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I upgraded two of my home systems from Breezy to Dapper Kubuntu. One is AMD-64, one is i386. I write about this stuff for a living, and would rather tinker than work anyday, so it here we are. The upgrade went OK, but not nearly as well as a plain-vanilla Debian installation. And the K/Ubuntu devs seem determined to make printing painful.
A guide for installing, configuring and using Mozilla Thunderbird, Enigmail, and GnuPG to provide secure and encrypted email
No hols without homework
Much like the Vista release date, Microsoft's hopes of a speedy European antitrust case settlement are receding. The company is "some more months" away from a settlement with the European Commission, Microsoft's european president Jean-Philippe Courtois said today.
Nowadays, with more and more governmental censorship (and with it getting worse by the day, just look at Slashdot’s privacy section) and reports of hacking into major servers becoming almost a daily occurrence, we all want the maximum security and privacy possible online. Thankfully, some great free software projects have risen to the challenge! Here are some simple steps to keep your "stuff" safe:
If you really want a free and good replacement for Microsoft Office, you should be looking to OpenOffice.org, not Google.
Firefox browser is safer, faster on most Web pages and has more features
Rockbox is an open source replacement firmware for MP3 players and it runs on a variety of models:
- Archos: Jukebox 5000, 6000, Studio, Recorder, FM Recorder, Recorder V2, Ondio FM and Ondio SP
- iRiver: H100 and H300 series
- Apple: iPod 4th gen (grayscale and color), 5th gen (Video), Nano and Mini 1st/2nd gen
- iAudio: X5 (including X5V and X5L).
- Additional models are in development.
Last year, survivors of the many hurricanes that struck the Gulf Coast of the United States suffered from scarce resources and limited communication avenues. With families separated and desperate to find one another, ContactLovedOnes.org launched a free call-in service, based on open source software, that helped them to reconnect. Now, with hurricane season approaching once again, ContactLovedOnes.org is ready for the deluge.
NASHVILLE -- While some just talk about the quality of open source software, Red Hat said it's actually doing something about it.
Many people prefer working with laptops instead of desktops for the flexibility they offer. Some of them would also like to switch to a free and open source operating system like GNU/Linux and have their laptop do all the things that proprietary OSes offer, such as suspending their laptops. Several distributions try to make this work out of the box, but knowing what's under the hood always comes in handy, particularly when something goes wrong and needs fixing. Let's take a look at how to suspend and hibernate your laptop under Linux.
OSVids.com responds to the Linux community, converts video library to Ogg-Theora.
With the latest GNU Telephony releases of GNU Bayonne, I have experimented with and introduced a new lightweight kind of XML based web service that I call serverResponse. This was meant to offer something functionally capable of supporting automated remote procedure callable services, but that is far simpler to operate and requires far less code to support than SOAP or even XMLRPC. This is built around a new XML dialect called serverResponse, which suggests it is related to XMLRPC methodResponse in nature.
Cybersource has released a free toolkit which offers system builders and whitebox hardware resellers a method for differentiating their PCs and laptops from those of top-tier hardware vendors.
Bacula Network Backup Implementation
Open Source VoIP vendor Digium is releasing the latest version of the Asterisk Business Edition this week, which includes new security and voice features, as well as a new Linux distribution base.
In a response to mail, one tech writer offers advice to a user having problems with saving MS Word 2003 files to USB Flash drives. Apparently, the manufacturer's tech support suggested "deleting everything and using a recovery disk". From the article:
"A: Once again, readers, beware of ''support'' people when they tell you to delete everything from your computer. It means they don't know what to do, but it doesn't mean it is the RIGHT thing to do."
[For those of our readers who still have a copy MS Office lying around, or who still have to support it. There is also a response involving Firefox's disappearing bookmarks. - dcparris]
Every discussion of software patents ends with commenters roundly condemning the greedy sleazebags who filed them. But when pressed, one software patenter told Email Battles why he seeks patents for his software
, in succinct terms that will strike home with every programmer and business manager. For an attorney, this guy sure can simplify.
It's not all about the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP when it comes to portable gaming, other machines are on the market with their own unique selling points, like the GP2X, a Linux-based handheld console that can boast more than 500 games titles - all of them free to download.
Portable legal document format
Microsoft is digging in for legal action from Adobe after the two fell out over the inclusion of a "save as pdf" feature in next year's Office suite. [Microsoft Monitor has an interesting perspective on this story. Betchya can't guess who's blowing smoke. - dcparris]
It's only Rational
Developer silos: who needs 'em? IBM says they are a Bad Thing and here is why:
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