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Linux computing appliance impresses Forbes reviewer

A recent Forbes review gushed over Zonbu's Linux-based Zonbox network PC. Joining the chorus of other positive reviews, in "Hassle-Free PC" Daniel Lyons writes that he was "blown away" by the performance, stability and ease of use of the eco-friendly, power-thrifty mini-PC. "Zonbu is riding two of tech's hottest trends: open-source software and 'cloud computing,'" writes Lyons. Later, after coming up with only one criticism (his printer wasn't supported), the reviewer concludes, "Zonbu can't edit movies or manage a big photo library, but as a second PC for the kids, the kitchen, or the weekend house where you just need to browse the Web, it's a killer product."

Zenwalk Live 4.8: More Zen Power!

As a standard practice since Zenwalk Linux 2.6 (with the exception of 4.0), a live CD for Zenwalk Linux will be released, usually 4 to 6 weeks after the release of the standard Zenwalk Linux edition (the installation CD). With a Zenwalk Linux live CD aka Zenwalk Live or just ZenLive, you can also enjoy the goodness of the standard Zenwalk Linux edition without installing it to your hard disk. Like its standard Zenwalk Linux edition, the live CD also comes with a broad spectrum of applications but without the bloat. It's one application for one task! Right now, I will review the latest offering from, the Zenwalk Live 4.8.

House vote on illegal images sweeps in Wi-Fi, Web sites

Securing Adolescents From Exploitation-Online Act passed the House by a vote of 409 to 2

Waugh Partners win 2007 NSW Pearcey Award

  • Computerworld Australia; By Rodney Gedda (Posted by jdub on Dec 7, 2007 5:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sydney-based open source research and consulting firm Waugh Partners has won this year's State Pearcey Award for Young Achievers for its work educating the ICT sector about free software.

This time for sure on mobile Linux

There’s a Bullwinkle quality to predictions about desktop Linux. You know, the bit where the Moose claims he can do magic, and keeps pulling everything out of his hat but a bunny. Desktop Linux has been making the same promises for years, but like the moose said, “This time for sure.” Jim Zemlin, CEO of the Linux Foundation, admitted as much when we talked yesterday. “2008 will be the year of the Linux desktop. Don’t we say that every year?” he joked. Actually we do. This is the third December I’ve gotten to predict “this will be the year” for mobile Linux and desktop Linux. So why will this be the year?

Artwork: Another Way for Ubuntu to Get Ahead

One of the planned features for Ubuntu Hardy Heron, a fresh new theme, is a perfect opportunity for Ubuntu to become known for its incredible artwork and themes. With other distributions, and even Fedora, using very simple themes, now is the perfect time for Ubuntu to create a unique and attractive theme to draw even more users.

Network scanning toolkit with AIX and UNIX

Discover how to scan your network for services and how to regularly monitor your services to keep uptimes to a maximum. A key way of ensuring the security of your network is to know what is on your network and what services individual machines are at risk of exposure. In this article, learn how to use these same techniques to ensure that genuine services.

Novell Delays Earnings Report

Novell unexpectedly delays its fourth quarter and end of year financial earnings report. Novell stockholders were unpleasantly surprised on Dec. 5, when instead of hearing from Novell on how the Linux distributor had done over the last quarter and the full 2007 fiscal year, they were presented with an earnings announcement postponement instead.

Watch some TV with TED

Has the television writers' strike left you with hours of spare time and no way to fill it? Well, put down that book and put the running shoes back in the closet, because TED is here to help. TED is the torrent episode downloader, an open source, cross-platform tool that simplifies the tedious process of searching for torrent files. TED is not a BitTorrent client itself; rather it is a search tool for torrents that can pass along its results to your preferred BitTorrent downloader. TED is geared toward retrieving episodic television shows; it lets you search for specific episodes by season and episode number. The app ships with a database of predefined shows and a manually selected set of feeds from torrent sites that frequently carry such content.

Working with vast raster images: NIP2

Working with vast raster images: NIP2

Hardware review: TuxBox Computers SportCoat M750 Laptop

It’s been almost seven years since I stopped buying desktops for personal computing, and since then, I am always under the impression that buying a new laptop to run Linux on is a bigger challenge that it needs to be. Over the years, I’ve spent countless hours on (and others) trying to get the most out of my hardware working under Linux. Things like proprietary drivers for video cards, network adapters and wireless, sound and modem support were virtually always making the life of the Linux geek a bit harder.

Howto Setup a Remote Calendar using WebDAV with Mozilla Sunbird

Howto Setup a Remote Calendar using WebDAV with Mozilla Sunbird

SourceForge Adopts eBay-like Sales Model for Open-Source Software

Firefox 3 should be welcome both for its many small usability improvements and for its under-the-covers Web rendering engine and security enhancements. When you first install and launch the beta of Firefox 3, the initial impression (especially for those who remember some of the earlier promises of a revamped user interface and increased Web 2.0 integration) can be a little disappointing, since it doesn't look much different from the current version of Firefox.

GNOME/OOXML podcast shows two sides closer than appears

Despite technical difficulties with the phone lines,'s live podcast with Jeff Waugh of the GNOME Foundation and Roy Schestowitz, cofounder of the Boycott Novell site, attracted a large audience eager to discuss GNOME's involvement with the efforts to make the Microsoft Office Open XML (OOXML) document format an ECMA standard. Hosted by Rod Amis on his Lightning Strikes show at BlogTalkRadio, and with questions from's Editor in Chief Robin Miller and me, the discussion revealed that the two sides of the issue are closer than they have appeared in the past.

A new copyright law is coming [Canada]

  •; By Jack Kapica (Posted by beirwin on Dec 6, 2007 9:25 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community
Ottawa copyright circles are buzzing with hints that the government is preparing its new revised copyright bill, and will be tabling it soon, perhaps as early as next week. And the buzz is that the new law will basically be a copy of the controversial U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act. [Also see: Michael Geist's blog: - Barbara]

Adding extended character support

If you need to type a diacritical mark such as an acute "e" (é) -- let alone a character not found in a Western European language -- the standard English keyboard layouts for GNU/Linux users are barely ahead of those of typewriters. However, adding support for both extended characters and multiple keyboards has become much easier in the last few years. These days, you can quickly add extended character support from both GNOME and KDE, and, should either desktop fail you for any reason, you can fall back on other methods to improve your input.

The day Microsoft 'embraced and extended' Java

It's early December 1995 and it has been a heady few days for Java. IBM and Adobe Systems have agreed to license this strange and embryonic new software that Sun Microsystems keeps telling us can be "written once and run anywhere". Two days before, Sun and Netscape had announced JavaScript that - according to the press release - was: "Analogous to Visual Basic in that it can be used by people with little or no programming experience to quickly construct complex applications."

Open Source Fights Measles

According to the The Washington Post, on Friday it reported that global measles fatalities had been reduced by two-thirds following stepped-up vaccination campaigns since 2000. Furthermore, this phenomenal success had a helping hand from open source software.

Review: KWord, The Lightweight Word Processing Power Tool

OpenOffice is the darling of the FOSS office suites, and it is a nice suite. It's cross-platform, and OpenOffice Writer is a first-rate word processor with a lot of advanced features. But it's not the only good option for Linux users: Abiword and KWord are excellent lightweight word processors with good feature sets, and both are licensed under the GPL. All three are wonderful. In this two-part series we're going to dig into KWord 1.6, and mine some of its hidden jewels.

Breach Security's ModSecurity Open Source Web Application Firewall

Breach Security announced today that the Breach Security WebDefend web application firewall has earned certification by ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon. WebDefend is one of the first web application firewall products to achieve this distinction.

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