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War Stories From Open Source Pioneers

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OSS

The decision to forego proprietary software isn't always easy, but those who rise to the challenge can reap the rewards. Early adopters of open source blazed the trail for enterprise users of this new software model, even though they didn't know where the journey might lead. Some of the territories they pioneered -- such as Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl -- are now well established. In other areas, however, open source is only beginning to make inroads.

My desktop OS: PCLinuxOS 0.92

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PCLOS

After getting my hands dirty with nearly a dozen operating systems over the years, I find PCLinuxOS (PCLOS) comes closest to being a complete desktop solution right out of the box.

Updates to Quake III Arena, RTCW, and Wolfenstein: ET

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Gaming

Yes, it is true! id software released updates to Quake3, RTCW and RTCW:ET to fix some security issues discovered in Quake III Arena source code under GPL.

Pointy Haired Boss Issues Press Releases About His Personal Life

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Humor

We might be short on staff, but we're not short on incoming spampress releases from worthless Sillycon Valley companies. During the last several months, we've received an amusing series of announcements from a certain corporate executive who likes to see his name in print.

Book review: Write Great Code by Randall Hyde

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Reviews

In our era of more powerful personal computers, applications that were once quick and simple have become larger, slower, and full of bloat. Any one of these application’s developers would have done well to have picked up a copy of Randall Hyde’s Write Great Code Volume 2: Thinking Low-level, writing high-level.

Of Errors and Etiquette, Part One: Linux

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Linux

The Cato Institute recently published Tim Lee's paper on the DMCA. As might be noted in a police report, "words were exchanged" between the author, my colleagues, and myself on a number of points, substantive and otherwise. My take on this issue is that it presents hard problems. It is of no help whatsoever in resolving these problems to make factual and legal errors. So I will now review the record, try to identify errors, set out what is known and what is still unknown, and further explore the case against and for the DMCA.

The PC-BSD interview

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Interviews

PC-BSD reached a milestone recently with the release of its first stable version, PCD-BSD 1.0. It’s one of the easiest-to-install, use and maintain *nix system that I have seen till date. Apart from delivering a user-friendly experience, it takes its FreeBSD heritage very seriously, to get you a very stable desktop operating system. Below is an interview with PC-BSD’s founder and developer, Kris Moore, and their language co-ordinator and contributor (PC-BSD can be installed in over 50 languages and supports as many keyboard layouts) Charles-Andre Landemaine.

Window management and the power of scripting

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Software

In the last edition of Linux.Ars, I wrote a review of GNOME 2.14 in which I criticized the Metacity window manager and expressed dissatisfaction with its lack of functionality. In response to my arguments, I received e-mail from several readers with comments about window management.

EC reluctant to back OpenDocument

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OSS

The European Commission is reluctant to recommend the OpenDocument file format, even though the format has been endorsed by international standards groups.

Itanium needs Linux... but does Linux need Itanium?

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Linux

For years now, I've been hearing about how Intel's Itanium platform was going to be the server-chip to end all other server-chips. It hasn't happened.

I don't think it ever will happen.

Apple vs. Apple: Beatles' Apple loses suit

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Mac
Legal

A long and winding legal road took another twist for the Beatles' record company today, when a British judge ruled that Apple Computer Inc. is entitled to use the apple logo on its iTunes Music Store.

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Giving desktop Linux a try

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Linux

Doug Roberts, a desktop Linux user for about two years, shares his perspective on switching from Windows to Linux, and what to think about when you decide to take the plunge. After an initial, unsuccessful attempt to install Xandros, Roberts tried a Knoppix live CD and soon installed Knoppix on his PC's hard drive, which has since morphed into "an almost pure Debian system."

Mambo lead developer quits due to conscience

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Software

Mambo lead developer Martin Brampton today announced he was severing all ties with the Open Source project. His departure — which is eerily similar to the departure of an entire development team last year — comes in the wake of him finding himself unable to continue due to matters of conscience, a statement said today.

OpenLogic Pays Qualified Community Experts to Support Open Source

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OS

Through the OpenLogic Expert Community, OpenLogic will pay qualified experts within the open source development community to provide in-depth support for open source products.

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Torvalds comments on kernel "overhaul"

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Linux

News reports out of LinuxTag late last week have Andrew Morton, the second highest ranking Linux kernel developer, calling for a bug-fixing cycle to cut down on the growing number of bugs found in the latest kernel release. NewsForge contacted the number one man on the Linux project, Linus Torvalds, who acknowledged it might be the right time for a "bug cycle.

OpenSuSE 10.1 small review

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Reviews

I couldn't wait. I grabed the OpenSuSE 10.1 isos and burned them on 5 cds. I prepared a test partition on my laptop (5.5GB) and inserted the first cd. The first thing you notice is the welcome screen. Is different from 10.0, more polished, nicer ...

Using Sarge with backports and other sources (even sid)

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HowTos

Using Debian Sarge (stable) with "testing" and "unstable" is not always the best idea, as in order to get a package not present in Sarge you might need to make a massive update of libs, thus having a mixed system, not quite Sarge anymore. However, you can use at times some packages from the "testing" and "unstable" — just don't forget to check first the backports repositories!

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