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The Freeloading Digital Economy
By Carla Schroder - Mar 25, 2011

LXer Feature: 25-Mar-2011

This is the terrible bargain of free content: in exchange for content we don't have to pay for, everyone pays in crappy content, ads masquerading as news and reviews, and wholesale invasion and exploitation of our privacy and personal business. We already have crappy advertiser-controlled TV and radio, why would anyone want to extend that to movies, books, and music?
LXer Weekly Roundup for 20-Mar-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 21, 2011
LXer Feature: 21-Mar-2011

In this week's Roundup we have RMS and the new smartphone threat, the loss of a tech pioneer, Fedora 15 vs Ubuntu Natty Narwhal, Emery Fletcher talks about Watson's Children and Carla Schroder tells tales of Dilbert, Office Space, and Layoffs in her return to the LXer team. Enjoy!
Watson's Children
By Emery Fletcher - Mar 18, 2011
LXer Feature: 18-Mar-2011

IBM's Watson won the Jeopardy Challenge, but what's more important is the place his offspring will win in the not-to-distant future. When IBM's Watson triumphed at the Jeopardy challenge I cheered, along with a great many other people and a good bit of the media, but most of all I started looking forward to something nobody has yet mentioned: Watson's Children.
Dilbert, Office Space, and Layoffs
By Carla Schroder - Mar 17, 2011
LXer Feature: 17-Mar-2011

Yes, life really is a cartoon, and it is impossible to be too cynical. Nevertheless good things happen and life is good.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 13-Mar-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 13, 2011
LXer Feature: 13-Mar-2011

In this week's LXWR we have Recovering from motherboard failures, dealing with no Max or Min buttons in Gnome 3, Linux From Scratch 6.8 is released and Dr. Tony Young gets some answers from inside KDE itself when Stuart Jarvis responds to his e-mails in Part IIII of his two part series..;-) Enjoy!
How a “Welded-to KDE3.5 User” Began a Move to KDE4.4 Part IIII
By Dr. Tony Young and Stuart Jarvis - Mar 09, 2011
LXer Feature: 09-Mar-2011

This is an addition to the series that was never at first envisaged. Indeed, within a recent thread (shown immediately below) and in my response to “hkwint”, I stated very clearly that I had absolutely no intention of writing further on KDE4, but this situation almost developed with a life of its own and I now think it needs to be brought out into the open for the LXer readers.


LXer Weekly Roundup for 27-Feb-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 28, 2011
LXer Feature: 28-Feb-2011

Due to some family issues I was unable to spend nearly as much time at SCALE 9x as I wanted too but from what I did get to see it was bigger and better than ever before. Kudos to the organizers and volunteers for putting on the best FOSS trade show in existence. I hope to make up for it next year.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 13-Feb-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 14, 2011
LXer Feature: 13-Feb-2011
LXer Weekly Roundup for 30-Jan-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 31, 2011
LXer Feature: 31-Jan-2011

In the LXWR this week it is all about the desktop environments. Bruce Byfield makes a case for running Xfce, Dr. Tony Young wrangles KDE4's window manager into shape and Carla Schroder wants to punt KDE altogether. The Fedora servers get hacked, Python for newbies, LibreOffice 3.3 hits the streets and Glyn Moody states why Android will win the tablet wars. Enjoy!
How a “Welded-to KDE3.5 User” Began a Move to KDE4.4 Part III “Konquering the Dolphin”
By Dr. Tony Young - Jan 26, 2011
LXer Feature: 26-Jan-2011

In this extension of his two part guest editorial and tutorial Dr. Tony Young (an Australian Mycologist by trade) goes into detail comparing the functions of Konquerer and Dolphin and along the way discovers that he might actually keep Dolphin as his file manager.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 23-Jan-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 24, 2011
LXer Feature: 23-Jan-2011

In this week's Roundup we have Glyn Moody in defense of hackers, LibreOffice keeps making waves, Xfce 4.8 is released, our own Paul Ferris explains how to be a catalyst for FOSS and just what is this 'Steve Jobs' dilemma Linux is supposed to have? Enjoy!
Being a Free/Open Source Software Catalyst : Part I
By Paul (Fericyde) Ferris - Jan 18, 2011
LXer Feature: 18-Jan-2011

Having trouble convincing the Boss when it comes to FOSS? This article discusses common pitfalls that arise when advocating Free / Open Source software in your organization. This is part I of a series of articles focused upon being a part of FOSS culture change.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 09-Jan-2011
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 10, 2011
LXer Feature: 09-Jan-2011

In the Roundup this week we have how to choose the best Distro for a laptop, Linux returns to Walmart, Andy Updegrove reveals more about Attachmate, The "LibreOffice" future of OpenOffice and our own Paul Ferris goes on a rant about the future of Linux. Enjoy!
Rant Mode Equals One: Linux on the Door Stop
By Paul (Fericyde) Ferris - Jan 06, 2011
LXer Feature: 06-Jan-2011

Paul Ferris reviews the state of Linux over the past decade from multiple perspectives: cloud, desktop, tablet and finally infrastructure market. The most pressing question rises to the top: Will 2011 be the year of Linux on the Doorstop?
LXer Weekly Roundup for 26-Dec-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 28, 2010
LXer Feature: 27-Dec-2010

Welcome to the last Roundup for 2010 and please accept my apologies for being a day late getting this to you. It seems the holiday festivities have caused me to lose track of time.. Enjoy!
LXer Weekly Roundup for 19-Dec-2010
By - Dec 20, 2010
LXer Feature: 19-Dec-2010

In the Roundup this week we have a open source driver for Kinect hitting the streets, SJVN gives his take on who is Google's target audience for Chrome OS, more information on where the Novell patents are going and why Mozilla doesn't back a FOSS flash player. Enjoy!
LXer Weekly Roundup for 12-Dec-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 13, 2010

LXer Feature: 12-Dec-2010

The big stories this past week include a Linux Mint 10 review, Matt Asay leaves Canonical, more information on Novell's patents, a nail in Flash's coffin, Chrome OS notebooks will be Windows proof and my interview of Ulf Sandberg of SkySQL. Enjoy!

The LXer Interview: Ulf Sandberg, CEO of SkySQL
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 06, 2010

LXer Feature: 06-Dec-2010

Recently SkySQL announced itself to the world with its focus being on former Sun MySQL customers. This comes in the aftermath of Sun being bought by Oracle and the subsequent departures of former Sun executives and engineers before and after the purchase. I recently had a chance to talk with Ulf Sandberg the new CEO of SkySQL for a few minutes.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 05-Dec-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 06, 2010

LXer Feature: 05-Dec-2010

In the LXWR this week we have part 1 and 2 of Steven Rosenberg's farewell to Fedora. why Glyn Moody is rooting for Microsoft, a long overdue look at XFCE, Dr. Tony Young's final (or is it?) installment in his switching to KDE 4.4 adventures and the Linux foundation releases their annual list of who writes Linux. Enjoy!

How a “Welded-to KDE 3.5 User” Began a Move to KDE 4.4 - Part 2
By Dr. Tony Young - Nov 29, 2010
LXer Feature: 29-Nov-2010

In this second part of a two part guest editorial and tutorial Dr. Tony Young (an Australian Mycologist by trade) shares his trials, tribulations, successes and disappointments in working with the new version of KDE. In this installment he configures media players, K3b, Crossover Office, Lucid and Post Script and his final thoughts on his adventures.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 28-Nov-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 28, 2010

LXer Feature: 28-Nov-2010

In the Roundup this week we have all kinds of Open Source goodness for you including the news that Novell has been acquired by a company that may or may not have ties to Microsoft, how to wake up a Linux server remotely, Part 1 of how a KDE 3.5 user moved to KDE 4.4, ARM's co-founder says Intels days of dominating the desktop are numbered and on a personal note today is the 5 year anniversary of the day my relationship with Linux got serious. Enjoy!

How a “Welded-to KDE 3.5 User” Began a Move to KDE 4.4 - Part 1
By Dr. Tony young - Nov 22, 2010
LXer Feature: 22-Nov-2010

In this first part of a two part guest editorial and tutorial Dr. Tony Young (an Australian Mycologist by trade) shares his trials, tribulations, successes and disappointments in working with the new version of KDE. As a long time KDE 3.5 user he decided to see if he could get KDE 4.4 to look, feel and work the way he was used to KDE 3.5 working. Hang on everyone, its going to be a bumpy ride..
LXer Weekly Roundup for 21-Nov-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 22, 2010

LXer Feature: 21-Nov-2010

The big stories this past week included an update on how far away Chrome OS is, a Ubuntu vs.Fedora comparison, 5 unusual games for Linux and a 200 line kernel patch that makes your desktop snappy. Enjoy!

Fixing Akonadi's warning of the non-existing leap second table
By H.Kwint - The Netherlands - Nov 19, 2010

LXer Feature: 19-Nov-2010



Ever since I installed Kontact 4.5, it has been showing an MySQL warning when starting. The exact error in the logs is:

Can't open and lock time zone table: Table 'mysql.time_zone_leap_second' doesn't exist trying to live without them

While it's only a warning, I don't like to have my logs filled with warnings. Hence, I went on a hunt to prevent this warning. Lots of posts said this issue is fixed in newer versions (certainly not for me!), or it doesn't matter. But that wasn't good enough for me so I felt relieved when I found a workaround yesterday, which I shall explain below.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 14-Nov-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 15, 2010

LXer Feature: 14-Nov-2010

In the LXWR this week we have why Wayland is good for the future, Apache tells Oracle they are leaving the JCP, a music player with an ugly name, does Linux competing with Windows matter anymore? and 24 things we would change about Linux. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 31-Oct-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 01, 2010

LXer Feature: 31-Oct-2010

In this week's Roundup we have; What makes Linux compelling to use? Ubuntu moves away from GNOME, Learning Linux the hardcore way with Linux from scratch, Microsoft is a dying consumer brand, Why Unity in Ubuntu is good for the future and Ronald trip's response to why Unity is clouding up the desktop. Enjoy!

Unity Clouding Up The Desktop
By Ronald Trip - Oct 29, 2010
LXer Feature: 29-Oct-2010

Mr. Des Ligneris wrote that the adoption of Unity is a bold move and a good one for Canonical and Ubuntu, as the focus of computing is shifting wholesale to the internet and "The Cloud". It is an interesting viewpoint from Mr. Des Ligneris. I don't see the Unity plans as a blessing though. There is no point in turning a full fledged desktop machine into a "Mobile Internet Device". Their use cases don't overlap. While a desktop is certainly capable of performing MID tasks, it is not the intended operating area of a desktop machine.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 24-Oct-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 25, 2010

LXer Feature: 24-Oct-2010

In this week's LXWR we have Canonical going on record about open core, Eight reasons to give the E17 a try, Oracle wants LibreOffice members to leave OOo council, The London Stock Exchange smashes the world record trade speed using Linux and with Ray Ozzie just the latest to walk out of Redmond, is this the beginning of the end for Microsoft? Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 17-Oct-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 18, 2010

LXer Feature: 17-Oct-2010

In the Roundup this week we have news of IBM deciding to back Oracle's OpenJDK instead of Harmony, Phoronix releases the 2010 Linux graphics survey results, 5 mistakes Linux newcomers make and lastly John E. Dunn gets the crazy idea to ditch Windows for Ubuntu. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 10-Oct-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 11, 2010

LXer Feature: 11-Oct-2010

Some of the big stories this week included Steve Ballmer saying Android isn't free, Bruce Byfield talks about Ubuntu's real contribution to FOSS, Google makes aggressive counterclaims in the Oracle suit, Glyn Moody asks; Is Microsoft running out of steam? and last but not least Scott Charney, a Microsoft VP says that infected PCs should be banned from the internet. You have to read it to believe it. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 03-Oct-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 04, 2010

LXer Feature: 04-Oct-2010

In this week's LXWR OpenOffice.org gets liberated, a nice review of Linux Mint, The GNU Project celebrates its 27th birthday, Jono Bacon talks about how Ubuntu gets built, a case for Linux in schools, Rad Hat's CEO makes it on Mad Money, Microsoft sues Motorola because of Android and a LXer Feature by our own Hans Kwint on the choices Windows and Linux users both have. Enjoy!

Windows users face as many choices as Linux users
By H.Kwint - The Netherlands - Sep 29, 2010

LXer Feature: 29-Sept-2010



A while ago, Graham Morrison wrote: "The trouble with Linux: there's too much choice". Implicitly, the article refers to "more choice than with Windows". The article led to reactions from Carla Schroeder [1], Caitlyn Martin [2], Alastair Otter [3] and Ron Miller [4]. While the articles provided for an interesting discussion, none of them addressed the fundamentals of Linux distributions and choice of desktop software in my opinion. Because from an objective point of view, Windows users face as many choices as Linux users do. But most Windows users are just not aware of all the choices they're making.
LXer Weekly Roundup for 26-Sept-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 27, 2010

LXer Feature: 26-Sept-2010

In the Roundup this week we have Mandriva saying "We're not dead" and news of their assets being sold to a Russian firm, Linux From Scratch 6.7 gets released, Dave Newman leaves .net, living through the wild west of FOSS history, the future of KDE, Carla Schroder gets a shiny new laptop and what is the best way to move 60 million files from one Windows server to another? Linux of course. Enjoy!

Living Through the Wild West of FOSS History
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 21, 2010

LXer Feature: 21-Sept-2010

Could things be more exciting in the the world of FOSS right now? Yes it could, but let's not be too hasty..


LXer Weekly Roundup for 19-Sept-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 20, 2010

LXer Feature: 20-Sept-2010

The big stories to hit our newswire this week raised some questions it seems. We have Joe Brockmeier asking why e-mail is still stuck in the 1990's, who is in the running to buy Novell, could it be VMWare or possibly even Red Hat? Steve Rosenberg is intrigued by the latest Linux Mint, a review of TinyCore 3.0, Linux applications with peculiar names, the bully in the Linux schoolyard and to wrap things up we have some Microsoft FUD on how Android is not really free. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 12-Sept-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 12, 2010

LXer Feature: 12-Sept-2010

In the LXWR this week we have some new happenings with Diaspora, debunking the 1% Myth and a rather subdued response to the announcement of the Open Solaris fork known as OpenIndiana. Also, a Gartner report predicts Android will the top mobile OS by 2014 and could Oracle fracture open source community? Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 05-Sept-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 05, 2010

LXer Feature: 05-Sept-2010

There is nothing quite like a good conversation and we have a plethora of articles that started many a good one in our forums this past week including Abiword has smart quotes, what technology has Microsoft ever been the first to market with? Another "There are too many Linux's" article and look out, your Linux system fell down and it can't get up. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 29-Aug-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Aug 29, 2010

LXer Feature: 29-Aug-2010

The big stories this week include still more fallout from the Oracle-Google lawsuit, 10 differences between Linux and BSD, the joys of determining Linux market share, Microsoft says they love Open Source..again, and last but not least Paul Allen decides to sue just about everybody for patent infringement. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 22-Aug-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Aug 23, 2010

LXer Feature: 22-Aug-2010

In this week's Roundup we have more on the Oracle - Google lawsuit, how corporate America went open source, games that transmit GPS coordinates, converting eBooks, a space elevator and a Happy 17th Birthday to Debian. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 15-Aug-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Aug 16, 2010

LXer Feature: 15-Aug-2010

The big news this week is a double shot of Oracle both suing Google for supposed Java copyright infringement in Android and the killing of OpenSolaris. Our own Hans Kwint expounds the merits of anticipating lock-in and much more in this weeks LXWR. Enjoy!

Exit costs of lock-in: Anticipate or it's too late!
By H.Kwint - The Netherlands - Aug 10, 2010

LXer Feature: 10-Aug-2010



When discussing 'migration' costs from one platform or piece of software to another, I noted many people fail to understand the idea of 'exit costs'. In this article, I present my explanation of exit costs, and I hope this article may serve as a reference to exit costs in the future. Especially people involved with decision-taking in IT are encouraged to read this article!


LXer Weekly Roundup for 08-Aug-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Aug 09, 2010

LXer Feature: 09-Aug-2010

A roundup of the big stories hitting our newswire from the previous week.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 01-Aug-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Aug 03, 2010

LXer Feature: 02-Aug-2010

A roundup of the big stories hitting our newswire from the previous week.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 25-Jul-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jul 26, 2010

LXer Feature: 25-July-2010


LXer Weekly Roundup for 11-Jul-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jul 12, 2010

LXer Feature: 12-July-2010


LXer Weekly Roundup for 04-Jul-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jul 05, 2010

LXer Feature: 05-July-2010

Some of the big stories this past week included Cisco creating their own tablet, SCALE moves to a larger venue, Bruce Byfield asks is KDE 3 Zombified or Resurrected?, Run Chrome the easy way and Carla Schroder sets off a nuclear weapon in the LXer forums. Ever drink a bottle of Rum all to yourself? I hope all our U.S. readers had as much fun July 4th as I apparently did. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 27-Jun-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 28, 2010

LXer Feature: 27-June-2010

In the LXWR this week we have a Mac devotee moving to Linux, you want Linux to run what?, Marcel Gagne talks about when Linux was fun, Phoronix does a five-way Linux distro comparison and Steven Rosenberg says goodbye to Ubuntu..sort of. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 20-Jun-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 21, 2010

LXer Feature: 21-June-2010

In this week's Roundup we have a battle between KDE3 and KDE4,Linux versus the world: The unwinnable war?, Dell removes "Ubuntu is safer than Microsoft® Windows® " statement from website and today marks my three year anniversary as E-i-C for LXer. You know, I think my grammar has gotten a little better.

Dell removes "Ubuntu is safer than Microsoft® Windows® " statement from website
By H.Kwint - The Netherlands - Jun 17, 2010

According to Google cache, at 17 June 2010 05:08:28 GMT, Dell's website stated:
"Ubuntu is safer than Microsoft® Windows®
The vast majority of viruses and spyware written by hackers are not designed to target and attack Linux.
(screenshot)

However, within 24 hours, it seems Dell changed its mind, and now their website states:
"Ubuntu is secure -- According to industry reports, Ubuntu is unaffected by the vast majority of viruses and spyware."

I asked Dell for comments using their "website feedback function", will keep you updated. If you think Dell bent to pressure from Microsoft again, please raise your hand!

Update: The VarGuy has already noticed this bold Dell-statement eight days ago, and they made a screenshot - now available in PDF - to prove this was on the Dell-website. Tom's Hardware also wrote about this Dell statement four days ago, and they included their own PDF (time-stamped) showing the 'old' statement on the page. A hand full of other websites also wrote about the 'original' statement.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 13-Jun-2010
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 14, 2010

LXer Feature: 14-June-2010

In this week's LXWR we have Jono Bacon's Ubuntu: meritocracy not democracy, can virtual PCs save desktop Linux? Is Android fragmentation something to fear? The four different types of Linux users and our own Hans Kwint says "Tear down this stair!". Enjoy!

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