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Ubuntu Founder: No Emulation Software for Dell Systems

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Dell will not include open-source software such as Wine, which lets users run Windows programs on Linux, with the PCs it plans to bundle with Ubuntu Linux, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu and its commercial sponsor Canonical, said May 3.

Six Six Sixty Four Bit

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu Satanic Edition is now available for the amd64 architecture, so those of your with twice as many bits as anyone else can finally point your browsers to:

http://parker1.co.uk/ubuntu-se/installation.php

…and follow the standard installation procedure to join the rest of us in the underworld.

Don't be afraid, Linux isn't just for geeks

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Linux

It came out earlier this week that Dell will soon offer computers running Linux instead of Windows. Not all of its machines, obviously — the company wants to stay in business — but Linux will be an option on at least two desktops and one laptop models.

Linux: Debating Swap-Prefetch

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ngo Molnar reviewed Con Kolivas's swap-prefetching patches suggesting that they were ready for inclusion in the mainline kernel, "I've reviewed it once again and in the !CONFIG_SWAP_PREFETCH case it's a clear NOP, while in the CONFIG_SWAP_PREFETCH=y case all the feedback i've seen so far was positive. Time to have this upstream and time for a desktop-oriented distro to pick it up."

Mozilla CEO: Open source is no monster

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OSS

Open source is nothing to be afraid of, according to Mozilla's chief executive officer.

Mitchell Baker, speaking at CeBIT Australia 2007 in Sydney earlier this week, destroyed the perception that open-source vendors were just ad hoc organisations. Baker claimed Mozilla was not "Frankenstein", dispelling notions that code is haphazardly thrown together in open-source development.

Tories plan open door for open source

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OSS

A Tory strategy to make more use of open source software in the public sector is likely to tackle the culture of secrecy in government procurement, according to early details released to The Register.

Mugshot: Social networking open source style

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Software

Now that we have open source beer, open source cars, and open source photography, a social networking service run by Red Hat and based around open source software comes as no surprise.

Debian Etch And Xen From The Debian Repository

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HowTos

This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to install Xen on an already working Debian Etch system. You can find all the software used here in the Etch repository, so no external files or compilation are needed.

Pidgin 2.0: A true polyglot

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Reviews

Pidgin 2.0, the latest version of the popular open source instant messaging client formerly known as Gaim, is now available for download. After months of development and numerous beta releases, Pidgin 2.0 is finally ready.A significant improvement over the current 1.5.x series, Pidgin 2.0 includes several compelling features and usability enhancements.

The Top 15 most colorful, controversial Microsoft statements ever

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Microsoft

In the pantheon of controversial Microsoft comments CEO Steve Ballmer's quote this week about the Apple iPod: "There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It's a $500 subsidized item," ranks right up there.

Apache at 56% - what is wrong?

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Software

The newest Netcraft Web server survey shows again a shrinking of Apaches market share. It is now at 56%, followed by Microsoft with more then 30%.

Seven steps to Feisty Fawn bliss

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Ubuntu

With the release of Ubuntu 7.04, aka Feisty Fawn, I naturally couldn't resist taking Kubuntu, my preferred Ubuntu version, for a quick spin on my trusty old Thinkpad testbed.

Here is a six-step process through which I speedily arrived at a highly usable, fully capable desktop Linux system. A comparison to my previous seven-distro Thinkpad exploit appears at the end.

Astronaut Wally Schirra dies

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Obits

One of the original seven Mercury astronauts, Walter Schirra Jr., has died of a heart attack at the age of 84.

Could Unix happen today?

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OS

Almost 40 years ago, a relatively few number of folks working on a shoestring budget came up with the Unix operating system, which in hindsight, could be seen as a revolutionary technology. Could that happen today? Maybe not with operating systems, but perhaps in other fields of software, said Brian Kernighan, one of the original developers of the OS.

A quick look at SimplyMEPIS 6.5.02

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Linux
Reviews

What more can be said about SimplyMEPIS 6.5.02 other than the fact that it simply works, and it's worked on any hardware combination that I've thrown at it.

Reiser Prosecution Jolt: Victim's Ex-Lover Confesses to Eight Killings

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A former lover of the missing wife of Linux programmer and accused spouse killer Hans Reiser has confessed to killing eight people unrelated to the case, prosecutors informed the defense last week.

Mozilla Firefox Community Test Day on Friday

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Moz/FF

The Mozilla Quality weblog has announced a Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.4 and 1.5.0.12 Community Test Day tomorrow. The Community Test Day will allow interested members of the Mozilla community to test release candidates of the upcoming Firefox 2.0.0.4 and 1.5.0.12 releases.

Full review: Mandriva One 2007.1 "Spring Edition": GNOME

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MDV
Reviews

I might be using Mandriva as my main system. Yeah, Spring Edition is that good. Sure, it has Compiz and Metisse built in (with Beryl installable via Drak3D), but it's in those little details that Mandriva truly rocks.

Tux500 YouTube Video

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Linux

Some of you may know that my friend Helios (aka Ken Starks of Lobby4linux.com and Blog of Helios) has been working on the Tux500 project which is geared at getting Linux on a car in the Indy500. Take a look at this video made by Tux500.com that explains a bit about the Indy500 and why it is important for Linux to be there.

13 Things to do on a New Mandriva Free 2007 Linux Installation

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MDV
HowTos

Mandriva linux is one of the more user friendly linux distributions available ,Right from it's earlier days when it was called Mandrake Linux (Later they changed name to Mandriva after Mandrake acquired another popular linux distribution ) and Desktop Linux was still infancy , Mandriva Linux has been very user friendly and unlike some other linux distributions has been quite pleasant to work with

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