[MD1] Linux Newsletter Volume 1
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

[MD1] Linux Newsletter Volume 1

Note: This will not be distributed regularly through MacDev-1 -- just the
first one to give you an idea of the newsletter. [Ed. -nst]

** Table of Contents

- Press Attention
- Survey Results
- Comdex Report
- Linux Trademark Dispute

Good news everyone!

We (The Linux Community) are finally getting the eye from the big
mainstream press as more than just a curiosity.

Jim Mohr, author of "Inside SCO Unix", writer for BYTE Magazine and
several other publications, is authoring a book for Prentice Hall
entitled "LINUX Business User's Resource". If you are using Linux
at work or for work he wants to know about it, and has given me
the following questionnaire to send out.

Jim intends to include as many of the replies as he can in both his
book and future articles. If you have something you cannot talk
about yet, but can in the future... let us know it is happening
without names.... and then tell us when we can talk about it.
Truly Linux is taking off. Oh, and in case you are wondering,
this book when published will include a free Linux Pro 4.0a main CD.

You may reply to Jim directly, but please cc wgsnews@wgs.com, as we have
other well known members of the press asking us similar questions.

If you want publicity for your company, for Linux, for yourself, this
is your opportunity. His address is 100542.2677@compuserve.com

*NEXT* a report on Comdex Fall/96, but first here are Jim's questions.

**********************************

How long have the different people in your organization
been working with Linux?

In what way do you currently use Linux? (i.e., just as an
Internet server, running some of your internal applications,
exclusively?) What versions?

If you run applications on Linux, which one(s)?

Of the applications you run on Linux, have you run the same
application on any other operating system? How do they compare?

How many people within your organization use Linux?

What do you feel are Linux's strong points/advantages?

Weak points/disadvantages?

I have installed and worked with half a dozen different Linux
versions, each has its own pluses and minus.
What version do you recommend over another?

What can this version offer me that makes it that much better
than the others?

Do you use other operating systems? Which one(s)? How do they
compare to Linux?

Linux is still not considered a legitimate operating system by
most of mainstream media. What is your response to this comment?

How do you think the attitude is changing?

Many companies do not accept Linux because there is no large corporation
standing behind it. I often see the attitude that something for free
can't be worth much. What is your response to this comment?

How do you think the attitude mentioned above is changing?

What needs to be done to change the attitude of corporations to begin
accepting Linux?

*****************

Comdex report:

At Comdex/96, North America's largest computer trade show, WGS offered
a FREE Pentium computer to people for filling out a survey. One of the
survey questions was "Do you use Linux Yes / No". There was absolutely
no reason why people would lie on it as they could win either way. Our
preliminary count is that over 45% of the respondents said yes! We got
enough surveys filled out for statistical accuracy at the 250,000 attendee
show. This is mind boggling, as we expected around 5%. Incidentally, the
computer winner will be selected by a random number generator after all
the data entry is done. I don't expect this to happen till after the
first of the year. The winner will be posted on our Web pages at
http://www.linuxmall.com

Also substantiating these results is a survey by IX Magazine in Europe
that was passed to me as follows:

)From: Martin Michlmayr (tbm@sypher.com)
)Subject: Survey shows Linux is the most used Unix
)Organization: Linux International
)
)According to a survey among a partial readership of iX, a German magazine
)devoted to Unix and networking, Linux is used at work by 45% of the
)readers. Solaris 1 and 2 taken together come second with 36%, followed
)by HP-UX with 27%.
)
)56% of companies with less than 50 employees use Linux whereas it is used
)by 38% of firms with more than 1,000 employees.
)
)In addition, 60% of the readers use Linux on their computers at home.

Additionally, recently BYTE magazine reported that LINUX was one of the
very most used search keywords on their popular BIX information service!

More good news is that the Linux Technology Showcase came off quite
well despite being in the least visited hall at Fall Comdex, and despite
Softbank's falling down on their part of the promotion for it. Linux
Journal gave away more magazines than they ever have at any other show.
They would have given away more... but for the fact that they ran out
and couldn't get more because of the snowstorm going on in Seattle.

I very much want to thank the volunteers that helped to man the Linux
International booth which I arranged and managed. The Volunteers also
helped out the other Linux vendors who attended.

ALL booths were filled!, and we had to turn some vendors down! I hope
that everyone will respond earlier for next year, and that SoftBank
will take pinning down the location and the promotion of the showcase
more seriously. After this year's experience and all the last minute
shuffle that was needed I am sure that this will be the case.

We had a 40x40 space this year, and Linux Journal ended up being
banished a row back... next year I hope that we will have everything
go smoothly with at least a 40x80.... which puts the Linux community
at least on par with the space taken by the largest of exhibitors
at COMDEX!

Growth like this cannot be ignored, by the media, and I strongly encourage
everyone and anyone to join Linux International as a vendor, as a volunteer
or as a user group. More info can be found at the LI site at
http://www.li.org.

Participating Vendors:

Linux International S8119 WorkGroup Solutions S8118
Red Hat Software S8121 Linux Journal/SSC S8418
Digital Equipment Corp S8218 Linux Hardware Solutions S8221
CraftWorks S8220 Yggdrasil S8219
InfoMagic S8319 Kaspar & Associates S8319

Ardi with Executor, X-Inside with CDE, Accelerated-X Server and Motif,
as well as H&L software with Ishmail appeared in the WGS Booth. Caldera
chose not to support the effort, and ended up being in concert with Novell.
Pacific HiTek responded too late and as such were in another area on their
own, as was Walnut Creek who did not communicate with us at all.

Volunteers

Everyone promoted Linux while wandering the show, as well as worked
their shifts in the LI booth, got lunches for others, and did other errands
as necessary. This included nicely asking about Linux portations for
interesting products, handing out Linux Literature, asking about Linux
Drivers for interesting hardware, etc.

We tried to schedule for 5 people at the LI booth at all times.
This way there were always people to help with the greater Linux Showcase,
and also such mundane things as covering for others' trips to the bathroom.

WorkGroup Solutions, Inc. rented a couple of extra hotel rooms for
volunteers that could not afford their own, and did not mind throwing sleeping
bags on the floor. It was like camping.

All went hectic and well, a lot of fun was had by all.

Thanks to:
Marc Merlin, Ted Dillenkofer, Bryan Andregg, Frederick Nacino,
Ron & Jeri Traub, David Bedell, Danny Sung, Chris Winters, Anthony Urso,
Tobin Fricke, Matt Cross, Howard Smith, Gordon Pedersen, Brian McGinnis,
Micheal Micek, Thomas Davis, Vladek Majewsky, Cliff Matthews, Lee Roder,
Bonnie Brodsky, Brian Rogers, Jon "maddog" Hall, and I hope I am not
forgetting anyone.

Very special thanks to
Bob Tellefson who had to rush home after the first day on an emergency
but worked very hard while there.

Super Special Thanks to:
Jim Dawson who made it possible to get the hotel arrangements,
allowed people to stay with him, and was generally helpful
and upbeat besides.
AND
Steve Harrington, who was absolutely invaluable with his efficiency
organizational skills and willingness to help. He was always in the
right place a the right time. Because of his exceptional help, Steve
was given the WABI that was displayed by Caldera at the LI booth as
his thanks. (Please note, WGS will be carrying and selling WABI as
soon as the details are worked out, I am test installing it as I write)

************
Finally a short report on the Linux Trademark Dispute, for those of
you who keep calling, and writing to ask.

Yes, the trademark dispute is still going on. WGS hired an attorney,
and then in turn Linux International and others wished to participate.
We hope to do an update posting soon. In the meantime William R. Della
Croche still holds the Linux Trademark. A petition for cancellation
is being prepared to be filed by WGS, Linux International (including its
membership by reference), Linux Journal/SSC, Yggdrasil, and last but not
least, Linus Torvalds.

There are certain occurrences that we are waiting for in order to do a
more complete update. Please be patient.

Thank you very much for your support which in turn makes it possible
for us to accomplish what we do.

Mark Bolzern
President
WorkGroup Solutions, Inc

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

DesktopLyrics 2.6.6 - Displays current i...
DesktopLyrics is an application that displays the lyrics of the song currently playing in "iTunes" right on your desktop. The lyrics for the song have to be set in iTunes; DesktopLyrics does nothing... Read more
Ember 1.8.3 - Versatile digital scrapboo...
Ember (formerly LittleSnapper) is your digital scrapbook of things that inspire you: websites, photos, apps or other things. Just drag in images that you want to keep, organize them into relevant... Read more
Apple iTunes 12.1 - Manage your music, m...
Apple iTunes lets you organize and play digital music and video on your computer. It can automatically download new music, app, and book purchases across all your devices and computers. And it's a... Read more
LibreOffice 4.4.3 - Free, open-source of...
LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and... Read more
FoldersSynchronizer 4.2.1 - Synchronize...
FoldersSynchronizer is a popular and useful utility that synchronizes and backs-up files, folders, disks and boot disks. On each session you can apply special options like Timers, Multiple Folders,... Read more
Simon 4.0.2 - Monitor changes and crashe...
Simon monitors websites and alerts you of crashes and changes. Select pages to monitor, choose your alert options, and customize your settings. Simon does the rest. Keep a watchful eye on your... Read more
Cocktail 8.1.2 - General maintenance and...
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get... Read more
Cyberduck 4.6.4 - FTP and SFTP browser....
Cyberduck is a robust FTP/FTP-TLS/SFTP browser for the Mac whose lack of visual clutter and cleverly intuitive features make it easy to use. Support for external editors and system technologies such... Read more
Herald 5.0.2 - Notification plugin for M...
Note: Versions 2.1.3 (for OS X 10.7), 3.0.6 (for OS X 10.8), and 4.0.8 (for OS X 10.9) are no longer supported by the developer. Herald is a notification plugin for Mail.app, Apple's Mac OS X email... Read more
DEVONthink Pro 2.8.3 - Knowledge base, i...
Save 10% with our exclusive coupon code: MACUPDATE10 DEVONthink Pro is your essential assistant for today's world, where almost everything is digital. From shopping receipts to important research... Read more

Playworld Superheroes Review
Playworld Superheroes Review By Tre Lawrence on January 30th, 2015 Our Rating: :: HERO CRAFTINGUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad It’s all about the imagination, fighting bad creatures — and looking good while doing so.   | Read more »
Join the SpongeBob Bubble Party in this...
Join the SpongeBob Bubble Party in this New Match 3 Bubble Poppin’ Frenzy Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 30th, 2015 [ permalink ] | Read more »
Handpick Review
Handpick Review By Jennifer Allen on January 30th, 2015 Our Rating: :: TANTALIZING SUGGESTIONSiPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad Handpick will make you hungry, as well as inspire you to cook something... | Read more »
Storm the Halls of Echo Base in First St...
Storm the Halls of Echo Base in First Star Wars: Galactic Defense Event Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 30th, 2015 [ permalink ] Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad | Read more »
Contradiction Review
Contradiction Review By Tre Lawrence on January 30th, 2015 Our Rating: :: SPOT THE LIEiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Contradiction is a live action point and click adventure that’s pretty engaging.   Developer: Tim Follin... | Read more »
Unlock Sunshine Girl in Ironkill with th...
Unlock Sunshine Girl in Ironkill with this special 148Apps code Posted by Rob Rich on January 29th, 2015 [ permalink ] Robo-fighter Ironkill has been out on iOS a | Read more »
Crossroad Zombies Review
Crossroad Zombies Review By Jordan Minor on January 29th, 2015 Our Rating: :: CROSSWALKING DEADiPad Only App - Designed for the iPad Crossroad Zombies is a rough draft of a cool genre mash-up.   | Read more »
Blood Brothers 2 – Tips, Cheats, and Str...
War is hell: Is it the kind of hell you want to check out? Read our Blood Brothers 2 review to find out! Blood Brothers 2, DeNA’s follow-up to the original Blood Brothers, is an intriguing card collecting / role-playing / strategy hybrid. There’s... | Read more »
Blood Brothers 2 Review
Blood Brothers 2 Review By Nadia Oxford on January 29th, 2015 Our Rating: :: AN AGGRAVATING RELATIVEUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad Blood Brothers 2 is built on a simple, solid foundation, but its free-to-play system... | Read more »
I AM BREAD, the Toast of the Town, is Ro...
Have you ever dreamt of being deliciously gluten-y? Do you feel passionate about Rye and Wheat? The guys at Bossa Studios do and that is why they are bringing I AM BREAD to iOS soon. The loafy app will feature all the new content that is being... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Intel Aims to Transform Workplace With 5th-Ge...
Intel Corporation today announced the availability of its 5th generation Intel Core vPro processor family that provides cutting-edge features to enable a new and rapidly shifting workplace. To meet... Read more
iOS App Sharalike Introduces New Instant Smar...
Sharalike slideshow and photo management software for iOS, is making it easier than ever to create shareable meaningful moments with its new instant SmartShow technology. Staying organized is a goal... Read more
Apple Becomes World’s Largest Smartphone Vend...
According to the latest research data from Strategy Analytics, as global smartphone shipments grew 31 percent annually to reach a record 380 million units in the fourth quarter of 2014. Apple became... Read more
Cut the Cord: OtterBox Resurgence Power Case...
Dead batteries and broken phones are two of the biggest issues for smartphone users today. Otterbox addresses both with the new Resurgence Power Case for Apple iPhone 6, promising to make those panic... Read more
13-inch Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to...
B&H Photo has 13″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for $200 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 2.6GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1199.99 save $100 - 13″ 2.6GHz/... Read more
15-inch 2.5GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for...
 B&H Photo has the 15″ 2.5GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $2319.99 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $180 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this... Read more
Back in stock: Refurbished iPod nanos for $99...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 16GB iPod nanos available for $99 including free shipping and Apple’s standard one-year warranty. That’s $50 off the cost of new nanos. Most colors are... Read more
Apple lowers price on refurbished 256GB MacBo...
The Apple Store has lowered prices on Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 MacBook Airs with 256GB SSDs, now available for up to $200 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included... Read more
New Good Management Suite Simplifies Enterpri...
Good Technology has announced the availability of the Good Management Suite, a comprehensive cross-platform solution for organizations getting started with mobile business initiatives. Built on the... Read more
15-inch 2.0GHz Retina MacBook Pro (refurbishe...
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished previous-generation 15″ 2.0GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1489 including free shipping plus Apple’s standard one-year warranty. Their price is... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Solutions Consultant- Retail Sales (...
**Job Summary** The ASC is an Apple employee who serves as an Apple brand ambassador and influencer in a Reseller's store. The ASC's role is to grow Apple Read more
Event Director, *Apple* Retail Marketing -...
…This senior level position is responsible for leading and imagining the Apple Retail Team's global engagement strategy and team. Delivering an overarching brand Read more
At-Home Chat Specialist- *Apple* Online Stor...
**Job Summary** At Apple , we believe in hard work, a fun environment, and the kind of creativity and innovation that only comes about when talented people from diverse Read more
SW QA Engineer - *Apple* TV - Apple (United...
**Job Summary** The Apple TV team is looking for experienced Quality Assurance Engineers with a passion for delivering first in class home entertainment solutions. **Key Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions(US) - Ap...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you re also the Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.