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Building a modern IT infrastructure for a small company (10 clients) with a sub-$3,000 budget

“No way! That’s impossible.” Well, actually it’s not. Using Open Source technology, it’s actually possible to create a competitive IT infrastructure for very low costs. Not only does Open Source software enable you to create more customized solutions to better fit your needs, but it also means that you can spend your budget on hardware - not software.

KDE Commit-Digest for 19th August 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: The Summer of Code for 2007 nears its end. Implementation of more features in the Step physics simulation package. More graphical game themes in KMahjongg, KWin4 KShisen, KGoldRunner and KJumpingCube. The start of a new game, KDiplomacy. More development in the Blitz graphics library. Lyrics Plasma applet and other interface work for Amarok 2. The start of the implementation of panels, and a clipboard engine in Plasma. More features in the ODBC Data Sources KControl module. Animation support in the Raptor menu. KCacheGrind is ported to QGraphicsView. MusicXML import function in KOffice.

Dell Creating Consumer PCs Complete with Virtualization

It looks like PC maker Dell is climbing onboard the virtualization train with its consumer PC division. It has been confirmed that Dell is developing a consumer PC line that will run multiple versions of Microsoft Windows and Linux software at the same time using virtualization platforms to perform the magic.

Windows has 'fewer flaws' than Linux

A vulnerability report maintained by Jeff Jones, strategy director at Microsoft's Security Technology Unit, claimed that the firm's Windows XP, Vista and Server operating systems required patches for some 20-45 vulnerabilities each. During the same period, vendors such as Red Hat, Apple and Novell have had to patch hundreds of vulnerabilities, according to Microsoft. Jones released a similar report in June chronicling vulnerabilities reported in major operating systems during the first 90 days after release.

[Ah, there's nothing like the smell of biased reporting from Redmond to start off your Monday.—Sander]

Why would I care about Microsoft?

Whenever I mention in a crowd that I use free software, someone always seems to comment that I must hate Microsoft. When I add that I write about free software for a living, someone is apt to call me a Microsoft-basher. In either case, the implication seems to be that my identity is defined by Microsoft, and, perhaps, is composed of an unhealthy amount of envy. When I reply calmly that Microsoft is mostly irrelevant to me, the people who made these comments seem disbelieving, or at least disappointed. But why would I care about what Microsoft is doing, beyond a mild interest in news that doesn’t particularly concern me?

LPI Exams to Be Offered at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2007

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), (, the premier professional certification programme for the worldwide Linux community, will offer reduced price certification testing during LinuxWorld Conference and Expo 2007 in London. Registered conference delegates and trade show attendees will be able to enter the exams for half price –just £40 rather than the usual price of £80 per exam. LPI will offer LPIC-1 exams (101 and 102), LPIC-2 (201 and 202) exams , the Ubuntu Certified Professional exam and the new LPIC-3 exams (LPI-301 and LPI-302 (Mixed Environment).

Linux Gets Security Blanket Makeover

Trusted Computer Solutions (TCS) has launched what it calls the first Linux hardening tool that is designed to be easy to use and to help system administrators out with compliance issues. The program, called Security Blanket, was first shown last week at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, and will be available on Sept. 17 for Rs 8,118 per licence. It is compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which has partnered with TCS on the system.

Microsoft Faces 3 Big Threats

Microsoft currently faces three primary threats to its future business: Linux and other open-source software, cloud-based computing and a number of players in the entertainment devices space, according to Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner. But Rob Enderle, an analyst with The Enderle Group, disagreed with that assessment, saying the greatest threat to Microsoft is the perception that it cannot compete in many of these areas without cheating.

DistroWatch Weekly: Gentoo Linux - power vs complexity, Ubuntu and Compiz Fusion

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Aug 20, 2007 3:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 34th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Another busy week of beta testing ahead, with Mandriva, openSUSE and Ubuntu all readying their latest development builds to be released later this week. In the news section: the Ubuntu developers worry about regressions in Compiz Fusion, Puppy Linux introduces experimental features, NimbleX delivers a world's first 100 MB live CD with KDE, and Trustix Secure Linux finds itself being slowly abandoned - both by its developers and its users. In the featured article of the week we'll take a look at the current status of Gentoo Linux and question the project's ever increasing complexity. Happy reading!

Why I refuse to call it GNU/Linux

When listening to others talk about GNU/Linux it always strikes me as odd the argument that is used. That the Linux kernel was made usable by the marriage of the GNU tool set to it so therefor it should be called GNU/Linux as it is a blending of the two and Linux is only the kernel. On the face of it this argument makes sense ... if one doesn't think about it too deeply.

Linux Standard Base Broadens ISV Support

The non-profit Free Standards Group is getting big support from ISVs for its latest effort to make sure Linux doesn’t split into a variety of non-conformant versions. The FSG project, called the Linux Standards Base (LSB), already a core standard among Linux platform vendors, is gaining support from commercial and Open Source software makers – including IBM, Novell Oracle, Veritas and MySQL.

Electing Ubuntu Linux

He’s been leading us, let’s face it, for around three decades – far longer than John Howard has been in power in Australia. And if we do say goodbye to Bill Gates and that long succession of Microsoft operating systems – an institution we’ve come to know as Billdom - will the incoming government, which calls itself Open Source, be up to the job?

Microsoft and Open Standards: Can Other Vendors Implement Microsoft's Office Open XML?

  •; By Matthew Cruickshank, Chris Daish and Conal Tuohy (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Aug 19, 2007 11:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
This paper examines whether OOXML can be fully implemented by vendors other than Microsoft and concludes that a number of application specific and undisclosed behaviours (as well as a number of other technical flaws) in the proposed standard make this impossible. Also while Microsoft has waived patent claims for the explicit and required parts of the specification it is clearly stated that this does not extend to the undisclosed behaviours or ambiguous definitions, providing a legal as well as technical barrier to OOXML's implementation.

Dear Linux Journal: News Flash- Women Are People

This just keeps getting worse. Please tell me how anyone could think this is a good idea..

A First Look at Oracle 11g database on Debian GNU/Linux

  • LinuxInsight; By Zlatko Calusic (Posted by linportal on Aug 19, 2007 10:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Oracle
Oracle 11g database has been released just a few days ago, exclusively for Linux at this time. Here's a short review of it's installation, together with screenshots, on an unsupported Debian GNU/Linux distribution - to make it more interesting. While there's lots of great open source databases to choose from, we should still admire Oracle's continued support of Linux OS in enterprise environments.

Unreal Tournament 3 For Linux Confirmed

While everyone was expecting Unreal Tournament 3 for Linux based upon Epic Games providing native Linux clients for their past Unreal Tournament titles, this week it was officially confirmed by Epic's Mark Rein that there will be a Linux client for UT3.

Love and war: the Microsoft patent deals

Few events have created more fodder for the blogosphere, more fuel for Microsoft critics and more emotional responses than the Microsoft patent deals with Novell, Linspire and Xandros. While putting together a list of things people hate about these deals is easy, generating a list of positive aspects is much harder. So I tried to take a more balanced approach and put together a love/hate list about these deals.

Making My Grandparents Leet Linux Users - Part 2

My Grandparents’ Linux desktop had to be super-simple for them to use. While default GNOME or Xfce are pretty straight-forward, I wanted something better. I decided to go with Xfce just because they would not be needing any of GNOME’s fancy features. Like GNOME, Xfce is easily customized but is slightly faster.

Transfer Files to and from Your Nokia Phone

Lately, mobile phones have evolved extremely fast, and whether you need them to access the Internet, record videos, send/receive MMS and SMS messages or e-mails, listen to music or radio stations, cellular phones are the most indispensable devices these days. But today's guide will teach you a very easy way to connect and transfer files to/from your mobile phone using an USB cable through the Pop-Port interface.

Build Your Own Video Community With Lighttpd And FlowPlayer (Debian Etch)

This article shows how you can build your own video community using lighttpd with its mod_flv_streaming module (for streaming .flv videos, the format used by most major video communities such as YouTube) and its mod_secdownload module (for preventing hotlinking of the videos). I will use FlowPlayer as the video player, a free Flash video player with support for lighttpd's mod_flv_streaming module. I will also show how you can encode videos (.mp4 .mov .mpg .3gp .mpeg .wmv .avi) to the FLV format supported by Adobe Flash.

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