Terminating a Bad Assumption
By gus3 - May 01, 2009
LXer Weekly Roundup for 26-Apr-2009
LXer Feature: 01-May-2009
Earlier today (as I write this), our esteemed tuxchick made a very bold statement:If people don't want to learn an unfamiliar environment why do they stick with windows? Win 95 was radically different from 3.1, and it was a huge success. XP was way different from 2000, and everything was moved around and stuffed into different places. Vista was even weirder, with the added free bonus of new extreme annoyances like UAC. Windows 7 is organized differently yet again, and the tech press are all swoony over it and hailing it as The Best Windows Evah.
This touches on something I've been shopping around privately for a couple weeks now: Why do we in the "Linux community" assume prior experience with Windows, or any WIMP interface? At its core, this is a bad assumption for absolutely everyone, proprietary software houses included.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Apr 28, 2009
LXer Weekly Roundup for 19-Apr-2009
LXer Feature: 27-Apr-2009
The biggest story of the week was by far the purchase of Sun, not by IBM but Oracle, which has many FOSS proponents worried about the Open Source projects that Sun is an integral part of. I agree with SJVN's take on it and it explains why Oracle had "Dr DBA" himself appear on stage at the MySQL annual conference only days later.
By Sander Marechal, The Netherlands - Apr 20, 2009
LXer Weekly Roundup for 12-Apr-2009
LXer Feature: 20-Apr-2009
It has been a busy week on our newswire. There was much good news for open source graphics, not quite so good news on the Linux security front, debatable news from Redmond, a flood of news about Ubuntu and much speculation dressed as news about Sun and IBM. And in between all that we had some regular news, tutorials and musings as well.
Here is an overview of the main things from last week.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Apr 14, 2009
LXer Weekly Roundup for 30-Mar-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 30, 2009
LXer Weekly Roundup for 22-Mar-2009
LXer Feature: 30-Mar-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 24, 2009
LXer Weekly Roundup for 15-Mar-2009
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 15, 2009
The EeePC and Aspire One: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
LXer Feature: 15-Mar-2009
I figured I would start the Roundup this week with a good play on words with Michael Tiemann's, From the End of the Beginning to the Beginning of the End. Caitlyn Martin gives us a review the very different results in testing the performance of different Linux distributions. Mozilla starts to contemplate a future without Google and Derek Knowlton shows us The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the The EeePC and Aspire One. Oh and by the way Happy 15th Birthday, Linux!
By Derek Knowlton - Mar 10, 2009
LXer Weekly Roundup for 08-Mar-2009
LXer Feature: 10-Mar-2009
With the introduction of the EeePC and the Aspire One I was in love.. Originally I just had to have the Asus, but with the great deal Walmart was offering on Black Friday (yeah, I know but I bought the Acer at Wallyworld) I decided to buy an Aspire One as well. Let me tell you about 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' of these two machines.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 08, 2009
The BENQ netbook and EeeBuntu
LXer Feature: 08-Mar-2009
In this week's LXWR we have more news coming to light on the Microsoft vs. TomTom suit, fat free XFCE, going back to dial-up to save some cash, news and opinions on netbooks, Flock ditches Firefox for Chrome, Linux gets put to the Mom test and much much more.
By Tracy Anne Barlow - Mar 04, 2009
LXer Weekly Roundup for 02-Mar-2009
LXer Feature: 04-Mar-2009
The BENQ net book and EeeBuntu. One of the interesting things about KDE4 is the fact that it has caused me to look at Linux Distributions, other than Mandriva, which I've use almost exclusively since I started using Linux in 2000.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 02, 2009
Mr. Stallman's Internet: How RMS May Be Looking The Wrong Way At The Internet
LXer Feature: 02-Mar-2009
In this week's LXer Weekly Roundup DeviceGuru talks about how Lenny brightened up an old laptop, Linux has a marketing problem, how RMS may be looking at the internet the wrong way, Microsoft sues TomTom and all the rest of the previous week's big stories.
By James Cook - Feb 24, 2009
LXer Weekly Roundup for 23-Feb-2009
LXer Feature: 24-Feb-2009
Once more unto the breach my friends, Richard M. Stallman (RMS) has laid another profound thought process out there for us to digest. This man is definitely deserves everyone's respect. Whether you agree with him or not, he has given the whole planet gifts that it does not even realize for the most part. While not the creator of the concept that the code for software should be free, he is without a doubt the one who codified the concept. He laid out exactly what it means for software to be free, in such a fashion that even most laymen could understand it. This alone should earn him the respect of the planet, however, it does not stop at that point.
[This is a response an article that hit our newswire last week. - Scott]
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 24, 2009
Open Source News from FOSDEM 2009 - Day 2
By Hans Kwint and Sander Marechal - Feb 16, 2009
LXer Feature: 13-Feb-2009LXer Weekly Roundup for 15-Feb-2009
In the weekend of 7 and 8 February, the 9th Free & Open Source Developers' Europe Meeting (FOSDEM) took place at the Université Libre Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels. Your editors Sander Marechal and Hans Kwint attended this meeting to find out for you what's hot, new in the area of the Linux environment and might be coming to you in the near future. This is our report of the second day covering the talks about Thunderbird 3, Debian release management, Ext4, Syslinux, CalDAV and more. Coverage of the first day can be found in our previous article.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 16, 2009
Open Source News from FOSDEM 2009 - Day 1
LXer Feature: 16-Feb-2009
We start off this week's Roundup with a blast from the past with an article that compared the best Linux distributions of 2000. Its amazing just how far we have come since then. Amazon has unveiled a new slimmer Kindle reader that has more storage and quicker page turns. Priced at a somewhat steep $359, it will keep many who would want to buy it from being able too.
By Hans Kwint and Sander Marechal - Feb 11, 2009
LXer Feature: 11-Feb-2009LXer Weekly Roundup for 08-Feb-2009
This weekend, the 9th Free & Open Source Developers' Europe Meeting (FOSDEM) took place at the Université Libre Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels. Your editors Sander Marechal and Hans Kwint attended this meeting to find out for you what's hot, new in the area of the Linux environment and might be coming to you in the near future.
Here is the blow-by-blow of the first day with talks about Mozilla's future, the role of Debian, two OSI talks, Reverse engineering and much, much more.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 09, 2009
The Death of the Newspaper
LXer Feature: 08-Feb-2009
At the beginning of the week Debian went into a deep freeze until their announced release date for Lenny on Valentine's Day. A group of developers have brought the dark horse of file managers Midnight Commander back from a deep sleep. Jimf exposed me to midnight commander, it was way over my head at the time and in a related article Carla Schroder says you "You Get What You Pay For" that talks about projects having a hard time making ends meet. Both of which I will be talking about again soon..
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 06, 2009
The LXer Interview: Jesse Trucks of LOPSA
LXer Feature: 06-Feb-2009
Why does the newspaper deserve to be saved? Just because they have been around for a long time? That is not a good enough reason for me. Or the arguments that society will somehow be lessened by their absence or be less informed without them is arrogant and presumptuous.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 04, 2009
LXer Weekly Roundup for 01-Feb-2009
LXer Feature: 04-Feb-2009
I interview Jesse Trucks a Director of LOPSA, who along with Chris St. Pierre will be teaching several classes guaranteed to make you a better System Admin at their SCALE University for the second year in a row at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) 20th to 22nd of February in Los Angeles.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 02, 2009
LXer Weekly Roundup for 25-Jan-2009
LXer Feature: 01-Feb-2009
My apologies for the return to the old format. With the big game yesterday I pretty much forgot to put this up.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 26, 2009
Caught Astroturfing: Bad Belkin Bayard Business..
LXer Feature: 25-Jan-2009
This week's Roundup starts off with Steven Rosenberg talking about his Thunderbird IMAP setup and why he wishes it was better at it. We have a couple of desktop related articles where Bruce Byfield gives us his Ideal Linux Desktop Setup and gHacks shows us how to shorten Linux boot time by going through what services you really need turned on.
By Paul (FeriCyde) Ferris - Jan 20, 2009
LXer Weekly Roundup for 19-Jan-2009
LXer Feature: 20-Jan-2009
It seems a Belkin employee was caught red-handed looking for people to write positive reviews of one of their products. Our own Paul Ferris discusses his observations and some of the bigger social issues that 'Astroturfing' exposes.
[Here is a link for those who may be unfamiliar with what 'Astroturfing' is. - Scott]
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 19, 2009
LXer Weekly Roundup for 12-Jan-2009
LXer Feature: 19-Jan-2009
The Wall Street Journal had a piece on Mark Shuttleworth and our own Steven Rosenberg thinks All roads lead to Ubuntu. SJVN goes over Linux 2.6.28's five best features and Sander came across this great piece of FUD called Why Windows 7 will crush Linux and Hans Bezemer noticed and couldn't stop himself from responding with Why Linux makes Windows 7 obsolete.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 12, 2009
CES 2009: How I Barely Avoided An Epic Fail
LXer Feature: 12-Jan-2009
Sorry for being a day late on posting this. Some new things going on with the kernel like Btrfs put in the mainline and SJVN's review of Linux 2.6.28's five best features. Someone decided to try Linux for a week as their new year Linux resolution and 14 file managers for Linux as well.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 09, 2009
LXer Weekly Roundup for 04-Jan-2009
LXer Feature: 09-Jan-2009
A review of my time walking around the largest technology exposition on the planet and how I barely avoided an epic fail at finding something FOSS related to write about.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 05, 2009
LXer Weekly Roundup for 28-Dec-2008
LXer Feature: 04-Jan-2009
Welcome to the first LXer Roundup of 2009, I hope your new year was a good one. ChannelWeb has a list of what they think are the 10 Coolest Open Source products of 2008 and Phoronix has their take on the great Linux innovations of 2008. Bruce Byfield gives us his list of the seven most influential Linux distributions. I like the list overall but I think it should include Damn Small Linux.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 29, 2008
Three Great Distributions for Christmas: sidux, AntiX M8.0 and SimplyMEPIS 8.0
LXer Feature: 28-Dec-2008
Welcome to the last Weekly Roundup for 2008, but fear not my fellow news hounds for even as we continue to grow in 2009, LXer will be here to keep you up to speed on all things FOSS. At the end of the year its always about the numbers isn't it? This week we have couple of 7's, 15 tips, the new Ext4 and 3 Debian derivatives worthy as gifts to your favorite geek.
By Brian Masinick - Dec 24, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 21-Dec-2008
LXer Feature: 24-Dec-2008
The Debian project has packaged and produced some really great software and the latest project, code named "Lenny" has resulted in a couple of really outstanding derivatives, AntiX and its parent SimplyMEPIS. In addition, the Debian project "Sid", has led to the creation of an awesome cutting edge system called sidux. Any of the three would make a great Christmas gift for the Linux geek in your life.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 22, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 14-Dec-2008
LXer Feature: 21-Dec-2008
There were several articles about Netbooks this week. One article entitled "Small is beautiful" that talks about the joys of the Netbook, another of how now that Microsoft has dumped XP on the Netbook market, that it has of course taken the majority of the share of pre-installs. Isn't it nice to know that you can buy a little Netbook with XP installed on it without having to pay for the 'downgrade' (I mean upgrade) like you would have to if you did not want Vista to come pre-installed on a new desktop or laptop? I didn't think so either.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 15, 2008
A Gentoo User Gives Debian a Go Around
LXer Feature: 14-Dec-2008
Hello everyone, It seems that in the search to bring the infections under control, the USB drive ban I told you about last week has been expanded to the entire military now. AbiWord 2.6.5 just hit the streets and it boasts better compatibility with Word 2007 and OpenOffice Writer and Amarok 2.0 with a host of cool new stuff was released earlier in the week as well.
By Hans Kwint - The Netherlands - Dec 10, 2008
LXer Feature: 10-Dec-2008A Response to "What Are The Issues With Open Source Linux?"
A few weeks ago, I installed Debian for the first time on the desktop. Once, a friend and I installed a console-only version on another desktop and we connected remotely to his hosted game server which also ran Debian, so I hoped I should be a bit familiar with it. I have to note however, I have run Gentoo for the past four years, and most of the times it's hard to 'learn' something else. However, I still liked to try and find out for myself if Debian was an easy distribution to use. So, how did I fare?
By tracyanne - Dec 09, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 07-Dec-2008
LXer Feature: 09-Dec-2008
A point by point response to an article on Hackingalert.com entitled "What Are The Issues With Open Source Linux?" that hit our newswire yesterday.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 08, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 30-Nov-2008
LXer Feature: 07-Dec-2008
Ok so first some numbers, Tech Republic has a nice list of 10 mistakes new Linux administrators should look out for. Steve Emms gives a review of 6 Lean Linux Desktop Environments of which I had only heard of two before. I also came across Cynthia Harvey's big list of 40 Open Source Tools to help you protect your privacy online that has working links to each of their SourceForge webpages, very cool.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 30, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 23-Nov-2008
LXer Feature: 30-Nov-2008
Early in the week there was an article about some deadly Linux commands and I have to admit I personally wouldn't try any of them, except on a 'practice' machine maybe. In another article we have a nice list of advanced Linux distributions to try out. But it did not list Linux From Scratch which I know technically not a "distro" (it's a book about building one) but still, any list of "advanced" distributions has include LFS doesn't it?
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 23, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 16-Nov-2008
LXer Feature: 23-Nov-2008
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.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 17, 2008
I'm So Annoyed I Could Spit
LXer Feature: 16-Nov-2008
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.
By tracyanne - Nov 10, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 09-Nov-2008
LXer Feature: 10-Nov-2008
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.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 10, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 02-Nov-2008
LXer Feature: 09-Nov-2008
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.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Nov 03, 2008
T-DOSE 2008 Review
LXer Feature: 02-Nov-2008
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.
By Sander Marechal, The Netherlands - Oct 30, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 26-Oct-2008
LXer Feature: 30-Oct-2008
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. Read on for more details.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 26, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 19-Oct-2008
LXer Feature: 26-Oct-2008
Highlights from the LXer newswire this past week include a hands on with the mobile version of Firefox called Fennec, OpenOffice 3.0 is downloaded over 3 million times in its first week of availability and after a successful pilot program the Russian Government decides to make Open Source software the standard for all of its schools. Also, a review of the Ohio Linuxfest 2008, Linux netbooks start to make a dent in Windows sales, Dillo finally gets tabs and to wrap things up a Microsoft lawyer states that "we're all 'mixed source' now", smells like some good ole' fashioned FUD to me.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 19, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 12-Oct-2008
LXer Feature: 19-Oct-2008
Some of the big news this week included OpenOffice.org 3.0 coming out, Dell finally starts advertising their Ubuntu offerings and Cisco and Microsoft step up their courting of Linux developers. Also, Installing DSL on your hard drive, Linux gets a seat on all of Qantas's new Airbus A380's, Wikipedia moves over to Ubuntu servers, Russia's open source revolution and Carla Schroder shows us how to do professional level photography work on Linux without going to jail.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 13, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 05-Oct-2008
LXer Feature: 12-Oct-2008
In this week's Roundup Linux turns 17, Google releases their Linux repositories, a new Linux Broadcom driver arrives and Sean Michael Kerner asks if .NET on Linux is finally ready or not. Also, an introduction to free music production software, Debian leader Steve McIntyre says Lenny might be late and in what I would consider to be an extremely bad idea, the ISO offers to take over maintenance of the ODF standard from Oasis, stating that they are not dealing with defect reports fast enough.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Oct 06, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 28-Sept-2008
LXer Feature: 05-Oct-2008
Here are the most prominent stories that hit the LXer Newswire this past week all gathered together for your reading pleasure. Gentoo looks to restructure, a look at who really is contributing to Linux development, is gOS better that Ubuntu? And last but not least we celebrate the birthday of the Linux Kernel as it turns 17.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 29, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 21-Sept-2008
LXer Feature: 28-Sept-2008
In this weeks Roundup we have Microsoft all over the place with articles on the advertising campaign and how Stanford and Harvard are teaching MS business tactics. Also, lists of cool desktops you may have not seen, alternative operating systems and the Linux Foundation says we should all support IBM. Sorry for the lateness in posting, had to fix my own darn links..
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 21, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 14-Sept-2008
LXer Feature: 21-Sept-2008
In this weeks Roundup we have, The Large Hadron Collider survives its first attacks from hackers, 5 Useful Tips to Customize Firefox 3, Android gets closer to being released, Carls Schroder opines on what it means to be a "geek" and University of Santa Barbara researchers show incredibly easy it is to compromise the security on a Sequoia Systems voting machine. Also, 10 things Linux does better than Windows, a Richard Stallman interview, VLC gets a new look and Google Chrome for Linux?
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 15, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 07-Sept-2008
LXer Feature: 14-Sept-2008
This week's LXer Roundup is full of all kinds of good stuff, but not if your Microsoft. HP is attempting to work around the Vista GUI, an ad campaign that doesn't seem to be about anything and to top it off The London Stock Exchange went down because of a .NET crash. Also, Mark Shuttleworth says that the Linux Desktop needs a facelift, a very funny article on why you should switch from Linux to Vista. Did you know that the largest and most complex scientific instrument ever built, called the "Large Hadron Collider", which when powered up could theoretically create a black hole and suck the entire Earth into it? It runs Linux.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Sep 07, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 31-Aug-2008
LXer Feature: 07-Sept-2008
The big news this week was the release of 'Chrome' the new browser from Google. It is only available on the Windows platform as of right now. I tried it and it has some cool features, it has some things that need a lot of work too. Also Microsoft's new Vista ads start to show up on T.V., a self professed "Windows Guy" decides to takes Open SuSE 11 for a spin, some advice on mailing list etiquette and how to get the younger generation into Linux.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Aug 31, 2008
LXer Weekly Roundup for 24-Aug-2008
LXer Feature: 31-Aug-2008
Happy Labor Day, hopefully you have an extra day off this weekend to relax and catch up on things, thus I present this week's LXer Roundup for your reading pleasure. This week we have 5 unpopular desktop environments, 25 killer Linux applications, 10 must have cheat sheets for those of you who are low on mental "RAM" (I know, its a groaner, but its all mine), in a new twist to the Apple-Psystar saga, Psystar claims they are going to counter sue Apple claiming anticompetitive business practices. A computer on the International Space Station gets infected with a 'worm' (guess what OS it was running?), Carla Schroder asks the question "Does attracting hordes of Windows users to your FOSS project benefit your project, or help the advancement of FOSS?" and to wrap things up I have a couple pieces of FUD I came across.
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Aug 24, 2008
LXer Feature: 24-Aug-2008
This week we have Anti-Linux sites to follow, old flame wars, scientific software for Linux, Microsoft and Novell renew their pact, Microsoft attempts to save face with Vista advertising campaign, Linux myths debunked and I wrap it all up with a really bad patch cable and a nice nugget of FUD.
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