Google confronts Microsoft mastery

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Sci/Tech

GOOGLE has stepped up its challenge to Microsoft, announcing plans for a video and television internet service and a package of programs that could break Bill Gates's stranglehold on the world's personal computers.

Microsoft's censorship in China violates trust

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Misc

An Internet that has thrived in part because of minimal governmental supervision is at risk because Microsoft and other mega-corporations can't keep their hands off it.

Partition images with Partimage and Partimaged

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HowTos

This is a guide to create or restore images of your partitions using the great open source tool Partimage. It provides information on how to do this locally or across the network, by setting up a Partimaged Server.

Installing OpenOffice.org 2.0 for Debian

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HowTos

In this introductory article, Jon Watson provides an easy guide to installing the new Open Office source on non-rpm Linux systems. The emphasis is on the use of alien to help convert rpm packages for quick installation to the latest Debian releases.

Fud alert: Winning the Linux Wars

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Microsoft

It was the kind of scenario that used to strike fear into Microsoft partners' hearts, and Tim Marshall remembers it well. A midsize business was evaluating collaboration solutions, recalls Marshall, vice president of technology at Neudesic LLC, an Irvine, Calif.-based solution provider and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.

Homegrown and Open Source to Get Last Laugh

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OSS

As 2005 was drawing to a close, there was a lot of activity surrounding a new twist on a very old idea: the compute utility. Well, to be more precise, utilities are an old idea that were perfected during that industrial revolution for water distribution (and other related public water works such as sewage disposal), transportation, energy distribution, and communications.

Strong growth for Debian

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Linux

Debian is currently the fastest growing Linux distribution for web servers, with more than 1.2 million active sites in December. Debian 3.1 was declared stable in July and it appears that both the anticipation of this release becoming stable, and the release itself, have generated new interest in Debian.

Driver education for Linux novices

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Linux

Last week's column on DSL Linux generated so many letters and loose ends that we're going to have to play catch-up this week. I left out the first rule of DSL Linux as it pertains to inexperienced computer users: It may not work with your hardware.

Fearless predictions from Propeller Heads

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Misc

Dear Propeller Heads: So, what will I have to buy, subscribe to, or learn about in 2006 to keep up with my Propeller Head friends?

Open Source for the Enterprise

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Reviews

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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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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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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HowTos

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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Microsoft

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

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