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LinuxWorld Day 1: Big Green Linux, preloaded desktop Linux, and the virtualization of everything

The first day of LinuxWorld 2007 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco -- and its companion conference Next Generation Data Center -- witnessed a flurry of announcements from both big vendors and small vendors. I also met with several vendors that I thought had the most interesting new products or developments to discuss.

Here's a quick recap of the top developments from day one:

  • IBM unleashed a bunch of new announcements, the most interesting of which was the "Big Green Linux" initiative that is aimed at using Linux servers to reduce costs and energy consumption. IBM also announced its Open Collaboration Client, which is essentially Lotus-based productivity apps ported to Linux, integrated into Novell SuSE, and aimed at loosening Microsoft's grip on the productivity market
  • Dell and Lenovo carried the flag for desktop Linux by announcing that they will now be preloading Linux as an option on some of the desktops they they sell
  • Splunk released version 3.0 of its popular log seach software. The new version includes some Flash-based reports in addition to all of its aggregated data
  • Everyone was talking about virtualization. IBM sees it pushing IT back toward mainframes, albeit new mainframes running Linux. Dell CTO Kevin Kettler talked about virtualization on desktop hardware, where the IT department can run its software image and users can do personal computing in a separate VM, which can be blown away

One company was conspicuously absent, or at least very low key: Red Hat


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Neil Higgins
Neil Higgins

the preserve of the net-geek.Hard to install,impossible to understand,without a phd in physics.But over the last few years,distros have improved beyond belief.One of the great upturns has been the live-cd option,where you simply place the disc in your drive,have a look,and if you decide to do a full install,you follow easy instructions.If not,your original Windows configuration is left alone. I'm not going to get into a linux is better than Windows debate,but suffice to say,with Michael Dell listening to customers choice,the next few years should be interesting as far as the now,and future distros are concerned.Pre installed copies can only help future growth of what is a magnificant product.


And with Lenovo jumping on board, how long before HP joins in?


I never had a good experience with their laptops and Linux, and neither their multiple purpose printers. I think, they don't want to invest money in Linux, just making profit using it as a server. On the IBM side, I never had a problem with their laptops, every single button works, but they created their drivers. If dell makes quality laptops like IBM, I will buy them.


It took a little bit of work with an AMD/Broadcomm based HP dv6213us laptop before I finally found a distro that would work, but my dv9035us (Intel Core II Duo-based) took to it like a duck to water. The former machine currently runs Sabayon Linux 3.4e 64-bit with VMware Server and a couple of Windows VMs as well as java, LyX, and all sorts of other yummies. Everything works (including wifi) except for sound. I recently discovered that this laptop would run PCLinuxOS 2007 (with sound through built-in speakers and wifi) as well as SuSE 10.0 (with sound, but no wifi). The latter machine runs Fedora 7 64-bit edition perfectly right out of the box (well right off the CD). It is easier to install Fedora 7 (or any other distro) on this laptop and expect everything to run. I had an HP professional grade laptop at my last job and that also ran Linux (CentOS 4.3), but they made me give it back when I left :( That was a great laptop (an nw8240) with 2 GB ram and a 15 inch screen that did 1920 by 1200 with a little tweek of /etc/Xorg.conf, but I digress...

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