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13 reasons why Linux should be on your desktop

In this guest column, technology marketing consultant Kim Brebach, who last month published an essay titled "13 Reasons why Linux won't make it to a desktop near you," discovers why desktop Linux has thrived despite what he terms its "troubled childhood."

Community is top priority in monetizing open source Openads

Openads, formerly known as phpAdsNew, is one of the more successful open source development projects. Its online advertising software is used by many thousands of domain owners who want to make a profit on their Web content by selling advertisements. Scott Switzer, the project leader, recently went commercial with the project, securing $5 million in venture capital and a new CEO straight from Skype. The key to the company's success? "I have really seen the value in what a community can give to a software project," he says.

Ubuntu by Dummies: switching between saved network settings

I never read the manual. That can be a detriment in Slackware, baffling at the command line, soul-killing in FreeBSD (OK, that's just my experience) and ... just slightly irritating in Ubuntu. I have saved network settings for home (dynamic IP) and the office (static IP) -- a feature that didn't work at all in Xubuntu but is operational in Ubuntu 7.04 -- but I was baffled as to why, when changing from one of the saved settings to the other, the change would not go into effect unless I rebooted.

KDE 3.5.8 Release Fixes Hundreds of Bugs

The KDE community today released KDE 3.5.8. While the developers' main focus lies on finishing KDE 4.0, the stable 3.5 series remains the desktop of choice for the time being. It is proven, stable and well supported. The 3.5.8 release with its literally hundreds of bugfixes has again improved the users' experience.

Linux Product Insider - On Your Marks, Get Set...Gutsy Gibbon!

Welcome to a new blog here atLinuxJournal.com,"Linux Products Insider". I'm James Gray, Products Editor atLinux Journal. After the spam has been deencrusted and hucksters repelled, I'll use this space to update you on the latest and greatest products and services that I find using my secret channels. This week, I had the chance to take part in a press conference with Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Ubuntu. Read on to learn why Shuttleworth's is so fired up about the new Ubuntu 7.10"Gutsy Gibbon" (available this week), as well as why he thinks Ubuntu is so darned successful.

SSH with Putty

  • PolishLinux.org; By goudacaster (Posted by michux on Oct 16, 2007 10:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU
One of my favourite tools (that I use almost everyday) is PuTTY. I use it both on Windows (very useful because Windows has no SSH client) and on Linux. It is a program that enables SSH connections using a graphical interface. It also allows for the establishment of SSH tunnels as well as omitting some of the restrictions to Internet access.

Using the XBox 360 as an HTPC with uShare

uShare is an UPnP (TM) A/V & DLNA Media Server. It implements the server component that provides UPnP media devices with information on available multimedia files. uShare uses the built-in http server of libupnp to stream the files to clients. We discovered uShare as an way of connecting Microsoft's XBox360 to a Linux PC.

How a timer wheel algorithm can reduce overhead

Reduce the overhead of per-tick processing with a timer wheel algorithm that implements the retransmission timer. In this article, learn how to get lower granularity with your retransmission timer by using the AIX TCP fast timer, and discover other advantages of lower timer granularity.

Ubuntu goes 3-D

The folks at Canonical have started to prepare their servers for downloads of the latest Ubuntu release - 7.10 or "Gutsy Gibbon." Past Ubuntu releases have been marred by downed servers, as the Umbongo faithful rush to get their fresh code injection. So, this time around, Mark Shuttleworth and crew are doing their outreach early. They've started talking up the OS before it's available on Thursday, hoping to spread out demand a bit. With 7.10, Umbongo users will find fresh additions for the client and the server.

SA FOSS awards launched

Prizes up for grabs as awards encourage students to get involved with free and open source projects and make a difference.

O3Spaces 2.2: A step closer to open source

O3Spaces is a proprietary integrated collaboration and document management application for workgroups and businesses. Almost a year after its launch, the company behind the software has released version 2.2 beta. While the new version doesn't offer any earth-shattering new features, O3Spaces 2.2 sports a wealth of improvements aimed at solidifying its position as a viable alternative to Microsoft SharePoint.

Court Continues Microsoft Antitrust Case

Two antitrust claims brought against Microsoft Corp. by Novell Inc. can proceed, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz of Baltimore dismissing four of Novell's six claims but keeping the other two alive.

The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva 2008 Free (Mandriva 2008.0)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Oct 16, 2007 4:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mandriva
This tutorial shows how you can set up a Mandriva 2008 Free (Mandriva 2008.0) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

Retain and recall long paths with rr utility

rr -- short for retain and recall -- is a small utility that's both simple and useful. When you need to work on a config file buried deep in the bowels of your system and don't want to type its full path name to do so, rr is just the thing.

BBC embraces Linux at long last

The BBC has at long last announced it is adding Linux support to the forthcoming TV over the Internet iPlayer service.

Linux vs. Windows Power Usage

Since publishing our Ubuntu power tests, where we had monitored the power consumption of the past six Ubuntu releases going back two years on a laptop, we've had repeated requests for a power comparison between Windows and different Linux distributions. Well, in this article are the first set of results from that testing. We've compared the power consumption of Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Fedora 7, and Ubuntu 7.10.

Creating a Free Market for Personal Computer Platforms

  • Club Troppo; By Nicholas Gruen (Posted by conz on Oct 16, 2007 12:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft
You may not be aware of this, but you’re probably reading this editorial using a product sourced from perhaps the world’s largest monopoly market. A monopoly more profound and more ingrained than any run by a former government telco or a gilded-age robber-baron. The market? Personal computer platforms. The product? Microsoft’s Windows.

Document Format Standards Committee "Grinds to a Halt" after OOXML

As you may recall, Microsoft's OOXML did not get enough votes to be approved the first time around in ISO/IEC - notwithstanding the fact that many countries joined the Document Format and Languages committee in the months before voting closed, almost all of whom voted to approve OOXML. Unfortunately, many of these countries also traded up to "P" level membership at the last minute to get more influence. And that's turning out to be a real problem.

Novell Delivers Desktop-to-Server Software Suite for Small Businesses

Novell today announced that the Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition is now available to customers worldwide. A Linux-based desktop-to-server solution tailored to meet the needs of small businesses, the Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition combines the flexibility and cost efficiency of open source software with the support of an established enterprise software vendor. The new suite provides small businesses with productivity tools and a networking infrastructure at a fraction of the cost of alternative, proprietary-only software bundles.

PHASEX: A New Linux Softsynth

Development of native Linux audio plugins and softsynths may not be so relentlessly rapid as it is in the Windows and Mac sound software worlds, but new things do appear. This week I profile a cool new (well, relatively new) Linux softsynth, William Weston's Phase Harmonic Advanced Synthesis EXperiment, also known asPhasex.

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