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Ubuntu crowd bends Dell's ear

Earlier this year Dell Inc. announced it would begin offering consumers computers with a pre-installed Linux operating system - later revealed to be Ubuntu. The idea came in response to the company's IdeaStorm website, where users can suggest things they'd like the computer company to offer. Interestingly, the Ubuntu/Linux crowd isn't quite done telling Dell how to run its business. In fact, it's probably safe to say they've completely taken over the IdeaStorm website.

Bad, Bad Reasons Not to Buy Open-Source Software

When I first saw the list for the eWEEK slide show, Ten Reasons Not to Buy Open Source, I couldn't believe what I was reading. So here are my answers to these "reasons."

Linux-based Web sites 'perform better'

Server-monitoring firm's research claims Apache-based websites benefit from faster load time and greater uptime than those based on Windows.

Good enough for government work? Red Hat Linux receives top-notch security rating

IBM anticipates that the enhanced EAL4 security certification earned by Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 5 earlier this month will further its adoption by businesses and government entities worldwide.

CA-Browser Forum Finalises Extended Validation Certificates

The CA-Browser forum, a group of leading Certificate Authorities and web browser developers, has approved the first version of Extended Validation certificates for use with web browser and other applications to certify a higher level of identity verification. This is a great step forward for security and trust on the web, and KDE is proud to have been a part of the process from the beginning to the end.

Don't wait for Vista SP1, pleads Microsoft

Microsoft has launched a "fact rich" program to help customers understand why they should "proceed with confidence" in rolling out Vista across all their PCs. "Some customers may be waiting to adopt Windows Vista because they've heard rumors about device or application compatibility issues, or because they think they should wait for a service pack release," the company said in a newsletter. "To help partners and customers get the real story, Microsoft has created a comprehensive set of fact-rich materials illustrating how Windows Vista is ready today and tomorrow." Despite the "fact-rich" materials being designed for both "partners and customers", the link supplied by Microsoft goes to a website which is available only to computer makers who are prepared to sign up to a non-disclosure agreement.

[Its not about FOSS but it is funny, at least I think it is. - Scott]

Linux: Introducing Bugs

In another thread discussing the tracking of kernel regressions [story], Linux creator Linus Torvalds noted that the kernel is evolving so quickly it is inevitable that bugs will be introduced. He used a git query to determine that there are an average of over 65 patches being committed every single day, "that translates to five hundred commits a week, two _thousand_ commits per month, and 25 thousand commits per year. As a fairly constant stream. Will mistakes happen? Hell *yes*." He continued on to add, "and I'd argue that any flow that tries to 'guarantee' that mistakes don't happen is broken. It's a sure-fire way to just frustrate people, simply because it assumes a level of perfection in maintainers and developers that isn't possible

OpenOffice conference publishes draft program

Organizers of OpenOffice.org Conference 2007, set for Sept. 19 through 21 in Barcelona, today released a draft of the program schedule for the event. Facilities will be provided for individual project organizers to hold separate meetings on the afternoon of Sept. 18, a team spokesperson said.

Silverlight To Run On Linux This Week

Novell later this week will demonstrate Microsoft’s Silverlight 1.1 browser plug-in running on Linux. The demo of Microsoft's new technology for Rich Internet Application development is set to take place in Paris at Microsoft’s Mix07 conference, and will be conducted by Miguel de Icaza, Novell’s vice president of development.

Linux-based website beats Windows-based sites

Linux websites have better uptime and load faster than Windows-based websites. Research by WatchMouse, a website monitoring company, also shows that web server platform Apache outperforms the Microsoft IIS platform. Therefore, having a Linux website and an Apache webserver platform offers the best choice for professional web pages.

Virtually Speaking: Misplaced Priorities

  • serverwatch.com; By Amy Newman (Posted by alc on Jun 21, 2007 12:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When planning a virtual deployment, you have a lot to consider: which servers, which workloads, which processes and more. Return on investment and total cost of ownership (TCO) often lead the charge. Security is often an afterthought, and nearly always relegated to the back seat.

Damn Small Linux 3.4 RC1 arrives

The Damn Small Linux (DSL) project team on June 19 announced the availability of the first release candidate of the next version of its live CD mini-distribution based on Debian Linux. Damn Small Linux 3.4 features a 2.4.26 kernel and a lightweight Fluxbox desktop environment, the team said.

Novell Announces Real-Time Linux Enhancements and Partnerships

Novell today announced new enhancements to SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time and unveiled new partnerships that expand the ecosystem around Novell's low latency Linux solution. SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time, the only enterprise-class, open source real-time operating system offered by an enterprise Linux distributor today, is a high performance, customizable, fully supported solution for running mission-critical applications that require deterministic processing and speed.

Adventures in Digital Photography With Linux

Our steamed, I mean esteamed, I mean esteemed (dang, I need a new keyboard. this one is all defective) Editor-in-Chief's excellent article, From the Camera to the Web With Konqueror taught me some cool new tricks, and inspired me to share some of my own photography adventures.

How to create poster presentations with Scribus

  • Linux.com; By Alex Roitman (Posted by dcparris on Jun 20, 2007 9:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Poster presentations are a common way of presenting results, proposing strategies, and explaining concepts and methods. You can create nifty poster presentations with Scribus, the free desktop publishing tool.

Elive on a Toshiba Satellite A100-159

  • hieronymusonline.nl; By J.S. Lalleman (Posted by hieronymus on Jun 20, 2007 8:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Recently I wanted to have a lighter WM than I was used to. I do nothing for which I need a special kind of WM but I like it to be good loocking and responsive. I tried a number of different WMs like Fluxbox, Blackbox, Emerge (under Windows) and Enlightenment

GPL compliance issues are tearing Joomla! apart

Joomla! project leader Louis Landry and his colleagues want to protect the project they love. That's why, after two years of allowing proprietary plugins for the open source CMS, the group has decided to ask third-party developers for voluntary compliance with the terms of the GNU General Public License, under which Joomla! is licensed. Those developers are complaining that it's unfair for Joomla! to reverse its position after"a bunch of companies spent millions," according to one developer employed by a company that markets the proprietary extensions. Landry says he and the Joomla! team were wrong to have allowed the exceptions, and a return to compliance is essential in order to legally protect the open nature of Joomla!.

Ubuntu'd, you're getting a Dell

The perfect high school graduation gift – a new computer. It'll be a God-send for my daughter when her college starts up in the fall. But what to buy? Seeing that I've been running Linux systems for over a decade, I really wanted to introduce my daughter (a non-geek, I guess she didn't get the gene) to Linux as well.

KateOS 3.6 Beta 2 Screenshots

The second beta release for KateOS 3.6 features a new update notifier, the new Linux 2.6.21.4 kernel, X.Org 7.2, Xfce 4.4.1, and updates to the installer itself along with stomping a fair number of bugs. KateOS 3.6 features an installable LiveCD as well as an install DVD for installing this desktop Linux distribution with ease along with the possibility to select from GNOME, KDE, and Xfce.

Simple script restores your system settings after OS reinstall

Reinstalling your operating system is never a fun or welcome task, but sometimes it's unavoidable. Restoring settings and downloaded applications after installing an operating system can take quite a bit of time, so I've come up with a shell script to make things a bit easier.

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