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Open source "gaining enormous momentum"

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OSS

The open-source software "phenomenon" extends far beyond Linux, and is "gaining enormous momentum," IDC reports. Following a recent survey of over 5,000 developers in 116 countries, IDC has concluded that open-source software represents "the most significant all-encompassing and long-term trend that the software industry has seen since the early 1980s."

Tested: Ubuntu Linux

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Reviews

Ubuntu Linux is free to download and includes everything needed for basic desktop productivity tasks. The latest release, Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Long Term Support), will be supported with security and bug-fix updates for three years, unlike earlier versions. We found Ubuntu 6.06 easy to install and equally easy to use.

Asterisk: The software phone company

Asterisk is a phone system in software. It can replace large and expensive business phone systems, powering thousands of extensions, or it can help home users save money on long distance. Because it’s implemented in software, it is extremely versatile, easy to customize, and easy to extend.

Freenigma: Encryption for webmail

Until now, security-conscious email users could employ encryption with traditional email clients, but were out of luck with webmail services. Freenigma, a service to add encryption to third-party webmail services via a Firefox plugin, aims to add security to the convenience of webmail. My trial of the service indicates that it's making a good start, but has room to improve.

Static Meets Dynamic Adding Caches to Reduce Costs

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HowTos

Static content on a website is like a phone book, but imagine how difficult it would be to use your "paper cache" if the numbers inside the phone book constantly changed or if numbers differed based on who was looking them up. This is why caching dynamic content poses a more difficult problem than caching static content.

Gentoo 2006.1: A Thing of Dreams?

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Gentoo

Gentoo Linux 2006.1 is now out offering users the latest in package updates for the community-built meta-distribution. The 2006.1 release is the second official milestone release from Gentoo this year and follows the 2006.0 release by six months. Unlike other Linux distributions, Gentoo developers considered their distribution to be a "meta-distribution" users can customize.

React OS: Windows done right

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Reviews

React OS project has recently released the version 0.3.0 of this operating system and this is what you are looking at above. The similarity with Windows doesn't end nor begin with the desktop. The installer looks pretty much exactly like Windows, and hence doesn't have much to offer on a beauty contest.

Novell Denies Flagship SUSE User has Abandoned Linux

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SUSE

Novell Inc has denied reports that the city of Bergen in Norway, one of its flagship Linux deployments, has decided to stick with Windows at the expense of SUSE Linux Enterprise.

Linux From Scratch

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Interviews

From the days when installing a Linux distribution required a 300-page bible, to the days of Live CDs, the question "How do I learn Linux?" doesn't seem to have a ready answer. That's probably because the question itself is a little vague. If you want to learn how to use a Linux distribution, trying out one should help you. You need to lock yourself in a room for a weekend with a copy of Linux From Scratch (http://www.linuxfromscratch.org). Find out more from Mayank's interview with Gerard Beekmans.

Four Tough Lessons of System Recovery

Last week, I received a brand new laptop. My game plan was to transfer my files via a USB disk to the NTFS partition and then transfer my second partition which is Debian Sarge (so-called) Unstable, and keep up with my regular business.

Linux Goes Mainstream

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Linux

He'll be the first to admit it: Troy Webb has struggled trying to do business with channel newbie and Linux stalwart Red Hat.

Transcript of talk with Richard .M. Stallman @ GPLv3 Conference

Today when I came across the interview of Richard.M.Stallman on The Hindu, it left me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. So without further ado here is the transcript of the interview of Richard.M.Stallman as published in The Hindu newspaper dated August 31st 2006.

Desktop Linux

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Linux

Today, the cheap revolution is focused on back-end data centers, where big shops are replacing expensive Unix servers with clusters of low-cost Linux-on-Intel machines. But phase two of the Linux revolution is targeting user desktops.

BI Vendors Get Smart Around Linux, Open Source

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OSS

As Linux steps beyond the limits of technical applications, business intelligence (BI) is one area that's leading the way. In a rash of recent BI announcements at LinuxWorld and elsewhere, many vendors are developing new business models, while consciously giving customers a choice between Linux and other operating systems--and in some cases, between commercial and open source implementations, too.

IE For Linux?

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Software

Microsoft's Internet Explorer has been the dominant Web browser (almost) since the birth of the Web. It runs on Microsoft's Windows and on Apple's Mac, but it has never been officially supported on Linux. A nascent open source effort called IEs 4 Linux is trying to change that.

No Flash 9 Alpha For Linux

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Software

Everyone who has been anxiously awaiting a peek at Adobe's Flash Player 9 for Linux will have to wait until a well-scrubbed beta release becomes available.

Linux Desktops Sneak Into NSW Education

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SUSE

Despite a lacklustre policy towards Linux in schools, the NSW Department of Education will be dealing with more open source desktops as pilot projects begin across the state.

Firefox beta 2 out

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Software

Although not as widely anticipated as some of the other products currently inching towards release, many web surfers are looking forward to version 2.0 of Firefox. The popular open-source browser has seen its release date pushed to late October, but those of you who are dying to get hold of the latest from Mozilla can download Firefox 2.0 Beta 2, which was made available earlier today.

Cold War Review by Micks

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Reviews
Gaming

There was a time when many of us thought Cold War for Linux would never see the light of day. DreamCatcher Games, the game's original publisher for the Windows platform, decided they didn't really care for the (already finished) Linux and Mac OS X versions all that much (not to mention problems arising from use of certain copy prevention software which I will get to later) and Cold War shipped with only Windows binaries included on the DVD ROM back in September 2005.

VMware Server for Linux for Free

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Software

VMware has a mature, well-engineered and versatile console for its server product. I hesitated to try it until contracted to do a comparison for a book. Now, I'm sold, even though I got VMware server for free.

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