LXer Weekly Roundup for 03-Jan-2010

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 5, 2010 1:58 AM
LXer Linux News; By Scott Ruecker (Phoenix, U.S.)


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Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So: Most people have tended to dismiss the OpenOffice.org project as a distant runner-up to Microsoft Office, and certainly not a serious contender. Microsoft seems to feel otherwise judging by a new job ad for a “Linux and Open Office Compete Lead". According to this, competing with both GNU/Linux and OpenOffice.org is "one of the biggest issues that is top of mind" for no less a person than Steve Ballmer.

Sometimes It Won't Work (III): A few annoyances, and I really hope this will be fun. Some things which don't work as they are supposed to, or some things which may be annoying - Linux forever, I love it, but sometimes it's not so funny fun as it should be.

Infamous Chinese pirates launch Ubuntu that looks just like Windows XP: From the Chinese pirate masters of the non-sea-faring variety comes ... Ylmf OS! Not happy with pirating Windows XP itself, these creative Chinese have gone one step further and hacked Ubuntu to look exactly like Windows XP. Why have they moved to Ubuntu? Because their previous release -- a pirate version of Windows XP itself -- is being cracked down on by Microsoft.

Google Chrome review on Linux: I would like to share with you my short experience with Google Chrome on openSUSE 11.2. Although it is in a beta stage, it is stable and fast. I like many things in it and I even tried to emulate them in Firefox (thanks to Firefox add-on). In this post, I will state my personal thoughts about Google Chrome and I will refer to Firefox in any comparison.

15 game-changing Linux moments of the decade: If you were sat at your Linux computer one dark evening in late 1999, things would have been considerably different. Your machine would probably be running either Red Hat 6.1 or Mandrake 6. Outside your window, the world was going crazy for all things dotcom. Microsoft was prepping both Windows 2000 and its ill-fated Millennium edition, while Apple had just released OS 9 and its Power Mac G4. As a Linux user, you'd have been an uber-geek, someone with an obsessive interest in computing and far too much time on your hands. But things have changed. Linux is now an operating system anyone can install and use, and it's growing stronger every year. Here's how it happened.

Microsoft wants to hire an anti Linux Guru: Steve Balmer, the CEO of Microsoft gets pretty scared by the success of Linux & other Open Source Software. Microsoft wants to hire a so-called "Linux and Open Office Compete Lead", as the job description in one their recent marketing job ads shows.

Why I'm running boring ol' Debian Lenny, the short version: I do tend to go on. But here's the short version of why I'm running Debian instead of Ubuntu.

Linux Tech Talk 3: I finally found the time to copy Debian Squeeze from my main PC to my second PC, so now I have two Debian PCs that are configured exactly the same. I also tried to get NFS working between them. That turned out to be a lot of trouble. But I finally discovered that a tiny, non-NFS issue can prevent NFS from working correctly. You're not going to believe how long it took me to finally figure it out.

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