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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The Inconsequentiality of Open Source

By Timothy R. Butler | Sep 11, 2002 at 12:02 AM
Reading the title of the piece, I am sure you are wondering if I am out of my mind. With Open for Business being a site for those interested in adopting Free Software/Open Source in the enterprise, you would not expect me to claim that this sector is inconsequential. Unlike the way it sounds however, this piece is not written to argue against Open Source. Instead, this piece is meant to consider something much more critical.

Do We Still Need Microsoft?

By Timothy R. Butler | Sep 03, 2002 at 3:29 PM
There has been a flurry of announcements in recent weeks concerning Linux on the corporate desktop. Red Hat announced a new focus on desktop Linux to complement their server-focused offerings. Sun Microsystems announced a move into low-cost desktop systems running Linux, competing with such companies as Dell. These announcements seem to suggest these companies now believe Linux has matured to the point where it makes sense to run on a corporate desktop.

KDE 3.1 Beta 1 Released

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 21, 2002 at 10:56 PM

The KDE Project announced the availability of KDE 3.1 Beta 1 today. This release, which marks the second test release
of the KDE 3.1 series, offers many improvements and bug fixes over KDE 3.0, which was release in early April. KDE, which stands for K Desktop Environment, is a popular desktop user interface for Linux and UNIX systems.

TrollTech Moves toward Qt 3.1

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 16, 2002 at 12:24 AM

A story in ComputerWorld talks about TrollTech's upcoming Qt 3.1 beta. Qt is a multi-platform development toolkit made famous by the KDE desktop environment, and more recently, by the Sharp Zaurus PDA. Qt 3.1 gains integration with the Mac Appearance Manager, support for antialiased text, and user settings. OpenGL support has also been greatly improved, with hardware acceleration now in place.

It's Good to be Home(Base) Again

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 13, 2002 at 1:04 PM

In our review of OEone's HomeBase 1.2 release ( OEone HomeBase Offers Computing, Simplified), we noted that HomeBase was probably the most innovative interface released since the advent of the GUI. OEone HomeBase Desktop is the only package we know of that has pulled off a simplification of the user interface without “dumbing down” the system.

The Desktop Dilemma

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 10, 2002 at 4:55 PM

As the economic downturn has taken its toll on GNU/Linux companies, many surviving companies have decided to move away from the desktop market, and focus on the server instead. This escalated to an alarming pace after the death of Eazel, a startup that created the Nautilus file manager, and while the focus-on-server mania has calmed down lately, it is still very much alive. Yet, it seems to me, that focusing on the server will in the end cause these companies to lose not only the desktop, but the server as well.

Qt vs. MFC

By Timothy R. Butler | Aug 02, 2002 at 6:03 PM

Philippe Fremy has written a nice piece describing the benefits of the Qt toolkit over Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC). For those of you not familar with Qt, it is the toolkit used by the KDE desktop as well as the Qtopia environment featured on the Sharp Zaurus PDA. Qt - unlike MFC - works on Windows, Linux, UNIX, and Mac OS X (Aqua).

RedHat to KDE: ''Do as I say, not as I do.''

By Timothy R. Butler | Jul 29, 2002 at 11:44 PM

It started seemingly innocuously enough; a letter was received by one member of the KDE development team asking the KDE Project to use RedHat Linux on machines at LWCE and to display RedHat's shadow man logo on those machines. In exchange, the letter from RedHat explained, KDE would “benefit from many valuable marketing benefits in our booth, on our website, and in our newsletter.”

UPDATE (7/30/2002 15:21 and 16:04 EDT): New information from RedHat is available at the bottom of this article.

OfB Open Choice Awards 2002

By Timothy R. Butler | Jul 26, 2002 at 2:06 AM
Picking the best applications and solutions out of all the wonderful options that have become available for Linux is no small task. However in this first annual OfB Open Choice Awards, we attempt to do our best at just that. While some of our choices might prove somewhat controversial, we feel that all of the picks are uniquely situated as the best choice for deployment in the enterprise.

Debian Hits 3-Oh with Woody

By Timothy R. Butler | Jul 22, 2002 at 6:16 PM

In an announcement late last week, the Debian Project released its much anticipated Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 distribution. Debian is well known for its high level of stability, as well as powerful package (software) management tools.

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