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Server Virtualization: Let Battle Commence

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Recent announcements from VMware, Microsoft, IBM, and XenSource have caused a sudden increase of interest in server virtualization technology. Virtualization is seen as one possible solution to manage the data centers of the future, but important limitations with the technology are often overlooked.

MythTV and AM2 on Linux war stories, a continuing saga

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As you may recall from my last entry, I exchanged my cable box from a Scientific Atlanta 8000HD to a Scientific Atlanta 8300HD. The latter, new box continues to output a signal from the cable connection even if I have it in HDTV mode. It probably also continues to output AVI and S-Video. This finally opened up a way for me to use my cable box with a MythTV box.

User interfaces should teach, not hide

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Today, I finally decided that my gVim editor needed a smaller font, and the process of getting it to work right has made me notice a fundamental flaw in the way we think about user interfaces. Essentially it’s just this: GUIs should teach, not obfuscate or hide the underlying mechanism.

Is SageTV the perfect Linux media center?

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As long-time readers know, I've long been looking for the perfect Linux-based media center program for quite a while. Now, it looks like SageTV is on to something.

Amarok Live Calling for Artwork

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The Amarok project has announced an artwork contest for their upcoming live CD, Amarok Live, for fancy new version 1.4. The contest includes among other things bootsplash screens, wallpapers and Amarok splash screens.

Virtualization Breaks Out

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What's all the fuss about virtual machines? From AMD to Intel, Microsoft to Novell to Red Hat, every major OS and hardware platform vendor today has a stake in the virtualization game. However, the truth is that running multiple virtual systems on a single physical workstation or server is simply passe.

Opera 9.01 hit the shelves

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Finally we reached 9.01! You'll find the changelogs at the usual location. Things are not stopping here, as you might know - we will keep improving our product, and... we'll be focussing on "what comes next"

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Open source history, present day, and licensing

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