Open Source for the Enterprise

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For managers faced with the task of coming up with a corporate policy on open source – and then being faced with a welter of different licenses, competing products and different business models – this book might just be the guidebook to help. It aims to make sense of the different types of products, levels of maturity, support options and licenses that are essential factors in any kind of software policy.

Join the KDE Developers at FOSDEM 2006

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KDE

FOSDEM, the sixth Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting will be held on 25 and 26 February 2006 in Brussels. KDE will be present there to socialise, hack and take part in the wider Free Software community.

Power Color X800XL 256MB (ATI)

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Hardware

ATI Linux users seeking the ultimate in desktop performance are presently limited to the X850 series or FireGL V7100 for the workstation arena. We have an X800XL 256MB caressing our systems. The X800XL core packs in approximately 160 million transistors, 16 pixel pipelines, 6 vertex processors, 110nm manufacturing process, 256MB 256-bit video memory, 400MHz core, and 980MHz memory clock. Will this be enough to do justice to NVIDIA's GeForce 6800GT 256MB part under Linux?

Predictions for 2006: Operating systems

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OS

Microsoft says Windows Vista, its new client operating system, will be out in time for the 2006 holiday season. Novell and Red Hat will continue to try to crack Microsoft's domination on the desktop and server with new releases.

When Choice Matters: VectorLinux SOHO 5.1 rc2

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Linux
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"VectorLinux is a small, fast, Linux operating system for Intel, AMD and x86 compatible systems, based on one of the original Linux distributions, Slackware." The developers put out released candidate 2 of the small office - home office edition on Jan. 4, 2006, and since we've never tested any Vector, we thought it was time. The soho edition, "as its name implies, is a distro aimed at Small Office and Home Office users."

SAMBA (Domaincontroller) Server For Small Workgroups With Ubuntu 5.10 "Breezy Badger"

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HowTos

This is a detailed description about the steps to set up a Ubuntu based server (Ubuntu 5.10 - Breezy Badger) to act as file- and print server for Windows (tm) workstations in small workgroups.

Day 3 at CES: What's hot

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Sci/Tech

This is day three at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and for me, it's getaway day. The crowds at the show just seems to get bigger and bigger each day. Just trying to walk the aisles became a chore.

Red Hat disputes CERT vulnerability figures

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Linux

The open source community is up in arms after the publication of a 'misleading and confusing' report that said more vulnerabilities were found in Linux/Unix operating systems than in Windows last year.

Seeing the security forest for the trees

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Security

Over at NewsForge, the two writers point out that if you take US-CERT's annual summary of vulnerabilities at face value, you're likely to get the impression that Linux is lousy at security while Windows is great at it. If you believe that the sheer number alone of security problems openly found and fixed tells you the whole story, you really can't see the forests from the trees.

Input/Output redirection made simple in Linux

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Linux follows the philosophy that every thing is a file. For example, a keyboard, monitor, mouse, printer .... you name it and it is classified as a file in Linux. Each of these pieces of hardware have got unique file descriptors associated with it. Now this nomenclature has got its own advantages. The main one being you can use all the common command line tools you have in Linux to send, receive or manipulate data with these devices.

Microsoft Challenges Linux's Legacy Claims

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Tests run in Redmond's Linux lab seek to dispel the myth that Linux can run on anything, especially older legacy hardware.

Alternative input devices under Linux

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The standard QWERTY keyboard dates from 1874. The computer mouse is a little more recent, but still comparatively ancient. Nowadays a number of alternative input devices are available for a wide variety of specialized needs. How well do they function under Linux? I put a few to the test in order to find out.

Linux happenings in ’06

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Linux

As we return to work this first week of 2006, Linux users with the post-holiday blahs, cabin fever or seasonal affective disorder should be glad to know there is a lot to look forward to this year.

Monitoring access to Server SQUID

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HowTos

There are many forms for analyze of logs generated by the SQUID, Will be boarded five forms of verification: On-line, for line of command and manual verification through the tools Sarg, Webalizer, Calamaris and Squid-Graph.

How one reviewer approaches the art of reviewing

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Misc

I've been receiving a fair amount of e-mail from people who are sure that I don't know Linux, but their notes are really showing me that they don't know reviewing. I don't hold that against them. Few people know how reviews really work.

Linux Is Everywhere (CES Day One)

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For those of you who complained about the Microsoft content of my day zero coverage, you'll be happy to hear that today is devoted solely to Linux and Linux-related products. Now shove off or I swear, tomorrow it'll be all iPod accessories... don't make me do it.

Debian, Ubuntu, and the DCC, oh my!

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The DCC Alliance, made up of several Linux distributors which are attempting to add LSB (Linux Standard Base) 3.0 compatibility to Debian Linux, has not had an easy time of it.

Visually Impaired User Weighs In on Assistive Technology Debate

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OSS

One of the arguments in Massachusetts against OpenDocument centered on the needs of the visually impaired. In this guest column, a visually impaired PC user explains that not only is using an exclusively Windows solution a crash-prone option, it is also far more expensive than equivalent technologies in OS X and, eventually, Linux. Scott Seder makes the case for more open source development in the Assistive Technology arena.

New XGI drivers for GNU/Linux

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Software

The developers at XGI released a new version of their drivers for Linux. Version 1.04.13 supports kernel 2.4 and 2.6 aswell as hardware accelerated OpenGL 1.3

THAT OLD MANDRIVA...

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Reviews

This is a Linux operating system with a tried, tested and trusted history - so what does the 2006 offering bring to the party?

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