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I was on the SPOGG Blog a destination for all who have the Grammar Bug and I came across this piece written by Jeff Owens. It won their Copy Editing Contest.

This is now my Anthem too.. 😉

The simple fact is that while good copy editing saves much writing from clumsiness, inelegance and error, it can’t save the world. True, many copy editors—a charmingly if not irascibly OCD bunch—behave often enough as if it can, but it can’t.

Don’t worry about the world, though. The world will take care of itself with or without us.

What copy editing can do is help save the language, and brother, never was that mission more urgent than it is right now. It’s a shameful embarrassment how many otherwise functioning (more or less) U.S. adults managed to finish high school but still can’t write a sentence—let alone a letter, an essay or even an e-mail—without sounding like one of the Clampetts. And then there’s marketing, corporate-speak and the digital age; all relentlessly tearing away at written English like piranhas (I’ll step outside with anyone who thinks impacted can be used by anyone besides dentists).

Copy editing takes the great literary wilderness of poor grammar, style, usage and spelling used by the Great Unwashed every day and attempts to impose its own sort of manifest destiny on it, and to impart sensible order and structural soundness (to say nothing of good spelling and factual correctness) on a sprawling language that is constantly evolving. It doesn’t even have to make writing great—just making it not suck is often good enough.

Copy editing, then, is no less than a bastion of civilization. The world doesn’t need saving. But the word does, and copy editing is what fights the good fight.

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Hello everyone, in this week’s LXer Weekly Roundup we have the 2008 Linux Graphics Survey, 21 of the Best Free Linux Emulators, Adobe releases their 64-bit driver for Linux, first. Also, a Q-and-A with Richard Stallman, the greatest geek of all time, the Linux tinority and final judgment SCO in Utah.

Android: No iPhone Killer: Recently, I stopped by a local T-Mobile Latest News about T-Mobile store, the home of the new G1 phone. This is the so-called Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Latest News about Google phone, the mobile device with Google’s Android operating system. Many in the press have anointed the Google phone as a potential “iPhone killer.” That is, a device capable of knocking the iPhone off its pedestal as the most desirable and most well-reviewed smartphone on the market.

2008 Linux Graphics Survey Launches: Last year we hosted a 2007 Linux Graphics Survey and received more than 20,000 submissions of users sharing their video card preferences, driver information, and details about different aspects of X.Org. This year we’re hosting the survey again to allow the development community to get a better understanding of the video hardware in use, what open-source and closed-source drivers are being used, and other relevant information.

Boycott Novell Protestors Manhandled at National Free Software Conference: This is a really sad day. Not only the organizers of National Conference On Free Software 2008 taking place at CUSAT seem to be utterly misguided when they decided to let Novell be on-board as their main sponsor, they even took the extreme step of bringing in police to silence the lone voices of the Boycott Novell protestors.

21 of the Best Free Linux Home Computer Emulators: This article focuses on software which emulates home computers, a class of personal computer which reached the market in the late 1970s, and became immensely popular in the following decade, selling many millions of units. Leading home computer companies included Commodore, Sinclair, Atari, Apple, Acorn, Tandy Radio Shack, and Amstrad. Many of the earlier machines (in particular the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64) often ended up being very game oriented. However, the later home computers had more sophisticated hardware which widened their use in other areas.

Dell Continues Newspaper Ads for Ubuntu Linux Laptop: In newspaper ads across the United States, Dell is promoting a low-cost notebook computer called the Inspiron Mini 9 running Ubuntu Linux. It’s Microsoft’s worst holiday nightmare. Here’s why.

Adobe to release 64-bit Flash for Linux: In response to growing demand from open source users, Adobe will today release a 64-bit version of its Flash 10 player for Linux. The 64-bit version will be an alpha release and will be followed by versions for other platforms at a later date.

Who’s the Greatest Geek of All Time?: Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who are the greatest geeks of us all? That question — posed in an Australian iTnews article,The Top 10 Greatest Geeks of All Time on Monday — sparked quite a discussion in the blogosphere last week, garnering more than 1,300 Diggs and 280 comments by Friday.

The extremely vocal desktop Linux tinority: Neither Ubuntu nor any other brand of Linux is ever going to make it as a mainstream desktop operating system. Listen to a roar of protests from some of the millions of Linux desktop users around the world. Very loud they are but in the scheme of things their numbers are tiny – they are a tinority.

No longer a KDE fan: KDE used to be a very nice desktop environment for Linux, I remember using it over the years in CentOS, Fedora Core, Kubuntu, Mandriva, and PCLinuxOS. I used KDE 3.5.x in Kubuntu and thought it was the best desktop environment available for the Linux operating system. But what would a new Linux user feel about Linux if KDE 4 were the first environment they attempted to run?

Pigs Taking Flight? Office Web For Mac and Linux?: When Microsoft announced it was planning to offer lightweight, web-based versions of some of its Office components, there was some speculation that maybe it could be used with alternate browsers. It seemed Firefox would be a likely candidate beyond IE, and some ventured to wonder about Safari.

QandA: Richard Stallman: In an exclusive interview, Stallman discusses his views on free versus proprietary and open source software, social networking sites and privacy issues.

The Super Windows That…Couldn’t: One of the more bizarre accusations flung by Microsoft at GNU/Linux over the years is that it doesn’t scale. This is part of a larger campaign to portray it as a kind of “toy” operating system – fine for low-end stuff, but nothing you’d want to run your enterprise on. Sadly, that narrative has been rather undermined by the independent Top500 supercomputing sites ranking. Five years ago, the GNU/Linux family ran 36.80% of the top 500 supercomputers; worse, Windows ran on precisely one supercomputer.

Exciting Features For Ubuntu 9.04: If all goes according to plan, the first alpha release for Ubuntu 9.04 (the Jaunty Jackalope) will be released tomorrow. It’s not even been one month since the release of Ubuntu 8.10, but this first alpha release will show early signs of what we can expect to see in this next Canonical-sponsored release — albeit many of the features are still in planning. In this article we will provide a glimpse at what Ubuntu 9.04 should hold in store to captivate Linux desktop users.

YouTube is Big Fun And Useful: Of all of the so-called “innovations” of high tech, I think YouTube deserves to be in the Top 10. Some folks, like the MAFIAA, see it only as a den of thieves, stealing the bread from their children’s mouths. But to me it’s a fantastic showcase for anyone with minimal tools– a computer, a camera, a bit of editing software– to create and share. Naturally the MAFIAA and their ilk can’t stand the idea of not profiting from other people’s work, but I think it’s great stuff.

Tutorial: Why Firefox Rocks: Great Firefox Tricks, Part IV: Firefox is cram-full of hidden treasures, as we have learned in this series. Today Akkana Peck exposes Firefox’s expertise at handling those ridiculously long URLs that plague the Web– email clients mangle them, copy and paste is a nightmare– but Firefox has some special tricks that make them easy.

Final Judgment from Utah: Novell Wins, SCO Loses: Dismissed, dismissed, dismissed. $2,547,817 in converted monies, over $918,122 in interest on it, and $625,486.90 for the constructive trust against The SCO Group. That’s well over $4,000,000 that SCO will no longer have for bogus litigation. If they are indeed ordered by the court to pay, it will reduce their equity by roughly half. My money is on Darl McBride never being allowed to try this stunt again.

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We have a slew of big stories from the previous week that include OpenOffice 3.0 downloads hit over 10 Million, Mark Shuttleworth talks about Dell, one of our readers tries to get Linux support from a Domain Hosting company, a list of 50 Open Source security tools, getting Linux to boot in 2.97 seconds, Novell decides to go after Red Hat’s customers instead of getting their own and one writer’s take on why we’ll all be buying netbooks on Black Friday.

I’m So Annoyed I Could Spit: Over the last week I’ve changed Internet service providers from Dodo to Pacific Internet and activated 2 domains I had registered with a web hosting company called Crazy Domains a Perth Western Australia based company.

Are Consumers Getting Mixed Messages About Linux Netbooks?: Recently, there’s been a lot of noise regarding Linux netbooks — from how well the devices have sold to the return rates. Sam mentioned in a post that reasonable expectations need to be set for netbooks. I agree with Sam on this point (which applies to more than netbooks, when it’s fully considered). These machines are designed for basic tasks, not to serve as a complete office substitute when traveling.

Windows 7 “no threat” to netbook Linux: I’ve been nonplussed the last few weeks as ordinarily sane compu-journalists opine that Windows 7 will somehow kill Linux on netbooks. This weekend, I had a chance to actually see XP running on an EEE 900, and I can tell you, Linux has nothing to fear from Redmond.

Shuttleworth on Dell, Greg KH, More: Last week, during Ubuntu’s OpenWeek, Mark Shuttleworth joined in for a two hour Q&A session, where he answered a wide range of questions regarding Ubuntu and its parent company, Canonical. They ranged from questions regarding Canonical’s relationship with Dell, all the way up to Shuttleworth’s response to Greg Kroah-Hartman’s criticism of Canonical.

OpenOffice 3.0 Downloads Reach 10 Million: At the 6th Annual OpenOffice.org Convention in Peking November 5-7, the project could celebrate a new milestone in their 3.0 release: downloads of their office package have reached 10 million.

Linux boots in 2.97 seconds: Japanese embedded Linux house Lineo has announced a quick-start technology that it claims can boot Linux in 2.97 seconds on a low-powered system. The technology appears similar to but much faster than Linux’s existing “suspend-to-disk” capability. Warp 2 comprises a bootloader, Linux kernel, and a “hibernation driver,” says the company. The driver takes a snapshot of RAM when hibernation is launched, saving the contents into flash memory, optionally compressing the data. On start-up, the contents are quickly returned to RAM, so that the system resumes its previous running state.

Microsoft Office for Linux: Well, Indirectly: Microsoft has announced they will be launching an online version of Microsoft Office. While their intention is certainly not to port Office to Linux, that will likely be the effect of putting it online. The question is: what effect will this have on Linux?

Microsoft denies paying contractor to abandon Linux: Microsoft has denied paying a Nigerian contractor US$400,000 in a bid to battle Linux’s movement into the government sector. Media reports alleged that Microsoft had proposed paying the sum to a government contractor under a joint marketing agreement last year in order to persuade the contractor to replace Linux OS with Windows OS on thousands of school laptops.

50 Essential Open Source Security Tools: Cynthia Harvey takes us on a tour of fifty popular and powerful FOSS and FOSS-based security utilities: firewall, IDS, anti-malware, encryption, secure delete, forensics, and more. Some cost money, many are free, and all are excellent.

Linux Printing: A Curious Mix of Yuck and Excellence, part 1: The printer interfaces in Gnome and KDE are useless duplications of effort that don’t offer much that is really helpful, and the KDE printer manager has long been notoriously buggy, though it has improved a lot over time. We miss out on a lot of CUPS’ useful functionality, such as printing over the Internet and connecting Windows clients without Samba, because the interface and documentation skip over the gnarly bits of how to actually set these up.

How 10 famous tech products got their names: Coming up with a great technology product or service is only half the battle these days. Creating a name for said product that is at once cool but not too cool or exclusionary, marketable to both early adopters and a broader audience, and, of course, isn’t already in use and protected by various trademarks and copyright laws is difficult–to say the least. The makers of these 10 tech products–the iPod, BlackBerry, Firefox, Twitter, Windows 7, ThinkPad, Android, Wikipedia, Mac OS X and the “Big Cats,” and Red Hat Linux–all have displayed certain amounts marketing savvy, common sense and fun-loving spirit in settling on their products’ names. Here are the intriguing, surprising and sometimes predictable accounts of their creation.

Novell makes itself even harder to trust: What is it about Novell? It’s almost as if the company is determined to make itself unpopular with Linux users. The latest big announcement from Novell is that it has a new programme in place to lure Red Hat and Cent OS users across to its Suse Linux Enterprise Server. The company says it is planning on offering a three year subscription to its own Linux product for customers who make the switch.

Windows App Alternatives For Linux: MSPaint: I didn’t go for GIMP / Inkscape etc because they were overkill for what I wanted to do. Many a times, I just wanted to touch up a screenshot or make a simple flow image by drawing a few boxes, use a few pointing arrows, and add some text here and there. All this could be done with the previous mentioned programs as well but took a bit more steps than I wanted (stroking the selections / paths for lines, boxes, circles, and even then, no arrows).

Why You’ll Buy a Netbook On Black Friday: What’s different this year is that Black Friday will be dominated by netbook deals. Here’s why: First, unless the Grinch finds a way to keep Christmas from coming, the holidays will soon be upon us. Netbooks make perfect gifts because the cost is low, the value is high, and everybody wants one. Unlike other gadgets, netbooks are popular among all age groups, from 9 to 99. They’re even great gifts for people who already own desktop, laptop and other netbook computers. You can never be too rich, too thin or have too many netbooks.

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>In this weeks Roundup we have Windows 7: Microsoft’s Linux killer, the Linux Foundation feels sympathy for Microsoft, Examining alternative Linux distros, How the regular Windows user sees Linux, Why Linux sucks at being user friendly and things you didn’t know you could do with Linux.

Windows 7: Microsoft’s Linux killer?: Linux has been making inroads into PC sales lately because it runs so well on lightweight netbooks with limited RAM and processing power. Windows 7, though, appears to run well on lightweight hardware as well, which could mean that it’s Microsoft’s Linux killer. At the recent PDC, where Windows 7 was unveiled, Windows and Windows Live senior vice president Steve Sinofsky claimed that Windows 7 used less than half of the 1 GB of RAM on his Lenovo S10 netbook. Making the new operating system lightweight has clearly been Microsoft’s goal. In addition to light RAM use, Windows also strips out a variety of applications, including Windows Mail, among others.

Linux Hater’s Blog dead, long live the redux: On October 25, 2008, the Linux Hater’s Blog reached the “eof”, or end of file. But if you’ve been hassled endlessly by Linux lovers and are sick to death of Linux this and Linux that, fear not – the Linux Hater’s Redux is born, with plenty of eye-opening news on problems with Linux.

The Perfect Server – Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (Ubuntu 8.10): This tutorial shows how to set up an Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (Ubuntu 8.10) server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Courier POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.

21 of the Best Free Linux Video Console Emulators: Emulation refers to the duplication of functions of one system using a different system. Specifically, an emulator is software specifically written to emulate aspects of the original console or computer, primarily the CPU, I/O and memory system.

Examining Alternative Linux Distributions:
Have you tried the major Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora/RHEL, and OpenSUSE/SLED? Were they not quite right for your needs? The major distros are not the only game in town. Find out the good, the bad, and the ugly about three of the best-known alternatives to the “big” user distros.

Linux Foundation: Sympathy for Microsoft:
A whole week of success stories for Linux and Open Source, while Microsoft is battling the press, thus the summary from Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. Even the New York Times sees a good positioning for Linux on desktops. Zemlin begins his current blog entry with the words “It is hard for the executive director of the Linux Foundation to feel bad for Microsoft, but they are having a bad week…”

How the regular Windows user sees Linux: One of these days I said, the perfect OS would be XP with more ram support (32 bit versions), the eyecandy from Leopard and the useful smart little features from Linux. Ubuntu is an african word meaning: if you want to run a usefull program you need to use wine (that in fact creates a virtual windows station with windows directories like windows / program files directly on your HDD).

Dillo 2.0 is fast, but limited: The lightweight Dillo Web browser, in development for eight years, has always been a contender for the fastest browser available on GNU/Linux — so much so that the Google’s Chrome will have to be pretty nimble to outpace it. With last month’s release of version 2.0, Dillo is faster than ever. If performance is your main priority, you might find Dillo’s minimalistic tools and functional limitations an acceptable tradeoff — but probably not.

Not Free at Any Price, Why I Switched to the OLPC and Why I Dropped It: The One Laptop Per Child project, launched by MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte in 2003, was supposed to lead millions of children around the world to information technology and freedom. The plans aimed for low cost, enabling many children to use the machines, and free software, so they would have freedom while using them. I thought it was a good idea; I even planned to use one myself when I found in the OLPC’s promise of free software a way to escape the proprietary startup programs that all commercial laptops used.

I didn’t know you could do that in Linux!: Here are 12 tips, tricks, tweaks and techniques to make you say “I didn’t know you could do that in Linux.” Sure, not every one may be your cup of tea but here are 12 items to help you have the most positive Linux experience you can and to show why Linux is a superior operating system to other alternatives.

Windows 7: Should Linux Fans Keep An Open Mind?: The VAR Guy abandoned Windows for Ubuntu Linux in mid-2007 because he was fed up with poor Microsoft product quality. But the blogger and open source advocate will be willing to give Windows 7 a try when it finally arrives. Here’s why.

Microsoft Missing Netbook Growth as Linux Wins Sales: Small laptops are becoming a big problem for Microsoft Corp.’s Windows business. A new breed of lightweight computers called netbooks are beginning to crack the company’s dominance of operating systems. Acer Inc. and Asustek Computer Inc., which together account for 90 percent of the netbook market, are using the rival Linux software on about 30 percent of their low-cost notebooks.

Why Linux sucks at being user friendly: Forget the OS wars, Apple and Microsoft do not need to wield any weapons today. Linux seems to be doing a good enough job of shooting itself in the foot when it comes to appealing to your average PC user.

From Firefox to Fennec: Mozilla Has Surprises In Store: Yesterday, I noted in a post that the first extension has been created for Mozilla’s Fennec mobile browser (Fennec means small fox). Mozilla quietly reported this news in a blog post. With this in mind, and for several other reasons, I think many people are underestimating the impact Fennec will have as a mobile browser. Here is why.

Windows GUI vs. Linux Command Line Myths: Undoubtedly you’ve heard the old cliché that Windows is easier to maintain because it has GUI tools for everything while Linux requires commands lines and a terminal. Any experienced Windows administrator knows the point-and-click GUI tools don’t cover everything.

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In this week’s Roundup we have a slew of articles about Ubuntu and Canonical, Linus learns to take personally, our own Sander Marechal reports on T-DOSE 2008, PC makers move closer to a post-Windows world and Carla Schroder asks if Linux does enough for small business.

Features I’d Like to See in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope): It is very frustrating when you don’t know every programming language (I’m a PHP guy). There are so many things I’d like to change in Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex (it is still a great Linux OS), but don’t have the time/knowledge to do. I am very active in promotion, but maybe someone who knows his stuff will read this list of ideas for inspiration.

Four layout extensions for OpenOffice.org Writer: OpenOffice.org Writer is as much a desktop publishing program as a word processor. That fact, however, has yet to have much influence on the extensions created for Writer — perhaps because most users prefer manual formatting to organizing themselves with page styles, templates, and other elements of document design. Still, extensions for layout are starting to appear, as demonstrated by four extensions that help you automate layout: Alba, which manages page orientation; Pagination and Pager, which manage page numbering; and Template Changer, which allows you to change the template, and therefore the entire layout of documents, on the fly. And all but one of these extensions use styles and templates, the way that OpenOffice.org is built to work, which means that they are highly stable.

Is It Worth Sacrificing $300 Million to Go Open Source?: What does it take for an established “closed” vendor to shift midcourse and adopt an open-source model? Well in the case of Nokia and its pending acquisition of smart phone operating system maker Symbian, the cost may be $300 million a year. That’s how much Symbian earned in royalties last year from sales of its Symbian OS to handset manufacturers, said Nigel Clifford, CEO of Symbian, who spoke at the Symbian Smartphone Show here on Oct. 21.

Ubuntu 7.04 to 8.10 Benchmarks: Is Ubuntu Getting Slower?: With the release of Ubuntu 8.10 coming out later this week we decided to use this opportunity to explore how the performance of this desktop Linux operating system has evolved over the past few releases. We performed clean installations of Ubuntu 7.04, Ubuntu 7.10, Ubuntu 8.04, and Ubuntu 8.10 on a Lenovo ThinkPad T60 notebook and used the Phoronix Test Suite to run 35 tests on each release that covered nine different areas of the system. After spending well more than 100 hours running these tests, the results are now available and our findings may very well surprise you.

Desktop data management needs re-think, says Shuttleworth: Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth says that the PC desktop is facing a new revolution in the way that information is managed and that he hopes that free software will lead the way. In a recent posting on his blog Shuttleworth says that “there’s a revolution coming as we throw out the old ‘files and folders’ metaphor and leap to something new, and it would be phenomenal if free software were leading the way.”

Canonical is not cash flow positive: Ubuntu Founder Mark Shuttleworth admitted today his company is not cash flow positive. That’s despite the fact that Chris Kenyon, director of business development at Canonical told me that Canonical has 8 million users and growing revenues. On a conference call with press and analysts today, Shuttleworth said some really amazing things about his business and it’s lack of currently profitability and his view that the money isn’t on the Linux desktop.

Linux Reaches Out To Portland – Lindependence 2008: o…what happened. Initially we were swamped. People came through the door and converged on the rooms. In fact, it took most of the volunteers by surprise. Quickly adjusting, we were able to answer the many questions thrown at us and gladly demonstrated, and in many cases installed Linux on the spot. There are lessons for US to learn however…

5 Simple APT Tricks for Debian and Ubuntu: Here are five simple tricks for APT, the Advanced Packaging Tool used on Debian and Debian-based distributions like Ubuntu.

Torvalds: Real quality means taking it personally: The Linux Foundation (LF) has posted a ten-minute video interview with kernel coordinator Linus Torvalds. Held during the Linux Foundation’s recent Linux Kernel Summit, the interview reveals the Linux founder speaking out on issues ranging from kernel/userland interactions to why Linux has so many interfaces.

The netbook newbie’s guide to Linux: This is a series about the Linux OS on netbooks, but we need to remind ourselves that these devices aren’t personal computers. The personal computer is a machine you work on. Netbooks are essentially machines you work through, out into the Cloud. It shouldn’t matter what the operating system is. Or the hardware. Ideally, all your apps and your data are ‘out there’ in the Cloud, independent of any hardware or software you might use to access them. But design goals seldom accurately second guess the actual use to which things like these are put. We are treating these netbooks as low-cost PC – we are messing with the operating system and expecting to tailor them to our individual requirements.

50+ Resources For Your Linux Setup/Desktop/Machine/Brain: I’d like to show you some of the links I gathered in the past to make my Linux Desktop look Cooler. And by Jean-Luc Picard, what a wondrous list it is! There are also short description, where deemed necessary. My favorites are in bold letters.

T-DOSE 2008 Review: This year was the third installment of the Technical Dutch Open Source Event (T-DOSE). Just as last year it was held at the Fontys University of Applied Science in Eindhoven. Speakers included Arnoud Engelfriet (European patent attorney) and Ywein van den Brande on GPLv3 compliance, Roy Scholten (Drupal), Bas de Lange (Syllable), Jean-Paul Saman (VideoLan), Jörn Engel (logfs), Bert Boerland (Drupal), Tim Hemel (TMTTD) and many, many other speakers. Unfortunately your editor was only able to attend on Sunday, but the talks were great.

PC makers move closer to a post-Windows world: In January, Hewlett-Packard will introduce a glossy black mini-laptop at retail for a mere $379. When it does, it will become the first major computer maker this decade (besides Apple, of course) to push a non-Windows PC in stores. This Linux-based version of the HP Mini 1000 will not slay Microsoft (MSFT) Windows. But it will add to a growing sense that the iconic operating system’s best days are behind it.

Tutorial: Graphical Remote Control Desktops for Linux: A. Lizard takes us on a tour of secure remote graphical Linux administration over the Internet; through firewalls, routers, dynamic home IP addresses, Wake-on-LAN, and other perils. We will learn how to securely administer both Linux and Windows remotely. The journey begins with today’s part 1 of three parts.

Keep Tab On Home Security With A Webcam And Twitter: Worried about someone breaking into your house in your absence? Or just need to keep a tab on who enters your room while you are away? Well, all you need is a webcam, a linux PC/laptop and a twitter account. And you are set for real time updates through twitter about all that goes on at your abode behind your back (can even receive a text message/sms on your phone). Keep reading for the very simple setup you need.

Ubuntu Brings the BBC to Linux: You might the recall the ongoing uproar over the BBC’s dissing of its non-Windows-using viewers, its defective math on how many Linux users were among their viewers, the nasty DRM-encumbered iPlayer, and their general bad attitude about being willing to buy into DRM-restricted streaming media, even though they are a publicly-funded broadcaster…But thanks to FOSS (as always) there is a silver ray in the gloom– Ubuntu 8.10 includes the Totem BBC Plugin.

Does Linux Deliver For Small Businesses?: The answer is Yes, it does, though with some qualifications. The short answer: it’s all in the implementation. The long answer starts with taking a look at Canonical’s successes in opening new doors for Linux deployments.

Features I Love on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex: I love using some the newer features on the Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex desktop. Guest session, wireless detection, improved assisted technologies, create encrypted folders, tabbed file browsing, cruft remover and more.

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