These last few months have been extremely exciting for the talented developers at the Mozilla project. Their Firefox browser has re-ignited the browser wars and done what no one thought possible -- taken a substantial market share away from the security-problem-plagued Internet Explorer. Last week, various news outlets were reporting that Penn State University had joined a growing chorus of warnings, issuing a statement to staff and students, advising them to dump Internet Explorer and use alternate browsers such as Firefox. When I visited their site, I discovered that this is not the first time they have issued this warning. A few months ago, even US-CERT and the Department of Homeland Security suggested that users might want to use a different browser to deal with these security issues.
I'm a two browser kind of guy. Somewhere, on one of my virtual desktops, I always have a copy of Firefox open. On another, I have Konqueror. Both of these are incredibly capable browsers with their own strengths, strengths which are unique to both and which, as a result, leave me running two different browsers all the time. Firefox is there because, quite frankly, it can handle pretty much any web page I throw at it, even those that then to be a little (oh, how shall I put this) specific to that other OS.
Konqueror's real strength comes from its tight integration into the KDE desktop but that's not all. This amazing program is a file manager par excellence with capabilities that would require a pretty generous article, something I may yet do here. What I want to tell you about right now though is a means by which Konqueror lets you get at information on the Internet with nothing more than a few keystrokes. Let's look at an example:
Story by Jon Biddell
Editor's Note : Somewhere in an alternate universe, there's a Linux user group called the WFTL-LUG. As with many such groups, we occasionally get into discussions about which Linux distribution is your favorite, much like car buffs discussing whether an Acura trumps a Mercedes. You might also recall that we ran a very spirited poll on this website a little while ago on that very subject. So I put out a challenge. I asked if people loved their distro of choice enough to champion it in a series of documents that cover an intro to that distribution, installation tips, and package installation help. Jon Biddell was first off the mark with his introduction to Libranet. -- Marcel Gagné
Many many moons ago I was, sadly, a Windows user. And I was miserable. The servers I managed were running NT4 and had to be rebooted once a month, my personal workstation needed reboots daily, and more often than not several times a day.
Every day for the next two weeks, two new TUX subscribers will be randomly chosen to receive free copies of CodeWeavers CrossOver Office. That's right - just subscribe and you're automatically entered to win!
Beginning today (and each day through December 17), we'll randomly choose two people to win, posting their name, city, and state here in the article. Winners names will be pulled from the batch of the previous days new subscribers.
Time for a shocker. Device support under Linux is excellent.
No, really. We have been trained to assume that anything and everything just works with Windows but that isn't even remotely true. From time to time, even Windows users must visit hardware vendors' Web sites to download a driver. Furthermore, some hardware works with one version of Windows and not another so having all your hardware work under Windows is far from being a given (probably closer to a myth). When running Linux, the sheer number of things that will work "out of the box" without you having to search for and install drivers is nothing short of impressive and, quite frankly, beats your old OS hands down. No contest.
Linux is the world’s most rapidly growing operating system. Its growth is occurring in homes and offices in the U.S. and around the world. Linux runs on many different kinds of computers, but most people use it on the IBM-compatible PCs we are all familiar with. These are PCs one can buy at your local computer and electronics stores from companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Gateway, IBM, Dell and others. In many ways Linux is similar to other popular operating systems such as Microsoft Windows and MacOS X.
How big is the market for Linux?
There are two areas to consider here. The first is the people who use Linux on a desktop computer for everyday work at their home and offices. This is the focus for TUX. The second is for corporations that use Linux as a server platform in corporate settings. Regarding desktop Linux, the best estimates put the number of Linux users at around 11-15 million, or about 5% of the market. This number is expected to rise to nearly 28 million by 2006, at which point Linux will have a larger installed base than MacOS and a marketshare of around 7%. Currently, sales of paid Linux packages are outpacing those of MacOS, as well. In addition, sales figures for Linux tend to chronically undercount the actual number of users due to the fact that Linux is readily available in many situations free-of-charge. Meanwhile, the corporate sphere is where Linux has been making the most headlines due to its meteoric growth there. Not only are 30% of all corporate servers now running Linux today, but unit sales of servers have been growing nearly 50% per year. A similar growth rate is forecast for the next 5 years.
TUX's 2005 editorial calendar features an all inclusive line up of articles about work, home, and play for today's Linux consumer. You can look forward to easy to understand tutorials, insightful hardware and software reviews, enlightened opinion, useful tips and tricks, and in-depth exploration of the tools computer users need every day. Best of all, our style is hands-on, welcoming and non-threatening, speaking in a jargon-free style that everybody can understand.
In 2005, look forward to these features:
PREMIERE ISSUE, March/April 2005, The GETTING ORGANIZED Issue
For years now, I've been writing about Linux. At first I wrote primarily about the server but as early as 1996, I had already started using Linux as my desktop. I had already started to see the promise of this incredible operating system but my enthusiasm regarding its place on the desktop might have been a little premature. The Linux desktop was still in its infancy and while a user like myself might have been able to make it work in this environment, despite my efforts to use it as my one and only desktop system, it was still too early for most. Even I still dual booted to do some of my work.
That was 1996. Two years later, by 1998, Linux had progressed to the point that it was my one desktop OS. Dual-booting was rapidly becoming just a memory. Now, it is 2004.
SSC Publishing today announced the launch of a new monthly print and online publication, TUX, the First and Only Magazine for the New Linux User. The magazine will launch February 1, 2005.
TUX will address the needs of the vast numbers of people who use Linux as the operating system of choice on their PC desktops. Although Linux's fame stems primarily from its success as a rock-solid, corporate server platform, millions of people worldwide have quietly decided en masse that Linux is the desktop OS that meets their home and office needs most effectively. In fact, market analysts have been reporting for years that Linux is the world's fastest-growing operating system, and they peg its marketshare above that of MacOS from Apple Computer, Inc.