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Why open source software is hot

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OSS

The purpose of this article is to outline some ways to make business sense of open source software. Open source has joined the main stream. Studies, surveys and experience have shown that majority of IT managers of global corporations are using open source software.

Review: Ubuntu 5.10 Linux

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Reviews

After years of using Windows and a little Mac OS 9X - I am still interesting in switching over to an alternative OS. Linux has always just been close to being a useful desktop for n00bs, it isn't until recently that you could actually achieve that.

Open source for governments

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OSS

More and more countries are embracing the collaborative model of open source on a national level to fend off caged IT models. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore’s (IDA) Technology Group has positioned Linux as a medium term technology bet, which means one to three years to mass adoption.

Adding Your Code to the Kernel

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Linux

From their book's section on adding your own code to the kernel, the authors demonstrate how device drivers are represented in the filesystem.

Review: Tao Live CD

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Reviews

Tao Live CD is a live CD based on rebuilt Red Hat Linux source RPMs. It features a useful selection of applications, has good hardware detection, and is even quick to boot. While I did run into a few problems, I found this a very worthwhile distro.

Taking KDE 3.5 for a ride with SUSE

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KDE
SUSE
HowTos

If you're like a lot of KDE users, you probably want to give the latest and greatest version of the popular Linux desktop environment a try. However, if you're like a lot of newer users, you're also not quite sure how to go about upgrading your desktop.

Xen's no killer app

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Software

Some folks think that Xen virtualization is going to be the next open-source killer application.

How do I put this gently... No. No, it's not.

Microsoft remains vague on Vista hardware futures

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Microsoft

A REVIEWER at Cnet has taken a peek under the bonnet of the latest beta of Microsoft Vista but there's little there to help you plan your future hardware buys.

Tokyo court orders release of evidence in AMD suit

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Hardware

In a possible turn of events in the suit by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) against Intel Corp., the Tokyo District Court said last week (Dec. 16) it would require the Fair Trade Commission of Japan (JFTC) to release evidence obtained during its investigation of Intel K.K.

Firefox is streets ahead of IE on European computers

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Moz/FF

Mozilla's Firefox browser is now ahead of the Internet Explorer in terms of usage on European computers. A study by technology company AdTech says that the popularity of the open-source browser has grown by 40 percent over the last six months.

Customizing Fedora 4

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Linux

Although Red Hat sticks by a six to twelve month release cycle for its Fedora Core Project the number of FOSS advancements made in that short period is simply staggering. With the number of Fedora fresh installs we perform on a weekly basis using all sorts of hardware, and with Fedora Core 5 not being scheduled for release until at least February of 2006, we have begun to work on optimizing the FC4 build to provide for local install CDs that are up-to-date when it comes to all of the packages as well as including some Fedora extras in the stock install and additions.

I'm Dreaming of a Wh(it)e Christmas

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Misc

Christmas and the New Year is a time for giving, for rushing to the shops and finding that special gift for that special someone. Of course, things are not easy when that special someone is a technically-oriented person (aka gadget freak).

First Arabic KDE Live CD

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KDE

Arabian Linux also known as arl is a bootable CD with a compilation of GNU/Linux software, full support for Arabic and English languages and automatic hardware detection.

Mandriva Targrets Corporations With Linux

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MDV

Mandriva, now the third-largest Linux distributor behind Red Hat and Novell, is pushing to move from its consumer and small-business market niches into the realm of enterprise IT.

Debunking Common GNU/LINUX Myths

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Linux

There is a lot of confusing information about the GNU/Linux operating system, open source and free software, and related issues in the press today. Many of these technologies and concepts are difficult to understand because they deviate from the standard historical traditions of the software industry.

linux running on palmone’s lifedrive

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Linux

i am amazed at how quickly alex from hackndev was able to get linux running on the lifedrive. it looks like the majority of the work only spanned 2 weeks.

STX, the lightweight Slack

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Reviews

STX is a lightweight Slackware-based distro powered by the Equinox Desktop Environment (which is based on a FLTK-derived toolkit). It's designed with focus on installing it on older computers.

Has Google Become More "Evil" Than Microsoft?

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Misc

What's going on here? Isn't Microsoft supposed to be the bad guys, while Google is the "do-no-evil" company?

Well, the "do-no-evil" days are long past. The AOL deal made that clear.

Tips and Tricks for Quiet Computing

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Hardware

As GPUs and CPUs become more powerful, their thermal output is skyrockets. The typical solution to the problem is to add more fans. Pretty soon, you've more fans in your system than the old B-36 bomber had propellers—and your system is just about as loud, too. So we'd like to share a few of tips we've learned over the past year or so in reducing the noise of our PCs.

Microsoft drops Mac IE

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The minority of Mac users still browsing with Internet Explorer need to consider moving to another browser very quickly, as Microsoft plans to discontinue support for IE beginning Dec. 31.

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Mozilla: Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society, New AirMozilla Audience Demo, Firefox Telemetry

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Games: All Walls Must Fall, Tales of Maj'Eyal

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KDE and GNOME: KDE Discover, Okular, Librsvg, and Phone's UI Shell

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