Opera Software ASA unveiled the all new 6.0 Linux Technology Preview version of their flagship browser today. Opera is a popular alternative browser available on many platforms - including Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows - which provides reasonably good HTML rendering in a unique interface.
While everyone was busy eating their Thanksgiving dinner, the KDE Project pushed out yet another release of the popular K Desktop Environment. KDE 2.2.2 sports numerous bug fixes and security patches, and is most likely the last release before KDE 3.0.
Dell Computer Corp. released a letter yesterday to clarify its current stance on Linux. “Dell continues to support Linux customers on a variety of client and server products both through factory installation and Linux vendor certification. Dell offers the latest release of Red Hat® Linux 7.2 on its Precision Workstation and PowerEdge Server lines to customers who range from corporate professionals to performance computing enthusiasts through multiple ordering mechanisms, including over the internet.”
As reported here last month, Borland has released Kylix 2 Open Edition for download. Kylix is an increasingly popular RAD development tool for Linux.
If you are just entering the Linux world, you have probably heard of the famed “community support,” but where exactly do you find this so-called community?
VMware has announced the final release of the PC virtualizer of the same name. VMware provides a convenient way to run an entire operating system (such as Windows or BSD) inside a window on your Linux desktop.
IBM has announced that they are releasing $40 million worth of tools as open source, and placing them under the control of a multi-vendor open source community. “The Java-based open source software, code-named Eclipse, will enable developers to use software tools from multiple suppliers together, allowing developers to integrate business processes used to create e-business applications, such as those for Web services. “
As an IT worker, I'm sure that you recognize the USA v. Microsoft case as something that could profoundly affect the direction IT will move in. However, after today's settlement announcement, many pundits suggested that the proposed end accomplished little at all. I beg to differ.
IBM DeveloperWorks has an interesting article on the rationale and ways of migrating your in house programs from Solaris to Linux. “A number of compelling reasons make the move to Linux very attractive. Its technical and operational characteristics make it a match for a range of applications, especially with the availability of the 2.4 release.”