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June 4, 2007

Fedora 7 Release Party at Novell Open Source Technology Center

by @ 7:19 pm. Filed under General Linux, Linux News, novell

I wanted to take a sec and mention the outcome of the Fedora 7 release party at the Open Source Technology Center last Thursday night.

I was fortunate enough to have several minutes to meet several people who I hadn’t previously. Clint Savage spent quite a bit of time with me trying to get my laptop to boot Fedora 7. Unfortunately, we were never successful (thanks, though, Clint). Christer Edwards was also there. We conversed quite a bit about the differences between Ubuntu and openSUSE. Friendly enough fellow, for sure. Gabriel Gunderson and Stuart Jansen were there. I spent quite a while talking with Stuart, as well. All were great folks to meet. All in all, we talked a ton, ate pizza, and had a great time, though I’m not entirely sure that many were able to get Fedora 7 installed and working. But hey, I had a great time. Thanks for everyone who put it on. Thanks Steve for coming with me. Hope you liked it Rich.

I shamelessly stole these pictures of me from the gallery of the li’l shindig (click for larger images):

Scott and Steve

Scott stands waiting for a shirt

Scott watches Clint's Demo

Scott waves to the camera

Steve attempts yet again to get Gentoo working

Anyway, it was a great time. Thanks again, Clint, for the pizza.

FNB switches 12 000 desktops to Linux

by @ 6:52 pm. Filed under General Linux, Linux migrations, Linux News, novell

Here is another one! It is encouraging, yet not surprising to see how many Linux migrations are taking place recently. I do struggle to keep up with them all; try though I may, it is nearly impossible. This time, we have another coming from a South African bank. First National Bank of South Africa has announced a partnership with Novell to switch 12,000 desktops over to Linux.

Excerpt:
“Following recent reports of a South African bank eyeing out Linux, Novell South Africa today issued a statement in which it said it had reached an agreement with First National Bank of South Africa to standardise the bank’s 12 000 desktops in its 680 retail branches on Novell’s Linux product.”

“With 12 000 desktops switching to Linux this is very likely the most significant Linux and open source implementation in South Africa to date.”

“Stafford Masie, managing director of Novell SA, said that ‘Novell’s ability to offer a complete ecosystem to take care of the customer long after the installation of software and establish a trusted relationship was key for FNB. Deployments like this one continue to demonstrate the value and readiness of desktop Linux solutions from Novell for enterprise customers.'”

Read the entire article here.

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