platform conference in the New England states region called TECHbash.

We plan on expanding our program slowly over time to include more of these one or two day training events, mostly partnered with other conferences. Working with groups like OLF and SCALE has been very rewarding as they are great conferences run by dedicated and smart people. I missed SCALE last year and I very much look forward to being there this year.

The Chairman of my local Linux User Group called PLUG, pardon the blatant plug (and my world class pun) Hans is a LOPSA member as well, with you in Wisconsin and he in Arizona for an example, how do you keep an organization that is international in size from grinding to a halt or splintering into a thousand pieces?

We make heavy use of mailing lists and IRC channels for various projects and committees. The Technical Services Committee Tech Team, Education Committee, Board of Directors, and some other projects all have their own mailing list and secured IRC channel for the committee or project team members. Also, we utilize 37 signals Basecamp service for project management, event scheduling, and work coordination. Some projects or committees, such as the Education Committee or Board of Directors have regularly scheduled meetings either in IRC or on conference calls, too. We have several wikis for tracking meeting minutes, documentation, or project data, but those aren’t used for every project or committee.

For those System Administrators out there who might want to join LOPSA, how would they?

Joining LOPSA is quite easy. Log into the LOPSA web site or register for a free web site account by visiting the registration page at https://lopsa.org/user/register, and then go to https://lopsa.org/joinup to become a LOPSA member. It’s that simple!

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This week’s Roundup starts off with Steven Rosenberg talking about his Thunderbird IMAP setup and why he wishes it was better at it. We have a couple of desktop related articles where Bruce Byfield gives us his Ideal Linux Desktop Setup and gHacks shows us how to shorten Linux boot time by going through what services you really need turned on.

It looks like the British Navy’s decision to ‘upgrade’ their ships to Windows has not gone as planned. One of their ships disabled because of a software virus. Our own Paul Ferris tells us how Belkin got caught paying people write positive reviews of their products or ‘Astroturfing’ as it is called. Paul goes into some of the social issues that are behind it. Matt Asay tells us about some of the events and people behind Microsoft’s anti-Linux campaign. Tomáš Kramár liked Enigma so much he decided to port it to Linux.

A longtime Windows user Preston Gralla tries to see if he can survive 2 weeks without Windows and then he interviews Linux founder Linus Torvalds where we find out he has recently switched from KDE to GNOME. Blair Mathis gives us his list of the Top 50 most popular Linux Programs.

To close things out we have a couple of articles by Carla Schroder that speak to ongoing issues in the world of Linux Journalism. It has been revealed time and again that most of the people who are paid to write about Linux and Open Source have never actually used it, which explains the ‘quality’ of their writing. Carla hits the nail on the head in her article “Careers In Linux Journalism– No Knowledge Required!” and then she asks why hypothetical Linux users are always portrayed as idiots and why “Joe Sixpack Must Die“.

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In this week’s Roundup we have a slew of articles about Ubuntu and Canonical, Linus learns to take personally, our own Sander Marechal reports on T-DOSE 2008, PC makers move closer to a post-Windows world and Carla Schroder asks if Linux does enough for small business.

Features I’d Like to See in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope): It is very frustrating when you don’t know every programming language (I’m a PHP guy). There are so many things I’d like to change in Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (it is still a great Linux OS), but don’t have the time/knowledge to do. I am very active in promotion, but maybe someone who knows his stuff will read this list of ideas for inspiration.

Four layout extensions for OpenOffice.org Writer: OpenOffice.org Writer is as much a desktop publishing program as a word processor. That fact, however, has yet to have much influence on the extensions created for Writer — perhaps because most users prefer manual formatting to organizing themselves with page styles, templates, and other elements of document design. Still, extensions for layout are starting to appear, as demonstrated by four extensions that help you automate layout: Alba, which manages page orientation; Pagination and Pager, which manage page numbering; and Template Changer, which allows you to change the template, and therefore the entire layout of documents, on the fly. And all but one of these extensions use styles and templates, the way that OpenOffice.org is built to work, which means that they are highly stable.

Is It Worth Sacrificing $300 Million to Go Open Source?: What does it take for an established “closed” vendor to shift midcourse and adopt an open-source model? Well in the case of Nokia and its pending acquisition of smart phone operating system maker Symbian, the cost may be $300 million a year. That’s how much Symbian earned in royalties last year from sales of its Symbian OS to handset manufacturers, said Nigel Clifford, CEO of Symbian, who spoke at the Symbian Smartphone Show here on Oct. 21.

Ubuntu 7.04 to 8.10 Benchmarks: Is Ubuntu Getting Slower?: With the release of Ubuntu 8.10 coming out later this week we decided to use this opportunity to explore how the performance of this desktop Linux operating system has evolved over the past few releases. We performed clean installations of Ubuntu 7.04, Ubuntu 7.10, Ubuntu 8.04, and Ubuntu 8.10 on a Lenovo ThinkPad T60 notebook and used the Phoronix Test Suite to run 35 tests on each release that covered nine different areas of the system. After spending well more than 100 hours running these tests, the results are now available and our findings may very well surprise you.

Desktop data management needs re-think, says Shuttleworth: Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth says that the PC desktop is facing a new revolution in the way that information is managed and that he hopes that free software will lead the way. In a recent posting on his blog Shuttleworth says that “there’s a revolution coming as we throw out the old ‘files and folders’ metaphor and leap to something new, and it would be phenomenal if free software were leading the way.”

Canonical is not cash flow positive: Ubuntu Founder Mark Shuttleworth admitted today his company is not cash flow positive. That’s despite the fact that Chris Kenyon, director of business development at Canonical told me that Canonical has 8 million users and growing revenues. On a conference call with press and analysts today, Shuttleworth said some really amazing things about his business and it’s lack of currently profitability and his view that the money isn’t on the Linux desktop.

Linux Reaches Out To Portland – Lindependence 2008: o…what happened. Initially we were swamped. People came through the door and converged on the rooms. In fact, it took most of the volunteers by surprise. Quickly adjusting, we were able to answer the many questions thrown at us and gladly demonstrated, and in many cases installed Linux on the spot. There are lessons for US to learn however…

5 Simple APT Tricks for Debian and Ubuntu: Here are five simple tricks for APT, the Advanced Packaging Tool used on Debian and Debian-based distributions like Ubuntu.

Torvalds: Real quality means taking it personally: The Linux Foundation (LF) has posted a ten-minute video interview with kernel coordinator Linus Torvalds. Held during the Linux Foundation’s recent Linux Kernel Summit, the interview reveals the Linux founder speaking out on issues ranging from kernel/userland interactions to why Linux has so many interfaces.

The netbook newbie’s guide to Linux: This is a series about the Linux OS on netbooks, but we need to remind ourselves that these devices aren’t personal computers. The personal computer is a machine you work on. Netbooks are essentially machines you work through, out into the Cloud. It shouldn’t matter what the operating system is. Or the hardware. Ideally, all your apps and your data are ‘out there’ in the Cloud, independent of any hardware or software you might use to access them. But design goals seldom accurately second guess the actual use to which things like these are put. We are treating these netbooks as low-cost PC – we are messing with the operating system and expecting to tailor them to our individual requirements.

50+ Resources For Your Linux Setup/Desktop/Machine/Brain: I’d like to show you some of the links I gathered in the past to make my Linux Desktop look Cooler. And by Jean-Luc Picard, what a wondrous list it is! There are also short description, where deemed necessary. My favorites are in bold letters.

T-DOSE 2008 Review: This year was the third installment of the Technical Dutch Open Source Event (T-DOSE). Just as last year it was held at the Fontys University of Applied Science in Eindhoven. Speakers included Arnoud Engelfriet (European patent attorney) and Ywein van den Brande on GPLv3 compliance, Roy Scholten (Drupal), Bas de Lange (Syllable), Jean-Paul Saman (VideoLan), Jörn Engel (logfs), Bert Boerland (Drupal), Tim Hemel (TMTTD) and many, many other speakers. Unfortunately your editor was only able to attend on Sunday, but the talks were great.

PC makers move closer to a post-Windows world: In January, Hewlett-Packard will introduce a glossy black mini-laptop at retail for a mere $379. When it does, it will become the first major computer maker this decade (besides Apple, of course) to push a non-Windows PC in stores. This Linux-based version of the HP Mini 1000 will not slay Microsoft (MSFT) Windows. But it will add to a growing sense that the iconic operating system’s best days are behind it.

Tutorial: Graphical Remote Control Desktops for Linux: A. Lizard takes us on a tour of secure remote graphical Linux administration over the Internet; through firewalls, routers, dynamic home IP addresses, Wake-on-LAN, and other perils. We will learn how to securely administer both Linux and Windows remotely. The journey begins with today’s part 1 of three parts.

Keep Tab On Home Security With A Webcam And Twitter: Worried about someone breaking into your house in your absence? Or just need to keep a tab on who enters your room while you are away? Well, all you need is a webcam, a linux PC/laptop and a twitter account. And you are set for real time updates through twitter about all that goes on at your abode behind your back (can even receive a text message/sms on your phone). Keep reading for the very simple setup you need.

Ubuntu Brings the BBC to Linux: You might the recall the ongoing uproar over the BBC’s dissing of its non-Windows-using viewers, its defective math on how many Linux users were among their viewers, the nasty DRM-encumbered iPlayer, and their general bad attitude about being willing to buy into DRM-restricted streaming media, even though they are a publicly-funded broadcaster…But thanks to FOSS (as always) there is a silver ray in the gloom– Ubuntu 8.10 includes the Totem BBC Plugin.

Does Linux Deliver For Small Businesses?: The answer is Yes, it does, though with some qualifications. The short answer: it’s all in the implementation. The long answer starts with taking a look at Canonical’s successes in opening new doors for Linux deployments.

Features I Love on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex: I love using some the newer features on the Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex desktop. Guest session, wireless detection, improved assisted technologies, create encrypted folders, tabbed file browsing, cruft remover and more.

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