The Grumpy Editor encounters the Hardy Heron

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| There was one very nice surprise as well. Your editor's laptop previously
| required almost 12 watts of power when running unplugged. This laptop is not
| at the bleeding edge of current technology, so the amount of time it was able
| to run without a recharge has been dropping for a while. With the Hardy
| release, steady-state power consumption has dropped to just over 9 watts - a
| big improvement. The credit for this change belongs to developers at all
| levels: kernel, applications, distributors, etc. The end result is a system
| which runs much more efficiently, and that is a good thing.
| All told, your editor is reasonably content; this distribution looks like one
| which might just be worth keeping around. That's a good thing, since Ubuntu
| plans to maintain it as a "long-term support" release. Not that your editor
| intends to make much use of that long-term support; there should be a new
| development series starting soon, after all. One of the nice things about
| development distributions is that support never ends as long as one stays on
| the treadmill and the project itself remains alive.


Ubuntu 8.04 is Well Worth the Look

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| Overall though, this is the first time I've ever recommended Ubuntu, so I'm
| off to go pinch myself.


Ubuntu 8.04 Is Ready to Take On Windows

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| I popped the Ubuntu CD into my running Vista box, opened the installer
| application, and directed the installer where to store Ubuntu and how much
| space to assign it. Shortly thereafter, the application prompted me to
| reboot, after which it completed the installation process. According to
| documentation on the Ubuntu Web site, there's a performance hit associated
| with this sort of install, but I didn't detect an appreciable slowdown.
| The Ubuntu desktop I'd installed within Windows seemed no different from the
| one I'd installed on its own hardware, and I was pleased to find that the
| files from my Windows instance were accessible from Ubuntu.

Hardy Heron Makes Linux Worth Another Look

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| If you've flirted with the idea of switching your desktop operating system to
| Linux but never took the leap, the time is now. This week's release of Hardy
| Heron, an Ubuntu release that will be supported until 2011, offers a freer,
| more productive space for work and play than ever before. It's not easy
| jumping blind into a new way of thinking or working, and Ubuntu, the
| so-called "Linux for Humans" operating system, is no different. For all the
| online buzz that surrounds the increasingly popular distribution, millions of
| sane, regular people wonder why they'd ever give up their familiar Mac or PC
| to venture into something still relatively new. Today we're shining the
| spotlight on a few great tools and tweaks that make Heron a worthy switch.

Microsoft Profit Drops; Forecast May Miss Estimates

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| The world's biggest software maker said sales of Windows for PCs sank 24
| percent and revenue from its online advertising unit came in at the low end
| of its projections. Microsoft's report contrasted with positive comments from
| chipmaker Intel Corp. and computer company International Business Machines
| Corp.
| [...]
| Microsoft declined $1.60 to $30.20 in extended trading after closing at
| $31.80 at 4 p.m. New York time on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The stock has
| fallen 11 percent this year.

CH: Geneva schools completely switch to Open Source

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| About 70,000 students and their 7,000 teachers in the Geneva school district
| will gradually be moving to Open Source.

Deploying KDE to 52 million young people

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| By the end of this year 29,000 labs serving some 32,000,000 students will be
| fully deployed and in active use.
| By the end of next year (2009) those numbers will have swelled to 53,000 labs
| serving some 52,000,000 students.

Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| If I ask you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.