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Comparing Distribution Boot Times

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Linux

francis.giannaros.org: I’ve been interested in the way different distributions handle boot time lately, and with openSUSE’s recent and very impressive boot time improvements I thought I’d make a few extra comparative statistics using bootchart.

Linspire: Doomed to failure

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Linux

freesoftware mag: Linspire is doomed. No, they haven’t signed an unholy alliance with ID Software involving pre-installing DOOM on all Linspire computers. In my opinion, they are doomed to die a painful death in the operating system world. Why? Read on to find out.

Midnight Commander in Action

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Software

polishlinux: There are a lot of free file managers. There is Nautilus in GNOME environment (with GTK libraries), KDE users have Konqueror and Krusader. There is also more and more useful Dolphin. Of course, console zealots and users looking for “light” solutions are not left alone. They have MC!

Should CNET be supporting Windows? The answer is 'No'

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Microsoft

Matt Asay: CNET Channel has announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to help consumers purchase Windows-supported products with ease and little hesitation. Just what I wanted from my unbiased, neutral news broker.

I have been playing with KDE lately.

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KDE

writelarge.com: I have a new girlfriend, and she has the initials KDE. My wife, Gnome, is probably going to have a problem with this, but, see, at the ripe old age of 10, Gnome is starting to look a little long in the tooth.

Also: KDE to Have Room at FrOSCon

Why the Distrowatch chart counts

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Linux

seopher: I recently postulated that PCLinuxOS was gaining more popularity than Ubuntu based on the feable metric of the Distrowatch "clicks per day" chart. I received lots of feedback insulting my use of this as metric so I felt it worth defending my decision.

Do you need an excuse to dump Windows?

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Linux

iTToolbox blogs: I was clicking through random pages with StumbleUpon and I came across this list of 50 reasons to dump Windows. Some of them are quite good and some are not so good. Here are a couple of my favourites.

Portrait: Phil Shapiro

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OSS

linux.com: Phil Shapiro seems to delight not only in remaining a staunch supporter of free software ideals, but also in his role as a encourager and defender of people. "I see myself as more of a follwer than a leader," he says. But Shapiro really is a leader, the best kind: one that nurtures the gifts in others instead of promoting himself.

2007 Desktop Linux Survey results revealed

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Linux

DesktopLinux: According to DesktopLinux.com's just completed survey, the number of Desktop Linux users has more than doubled in the past year, and Ubuntu remains their Linux distribution of choice.

Singapore Airlines puts a Linux PC in every seat

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Linux

LinuxWorld (IDG): To make flying more enjoyable for its passengers, Singapore Airlines Ltd. is adding bigger screens, more in-flight movies and a PC, running Red Hat Inc.'s distribution of the Linux operating system, in every seat on its newest planes.

Mozilla Aims At Cross-Site Scripting With FF3

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Moz/FF

internetnews.com: Mozilla is aiming to put an end to XSS attacks in its upcoming Firefox 3 browser. The Alpha 7 development release includes support for a new W3C working draft specification that is intended is secure XML over HTTP requests which are often the culprit when it comes to XSS attacks.

Open Source Supporters Question Microsoft Motives — Again

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OSS

itbusinessedge.com: Bloggers and tech journalists are still trading barbs over Chris DiBona’s reaction to Microsoft’s OSI submission, it seems. In his Open Source Guy blog, Guy Snir points to a comment piece in The Register in which Ashlee Vance argues that it’s “near impossible not to take Microsoft’s side here.” Google is a bigger threat to open source than Microsoft is, in his view.

How to get local email under Linux

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HowTos

the inquirer: IF YOU'RE a Linux user and, like yours truly, not really a professional full-time Unix/Linux sysadmin, you might also be puzzled like I was about how to set up Postfix to route local system-generated email to your email client. If you're not a Linux user, or not curious, you can stop reading here, because this article is about how to solve that problem.

Wolvix 1.1.0 - A Very Flexible Animal

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Linux
Reviews

Caitlyn Martin: Back in my January review of Vector Linux 5.8 Standard, the version with the Xfce desktop, I touted Vector Linux as the fastest distro with a reasonable feature set and selection of software that I had used at the time. It took a while but I finally found a distribution that’s at least Vector’s equal: Wolvix 1.1.0.

Ubuntu founder advises SA on IT strategy

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Misc

tectonic: Speaking in a keynote address at the Govtech conference in Cape Town this morning, Mark Shuttleworth discussed strategies that government should take on in developing IT locally.

SIMILE Exhibit: Data publishing for the rest of us

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HowTos

linux.com: Tools like phpMyEdit allow you to create a quick-and-dirty front end to a database, but what if you need to publish a spreadsheet or BibTeX file on your Web site and give your visitors the ability to dynamically sort, filter, group, and visualize the published data? For that, you can turn to SIMILE Exhibit.

Back At Louderback: Why I'm Sticking With Windows Vista

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Microsoft

Alexander Wolfe: Outgoing PC Magazine editor Jim Louderback has caused quite a stir with his column slamming Vista. Me, I'm sticking with Microsoft's glitzy, though resource-hogging, operating system.

Linus Torvalds talks future of Linux

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Linux
Interviews

apcmag: What's happening with kernel version 2.6? Will there be a version 3.0? What has Linus been up to lately? What does he get up to in his spare time? I had the opportunity to chat with the original creator of the Linux kernel, Linus Torvalds, in a number of email exchanges.

Zonbu GNU/Linux computer

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Linux
Hardware

freesoftware mag: Zonbu GNU/Linux is a new, environmentally-friendly, compact PC available from Zonbu. It includes some features that really make it stand out from other PCs. Last, but not least, it comes with GNU/Linux. In this article, I will give you some of the highlights and thoughts of my experience with Zonbu.

New Adobe Linux Flash Player Released

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Software

adobe blogs: There is a new beta of the Flash Player Update available. That's right: the beta is even available for Linux (same time as Windows and Mac).

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