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Four years ago, I bought a book entitled, "Mac OSX: The Missing Manual" and noticed it had reached the #1 best sellers slot at Amazon. I remember wondering how an operating system with 3% of the PC Desktop market could sell enough books to rank #1. Then, I realized there I was buying one too. I didn't use a Mac, but my wife bought one and needed to learn this new fangled UNIX desktop. The point? The Missing Manual served a big need - big enough to warrant a #1 best seller.
SMPlayer - Nice Frontend for MPlayer
Today Microsoft Corp. and Linux desktop provider Linspire Inc. announced a broad interoperability, technical collaboration that also includes intellectual property assurances. The agreement promotes customer choice and strengthens the bridge between the Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems.
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Linux Holdings have launched the country's first full time Linux training academy. Mixing theory with practical, students will begin with a four month curriculum, training them up to write the Linux Professional Institute level one exam. After that they will work for an open source company for six months
With the news of Linspire's CNR coming soon to Ubuntu, and Automatix now offering a limited number of closed source, commercial applications, what possible consequences will this have on the Linux community and open source as a whole?
Free software gives everyone the freedom to run, study, change and redistribute software. It is these freedoms, not the price, that is important about free software. Free software advocates make the distinction between free, as in speech, as opposed to free, as in beer. Though many people would gladly accept a free beer, it is not one of the fundamental principles of democracy.
There is a very interesting back-and-forth going on between Linux creator Linus Torvalds writing on the Linux kernel mailing list and Jonathan Schwartz, President and CEO of Sun Microsystems writing in his blog. Despite the different fora the two actually seem to be talking to each other as well as their respective audiences.
"Do you offer a program like Microsoft Publisher?" Some version of this question appears regularly on the OpenOffice.org mailing lists. Many people automatic answer "no," and say that Scribus is more suitable for desktop publishing. But, in fact, OpenOffice.org boasts two mid-level layout programs -- Draw and Writer -- each of which is far more versatile than its name suggests.
I'm attending the Linux Foundations' first annual Linux Collaboration Summit from the Google campus in Mountainview California today and tomorrow, and will add periodically to this post as the day goes along.
In A Race to the Bottom: Privacy Ranking of Internet Service Companies,Privacy International spray-paints the façades of landmark companies that line today's Main Street on the Web. The painted colors are assessments of each company's performance on privacy issues. Though the rankings are colorful, what they say isn't pretty. Nobody in the"interim rankings" (.pdf) gets the top (green) mark for"Privacy-friendly and privacy enhancing". The bottom (black) mark, for"Comprehensive consumer surveillance& entrenched hostility to privacy", goes to just one company: Google.
Xubuntu 7.04(Feisty Fawn) Screenshots Tour
Open source document management system plans to user rPath's appliance platform to offer KnowledgeTree as a software appliance as it looks to expand its market share and reduce support costs.
Last time, we discussed Microsoft, their approach to protecting patents and why the enforcement of this is going to cost them much more than just some market share. Today, we will be taking this a step further by examining what they are losing out on by continuing with their dinosaur approach to creative property.
Turbolinux's Linux-based wizpy music player is a beautiful device. It's slick, black, and slightly smaller than the smallest cell phones. Unfortunately, its value and functionality doesn't live up to its good looks.
The top leader of Linuxchix resigned yesterday in the midst of a controversy over her leadership style. In a statement released to all Linuxchix mailing lists, coordinator Mary Gardiner said her decision was a difficult one, but because of a "mismatch in goals, LinuxChix should be run by someone with a better relationship with its current (implicit) goals."
This tutorial shows how you can install eyeOS on a standard Linux system. EyeOS is a kind of operating system which works online, i.e. it manages files on the server and enables the user to upload, download and edit files.
If you can't beat em...Tom Hanrahan has left the Linux Foundation, where he was director of engineering, to work for Microsoft instead.
You let us know--in no uncertain terms--which apps should have been on our list of the most important open-source apps of all time.
I decided to connect the Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper) drive today, and I've spent quite a bit of time using it for work. Now this isn't the highest-spec machine (only 256 MB of ram, 1 GHz processor), but it's doing pretty well. Even IE under Wine performed swimmingly (as good as or better than on my Xubuntu setup). Same for the GIMP. I had a GIMP crash in Windows today, but the GIMP is generally rock-solid on both platforms -- and certainly was in 6.06 today.
The Linux leader is still skeptical about GPL 3, but open-source Solaris could be a draw.
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