The LinuxWorld conference has grown to match the industrywide influence of open-source software. Linux diehards and spectators will confer on operating system-related technologies, open-source databases, middleware and discussions of open-source business models.
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Dell CTO pushes virtualization
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Shopping for Linux isn't like shopping the breakfast cereal aisle...yet. But the selection is expanding and the bells and whistles are becoming increasingly advanced. Here's a taste of some of the latest, greatest Linux offerings:
Red Hat Fedora Core 5
It's all about graphics. Developers get support for Accelerated Indirect GL X--which adds 3D effects to the user interface--and Cairo, a library that Firefox and other applications can employ for drawing 2D graphics based on vectors rather than bitmaps. Deeper in the graphics subsystem, the new version includes Xorg 7.0, which breaks up software components into independent modules.
Novell Suse Enterprise Server 10
A perfect fit for VirtualizationWorld. Includes Xen virtualization software to permit multi-OS abilities. Xen is a hypervisor, a software foundation that governs operating systems' access to computer resources such as memory or networking.
Ubuntu's Dapper Drake
Expected in June, it's the first version that will have longer-term support commitments--three years for the desktop computer version and five years for servers, compared to 18 months for the current 5.10 "Breezy Badger" version. Ubuntu is growing in popularity and has made some strides. IBM, for example, certified it to work with its DB2 database software.
Mandriva's Mandriva 2006
Arriving in late 2005, Mandriva said its new versions are notable for their inclusion of support for wireless networking and other features in Intel's Centrino technology and Skype VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) software. The versions also include software acquired when Mandriva bought the assets of Lycoris.