Articles by Timothy R. Butler

Timothy R. Butler is Editor-in-Chief of Open for Business. He also serves as a pastor at Little Hills Church and FaithTree Christian Fellowship.

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Leading independent Linux websites form one-stop news portal

By Timothy R. Butler | Jul 02, 2002 at 12:05 AM
LinuxDailyNews Hits the Web during wIndependence Week

July 2, 2002 (The INTERNET). Five popular independent Linux websites today unveiled LinuxDailyNews, a collaborative portal site where visitors can get thumbnail glimpses of the latest news and content from each participating site. The founders of LinuxDailyNews are Open for Business,,, and Linux and Main. Those sites were joined before rollout by member site KernelTrap, and other sites are expected to be added in the future.

Consortium to Launch Linux Cooperative

By Timothy R. Butler | Jun 28, 2002 at 6:52 PM

A group of leading independent websites are planning to launch a new Linux cooperative website in conjunction with “wIndependence Day 2002.” The unveiling of the new web site is scheduled to take place early next week.

GNOME 2 Released, Presents Challenge to KDE

By Timothy R. Butler | Jun 26, 2002 at 10:06 PM

The Gnome Foundation announced the final release of the much touted, much delayed GNOME 2 desktop environment today. As the desktop of choice for RedHat Linux and Debian GNU/Linux, as well as Solaris and HP/UX, the significance of this release is only rivaled by KDE3's release in April.

OEone announces HomeBase 1.5

By Timothy R. Butler | Jun 25, 2002 at 3:12 PM

OEone, the developer of the internet appliance-like HomeBase Linux distribution, announced that HomeBase 1.5 has been released. The new release adds a number of nice features on to the system we reviewed back in March.

Wal-Mart Starts Selling Linux-based PC's

By Timothy R. Butler | Jun 14, 2002 at 3:51 PM

In somewhat of surprise move, Wal-Mart, the United States largest retailer, has started selling PC's pre-loaded with a Linux distribution. The PC's, similar to the ones that Wal-Mart made news with earlier this year by selling them without any operating system, range from $300-$600.

CodeWeavers Announces CrossOver Office 1.1

By Timothy R. Butler | Jun 11, 2002 at 12:29 PM

CodeWeavers, a leading contributor to the WINE project, announced today that they had made available an update release to their CrossOver Office product. The new release adds official support of Microsoft Outlook and Internet Explorer to CO Office's repertoire.

Breaking Windows: CodeWeavers and NeTraverse Bring Office to Linux

By Timothy R. Butler | May 31, 2002 at 1:40 AM

Time and again, one of the most common excuses about moving to Linux is that it does not have Microsoft Office. Never mind that provides most everything one needs, people are use to Office, and are not interested in changing, thank-you very much.

Four Linux Vendors Launch ''UnitedLinux,'' Others May Join Soon

By Timothy R. Butler | May 30, 2002 at 12:24 PM

In an unprecedented move today, Caldera, Conectiva, SuSE, and Turbolinux announced a joint development program known as UnitedLinux. As was expected based on leaks from the companies earlier this week, the foursome will merge their R&D efforts to create one core Linux distribution.

RedHat Release Statement on Patent Usage

By Timothy R. Butler | May 29, 2002 at 10:50 PM

Leading Linux distributor RedHat, Inc. announced today a policy on its much publicized patent registrations. According to the company, “we are forced to live in the world as it is, and that world currently permits software patents. A relatively small number of very large companies have amassed large numbers of software patents. We believe such massive software patent portfolios are ripe for misuse because of the questionable nature of many software patents generally and because of the high cost of patent litigation.”

Mere Open Source

By Timothy R. Butler | May 16, 2002 at 2:26 PM

What is Open Source? It is a simple enough question, yet the answer has become so obscure that it is anything but simple. The phrase is undisputedly at the core of what drives the Linux community even while it eludes nearly everyone as to what its exact definition is.

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