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Why ESR is Wrong to Advocate Compromise

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I once heard a story about a Colorado miner who, despite his hard work, couldn't find gold. He eventually came to the conclusion that the search was futile and he gave up. After reading the latest statements from Open Source luminary Eric S. Raymond, I'm tempted to compare him with the first owner of the gold mine.

Why Linux Kernel 2.6 Rocks

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If you are the kind of person who believes in the phrase "More is Good," then get ready to be bogged down by the impressive new set of features that Linux kernel 2.6 boasts.

How to convert YouTube videos to DivX or XviD

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YouTube clips are everywhere these days, and I must admit I'm addicted to the site. Nevertheless, I've had a couple of small annoyances with YouTube videos. I wanted to be able to play my favorite ones on standalone DVD/DivX players. I also found I couldn't go backwards or forwards when playing the site's Flash videos with MPlayer. For those reasons, I decided to convert my favorite YouTube videos to DivX or XviD formats. Here's how you can do the same.

Building Servers with Kubuntu

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Although we support Kubuntu, the process is same for all these great Distros. It's a stable secure platform that can do a great job. Whether it's serving web content, mail, or just local files, these great distros are up to the task!! So complete the basic build first then choose the type of server you want to build.

CBR's open source VIPs - part two

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The free and open source software movement is dominated by individuals who have shaped and encouraged its adoption by big business. In the second of two features, Matthew Aslett identifies the open source VIPs.

Linux and Open Source: How They Affect HR Professionals

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Linux and other open source applications are finding increasing acceptance in the global marketplace by small and large companies alike. This column considers why open source is growing so fast, and what it means to human resources professionals.


Open Source Windows Clone Coming Soon?

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It is quite unlikely that any of us will ever see an open source version of Microsoft Windows in our lifetimes.

Or is it?

Linspire frees "Click 'N Run" software service

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In a surprise move, Linspire is now offering its CNR ("Click 'N Run") software service at no charge to its Linspire and Freespire Linux distribution customers. In addition, the company will soon be open-sourcing the CNR Client.

Norwegian 'Linux showcase' kills Tux migration

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Bergen Council in Norway made headlines in 2004 when it announced that it would rip out HP/UX servers and Microsoft Windows desktops in favour of Novell/SuSE Linux. Only two years later however, Bergen Council decided to do a one-eighty and put the Linux migration on ice, says Computerworld Norway.

Mandriva 2007 Beta 2 - short review

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Beta versions of Mandriva 2007 have been appearing for a while now and the final release is coming soon. Bugs gets fixed, new features appear, together with the new looks… Thus, we have decided to give Mandriva 2007 beta 2 “Odin” a shot. This short review covers the key changes introduced in beta 2 - the Live-CD version with GNOME desktop onboard.

Fedora Goes Live

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Ever wanted to run Fedora Core Linux as a Live CD? Well now you can. Though Red Hat's sponsored community distribution, Fedora Core, includes a lot of applications and has an easy-to-use installer, it has long been missing a critical piece, namely a Live CD.

Edubuntu, Linux Terminal Server and thin clients

You walk into the room. It’s cool and quiet. You see thirty new workstations giving great service. Your software costs were only some download and CD burn time and forty minutes for installation. Your operating costs are virtually nil. The server runs for months without a reboot. The workstations have nothing but network boot loaders. You back up only one machine, the server. The workstations use twenty watts each and have no fans. Magical? Yes. Magic? No.

2006 Desktop Linux Market survey Results

1. Which Linux distros do you use on your home or office desktop system(s)? Ubuntu came out on top with 29.2%. 2. Which windowing environments do you frequently use on your Linux desktop(s)? KDE with 37.7%

KDE Quickies

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Ten days ago we got the first snapshot of KDE4. If you already played a bit with it, now you can continue discovering more interesting things playing with the unstable package of Okular...

Taking control: Choosing Software I

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I mean to help those of you that will be taking charge of your computers. The first task I'd like to help with is choosing applications for your computer. As I mentioned in the introduction to this series, let us not forget that it might be easier for you to just accept the choices made by others. If you'd rather not deal with all of the hassles, then maybe you should just stick with Linspire or Xandros. If you do, however, you might miss out on a wealth of software available that could help you get more out of your computer.

How to share a folder with Read/Write access using Samba on Linux

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I’ve got a large network that’s accessible by hordes of people. On this network I have an Ubuntu box acting as a file server. I want a limited number of folks to be able to put files on it, take files off of it and access it from a number of different operating systems (OSX, Windows and Linux). How to do that?

Novell reviews options as preliminary profit soars

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Novell Inc. late Tuesday said it had begun an internal review of its past stock-option grants and related accounting, and may not be able to file its quarterly results with regulators on time as a result.

Nokia 770: Portable fun, but still needs polish

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The Nokia 770 Internet Tablet is a thin black handheld device with a Linux operating system and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, but, unlike most Nokia handhelds, it's not a cell phone. Instead, it's a fun way to connect to the Internet. The latest version shows promise, but it's still not quite ready for prime time.

Indian State Shuns Microsoft for Linux

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The Communist-run government of Kerala has launched a campaign to make the southern Indian state a Microsoft-free zone, less than two weeks after banning the sale and manufacture of Coca-Cola and Pepsi, the Financial Times reported on its Web site Tuesday.

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