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OLPC: yet another bad idea

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OLPC

There are plenty of misguided projects which people in the West undertake, under the mistaken impression that they are helping those in the underdeveloped regions of the world.

The One Laptop Per Child initiative, a brainwave of MIT's Nicholas Negroponte, is just the latest in a long line. When you throw in fancy phrases like "bridging the digital divide" the publicity is ensured.

Take action or execute a command based upon shell script name

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HowTos

You would like to run different commands or task based upon a single shell script name. For example script name is backup Instead of writing 3 different script write one script and softlink using ln command:

Open Source support hooks a fallacy says Linux expert

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OSS

A leading US Open Source expert and 25-year veteran of the Free Software community has rejected claims from major software companies warning of hidden costs associated with the technology.

Africa: 'Microsoft is Imperialistic' Says Open Source Advocates

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Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation's products have been locked out of the on-going World Social Forum (WSF) in Nairobi Kenya. With over 300 computers provided for participants and the press, organizers of the WSF have preferred to provide open source software products.

Linux takes yet another step forward

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Linux

How can an operating system, Linux, which just so happens to be a free alternative to their costly #1 competitor, not be widespread and hugely successful? Linux is by far the greatest open source software available to any computer; yet, it struggles for many good reasons.

Adobe Photoshop 7 using Wine on old PIII 600mhz

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Software

Following on from the last post I`d like to write a little something about my experience of running Photoshop 7 on this machine. Its a subject that I expect a number of people will be interested in.

What is this ss program thingy?

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HowTos

The "ss" program is an acronym for "sockstat" or socket statistics. Don't we geeks love our acronyms Smile. This program was written by Alexey Kuznetsov. But what does it do?

Opera OLPC Edition

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OLPC
Software

This is a special edition of the Opera desktop version - the Opera OLPC Edition.

Linux: Page Replacement Design

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Linux

A university student studying operating systems asked about why the Linux kernel uses two chained lists in its LRU (least recently used) page replacement algorithm. Andrea Arcangeli, whose virtual memory subsystem was merged into the 2.4.10 kernel, explained, "back then I designed it with two lru lists because by splitting the active from the inactive cache allows to detect the cache pollution before it starts discarding the working set."

Test of current RealPlayer/HelixPlayer nightly builds

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Software

After I wondered what the current state of the HelixPlayer/RealPlayer development is I asked the developers. The answer was that there is still no date given, but that I could help them by testing the players in my setup. And since that isn’t difficult at all I downloaded the rpms and gave them a try.

Run new packages on older distros with backports

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Software

If you run a stable system, you don't have to miss out on the latest and greatest releases of your favorite applications -- just use a backport to get a package of a new release that's been "back-ported" to your older distribution.

Ubuntu Quicktip - Converting Mac .dmg images into .iso images

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HowTos

I recently came across a handy script that allows you to convert a Mac OSX or Apple’s iPod (iPod firmware generated images) to standard .iso files.

GIMP 2.3.14 Development Release

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Software

Version 2.3.14 is another development snapshot to wet your appetite for the upcoming GIMP 2.4 release. The source code can be downloaded from the usual places.

Jono Bacon: Misinformation: The Enemy Of Community

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OSS

Building and running communities is hard work. What is seen by some as simply a means of providing enough hands on deck to get things done is actually a much larger and more complex web of relationships, politics, resources and diplomacy.

Linspire's CNR to go multi-Linux, remain free

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Software

Linspire announced today that it plans to expand its CNR ("Click 'N Run") digital download and software management service to support multiple desktop Linux distributions beyond Linspire and Freespire, initially adding Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and Ubuntu, using both .deb and .rpm packages. And, the standard CNR service will remain free.

Wal Mart endorses Novell, Microsoft deal

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SUSE

Wal Mart is a huge fan of the Novell-Microsoft collaboration, it said today. It already uses lots of Microsoft products inhouse and had pressed vendors to provide intellectual property assurance for quite a while.

Also: HP doesn't like Linux

Tee for two

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Software

For all the console warriors out there I am sure you know about shell redirection and piping the output of commands to another command or to a file. Those pipes are not made of glass so if you want to monitor the data as it flows through the pipe you are out of luck. There is a solution.

Why 2007 Won't Be the Year of Linux (and why it doesn't matter)

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Linux

It used to be that every January, you'd see a number of articles talking about why Linux was destined to take off in the coming year. If I were good at using spreadsheets (I prefer my 'text file / awk / bc' method), I could present you with a graph showing the decline in these public displays of optimism over the years. Now here we are in January of 2007 and a search on Google's news page has not come up with one writer willing to make the claim that 2007 will be the year Linux ``makes it''.

UK ISP devotes profits to foster OSS development

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OSS

In 2003, Jason Clifford started an Internet service provider (ISP) in Hertfordshire, England, called UK Free Software Network. What sets UKFSN apart from other ISPs is the fact that it gives away its profits to fund students working on free and open source software (FOSS) projects.

Gimmie: A New Panel for Gnome

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HowTos

Gimmie is an elegant way to think about how you use your desktop computer.Gimmie is a new concept of the panel designed to shift the direction of the desktop beyond the standard WIMP model (Windows, Icons, Menu, Pointer) towards one directly representing the concepts that modern desktop users use every day. It is being considered for inclusion in Gnome 3.0.

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