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Developers are from Mars, Programmers are from Venus

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Many of us use the terms "programmer" and "developer" interchangeably. When someone asks me what I do for a living I tend to describe my vocation as "computer programmer" rather than "software developer", because the former seems to be understood more readily by those unfamiliar with IT. Even when writing pieces for this site, I tend to swap back and forth between the two terms, to try and avoid sounding repetitive. But in truth, there is a world of difference between a computer programmer and a software developer.

O'Reilly releases "LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, Second Edition"

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The primary audience for "LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, Second Edition" is, of course, candidates seeking the LPI Certification. The book will help them with the specific information required to be successful with both the Level 1 and Level 2 exams.

"IE for Linux" hack offers one more reason not to boot Windows

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A BRAZILIAN web designer got tired of having to boot Windows to see how web pages looked in IE, so he coded a little script allowing anyone to download, install and run IE on Linux.

A Matter of Trust

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If someone betrays your trust, it can be a very hard road to travel to earn that trust back. The most recent example of a loss of trust in the IT industry has been the recent alleged actions conducted by members of the HP board of directors. When I read this September 18 vnunet.com headline: "Open Source Community Welcomes Microsoft Patent Pledge." Here was, in complete form, my initial thought: We do?

Alan Cox's ThinkPad battery explodes

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It appears that the exploding IBM ThinkPad that we spotted last week at LAX may not have been a fluke after all. Telsa Gwynne, wife of famed Linux kernel programmer Alan Cox, describes on her website how her husband's ThinkPad battery suddenly exploded last night.

Should Shuttleworth Address United Nations?

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Mark Shuttleworth should sell the idea of non-patentable shared "open energy technology" to world leaders as its potential to have a profound impact on the reduction of the greenhouse gases is enormous.

DEFCON — Security Tool Nirvana

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DEFCON is one of the oldest and largest hacking conventions. Itýs essentially 3 days of great information about the latest and greatest in security, sans the vendor stuff (a big plus for me!). There are all kinds of competitions to test your hacking skills, including lock picking, building robots, capture the flag, and coffee wars. There's something for everyone.

Packaging LSB packages - a first glimpse

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In my opinion the current software-packaging/software-install system for Linux systems is a crappy thing: Every distribution packages the most interesting and important packages for itself: KDE stuff, GNOME, compiler, apache, and add on packages like firefox. Therefore, each work is repeated not only twice but dozens of times. This is dumb.

Software patent war ignites again

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Three political groups in the European Parliament (EP) have warned that software patents are re-emerging into EU politics with an EP vote scheduled for next month.

Torvalds talks like a pirate

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Linux creator Linus Torvalds today signalled his enjoyment of the annual "Talk Like a Pirate Day" festivities, using the nautical lexicon to launch an update to the kernel at the heart of his open source operating system.

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