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Oracle Q&A: A Refresher on Unbreakable Linux Kernel

Oracle caused quite a stir in 2010 when it announced its Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux. With the New Year upon us, we checked in with the company to get a refresher on the ABCs of this important introduction as well as the company's latest take on Linux...

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Linux.com Gift Card Winners Announced

Before we begin the important business of 2011, we want to share with you the winners of our Individual Membership drive and promotion.

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Is Nokia Doomed?

There’s been a lot of discussion regarding whether or not Nokia is Doomed or not.   The people who say Nokia are doomed basically point out that Nokia doesn’t have any attractive products at the high end, and at the low end the margins are extremely thin.  The high end products suffer from the Symbian being essentially dead (even Nokia is recommending that developers not develop native applications for Symbian, but to use Qt instead), and Nokia doesn’t have much of a development community following it, and it certainly does have much in the way of 3rd party applications, either targetting Symbian or Qt at the moment. So what do I think of the whole debate between Tomi and Scoble?  First of all, I think there is a huge difference in American and European assumptions and perspectives, and a big question is whether the rest of the world will end up looking more like Europe or America vis-a-vis two key areas: cost of data plans, and whether phones become much more application centric. Tomi’s 2nd article, in response to Scoble’s, “Nokia is still doomed” post, was quite interesting to me, especially in the comments where he takes Apple to task for not having an SD card slot (how else would people share photos with their friends?) and for not supporting MMS in its earlier phones.   My first reaction?  Um, isn’t that what photo-sharing sites are for?    Is it really that hard to attach a photo to an e-mail?  And then it hit me.   In Europe, data is still like MMS a few years ago — a place for rapacious carriers to make way too much money.  Many European telco’s don’t have unlimited data plans, and charge by the megabyte — and even if you’re lucky...

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Hurry! Win a $50 Gift Card to Linux.com Store.

To say thank you this holiday season to past, present and future individual members, we have announced a drawing for one of five $50 U.S. gift vouchers to the Linux.com Store.

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Self-Assessment Checklist: First Impressions After Release

The Linux Foundation has received initial feedback on the Self-Assessment Checklist, and it has been gratifyingly positive. I’d like to share with you some observations based on comments received so far. People recognize that the checklist is not an end in itself, but a compilation of recommended compliance practices to guide and inform process improvement efforts... 

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