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Story One More Time: Is It Really 'Game Over' for Linux? srlinuxx 5 08/11/2011 - 2:33am
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Story The BIG browser benchmark srlinuxx 1 07/11/2011 - 9:30pm

Memories of OS/2

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OSNews reports that OS/2 is 20 years old today. Wow, that makes me feel ooooold. My first experience with OS/2 was the 2.0 version (I think) around the end of highschool. According to Wikipedia 2.0 was released in 1992, so that's about right. I think I remember going with Fred to go over to someone's house to copy it even (lots of floppy disks).

The Daylight Saving change: no savings, no point

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The US government's plan to boost energy savings by moving Daylight Saving Time forward by three weeks was apparently a waste of time and effort, as the technological foibles Americans experienced failed to give way to any measurable energy savings.

Linux Desktop: Seven Leading Applications

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While many CIOs like the idea of Linux in principle, most of those who have shifted have done so in limited ways. Committing to Linux on servers can be justified through cost and performance considerations, but when it comes to the desktop, most enterprises are still reluctant.

Debunking Confusion in PCLinuxOS

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This week, Distrowatch Weekly has redone their top 10 distributions and included PCLinuxOS inside of that top ten for the first time ever. In fact, when I began using PCLinuxOS, it was around 15th on the distrowatch charts. If you look at 2005 vs. 2006 charts, you’ll see that out of the top 15 distros tracked, PCLinuxOS was the largest gainer over the course of that year.

Bayanihan Linux 4 Review

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Bayanihan linux is a Debian based distribution that is fully equipped, developed in the Philippines by their Advanced Science and Technology Institute. This distribution is filled with everything one would need in a distribution, games, office productivity, Internet tools and graphic programs.


Open source virtualisation with qemu

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Virtualisation is ultra-cool. For the uninitiated, virtualisation is being able to have a virtual computer running on top of a real one. It’s a great way to run two operating systems at the same time, or test out the latest stuff without committing a physical machine.

Interview with Richard Stallman on GPLv3 and More

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Sean Daly met up with Richard Stallman in Brussels, where Stallman just gave a speech on the GPLv3 draft. Mr. Stallman was kind enough to do an interview for Groklaw right afterward, which we appreciate, especially because Sean tells me rms was so exhausted before his speech that he pushed the chair away and did it standing up, to make sure he stayed awake.

GNOME 2.18 shows incremental improvement

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Like clockwork, the GNOME project released GNOME 2.18 six months after the release of GNOME 2.16. The new version carries a number of improvements over the 2.16 release, but doesn't bring many "must have" features that would compel users to upgrade right away.

A run for their money

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There may be no such thing as a "free lunch", but the web is awash with free software, some of it excellent. Could it be that you need never pay for software again?

<skip long list of free windows software to the good part>

Free Software Magazine Issue 17 Available

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Issue 17 of Free Software Magazine is here and it's a big one!

Being a commercial Linux distribution editor is tough

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Being a commercial Linux distribution editor is tough.

There are a few commercial Linux distribution editors in the world: Red Hat, Novell/Suse, Turbolinux, Mandriva, Ubuntu/Canonical, Linspire, Xandros, Red Flag, CS2C and Sun Wah to name the key ones.

Open Source Trends

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I recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Singapore and China. In China, I spoke at the 2007 Software Innovation Summit - Open Source Software and Trends in Internationalization event organized by Stephen Walli and Anne Stevenson-Yang. Stephen blogged about the event and has posted the slides from the talks. You can get mine here.

Access shared folders from a Linux machine

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In the last installment of this series I showed how to quickly mount a shared folder on a Windows Vista machine from a Linux machine (specifically, from one running Ubuntu 6.10). This solution works if you just want to read files on the Vista PC and you don’t mind re-entering the mount command the next time you reboot your Linux PC.

Stretching the Education Dollar With Linux

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As the cost of equipping classrooms with everything from chalk to chairs continues to escalate, many school districts are turning to open source solutions as a viable alternative to expensive software for in-class computers.

Ubuntu gets AppArmor support

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This is bad news. AppArmor is a weak design. IMHO it gives the users a false impression of security, while leaving too much open to bypass security.

FSF plans another new license to close SaaS loophole

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Not content with bringing version three of its GNU General Public License to market, the Free Software Foundation is about to start work on a new license that will make the GPL applicable to software-as-a-service.

Buy! Buy! Buy! - into Openness

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One of the core problems for open source has always been that as a radical force outside the mainstream it is hard for its supporters to influence conventional players there. In part, this was what made Dell's Ideastorm so important: it gave a voice to those hitherto unable to communicate usefully with the company.

Firefox code review update

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ffective immediately, there are a number of changes in the Firefox review process. Most notably, there are a lot more reviewers who can share the load, including Seth Spitzer who is now a module peer.

OpenSuSE 10.2 Review

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When you ask someone to name a couple of GNU/Linux distributions, in most cases, you will hear the names Debian, Red Hat, Ubuntu and then, SuSE Linux which is now a days known as OpenSuSE.

Red Hat belittles Oracle's Linux wins

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Red Hat has declared itself unimpressed with Oracle's list of 26 customers for its Red Hat Linux support business.

In a Q&A session with financial analysts on Thursday, Red Hat chief executive Matthew Szulik said that Oracle's high profile win of Yahoo's business is in fact limited to a few Oracle database servers.

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