Linux Shootout: 7 Desktop Distros Compared

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| We tested openSUSE, Ubuntu 8.4, PCLinuxOS, Mandriva Linux One, Fedora,
| SimplyMEPIS, and CentOS 5.1. All performed well, and each had at least one
| truly outstanding feature.
| [...]
| As predictable as this may sound, Ubuntu 8.4 remains one of the best desktop
| distributions for many good reasons: it works with almost any hardware you
| throw at it, and has tons of features for both existing Linux users and
| prospective converts from Windows. openSUSE fared better on desktops than
| notebooks, but has a lot of organizational ideas in its interface that I'd
| like to see expanded on in the next release.
| Fedora and CentOS may have both been derived from a common source but were
| dissimilar enough to be considered separately: Fedora recognized a slightly
| broader range of hardware, and CentOS seems a bit friendlier to newcomers and
| includes a broader spate of preinstalled administrative apps. Finally,
| Mandriva and its cousins -- SimplyMEPIS and PCLinuxOS -- all get major points
| for ease of administration, although each one organizes things somewhat
| differently. What you expect to find in one, you may find in a totally
| different place in the other two.

Linux is ready, but consumers are not

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| Haff said a window of opportunity for Linux ironically may lie in the demise
| of the desktop OS. "If you believe in the emergence of cloud computing, then
| the whole concept of running applications on the desktop starts to go away.
| This may well mean that Linux gets more interesting for client devices
| because now native applications do not matter so much," he said.
| Colin Sng, a systems engineer in a Singapore-based firm, who uses Windows,
| Mac and Linux OSes for work and at home, said the technology is ready, but
| obstacles lie mostly with the consumer.

Devices/appliances + clouds matter.


Embedded Linux research report ships

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| EDC noted that some 40 percent of the survey's 500 respondents were targeting
| embedded Linux. *
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| Also in the earlier reports, Andrews observed that the need for RTOS source
| code was "one of the reasons that proprietary RTOSes created in-house for a
| specific system have long been popular, and now it's a primary motivating
| factor in the adoption of Embedded Linux." *
| The now completed survey results are said to include "expert analysis" from
| Ann Thryft, a 20-year industry veteran. The report includes chapters on
| platforms, processors, tools, languages, security, target devices, mobile
| development, and of course, Linux. *

Microsoft Worried Over Linux Dominance In Embedded Space

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| Renames its family of products to target the embedded market.

Who's afraid of embedded Linux? Microsoft

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| ...Microsoft is fighting a losing battle here. It's like gravity.
| Eventually you just stop fighting and learn to accept it. Even Microsoft.

Linux kernel maintainer calls for embedded specialist

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| The maintainer of Linux 2.6 has called for a full-time,
| architecture-independent "embedded maintainer." Speaking at a CELF's fourth
| annual Embedded Linux Conference, Morton also told embedded developers how to
| select a kernel, get support from the kernel community, and decide whether to
| submit code to mainline. * *

Linux the fastest-growing smartphone OS

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| Meanwhile, in the world's largest mobile phone market (China), Linux already
| has a 30 percent share, CCID Consulting Company said in March.

Embedded developers and kernel hackers: can they work together?

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| In many ways, Andrew Morton's keynote set the tone for this year's Embedded
| Linux Conference (ELC) by describing the ways that embedded companies and *
| developers can work with the kernel community in a way that will be "mutually
| beneficial". Morton provided reasons, from a purely economic standpoint, why
| it makes sense for companies to get their code into the mainline kernel. He
| also provided concrete suggestions on how to make that happen. The theme of
| the conference seemed to be "working with the community" and Morton's speech
| provided an excellent example of how and why to do just that. * * *

Embedded Linux Workshop Proves Big Attraction at Hi-Tech Developers Event

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| The organisers of this year's Embedded Masterclass have announced that their
| Embedded Linux Workshops are close to being completely sold out, weeks before *
| the event.

The most significant "embedded" individual

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| Others mentioned include Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux; Jerry Fiddler,
| the founder of Wind River; Steve Jobs, for continually pushing the technology
| envelope; Reinhard Keil, for his development and promotion of Keil tools; and
| Intel's Gordon Moore, because, as our reader points out, "he constantly
| pushed for greater density in microprocessors."
| A key mention goes to Richard Stallman, Founder of GNU Project and Free
| Software Foundation. As a reader points out, "The GNU C compiler has enabled
| free software development for a wide variety of embedded platforms, and it
| wouldn't have been possible without Stallman's vision of a free software
| development toolset." It's hard to argue with that logic.

Linux still top embedded OS

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| In a new whitepaper on Linux in the embedded market, VDC researchers cite the
| following reasons for Linux's popularity:
| * * * Licensing cost advantages
| * * * Flexibility of source code access
| * * * General familiarity
| * * * Maturing ecosystem of applications and tools
| * * * Growing developer experience with Linux as an embedded OS

Why Ubuntu on ARM Could be a Rich Seam

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| ARM today announced that the total number of processors shipped by its
| Partners has exceeded ten billion.
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| A Nokia-sponsored project is porting Ubuntu Linux to the ARM architecture.

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| Around 98% of the world's CPUs manufactured are used in embedded systems.

Four billion embedded systems shipped in '06