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Comment of the Day - November 7, 2005 - Expertise Not Recognized
By Paul Ferris - Nov 07, 2005

Paul relates his experience with regard to different kinds of discrimination in the work place. The subject related to age discrimination.

Paul writes: "One guy might be able to log in and fix a problem (He's my hero) -- another guy might be the type that prevented this problem from ever rearing its ugly head in the first place -- how do you, as a middle manager, even see the latter value if it doesn't happen?"

Realted to:
Avoiding Oblivion in Your Tech Career

Rant Mode Equals One: Score: Digital Privacy 0, Digital Piracy 1.
By Paul (FeriCyde) Ferris - Nov 07, 2005
Without a doubt there's a ton of people swapping the latest No Doubt album via some illicit P2P program, but that's not the piracy I'm referring to here -- I'm talking about your Aunt who had her computer compromised because she clicked the wrong email, subscribed to the wrong broadband service, or simply left her computer on during the night. Oh, let's not forget: Maybe she slid the wrong CD in to listen to some music she bought, as well.
The Linux Sysadmin's Essential Bookshelf
By Carla Schroder - Nov 06, 2005
A system administrator pretty much has to be able to do anything- network voodoo, user education, pull cable, build servers, fix hardware, fend off clueless management, and myriad more tasks. With these in mind, here is my own Essential Bookshelf for the Hardworking, Underappreciated, Overworked, Conscientious Sysadmin.
Intel® Linux™ versus Microsoft® Windows
By Tom Adelstein - Nov 05, 2005
Recently, I had a chance to vet information from a leaked document. The process usually involves verification of the original source through a number of techniques. I often find vetting leads to more discoveries which lead to more and more.

I call this last adventure an eye-opener. You might see it the same way. But let's keep this a secret between us. We wouldn't want the press to find out about it because they would certainly bury it.
Comment of the Day- November 5, 2005 at work I support NetWare, Windows, Solaris, and linux servers...
By BrianS - Nov 05, 2005
"... at work I support NetWare, Windows, Solaris, and linux servers, in order by count. In order by time to support per server, Windows, Windows, Windows, Windows, Windows, NetWare, linux, Solaris."

From the Why do people switch to Linux? thread.

The Case for OpenDocument Format in Non-Profits
By DC Parris - Nov 05, 2005
Although the OpenDocument format decision is under fire in Massachusetts, this article discusses how the logic applied to adopting OpenDocument in that state can be applied to faith-based and non-profit organizations. After all, these organizations have similar needs and requirements.
Comment of the Day - November 4, 2005 Linux Looks More Attractive than Windows
By Skapare - Nov 04, 2005
Skapare writes: "In the USA, computer manufacturers are not really selling you a computer so much as they are delivering your eyes to the multitudes of marketing offers that are integrated into the various sample programs installed in the system, or accessed through the default browser home page that is not easy to change (though telco and cable broadband providers manage to do so at times). It's a model not unlike how printers are sold (nearly give away the low end printer, and make obscene profits on cartridges ... e.g. the razor blade practice)."

Related to:
Chinese Halloween with Intel
The Real Cost of Retraining for OpenOffice.org
By DC Parris - Nov 03, 2005
One of the most frequently voiced objections when discussing a migration to OpenOffice.org is the cost of retraining the users. The argument is raised as a cost barrier, and essentially amounts to claiming that it would be cheaper to upgrade to the next version of Microsoft Office than to retrain users on OpenOffice.org. It's an attempt at the old "libre software isn't gratis" argument. Let's examine this argument closely to find out why it doesn't hold water.
Comment of the Day - November 3, 2005 NT Open System
By Paul Ferris - Nov 03, 2005
Paul remembers the migration of applications from UNIX to NT following the NT being declared an "Open System". He writes: " I was an engineer making a living installing CAD/CAM applications on Unix systems (joy). Anyway, the apps all fell to NT over the space of about a year or so, many of the vendors promised to continue support for Unix, only to have those promises fall through."

Related to the article: How Microsoft Got its OS Declared an "Open System" and wound up in Government
How Microsoft Got its OS Declared an "Open System" and wound up in Government
By Tom Adelstein - Nov 02, 2005
Six years ago, one of the most incriminating articles I had read about "dirty tricks" disappeared from the Internet. I made the article the center piece of an investigative piece I wrote concerning how I thought Microsoft attempted to destroy UNIX and would go after Linux.

By a stroke of luck, I saw a link to it while doing research in the Way Back Machine.

I found a link to the article on the cover of an archived front page of "ConsultingTimes.com" dated March 2, 2001. But the link didn't work. I keep searching and finally found Steve Walli's article entitled "Open Systems, POSIX and NT".

If you read this article, you will recognize the players even though ten years have passed. These games have not stopped and may never stop. History repeats itself. Monopolists are almost impossible to unseat without the will of Congress, the Administration and the Courts and ultimately each and every one of us.

Related Story: Did Bill Gates Invent Linux and Has He Erased the Evidence?
Sony's (Non-Existent) Corporate Conscience
By Carla Schroder - Nov 02, 2005
WHAT ON EARTH are the "fine" folks at Sony thinking? Are they insane? Morally bankrupt? How can any reasonable, thinking, moral person think that installing this sort of invasive junk on a customer's computer is OK? Yes, I am questioning both their intelligence and morality. This is beyond outrageous, it should be criminal.
Lycoris, Mandriva Fumble Source Code Release
By D.C. Parris - Nov 02, 2005
A recent post on OSNews.com raised questions about the availability of GPL'ed source code from the former Lycoris distribution. Accusations have flown both ways and much confusion has ensued, leaving many concerned about whether the source code will ever be made available.
Comment of the Day - November 2, 2005 Why People Switch to LXer
By AndyCooll - Nov 02, 2005
AndyCooll writes about his experience trying Firefox and OpenOffice.org. He writes: "I saw that the quality of these products were excellent. And I was hooked. It was only a small step then to trying Linux."

From the article: Why People Switch to Linux
Linux in Action: Understanding Federated Identity Management Business Drivers
By Tom Adelstein - Nov 02, 2005
Aside from some obvious business benefits, some government regulations require Federal Identity Management
The Venture Capital Reluctance Toward Linux
By Tom Adelstein - Nov 01, 2005
Aside from the general unwillingness of VC's to invest in startups, Linux is a no go. Many factors come into play with the primary lack of an exit strategy topping the list. When will Linux companies see the light at the end of the tunel? Or will they?
Sun's JDS Linux Desktop: Author Calls it a Throw-away
By News Staff - Oct 31, 2005
People say, " Don't look a gift horse in the mouth." But what if the horse is long in the tooth? Sun wants to salvage something out of the money and ill-will it spent and created on the Java Desktop System build for Linux. But really, who wants Sun's leftovers?
A Firefox Extension called Fasterfox is a Must Have
By Tom Adelstein - Oct 31, 2005
Fasterfox by Tony Gentilcore was released on October 26, 2005. It provides real "performance and network tweaks for Firefox. Fasterfox allows you to tweak many network and rendering settings such as simultaneous connections, pipelining, cache, DNS cache, and initial paint delay. "

The Hercules System/370, ESA/390, and z/Architecture Emulator
By Tom Adelstein - Oct 31, 2005
The web site reads: "Hercules is an open source software implementation of the mainframe System/370 and ESA/390 architectures, in addition to the new 64-bit z/Architecture. Hercules runs under Linux, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Mac OS X 10.2 and later."

It runs best on Linux and it helps shops without mainframe access port their software to Linux on the S/390 and zSeries platforms.
Do not Buy a Laptop or Notebook Until January
By Tom Adelstein - Oct 30, 2005
You have your eye on that Media-Savvy Notebook for Christmas. You will even finance it if possible. It comes with Windows XP Media center software. Prices seem more reasonable than they have in years.

Abstinence is the best cure for your disease. Form a 12-step program if necessary or have an intervention: Notebooks Anonymous. Visit a mental health care professional. Otherwsie, in January, you'll experience buyer's remorse.
Ubuntu's Linux Wireless Utility Easier than Windows
By Tom Adelstein - Oct 29, 2005
If you try to find a Linux compatible wireless card, you might find that a challenge. I shop around frequently and haven't seen any "Linux Compatible" stickers on wireless card boxes. Recently, I bought one on eBay and it had an entry in a Linux compatibility list. It didn't work. The manufacturer kept the model number but changed the chipset.

In attempting to make it work, I discovered that in Ubuntu's new release 5.10, they've added a utility that makes it easy to get off-the-shelf wireless cards to work. Now, that's the way Linux innovation can trump other OSes. Here's a short article demonstrating this ingenious tool.
Getting Kids Into Computing
By Tuxchick - Oct 27, 2005
It's a given that children need at least basic computing skills. Should you encourage your kids to consider a computing career? What if they turn into fat, nearsighted, socially-impaired, tunnel-visioned geeks?
Comment of the Day - October 27, 2005 - Summary of Linux Distributions
By Abe - Oct 26, 2005
In responding to a reader's questions, Abe writes:"I think you made a good choice by starting with OpenSuse 10. Six years ago, I started using Red Hat Linux then I tried Suse. Today, Suse is still my main distro (distribution). It is complete good desktop/server that has everything and anything you can think of and available as part of FOSS (Free Open Source Software)."

Related to: An old hacker slaps up Slackware
Comment of the Day October 26, 2005 Microsoft admits it can no longer compete
By number6x - Oct 26, 2005
number6x writes: If I were an "un-biased" analyst I would write something like
Attention all investors! Microsoft admits it can no longer compete on technical merits.

From a comment on the article: Microsoft Lines Up Politician Support In Mass. Format Battle
Comment of the Day - October 25, 2005 Calculate the Optimal Size of a New Disk Drive
By Bjorn Stadil - Oct 25, 2005
In answering a question on the Linux metaforum here at Lxer, bstadil wrote a splendid comment about how to figure out the optimial size of a new disk drive. He wrote: the optimal replacement size of a disk drive is e = 2.7 times what you have.

Related to: http://lxer.com/module/forums/t/18462/">Why do people switch to Linux
LXer Feature: Strategic Alliance of MySQL AB and Oracle for Linux
By TxtEdMacs - Oct 25, 2005
Though not a prescription to destroy Microsoft, we could certainly level the field and return innovation and competition to Information Technology once again.
LXer Feature: Rant Mode Equals One: Microsoft Media Bias
By Paul (FeriCyde) Ferris - Oct 25, 2005
I'm a fan of GNU/Linux and Free/Open Source Software (FOSS). Most readers that write me, even ones that disagree with my perspective, count it toward the plus side. They understand my bias -- there's never been any question of it...

We, at LXer.com, don't have all of the answers. I'm not paid to give them to you and I certainly don't even begin to think that if I were, I would have them all. But I can speak about what I do know. I have some friends here that share the same opinions. They know that to speak the truth, to be true to your own beliefs -- to call them like they see them -- that is where the true power is.
LXer Feature: Survival Tactics For Women In FOSS, part 2
By Tuxchick - Oct 24, 2005
In Part 1 I offered some general advice and encouragement for women involved in FOSS, and women who want to be involved in FOSS. Part 2 is a partial resource guide, a list of women-oriented tech communities...These are great places to connect with other women in computing, to socialize, to get job and professional tips, and to get help and encouragement for everything from workplace and personal issues to technical help. For most of these groups the goal is not to provide a safe shelter to hide in and never come out, but to help women develop the skills and support to cope with everyday challenges, and achieve their goals.
Comment of the Day - October 24th, 2005
By Skapare - Oct 24, 2005
You could have called this "The Two (or more) Faces of Microsoft". It's obvious they will say whatever is convenient for a given inquiry. Where it is good for Microsoft to have a competitor, there's Linux. Where it is not good for Microsoft to have a competitor, there's poor little Linux that can't compete (if they are even forced to mention Linux at all).

Related to the article Did Bill Gates Invent Linux and Has He Erased the Evidence?
Google - What Have You Done For Us Lately?
By helios - Oct 24, 2005
Google may be taking the Internet by storm, but in the process they are raining on the Linux parade. Google has clearly presented The Community a middle finger salute. The technology that paved their streets with gold is now being cast away like a pock-marked leper.
Using Firefox 1.5 with Ubuntu 5.10 - Quick Howto
By Tom Adelstein - Oct 23, 2005
Why would you want to use a beta of Firefox when you an have a more stable release? The version that comes with Breezy Badger has a bad memory leak - and 1.5 runs faster.
Comment of the Day - October 22, 2005
By tuxchick - Oct 22, 2005
The bit about the Open Document plug-in for Microsoft Office users was absolutely great, a good lesson for many FOSS advocates.

Related to the article A Mile in Someone Else's Shoes.
Review: Ubuntu 5.10 "Breezy Badger"
By Nilayan Sharma - Oct 22, 2005
In the short time that I've spent using Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger), I've really come to like it. The installation was painless, all my hardware was detected and configured correctly, package management was easy, and the clean-cut GNOME desktop is terrific.
Defining a Turn-key Libre Software Solution for Ministries
By DC Parris - Oct 21, 2005
When faith-based organizations start looking for libre software alternatives, The Freely Project offers a turn-key solution that will serve their needs well. While aimed at Christians, this solution should work well, no matter what your organization's religious beliefs.
LXer Feature: Survival Tactics For Women In FOSS, part 1
By Tuxchick - Oct 21, 2005
In this two-part series I shall offer sage advice for women interested in becoming more involved with FOSS (part 1) and lists of excellent online communities and resources aimed at women in computing (part 2).
LXer Feature: Browser security: why an insecure browse-only account doesn't work
By H Kwint - Oct 19, 2005

One of the reasons why people switch to Firefox (also on the Linux platform) is the assumed security of the browser. Nonetheless, several vulnerabilities were found in Firefox the last few months, so the browser may be the weak spot in the security of your Linux-desktop.

Trying to address this problem, I researched two ways to make browsing under Firefox more secure: chrooting it, or making a seperate browse-only account. Both of them don't work. This article discusses why, and the possible solution.
The War (II)
By Paul (FeriCyde) Ferris - Oct 18, 2005

Paul writes: "People should care about these issues, and over time we've seen things like the Electronic Frontier Foundation emerge and other politically oriented groups, but I believe in the past decade we've only scratched the surface of what we have to do to ensure digital democracy, so to speak."

The Butterfly Effect: Microsoft, Security, and the Developing World
By Charles Spencer - Oct 17, 2005
Much has been made of the argument in Open Source circles about the benefits that Open Source offers developing countries, as opposed to expensive or pirated versions of Microsoft. Some of the more common arguments run, contra-Microsoft, that the expensive and proprietary software that runs on Windows is holding back the developing world. Most imply, directly or indirectly, that somehow Microsoft is haggling with poverty. That is, school kids in China, Pakistan, and Guatemala are being denied access to modern education and technology via the proprietary licensing schemes of MS and the Software that runs on it. So it might be. However, what seems to escape such poverty calculations is the true impact of network security and viruses on developing countries and the impact on the World in general. Specifically, the impact that computer security has on development when networks are based on pirated, outdated, or generally insecure software. The largest and most obvious case would be China.
FOSS: The Savior of Democracy
By Tuxchick - Oct 16, 2005
I'm afraid I do not have an optimistic view of the future. People throw away their rights as heedlessly as pieces of litter. The one ray of hope just may be the FOSS world, because it puts powerful tools into the hands of anyone who wants them. Television, radio, and print media are lost to us, and that is deliberate, because the most powerful tool of all for liberty is free speech. The first act of any tyrant is to control broadcast and print media. "Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one."
Comment of the Day - October 14, 2005 Responding to the Ugly Penguin
By NoDough & tadelste - Oct 14, 2005
NoDough writes: "Follow the above link, pull up the full story, scroll down toward the bottom and look at the photo of the ugly penguin. This penguin shows up on hundreds of eWeek pages, and is it ugly!"

"There are other examples of this, and I wonder how we as a community should react."

Since I've only been on the job a month, I needed time to learn the intracacies of this site. We're seeing a response to the quality of Lxer by increasing statistics. Soon, we should seize the moment and become a voice of reason and influence. -Tom Adelstein Editor in Chief
Comment of the Day - October 12, 2005 Linux Viruses Exist
By phsolide - Oct 12, 2005
This comment refers to the article "Grisoft predicts Linux virus plague"
Cutting Through Multiple Linux Distribution Concerns
By Dean Pannell and Paul Ferris - Oct 09, 2005
Over the course of the Linux emergence into corporate America, one fear has repeatedly emerged -- that Linux would fragment, that there are too many distributions -- that customers and corporate managers would be confused by the myriad of choices on the Linux distribution landscape. Paul Ferris and Dean Pannell have taken sides on this issue. People need clarification. They need to understand the issues at hand. They need clear, concise, professional sources of information where decisions of this magnitude are at stake.

Are they likely not to get that kind of information here? You'll have to find out, as here comes another Penguin Counter Penguin.

Sun Wah Pushes Debian based Linux in China - Why Debian?
By Tom Adelstein - Editor-in-Chief - Oct 06, 2005
Now, 142,000 Linux PCs should make some news. But, of course, Sun Wah isn't Red Hat or SUSE based.
Comment of the Day October 5, 2005 - Do for Linux what you did for Mac
By Tuxchick - Oct 05, 2005
From the story: "Microsoft: No Office on Linux 'at this time'"
Comment of the Day
By Paul Ferris - Oct 04, 2005
Comment of the Day from the story "Dell Says There Are Too Darned Many Linuxes, Too"
Freely Activist Responds to Fox News Article
By DC Parris - Oct 03, 2005
If Fox News offers an opportunity for an opposition viewpoint to James Prendergasts' article, "Massachusetts Should Close Down OpenDocument" this would be one response.
I want my DVD, your honor
By Dean Pannell - Oct 02, 2005
Originally published at OSopinion, Dean granted permission to Lxer to republish this humorous but insightful article for Linux enthusiasts who might wonder about playing DVD's on their computers. Perhaps the issue isn't as clear cut as some want us to believe. Theoretically this is a wonderful argument. Consult your own legal professional and please do not construe this as legal advice.
Foxnews: You may have lost Linux users as an audience
By Tom Adelstein - Sep 30, 2005
When you published your article, "Massachusetts Should Close Down OpenDocument", you made an error. You let someone from the Americans for Technology Leadership influence your fair and balanced reporting. Well, the story is unfair and unbalanced. Get Bill O'Reilly on the phone and have him talk to Tim.

So, here are our talking points.

(Note: For those readers who have never seen the Bill O'Reilly show on Fox, this is a parody of how he opens his show.)
What Would We Do Without David Berlind?
By Sam Hiser - Sep 28, 2005
No journalist -- no real journalist -- has covered open standards with better quality than David Berlind for ZDNet. Try his RSS Feed "Between the Lines", for starters.

Among other issues, his coverage of the MassGov declaration for OpenDocument has been informative, his analysis penetrating. Among his insights is how cynically Microsoft has played the situation and how far-reaching its impact will be.

InformationWeek's Cover Story: Open Source Goes Corporate
By Tom Adelstein - Sep 27, 2005
With a big penguin dressed in a power suite and tie, pocketing a Blackberry and holding a cell phone to his ear, InformationWeek (Sept. 26, 2005) writes "Hey, Yahoo, Disney's on the other line. Call you back." And below that, the lead says, "Open-source software, led by Linux, is barreling into big business. P. 38"

Not bad for the print friendly Microsoft publication.
Citadel: open source groupware made easy
By Art Cancro - Sep 27, 2005
Read about a unique and powerful open source groupware server that's been around for years, but you might not have known about it.

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