Articles by Timothy R. Butler

Timothy R. Butler is Editor-in-Chief of Open for Business. He also serves as a pastor at Little Hills Church and FaithTree Christian Fellowship.

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Desktop Linux Event Continues to Lose Support

By Timothy R. Butler | Jan 30, 2003 at 2:41 PM

Lycoris, the producers of the popular Desktop/LX GNU/Linux distribution announced today that they were withdrawing from the first annual Desktop Linux Summit, of which they were scheduled to take part. The move echoes those made by Hewlett-Packard and earlier this month.

UPDATE (2003/01/30 16:25 EST): LinuxToday has published an open letter to from the Linux Show. A link has been added below.

Free seminar 1/28: The Role of Product Marketing in an Open Source World

By Timothy R. Butler | Jan 26, 2003 at 2:00 PM

Scott Allen wrote in to let us know about an interesting sounding web cast that he will be presenting on Tuesday. Details follow below.

Knee-Jerk Reactions in A Penguin World

By Timothy R. Butler | Jan 25, 2003 at 11:49 PM

In our on-going GNU/Linux review series, we have received much criticism from loyal users of the various distributions we have covered. Timothy R. Butler notes that many of the issued raised by those who commented on the series were cases of knee-jerk reaction and ponders how such reactions impact the community at large and its appearance to outsiders.

Red Hat Slips off a Curve

By Timothy R. Butler | Jan 22, 2003 at 6:55 PM

In the third part of our Penguin Shootout series, Timothy R. Butler considers the latest distribution from the best-known name in the sector - Red Hat. With its much hyped and attacked BlueCurve interface and various other improvements, will 8 be the Shadowman's ticket to victory in our challenge? Read on to find out.

Desktop Dreams in the Wake of MandrakeSoft's Bankruptcy

By Timothy R. Butler | Jan 15, 2003 at 11:14 PM
Linux's dreams for the desktop died today with Mandrake's bankruptcy filling. Yes, it was a worthy cause, and we fought hard, but now it is time to admit it -- it is over. No more. Finished. Done. Kaput. GNU/Linux's true place is on the server, and its time for everyone to recognize that. Is everyone with me?

MandrakeSoft Files for Bankruptcy Protection

By Timothy R. Butler | Jan 15, 2003 at 12:48 PM
MandrakeSoft, the developer of the popular Mandrake Linux distribution, declared bankruptcy in France today. The filling, which the company says is "similar to the U.S. Chapter 11-Reorganization," is hoped to help the company escape the financial issues that have plagued the company over the past few years.

Editor's Note: Several people have suggested that this article gives the impression that MandrakeSoft has gone out of business. This is definitely not the case. The company is hoping to use these proceedings to escape various debts so that it can continue operations.

New GNU/Linux Distribution Appears from Red Hat Veteran

By Timothy R. Butler | Jan 12, 2003 at 12:09 AM

Former Red Hat employee Bernhard “Bero” Rosenkraenzer has resurfaced, after leaving Red Hat last fall, with a brand new GNU/Linux distribution meant for the average user. According to the distribution's web site, “The Ark Linux distribution is based primarily upon a Red Hat Linux 7.3 / 8.0 foundation. On top of this, we have added a new easy-to-use installer (an Ark Linux installation is only four mouse clicks away!) and extensively tailored the software applications and utilities included - all in an effort to ensure that Ark Linux provides superior ease-of-use and the features and functionality end users have told us they want.”

The State of GNU/Linux in 2002: It was Good.

By Timothy R. Butler | Dec 31, 2002 at 8:55 PM

This year has proven most interesting for GNU/Linux. While there were not any amazing surprises, there were numerous events that are noteworthy for review. The upshot to all of this is that most of what happened was good overall for the Free Software community.

MandrakeSoft Faces Short-Term Cash Crunch

By Timothy R. Butler | Dec 20, 2002 at 12:04 PM

Less than a week before Christmas, MandrakeSoft has been forced to issue a second urgent call for support from users. Apparently, while the long-term outlook looks good for the company, the short-term is not quite as bright. The company has urged those enjoying Free copies of Mandrake Linux to consider supporting the company's efforts by joining the MandrakeClub or purchasing a products from MandrakeStore.

Showdown: The Penguins Prepare for a Shootout

By Timothy R. Butler | Dec 19, 2002 at 8:31 PM

The goal is tough, the reviewers tougher, and while the lineup of contenders are all worthy the award, only one will receive it. In this report, Open for Business' Timothy R. Butler grills Xandros in the first of a multi-part series to find out which vendor has created the best GNU/Linux distribution in town.

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