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Tech Order Up

IHOP's VP of IT discusses the principles guiding its technology transformation. When Patrick Piccininno stepped up to the counter of IHOP in 2003, it wasn't for a short stack—it was for Linux, with a side of cost savings.

Trying to get Gutsy

It's Gutsy day, and Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy is now available. Check the Ubuntu home page for info, or go directly to the 7.10 tour page for everything that's changing in Ubuntu. Doing a Ubuntu upgrade -- especially trying to get a full ISO file -- on day 1 is, if not pure folly, mostly folly. So recheck this entry throughout the day as I report on my Gutsy progress.

Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) Desktop Edition - Review

I’ll cut to the chase and say from the start that Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) Desktop Edition is simply the best desktop operating system that I have ever used. From installation, to setup, to regular everyday use Gutsy is just a thing of beauty. I have been keeping up with the release since its initial rocky Alpha period, to the polished final Release Candidate released on October 15, 2007 and then apt-get upgrading to the final release. The end result is that the Ubuntu team has put together everything that you could possibly want in a desktop operating system and more.

Howto Install Freecom Musicpal in Ubuntu Feisty

Howto Install Freecom Musicpal in Ubuntu Feisty

Tips for the impatient: downloading Ubuntu Gutsy

Today is the day the Ubuntu crowd was impatiently awaiting - release date of Gutsy Gibbon, real name Ubuntu 7.10. Some pages in the interweb, like the very cool and useful one of Vivek, call it “Download of the day” already. But before firing up your favorite download manager and starting a download, consider a few points to make it a smooth experience.

Google Plans Personal Health Record

Google isannouncing plans for Personal Health Record (PHR) software. Microsoft announced a similar butcontroversial effort less than two weeks ago. Google's offering is said to be available in 2008 so no analysis is possible yet."Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search products and user experience, said Wednesday here at the Web 2.0 Summit that Google plans to support the"storage and movement" of people's health records...Although she provided only scant details on the effort, she noted that Google became interested in the personal health record market as it watched Hurricane Katrina take aim at the Gulf Coast and all the paper-based records stored in various medical offices and hospitals in the region..."

Sharing a keyboard and mouse with Synergy

Synergy is an open source project that allows you to share a keyboard and a mouse among several different computers, each connected to some sort of monitor, without any extra hardware (i.e. KVM switches). Synergy runs over the network and can be used with several different operating systems.

Five tag management plugins for WordPress 2.3

If you want to experiment with tags on your WordPress site, there's never been a better time. The newest WordPress version, 2.3, offers native tagging support. Working with tags in WordPress 2.3 is not a totally intuitive process, and ubiquitous tag management plugin Ultimate Tag Warrior is not supported in 2.3, so coders have been busy writing new plugins to help you take advantage of every ounce of tag functionality in WordPress. Here are five tag management plugins for 2.3 you might want to try.

PHRs and the AHIMA Bandwagon

Some thoughts about the current crop of PHRs in the wake of theAHIMA PHR campaign launch as reported by Digital HealthCare& Productivity.

GPL, BSD Fight for Best Licensing Agreements

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 18, 2007 3:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Having been a Linux user for a number of years, weathering immense criticism for thinking like a normal person rather than an engineer, you might think that articles like this one would have me moving in to agree with such statements. But me being me, I choose to rebel.

Tutorial: Font Management in Linux, Part 1

Fonts in Linux are crazy. Most Linux distributions ship with a big blob of serif, sans serif, and monospaced fonts, and there's barely a pixel's worth of difference between them. In this article, we'll demonstrate how to better manage fonts in Linux, no matter what distribution you're using.

Novell eyes Linux in Asia

Novell Suse Linux is positioning itself to be the corporate Linux of choice for today's multi-OS corporation thanks to a series of agreements with companies such as SAP and Microsoft.

Wall Street Journal Unfairly Reviews Ubuntu

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 18, 2007 1:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Ubuntu
I have been watching the buzz surrounding this recent WSJ piece on the usability of Ubuntu by the common user. As per critics of the reviewers, they fail to actually hear what the man is saying.

Open News Episode 29 Released

This week on Open News Ballmer Predicts Patent Lawsuits, Novell And Redhat GET Sued, and The OSI Approved MS Patents.

The Perfect Server - OpenSUSE 10.3 (32-bit)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Oct 18, 2007 11:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: SUSE
This is a detailed description about how to set up an OpenSUSE 10.3 server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of OpenSUSE 10.3, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

Interview with Google's Chris DiBona

  • LWN.net; By Glyn Moody (Posted by glynmoody on Oct 18, 2007 10:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Chris DiBona joined Google in August 2004, and is Open Source Programs Manager there. He explains why open source is good for Google's business – and its soul.

The patent infringement suit: A playbook

Last week's announcement of a patent infringement suit against Red Hat and Novell set in motion speculation about motives, theories, agendas, and behind-the-scenes players. If you've been feeling like you need a scorecard to keep up, then you're in luck.

Tom Calthrop: Barnraiser Collaboration Software Born Out of Amish Tradition

One of the things I thoroughly enjoy about the Free Software community is the creative names developers give to their projects. Tom Calthrop's AroundMe and Barnraiser projects definitely fit the mold. Barnraiser was born out of Tom's experience in Kosovo and is a small, scrappy little project that just might surprise you.

Adobe: friend or enemy of open source, open standards?

I’m sitting in a session at Adobe Max Europe listening to Senior Product Manager Laurel Reitman talking about what a great open platform Adobe is creating. She refers to the open sourcing of the Flex SDK; the open bug database for Flex; the ISO standardization programme for PDF; the donation of source code to Tamarin, the Mozilla Foundation ECMAScript 4.0 runtime project, and the use of open source projects such as SQLite and Webkit within AIR, the Adobe Integrated Runtime which lets you run Flash applications on the desktop, and the fact that AIR will run in due course on Linux, though the initial release will be Mac and Windows only.

KDE 4 Beta 3"Cicker" Ready for Testing

The KDE Community is happy to release the third beta for KDE 4.0. This beta, aimed at further polishing of the KDE codebase, also marks the freeze of the KDE Development Platform. We are joined in this release by the KOffice project which releases its 4th alpha release, bringing many improvements in OpenDocument support, a KChart Flake shape and much more to those willing to test.

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