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When Your Boss Fears Open Source

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Does your network and app infrastructure contain open source products? Chances are they do. It's equally likely that those at the top of the IT org chart may not know the full story, given how ubiquitous -- and handy -- many open source offerings have become. Learn what to do when your boss fears open source.

Samba: Coverity Bugs Down to Zero

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The Samba Team is happy to report that Samba is now free from Coverity reported defects! In a week and a half, Samba Team developers have fixed all 216 reported bugs.

SOX and the GPL: no "special" risk, but ordinary one bad enough

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This guest column by Wasabi VP and General Counsel Jay Michaelson responds to a reaction from Free Software Foundation General Counsel Eban Moglen to a Wasabi whitepaper that discussed potential interactions between Sarbannes-Oxley (SOX) legislation and the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Weighing Open Source Management Tools Vs. Proprietary

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OS

To date, "open source versus proprietary" discussions have focused pretty narrowly on acquisition cost / comparison and TCO. But according to a recent InfoWorld blog by GroundWork Open Source CEO, Ranga Rangachari, we're going to start hearing more about the feature set give-and-take between open source versus proprietary management tools.

Kubuntu on an old PC

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Ubuntu

I recently purchased a used computer over the Internet to replace a secondary computer, and my plan for this machine was to set it up as dual boot computer between some version of Linux and Windows98. I had been thinking about which brand of Linux I wanted to put on this computer for sometime. I had never tried Debian or one its variants, but was eager to do so. After reading the reviews, I decided to go with Ubuntu.

Installing the latest PostgreSQL on Stable Debian

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HowTos

If you want use PostgreSQL 8.1 on your stable Debian 3.1 it is not a problem. Here is a quick walkthrough of the required steps of rebuilding the Debian package for Sarge.

Automatix kicks Ubuntu into gear

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Software
Ubuntu

There's been some discussion lately about whether Ubuntu is suitable for Linux beginners. If you raise this issue, someone is sure to tout a script called Automatix as the solution to any perceived notions of the user-unfriendliness of Ubuntu. Automatix automatically installs a laundry list of applications, plugins, and utilities that are supposed to turn a barebones Ubuntu install into desktop perfection. That sounded like something I should try.

The price of Windows

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Linux

The days are over when Microsoft could rely on being the only software platform in town. You can run business critical systems on Linux, and it has been used in a variety of applications.

Bullet Proof Templates in OpenOffice.org

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HowTos

"Where are my custom formats? I spent hours getting them right. Now, when I open a new document, they're gone."

This panicked cry or ones similar to it are posted almost daily to the OpenOffice.org User's List. Half of the time, the problem is the user have not heard of templates. The other half of the time, the users are expecting templates to behave the same in OpenOffice.org as they do in other office suites--but they don't.

Making Your Terminal into a Desktop

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There are several possible reasons why you might choose to use the command line interface (CLI) as your desktop environment. People passing by your desk will think you're some kind of computer god. Who doesn't want that? Here's how to set up your virtual terminal to be more productive for desktop work.

Dapper launch date 1 June

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Ubuntu

According to the new "slewed" schedule, the beta version will be available on 20 April - the original date set for Dapper Drake's release - and Dapper Drake will launch on 1 June.

LilyPond Helper Applications: Development Status

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Software

Last month I presented a brief update about the LilyPond music typesetting software. This month I look at three graphic front-ends that can make LilyPond easier to use for beginners and for users who simply prefer the more familiar interface of standard music notation.

Microsoft's Hilf says Windows more reliable than Linux

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Microsoft

The chief Linux guru at Microsoft believes that Windows will maintain its dominance in the desktop space and increase its share in the server space because it is more reliable than Linux.

Also: Gates mocks Negroponte's poor peoples' PC

7900GT Workstation Performance

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Hardware

One of the issues we have yet to touch on when pertaining to the GeForce 7900 series is its workstation performance in OpenGL rendering. Today at Phoronix, we have completed a small set of tests to examine such a scenario using SPECViewPerf v8.1, which relies upon such application viewsets as Maya, Pro/ENGINEER, and SolidWorks. Will the EVGA GeForce 7900GT 256MB continue to remain supreme when it comes to non-gaming tasks?

Why I'll be updating to Fedora Core 5

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Linux

I've stepped away from living on the edge. I no longer download the lastest nightly of Firefox nor grab each and every test version of OpenOffice. My time has become a much valued comodity and generally speaking I just don't need the latest and greatest anymore. It was certainly my intent to pass on FC5. I didn't think there was going to be anything in it that required an upgrade..... Until now.

Why we wont be talking about Open Source in the future

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This bifurcation of Open Source from all other software was a very familiar behavior—it is the same one that ten years ago insisted that the Internet and related technologies were discrete from IT and the datacenter. A ha! As I am fond of saying, there is little new in the world, all things old are new again.

Mandrake Founder to Sue Mandriva over Pink Slip

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Interviews
MDV

Mandriva executive Gael Duval today confirmed rumors that he was laid off from the company he co-founded, along with a number of other Mandriva employees. Duval told NewsForge that he is going to bring suit against Mandriva for "abusive layoff." He also plans on working on new oss os Ulteo.

Tips for putting Linux on a Laptop

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It's a lot easier to make the leap from Windows to GNU/Linux on a desktop machine (or even a server) than it is a laptop. Laptop computers are far more likely to contain unsupported unique or proprietary hardware than desktop machines, so laptop computers in general can be difficult to get your favorite free software operating system onto. Confused as to what distro you should use, or what computer you should buy? Here are some tips to make your decisions easier.

Why you should try Epiphany as your default browser with GNOME 2.14

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In the GNOME philosophy, we want applications that do their job, only their job, and we want those to do it perfectly. Epiphany's job is to browse the web. Only browsing the web. But browsing the web in a GNOME fashioned way.

Also: Celebrating the release of GNOME 2.14!

Integrating Open Source Apps Into the Server Room

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Much fuss has been made about open source software, particularly its influence on back-end server environments. Some organizations are deciding that open source is the right option for them. To best determine whether some or all of your server infrastructure is a good candidate for open source solutions, consider several criteria.

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Security: Updates, 'Smart' Things, Android Proprietary Software and Firefox Woes on Windows

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