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Archive for May, 2009

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We have a lot of big stories is this week’s roundup like the news that the U.S. Army has decided to upgrade from MS Office 2003 to MS Office 2007 and Vista in order to “bolster Internet security”, which begs the question, why isn’t the entire military already using SELinux? For those who want to learn some Linux/Unix history and happen to have spare 40ft wall, then this poster might be for you, and SourceForge takes down the rtmpdump project after receiving a cease-and-desist notice from Adobe.

A recent survey asked if you had ever payed for a Windows license only to wipe it and put Linux on it, and after more than 500 responses and counting the results are in. With the release of Moblin it looks like Intel is finally going to make a name for itself in software. Got some older PowerPC Macs laying around?, breath some new life into them by installing Linux on them. Steven Rosenberg goes on a Ubuntu rant about how codecs are handled and we have a nice list of 9 reasons to switch from Windows to Ubuntu.

It looks like KOffice 2.0.0 has finally been released. I am not sure why you would want to but a Chinese project called the Linux Unified Kernel is trying to combine the Linux and NT kernels. Caitlyn Martin writes up a great review of “The MIPS Processor and the $150 Linux Netbook” and SJVN reviews the five best features of Fedora 11. Google and Microsoft Exchange announcements with there respective search engine software offerings called Wave and Bing and Mike Elgan gives each a kick in the tires in his piece entitled “Bashing Bing, whacking Wave“.

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Wine, you can’t live with or without it, it seems, the Berkeley Linux Users Group put up a great review of Mephisto Backup v1.5, Juliet Kemp shows one way to protect your root password, and it looks like Sugar is ultimately going to win because no one is buying XO’s with XP on them apparently. Google Chrome 2.0 was released this past week, its amazing to me that Chrome already has twice the browser market share than Opera but then we all know about market share statistics don’t we?

Our own Hans Kwint in response to an article that hit our newswire and the many conversations it started tells us why Linux doesn’t need marketing. For my part I think Hans nails it, its not that Linux that needs to be marketed, its consumers need to be given that choice. Ken Starks has a run in with a couple of Acer trusted computing BIOS issues, but fret not my friends, it has a happy ending.

David Lane asks “Why are you not running Apache?“, Caitlyn Martin in an article that comes on the tail of a slew of articles on Netbook maket that “Linux To Regain 50% Netbook Market Share“, another article asks “Netbook Market? What Netbook Market?” and a Heise article talks about a study of Linux on the company desktop commissioned by IBM. Even though Cisco fairly quickly settled out of court Justin Ryan makes the case for gloom and doom in defending the GPL and last but not least I leave you with a tasty morsel of ‘when more people use it it will get attacked’ FUD with “OSS attacks will grow with adoption“.

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The Mozilla Foundation has released version 1.0 beta of its Prism software. Danijel Orsolic puts a new take on the semantics of whether Linux is an OS or not. Paul Rubens shows us how to optimize hard drives for maximum speed in Linux and Pogoplug, which is a little device that can connect to a USB 2.0 hard drive and an Ethernet connection, and then instantly makes the drive an Internet-accessible storage device promises to publish the source-code if the product fails.

In some Microsoft news it looks like the MLB website has benched SilverLight for good and in an article contributed to LXer by Iveen Duarte the author tells why “M$ not playing fair to OpenOffice“. In some good news for Linux buyers Dell spins lower-cost netbook, Oracle buys virtualisation specialist Virtual Iron in their continued buying spree after gobbling up Sun.

Ken Hess started a debate among LXer readers as to whether Linux Certification is a requirement for landing a FOSS related job or not.
In a LXer Feature, Thomas King states “It Will Never Be the Year of Desktop Linux” and starts quite the conversation and spawns other articles about it as well. Time gives us a list of The 10 Biggest Tech Failures of the last decade or so and Phoronix tests the latest Ubuntu offering and says its off to a great performance start and last but not least Alan Pope tells us why Asus is a fair weather friend

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The Linux and Unix Menagerie has a hilarious look back at what we thought was cool, Mike Weber has a cool tutorial on how to compile a Kernel in Ubuntu 9.04, HP unveiled a ProBook laptop line that you can get Linux Preinstalled on, and can XP save Windows 7? Something tells me the answer is no..

Continuing with the MS theme, Windows 7’s virtual ‘XP mode’ could mean support nightmares for and it may not work on many, if any of the PC’s it gets installed on which begs the question Are Alarm Bells Ringing in Redmond?. Minux, which has gone from inspiring Linus Torvalds, into obscurity, now as Minux 3, is focusing on a minimalistic (sorry, had too) and stable install has received 2.5 million euros of funding from the the European Research Council. I remember installing Minux on a test system back when I was first trying anything I could burn to a CD. If they can really create a system that can repair itself, actually repair itself, not just update, according to a preset configuration..maybe I am naive but I would have to see that with my own eyes.

Phoronix gives us a preview of Fedora 11, Solveig Haugland writes a compelling open letter to Larry Ellison about OpenOffice.org, anyone who has $100 and extra PCI slot can convert an old PC into a Linux thin client.

Glyn Moody asks “Whatever Happened to OOXML?“, Carla Schroder tells us not to cry for disappearing newspapers and a reader responds one of her statements in the LXer forums entitled “Terminating a Bad Assumption” and last but not least, is it FUD, or is it just bad? You decide.

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