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A Libertarian begins to see the light

  • Samizdata; By Alex Singleton (Posted by jdixon on Jan 9, 2006 12:21 PM EDT)
Many people sympathetic to the free market are not at all sympathetic to open source. I used to be one of these people.

Avg UK Introduces Free Virus Protection For Linux

  • The IT Shield (press release) (Posted by tadelste on Jan 9, 2006 11:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Newark, UK, January 9th, 2006
AVG UK, the official business partner of Grisoft, makers of the award-winning AVG Anti-Virus software, has introduced a new free version of its software specifically for the Linux desktop.

ISPConfig: A hosting control panel

A while ago I moved the debianHELP site to another server and was faced with the prospect of building the box from scratch. To me, handling Apache or MySQL is no problem, but I loath setting up virtual email domains. Being of the lazy sort, I decided to examine free software hosting control panels and to install one on the box I was going to build.

eWEEK Names VMware Workstation a Top Product of 2005

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Jan 9, 2006 11:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Fifth Generation of Powerful Desktop Virtualization Software Honored for Pushing the Technology Envelope

IBLS development release

For those who dont know, IBLS is a modular mini linux server distribution.
An updated version of IBLS is now avaliable, included are numerous upgrades, from bug fixes and security updates to new features.

China Says Yes to Linux, No to Open-Source Middleware

Though Linux is rising in popularity in China, the majority of enterprises still prefer commercial software over open-source middleware.

xlibs-dev Mass Bug Filing

  • Mailing list; By David Nusinow (Posted by tadelste on Jan 9, 2006 9:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Hello everyone,

As many of you may have noticed, Xorg 6.9 has been uploaded to unstable. With this upload, the xlibs-dev metapackage is no longer built.

Open-source GPL licence draft out this week

The first draft of the open-source GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 3 will be unveiled this week, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US.

Microsoft Touts Windows On Linux Site

Old news to readers of LXer, but though a light wieght item it does warrent repeating: Microsoft Everywhere Pushing Questionable "Facts".

Packet Traceroute Plotted on World Map

  • Lost Art of Computer Programming; By Curt Brune (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 9, 2006 6:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
Curt Brune writes about a Google Map application he created that maps the IP addresses contained in a "traceroute". On a world map this shows you the path that IP packets take across the Internet.

[ED- Nothing to do with Linux or FOSS but fairly cool -bstadil]

Lies, damned lies and US-CERT statistics

The US-CERT's list of vulnerabilities make it very clear that nothing is quite as misleading as IT statistics, especially when it comes to comparing Windows and open source software.Here Jason Norwood-Young does some quick analysis and comes to a completely differerent conclusion.

DistroWatch Weekly: Fedora rescue CD, Gentoo LiveUSB, Puppy2, first look at DragonFly BSD 1.4

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jan 9, 2006 12:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's second issue of DistroWatch Weekly. We had a quiet week, only disturbed by new releases from Arch Linux and DragonFly BSD. We'll take a critical look at the latter, especially from the perspective of a desktop user, but don't expect much praise for the new version. In other news, the Fedora project has started testing its new rescue CD, Gentoo has published a HOWTO on creating a Gentoo LiveUSB, and Puppy is preparing for the launch of Puppy2, a major update. Among the distributions newly included on DistroWatch we have three live CDs: ArcheOS for archaeologists, Arudius for penetration testers, and Xenoppix for the fans of the Xen technology. Happy reading! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch

Switching to Windows: Not as easy as you think

  • Mad Penguin; By Simon Gerber (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 8, 2006 12:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Microsoft
There was a loud bang, a nasty smell (think burnt cabbage) and a lot of smoke billowed out from the hole where the CD-ROM used to be. Then Nothing. At this point, the idea occurred to me that maybe my computer was broken.

"Why not use this opportunity to try this 'Windows XP' I keep hearing so much about."

Driver education for Linux novices

LA Times (original source News Day a Long Island, NY paper) readers introduced to DSL Linux and how to get it running with some words of warning: " ... left out the first rule of DSL Linux as it pertains to inexperienced computer users: It may not work with your hardware. All companies that manufacture printers, mice, video and sound cards - pretty much everything that gets plugged into a computer - also create drivers, little chunks of software that make the hardware gadget work with an operating system. In most cases, that operating system is Windows XP."

[ED: So be polite. if you cannot be helpful yourself do something better than "RTFM" that is known to have endeared many new users to Linux. Stories like this will do more to get some to try to escape miind control. So just remember the problems you had as a newbie or turn them over to someone less skilled than yourself that has social skills that you lack - HC]

Open Source for the Enterprise

Book review Whether it’s IDEs like Eclipse, build tools like Ant or testing tools like the xUnit family or even entire languages like Perl, Python or PHP, there are plenty of developers who have added open source software to their toolkit. Moving open source to IT infrastructure or onto the desks of end-users is a different kettle of fish entirely. All of a sudden there are support, maintenance and licensing issues that have to be addressed, often by decision-makers who lack the geek-factor that developers have in abundance.

Winning the Linux Wars

[ED: How MS is going to Win the Linux Wars, not quite there yet but with these wise words of warning how cannot they not Win? - HC]

"Raising the caution flag:

Linux is still a maturing platform, and with youth comes uncertainty. "The [Microsoft] value proposition is always a good sell, but it doesn't hurt to back that up with a really long hard look at what the risk factors are," notes Tim Beamer, technology ... "

[ED: Be assured Windows is rock solid, and when it's not it gets fixed, and when it's fixed late it's fixed mostly right, and when it's not right it's done over until it's done right! Who could ask for anything more? Windows is a mature insecure system. It will be even better when it's fixed per incident fee - HC]

"Competing with Linux once filled Microsoft partners with dread, but now many are taking on the open source operating system with growing self-confidence -- and success. Here are the tactics for winning the fight."

[ED: Even here they note they are not winning every battle, so they buck up the troops letting know of all the Linux shortcomings and how they can Win with Win(dows). They cite some big independent sources, e.g. Gartner, etc. It's always good to know your enemies plans - HC]

HowTo: Ubuntu File- And Print Server For Windows Workgroups (Samba Domain Controller)

  • HowtoForge; By Till Brehm (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 8, 2006 6:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This is a detailed tutorial about the steps to set up a Ubuntu based server (Ubuntu 5.10 - Breezy Badger) to act as file- and print server for Windows workstations in small workgroups.

Time to Cull Proprietary Software from Open Source Branding



For all the good the Open Source concept has done, perhaps we need to start thinking about more restrictive terms. I just rejected an article from IT Week that demonstrated the depths to which people will go to get on the train. The writer seemed to praise Microsoft's UNIX Services as a step toward killing Linux by bridging the gap.

That's why I believe it's time for a culling as GNU/Linux and the Open Source Craze draws proprietary companies to take on the brand.

How one reviewer approaches the art of reviewing

[ED: Here is an author that has caught a lot of flak due to his errors reviewing Ubuntu/Kubuntu in the comments section when his review appeared on LXer. Since he is one of the few that seems to "get it", as a matter of fairness, he deserves his chance to reply - HC]

I've been receiving a fair amount of e-mail from people who are sure that I don't know Linux, but their notes are really showing me that they don't know reviewing. I don't hold that against them. Few people know how reviews really work.

Read on.

Google Offers Free Software Pack

Friday, January 06, 2006: Google has unveiled the Google Pack beta which is a free collection of safe and useful software. The Google Pack includes software from Google and other companies that help in improving the user experience online and on the desktop. The software will enable users to easily discover, install and maintain software to surf the web faster and safer, communicate better, and effectively manage information in just a few clicks.

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