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  • Adobe Breathes AIR into Linux 5 years, 4 months ago
    Adobe has launched its AIR 1.5 software for Linux. Supported distributions include Fedora 8, Ubuntu 7.10, and openSUSE 10.3. This enables companies and developers to easily target users using all three major OS -- Windows, Linux and Mac -- with a single code base.
  • IBM Lotus Strategist Sees Linux on Netbooks Making Inroads Vs. Windows in 2009 5 years, 4 months ago
    Linux and open source will start to chip away at Microsoft Windows desktop software thanks to their popularity on netbooks, those ultralight, low-cost laptops. IBM Lotus strategy director predicts this as a major trend in 2009, as well as the proliferation of messaging and collaboration technologies asa function of UCC, SAAS, cloud computing, enterprise social networks and Web services.
  • The Range of Linux Distributions 5 years, 4 months ago
    A comment from Tezzer to my recent blog post about Two New Linux Beta Distributions got me thinking. Tezzer mentions using Debian, but looking at PCLinuxOS and others for systems that have "issues" with some Linux distributions. I have heard the same comments on other blog posts, and in fact I have seen the same sort of "issues" with my Lifebook S2110 (often because of the ATI display adapter).
  • Indian Express Switches to Red Hat Solutions 5 years, 4 months ago
    Red Hat , a provider of open source solutions, announced that The Indian Express Group, a media firm in India, has switched to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 from Novell (News - Alert) Netware, to provide a cost-effective scale with accelerated company growth.
  • TI adds ARM9, Linux to sound chip 5 years, 4 months ago
    Texas Instruments (TI) is shipping a third-generation "Aureus" digital audio processor platform with a Linux software developer's kit (SDK). Available with an evaluation module (EVM) from Spectrum Digital, the DA830 and DA828 system-on-chips (SoCs) combine an ARM9 core with a digital signal processor (DSP).
  • AMD Linux 2008 Year in Review 5 years, 4 months ago
    Last year when publishing our AMD Year in Review article there were numerous new features to account for, including but not limited to the new OpenGL driver, support for Compiz, and the AMD Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition. This year has been another interesting year for AMD's Linux efforts on both the open and closed fronts. We are focusing on their Catalyst driver efforts in this article, which has picked up support for CrossFire, is now capable of being overclocked with OverDrive, and AMD is now delivering same-day Linux product support. In this article we will recap some of the highlights from the Catalyst driver releases this year as well as set out on a benchmarking extravaganza.
  • Teacher claims Linux 'holding back the kids' 5 years, 4 months ago
    A US student has landed in hot water with an irate - and apparently ill-informed - teacher for handing out discs of Linux.
  • How is Microsoft with Vista like the Big Three automakers? 5 years, 4 months ago
    For more than a decade, if you owned a PC, you ran Windows and, far more often than not, Internet Explorer was your Web browser. In fact, for a while, the only three things you could be sure of were death, taxes and Microsoft. Things have changed.
  • The EE Gender Gap Is Widening 5 years, 4 months ago
    Walk into a classroom of environmental engineering students and, odds are, nearly half of them will be women. Now head next door to an electrical engineering class: you’ll likely find eight men for every woman.
  • Windows needs a Linux package manager 5 years, 4 months ago
    Windows users have a real problem when it comes to updates. Sure they have Microsoft Update and certainly many applications include their own update mechanisms. Yet despite that, there seems to be a problem with Windows users actually updating.
  • Slackware 12.2 Release Announcement 5 years, 4 months ago
    Well folks, it's that time to announce a new stable Slackware release again. So, without further ado, announcing Slackware version 12.2! Since we've moved to supporting the 2.6 kernel series exclusively (and fine-tuned the system to get the most out of it), we feel that Slackware 12.2 has many improvements over our last release (Slackware 12.1) and is a must-have upgrade for any Slackware user.
  • "Ubuntu has the strongest chance to take Linux mainstream" 5 years, 4 months ago
    Jeremy Allison's contributions to the free software world are legion, and yet the project he's best known for continues to be Samba, the open implementation of some of Microsoft's most important networking protocols.
  • Hey Karen, welcome to (hell control W) the community. 5 years, 4 months ago
    So, after listening to people gripe about this story today, and yesterday, on IRC in email, on various blogs, where Mr Starks was talking about an email he received, I got to thinking. Just to give you context if you don't know what I am on about, click here.
  • Eight Crazy Nights of Hanukkah and Linux 5 years, 4 months ago
    Trying to find something for your gelibte this year? Look no further, my Linux Geek's Guide to Hanukkah will help you make the right decisions.
  • OpenSolaris now on Toshiba laptops 5 years, 4 months ago
    Sun has reached an agreement with Toshiba to pre-install the OpenSolaris operating system on Toshiba laptops.
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Exploiting Amazon Web Services via PHP and SQLite

By Michael Stahnke on March 09, 2000 (8:00:00 AM)
A few weeks ago a friend asked me how my book, Pro OpenSSH, was selling on Amazon.com. I was tracking the sales by going to Amazon.com and viewing the book page to examine the sales rank. The only data displayed about history information was today's Sales Rank and Yesterday's Sales Rank, which isn't all that helpful. I decided to use PHP, SQLite, and the Amazon Web Services API to gather more useful data.

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Corel Linux

By Benjamin D. Thomas on January 11, 2000 (8:00:00 AM)
Experience Linux® performance built specifically for the desktop with Corel® LINUX® OS. Based on Debian, this powerful system delivers an incredibly easy-to-use, four-step graphical installer that automatically detects most PCI hardware. Featuring a KDE-based, drag-and-drop desktop environment and an innovative browser-style file manager, Corel LINUX OS is an exciting development.

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Take console productivity to a new level with Screen

By Dean Henrichsmeyer on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
Screen is an application that's often underestimated. Screen is, simply put, a screen manager with VT100/ANSI terminal emulation. Think of it as a full screen, text-based window manager for your terminal or console. For what it is, it's an incredibly feature-rich application. In this article, I will explain what it does and why it's so useful.

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Lawyers in love with open source

By Marco Fioretti on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
Most of the time, open source supporters think of lawyers as a crowd of hungry vultures, throwing patents and cease-and-desist letters at innocent hackers. However, in the province of Foggia, Southern Italy, two small groups of lawyers have turned themselves into open source evangelists.

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OSS on OS X

By Mitchell Cohen on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
Apple recently released Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, the latest update to the flagship operating system. Featuring developer-oriented features such as Core Data under the hood, the Unix-based Tiger and the introduction of powerful yet increasingly cost-effective Mac hardware is enticing many a curious Linux enthusiast to prowl over to the nearest Apple Store and get their paws on a Mac. And while the Mac OS opens up a world of elegant interface design and commercial software unseen on the Linux desktop, lacking out of the box is the plethora of open source software to which we are so accustomed. Luckily, a growing community of open source developers and advocates has been working since the birth of the platform to bring free software to Mac OS X.

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OSS on OS X

By Mitchell Cohen on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
Apple recently released Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, the latest update to the flagship operating system. Featuring developer-oriented features such as Core Data under the hood, the Unix-based Tiger and the introduction of powerful yet increasingly cost-effective Mac hardware is enticing many a curious Linux enthusiast to prowl over to the nearest Apple Store and get their paws on a Mac. And while the Mac OS opens up a world of elegant interface design and commercial software unseen on the Linux desktop, lacking out of the box is the plethora of open source software to which we are so accustomed. Luckily, a growing community of open source developers and advocates has been working since the birth of the platform to bring free software to Mac OS X.

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OSS on OS X

By Mitchell Cohen on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
Apple recently released Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, the latest update to the flagship operating system. Featuring developer-oriented features such as Core Data under the hood, the Unix-based Tiger and the introduction of powerful yet increasingly cost-effective Mac hardware is enticing many a curious Linux enthusiast to prowl over to the nearest Apple Store and get their paws on a Mac. And while the Mac OS opens up a world of elegant interface design and commercial software unseen on the Linux desktop, lacking out of the box is the plethora of open source software to which we are so accustomed. Luckily, a growing community of open source developers and advocates has been working since the birth of the platform to bring free software to Mac OS X.

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Crackers and honey: An irresistible combination for network security

By Mayank Sharma on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
Denial of service (DoS) attacks aim to take down Web servers and other Internet resources, often by swarming them with repeated requests, which knocks them out. LaBrea is honeypot software that cooks up a fake machine with virtual ports with virtual vulnerabilities for a cracker to play with.

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Legal bungling sank SCO Group's investigation against DaimlerChrysler

By Chris Preimesberger on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
NewsForge has determined that The SCO Group, which purports to have ownership of all Unix System V code, was actually fishing for usage of its proprietary code in Linux systems when it filed a lawsuit March 3 against multinational automaker DaimlerChrysler. The lawsuit alleged only that DaimlerChrysler had not recertified with SCO Group the use of its old Unix code, as required by the original 1990 contract between Chrysler Motors Corp. (now DaimlerChrysler) and AT&T Information Systems (which owned the Unix code at that time).

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Testing your memory, the Open Source way

By JT Smith on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
- By Russell C. Pavlicek -
You are probably used to seeing the memory test that occurs when you boot most PCs. This proves that your machine has good memory, right? Well, not exactly.

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Review: Belkin Regulator Pro 1400VA NetUPS power supply

By JT Smith on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
- By Jeff Field -
If you are like me, you have a lot of equipment that needs power, and you need that equipment for work. My power here goes out more often than I'd like, and until now, not even my laptop on a battery with a wireless network was immune to these outages because the access point required power. After the last outage, I decided it was time to solve this problem.

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DotGNU project looks for ideas, developers during 36-hour IRC meet-a-thon

By JT Smith on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
- By Grant Gross -
DotGNU, a Free Software Web services project that's a response to Microsoft's .NET, is hosting a 36-hour marathon IRC meet-a-thon this weekend aimed at interested developers and experienced contributors to hash over some issues.

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Caldera fights it out in the stock market with reverse split

By JT Smith on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
- By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols -
Remember when people fought over getting Linux company stock options? Today, it's the Linux companies fighting to keep their stock prices above water. Caldera, in danger of being delisted by Nasdaq thanks to a stock price lurking around 50 cents a share for months, is taking the radical step today of a reverse stock split. For every four shares of Caldera International, stock owners will now receive one pumped-up share.

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Realtor group houses all kinds of Open Source projects

By JT Smith on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
- By Daniel P. Dern -
The more than 800,000 real estate professionals who constitute the membership of the National Association of Realtors -- the largest trade association in the United States -- and the tens of millions of commercial and residential customers they serve probably won't realize it, but many will soon be benefiting from Open Source software, thanks to projects being done by the NAR's Center for Realtor Technology.

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Helping new (enterprise level) Linux users

By JT Smith on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
- By Robin "Roblimo" Miller -
Looking at my email and talking to people I meet at various industry association meetings, I am seeing a shift in the kind of people who are switching to Linux. And the latest round of "converts" I see are not dumber or less computer-savvy than "old-line" Linux people. If anything, they're more experienced than the talented students and hackers who made up the bulk of early Linux adopters.

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MandrakeSoft, here we go again

By JT Smith on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
- By Jack Bryar -
I love MandrakeSoft. I love its product. I think its software team is great, but the company's recent "strategy" of begging for money is ridiculous posture for any for-profit company. It may be time for MandrakeSoft to return to its roots.

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Survey: Cost the key factor in pushing business to Open Source

By JT Smith on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
- By John Lettice of The Register -
Major businesses could well be poised to embrace Open Source software, with cost, control over development and "an alternative to the status quo" being prime considerations, according to survey data released today by OpenForum Europe. OpenForum, which aims to accelerate the deployment of Open Source software in business and government, jointly funded the survey with the UK's Department of Trade and Industry.

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NetBSD on the desktop? Is there a point?

By JT Smith on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
- By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols -
For the basics of Wasabi Systems' NetBSD 1.5.2, you can see Russell Pavlicek's "A Linux guy looks at NetBSD." Today's question: whether NetBSD 1.5.2, as Wasabi claims in a press release, is an off-the-shelf, easy-to-use NetBSD desktop operating environment.

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Linux kernel, Netscape affected by major zlib security vulnerability

By JT Smith on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
- By Grant Gross -
A buffer overflow vulnerability affecting the PPP code in the Linux kernel, Netscape and up to 20 packages in some Linux distributions has been found in the popular compression library zlib. The potential is for crackers to gain remote access to computer systems using zlib, but a fix is available.

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Saving an old laptop with Knoppix

on November 30, 1999 (8:00:00 AM)
by Peter Johansson
An old laptop of mine fubared its Linux partition beyond (easy) repair so I decided a clean install was the way to go. When I went to install a recent Debian system I had trouble with PCMCIA under the 2.2 kernel, and XFree gave me a blank screen under 2.4. Knoppix, however, made everything work automagically (with the exception of sound).

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