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Story Head to Head: Office 2010 vs Open Office 3.1 srlinuxx 1 14/03/2010 - 10:45pm
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Story Noteworthy Mandriva Cooker changes Mar 1 - 14 srlinuxx 14/03/2010 - 9:55pm
Story Reasons to love (and hate) gentoo srlinuxx 1 14/03/2010 - 9:53pm
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Story Docky: Another OS X-like Doc srlinuxx 14/03/2010 - 7:13pm
Story today's leftovers & howtos: srlinuxx 1 14/03/2010 - 10:48am
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Story Big distributions, little RAM srlinuxx 14/03/2010 - 2:04am

An interview with Linux Australia's cover girl

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Interviews

It can be tough being a woman in an industry where almost four in five people are men. Liz Tay speaks with Waugh about her experiences, passion for technology and open source, and advice on how to take on the skills shortage in Australia.

Linus Torvalds Officially a Hero

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Linux

"The European edition of the Time magazine has selected Linus Torvalds as one of the heroes of the past 60 years. The article on Linus is titled 'By giving away his software, the Finnish programmer earned a place in history.' Linus is cited in the 'Rebels & Leaders' category along with Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, and others."

Why is the linux file hierarchy better?

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Linux

There are many articles around the web about the differences between the windows file hierarchy and the linux one. One thing they don't say is which one is better and why. My aim in this article is to show why the linux file hierarchy is a better model.

How Red Hat Lost Friends And Gained New Enemies

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Linux

Red Hat, once the little company that could, for years could do no wrong. It rode the rising popularity of Linux to become a $280 million-a-year company with a market cap as high as $6 billion, claiming 80% of the market for Linux-based enterprise servers. Other Linux-friendly vendors loved Red Hat, since it gave them and their customers a viable alternative to Windows. Even Microsoft, while openly anti-Linux, didn't treat Red Hat as too much of a threat.

How To Compile A Kernel - The Fedora Way

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HowTos

Each distribution has some specific tools to build a custom kernel from the sources. This article is about compiling a kernel on Fedora systems. It describes how to build a custom kernel using the latest unmodified kernel sources from www.kernel.org (vanilla kernel) so that you are independent from the kernels supplied by your distribution. It also shows how to patch the kernel sources if you need features that are not in there.

'Doom' creator turned rocket pioneer

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Interviews

Best known for creating two of the world's most ground-breaking video games, Doom and Quake, John Carmack is quietly breaking ground in another nascent field: commercial rocketry.

Novell and Microsoft’s deal - A Call to Action

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SUSE

Novell bit the hand that feeds it. The Novell/Microsoft announcement reminds me of the saying, “Communism is a great concept, on paper”. This deal sounds nice, especially to the uninformed. Novell really has helped out the community with this deal!

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 177

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Linux

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • News: Samba denounces Novell, openSUSE 10.2, F vs U, Debian etch kernels, Slackware changelog

  • Competition: Winners of Mandriva Linux 2007 PowerPack
  • Released last week: Debian GNU/Linux 3.1r4, NetBSD Live! 2007
  • Upcoming releases: Ubuntu 7.04, Yellow Dog Linux 5.0
  • Site news: PHR topics
  • New additions: DiscoverStation, Olive, paldo
  • New distributions: Absolute, Omaemona 2ch/Linux, LearnTux
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Edgy pushed me over the edge

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Ubuntu

Today I am running a year-old version of Ubuntu Linux. In the world of Ubuntu Linux, where new releases are issued every six months, year-old Breezy is distinctly old.

Sun's Historic Java Announcement

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OSS

This is an historic day. Let's share it together. Sun believes deeply in creating communities and sharing innovations and technologies to foster more participation. Today in a historic move, Sun is opening the door to greater innovation by open sourcing key Java implementations.

Also: Download sun java GPL’d source code

Is Free Software the future of India? Steve Ballmer CEO of Microsoft answers...

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Microsoft

The solemn occasion was the talk show hosted by NDTV 24x7 - a premier cable television news channel in India. The very first question that was asked off Steve Ballmer was the following: Is Free Software the future of India?

Why I finally switched to Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

My first two months of using Ubuntu were pretty... difficult. Installing Linux on a laptop (for complete beginners) was supposedly a relatively complex task (specially if, like me, you don't like asking questions on forums). So I basically ended up with a pretty buggy installation (less buggy than my Windows partition, even though my laptop is only three months old). But still, other than my original ideological motivations, what could possibly warrant a definitive switch to Ubuntu?

KMyMoney: Coming along, but still not there

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Software

KMyMoney is KDE's personal financial management program. If you don't have complex needs and a lot of history to import, KMyMoney lets you set up accounts, enter transactions, and generate reports easily, and other features are doable with some help from the generous amounts of documentation. However, KMyMoney is not a good choice for small business owners, who need more functionality than it can provide.

Open source rival takes on Google Maps

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Software

Volunteer "citizen cartographers" are aiming to take on the likes of Google Maps and Ordnance Survey by creating a free open source wiki-style map of the planet.

Large public-sector Linux project flops

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Linux

A publicly funded Linux project which cost UK taxpayers half-a-million pounds has flopped. Birmingham City Council began the project — one of the largest public-sector Linux projects in the UK — in May 2005 to evaluate the potential of open-source software. The council, the largest local authority in the UK, intended to deploy open-source software on 1,500 PCs in libraries across the city.

UNIX tips and tricks for a new user, Part 2: The vi text editor

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Linux

The vi text editor might seem counterintuitive to new users but, make no mistake, there is a good reason this 30-year old tool is still widely used by many of the best developers in the world. The vi text editor separates operations into insert mode and command mode, which gives you ultrafast access to key commands that can edit, insert, and move text in on-the-fly, user-defined segments.

Microsoft patent pledge an 'empty promise'

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Microsoft

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has dismissed Microsoft's patent pledge to open source developers as "meaningless" and warned that it could provide a false sense of security.

CLI Magic: Enhancing the shell with fish

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Software

The Friendly Interactive Shell (fish) is an alternative command line that is designed to be easy to learn and use. fish turns on by default options that are available in shells such as Bash or tcsh and develops them far beyond other shells. The result is a command line that can go a long way toward curing the phobia that many GNU/Linux users nurse from their experience with the DOS command line.

PS3 is nifty, but it's a bit too pricey

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Gaming

After spending time with Sony's new PlayStation 3 game console last week, I understand why Microsoft's Xbox team has been strutting lately. Don't get me wrong. The PS3 is an amazing machine. I'd love to have one sitting beneath my TV. But not for $500 or $600.

Also: Playstation 3 dissected and analysed

Can Novell Make the Sale?

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SUSE

Recently, Novell made a statement that could’ve given them some grief. In an online publication Computer Business Review Online, Novell was apparently quoted as stating that Vista would cost $300 more than their SuSE option. What Novell appears to have missed is a seemingly long list of Vista licenses with a number of price ranges. To add insult to injury, it appears the page containing the quote has since been pulled down.

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