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Articles by Serdar Yegulalp
posted in October 2007
There's been a lot of talk about the three big "open"s in the computing world today -- open-source OSes, open-source applications, and open standards. I'm going to talk about each one of these things in turn over the course of the next few blog posts, and examine how they fit together and complement each other.
Since this blog does get filed under the category Open Source, I thought I'd take time out here and there to talk about some of my favorite open-source applications, not just Linux (or OSes in general). I'll start with an app that has breathed unexpected new life into some of my DVDs: MPlayer.
There's a few applications that would help make Linux more of a mainstream OS, but don't expect to see them ported to Linux anytime soon. One of the least discussed in this fashion? Adobe Photoshop.
And so now Microsoft has conceded its antitrust case in the EU. So what does this mean for open source and Linux? From what I can tell, it just means business as usual.
As you're no doubt sick of hearing by now, this week heralds two major events in the personal computing world: the release of Apple's OS X Leopard, and Ubuntu Linux 7.10. Guess which one I want? Both.
The other week I mentioned Splashtop, a quick-booting Linux-based environment that can be embedded into flash memory on a PC motherboard (among other things). Yesterday I took time out to talk with the company, and learned more about what they have in mind for the future.
I've been sifting through all of comments left for last week's article "Would You Like An OS With Your PC? No Thanks". I fully expected people to dissent -- both from me and each other -- but I've got enough here to chew on for quite some time. Here's my first round of chewing.
After reading colleague Alexander Wolfe's piece about a Linux distro called "Vixta" that apes the look and feel of Windows Vista, I confess to having mixed feelings about the whole thing. Mostly negative ones.
Every so often I bump into yet another example of Linux being used in creative ways. Here's a new one: an ASUSTek motherboard, the P5E3, which ships with a built-in Linux variant called Splashtop.
There's an argument currently raging about whether or not a PC should even ship with an operating system of any kind preloaded. Would the lack of a preloaded OS, be it Windows or Linux or what-have-you, level the OS playing field that much more?
Major news outlets typically make little mention of Linux. Today, though, The New York Times weighed in one of the state of Linux with an article that is, blessedly, not a total hatchet job.
Last month the big Linux hardware news was ATI (er, AMD) announcing it'd release full specs for its hardware for the sake of open-source drivers. Now Novell's kicked things up a notch in its own way: it has rebooted the Linux Driver Project.
There are many things that Linux does well. There are many things that still need work. But they're not always the obvious things, either.