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MacOS and the Linux desktop lunch

One side effect of Linux marketing by Red Hat and others has been the widespread belief that people transitioning from expensive old Unix servers running on proprietary chipsets to Linux on x86 do so mainly to get Linux. I don’t believe that; I want to venture a total speculation: that the same forces about Linux eating Sun’s lunch have created a situation in which MacOS really has started to eat the Linux desktop lunch.

Linux Desktop Garage book review

Linux Desktop Garage from Susan Matteson is a great resource for those looking to learn the Linux operating system. From the basics of learning the Linux interface to using some of the most popular applications on it, Linux Desktop Garage will help you get up to speed regardless of your knowledge or experience with this powerful operating system.

Wikipedia, Ubuntu founders back 'open education'

Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales and Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth are backing a scheme to make publicly funded education materials freely available on the Internet. The backers of the Cape Town Open Education Declaration, announced on Tuesday, said the initiative is designed to echo the disruptive effect that open source had on the proprietary software world by opening up the development and distribution of educational materials.

Windows XP takes Linux away from our children

Microsoft has just announced it will contribute millions of dollars to train students and teachers worldwide how to use its software. That means less exposure to Linux for our children and a continuation of the dependence on the Windows XP and Vista. Of course, before receiving any of this funding, the school must be using Windows XP or Vista. Microsoft has used this tactic in the past to crush competition, including its decision to give away Internet Explorer to starve Netscape out of the industry.

How do I remember all these passwords?

  • Matthew Helmke (dot) Net; By Matthew Helmke (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Jan 23, 2008 11:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
If you are like me, you have a ton of passwords you have to remember. I have different login names and passwords for bank accounts, forums, blogs, email, and other stuff. How do you deal with it all? How can a person possibly remember them all, especially the ones that only get used once every month or two, or just a couple of times in a year? Thankfully, I found a cool program called Revelation Password Manager.

A Field Guide to Free Software Supporters

Hearing the terms "free software" or "open source," you might imagine that they referred to a single school of thought. Even "free and open source software" (FOSS) suggests only two different outlooks: Free software, which values political and philosophical freedom, and open source, whose main interest is enhanced software quality. Yet all these impressions would be misleading. When you look, there are at least seven different types of FOSS supporters.

Godbye Outlook

Last night I opened my laptop and Outlook got mad at me. It went all sorts of crazy, trying to configure itself, not finding insertion points, and internal errors. I closed it down and killed all outlook procs but it still haunted me. Every time I opened a new app Outlook would try to configure itself and fail miserably. So I deleted it and downloaded Thunderbird. I forgot how much I hated Outlook. But now that I had Thunderbird installed, I had to make it work with our Exchange server. I got quite farther than I expected.

[Including read access to Exchange calendar data! - Sander]

Of canaries and coal mines

It’s been about 18 months since Slashdot linked to Tim O’Reilly for linking to Jason Kottke for linking to Cory Doctorow for linking to me for switching from Mac to Linux. (Best comment: “this is just another A-list blogger circle-jerk.” As if that was my fault!) At the time, Jason said, “Nerds are a small demographic, but they can also be the canary in the coal mine with stuff like this.”

While you’re waiting, don’t save in OOXML format

While all the drama is unfolding before the OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting in Geneva at the end of February and the subsequent 30 day period while countries can still change their vote, I thought I would point out something that I assume is fairly obvious to most people: Saving your documents in OOXML format right now is probably about the riskiest thing you can do if you are concerned with long term interoperability. The “official” ECMA OOXML that was submitted to ISO is not what Microsoft implements in Office 2007. So unless your application reverse-engineered Office 2007’s support, you’ve got interoperability problems right there.

Embedded Linux as Dependable for Developers as RTOSes, says Embedded Market Forecasters

A market research study released in December finds embedded Linux has become as dependable for developers as real time operating systems. The Embedded Market Forecasters (EMF) study compares the outcomes of hundreds of design projects that used embedded Linux to those that used commercial RTOSes, and further compares outcomes with non-commercial "roll your own" embedded Linux.

Retrieve WAN IP from LAN or Remotely

  •; By xiao_haozi (Posted by xiaohaozi on Jan 23, 2008 8:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
So most of us with a LAN setup have run into this situation. We wish to connect to our LAN remotely while at work or at the coffee shop. Our firewall is setup and ready for NAT on our desired ports and our internal computers/servers on the LAN have the appropriate services running. But our ISP gives us our IP dynamically so it may stay the same for a month or maybe a couple, or maybe it will only stay at the current address for another day. Well let's figure out how we can find our IP in the sea of addresses when far from the comforts of the LAN.

OpenSuSE 11.0 Installer Gets A Face-Lift

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jan 23, 2008 7:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
Last week OpenSuSE 11.0 Alpha 1 was released, and in addition to including KDE 4.0, PulseAudio integration, and various package updates, Alpha 1 features improvements to the OpenSuSE installer. This installer uses Qt4 and is much improved, which warranted us taking a closer look.

Wikipedia, Ubuntu founders back 'open education'

Linux and other open-source software should provide the model for development and distribution of educational materials, according to Ubuntu. The backers of the Cape Town Open Education Declaration, announced on Tuesday, said the initiative is designed to echo the disruptive effect that open source had on the proprietary software world by opening up the development and distribution of educational materials.

Keys to the Slackware kingdom

While Slackware isn't as hard to use as some would lead you to thing, it is different enough from Ubuntu, Debian and Red Hat that a how-to is in no way a bad thing. In fact, a lot of things are easier in Slackware than in other distros because Slack's command-line tools do more of the work for you than many Slackware users would have you believe. (I love xwmconfig, netconfig and pkgtool and wonder why Debian doesn't have similar utilities ... although apt probably makes up for all other omissions.) Still, if there were any up-to-date books on running Slackware, I'd be the first in line to buy one or all of them. Alas, there's nothing out there.

Setting up a linux dialup connection

  •; By xiao_haozi (Posted by xiaohaozi on Jan 23, 2008 5:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
My dirty walk-through to setting up an external modem in Linux using wvdial to dial into an ISP connection. I had some trouble finding a single place with a good write-up for doing such a task when I was setting up a Linux box for someone that had previously been using Windows and a little OS X. Finding dialing info, modem configuration, or slight troubleshooting, alone wasn't too difficult, but finding them in one place in a concise manner was. So I have attempted to compile what I have found, my tweaks and adjustments, and other hints that enabled me to setup a Linux box to use a dial up connection via external modem.

What open code developers can teach PR

Is the real challenge for PR just "influence"? Or is it something bigger than that? If so, are there ways we can help PR move past its history of spinnage and into a future of usefulness? Those are the questions raised for me by "Distributed influence: quantifying the impact of social media", an Edelman paper posted several days ago by Jonny Bentwood on his blog. It's a worthy effort, with good people involved. It is also a work in progress.

Debian Lenny doesn't fix my Nautilus problem, but a look at the bug report tells me why the issue is "resolved"

I half-expected today's massive Debian Lenny update to solve my Nautilus-crashes-when-I-try-to-get-the-properties-of-a-file bug. It did not, but I'm not disappointed. I went back to the original bug report, which was filed with GNOME, not Debian, but is clearly a Debian-only bug. I saw the "solution," but didn't understand it until now. I still don't know how to actually "do" the solution, and for now I'm content to let it ride and see if Debian Testing catches up.

Build Your Own Jabber Server for Private Communication

XMPP is an open technology for instant messaging and presence information. It provides the opportunity to build an open source and free messaging server to handle many applications in varied environments. We are going to setup a XMPP server on a LAN to handle communications between LAN and WAN contacts. By running our own server we can gain some insight into how XMPP and Jabber work, create an efficient and easy to use internal communications setup, connect our server to other servers and services including WAN communications, and last, but not least, we can have our own private communications using SSL. Read on for more on XMPP and how we actually set it all up.

Zend Studio weds Eclipse

With today's release of Zend Studio for Eclipse, Zend has made Zend Studio, which we reviewed last year, even better. This release of Zend Studio introduces a number of terrific features and as a whole provides you with the most feature-rich release of Zend Studio to date. One of the notable features is Zend's use of the Eclipse as the base platform. Eclipse is by default a Java IDE, but should be looked at more like a platform or framework.

Review: Status Report: Chandler Desktop and Server

Earlier this month, the Open Source Applications Foundation (OSAF) announced a major staff reorganization, which included the departure of founder Mitch Kapor as head of the OSAF's flagship project, Chandler. After almost seven years of effort there is finally a release remotely resembling something a casual user might consider giving a try.

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