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How Can Linux Market Share Be Accurately Measured?

eWeek ran an article yesterday titled Linux Losing Market Share to Windows Server. The article quoted IDC sales figures. There is a real problem counting this way.

New Ajax code to show movies and slide shows

Sites like Flikr and YouTube show just the tip of the full potential for media on the Web. This article provides that you can use in your own project.

An interview with ToorCon founder David"h1kari" Hulton (video)

When I attended my first ToorCon this month, I spoke with David "h1kari" Hulton, founder and chairman of the event, to learn more about its history and intent. Among other things, I learned that his nick "h1kari" is not l33t-sp34k for hickory, as I first thought, but rather for a Japanese word meaning "divine light." I also learned that he and a friend started the San Diego 2600 group when they were 14, and ToorCon followed a year later.

Vixta: Nice concept, incomplete execution

Vixta is a new Linux distribution, first released only last month, based on the not-yet-released Fedora 8. Its main objective is to emulate the visual aspects of Microsoft Vista. Version 095 contains the newest, and sometimes unstable, versions of software. The project's goals include being free in every sense, requiring absolutely no configuration, and being user-friendly, eye-catching, and familiar. Too bad the goals don't include feature-complete and stable.

What does the Microsoft "partnership" with Facebook mean for users?

Here's the key fact: Facebook's users are not its customers. They're the targets to which Facebook's customers aim advertising. In old media this was no big deal. But Facebook isn't just a "medium". It's a vast walled garden where the social activity of members and visitors constantly improves the ability of advertisers to"target" both.This is a Good Thing only if it works for everybody— including both those targeted as well as those doing the targeting. And if users are actually involved, they have some important questions:What happens to my identity-related information?How is it used, and by whom?How much control do I have over my data (or data about myself)— including what Facebook"partners" do with that data?read more

Is Linux Really Losing Market Share to Windows?

Should we be ready, as Kent Brockman might put it, to "welcome our new Microsoft overlords," or are the IDC Quarterly Server Tracker figures not really reflecting the reality of how servers are used in businesses? I, for one, think that what IDC is measuring and what server operating systems people are really using are two entirely different things.

Going all-in with PokerTH

According to Wikipedia, Texas Hold'em is "the most popular poker variant played in casinos in the United States." With the GPL-licensed multiplatform (Linux, Windows, Mac OS X) PokerTH, you can play Texas Hold'em against up to six computer opponents on your desktop, or you can join an Internet server and play against other real players.

Using The Avant Window Navigator (AWN) On Fedora 7

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Oct 26, 2007 1:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
This document describes how to set up the Avant Window Navigator (AWN) on Fedora 7. The result is an eye candy, dock-like bar at the bottom of the screen as a replacement for the standard gnome-panel. The Avant Window Manager provides an easy to use interface where you can configure/customize it to your needs. Launchers, task lists, and third party applets are supported.

What 10,000+ People Say About Linux Graphics

This past Sunday we started our first-ever Linux Graphics Survey that looked at the usage of X.Org display drivers, hardware, and the display features being sought after by Linux desktop users. In less than four days, we received over 10,000 survey submissions! This survey will be going on until November 21, so if you haven't yet participated you still have plenty of time to do so. But for those of you that have already taken the survey, what are the results so far? Well, below are the percentages from all of the responses collected before 10:00AM PST today.

The Battle For Wesnoth Game Review

  • Phoronix; By W.Russell (Posted by phoronix on Oct 26, 2007 12:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Battle for Wesnoth is not your typical run-of-the-mill TBS game. The genre turn-based strategy, or TBS, is very self-explanatory. It is, simply put, a game where-as the game flow is broken down into turns or rounds and the game plays from there on. Although there are many other fantasy-themed titles floating around the Internet, this one does stand out of the crowd with its many intriguing features. For starters, the game offers nearly 200 forms of units along with 16 variations of races and six factions to choose from. The game allows the users to become creative and embark on their own personalized journeys. From conceiving your own units and characters to forging the worlds you dream of being in, the Battle for Wesnoth is a must-have download for any gamer out there.

Quickstart: Debugging Ruby on Rails Applications

This article is for those that are new to Ruby on Rails, or those that have not spent the time learning the various debugging techniques.

Government Microsoft's $23 million Vista patsy: consultant

  • ITWire; By Stan Beer (Posted by conz on Oct 26, 2007 10:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While the rest of the world is shying away from Windows Vista and looking to deploy Linux across schools, the Victorian State Government in Australia is behaving like Microsoft's patsy by side-stepping competition and adopting Vista in schools, according to a leading local IT consultant.

South African Government Adopts ODF (and not OOXML)

  • Standrads Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Oct 26, 2007 9:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While many nations, agencies, cities, U.S. States and other governmental units have considered mandating the use of Open Document Format since Massachusetts announced its intention to do so in August of 2005, comparatively few have actually done so. Now, one of the early and consistent supporters of ODF has taken the plunge, and done so. That nation is the Republic of South Africa.

World's toughest jobs: Microsoft's interoperability chief

He's faced with the unenviable task of convincing the world that Microsoft wants to play nicely with competitors - and also convincing the troops and top management that it's worth it. "It's a mixed bag," said Tom Robertson, general manager of interoperability and standards at Microsoft, when asked after his keynote at Interop 2007 in New York how company employees feel about his mission. "Everyone has to recognize … that there is a cultural shift going on."

Who Really Won in Microsoft vs. the EU?

My colleague over at Microsoft Watch, Joe Wilcox, declared that "Microsoft bowed before the EU and took its whipping." Eh, after a couple of days to look at the decision, I don't think so. At best, I'd say the European Union got the more favorable end of a draw.

Microsoft Healthvault Patient Safety in Question

Connectologist Tim Gee considers patient safety and HealthVault: Many have criticized HealthVault regarding privacy and security concerns, or perceived limitations of HV as a personal health record (PHR). I suspect that HV is challenged more by the market's perception of Microsoft's long running security issues than with any actual shortcomings of that type in HV. And since HV is not a PHR, but rather a "platform," criticisms about any lack of PHR features is not relevant. One topic I've not seen addressed is the safety and effectiveness of the data within HV - and I don't mean "safety" as in the data is secure from unauthorized access or misuse.

Distributed Image Management for Linux Clusters

Discover a scalable image management tool that allows blades to run a Linux distribution over the network without a local disk. Operating this tool, Distributed Image Management for Linux Clusters, requires no modifications to the image. Its new version supports blades for IBM BladeCenter with the Cell/B.E. processor, including the QS20 and recently announced QS21.

Transifex, Fedora and Upstream L10N

Free software is used all around the world, and as such it needs to be translated to all kinds of different locales. Fedora has a very active translation community, and they decided it was time that some better tools existed for contributing translations and integrating with upstream. To find out more about this, I talked with Dimitris Glezos, discussing the new Transifex project, what it was like to work on a Google Summer of Code Project, and much more...

RAP severside vs Google Web Toolkit clientside

Is serverside Java, SWT, JFace, and the Eclipse Workbench enabled Rich Ajax Platform (RAP) better than the slower clientside enabled Google Web Toolki?

Profitability first, then open source, works for Projity

Projity is a company that provides two alternatives to Microsoft's popular Project application. Project-On-Demand is software-as-a-service (SAAS) code that runs in any browser and is available via a monthly subscription. OpenProj is a desktop version of the application that is built on Java and is licensed with the Common Public Attribution License (CPAL). Though Projity only recently "open sourced" its project management application, CEO Marc O'Brien says that the company's plan "the entire time" was to eventually do just that.

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