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Using open source as a marketing ploy

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This morning is running an article (Taking the plunge into open source) on how proprietary software companies are leveraging (bastardizing?) open source practices for some of their new products. A big part of the profile is on a company called Aras.

Linux Games Kids Play

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Dad said he needed to write his blog early this weekend. But right now, he is walking around the living room and griping about writer's block. He looks kinda funny. So we sneaked in here to say what we don't like and do like about the computer. The adults have said what they liked, now it is the kid's turn.

Chat it up in Emacs with IRC modes

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Sometimes it seems like the Emacs editor has features that only operating systems have. You can, for instance, run an Internet Relay Chat client to chat online right from inside of Emacs. A handful of GPLed Emacs IRC clients are available today as add-on modes -- and since GNU Emacs 22 was released last year, two of them come built right in. Here's a look at all of them.

Drupal 5.0 released

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After 8 months of development we are ready to release Drupal 5.0 to the world. Today is also Drupal's 6th birthday, so the timing could not be more perfect. Drupal 4.0 was released in 2002 and finally we feel confident to increase the major version number from 4 to 5.

Start Firefox with a splash

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Yes, Firefox takes a while when starting up for the first time. You can make it a little easier to wait while Firefox starts with Splash. This extension, developed by slyfox, presents a splash screen featuring Firefox globe logo and a progress bar.

Take logical partitioning in the p5 environment to the next level

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Learn how to configure a p5 server to provide redundancy and recoverability in a production environment. You should already be familiar with how to create and configure a VIO Server and an LPAR.

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 185

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • Reviews: Pardus Linux 2007

  • News: FreeBSD 6.2, BSD licensing, new gNewSense point release, Debian live CD for PS3, Solaris media kit
  • Released last week: FreeBSD 6.2, BLAG Linux And GNU 60000
  • Upcoming releases: Mandriva Linux 2007.1, FreeSBIE 2.0
  • Site news: A semi-annual reminder about DistroWatch editorial policy
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Top 3 Linux Distros - No Easy Choice

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Figuring out the best Linux distribution depends entirely on one's intended use for the program. As open source, freely distributed software, Linux programs have been modified and redesigned in countless ways to fulfill as many needs. However, some versions have proven more popular than others.

XAMPP - All in one web server Installation and Configuration in Debian

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XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use - just download, extract and start.

DeLi Linux: A light Linux distribution, done right

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Perhaps one of the best Linux distributions tailored for older hardware is DeLi Linux. It's simple, and performs well enough to run on hardware as old as a 486. In fact, DeLi Linux runs on anything better than a 386 with at least 4MB of memory, though if you have only 4MB, don't expect stellar performance.

What's the Linux Holdup?

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Giving desktop Linux a larger market share? To be honest, this can be a touchy subject for me, personally. Much of the reasoning behind my "rough feelings" on the matter stem from the fact that I disagree with much of the Linux and Microsoft camps in general. That's right, I think that large numbers from both groups are wrong, and it's because of this that each OS is experiencing so much trouble now in the press.

Two principles of successful open source businesses

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I had dinner with Fabrizio, a good friend and CEO of Funambol, the leading mobile open source company. Fabrizio said some things about open source that rang true with me, which I had not considered before.

EU Study Says Open Source Could Increase Competitiveness

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Increased use of free and open source software in Europe could increase the region’s competitiveness with the US, according to a European Commission study.

Vista launch will boost desktop Linux

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The launch of Windows Vista has created a huge opportunity for Linux vendors to take a larger share of the corporate desktop market, according to the president of Linux Australia.

Adventures with OpenSUSE

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Last week I took a look at OpenSUSE, not from a desire to write a review (there are enough slavering "reviews" on the net) but as a brief experiment to get a wireless card working. My comments on the distribution, therefore, should be looked at in that context.

The Rules of Slashdot

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Let me explain the Rules of Slashdot:

  1. We love Apple (especially when they do something just like Microsoft, and even more if their product is vaporware).

  2. We hate Microsoft (especially when they do something just like Apple, and even more when their product is vaporware).

A realistic look at Ubuntu Linux on the Desktop

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Is Linux ready for mainstream? I'm going to focus on Ubuntu here.. because that's what I know, and as far as I can tell it's ahead of the curve.

News from the KDE land

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First of all, the Oxygen team now started to develop a Oxygen like style for KDE 4 with mouse pointers, sound and all. Although I have to admit that I tend to think about simple computer games for kids when I hear the new sound I like it that it is all developed and discussed now and not 5 minutes before the release of KDE 4 - it means we will see high quality stuff coming out of the process.

Also: KDE on windows

Ian Murdock On the importance of backward compatibility

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I’m often asked why I’m so obsessed with backward compatibility and, as a result, why I’ve made the issue such a central part of the LSB over the past year. Yes, it’s hard, particularly in the Linux world, because there are thousands of developers building the components that make up the platform.

Today's Howtos:

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  • The basics of how programs are compiled and executed
  • Firefox mailto custom handling

  • A Beginner's Guide To LVM
  • Installing and using Bitlbee - IRC gateway : Ubuntu
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Leftovers: Software Development

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