FSM: On free vs. proprietary

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Software

There is currently a competition going on between two types of business model. Each have their strong advocates, supporters and enemies. Flame wars have raised the temperature of various communication channels. In short, it's good old fashioned fun for all and sundry.

SUSE 10.1 Alpha 4 Report

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Reviews
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OpenSuSE's SUSE Linux 10.1 alpha4 was released right on schedule December 15 and as usual those developers have been hard at work. No big visual changes, but plenty under-the-hood serve as testament to their dedication. Again some key features this release include superior performance, unparalleled stability, and unrivaled software availability. Weelll, almost...

Digging Distributed Journalism: Digg.com

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Web

For those of you who haven't heard about Digg, it's a news site that relies on its readers to determine what the most important news stories are that day. In this interview, Kevin and Jay talk in depth about Digg, it's history, why Digg works, and Digg's international aspirations, and where Digg is going in the future.

Linux--The Teenage Years

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Linux

For seasoned IT citizens (i.e., senior managers and executives) it must be quite a show. Many can sit back and say, "Yup, I remember my AT&T Unix teen years. They were wild and exciting, but we sure are glad we got through them alive."

Creating a Wiki with kwiki

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HowTos

Wikis are simple interactive websites which are extremely easy to use for storing easily updated text content. Debian has packaged several different Wiki systems and here we'll look at installing just one of them: KWiki.

Why Do They Want My Phone Number?

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Security

On the checkout line this holiday season, make sure you have everything on your gift list, your cash or credit card ready -- and, oh yeah, get set for one more thing.

"Can I have your phone number, please?"

Where Computer Interfaces Are Going : 3D Beyond Games

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Sci/Tech

Will we be stuck with flat rectangles on our desktop forever or will we finally live in a 3D desktop? This article discusses some alternatives and proposes a framework in which future interface designs may be evaluated.

High-tech gift ideas, items in wee sizes, at tiny prices

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Misc

Ask your favorite techies what they want for the holidays, and they'll probably suggest a 50-inch plasma television, the hottest Windows laptop or a 60-gigabyte iPod.

Hackers find first Xbox 360 cracks

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Gaming

Only weeks after the introduction of the Xbox 360, hackers appear to have cracked their way into the software that runs the Microsoft game console.

Classic Doom with New Tech

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Gaming

Wish you could relive the glory days playing the original Doom but with all the flair of a modern graphics engine? Well, thanks to the folks over at Flaming Sheep Software, you can!

Enterprise Unix Roundup: What's Driving Mandriva?

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MDV

Even before you open the door, you can sometimes tell how urgent the person on the other side wants to talk to you. A quiet knock is polite, well-mannered. A harder knock communicates more of a desire to hurry up, let's get this open so we can talk.

Then there's Mandriva. They kicked the door in this week.

The Voice of IP: Open Source and the Traditional Business Model -- Can They Be Buddies?

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OSS

Something that has become really noticeable is the prominence of Asterisk (the open source PBX) in the telecoms media and at telephony shows. It is not just the high profile presence of Asterisk, but it is the growing number of other companies who have products based on Asterisk that is truly staggering.

SETI@Home project ends; no E.T., but the technology continues

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Web

Along with the Howard Stern Show, another radio endeavor involving alien life forms is going off the air this week; SETI@Home, a grid supercomputer project for detecting signs of extra terrestrial life from deep space, officially ended Dec. 15.

Music Labels Sue More File-Sharers

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Legal

The Recording Industry Association of America has filed a new round of lawsuits against people who share unauthorized copies of music over P-to-P services, the trade group announced Thursday.

ODF: The Better, More Affordable Office Standard?

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Misc

Opinion: If you take a close look, as many people have, it's clear that ODF, and not Open XML, is the better document standard.

Test Your Advanced SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 Skills

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SUSE

The 30 exercises found in this sample chapter from Sam's allow you to test your knowledge with SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 at an advanced level.

Intel vs. AMD: An Epic Continues

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Hardware

For years, Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. have battled each other in the x86-based microprocessor business. Nows they've taken it to the courtroom. See what happened in 2005...and what's next.

Windows, Linux tussle with Unix

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OS

Shivani Shinde delves into the enterprise software market where 64-bit offerings from Microsoft, Red Hat and Novell are starting to take on commercial Unix.

Sun Pushes for Greater Adoption of OpenDocument Format

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OSS

People want to be able to store their information for the long term without having to continually pay to upgrade their document software to maintain this or be forced to accept the alternative.

At the Sounding Edge: Music Notation Software for Linux, Part 3

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HowTos

In this month's stop on our tour of Linux music notation programs, we look at the MusiXTeX music typesetting software. MusiXTeX was created by Daniel Taupin, Ross Mitchell and Andreas Egler. MusiXTeX currently is maintained by Christian Mondrup and other volunteers.

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