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PHP: Three Versions, One Promise

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PHP has long been a favorite dynamic programming language for Web developers. After 10 years of growth, 2006 looks to be a banner year for the open source language as its collaboration framework, partner ecosystem and the language itself are expected to grow and gain new users.

Methods for running Linux on a Windows PC

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There can be many methods getting Linux to run on a Windows box. I would always encourage to make the total switch to Linux but there can be good reasons to keep your Windows box intact. Fortunately there are many applications and methods that can allow one to use Linux on a Windows PC.

Gaim 2.0b - Flooded in Feedback

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Wow! We've all been completely swamped in feedback since Saturday's beta release. I'm personally surprised how positive it is as a whole. We've gotten a ton of really well-founded gripes too.

Clustering - A technology to solve common computational problems

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In the computer world, when people talk about clustering, they are refering to technologies that allow multiple computers to work together to solve common computing problems.

NVIDIA 1.0-8178 Display Drivers Benchmarked

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The driver launch today is only minor, hence its version, but is there any performance gains or losses to be attributed to the latest set of drivers? We have wrapped up our testing and are here to share our results today. Below are NVIDIA's official notes regarding the 1.0-8178 drivers for Linux x86 and x86_64.

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New Linux Nvidia drivers: v1.0-8178

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Linux Display Driver - IA32 & AMD64/EM64T

Version: 1.0-8178
Operating System: Linux
Release Date: December 22, 2005

XGL - Realistically

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Yes it would be nice if X.org could use OpenGL directly for it's display and composition, but to date, nobody has made this possible. Is it wrong for a business to make it so? Since when does developing software for GNU products mean that they aren't allowed to do it privately? If Novell is developing XGL behind closed doors, and paying the developers to build it... Where's the problem?

X11R6.9 and X11R7.0 Officially Released

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The first major version release of the X Window System in more than a decade, X11R7.0 is the first release of the complete modularized and autotooled source code base for the X Window System. X11R6.9, its companion release, contains identical features, and uses the exact same source code as X11R7.0, but with the traditional imake build system.

Why Samba is one of my favorite Linux apps

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One of my favorite open-source applications is Samba. For me, it, and not Apache, is the Linux "killer" server app that I use all the time.

Miro Transfers all Rights to Mambo Open Source CMS

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Today, Peter Lamont, CEO of Miro, signed a legal deed granting to the Mambo Foundation the rights and interests in the Mambo name, logo, and associated trademarks.

Lightweight podcatching client targets Linux users

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There's a new, minimalistic -- and reportedly fast -- podcatching client for Linux now available for free download. BashPodder is a podcatching client written in bash code that requires the bash shell, wget, and sed -- all three of which are typically installed on any Linux system.

OpenOffice.org 2.0.1 Released

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Eight weeks after 2.0, our first update remedies minor bugs and brings new features. For example, it is now possible to disable and hide particular application settings, which comes in handy for central administration in networks.

Xen's no killer app

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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.

Thunderbird 1.5rc1 Available

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Everyone into the alternative browser and mail clients will want to take a look at Mozilla Thunderbird's first 1.5 testing release.

Happy Birthday Perl! (D.O.B: 18th Dec, 1987)

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A key part of the Open Source market is the Perl programming language, and yesterday Perl celebrated its 18th birthday.

Author Robin Miller discusses OOo 2.0

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Author Robin Miller was online Friday, Dec. 16th to discuss the OpenOffice.org suite of office productivity software and his new book "Point and Click: OpenOffice.org."

Gaim 2.0.0beta1 Available

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We've released Gaim 2.0.0beta1. We're looking for lots of feedback on this release--especially what you love about it and what you hate about it.

Apache 2.2.0: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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Apache 2.2.0 is major release of the Apache httpd server and includes a number of critical changes. This article will cover some of the specific elements that have changed (with examples and alternative configurations) as well as discuss when to upgrade to the new version and when to wait for a future revision.

FSM: On free vs. proprietary

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There is currently a competition going on between two types of business model. Each have their strong advocates, supporters and enemies. Flame wars have raised the temperature of various communication channels. In short, it's good old fashioned fun for all and sundry.

Just Say NO to Gnome?

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GNOME still encourages productivity over KDE because it uses screen space more efficiently. So in light of Linus' recent rantings on the GNOME usability mailing list here are three good reasons why you should stick with GNOME.

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