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Interesting read and I wasn't aware of some of the facts behind the open-source entrepreneur Bob Young. From the BBC article:

Bob Young is a self-confessed contrarian with a strong desire to change the world by allowing people to share and collaborate. The approach has served him well and has helped turn the Canadian into a multi-millionaire. Bob YoungFrom the outset, his software company Red Hat bucked the trend set by the big players like Microsoft which stubbornly guarded every line of code and charged whopping fees to maintain it.

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BBC's blogger Rory Cellan-Jones took Ubuntu Karmic Koala for 24 hours test drive and predicated that - "... Ubuntu will remain a very niche product - but it's Google's Android which could bring open-source to the mass consumer market...".
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Today Ubuntu Linux 8.10 final will be released to all mirrors world wild. However, FTP/HTTP mirrors server may down due to heavy demands from users. You can now use BitTorrent to upgrade Ubuntu Linux to 8.10 from old 8.04 version. Help Ubuntu project to spread Linux to humanity.

In the past, the update servers would crash very quickly on a big release day, making it hard for people to get the latest update. With BitTorrent, however, this can be easily avoided.

Most users of Linux based operating systems such as Ubuntu are familiar with BitTorrent. In fact, Ubuntu even comes with a BitTorrent client, and millions of Ubuntu users got their install disk via the popular filesharing protocol.

Use BitTorrent to Upgrade to Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex | TorrentFreak

Red Hat Directory Server (RHDS) wins "Best Identity Management Solution" at "SIIA's 2008 Codie" awards. RHDS is based upon the Fedora Directory Server (FDS), which is an LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) server developed by Red Hat, as part of Red Hat's community-supported Fedora Project. Fedora Directory Server is identical to the Red Hat Directory Server (rebranded version).

The CODiE awards is a yearly award issued by the Software and Information Industry Association for excellence in software development the software industry.

Red Hat Directory Server is a commercial version of FDS with added features like customer service and technical support. FDS is being built on top of Fedora, but supports many operating systems including Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Debian, Solaris 8+, and HP-UX 11i. FDS has a Java-based GUI front end for administration. FreeIPA, a network identity, policy and audit suite which uses Fedora Directory Server as its LDAP component.

Download Google Chrome Browser for Linux / Mac OS X

There is no native Linux and Mac versions of Chromium available but codeweavers released version for Mac OS X and Linux. From the project page:

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web. The Chromium codebase is the basis for Google’s Chrome browser.

This is just a proof of concept and you should wait for native version. This good if you would like to test new browser.

Download Google Chrome for Linux / Mac OS X

InfoWeek has an interesting article about the open-source future - What Linux Will Look Like In 2012:

Our open source expert foresees the future of Linux: By 2012 the OS will have matured into three basic usage models. Web-based apps rule, virtualization is a breeze, and command-line hacking for basic system configuration is a thing of the past.

I don't know about others but I'm using Linux desktop since 1999 and it won't change in 2012. May be it will be look like ;)
vivek@desktop:~ $

=> What Linux Will Look Like In 2012

Free Software Usability Issues and Solutions

Matthew has published a nice easy titled as "Why Free Software has poor usability, and how to improve it":

Many of these problems are not specific to Free Software in particular, but to volunteer software. Hobbyist proprietary programs often have poor designs for many of the same reasons. But the easiest way of getting volunteers to contribute to a program is to make it open source. And while thousands of people are now employed in developing Free Software, most of its developers are volunteers. So it’s in Free Software that we see volunteer software’s usability problems most often.