by Web Editor
Here's a roundup of some Linux desktop news from the past couple of weeks.
Novell's Shaking Things Up
Many changes have been occurring at Novell over the past couple of weeks, including the naming of a new company president and job cuts for more than 10% of its staff. Novell also has said it will focus its efforts on the two areas the company believes have the most growth potential--Linux and identity. These moves are part of an overall company restructuring that hopes to cut costs and raise profitability in the coming fiscal quarters.
September 1, 2005 - TUX Magazine, the first and only magazine for the new Linux user, today announced the winners of its first-annual Readers' Choice Awards for 2005. TUX is published by SSC, publishers of Linux Journal.
"We were amazed by both the quantity and quality of the choices that were available for TUX's inaugural Readers' Choice Awards," commented Carlie Fairchild, SSC Publications' VP of Marketing and Sales. "Not only are the most popular applications getting ever more, but many new entrants keep arriving to push the market forward by leaps and bounds. It's clear that desktop Linux has arrived."
SSC to be Exhibitor and Media Sponsor at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2005 in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -August 8, 2005 - SSC today is exhibiting and being featured as an official media sponsor at Linux World Conference & Expo 2005. The event takes place August 8-11, 2005 in San Francisco, Calif. SSC is publisher of Linux Journal, the original, market-leading monthly magazine of the Linux Community, and TUX Magazine, the first and only magazine for the new Linux user. At LinuxWorld, SSC will highlight new developments with both Linux Journal and TUX, while both publications will also garner added attention and branding awareness as official event media sponsors.
"LinuxWorld is always a springboard for us," said Carlie Fairchild, SSC Publications VP of Marketing & Sales. "Because we put so many Linux Journals directly into decision-makers' hands, it adds a personal touch and boosts readership dramatically. Our advertisers appreciate getting the extra bang for their buck."
"The expo will also give us a chance to demonstrate the power of our new publication, TUX Magazine, to the Linux Community," added Fairchild. "Once show attendees see how valuable and user-friendly TUX is, the first and only magazine for the new Linux user, we're sure to add numerous subscribers to the 58,500 we've garnered in only four issues. Furthermore, once product vendors see TUX, they will realize that the market for desktop Linux has arrived. The technology is there, and the users are there -- soon more than MacOS -- which opens the door to myriad opportunities for nimble vendors. TUX is the ideal vehicle for those firms 'in the know' to tap these opportunities before their competitors do."
LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, with 15 different events throughout the world in 2005, is the largest and most established worldwide brand for Linux-related business events. The 2004 event in San Francisco had an attendance of over 11,000, which is expected to grow substantially for 2005. IDG World Expo Corp. is the event coordinator. More information is available at the event Website: http://www.linuxworldexpo.com/.
Latest issue offers advice for people with both Linux and Windows computers
June 14, 2005 -- SSC Publications Inc. today announced that its new publication, TUX Magazine, has surpassed 50,000 subscribers in only its third monthly issue. TUX is a controlled-circulation, digital publication that supports novice to intermediate-level users of the Linux operating system. The just-released June 2005 edition of TUX is the “Living with Windows
Opera 8 Web Browser Now Shipping
Opera Software is shipping a new version of its web browser for desktops and devices. Opera 8 supports Linux and other OSes. A popular new feature is a unique security information field that indicates the trustworthiness of banking and shopping Web sites and voice interaction capabilities. The new version of Opera also introduces an advanced page-resizing function that adapts Web pages to fit the width of any screen or window. Download your Opera 8 web browser today.
Upgrading from Windows 98 to Linux
DesktopLinux.com features a tutorial-style article outlining a strategy to avoid costly upgrades from Windows 98 to Windows XP -- in terms of both hardware and software -- by upgrading to Linux instead. Read more here.
March 15, 2005 -- SSC Publishing Ltd. today announced that Nicholas Petreley has been appointed editor in chief of its publication, TUX, the first and only magazine for the new Linux user. As TUX's editorial steward, Petreley is at the helm of the most ambitious journalistic project ever to explain the Linux operating system to a broad, mainstream audience. Petreley takes over TUX during a period of dynamic growth, with readership surpassing 20,000 in its first month alone. His position will begin immediately.
"We are proud to have Nick Petreley on board to share his Linux expertise with TUX readers," said Carlie Fairchild, SSC Publications' VP of Marketing & Sales. "Nick has been a computer journalist since the mid-1980s, during which time he has written about every imaginable computer topic for readers at all skill levels. TUX readers will benefit greatly from his accessible style and pertinent content."
Linux Storefront Opens in Savannah
Savannah's newest computer store doesn't sell any Microsoft products. The Open Store on the corner of Abercorn and 33rd deals exclusively in Linux. The store, like the software, is open, visit www.theopenstore.net.
Linux Goes Big
Linux drew the attention of giants like IBM, Novell, Hewlett Packard, Intel, AMD, and Sun last this week at LinuxWorld Expo in Boston, MA. Over 180 vendors showed off their latest Linux solutions. TUX's sister publication, Linux Journal features a show report. Read more.
A Linux laptop for just $498
Linare Corporation just unveiled an AMD 1800+ processor featuring a 40 GB hard drive, 128 MB RAM, CD ROM drive, Ethernet Interface, and the Linare Linux OS. It also comes with Open Office suite, a full office suite compatible with Microsoft Office documents, which includes word processing, spreadsheet and presentation tools. The laptop will be distributed through Linare's partner companies, including popular retail outlets Amazon.com and Wal-Mart.
The iPod of digital audio hubs
The Sonos ZonePlayer ZP100 digital music hub was released at the Consumer Electronic Show this January. Why might you want one? It plays the same music simultaneously
in multiple rooms, or different music in different rooms, reading directly from network hard disks. Did we mention it's running Linux? PC Magazine raves about the easy-to-use Zoneplayer, calling it "the best and easiest audio-only media hub we've seen". Read the full review on PC Magazine's web site.
Free long distance
Skype is an up and coming popular Voice over Internet Product (VoIP). The software application is an easy install and runs on various different Linux distributions including SuSE 9, Gentoo 1.4, Fedora Core 2, and Xandros. Previously available in beta versions, Skype for Linux 1.0 includes free Skype to Skype calling and conference calling for up to 5 participants, cross-platform communications, rich presence and personalization features, and the pre-pay SkypeOut service, allowing users to call any landline or mobile worldwide for the price of a local call. Many on the TUX staff have installed and played with Skype quite a bit. We love it.
The first issue of TUX will be released February 14. If you've yet to subscribe to this new digital magazine, please hurry and do so now. Subscriptions are FREE! If you have already subscribed, we thank you and hope you enjoy your soon to be delivered first issue of TUX.
The following article is featured in the premier issue of TUX and is written by our publisher, Phil Hughes.
Welcome to the first issue of TUX. Twelve years ago, I was the Editor putting together the first issue of Linux Journal. At that time, the biggest criticism of the idea for starting a Linux magazine was that all the information was available on the Internet. That was true, but the reason for a magazine was that someone needed to organize that information and present it in a convenient format.