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Why a secret patent deal won't help Linux/Windows

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LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit speaker Jeremy Allison explains some tricky details of Linux/Windows interoperability, what the Novell/Microsoft deal really does for interoperability, and a vision for a future easy-to-administer network filesystem.

Win4Lin Pro Desktop 3.5 review

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For several years, Win4Lin has offered a virtual operating environment whereby you can run Microsoft Windows inside of GNU/Linux. The first several generations of Win4Lin were limited to Windows 98, difficult to install, and had requirements that were difficult to satisfy, such as a proprietary kernel module and various acts of command line kung fu. Version 3.5 still has some of these problems, but it's nowhere near as bad as it used to be.

Is Red Hat in trouble?

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Lately, I've been getting questions about how well, or not, Red Hat is doing. I know that Oracle is coming after them. And, I know that Novell and Microsoft's partnership, problems and all, has given Novell's SLES 10 (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) some unexpected sales.

Raymond, Nelson critical of new planned license for open source peripherals

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Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR) is sponsoring a plan to encourage and popularize the idea of open source -- for hardware components. The organization released a draft of an open source license for computer hardware this month, and issued a public call for comments on the draft. The new license is already drawing criticism from prominent members of the open source community.

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Review: Sabayon Linux

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Reviews

There is a newer distro in town, gaining traction. Sabayon Linux is an installable, Gentoo based live Cd/DVD. It has the stated goal of being 100% Gentoo compatible. A lot of attention has been paid to the Sabayon brand. Theming is consistent and striking. Sabayon is one of the best looking distros I have used.

New Open Source Group to Focus on Apps

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A new open source advocacy group is about to launch with a focus on applications rather than open source standards, internetnews.com has learned.

UnixODBC CLI Install and Configuration

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For those of you that may not know what unixodbc does, "ODBC is an open specification for providing application developers with a predictable API with which to access Data Sources. Data Sources include SQL Servers and any Data Source with an ODBC Driver." They include a text file driver as an example of a non-SQL source. Two examples are Asterisk and OpenOffice.org.

Micro How-To: MySQL

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MySQL communicates through either local unix sockets or over TCP/IP port 3306 (default). Database names, tables, field names, and passwords are case sensitive. SQL Commands are not case sensitive.

Free Works in Africa

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OSS

iSolemamba school is in Durban, South Africa. Like every other school on the planet, it needed a computer lab. Basic infrastructure costs were covered, but there wasn't much money left over to buy computer equipment. Fortunately for the school was Linux and open-source software.

Testing RAID-1 on OpenSUSE

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As I described in another post, I wanted to test RAID technology on my GNU/Linux OpenSUSE configuration. My intent is to see what happens when a hard drive fails, as it is supposed to protect me against it. But I prefer to test rather than believe the hype. Just after that I will need to observe what happens when we plug a new drive to replace the failed one. And I will suppose that once again it’s a different drive.

Debian release may slip to March

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The release of the upcoming version of Debian may slip to March, according to one of the two release managers for the Linux distribution.

ROX Desktop provides light, quirky alternative to GNOME and KDE

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The ROX Desktop is a lightweight alternative to GNOME or KDE built around the ROX-Filer file manager. The project's name is an abbreviation of "RISC OS on X." The ROX Desktop's performance is reminiscent of IceWM, and it's noticeably faster opening programs than GNOME or KDE. However, its speed comes at the expense of a needlessly redundant default configuration, and some users may balk at some of the assumptions its design makes about how they prefer to work.

Faking the FOSS

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Do your ever wonder if some self-proclaimed open source projects really 'get it' what it means to truly be about being 'free and open source' versus just using FOSS for other means? Sometimes I really have to wonder, because I keep running into examples where projects touting open source software engage in behavior where they glaringly contradict the holistic and philosophical embrace of its ideals. There's a lot of faking the FOSS going on out there.

WINE Gaming: Steam, Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Counter Strike Source And 1.6

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HowTos

Half Life 2 and Counter Strike are two of the most popular First Person Shooters available. These games are available for Windows PCs in first place. A growing number of people uses Linux as their major operating system and does not want to renounce their favored games. This HOWTO should make it possibly for anybody to get Steam working with Wine.

The Importance of Video Settings on Linux

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It's maddening. For someone who is trying make a daily use of what is to be considered a beginner friendly distribution for the first time, most options leave a lot to be desired for the uninitiated. More often than not, new Linux users find that everything works great at first only to discover that setting up something as common as a dual-head monitor configuration requires editing your xorg.conf file. If you are coming from a non-Linux environment, this can be a fairly frightening proposition.

Also: PC-BSD vs. Linux Distributions: A Mega Battle

Top 5 OSS Action Leaders

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I know that the original question was "Who are the top 5 OSS thought leaders", and that's been covered by several folks already. I'm going to ask a similar, but different question. Who are the top 5 entities that have brought OSS into everyday (enterprise & commercial) use?

Display MythTV on an HDTV

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Two major components come into play when you attempt to display MythTV content in HD—the video output device in your MythTV box and whatever high-definition display you use—especially the inputs it makes available.

A Week with Gentoo 2006.1: Day 2

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Operating on the assumption that I was using a bad DVD burn, I downloaded the Gentoo 2006.1 LiveCD x86, Gentoo 2006.1 LiveCD AMD64, and the manual installation mini disc. I plan on getting this bad boy installed!

Xrandr 1.2

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HowTos

Since I got my 20" widescreen monitor in the summer, I discovered how bad X's support for resizing displays is. I wanted to have the ability to plug my laptop into the 20" display in the office and expand the desktop to 1680x1050, or remove the 20" display and shrink the desktop back down to the native resolution of 1024x768. Then I heard about xrandr 1.2.

Where Can SUSE Linux Be Used?

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Most IT directors ask this question first. The case for using Linux has already been made in the popular IT press, and organizations understand that Linux is now a viable option when anything Unix needs to be deployed.

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SteamOS 2.93 Brewmaster Beta Adds New Security Fixes from Debian GNU/Linux 8.6

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