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Mandriva Linux 2009.0 First Impressions
By tracyanne - Jul 13, 2008

LXer Feature: 13-Jul-2008

A first impression of Mandriva Linux 2009.0, and a bit of a retraction of some of the things I've said about KDE4.


LXer Weekly Roundup for 06-Jul-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jul 06, 2008

LXer Feature: 06-Jul-2008

The big news this week was Xandros buying Linspire with all the respective fallout included, a review of 11 video players for, Linux's dirty little secret, Glyn Moody's "Sir Bill and Sir Tim: A Tale of Two Knights", Which Linux Distributions Are Dying?, Beyond the desktop with KDE4 and Carla Schroder's Sidux review.

Web Input - Securing Data, Hybrid Approach
By Herschel Cohen - Jun 30, 2008

LXer Feature: 30-Jun-2008

In this installment, I will cite an example of automated email code designed for another purpose. Nonetheless, I see it is a critical step to confirm the validity of the form's input. Moreover, unless and until I have received the expected human confirmation, that input is left in limbo [1.]. This is another means to prevent spurious, but uncaught data inputs. Thus, this limited human energy expenditure is a high return investment.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 29-Jun-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 29, 2008

LXer Feature: 29-Jun-2008

In this week's Roundup we have a OLPC XO-1 spotted in a red enclosure and a possibly faked demo of XP an a OLPC as well, The MPAA says "We Don't Need No Stinking Evidence!", Linux developers petition for open Linux kernel drivers, No Vista Inside for Intel, Dear Microsoft, thanks for the help, Linux, Battle of the Titans - Mandriva vs openSUSE: The Rematch and Ten sticking points for new Ubuntu users.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 22-Jun-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 22, 2008

LXer Feature: 22-Jun-2008

In this week's Roundup we have Mark Shuttleworth on the future of Ubuntu, Is Linux Ready for Firefox 3?, After 15 years in beta Wine 1.o finally arrives along with a review, an interview with Andrew Morton, AMD Makes An Evolutionary Leap In Linux Support, a Damn Small Linux 4.4 Review, the top 10 best GTK applications not included in GNOME and Nokia thinks that open source developers should play by their rules.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 15-Jun-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 15, 2008

LXer Feature: 15-Jun-2008

First off, It is Father's Day in the U.S. and I want to wish a Happy Fathers Day to my beloved Father and to all the Dads across the world. In this week's Roundup we have stories from the big OOXML vote fiasco that has been brewing. We have an LXer Feature written by Thomas King entitled "The future is bright for Linux filesystems", How to buy the wrong color laser printer, a review of Slackware 12.1, IBM rolls out Symphony support, The inevitability of open source Windows, Richard Stallman attacks Oyster's 'unethical' use of Linux, Are there any evil distros? and last but not least I end things with a couple of very funny articles that should bring a smile to your face. Enjoy!

The future is bright for Linux filesystems
By Thomas King - Jun 10, 2008

LXer Feature: 10-Jun-2008

In a recent article, Linux File Systems: Ready for the Future?, Henry Newman expands on what he feels are shortcomings in current GNU/Linux filesystems. Specifically, he believes current Linux filesystem technology cannot meet the demands that massive implementations of 100TB or larger require. He states he received some emotional responses trying to either refute his information or impugn his character, although those comments do not show on either of the article's pages. This prompted me to get the real scoop on how Linux filesystem technology is trying to keep pace with the ever-growing need for storage space.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 08-Jun-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 08, 2008

LXer Feature: 08-Jun-2008

In this week's Roundup we have Essential Thunderbird add-ons, Microsoft Free - One year later, Google Gadgets for Linux, 42 More of the Best Free Linux Games and Could the eeePC end up being Microsoft's trojan horse? We have two LXer Features, a review of the EeePC entitled "Wow! It's PINK!" and the continuation of Herschel Cohen's HTML series "Web Input - Securing Data, Second Level of Defense", also Ken Starks finds out that his Linux box is infected. To wrap things up, in our FUD section we have the SourceForge.net 2008 Community Choice Awards brought to you by Microsoft, at least it sure seems that way, and Novell joins Microsoft in Anti-Linux FUD. Enjoy!

Web Input - Securing Data, Second Level of Defense
By Herschel Cohen - Jun 04, 2008

LXer Feature: 04-Jun-2008

My implicit presumption in this series is that break ins are unplanned, opportunistic occurrences. Break in attempts are triggered by encountering an input form. As I mentioned previously, do not give information away needlessly. Moreover, I strongly suggest you consider becoming passively aggressive by making your presentation of the form and its expected input somewhat unpredictable. Moreover, I advise turning your data input into a simple waste of time and effort for those not trained to use the entry way.

Wow! It's PINK!
By Meredith Dixon - Jun 02, 2008

LXer Feature: 02-Jun-2008

Where computers are concerned, I like to think of myself as cool, calm, and technically proficient. I got my first microcomputer (a Color Computer with 16K RAM) in 1983, and before I moved on to a bigger and better machine I'd learned to program it in assembly language. I've given up on learning assembly since then (the chipsets keep changing) but I still build my desktop computers from scratch. So I'm a tad embarrassed to report that when I first saw an ad for the Eee, in NewEgg's Valentine's Day newsletter, my initial reaction was, "Oh, wow! It's PINK!"

LXer Weekly Roundup for 01-Jun-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jun 01, 2008

LXer Feature: 01-Jun-2008

For the Roundup this week we have, Ubuntu 8.04 is ready to take on Windows, Why the pre-loaded Linux Desktop is important, Caitlyn Martin's first impression of Slackware 12.1, Is OpenOffice.org Getting Faster?, AirRivals on Linux with Wine and the Korean government writes a digital textbook on Linux.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 25-May-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - May 25, 2008

LXer Feature: 25-May-2008

In this week's Roundup we have reviews of 7 Audio Players and 42 of the best free games for Linux, the $100 laptop platform moves on, seeing Linux clearly, Chinese Linux rises 22 percent in 12 months and a great article titled Chicks Love Linux. We have lots Microsoft related articles including Microsoft blames users for Vista infections, Microsoft to make Office open to ODF format, Can Microsoft 'do' open source by 2015? and my favorite Microsoft offers cash back on searches.

Web Input - Securing Data, First Level of Defense
By Herschel Cohen - May 19, 2008

LXer Feature: 19-May-2008

This article focuses upon testing the reliability user input at the lowest level. The first line of defense is use of automated searches that might detect malicious inputs. Personally I wish there were a better option. Being realistic, we are confronting coders with superior skills that have added advantage of surprise, stealth and economic incentives. Whereas we are reactive to new or suspected threats as they arise or worse discovered later.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 18-May-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - May 18, 2008

LXer Feature: 18-May-2008

This week we have MIT students showing the power of open cell phone systems, a Linux ThinkPad, W3C 'clarifies' HTML 5 v XHTML, why your internet experience is slow and reviews on 7 Desktop Distros, 5 Linux Browsers and some great Linux programs for kids. Also, Carla Schroder shows us how to become system rescue gurus, fixing Debian OpenSSL, a Asus Eee PC review, Linux gains action RPG and we have a couple of funny articles for your reading pleasure, STFUbuntu - The HOT New Linux Distro and an advert on the Novell website, Taking the Vista leap?

LXer Weekly Roundup for 11-May-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - May 11, 2008

LXer Feature: 11-May-2008

In this week's Roundup we have why Brazil loves Linux, a review of the top 5 tiny distros, an article on how the Eee PC is easy enough for kids and why the Eee PC is cheaper with XP on it for some reason. Also, 80 of the best Linux security applications, Should Linux standardize on a single distro, an interactive Linux kernel map and for some laughs we have the top ten reasons for a Linux laptop.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 04-May-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - May 04, 2008

LXer Feature: 04-May-2008

With the release of the newest Ubuntu this week we saw a fair number of articles related to it including The Great Ubuntu-Girlfriend Experiment and Ubuntu man says Microsoft's about to 'swallow a hand-grenade'. We also have two LXer Features, Introduction to Secure Web Data Input and Accurate market share statistics and The $60 Billion dollar question for your reading pleasure. Also, The Top 75 Open Source Security Apps, KDE in Korea, Magnatune gives money to Open Source, How to Make People Love Linux and we have several Microsoft related articles as well.

Secure Web Input - Data Analysis
By Herschel Cohen - May 03, 2008

LXer Feature: 03-May-2008

In the introductory article for this series I painted my intent out in broad strokes. Now my task is to determine the absolute minimum data set I need to extract from the user input form. That is, what is sufficient to build dynamic content into the Open Source Today (dot) org site. The constraints I use may seem arbitrary, however, you too should use whatever is afforded you to simplify your tasks.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 27-Apr-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Apr 27, 2008

LXer Feature: 27-Apr-2008

In this week's Roundup we have several Microsoft related articles including, extending the life of XP to parry the Linux threat, Office 2007 fails OXML test and MSN users find out that they get to re-buy all the music they purchased from MSN Music. Also, an interview with Kurt Denke - the man who shut up Monster Cable and a ton of Ubuntu related articles because of the Hardy Heron release. Also there are three LXer features, The Biggest Blunder, an intro to secure web data Input, and Accurate market share statistics and The $60 Billion dollar question for your reading pleasure as well.

Accurate market share statistics and The $60 Billion dollar question
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Apr 26, 2008

LXer Feature: 26-Apr-2008

Earlier this week an article concerning Vista and market share and one about how Open Source Software has cost the IT Industry $60 Billion dollars over the last five years or so hit the newswire. Needless to say this generated some conversations about their validity. I got to wondering if there have ever been accurate market share statistics for Linux or any operating system for that matter and to ask myself the $60 Billion dollar question.

Introduction to Secure Web Data Input
By Herschel Cohen - Apr 25, 2008

LXer Feature: 25-Apr-2008

The html form can be an effective means of allowing screened content onto a web site. My focus is upon trusted members that need to deposit articles and news. Moreover, this route is designed to circumvent restricted environments that do not allow them logging directly onto the site. While security is certainly an issue, my suggestions will be limited in scope.

The Biggest Blunder: Or why Red Hat and Novell just left the door wide open to Ubuntu
By Gary Maxwell - Apr 21, 2008
LXer Feature: 21-Apr-2008

In recent announcements both Red Hat and Novell made it pretty clear that their foray onto the desktop would be delayed quite a bit longer. What they do not know is that they just left the door wide open for Ubuntu to conquer the desktop and the server space.


LXer Weekly Roundup for 20-Apr-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Apr 20, 2008

LXer Feature: 20-Apr-2008

In this week's Roundup we have lots of Linux and Open Source news including how Sun has started working on a free video codec, Ken Starks comes "back from the mountain", The missing five-minute Linux manual for morons, A new spin on Xfce and the one place Novell can beat Microsoft along and other MS related articles. Plus, we have Blue Jeans Cable's response to Monster Cable, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Linux Users and in our FUD section we have Seagate killing Linux support, Linux wanting to destroy things and how Open Source is costing the IT vendors $60 billion. Enjoy!

LXer Weekly Roundup for 13-Apr-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Apr 13, 2008

LXer Feature: 13-Apr-2008

In this week's Roundup we have a Gartner report stating that Open Source will quietly take over, a comparison of CrossOver Games vs Wine 0.9.58, Nine Improvements Needed in KDE and a couple of articles on Abiword. Microsoft is all over the news with the OOXML vote having taken place and they released 14,000 pages of code in an attempt to make the European Union happy, I have a funny felling it is not going to work. And Rob Enderle shows with up some FUD for your enjoyment.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 06-Apr-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Apr 06, 2008

LXer Feature: 06-Apr-2008

In this week's Roundup we have all kinds of ISO and Microsoft related articles like Microsoft's Great Besmirching, OpenXML ISO approved and Microsoft's new weapon against open source: stupidity, amongst others. Also we have So why don't I run Linux?, Time is right for Linux PCs to emerge, Linux's Impact: The Return of XP and we have a tutorial written by Thomas King on how set up a letterhead in OpenOffice. With April fools just having passed I decided not to have a FUD section this week, it would have been just a little too much fun.

An OpenOffice Letterhead Tutorial
By Thomas King - Apr 03, 2008

LXer Feature: 3-Apr-2008

This article on Digg

This tutorial is a guideline on making your own letterhead on Open Office. Although there are letterhead templates in the wild, you may have a design in mind that you can only put together yourself. This should give you enough background information to do this on your own. Depending on how much glitter you want on it, it may take some artistic skill - sorry, I cannot impart that in this document. :)


LXer Weekly Roundup for 30-Mar-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 30, 2008

LXer Feature: 30-Mar-2008

In this weeks Roundup we have alternative development tools for Linux, hacker super bowl pits Mac OS Vs. Linux and Vista, is open source anti-American? and What CAN’T Linux do? Also, the Var guy suggests that Costco's not mentioning Linux in their marketing of the Eee PC is a good thing and in our FUD section we a couple of articles about the OOXML vote and our own Sander Marechal responds to Patrick Durusau's letter.

A response to Patrick Durusau: Who Loses If OpenXML Loses?
By Sander Marechal ('s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands) - Mar 26, 2008

LXer Feature: 26-Mar-2008

This is a response to Patrick Durusau's recent letter Who loses if OpenXML loses?. The only one who loses if DIS 29500 fails is Microsoft, whose Office 2007 cashcow will run into trouble. Everyone else, including the OpenDocument Format, do not need an ISO stamp of approval on DIS 29500. The current Ecma 376 standard, flawed as it is, is more than enough to work with. Read more to find out why.

Updated on 26-Mar-2008 12:34 PM I emailed a copy of this article to Patrick and he responded. I have posted his response at the bottom of the article.

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LXer Weekly Roundup for 23-Mar-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 23, 2008

LXer Feature: 23-Mar-2008

In this week's roundup we have an early look at KDE 4.1, the Supreme Court rejects Microsoft's Novell appeal - 12 years later! 25 Simple Games for Linux, CodeWeavers to release CrossOver Games, A Wine 1.0 release in our lifetime and reviews of Spicebird and Clonezilla. To wrap things up we have two FUD articles, an old argument about Linux viruses and Apple fixes some Open Source Vulnerabilities.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 16-Mar-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 16, 2008

LXer Feature: 16-Mar-2008

In this week's Roundup we have several Microsoft related articles, how to back up Linux with ease, a petition for open standards in the European Parliament, 10 Linux commands you’ve never used, OLPC: one virus per child and the future belongs to Linux. Ken Starks tells us "You only know good when you've seen bad..." and our own Carla Schroder replies with the "Care and Feeding of Baby Linux Users" and we have a couple of FUD articles for your enjoyment as well.

Care and Feeding of Baby Linux Users
By Carla Schroder - Mar 15, 2008

LXer Feature: 15-Mar-2008

This brand-new Linux user, this refugee from the Redmond wastelands, was stretching her wings and trying to fly. She edited xorg.conf all by herself, though not quite the right way. She exposed a bug in Ken's customer support (don't use writable CDs for recovery disks). Now how many new Linux users can even find xorg.conf, let alone have the boldness to muck with it? Or even experienced users? The Ubuntu forums are cram-full of command-line fear and loathing; the very sight of a text file drives them into seizures. I think Paula's eagerness to explore and try new things should be rewarded.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 9-Mar-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 09, 2008

LXer Feature: 9-Mar-2008

This week in the LXer Weekly Roundup we have, a Linux Powered Mini PC, What is your favorite scripting language?, The latest Mandriva release, Red Hat calls strike one against Microsoft, WaSP gives browsers "fail" grade and How to create a Linux box for your Mom. Plus,Amazon's Linux answer to iTunes is a winner, Linux clocks double-digit growth and real results on the power of the OLPC computers in Astounded in Arahuay

LXer Weekly Roundup for 2-Mar-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Mar 02, 2008

LXer Feature: 2-Mar-2008

In this week's LXer Roundup, speed up your Linux with Preload, KDE 4: Wow Factor Fully Engaged, learn 10 good UNIX usage habits, Richard Stallman steps back from Emacs, Best Buy Sells Linux, several articles concerning Microsoft plus audio conversion tools and Improve Security with PAM.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 24-Feb-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 24, 2008

LXer Feature: 24-Feb-2008

In this week's LXer Roundup we have five must-have apps for a new Linux install, 11 Versions Of WINE Benchmarked, how to build your own RAID storage server, a Asus Eee PC product diary, the 2007 LinuxQuestions.org members choice winners, Linux anti-virus programs explained, Microsoft gives away its developer software and in our FUD section we have part 5 of Linux FUD patterns and a Linux advocate who gets his facts wrong, and runs with it.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 17-Feb-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 16, 2008

LXer Feature: 17-Feb-2008

In this week's Roundup we have more Microsoft-Yahoo fallout, Booting Linux in under 40 seconds and Linux-Unix cheat sheets to help you remember all those commands that make you look smart in front of your friends. AMD launches a open GPU website, SCO group returns from the dead after receiving some emergency funding, a couple of articles about Linux on Mac hardware, someone asks if they should put Windows XP on their ASUS Eee PC and for a belated Valentine's day gift we have Linux, the language of love.

SCALE 6x Roundup
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 14, 2008

LXer Feature: 13-Feb-2008

Here is a roundup of articles from the 2008 SCALE 6x conference in Los Angeles.

SCALE 6x Pictures
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 13, 2008

LXer Feature: 13-Feb-2008

Here are some pictures I took while attending SCALE 6x this year in Los Angeles.


LXer Weekly Roundup for 10-Feb-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 11, 2008

LXer Feature: 10-Feb-2008

This weeks Roundup has several sections this week for your reading pleasure, Linus gets quoted a lot, Microsoft cuts off access to old formats, Is MS Office adware?, Google chimes in on the Microsoft- Yahoo merger plus more. KDE 4.0.1 hits the streets, How to boot Linux in less than 40 seconds and in our FUD section a voice in the dark proclaims there is no year of the Linux desktop. Look for a SCALE roundup tomorrow where I will have pictures and a collection of SCALE related articles.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 3-Feb-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Feb 03, 2008

LXer Feature: 3-Feb-2008

In the ramp up to SCALE next weekend we have a SCALE announcement, a concise history of Linux, Nokia acquires Trolltech. We have articles on VLAN's and Rootkit detectors on Linux, How to apply Unix philosophy to personal productivity, Eight interesting improvements in GNOME 2.22, Mythbusters- Vista gets BUSTED and the big news of the week, if not the month Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo for $44.6 Billion dollars.

Dutch government software tender favours Microsoft software
By Webwereld / H.Kwint (summary & translation) - Jan 31, 2008
[ My personal opinions are between () parentheses. If you like to read a rather unbiased article, skip the bits between brackets and you should be fine - hkwint ]

(Dutch source here)
Yesterday Webwereld.nl (a Dutch IT-site called "Webworld") revealed it laid its hands on a 'non-public' document which describes a non-public tender for new software for 3k to 21k desktops for the financial department of the Dutch government. It seems the tender favours Microsoft and other closed software over other solutions leaving little chance for open source software. That's because the tender asks for support for several closed / proprietary platforms like Active Directory to manage logins and firewalls, and (the patent encumbered) .NET. After protest from society and politicians, the Dutch Minister of Finance / Vice Prime Minister, Mr. W. Bos answered the Dutch government will switch to open standards and open source software in 2012, but at the moment this is not a viable option (not viable since they are locked in rather badly it seems).

LXer Weekly Roundup for 27-Jan-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 27, 2008

LXer Feature: 27-Jan-2008

In this week's LXer Roundup we have an article on how to access Linux partitions from Windows, should your business choose KDE or Gnome when running Linux, Ken Starks Yanks The Window Shade, The Everex Cloudbook gets ripped apart by FCC, An open letter to Linus Torvalds, Apple cripples Sun's open source jewel and a field guide to free software supporters. Plus a humorous press conference, a couple of FUD articles and Linux For The Masses? Bet On This Winner.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 20-Jan-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 20, 2008

LXer Feature: 20-Jan-2008

With more computer manufacturers announcing their Linux pre-installed offerings and retailers announcing the availability Linux based computers in their stores, this week's Roundup should be called "Coming soon to a store near you". Lenovo is finally getting their Linux laptops to market, Acer makes a trial run of laptops with Ubuntu on them, Shuttle reveals a $200 Linux box, Sears has Freespire based PC's for $199 after rebate and Everex's 2 pound, $399 Cloudbook is coming to a Wal-Mart near you. Also, KDE 4.0 hits the streets and in a collection of Microsoft related articles McAfee "accidentally" forgets to read the license, Pamela Jones says goodbye to Mandriva and the EU opens two new investigations against Microsoft while Bill Gates offers free customized Windows Live services to Finland's primary and secondary public schools.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 13-Jan-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 13, 2008

LXer Feature: 13-Jan-2008

In this weeks Roundup we learn how to burn a Linux ISO image on CD, some nifty OpenOffice.org extensions, gOS 2.0 Screenshots, KDE 4.0 is Released, The VAR guy dumps Open Source for Microsoft Office, an interview with Linus Torvalds, a whole slew of articles on the OLPC and XO laptop. In our FUD section we have McAfee throwing FUD at the GPL and how to be creative with an article title.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 6-Jan-2008
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Jan 06, 2008

LXer Feature: 6-Jan-2008

Happy New Year and Welcome to the first LXer Weekly Roundup of 2008. This week we have a petition for the free use of codecs, our own Carla Schroder talks about how some people should not use computers, the Top 10 Open Source applications on the desktop, 355.6 million reasons the Novell-Microsoft deal is working, Hans Kwint tells us why Open Source is the way to go, who is the most hated company in the PC industry and how to destroy the GPL from the inside.

Closed source is dead, open source is the way to innovation!
By H.Kwint, the Netherlands - Jan 02, 2008

LXer Feature: 2-Jan-2008

Lately, some articles appeared which stated the open-source way of development didn't bring us any innovation. Jaron Lanier even goes further by saying closed source is the better approach to innovation. However, these people miss a lot of important points and facts about innovation, and therefore the conclusions they make are false. Having read a lot about innovation myself lately, I will try to show that the open-source way of doing things leads to more innovation, and more important, I will give some real life examples showing the closed-source inventions aren't that innovative at all, and pointing to some open-source inventions the other writers missed.

This article on Digg

Unblocking Blockheads or, Some People Should Not Use Computers or, "The Marching Morons" Comes True
By Carla Schroder - Dec 31, 2007

LXer Feature: 31-Dec-2007

A sizable number of humans have devoted their lives to erecting barriers to learning anything new. You can see it when you talk to them- when something as simple as "click this button" produces a glazed expression and drool, you know you've lost them forever. Of course they'll waste hours of your time complaining about how stupid computers are. But even though it's easy money to nod and pretend to listen, and then bill them for every minute wasted on empty complaining (I never had enough nerve to charge a whining penalty, and I wish I had), it's not how I want to spend my time. Life is too short.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 30-Dec-2007
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 30, 2007

LXer Feature: 30-Dec-2007

In this week's LXer Roundup we have several OLPC articles, Carla Schroder gives a tutorial on building your own Linux music studio, Steven Rosenberg pits Debian Etch with Xfce and Damn Small Linux with JWM/Fluxbox against each other, SCO gets delisted, Why there's more to Linux than Ubuntu, Linus talks about Linux and a great review of the Chumby by our very own Sander Marechal.

The Chumby: Fun, Hackable and full of Potential
By Sander Marechal ('s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands) - Dec 28, 2007

LXer Feature: 29-Dec-2007

Thanks to a friend who knew a friend who knew someone else, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a Chumby for a few days even though it is only available as a limited preview and not outside the Unites States. It's probably one of the first Chumbies in Europe. I only had it a few days as it was only lent to me by the owner, but this gave me ample opportunity to play with the device, give a thorough review and hack it a little. And what fun I have had!



LXer Weekly Roundup for 23-Dec-2007
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 23, 2007

LXer Feature: 23-Dec-2007

It looks like people are starting to get their hands on some OLPC's and the reviews have started coming in too. We also have a review of Carla Schroder's new book, KOffice takes a stand against OOXML, screenshots of the BBS's new iPlayer and Damn Small Linux 4.2, Open Source alternatives to Adobe, how to make a holiday slideshow and one of our readers has a Debian adventure of their own.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 16-Dec-2007
By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.) - Dec 16, 2007

LXer Feature: 16-Dec-2007

In this weeks roundup Andy Updegrove continues his series on ODF vs. OOXML, Open Source Fonts, a new version of Picasa for Linux, our own Hans Kwint asks "Do Linux filesystems need defragmentation?", KDE takes a stand on OOXML and Carla Schroder gives her advice to those brave enough to run Debian Volatile. Also, Microsoft decides to stay quiet on what Unix code it may own, someone figures out how to get a OLPC laptop to run XP, why the NYSE using Linux is important and Richard Stallman finally goes off the deep end.

Test: Do Linux filesystems need defragmentation?
By H.Kwint (The Netherlands) - Dec 10, 2007

LXer Feature: 10-Dec-2007 Back in 1999 I remember the first PC entered our house coming preloaded with Windows 98. One of the things I liked about it was the defragmentation screen where blocks presenting 'datablocks' on the harddrive were moving over the screen for almost eternally. I remember at that time it seemed like a logical maintenance requirement for any filesystem.

However, when I started using Linux four years later, I was told that with Linux I didn't need to defragment my filesystems anymore, since Linux filesystems don't get fragmented in first place. At that time it left me puzzled, but after a few years of using Linux without defragmenting my filesystems - and without any problems! - it seemed defragmentation was something antique. Nonetheless I still wondered how on earth it was possible the 100k+ files in Gentoo's portage system - updated every time I synchronize the portage tree - didn't fragment my filesystem. Or was my filesystem fragmented and did I not know?

Only recently, I found a script that is actually able to put numbers to all this gut-feelings, and the results were quite surprising in my opinion.

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