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The Cradle of Independence Rolls Over for Microsoft

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Microsoft

Linux Online: In the fall of 2005, in my home state of Massachusetts, Peter Quinn, the CIO of the Commonwealth, endorsed a plan to require the state government to use the Open Document Format for storing government records. The big loser, of course, would be Microsoft and its monopoly. The behemoth from Redmond Washington didn't waste time reacting.

Using Amarok to Transfer Music to a BlackBerry Curve

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HowTos

Linux App Finder: Now that I have a memory card installed in my BlackBerry Curve, it's time to load some music. Amarok is my player of choice so I decided to focus my efforts on syncing using it.

openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 7 report

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Reviews
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openSUSE 10.3 Alpha 7 was released a few days ago, little over two weeks since Alpha 6, and it's an exciting release for sure. We have new eye candy and it was working wonderfully here. The dvd delta iso was about a 650 MB download and it came in quite fast using the torrent. It emerged with no problems. So, from start to finish, here's my report.

Installing PCLinuxOS - Full tutorial

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dedoimedo.com: PCLinuxOS is another rising star in the Linux constellation. Based on Mandriva, PCLinuxOS aims to be a simple distribution that reaches to the masses, allowing Windows users to easily and painlessly convert.

Make an ISO image from a folder of files

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FOSSwire: ISO image files are everywhere. When you download a new Linux distribution, you’ll probably be given one of these files which you then burn the contents of to disc. You aren’t just restricted to burning them, though, and it’s actually a really simple process to make your own ISO images.

Lenovo Next To Launch $199 PC

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Hardware

hothardware.com: From desktops to notebooks, it seems like all the rage lately is the design and manufacturing of ultra-cheap computers. First we saw the OLPC and then Asus' new Eee PC made a serious splash. Now it seems Lenovo will enter the fray.

Xara Xtreme - a Test Drive

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Software

Penguin Pete: Xara Xtreme is a graphics drawing application which has been available on the Linux desktop for about a year now. But I just now got around to trying it. What can they possibly show me with a vector path that I haven't seen already?"

F-Spot manage, review and administer your Photo Albums

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Software

go2linux: F-Spot is a great software to manage your photos. You can import them directly from your camera, or from a directory. You can Browse thumbnails, Edith the photo, see it in Full screen or start a slide show, all from its panel buttons.

Configure Local and Remote System Logging : Ubuntu

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HowTos

ubuntu-tutorials: A linux machine has a logging system which keeps track of what everything is doing. Anytime you authorize with sudo it gets logged. Anytime you (or someone else) connects via ssh it gets logged. This, of course, has a number of other valuable uses. In any event, here are a few quick steps to set it up.

Black Hat USA 2007: That's a wrap

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Misc

linux.com: Black Hat USA 2007 was fast-paced, fun, and informative. It demonstrated that security is big business. The halls were lined with vendors, some new, some old, and the smell of money was everywhere. Still, I'm left thinking this year's show had a different tone to it than last year's.

Ten Reasons To Dump Windows [III]

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Linux

polishlinux: I’d like to invite you to read the last of three articles from the “Dump Windows” saga of writings. Two previous articles (part I, part II) stirred up quite a controversy and a variety of opinions. With this article I’m hoping for calmer and more meritorious responses.

Microsoft Clarifies Open-Source Certification Plans

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Microsoft

PCWorld: Microsoft Corp. clarified its plans to seek open-source certification for its shared-source licenses on Wednesday, saying it will submit for approval only the two licenses that allow source code to be used on any platform.

Also: Businesses Rethink Vista

Q&A: Sun's Top Operating System Brass Talk OS Strategy

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OS

ITJungle: In March, server and software maker Sun Microsystems brought in a new set of executives to manage the technical and marketing aspects of its Solaris Unix variant. Ian Murdock, one of the co-creators of the Debian variant of Linux, was named chief operating platforms officer, and Marc Hamilton, a long-time executive in Sun's Systems group, was named vice president of Solaris marketing. The two sat down recently with me to talk about the future of Solaris and other operating systems.

Today's Extra Links:

  • klik2 is coming closer -- check it out Smiling

  • Stock Screenlet
  • Automatix: Initial Conclusions
  • OSCON Wrap up report
  • Ubuntu Users = drooling idiots?

Runes of Avalon - an enjoyable game for Linux

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Gaming

All about Linux: In my teens I was addicted to playing computer games. The most enjoyable ones were games which had simple controls. Two weeks back I had the opportunity to try out another very interesting game called "Runes of Avalon".

Some LinuxWorld predictions

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CBR: It's that time of the year again. Here's next week's news, so you won't miss anything: Ron Hovsepian will talk up the benefits of Novell's Microsoft deal, Dell will not announce new Linux PCs but loads of people will blog about them anyway, and IBM will announce something.

Linux, 2.6.23-rc2, "-rc2 is the new -rc1"

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kernelTRAP: "So I tried to hold people to the merge window," Linus Torvalds began in announcing the 2.6.23-rc2 kernel, "and said no to a few pull requests, but this whole '-rc2 is the new -rc1' thing is a disease, and not only is -rc2 late, it's bigger than it should be. Oh, well."

PCLinuxOS - A little walk down history lane (Updated)

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PCLOS

Texstar: In the summer of 2003 I became interested in livecd technology after looking at knoppix and a fresh distribution from a fellow named Warren called Mepis. I came across a South African fellow by the name of Jaco Greef who was developing a script called mklivecd and porting it to Mandrake Linux. I got an idea to make a livecd based on Mandrake Linux 9.2 along with all my customizations.

Good Son, Bad Son

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OS

Linux Today: A couple of weeks ago, my mom got a bee in her bonnet about no longer being able to connect to her favorite web sites, due to the age of her browser and operating system. Her options: get a new Apple machine with OS X or get a new PC and let me get Linux on it for her.

Compiz Core 0.5.2 is out

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Software

A new compiz release 0.5.2 is now available. Highlights include: Better support for multiple X-screens, Major improvements to option initialization, and Plugin plugins that make it possible to adjust and extend the behavior of existing plugins through new plugins.

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Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

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