Perhaps Sen. John Edwards is right to claim there are two Americas – or maybe four or six would serve as a fairer assessment. As the final reckoning for many presidential hopefuls approaches – surely most of the contenders will be eliminated in the aftermath of Super Tuesday, early next month – we found no single candidate we could come to a consensus on to endorse. Some clearly are more aligned with the interests of the people and the nation than others, however, and it is these that we will highlight.
Hardly a week goes by that I don't hear from a friend or colleague with a monumental Windows problem. […] I tell them I'm glad to help, on one condition: Next time they buy a computer, they agree to consider a Macintosh.
Apple Computer has applied for a trademark for Rosetta, the translation technology that will act as a bridge as Apple moves to Intel chips beginning next year.
Bob Young is, arguably, one of the most influential figures in the development of Linux and open source. By co-founding Red Hat with Mark Ewing in 1993, Young helped turn Linux into a household name. After being involved with Red Hat for more than 12 years, Young recently stepped down from Red Hat's board of directors. We caught up with him to see what his plans are, and what his thoughts are on Red Hat and the future of open source.
The Ubuntu Below Zero conference is in full momentum this week and Kubuntu has been prominent throughout. In his opening remarks at the start of the conference Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth announced that he was now using Kubuntu on his desktop machine and said he wanted Kubuntu to move to a first class distribution within the Ubuntu community. The large number of Kubuntu users at the conference was evidence as the need for this. Free CDs for Kubuntu through shipit should be available for the next release if the planned Live CD Installer removes the need for a separate install CD.
Determined, marketing savvy, pushing the limits, glitzy. These are the kind of phrases that one thinks of when describing “in” companies that focus on consumers. While the types of actions that fit these labels originally made for controversy when applied to the GNU/Linux segment, Linspire plowed ahead on the new frontier of the GNU/Linux average user and is using its real world savvy to accomplish its single minded goal: desktop Linux for the rest of us. To find out more about this fascinating mover-and-shaker in the sector, OfB's Timothy R. Butler talked with Linspire's new CEO, Kevin Carmony, a few weeks ago about some of Linspire's choices and the future of GNU/Linux.
Atmel Corp. and Bionopoly LLC's FingerGear division on Monday introduced the Bio USB Flash Drive. The Flash-based thumbdrive storage device uses fingerprint recognition technology to secure data. It connects to the computer using USB 2.0. The Bio USB Flash Drive is available initially in 256MB capacities for US$149.
Intuit has released Quicken 2006, which includes such new features as a Smart Payee feature, scheduled transactions and .Mac backup.
GNOME 2.12 will be released to the world on September 7th, 2005, culminating 6 months of very exciting work by members of the project. A number of exciting technologies come together in GNOME 2.12 that will set the standard for free software desktops to come. Here is a sample (by no means an exhaustive list) of some of the outstanding work that has gone into GNOME thanks to its many contributors.
Firefox, the popular open-source Web browser, is continuing to gain users even as its management structure evolves and it resets its plans for its next update.