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Two things I do every morning no matter what are drink my morning coffee and read the latest Linux news. A day without either of them would be a disaster. Because getting Linux news is so important to me I’ve kept track of several Linux news sites and tested the value and focus of their articles.
Peter Judge, over at ZDNet UK, continues to publish articles about Alex Brown’s stubborn battle against ODF, which even Alex himself considers to be analogous to “a neat house built on good foundations”.
When users want the latest in free and open source software (FOSS), they are likely to think first of sites like freshmeat, or perhaps Softpedia or GnomeFiles. However, as the FOSS community has divided into specialized communities, sites for new releases have proliferated, to the point where it is difficult to keep track of them all.
A recent column on Zdnet, by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, discussed the reasons why people won't change from a retail operating system to a free one. The implication is that Linux can't even give away their software.
One of the most painful parts of writing this blog is the necessity to read mainstream news sites trying to describe free software. For example, this CNN article titled "Microsoft takes on the free world"...