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Dee-Ann LeBlanc's classic Linux for Dummies takes the new user from the basics of the operating system through installing and using it. Now in its sixth edition, I talked to Dee-Ann about the book, her thoughts on the direction of Linux and how she manages to fit all of the work that she does into her busy schedule. A sixth edition of a book on a relatively "new" technology is quite an achievement. Are things really changing that quickly in the Linux market? As technology goes, they're changing quite rapidly, especially in the desktop space. As of the fourth edition I made an "executive decision" (with the support of my editors) to focus the book entirely on the desktop. In barely over 300 pages you just can't do justice to both desktop and server. As it is, it's difficult to do justice to the desktop! When people tell me they tried Linux on the desktop a year or two... (more)

The State of Linux: Review of 2003, Predictions for 2004

Well, it’s the end of the 2003 and the start of 2004, so I guess it’s time to do the traditional combination of a retrospective and a look forward. It’s been an eventful year in the Linux world, but probably not for all the reasons we’d all like. Undoubtedly it’s been yet another year of great advancements of Linux, particularly on the desktop, but the ongoing work on the server shouldn’t be ignored either. With tools like KDE, Gnome, OpenOffice and others maturing this year, there’s no doubt that people are beginning to notice Linux more as a potential replacement for Windows. In... (more)

Sun Fire V40z Server

With their Sun Fire V40z Server, Sun is moving into new realms in three different ways. First, it's a move onto a new hardware platform - namely the AMD Opteron CPU. Second, it's a move into the 64-bit arena on a platform other than their familiar UltraSPARC environment. Third is the adoption of a mainstream Linux distribution as a primary operating system choice. We tested a V40z with four Opteron 848 processors, each with 2GB (total of 8GB) and two 73GB Ultra320 SCSI drives. Designed for the Data CenterThe V40z is definitely designed for the data center. With 12 internal fans, t... (more)

From the Editors of Linux.SYS-CON.com

Related Links: From the Publisher of Linux Business Week Dear Linux.SYS-CON.com Readers, Publishing is a fickle business, and in today's world where your comments and responses can immediately be denounced and exposed, even more so. There has been a significant amount of discussion regarding recent Maureen O'Gara stories published in LinuxBusinessWeek regarding the SCO/IBM case. As we understand, as of today, she is standing by her story and actively seeking to unseal the court documents mentioned in her story. However Linux.SYS-CON.com and Linux Business Week are two separate publi... (more)

To Whom It May Concern

U R G E N T    A P P E A L Distributed Denial of Service Attacks against SCO, or anyone for that matter, are a clearly unacceptable activity. While many in the Open Source community are not pleased with SCO's lawsuit against IBM, or their proposed legal challenges aimed at Linux users, these DDoS attacks do not promote the Open Source cause, and are not consistent with Open Source values. The Open Source community is based on the notion that principals of free speech should be applied to software development. DDoS attacks clearly deny the victim the ability to communicate freely ... (more)