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Will OpenSolaris and Linux Soon Be Trading Code?

Opinion: The GPL 3 may yet change into something that Linus Torvalds can bless, and if that happens, Linux and Solaris may trade code after all.

Embarrassing Messages From Enron's Email

Among other things, Enron prided itself on hiring the best and the brightest. A peak inside its email records provides a contrary view. The sample collected by Email Battles exposes sexual humorists, bathroom jokers, and outright perverts. All in all, a rogues' gallery of sophomoric comedic wannabees. The lesson: Your email (and IM) history lives forever. Hopefully, it won't come back to haunt you like it has the employees of Enron.

Book Review -- The Debian System: Concepts and Techniques

Book Review -- The Debian System: Concepts and Techniques

DistroWatch Weekly: rPath launched, KDE 4, Linux in Iran, Symphony OS 122

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Feb 1, 2006 5:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's fifth issue of DistroWatch Weekly and happy New Year to all our Chinese readers! We'll start with news about rPath, a Linux distribution and company, formally launched last week after concluding a round of venture capital financing. Which Windows applications would you most like to see running under Linux? That's what Novell wants to know -- with some preliminary results of the survey already available -- in order to help with porting them to our favourite operating system. This will be followed by more news about Xandros, Morphix, and SUSE, as well as a link to a mouthwatering bunch of KDE 4 screenshots. In our First Look series, we'll check out the progress the developers of Symphony OS have made during the last three months. Happy reading! Listen to the Podcast edition of this week's DistroWatch Weekly in ogg (4.25MB) or mp3 (5.06MB) format (courtesy of Shawn Milo). Join us at #distrowatch

Photoshop tops "most wanted" Linux app list

Novell has been polling the public for the last month to find out what Windows-only applications, if ported to Linux, would increase the likelihood that people would switch to Linux. CoolSolutions site editor Scott Morris reported on Wednesday that more than 10,000 votes have been counted since the first week of January.

Google? Linux? Goobuntu? Balderdash!

Opinion: There have been too many reports of Google about to do Gigantic, Enormous Things. And then they don't. Or, rather they do, but only when it comes to their real business: search. (Linux-Watch)

Wazobia LINUX.Nigeria wins software independence

  • Daily Sun; By SOLA FANAWOPO (Posted by tadelste on Feb 1, 2006 3:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Nigeria has joined the league of nations that have succeeded in liberating thier citizens from the exploitative clutches of proprietary and hyper-commercial operating system (OS) software by developing local version of Linux as a credible and affordable alternative.

LinuxCertified Announces its Next "Linux Fundamentals" Course

LinuxCertified has announced its next "Linux Fundamentals" course. The two-day introduction to Linux will broaden attendees horizons with a detailed overview of the operating system.

Ark Linux 2005.2 Screencast

  • (Posted by linuxbeta on Feb 1, 2006 3:02 PM EDT)
LinClips has posted a very interesting screencast of the unique Ark Linux 2005.2.

Review: vile editor is anything but

If you code or play with configuration files in Linux, chances are the editor you use is either vi or Emacs. While most people agree that vi is a hacker's tool and Emacs is more of a text editor, flame wars between the two camps aren't uncommon. vile, which stands for "vi like emacs," attempts to bring together the best of both worlds.

Puppy Linux 1.0.7 Screencast

  • (Posted by linuxbeta on Feb 1, 2006 1:28 PM EDT)
Puppy Linux 1.0.7 has recently been released and LinClips has captured it nicely in their Puppy Linux 1.0.7 screencast.

Sun Seeks Linux Customers

The vendor is punching up its global and channel strategies as a countermove to keep customers on its Solaris operating system.

Penguins March for Free Software

  • OhmyNews International; By Roberto Spiezio (Posted by dcparris on Feb 1, 2006 11:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Last year, Dreamworks produced Madagascar, an entertaining and amazing cartoon in which some funny animals escape from a New York City zoo and end up in Africa. The special effects we all could admire in those movies had something in common. They were made by using Linux.

Disk usage analysis and cleanup tools

Most of us use our hard disks like closets, stuffing in files and then forgetting about them. But no matter how big a disk you have, it's going to run out of free space one day, and running out of disk space during an install or a system update could hurt you badly. Keeping an eye on disk usage doesn't take much time or effort. Here are some tips and tools.

Goobuntu, the Google operating system: fact or fiction?

Rumours of Google's potential foray into the world of desktop operating systems continue unabated. Following claims that Google is building an operating system based on Ubuntu by The Register yesterday, screen shots have started appearing on the Web, purportedly of the mythical operating system.

KDE 3.5.1 hits the desktops

The KDE project Tuesday announced immediate availability of KDE 3.5.1 -- a maintenance release for the latest generation of the popular free Linux/Unix desktop. The new offering provides corrections of problems, in addition to enhanced support for existing translations and new translations, the project said.

These chix mean business: righting the FLOSS gender balance in Africa

With a name like LinuxChix, you might almost think this is a flippant group. It isn't. On the contrary, its taking on the very serious job of empowering women in technology - and extending their participation - in the world of Free/Libre and Open Source Software.

[Ed: Good intro to LinuxChix Africa. I was disappointed, however, that they didn't mention any connection to the orginal Linux Chix. - dcparris]

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 121:
We talk to Dave Whitinger and Tom Adelstein from
Update on the Linux World Expo in Boston
Video editing and DVD authoring fun
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EST
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:

You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

Solaris and Linux: No Code Swapping

Sun refuses to reconsider licensing Solaris under GPL 2.0, and Linux Torvalds says Linux will not migrate to GPL 3.0, closing the door on any chance of co-mingling of code between the two operating systems.

My desktop OS: Ubuntu

A few months ago I selected Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) as the new operating system on the Acer TravelMate T290LMI notebook I use at home and for work. In past years I tried other Linux distributions and always returned to Windows. Now I'm sticking with Ubuntu, but I haven't been able to give up Windows altogether yet.

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