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Customizing Your Linux Desktop (or Making Your World Your Own)

  • informIT; By Marcel Gagné (Posted by tadelste on Dec 30, 2005 8:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After having taken the first steps into the Linux world, you are probably thinking, "Hey, this is pretty easy" and "I wonder what the fuss was all about." For what it's worth, I'm thinking the very same thing. Now that the fear of dealing with a new operating system is gone, it's time to get really comfortable.

Microsoft Employees Rage As Internet Explorer Ship Sinks

When it comes to the neglect of Internet Explorer, nobody's as mad as Microsoft's own employees and boosters. As Redmond retreats from some markets and is booted out of others, Microsoft folk are jumping ship, whining, screaming at the top of their lungs, or all of the above. The winners? Firefox, Netscape, Opera, Konqueror, Safari, and anything else Not-Based-On-Internet Explorer.

Microsoft employee Rory Blyth:

I think IE is horribly behind the times. When every other browser on the planet that's worth a damn supports tabbed browsing, it's just crappy that I still have to have different copies of IE open to have multiple sites open at once.

As of right now, my favorite browser on the planet is Apple's Safari.


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Review: Zenwalk Linux 2.0.1

I was interested to see how Zenwalk differs from Slackware, and after reading on their web site that version 2.01 is 'the biggest jump in Zenwalk evolution since the beginning of the project', I wanted to see how far Zenwalk has come

The case for open source ETL

  • Reg Developer; By Phil Howard, Bloor Research (Posted by tadelste on Dec 30, 2005 1:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As far as I have been able to discover, there are four open source ETL (extract, transform and load) tools on the market. Somewhat surprisingly, two of them are homonyms: KETL and Kettle, the other two being Enhydra Octopus and CloverETL.

My desktop OS: SimplyMEPIS

Since 1998 I have used Linux mainly for checking email through Pine, running neural network software, and converting JPEG files to EPS in the GIMP. This year I bought a refurbished laptop (IBM ThinkPad A22m, 1 GHz, 256MB RAM, 30GB HD) on eBay that came without a pre-installed OS. I couldn't stand the thought of paying more for the OS and office suite than the hardware, so while my laptop was being prepared for shipping I started searching for options. I was surprised by the number of choices available. Since I'm writing a thesis for my graduate degree, I needed an OS that would let me install LaTeX and a nice front end. I instantly fell for SimplyMEPIS because of the wonderful reviews and its big community of helpful users.

Happy Past Year for Open-Source Community

"I really think 2006 is going to be the year of the Linux desktop," Russell Nelson, vice president of the Open Source Initiative predicted. "That's when people are going to start taking it seriously. You may not see too many installs," he continued, "but you're going to start to see people thinking about it."

Startup Offers Unique Delivery Model For Open-Source Software

  • InformationWeek (Posted by bstadil on Dec 29, 2005 11:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A start-up called iRadeon Group Inc. is offering a new service that integrates three different open source applications through a dashboard-type interface for PC users. It's a software delivery model that could prove attractive to cost-conscious small businesses.

Linux System Administration: The Next Step for Power Users

  • Linux DevCenter (Posted by tadelste on Dec 29, 2005 10:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Personal growth occurs in many ways. Pushing yourself into a new endeavor is one of the most constructive ways to achieve such growth. So, why don't we see more of it? It's often easier to stay with what's comfortable. When you step out on the skinny branches, you put yourself at-risk and that's uncomfortable. Those who can handle the discomfort will find the experience rewarding.

Korean Government Moving Towards Linux

  • SYS-CON Media (Posted by bstadil on Dec 29, 2005 9:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Two South Korean govrnmental organizations, Korea Post and the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF) will migrate their banking activities to Linux, ending the complete dominance of Windows and IE in this sector.

Report: Novell's New CTO/EVP Mulls 2006 Linux Strategy

Novell has a new CTO, a position that has gone unfilled for a while. In this article, Jacqueline Emigh finds out about Dr. Jeffery Jaffe and reports on what he is bringing to Novell--and what he thinks Novell will soon be bringing to the world.

NVIDIA Linux: A Year in Review

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 29, 2005 8:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
In continuation of our previous piece entitled ATI AYiR 2005 (A Year in Review), where we looked at ATI's features implemented this year into their Linux drivers as well as thoroughly examining the frame-rate performance, today we have turned the tables yet again and are taking another look at NVIDIA's gains this year. In addition, due to popular request, and keeping with the standards set by the previous ATI article, we will also be comparing our results against that of the latest NVIDIA ForceWare Windows display drivers.

Read More @ Phoronix

Part One: A Primer Based in Demand Trends

  • Technology Evaluation Centers (Posted by tadelste on Dec 29, 2005 7:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This article provides an overview of Free and open source software (FOSS) concepts for both enterprise software clients and vendors that would like to be let in on the buzz resonating from the FOSS-related change in the software industry. I will address FOSS concepts in two parts. The first concerns the FOSS origin and rapid evolution as manifested in global customer demand trends. The second reviews reasons that enterprise clients and government organizations generate this demand as well as why it should push software providers to continue to meet it.

Linux - Why This Is Not The Time

"It's time for Linux to "bust out." Many share the opinion that it's Now Or Never for Linux. Let me tell you why Now is not the time.

Trojan delivers unwanted gift to Windows PCs

  • ZDNet; By linor Mills, CNET News.com (Posted by Abe on Dec 29, 2005 6:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft

A new Trojan horse program was infecting PCs on Wednesday, exploiting a hole in Windows systems to sneak onto computers, then dropping adware or spyware or turning them into zombies, according to several Internet security companies.

The Trojan, dubbed Exploit-WMF (Windows Meta File), was rated a category 2 level risk, meaning it had the potential to continue to spread, said Dave Cole, director of security response at Symantec.

Phoronix: Linux Holiday Articles

  • LinuxHardware.org (Posted by tadelste on Dec 29, 2005 5:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Michael Larabel writes "We at Phoronix have finished up another batch of Linux-powered hardware articles.

The Great Drupal Web Blogging Project, Part 1

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by tadelste on Dec 29, 2005 5:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I decided to put up a decent site using a blogging-oriented CMS: my own instance of a CMS on one of my Linux servers. I know it's not everyone's idea of a fun way to spend the break between Christmas and New Year's, but hey, it works for me.

2006 outlook: Open source, offshoring, Web 2.0

  • SearchSecurity.com; By Paul Gillin (Posted by tadelste on Dec 29, 2005 4:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
There's nothing like a good paradigm shift to get you out of bed in the morning, don't you think? The forces are massing for some big changes in IT industry dynamics. We need this. The tech landscape has been pretty dry these last few years. It won't be a year of epic events, but change that is already under way will accelerate. Here are my annual 10 predictions of what to look for in the next year:

Thanks, Peter. Hail and Farewell

  • ConsortiumInfo.org; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 29, 2005 3:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
We all owe Peter Quinn a vote of thanks. And some peace and quiet.

First among equals

Column The contract metaphor is an effective way of approaching API design, says Kevlin Henney

Financial institutions lead march to Linux in Korea

In the latest in a series of moves aimed at getting Korean government institutions to move away from their reliance on Windows and Unix and adopt open source software, two state-owned financial institutions planned to launch the country's first Linux-based Internet banking services in December.

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