Kicking Linux's Tires

In times past, the only way to see if Linux would work on a given PC was to install the OS. Times change. If you like what you see, or you wanna see the real deal, why not set up your machine to dual boot?

Are open-source evangelists a threat to Microsoft?

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OSS

For Eric Raymond, it is all about art. For Louis Suarez-Potts, the allure is intellectual challenge and inclusion in a worldwide community. Hartselle's Shawn Woods just wants cheap software that works. He thinks open-source software may be the answer.

Former President Corners Microsoft Korea

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OSS

Former president of Microsoft Korea is leading the government initiative to boost open-source programs in place of Windows.

Security Update of Debian Saturated Hosting Provider Network

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Web

The recently released security update of XFree86 in DSA 816 for sarge and woody had caused the host of security.debian.org to saturate its 100MBit/s network connection entirely this past week.

Faith in The Gimp

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Software

One excellent open-source program that often gets overlooked in the focus on products like Linux is The Gimp. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is freely distributed software for photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

Open Letter to Alan Yates of Microsoft

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KDE

In his reply to the Massachusetts decision to use only documents in OpenDocument format, the Microsoft manager Alan Yates writes: (paraphrased) Star Office, Open Office, KOffice and IBM Workplace are all derivatives of the same codebase. Thus there is only one program that supports Open Document, and that is illegal. This is, of course, not true.

On Location With: DOOM: The Movie

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Movies
Gaming

I'm standing on the set of the upcoming DOOM film, and, as someone who played all the way through DOOM 3, it's quite a surreal experience.

Nintendo Revolution specs revealed?

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Gaming

A Factor 5 employee who goes by the name "Han Solo" claims to know the Revolution's specs, and has leaked them.

Gates retains 'wealthiest' crown

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Microsoft

Tech industry billionaires loomed large in Forbes' latest list of the wealthiest people in the United States, with Bill Gates and his $51 billion fortune again topping the list.

The Empire's New Clothes

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Microsoft

Office 12, just like Vista, once again proves that Microsoft doesn't care about the end-user. Again.

Free Opera clocks 1 million downloads in two days

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Software

Well, that didn't take long. More than 1 million people have downloaded the Opera browser in the two days since Opera announced it was dropping the ad banner and going completely free.

UPDATE: Opera Gives Away 1.6 Million Browsers

Will Profit Motives Fragment Open-Source Community?

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OSS

Will profit-hungry international corporate cultures ultimately change the fundamental altruistic values of the open-source software community?

A Mini-Mandriva!

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Linux
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-s

MCNLive is a 179MB livecd based upon Mandriva Linux, and latest release Jordaan is built from a recent freeze of Mandriva Cooker, which is the development branch. Its main features are the Xfce4 desktop environment and uses ad-free Opera 8.5 as its browser. This distro can be burnt onto a regular cdr/cdrw or even booted from a USB memory stick. Due to motherboard limitations I couldn't test the USB option, but I did take a look at the system on cdr. What did I find?

Music exec: quit whining and dump Mac, Linux

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Misc

Mac owners and anyone who runs the Linux operating system should quit whining about DRM and copy-protection technologies that are incompatible with their systems and "consider purchasing a regular CD player".

Open source needs backing to succeed

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OSS

Open-source databases will not succeed without commercial support, says Larry Ellison, CEO of major database company Oracle.

Linux, open source power call center for Katrina, Rita victims

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OSS

As Hurricane Rita bears down on the Gulf Coast, there is at least one fear that can be put aside. If families get separated, they can quickly locate each other from any phone by calling Contact Loved Ones.

Taprobane GNU/Linux 0.4.1

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Linux
Reviews
-s

Taprobane GNU/Linux 0.4.1 was recently released as announced on DistroWatch. It was stated that "Taprobane is an ancient name for the Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka and a Debian-based Linux live CD built by a group of developers at the Lanka Linux User Group (LKLUG). The new version 0.4.1 is the project's first public release. What's in it? "X.Org 6.8.2; official NVIDIA driver support out of the box; KDE 3.4.1; OpenOffice.org 2; Linux 2.6.12.4; SquashFS and Unionfs; Apache, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Zope, started and stopped from the K-menu; excellent hotplug support; saving data to persistent media; educational software such as Stellarium and Octave."" Tuxmachines took a look and unfortunately can only report mixed results.

Five common mistakes that Linux IT managers make

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OSS

We certainly will know what not to do after the third different article in two days aimed at trying to help admins avoid the pitfalls of IT and system management. Big Grin

Microsoft's nightmare inches closer to reality

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Microsoft

As early as May 1995, three months before Netscape Communications' initial public offering sparked the dot-com boom, Microsoft executives were worried that the nascent World Wide Web could one day become a significant threat to the Windows franchise.

Open Source Software: Five Common Mistakes

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OSS

People forget to consider the full life cycle costs of software, including open source. "The pitfall is that people say, 'We can save money because we're not paying licensing fees,'" said Drew Ladner, general manager of the government group at JBoss. "But the reality is you have to look at the whole life cycle."

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