Archive for October, 2008

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Highlights from the LXer newswire this past week include a hands on with the mobile version of Firefox called Fennec, OpenOffice 3.0 is downloaded over 3 million times in its first week of availability and after a successful pilot program the Russian Government decides to make Open Source software the standard for all of its schools. Also, a review of the Ohio Linuxfest 2008, Linux netbooks start to make a dent in Windows sales, Dillo finally gets tabs and to wrap things up a Microsoft lawyer states that “we’re all ‘mixed source’ now”, smells like some good ole’ fashioned FUD to me.

Apple, Psystar agree to dispute resolution process: Apple and Psystar have agreed to pursue a mediated settlement to their legal dispute over Psystar’s Open Computers. The Mac Observer turned up a court filing from earlier this month in the Apple-Psystar case noting that the two parties have agreed to participate in the Alternative Dispute Resolution process. As you may recall, Apple sued Psystar earlier this year for copyright infringement after Psystar began selling low-cost Open Computers with Mac OS X preinstalled. Psystar then countersued Apple on antitrust grounds.

Dillo 2.0 Gets Tab Browsing: Dillo, the famous little browser used in small, lightweight distributions like Damn Small Linux (DSL), reached version 2.0 on October 14, 2008. The last stable Dillo release was 0.8.6, which was around for over two years (April 26, 2006), and this new version brings tons of new improvements, changes and features, the biggest of them being tabbed browsing. Yes, Dillo allows now browsing using tabs, which is a must-have functionality for any desktop browser, no matter how small it is. The changelog is huge. This release is also the first one written in FLTK, as the application was ported from GTK.

How To Install OpenOffice.org 3.0.0 On Ubuntu 8.04: This guide shows how you can install the new OpenOffice 3.0.0 office suite on your Ubuntu 8.04 desktop. Your current OpenOffice installation will not be removed unless you uninstall it with Synaptic or on the command line, so you can run both versions in parallel if you like.

Hands on: Fennec alpha 1 puts Firefox on your handheld: Mozilla has announced the availability of the first Mobile Firefox alpha release. The project, which is codenamed Fennec, aims to bring the desktop Firefox browsing experience to mobile devices like MIDs and phone handsets. This early alpha release delivers a compelling user interface and demonstrates the impressive scope of the browser’s potential on diminutive devices, but suffers from performance limitations and instability that reflect the need for significant refinement before it’s mature enough for mainstream adoption.

Ballmer Needs to Learn the Art of Shutting Up: Steve Ballmer doesn’t seem to have learned the art of shutting up, which is fairly odd given that he is the CEO of a huge corporation. Ballmer gave a talk last week at the Gartner’s Symposium ITxpo in Orlando where by all reports he let go not one, but two major gaffes. One involved Yahoo! The other involved his embattled OS: Vista.

Does Linux Need a $300 Million Ad Campaign?: Microsoft is now spending $300 million to counter Apple’s “I’m a Mac” ads. Does Linux need its own ad campaign? It has been fascinating to see Microsoft roll out its (can you believe it!!) $300 million ad campaign, the one that counters the now famous and effective “I’m a Mac” ads. With those ads, the Apple folks have done a great job of defining a narrative for Microsoft and, in the parlance of advertising, affecting their brand image. The top dog at Microsoft for managing the brand image of Windows said “[Apple has] made a caricature out of the PC.” Given the stakes in the marketplace, Microsoft had little choice but to invest a ton of resources and get their own message out into the public realm.

Who Are The Real Friends of Linux and Free Software? Or, Linux Is Still a Dirty Word: Ken is a well-spoken polite man, but that doesn’t prevent him from asking the hard questions that nobody else wants to ask at these industry lovefests, which increasingly appear to be more about newer and more innovative ways to exploit Linux and FOSS. Ken stepped up to the mike at the panel discussion and asked a simple question that visibly discomfited the panel: “My customers can turn on their cable television and in 30 minutes watch five Microsoft Windows commercials. When are IBM and HP going to put the same things on? When are my customers going to be able to see about Linux? Television and radio legitimize the product.” The responses, in my occasionally-humble opinion, were worthy of Redmond itself.

No Opt-Out for the Great Firewall of Australia: So it appears there will be no way to escape from being blocked from seeing sites that are false positives due to buggy & broken filters or incorrectly classified, etc..

OpenOffice 3.0: Three Million Downloads in the First Week: In an announcement on his blog, the UK’s OpenOffice Marketing Manager, John McCreesh, states that in the first week of its release, OpenOffice.org 3.0 registered over 3 million downloads. Yet the project only records downloads from the so-called Bouncer website.

Why Microsoft Wants Us to Get All Mixed Up: “What’s in a name?” some bloke in the sixteenth century once asked. As Microsoft knows, quite a lot. What you call something can have a major influence on how you think about it. So how Microsoft talks about free software is important – not least for the clues that it gives about its latest tactical move to defang the open source threat.

*All* Russian Schools to Use Free Software: After running some successful pilots, the Russian government has decided to make open source the standard for *all* schools. Depending on the uptake, that could be up to one million more machines running free software by 2010.

Ohio Linuxfest 2008: BIOSLEVEL.com takes a trip to this year’s Ohio LinuxFest. We share our thoughts and experiences of the event with our readers, and look forward to future conventions.

Five accounting apps for Linux: One of the most often heard complaints from users looking to migrate to Linux is that there are no good accounting applications. To be fair, there is a degree of truth in that concern. At least there was, until now.

Three Linux Distros To Watch And Use: There are three Linux distributions that didn’t make it into my top 10 list of best Linux distributions but they are ones to watch. These three distributions are all aimed at the Desktop, are simple to install and use, and they’re free. Linux Mint, gOS, and OpenSuSE are the three distros (distributions) to watch. (I reviewed 2 (gOS & Linux Mint) of these 3 in a Linux Magazine article, “Spawn of Ubuntu.”)

Linux Netbooks Impact Microsoft Windows Sales: In its latest financial results, Microsoft concedes that the shift to Netbooks — those low-cost subnotebooks — is impacting the company’s Windows business. The company face’s a tough challenge: Low-ball Windows prices on Netbooks or more defections to Linux networks.

Boycott Novell: Champion of freedom or den of paranoia?: Few sites about free software attract more controversy than Boycott Novell. Founded in 2006 in response to the first Microsoft-Novell deal, as its name suggests, the site has evolved more recently into a site for commentary and investigation of any subject that might be a threat to free software. To its regular readers, this subject matter makes Boycott Novell — like Groklaw, its apparent inspiration — a defender of the community. But to others, especially those who have been the subject of its articles, the site is full of illogical arguments and undeserved attacks, and an embarrassment that only brings the community into disrepute.

Microsoft: We’re all ‘mixed source’ companies: In case you were wondering, Microsoft thinks the battle of open source vs. proprietary software is basically over. “Today, but increasingly in the future, we are all going to be ‘mixed source’,” Microsoft’s top intellectual property lawyer said in a lunchtime interview on Thursday. To bolster his claim, Horacio Gutierrez notes Microsoft is releasing plenty of stuff as open source, while open-source companies like Red Hat often license commercial software alongside their open-source products. “I actually think the war between proprietary and open source is a thing of the past,” he said.


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Some of the big news this week included OpenOffice.org 3.0 coming out, Dell finally starts advertising their Ubuntu offerings and Cisco and Microsoft step up their courting of Linux developers. Also, Installing DSL on your hard drive, Linux gets a seat on all of Qantas’s new Airbus A380’s, Wikipedia moves over to Ubuntu servers, Russia’s open source revolution and Carla Schroder shows us how to do professional level photography work on Linux without going to jail.

Finally: Dell Launches Consumer Advertisements for Ubuntu Linux Systems: It’s one small step for Dell and Consumer Linux. And one giant leap forward for Canonical’s Ubuntu distribution. Specifically, Dell has launched advertising for the Mini 9 Netbook running Ubuntu. Here’s the scoop from The VAR Guy.

In Defense of Piracy: How is it that sensible people, people no doubt educated at some of the best universities and law schools in the country, would come to think it a sane use of corporate resources to threaten the mother of a dancing 13-month-old? What is it that allows these lawyers and executives to take a case like this seriously, to believe there’s some important social or corporate reason to deploy the federal scheme of regulation called copyright to stop the spread of these images and music? “Let’s Go Crazy” indeed!

OpenOffice.org 3.0 officially out, site swamped by fans: The OpenOffice.org website was swamped today, shortly after the organisation announced the release of version 3.0 of its open source source office suite. The OpenOffice.org website returned multiple timeout errors early this afternoon as the site was presumably innundated by expectant downloaders. Today’s release was the official announcement of the new office suite version, although most of the major mirrors have had the latest version since Saturday evening.

Microsoft’s second Silverlight courts open-source coders: Microsoft is courting open-source developers with Silverlight 2.0, as it strives for cross-platform uptake of the browser-based media plug in. Microsoft is delivering funds, architectural and technical guidance, and project management to help Soyatec, a team of former Java developers building an open-source rich-internet application (RIA) development environment for Eclipse – Eclipse4SL. An alpha technology preview was released today here, with plans for a “feature complete” offering in December and final release in Spring 2009.

Not Open Source, But Free: Four Must-Have Apps: While OStatic is dedicated to open source, one of the big attractions with open source applications for many users is that they’re free. That’s why when we see really outstanding freeware applications–even though they’re not open source–we still call them out. In this post, I’ll discuss four really outstanding freeware options. Windows and Mac users will find tools to like here, and the price is right.

Geode in Firefox 3.1: Lost in Linux: Firefox will soon integrate Geode (via the W3C geolocation API specification) into its browser, thereby exposing the user’s current location. Meanwhile Linux users will have to forgo this service in that it involves proprietary software.

Kernel: Ext 4 Filesystem Moves Beyond Developer Status: Theodore Ts’o has renamed the Ext4 filesystem, for which he has been responsible for source and documentation, from extdev to ext4. Linus Torvalds has also incorporated the change into his personal source tree for the upcoming Kernel 2.6.28.

Cisco Targets Linux Developers: Cisco is asking developers to instead think “inside the box” to create applications that will run on the Linux based Cisco AXP module. It’s tossing in $100,000 in prize money just to keep it interesting. Linux Application availability alone isn’t the only thing Cisco is after. It’s making sure the developer ecosystem has a revenue model that will keep Cisco and developers in the black.

Six Things I would Love to See in Windows 7: John Dvorak at PC Magazine, a grand old curmudgeon who never pulls any punches created a wish list for Windows 7. It got me thinking about my own wish list…

Ubuntu Server at Wikipedia: Where’s the Revenue for Canonical?: The good news: Wikipedia seems to be standardizing its servers on Ubuntu. The bad news: Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, doesn’t seem to be profiting from the Wikipedia deployment. Details at Works With U, the independent guide to Ubuntu.

Installing Darned Small Linux Onto Your Boot Drive: This Linux is so darned small, I can’t believe the name 😉 Today, we’re going to walk though installing it on your bootable hard drive. Sure, sure, it defeats the principal of the whole thing, but you can always just slice up two tiny little partitions and have DSL as a backup for your other OS, which may or may not completely self-destruct at any moment. Plus, it’s a great idea when all you’ve got to work with is an old machine that won’t run anything else!

The Perfect Desktop – Mandriva One 2009.0 With GNOME: This tutorial shows how you can set up a Mandriva One 2009.0 desktop (with the GNOME desktop environment) that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

Linux takes a seat on Qantas’ new superjumbo jet: Linux will be a passenger in every seat on Qantas’ Airbus A380s airplanes. All of the airline’s superjumbos — the first of which will commence flying next week — will have their in-flight entertainment systems powered by the operating system. The A380 is the first Qantas aircraft to utilize the Panasonic eX2 Inflight Entertainment System (IFE). All of Panasonic’s X Series of IFE systems run on Linux.

Linux an equal Flash player: Welcome to the future. Linux is now a first-class desktop operating system citizen. Adobe today released version 10 of its Adobe Flash Player, available now in a variety of convenient packaging formats for Linux, as well as other popular desktop operating systems. Once upon a time, desktop Linux was a second-class citizen, where Flash was concerned. As recently as 2007, Linux users waited six months for Flash 9 to arrive.

Instant On for Windows 7: Microsoft is contemplating thinking about possibly implementing an 8 second boot feature in Windows 7. Maybe one of the developers has got a Linux netbook?

5 More Things I Wish Linux Had And One I Wish It Didn’t: After posting 5 Things I Wish Linux Had, I did some mulling and gathered comments from readers and compiled this additional list of items that I wish Linux had. I’ve also included one thing that I wish Linux didn’t have. These are part of my 2009 Wishlist and are more focused on the future direction of Linux. Most of them will move to my 2010 Wishlist but I think they’re important enough to begin work on immediately.

Russia’s Open Source Revolution: What does Microsoft do when someone says: No, sorry, we do not want to use your software any more. If that someone is a small business operating in an increasingly cut-throat world, a great deal of pressure can be brought to bear on them to fall into line. But what if that someone is a whole nation, and that whole nation happens to be a world superpower with the resources and will to forge its own, alternative route to technological competitiveness? This is what has happened to Microsoft in Russia, and it all started with a school teacher. Back in 2007, Aleksandr Ponosov (pictured below right), the headmaster of a village school in Sepych, in the Perm region of Russia, was arrested for running unlicensed copies of Microsoft software on his school’s computers.

Professional-Level Photography With Linux, And Nobody Goes To Jail: Books, articles, and training courses mostly teach Photoshop as though it were photography itself. Me, I think giving so much as one devalued red cent to Adobe is equivalent to saying “Why yes, I am for corrupt corporate control of everything and vandalism of fundamental civil rights” because of what they did to Dmitry Sklyarov. To this day no one at Adobe has apologized or admitted error; they stubbornly cling to the “we must protect our precious IP” party line. Call me a moldy old hippie, but in my world due process, fairness, and civil rights trump Adobe’s precious IP. Which wasn’t so precious at all, but closer to laughable.

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In this week’s Roundup Linux turns 17, Google releases their Linux repositories, a new Linux Broadcom driver arrives and Sean Michael Kerner asks if .NET on Linux is finally ready or not. Also, an introduction to free music production software, Debian leader Steve McIntyre says Lenny might be late and in what I would consider to be an extremely bad idea, the ISO offers to take over maintenance of the ODF standard from Oasis, stating that they are not dealing with defect reports fast enough.

Google releases Linux repositories: Search giant Google has finally launched a repository of its software for Linux users. The repository will house the latest Linux versions of its software and make it easier for Linux users to keep up to date.

Linux turns 17: Free minix-like kernel sources for 386-AT, was the subject of Linus Benedict Torvalds post to comp.os.minix on October 5, 1991 — seventeen years ago today. it began.

Hibernating a Linux Laptop…FINALLY!: Recently I had to write an article on Linux green computing. During the writing of that article I was sent on yet another quest to get some form of hibernate and or suspend working on a Linux laptop. This quest had me digging through nearly every configuration file and every package I could find in an attempt to get an off-brand laptop (Everex Zonbook) running Mandriva Spring 2008 to either suspend or hibernate. I was surprised at what I discovered and the results I came up with.

Top 5 Torrent Clients for Linux: A list with the most used torrent clients for Linux. While a few other exists and are listed elsewhere, I think the software presented here represents the big players, and a wide range of interfaces and features. I’m just sharing, I don’t profess to be an expert. Anyway, I hope this list will be of help to you in choosing a better torrent client.

MontaVista Linux drives Dell’s quick-boot feature: CEO Rusty Harris revealed MontaVista’s role developing the quick-booting, ARM-based processor subsystem expected to ship this year in select Dell laptop models. The “Latitude ON” feature aims to give enterprise laptop users instant boot-up and access to select applications, with multi-day battery lifetimes.

Thoughts About Ubuntu 8.04 – Pseudo Root User: I have read a nuIn this week’s Roundup Linux turns 17, Google releases their Linux repositories, a new Linux Broadcom driver arrives and Sean Michael Kerner asks if .NET on Linux is finally ready or not. Also, an introduction to free music production software, Debian leader Steve McIntyre says Lenny might be late and in what I would consider to be an extremely bad idea, the ISO offers to take over maintenance of the ODF standard from Oasis stating that they are not dealing with defect reports fast enough.mber of heated complaints about Ubuntu’s default implementation of sudo privileges in preference to simple root access. While I have issues with some of Ubuntu’s implementations and features, this is not one of my complaints. Indeed, I prefer it. I have an administrative account that has sudo rights that I do not normally use. My activities are primarily restricted to another user’s account that lacks any machine administrative rights [1.]. However, I use a single command to gain full root access rights when I desire it. Perhaps those driven away from Ubuntu due to this one issue might reconsider.

New Linux Broadcom Wi-Fi drivers arrive: One of the most annoying experiences for any desktop Linux user is installing a Linux on a laptop, switching it on, and… discovering that the Wi-Fi chipset doesn’t support Linux. That used to be a commonplace experience, but over the years it’s gotten much better. Unless, of course, you were using a laptop with a Broadcom chipset; then, chances were, you were in for some trouble.

Linux ready to replace Windows? Not yet…: I have been impressed with the way that popular Linux distros like Ubuntu have improved with each new release; these days, Linux is a great choice for technically sophisticated users who don’t mind being far, far out of the mainstream. But for people who don’t have the time or the inclination to make fundamental changes, it’s a nonstarter.

When Linux does well: the e1000e Ethernet bug fixed: One reason I love Linux is that when there’s a problem, it gets fixed. Usually, it gets fixed in a hurry and that’s exactly what happened with the e1000e Ethernet bug.

Is .NET on Linux Finally Ready?: Even though Mono 2.0 is compatible with Microsoft’s .NET 2.0, it’s not in full compliance with the latest .NET releases from Microsoft. The Mono effort is important as it is intended to enable .NET applications to run on Linux. “We’re certainly doing catch up in some areas,” Mono project leader Miguel de Icaza told InternetNews.com.

Linux netbook returns higher?: A recent interview quoted an MSI executive as saying that returns of Linux netbooks were more than four times higher those of Windows XP netbooks. However, the quote may say more about MSI’s Linux implementation than the suitability of Linux as a netbook OS.

ISO offers to take on ODF maintenance: The international standards body ISO has offered to help maintain the ODF document standard alongside its work on the rival Microsoft-originated OOXML specification, saying its creator Oasis is not dealing with defect reports quickly enough. At a meeting in Korea last week, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) committee for document standards, SC 34, issued a liaison statement to Oasis, the body that created ODF. It requested an “alignment” of maintenance of ODF between the work done at Oasis and that within ISO.

Lenny might be late: Debian project leader Steve McIntyre has dismissed claims that the next stable version of Debian – codename Lenny – could be delayed until June 2009. Based on the number of outstanding release-critical bugs and the time it has taken to fix them on previous releases, Debian developer Bastian Venthur estimated it will take a further eight or nine months to bring Lenny up to release quality.

The 10 Best Linux Distributions: Here they are from bottom to top: The top 10 Linux Distributions from a long-time Linux nerd. I’ve had several people ask me what I think the best, top, most user friendly, ultimate, and so on distribution is–so now I’m publishing my Top 10 Linux Distributions in reverse order of preference. Ease of installation, commercial support, community support, updates, administrative tools, stability, performance, and to a lesser extent–their ranking on DistroWatch.com.

Free, Professional Music Production: A Linux Introduction: People who either dabble or work in computing enough are probably used to the idea that some operating systems are better than others as creative platforms; Mac OSX generally seems to be the preferred place for video editing, thanks to the likes of Final Cut Pro. They’ve also got the fantastic GarageBand program for audio production as part of their iLife suite, and with Windows, ProTools is often considered industry standard when it comes to audio production. But these popular, household names of programs come with a price; often a pretty hefty one, actually. If you’re thinking of getting SONAR 8 Studio for your audio needs, be prepared to shell out $369 for it. Today, we’re going to explore how with Linux we can make music, and from a software standpoint, it’s going to cost us nothing.

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Here are the most prominent stories that hit the LXer Newswire this past week all gathered together for your reading pleasure. Gentoo looks to restructure, a look at who really is contributing to Linux development, is gOS better that Ubuntu? And last but not least we celebrate the birthday of the Linux Kernel as it turns 17.

Gentoo Linux Cancels Distribution: For some Linux distribution projects, new releases come twice a year. That had been the plan for Gentoo Linux this year, until it canceled its current planned release — the second time it’s done so in the past 12 months. But the news doesn’t necessarily mean a setback for the project. Instead, Gentoo developers said they are pushing a new model for their distribution — one that eschews the conventional release wisdom used by Red Hat, Novell, Debian and others. Instead of fixed releases, Gentoo is promoting its vision of a live, continuously updating distribution. In practice, that effort revolves around its weekly minimal images, which are then supplemented with customized installed packages.

Sundown On Solaris?: Netcraft — er, Jim Zemlin, confirms it: Solaris is dying. Customers are leaving it and legacy Unix behind for Linux, in his purview. Open sourcing the platform was too little, too late. Well, maybe not sundown, but it’s getting mighty dark out. These are actually not new sentiments; I picked them up from Jim when I talked to him back at OSCON — a place where, ironically enough, I had also talked to folks from Sun. They were and are smart guys, deeply proud of the work they’re doing, but I hope they all understand they are never going to steal any of Linux’s thunder. (The refrain I’ve heard from many different quarters about this issue has been expressed in almost the same exact words by all concerned: “If only they had done this [open sourced Solaris] three/five/ten years earlier…”)

The lack of quality video drivers is destroying Fedora: I was user of nvidia video card and I was happy to use it in F7 and F8 but unfortunately I replaced that card with a newer one. That time the card was ATI. Of course I did not check if that card is supported in Fedora 9 (I have to blame myself) and just took it. Recently I noticed the news about that how “open” ATI would be in the future. And now I experience their “openness” with my computer. After the fresh install of my Fedora I downloaded the RPM file for the Livna repository with the intention to install the video drivers for the new video card. And you can only imagine what was my reaction to see no drivers in the repository. There were only some testing and development packages and I took the risk to install them. The result was – hanging system with and without reason.

21 of the Best Free Linux Financial Software: The repercussions of the credit crunch have continued to occupy headline news in recent weeks. We have witnessed the demise of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, the rescue of AIG, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the sale of Merrill Lynch, the proposed merger of Lloyds TSB and HBOS (which would never have been permitted under normal circumstances), and the list goes on.

Who’s really contributing to Linux?: I wasn’t at the Linux Plumber Conference in Portland, OR, but everyone who pays close attention to Linux knows that Greg Kroah-Hartman, Linux kernel developer and Novell engineer, blasted Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, for contributing “In the past 3 years, from the 2.6.15 kernel to 2.6.27-rc6, Canonical has had 100 patches in the Linux kernel.” That, as Kroah-Hartman pointed out, means Canonical “did 00.10068% of all of the kernel development for the past 3 years.” In other words: almost nothing.

I was about to praise Ubuntu …: I still might be in a position to heap praise upon Ubuntu 8.04 for its performance on the $0 Laptop (Gateway Solo 1450) since I reinstalled it a couple of weeks ago with a separate /home partition and a not-screwed-up UUID scenario. But I keep getting these freezes in which ctrl-alt-backspace or ctrl-alt-delete won’t save me. I have to do a hard reset with the power button. Now this could be due to the shaky nature of my power connection (the power jack from the laptop’s brick doesn’t quite meet up with the hacked power plug I installed to make this laptop work after I first acquired it). Having a dead battery doesn’t help.

Cloud computing is a trap, warns GNU founder Richard Stallman: Web-based programs like Google’s Gmail will force people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that will cost more and more over time, according to the free software campaigner The concept of using web-based programs like Google’s Gmail is “worse than stupidity”, according to a leading advocate of free software.

gOS 3: Is it better than Ubuntu?: Combining the best parts of Mac OS X and Ubuntu, gOS is truly a worthy competitor in the OS wars. It has simplicity, a well designed interface, a rock solid linux core and web apps. But is it good enough? Is it ‘a Linux for the rest of us!’ ? Let’s jump in and take a peek at the latest gOS, version 3.

Tutorial: Four Easy Fun Useful Things You Can Do With Linux: In this ENP classic, learn how to colorize and test your Bash prompt, run your own local timeserver, deliver customized MOTDs that change, and create elegant ASCII art. Carla Schroder shows you how to do all these things the easy way.

Linux – Is It For You?: Do any of you use Linux as your primary operating system? I have been dual-booting Linux and Windows for about five years now, though it’s a rare thing, indeed, for me to use the latter for anything. I know whatever you decide to use is entirely up to you, unless you are stuck using someone else’s computer.

100 reasons Linux beats Windows: That’s right; you heard me. Here are – count ’em – one hundred reasons why Linux beats Windows.

5 Things I Wish Linux Had: Ken Hess outlines his 2009 Development Wish List for Linux.

Linux turns 17: Free minix-like kernel sources for 386-AT, was the subject of Linus Benedict Torvalds post to comp.os.minix on October 5, 1991 — seventeen years ago today. it began,

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