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[News] GNU/Linux a Winner Because of the Applications

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Desktop Linux: I'm Here for the Apps

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| The best and the worst attributes of Linux as a desktop operating system 
| involve acquiring and maintaining software applications. For me, the 
| positives outweigh the negatives, making Linux the best desktop operating 
| system option I've encountered, and the one I choose at work and at home.   
| If Linux is to pile up more desktop adherents, the vendors and communities 
| that back the open-source platform need to work together to accentuate those 
| positives and shrink down the negative aspects of getting and managing 
| software on Linux.    


10 Essential Applications Included in Kubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

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| While I agree that there are applications for KDE 4.2 which still lack 
| several important features (like for example the equalizer and ability to go 
| to the previous/next song using the tag editor in Amarok), I must say that it 
| also improved very much since the last time I had a look at it. It is 
| definitely faster, the desktop looks nicer, it does not seem a beta  
| environment any more.     


"The government is not trying to destroy Microsoft, it’s simply seeking to
compel Microsoft to obey the law. It’s quite revealing that Mr. Gates equates
the two."

                                --Government official


Hedging against recession with free and open source software

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| Is free and open source software (FOSS) a way to cut business costs? As
| concern about recession - even depression - deepens, more and more companies
| are asking this question. However, many have trouble knowing how to begin to
| find an answer.
| Certainly, many companies have been looking for FOSS solutions in the last
| six months. Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, predicted
| last December that GNU/Linux and other FOSS technologies would become more
| attractive in hard economic times. “Lower cost, faster time to market, higher
| profit margins, better branding — these are all things that are in favor of
| Linux and not in favor of Windows,” he writes, and his comments seem
| accurate. According to Business Week, FOSS-based companies like SugarCRM,
| Digium and Zenoss, all reported record quarters last fall, while Red Hat had
| over $500 million in revenue over the last twelve months.

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