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Archive for April, 2007

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Microsoft’s Coupon Dayz: Andy Updegrove pokes some fun at the Microsoft-Samsung cross license deal by imagining a few rather unlikely but maybe not so unlikely deals Microsoft has up their sleeves.

Installing CentOS 4.4 – Short-n-Sweet: Our own Don Parris takes us through installing CentOS 4.4 in an article that’s well..short and sweet.

China says U.S. piracy case will ‘badly damage’ ties: An article on c-net.com about how U.S. complaints to the WTO over commercial piracy in China will “badly damage” cooperation.

Honda hearts Linux, wants cash: Linux is pretty good at harnessing processor speed, and Chastain Motorsports is hoping to snare some of that effect to propel their Panoz/Honda to victory. The distinctive Penguin logo, “Tux,” has been affixed to the nose of the 200+ MPH car in anticipation of meeting a donation goal.

LXer cookbook: Convince your boss you need a new desktop: A recipe by our Senior European Editor Hans Kwint. “OK, that’s it. You had it. When running a CAD-application, it takes more than 330 msec to move 30,000 polylines, compiling OpenOffice from scratch takes more than half an hour, Firefox won’t open all existing 86,010 LXer stories at once in seperate tabs anymore, you can’t run all OpenBSD versions from 2.2 to 3.9 in VMware at the same time anymore to look for differences, TuxRacer only makes 2 frames per day…”

The real cost of $3 Windows: Leave it to Bill Gates. There’s a reason he’s the richest man in the world. The software isn’t great, but it’s good enough to do the job. Unfortunately, the “job” isn’t just personal productivity, it’s technology lock-in. It’s all about creating a new generation of computer users who are hooked on Windows and programs that run under the proprietary operating system.

Vector Linux – Chaucer’s Beautiful Hag: Don Parris combines Linux and Literature in this great article about Vector Linux, “Chaucer fans will immediately understand when I say that Vector Linux is a modern retelling of the Wife of Bath’s Tale – with a few twists.”

All roads lead to Debian: Steven Rosenberg writes, “If most of the Linux distributions derive from either Slackware or Debian, why not just go to the source? Slackware looks way too hard to figure out, but Debian, which just released version 4.0, offers a net-install ISO — and I’ve always wanted to install a distro over the Internet — so I burned the CD this morning and am currently installing a Debian system over the Internet.”

Tutorial: Better Wi-Fi on the Linux Horizon: An article by Carla Schroder on the bright future of Wi-Fi on the Linux platform.

$175 OLPC deals blow to open source, guarantees Microsoft’s continued dominance: In what is definitely the biggest heartbreaker article of the week Nicholas Negroponte, the head of the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child project announced that the $100 OLPC is now the $175 OLPC, and it will be able to run Windows. I think I am going to go chug a bottle of Pepto-Bismol.

Qantas ditches Linux for AIX: The Australian airline Qantas decided this week to ditch Linux in favor of IBM’s Unix-based AIX platform for its computer system.

Freedom of Speech vs. The Right to Remain Silent: An article written by LXer Lane Beneke aka NoDough, about how the Tux500 campaign is an opportunity to have your voice be heard.

The Most Important Open-Source Apps of All Time: A list of Open Source program slide shows put together by the people at eWEEK.

Free, Open, Eating Its Young: Carla Schroder reminds us that you have to moderate the people who spread spam and hate not ignore them.

Debain WrEtch: review of an UnAmerican Linux system: In what is certainly the funniest article I have read in a while, a couple of Debian users poke some fun and write up a great parody Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.

Mac and Linux attacks set to rise: In our FUD of the week article the author attempts to make the case that there will be more security issues for Linux and the Mac because of their growing popularity. To bad he doesn’t know what he is talking about.

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Lot’s of things going on in Open Source like Tux500 promotion to a bunch of stuff about some company named Microsoft.

Lot’s of things going on in Open Source like Tux500 promotion to a bunch of stuff about some company named Microsoft.

KDE vs. GNOME: Is One Better?: Bruce Byfield asks, “One of the hardest things for users of other platform to understand is that GNU/Linux does not have a single graphical display. Instead, there are dozens,..”.

Penguin At The Window: Linux As An Alternative To Vista: This article makes a case for why Linux is not lacking to Vista in being a viable choice to Windows. “..Microsoft Vista is a modern operating system that offers a variety of genuine improvements over Windows XP. On top of that, Vista also looks much spiffier than its predecessor. Even so, there are a variety of reasons not to blindly reach for Vista..”.

Linux Gurus and the ability of a student to burn them out: In this article written by an LXer Brett L. Antoine, he states “Sometimes a “student” and/or friend can become so dependent on the knowledge base of their teacher/friend that they become not only an annoyance but can drive you away from enjoying your computer time altogether.”.

An open letter to Corporate Linux: Helios’s call to the corporate members of the Open Source Community to support the Tux500 project.

Configuring Debian/etch on a Dell Latitude D520: A regular in the forums, Sander Marechal wrote this article about configuring Debian/etch on a Dell Computer.

Focus to Folly in 3.6 pages – A Microcosm of the Linux Community?: LXer Roger Danielson submitted this, “It started out well, someone agreed with it, someone didn’t, the first someone defended his position, the second someone did the same. And on it went. However I noticed a phenomenon that is not uncommon in Linux forums. By the end of the discussion and at that point in time, it ran just short of 4 pages. The conversation had went from the topic at hand to the subject of zebras and virgins. Now you tell me how that happened.”.

Ubuntu community magazine hits the ‘streets’: The Ubuntu community magazine has just released its first issue. The first of what will be a regular monthly feature, the April issue covers the history of Ubuntu, details changes to upcoming Fiesty Fawn and includes an installation guide.

Microsoft’s Silverlight Promises to Disrupt Linux Web Users: Just as it seemed that Linux users (especially 64-bit users) would finally be able to enjoy streaming content with a minimum of hassle, Microsoft’s new Silverlight software promises to throw a wrench in the works.

A Linux for the rest of us?: Zero config distro tailored for newbies. Serial entrepreneur Peter Dawe, who helped bring the internet to the UK, is launching a “safe” Linux distro tailored for the technophobe.

Beginners Linux: “Forget Laymans terms, DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?”: Another article LXer by Brett L. Antoine, “Ever wonder what the heck someone means when they tell you you need to open a Konsole and “su to root”? Or “All you need to do is JED that file.”? Here are some explanations to and locations of some useful items.”.

Microsoft’s ‘Men in Black’ kill Florida open standards legislation: It was just a bit of text advocating open data formats that was slipped into a Florida State Senate bill at the last minute with no fanfare, but within 24 hours three Microsoft-paid lobbyists, all wearing black suits, were pressuring members of the Senate Committee on Governmental Operations (COGO) to remove the words they didn’t like from Senate bill 1974.

IRC Linux Support, through burnout and beyond.: A longtime LXer and forum contributor jimf writes, “I’ve been doing support on IRC for more than three years now. Overall, it’s been a rewarding experience, and, an important learning experience for me as well.”.

Tux500: Where Are We Now?: Helios writes on the xtatus of the Tux500 campaign, “Most people understand that an event watched by this many people for a month’s time WILL generate interest and curiosity. The location of the event is secondary…no it’s not even that it’s…third-ary..? Well, you get what I mean. Now…if we could just put our politics aside for long enough to get this done, I am sure we can proceed beating the crap out of each other once we have secured ourselves a firm place in the market.”

How Microsoft and Apple are screwing users on multimedia,..: Steven Rosenberg gets a little angry about what’s being done to multimedia formats.

I Vote For Ubuntu On Dell: Aaron Newcomb of the Open News Show states the 7 reasons why he thinks that it should be Ubuntu that Dell should pre-install.

Microsoft aims to double user base with $3 Windows and Office: Microsoft has launched an effort to double its user base to 2 billion by 2015, offering students in developing countries entry level versions of Windows and Office for next to nothing. It’s also an effort to keep users in poorer nations hooked on Windows and away from Linux.

Microsoft and Samsung Announce Broad Patent Agreement: The press release announcing the Samsung – Microsoft cross licensing agreement.

Getting Ready for GPL 3.0: Call the Lawyers: In what I can’t believe is our runner-up for FUD of the week Ron Enderle again swan dives into the deep end.

tux500 is a pump-and-dump scam: Penguin Pete decides that the Tux500 campaign is a scam and well read it for yourself because all I want to do is curse at it.

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Linux Users – Start…..Your…..ENGINES!: This post by Ken Starks started a maelstrom in the Linux community on the subject of promoting Linux. I talk about this in depth in another article.

The Perfect Setup – Debian Etch (Debian 4.0): This tutorial by Falco Timme shows how to set up a Debian Etch (Debian 4.0) based server for the 32-bit version of Debian Etch, but it should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications. If your looking to upgrade to Debian 4.0, I would bookmark this tutorial.

Building a new Slackware machine: James Dixon summarizes the process of building a new Slackware 11 box for his wife along with some of the challenges he overcame.

Swiftfox – the perverting of an open source browser: Swiftfox is a Firefox-based browser, but there is one big difference between it and Firefox — you can’t share Swiftfox because the Swiftfox license prohibits repackaging and redistribution. It seems that someone successfully “closed sourced” a version of Firefox.

Palm fesses up to Linux Treo plans: The company known for its line of Treo smartphones which up until now were powered by Palm OS and Windows Mobile, is likely to ship Linux powered phones this year.

Which Linux Desktop Distribution is the best for me?: This nixcraft article talks about all the distro chooser sites and how they really do not help someone who is new to Linux (newbie) choose the one that is right for them.

Fluxbuntu becomes an “official” Ubuntu offshoot: As of April 1st Fluxbuntu is an official variant of Ubuntu. The Fluxbox Desktop Environment being smaller and more efficient, it makes your computer act like a hot rod again. Fluxbuntu becoming “official”
may be an April fools joke, but Fluxbuntu is not. If your interested in seeing how different and fast Ubuntu can be, then Fluxbuntu is worth a serious look.

Top 10 Firefox extensions to avoid: Peter Smith goes down a list of Firefox extensions he thinks that you should avoid using. I must say that Mozilla has done a fantastic job of weeding out the bad extensions. If he could only find ten or so out of the hundreds that exist, that’s still a 90+% success rate of quality of useful extensions available for the Firefox browser.

California is trying to pass an open document requirement for all of it electronic documents: Mark Leno, a California State Assemblyman, has proposed a bill in the California Legislature that would make it a requirement that all California Documents will be an open XML-based format. Its too bad that Open-XML isn’t really “Open”.

OLPC XO Test Build: These screenshots give us a taste of what the Graphic User Interface is going to look like on the One Laptop Per Child computers.

Debian redefines itself with new release: The Debian website states, “We will do everything we can to make things very easy for the novice, while allowing the expert to tweak things.”. Bruce Byfield shows us that they really mean it and he shows us some of the subtle changes that have been made to facilitate being both easy to set-up and use while still being very configurable for the expert user at the same time.

Why Linux is the perfect system for people who hate computers: Is it just me or is it always “old people” who hate computers? Its been my experience that individuals prove stereotypes wrong almost all the time. Its nice that the author thinks Linux is good for people who don’t like computers but its not just older people who feel that way.

The Internet May Eventually Be Scrapped: Some scientists want to start from scratch with the Internet again so they can make it better and safer for everyone. Lets see, a new Internet design funded by the government. Why is it I don’t believe them?

Dear Mr. Gates: Save Vista, Open-Source It: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols sarcastically asks Bill gates, “Since Microsoft can’t get the bugs out of Vista, why not turn the code over to the people who’ve shown they can fix intractable software: the open-source community.”

Dell-linux Marriage: Desktop Prominence Or Five-Year Setback?: In our “It smells like FUD” article of the week Ron Enderle again attempts to confuse and baffle the reader with gymnastics in logic. There is a nice big picture of him though.

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Department of Homeland and Security wants master key for DNS: Giving the DNS keys, or master controls to all software programs over to the Government is one of the worst ideas I have ever heard of, ever.

Punching the Clock with GNU/Linux: Our own Don Parris talks about the current state of Open Source accounting and timeclock software, what businesses are opening up their code and what they could do better in the future.

History Repeats Itself – Linux Again Kicked To The Curb: Google’s road to riches, their own personal Horatio Alger story, was paved with the code and efforts of the Linux/FOSS community. Google still refuses to acknowledge the need for a viable desktop search tool for the Linux Desktop. However, they have found the time and resources to add another one to the Mac. That’s odd in itself. Wasn’t Spotlight supposed to do that?

SCO tries to grok Pamela Jones (again): SCO again tries to convince someone, anyone that Pamela Jones of Groklaw are to blame for all their problems.

LWN.net: The third GPLv3 draft: One could well argue that a major license update should not be made in a hurry, and thus the delays are not problematic. In any case, the wait is over: the new GPLv3 draft is available. In many ways, the draft resembles its predecessors; in others, it has changed significantly.

Open Source coders caught stealing Open Source code: This article sparked a debate among our readers about what it means when code from different licenses is used together.

Broadcom Driver Dispute Uglier Than Necessary: Don Parris gets to the bottom of the “borrowed code” incident and discovers what can go wrong when a simple miscommunication goes wrong in view of the public.

With Vista recently hitting the shelves there have been some interesting facts coming to light. It seems that Microsoft’s latest and greatest Operating System leaves something to be desired. The next three articles are good examples.

The “Nixed Report” Vista Challenge: One Linux Advocate, finally tiring of his friends “helping” him, issues a challenge. “You think I’m missing out by not running Windows Vista?” “You say it’s superior even though one nanobyte of Linux code has never touched your hard drive?” “OK, I’ll try it…but one one or two conditions…”

Windows Vista marketing ‘deceived’ consumers: Microsoft has been accused of deceiving US consumers by marketing PCs as “Windows Vista Capable”. Be careful, just because it says it can run Vista doesn’t mean that it can run it well.

30 Days with Vista: The Author really tries to like Vista but he runs into problem after problem. Interesting review if you read between the lines a little. A must read is the Editor-in Chief’s paranoid disclaimer at the end.

Linux Desktop: Seven Leading Products: In our FUD article of the week the author does such a great job of turning logic on its head I have to quote it, “The most dangerous accounts are those given to your IT staff, giving them so-called “super-user” status – meaning they can access just about any organizational information they want.” That’s funny, I thought that having complete access to all the computers was the only way the IT department can do there job! You better look out, that Linux can be dangerous if you leave it out.

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How To Revive An Old PC With Linux : An article about why you shouldn’t throw away an old computer just because the Windows software is useless. The author goes through what he did with an old PC. An LXer named pogson mentions in a forum discussion how you can actually run your old and new machines together so that two people can use the new machine at the same time. He briefly explaines two ways to go about it with requests from many others to write up a full tutorial on it.

Does the world really need OLPC? : A very funny article that parodies the OLPC, Linux and Microsoft using religious and political references that got people talking about tolerance and the ever present “Thought Police”.

13 Applications to Install on Ubuntu/Linux running on Slow Computer : A nice list of programs but there are a bunch of distro’s that are configured to not be performance heavy already. Why start with a full blown distro and then have to add and remove programs when you can get Xubuntu or Puppy or DSL just to name a few. It seems like just about everybody starts with Ubuntu and adds stuff from there.

ChangeLog: Run Linux, lose warranty : Joe Barr tells the story of a woman who bought an HP laptop advertised as “Linux Ready” but by actually installing Linux on her machine she unknowingly voided her warranty.

Open Season on Women : An editorial by Carla Schroder on the sexual harassment women put up with in forums in light of the recently publicized death threats to a female blogger. She asks, “Why do so many online communities tolerate trolls, sick psychopaths, and toxic personalities?” Good Question.

Linux for Senior Citizens : Here’s proof that Linux is not a “young geeks only” OS. The author of this article, being a senior citizen herself, loves using Linux and highly recommends it for others in her age group.

No, really! Ubuntu is not Linux! Try it on for size! : The author chastises ex-Windows users for wanting Linux to act just like Windows and elects Ubuntu to be the new free Windows so that all the other versions of Linux can be for the Linux users. Its a unique talent to be so funny and so wrong at the same time.

RIP: Community Linux (1991-2007) : Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols shows us the Hyde in his Jekyll once again in proclaiming that the Linux Foundation is the death of the community of Linux.

New GPLv3 draft takes new approach to patents, lock-down technologies : The third draft of the GPLv3 was released recently and Bruce Byfield takes a look at what has changed in the language concerning DRM and Patents since the second draft.

“Open Source and Linux Has No Place in OLPC” : In this week’s certifiable FUD article Brandon Watts leaves logic and reality behind to make a case for why Linux is not a real Operating System and that children should learn to use Windows instead, because it is real and everyone uses it. After reading it you might think both the article and the author are “certifiable”.

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