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I thought we were beyond this?

Women...Have you not understood the key to the issue at hand? Does one need to point out the solution to this problem?

Action...Reaction: Open Invention Network (OIN) seeks prior art to bust some FAT patents.

OIN appears to be in a "FAT busting" mood. Maybe you can help?

PR Wars: Apple vs Microsoft...Does Linux need to even bother?

"I'm a Mac" ... "I'm a PC" ... "We're Linux" ... Why???

Annual Kaspersky Labs Fearmongering (2008 Edition)!

Its that time of year again! Merry Fearmongering everybody!

Either shut up or do something about it.

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Linux

The web is filled with so many views and opinions about Linux, that its simply mindnumbing to even try to read it all. The time spent should be focused on actual coding and coming up with new, practical ideas that are of use to most people.

HD-DVD and Blu-Ray war...Why is it going nowhere?

Is there a conspiracy as to why this format war is going nowhere? Or a real insidious plan?

An obstacle for Linux desktops: Windows applications

A discussion of one of the biggest obstacles facing a "Windows to Linux" transition.

There's always hope...

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Linux

I guess there is some honesty in Nigeria after all...

It took about a week, but the government of Nigeria stepped in: "We are sticking with that platform," said the official.

Web survey numbers...How do they calculate them?

Who should we trust? Are the numbers, right?

Microsoft and "Interoperability"...LOL! That's a good one!

Don't you get the feeling that Microsoft isn't all that serious about interoperability to begin with, and everything they do has a catch behind it all?

Don't complain. Do something useful instead.

Life throws us curve balls, but how we react or respond to a given situation is what really matters.

"Why Ubuntu (Still) Sucks"...Why care?

Its amazing what people are willing to do for ad-dollars nowadays. Don't fall for the trick that tech journalists use!

Annual Kaspersky Labs Fearmongering!

Merry Fearmongering!

Kaspersky Labs (maker of the infamous KAV for Windows), has started what I call their "annual fearmongering initiative".

It appears about this time of year, when they release their so-called "Look everyone! We found a proof of concept malware that does something nasty to *insert opensource solution name here*" press releases.

Clarification to "Year of the Linux desktop? Who cares!"

This is to clear up a mis-interpretation.

Year of the Linux desktop? Who cares!

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Linux

Remember all those articles around the web that claim "This year might be the year for the Linux desktop" ? Honestly, should we really care? Shouldn't we let the user decide from themselves? Aren't they the final decider in all this?

Ever wonder how IDC can do all those "studies"?

We all know IDC is basically a known "propaganda mercenary" for Microsoft...But did you know they're incredibly "efficient" in producing studies?

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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Remembering Linux Installfests

Ah, yes. I remember the good old days when you had to be a real man or woman to install Linux, and the first time you tried you ended up saying something like “Help!” or maybe “Mommmmyyyyy!” Really, kids, that’s how it was. Stacks of floppies that took about 7,000 hours to download over your 16 baud connection. Times sure have changed, haven’t they? I remember Caldera advertising that their distribution autodetected 1,500 different monitors. I wrote an article titled “Monitor Number 1501,” because it didn’t detect my monitor. And sound. Getting sound going in Linux took mighty feats of systemic administsationish strength. Mere mortals could not do it. And that’s why we had installfests: so mighty Linux he-men and she-women could come down from the top of Slackware Mountain or the Red Hat Volcano and share their godlike wisdom with us. We gladly packed up our computers and took them to the installfest location (often at a college, since many Linux-skilled people were collegians) and walked away with Linuxized computers. Praise be! Read more

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Right on the heels of Ubuntu 16.10 'Yakkety Yak' is Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus. Ubuntu 17.04 is currently scheduled for release on April 13, 2017 but know that this is only an estimate. One thing to know is that all things being equal, it is going to be released in April 2017. Ubuntu Zesty Zapus will be supported for only 9 months until January 2018 as it is not a LTS (long term support) release. Read
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