Archive for January, 2010

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5 Great OEM Linux Servers: Linux has long been popular in the datacenter, and various Tier 1 vendors have extensive server product lines mostly based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or SUSE Enterprise Linux. There are more OEM options than ever; here is roundup of 5 distinctly different OEM Linux servers.

Healthcheck: Mono: Moonlight was written in three weeks in June of 2007 by a group of Mono developers working round the clock to fulfil a promise made by Miguel de Icaza. Despite such heroics Moonlight continues to face resistance from the wider developer community…

IE is so secure we just had to build an OS out of it. : Microsofts new Gazelle concept is the greatest thing to hit Linux or the computer industry as a whole ever. According to Microsoft, Gazelle is a secure web browser constructed as a multi-principal OS. I never thought I would live to see the day that Microsoft announces its own suicide.

6 of the Best Free Linux Office Suites: An office suite is a collection of related software for business and other uses. The software is distributed together in a single package, with a consistent graphical interface, and with strong interaction between the different components.

A no-cost Windows killer: On Sale Now, only $26!: You just can’t make this stuff up. This alleged news article at Technology Marketing Corporation (there is a clue in the site name) makes grandiose, breathless claims about Ubuntu..

Thoughts on Youtube ‘abandoning’ Firefox and Opera: A new test version of Youtube offers HTML 5 video support, meaning watching videos without Adobe Flash, but only when browsing with Chrome or Safari. While this might seem strange at first, and might sound like Google is abandoning its Firefox users, things are a little bit more complicated.

Ubuntu, you blew your chance to go mainstream: Obviously, I’ve spent a good amount of time trying to think of a suitable intro to this column. But I couldn’t find anything appropriate to express my disgust and disappointment at Ubuntu’s missed opportunity. So I’ll state it plainly – Ubuntu, you got us this far and then, just when it mattered, you blew it for all of us. Unlike many, I’m not ranting about Karmic Koala’s technical glitches. In fact, it’s still one of the best options for the desktop, and it’s technically superior to the new Windows OS that its release coincided with. But this is where it hurts. For the first time ever, the mainstream tech press mentioned an upcoming Linux release in a Windows preview article. And what did Ubuntu do to capitalise on this new-found exposure? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

Why GNU/Linux is ready for the Average User: Linux is more than ready for the average user to be using, but just like any operating system it may be a bit much for the average user to get it setup and thats just fine if you ask me.

Five *nix Myths Busted: You probably believe at least one of these awesome *nix myths. I love mythology and there’s nothing like hearing a technology myth to make my day complete. Just today someone applied one of the following myths in a conversation with me. I didn’t say anything but it gave me the idea for this post. Here are the five myths related to *nix systems that I hear most often when dealing with technical and non-technical people alike. You’d be surprised as to how often even the most technical people spout these myths to each other and to the unsuspecting and unknowledgeable bystander. I have to bite my tongue when I hear them. And now that you know them, I hope it ruins your day too when someone slips into mythland with one of these gems.


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Linux Will Save The World: Remember Apple’s famous 1984 commercial? That is one of the most brilliant TV commercials of all time, which isn’t surprising- Ridley Scott directed it, and legendary advertising agency Chiat/Day produced it. It is a superb piece of filmmaking that still gives me chills, even in the lo-fi YouTube version. And then the spell wears off, and I realize Orwell was a prophet, the commercial bears no relationship to the product, and the athlete wearing the Apple shirt should have a penguin logo on it instead of the Macintosh logo.

Mozilla Starts to Follow a New Drumbeat: As Firefox gets closer and closer to that 50% market share around the world (it’s already there in some countries), the question is: what next? The answer is Mozilla Drumbeat, an ambitious project to “make sure the internet is still open, participatory 100 years from now.”

Microsoft needs swift kick in the boot-up: That long wait while Windows cranks up can be avoided, says Rich Jaroslovsky It took about 20 years before television viewers no longer had to wait for their sets to warm up. Yet here we are, 30-plus years into the personal computer era, and the instant-on PC remains elusive. That may be about to change.

An Android Developer’s Top 10 Gripes: Put on your favorite self-pitying emo music and get ready for some developer frustration. I’m running down the top 10 things I love to hate about Android.

Watching TV and Linux: This all started a couple of weeks ago when I finally got around to putting the tv capture card I had picked up a year or two ago into my computer. Happily like most things in Linux, it just worked, that was a great plus. Sadly the software packages in existence that I ran across were either too much or too little, nothing was just right.

The biggest threat to Microsoft isn’t Apple or Linux, it’s falling hardware prices: Two interesting tidbits of news about Microsoft today. First is that the company is to make it legal to rent both Windows and Office. The second is an analysis on how slates will affect the Redmond giant’s bottom line. Both are interesting reading, but both also are indications of the problems that Microsoft is likely to encounter over the coming years.

Canonical To Bring Closed Source Apps Like iTunes And Photoshop To Ubuntu?!?!: A recent official post on the Ubuntu Forums asks users to complete a survey with the applications they would like to see in upcoming version of Ubuntu..

7 Alternatives for Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office is one of the most popular application suits which no doubt facilitates the users to the full extent. But due to its high price or due to any compatibility issue with the operating system, it is always desirable to have some alternatives. Lets have a summarized look on the available alternatives.

The best Linux file system of all?: Want to get Unix/Linux techies arguing? Besides classic flame wars such as whether vi or EMACS is the better text editor, another surefire way to start a fight is to talk about which file systems are the best. Google, which knows a thing or two about fast systems has decided, for their purposes anyway, that Ext4 is the best and close to the fastest file system of all.

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Six office alternatives: Microsoft will release Office 2010 in June but until then there are some great alternatives. In June Microsoft will release a final version of its Office 2010 productivity suite. Naturally many users will upgrade, at substantial cost, to the latest version of the popular Office suite, but for those not so eager to hand over their money to Microsoft there are still many great alternatives. And they are free.

SCO’s IP Rights After Distributing UnitedLinux Under the GPL: Since Chapter 11 Trustee Edward Cahn’s lawyer, Bonnie Fatell, reportedly opined at the most recent bankruptcy hearing that SCO would never have given away its Unix intellectual property rights to UnitedLinux, I thought I would show you exactly what was in UnitedLinux — some, if not all, of the very code they now claim IBM had no right to put into Linux and others can’t use without infringing SCO’s rights. But they put it in their very own SCO Linux Powered by UnitedLinux distribution themselves, and under the GPL.

What will it take for Linux and Open Source to dethrone Microsoft?: We are currently in one of the best situations ever to think about moving to open source and Linux on the desktop. With Windows XP’s end of life, many companies are already considering upgrading to Windows Vista or 7. The user interface has changed, and many existing applications aren’t compatible. I am currently reviewing a list of hundreds of applications for compatibility with Windows 7 to decide what will have to be upgraded or replaced. What is missing or needs improvement on Linux from an I.T. perspective?

Welcome to Google’s Nexus One – and the “Nexus” Device: Most people have been asking whether the Google Nexus One is an iPhone-killer; but there’s a phrase in the official Google blog that suggests it’s something much bigger: the fusion of computer and mobile, with the Internet as the digital glue – a true “nexus” device. If Google can encourage other manufacturers to come out with more, lower-cost models, this could be the device that the billions of people currently with neither computer nor mobile phone could use to access the Internet. And all running on Linux.

I Just Want Something to Happen When I Click: In the olden days of personal computing, we were on a continual hardware upgrade path seeking better performance. Now our low-end PCs would have been supercomputers ten years ago, and they’re still bogging down. Is there no end in sight?

10 things to know about Linux and Open Source: Compilation: In case you missed some of the Linux and Open Source content in the 10 Things blog in 2009, I thought I would do a round-up of some of the best posts that appeared, many authored by our own Jack Wallen. If you’re new to Linux yourself (or want to introduce others to the world of open source), these concise lists provide a good jumping-off point on a number of topics.

Ubuntu Linux and Your iPhone / iPod Touch: Not content with the roadblocks Apple had erected for users who wanted to connect to their digital devices (that they had paid for, natch), Apple decided to up the ante with its iPod Touch and iPhone series. This meant that a whole new round of reverse engineering was necessary just so that, and this bears repeating a thousand times, users could connect to a device that they paid for and actually access content they legally possess. Does that make sense to you? Me neither. Welcome to the 21st century.

Preparing Yourself for the Linux Admin Market: Tips for Linux administrators entering and moving through today’s Linux admin market as traditional qualifications become less relevant and the need for real skills increases.

Can You Top This? 15 Practical Linux Top Command Examples: This article is part of the on-going 15 example series where 15 examples will be provided for a specific command or functionality. In this series, earlier we discussed about find command, crontab examples, grep command, history command, ping command, and wget examples. In this article, let us review 15 examples for Linux top command that will be helpful for both newbies and experts.

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Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So: Most people have tended to dismiss the OpenOffice.org project as a distant runner-up to Microsoft Office, and certainly not a serious contender. Microsoft seems to feel otherwise judging by a new job ad for a “Linux and Open Office Compete Lead”. According to this, competing with both GNU/Linux and OpenOffice.org is “one of the biggest issues that is top of mind” for no less a person than Steve Ballmer.

Sometimes It Won’t Work (III): A few annoyances, and I really hope this will be fun. Some things which don’t work as they are supposed to, or some things which may be annoying – Linux forever, I love it, but sometimes it’s not so funny fun as it should be.

Infamous Chinese pirates launch Ubuntu that looks just like Windows XP: From the Chinese pirate masters of the non-sea-faring variety comes … Ylmf OS! Not happy with pirating Windows XP itself, these creative Chinese have gone one step further and hacked Ubuntu to look exactly like Windows XP. Why have they moved to Ubuntu? Because their previous release — a pirate version of Windows XP itself — is being cracked down on by Microsoft.

Google Chrome review on Linux: I would like to share with you my short experience with Google Chrome on openSUSE 11.2. Although it is in a beta stage, it is stable and fast. I like many things in it and I even tried to emulate them in Firefox (thanks to Firefox add-on). In this post, I will state my personal thoughts about Google Chrome and I will refer to Firefox in any comparison.

15 game-changing Linux moments of the decade: If you were sat at your Linux computer one dark evening in late 1999, things would have been considerably different. Your machine would probably be running either Red Hat 6.1 or Mandrake 6. Outside your window, the world was going crazy for all things dotcom. Microsoft was prepping both Windows 2000 and its ill-fated Millennium edition, while Apple had just released OS 9 and its Power Mac G4. As a Linux user, you’d have been an uber-geek, someone with an obsessive interest in computing and far too much time on your hands. But things have changed. Linux is now an operating system anyone can install and use, and it’s growing stronger every year. Here’s how it happened.

Microsoft wants to hire an anti Linux Guru: Steve Balmer, the CEO of Microsoft gets pretty scared by the success of Linux & other Open Source Software. Microsoft wants to hire a so-called “Linux and Open Office Compete Lead”, as the job description in one their recent marketing job ads shows.

Why I’m running boring ol’ Debian Lenny, the short version: I do tend to go on. But here’s the short version of why I’m running Debian instead of Ubuntu.

Linux Tech Talk 3: I finally found the time to copy Debian Squeeze from my main PC to my second PC, so now I have two Debian PCs that are configured exactly the same. I also tried to get NFS working between them. That turned out to be a lot of trouble. But I finally discovered that a tiny, non-NFS issue can prevent NFS from working correctly. You’re not going to believe how long it took me to finally figure it out.

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