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Linux Media Center PCs Review Roundup

It seems like only a short time ago when the idea of running Microsoft's Media Center Edition of Windows (MCE) struck me as the best idea in the world. It gave the appearance like it did it all, but that changed as MythTV developers honed their own skills and really took the MCE platform to task. Today, MythTV remains ahead in features and even has a few small, non-US OEMs selling these boxes, ready to go.

Novell punts world's most expensive Linux distro

You could get 18.4 copies of Vista Home Premium for that. One of the favourite public refrains of the FOSS movement is that Windows is too expensive, and that Microsoft swindles consumers, governments, taxpayers, penguins, and orphans.

Is Ubuntu losing its crown to PCLinuxOS?

Asked to name the most popular Linux distribution today most users would probably point to Ubuntu, Mandriva or SuSE. But there is a dark horse that appears to making big waves.

Announcing the KDE 4.0 Release Event

On January 17-19, the KDE community will present KDE 4.0 with a Release Event at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. The purpose of this event is to celebrate the anticipated release of KDE's new desktop environment and development platform. In addition to the KDE community, representatives from businesses, press and other Free Software groups will attend. We hope this event will help spread the word about KDE's new release and how it impacts the future of the Free Desktop. Read further for more information about this event.

Hardware Compatibility Ratings

Frederic Lepiedannounced the website on the Linux Kernel mailing list,"the site is collecting hardware compatibilities and incompatibilities with Linux distributions in a collaborative way: users run a hardware collector program, upload the resulting file and then rate and comment how their hardware works."The project's website goes on to explain,"components are rated according to their Linux compatibility. You'll see on the site some numbers like 4.5 x 2 for rated components. This means that the mean note for the component is 4.5 and that 2 persons have noted this component." The rating scale goes from -5"does not work" up to 5"works out of the box".read more |Sponsor

Distinguishing Between Free Software and Freeware

I ran across a business website that refers to Amanda and Bacula as freeware. While I realize the average user may not recognize the difference, those of us who know better should distinguish clearly between the terms freeware and Free Software.

A script to tell which workstations are using Samba shares

A combination of Linux utilities can help you determine who on your network is using which of your shared filesystems at any given time, allowing you to ask those users to log off while you update the system.

Why I Chose Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 3, 2007 7:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
For the last couple of months, I have been racking my brain to understand why some people are able to migrate to Linux easily, while others take longer to switch and others still have no interest in giving it more than a 2-day test drive?

Puppy Linux 3.0 - Small with a big bite

Looking for a small, fast Linux system? Take a look at Puppy Linux 3.0, which weighs in at just 96MB and runs from just about every imaginable media including CD, DVD, flash disk, hard disk and Zip disk.

Sabayon Linux 3.4f - Work Of A Wifi Genius.

As the sales of notebooks surpass the sales of desktop computers, any Linux distributions will have to support the wifi component of the notebooks. The best so far is Sabayon Linux version 3.4f.

ReviewLinux.Com: Puppy Meet My USB Key

Puppy Linux is a great Linux distribution to place on a USB key. It's easy installation instructions make it a breeze to install. From boot up to installation on your key in under 10 minutes. It's just that fast. Puppy Linux 3.0 was released October 2 2007 and I thought I would give a small tour on walking your puppy to the key. Enjoy!

PCLinuxOS Magazine October 2007 Issue 14 Released

PCLinuxOS Magazine, October 2007 (Issue 14) is available to download.  We apologize for the delay in this release; final touches on the new PCLinuxOS Magazine website helped prevent us from releasing yesterday.  If you'd like to be informed immediately about our releases, please signup for the Magazine-Announce mailing list .


As we always do, the HTML version is simultaneously being published for low bandwidth users.  The HTML Site is W3C standards compliant for easy browsing.

Some highlights include:

  1. Tips for a Cooler Laptop
  2. KDE User Guide, Part 9
  3. The Hardware Database Needs You
  4. Keyboard Shortcuts
  5. How to repair a broken xorg.conf
  6. And more...

Levanta 6.0 Brings Sophisticated Automation Capabilities to Linux-based Data Centers

New policy-driven end-to-end automation functionality increases business agility and operational resiliency while reducing TCO

Another low-cost Linux laptop gets a price hike

First the US$100 OLPC laptop is selling for US$200, now we find out that the Eee PC from Asus will cost more than US$199.

Open source entrepreneur turns his hobby into an Inc. 500 enterprise

iFAX, a commercial company that is built on open source fax server software HylaFAX, was recently included in Inc. Magazine's 2007 list of the top 500 fastest growing companies in the United States. iFAX founder Darren Nickerson says one of the keys to iFAX's success has been its commitment to the open source community behind HylaFAX. "Our success is tied to the openness of the software."

Red Hat Certified Challenge: History of open source

Thanks for your submissions to the first round of the Red Hat Certified Challenge! The topic was history of open source. The judges have answered the questions and ranked their difficulty to determine a winner. The next topic is open source and the law. Get your questions in! Answers will be posted two weeks from today.

Open News Podcast Episode 28 Released

This week on Open News Bundling Windows No Good In Europe, Monsoon Settles GPL Dispute, and the OSI Finds Fault With MS-PL.

Swedish police saves 400 cars by using MySQL

The world of a penguin writes about that the Swedish police will use MySQL and that they save the amount of 400 fully equipped police cars in the period of five years.

Install Oracle on OpenSolaris DomU at Linux Dom0 (64 bit)

This installation has been done to evaluate OUI (disk I/O) performance on OpenSolaris DomU versus OUI performance on Linux (CentOS 4.5,5.0) HVM VMs on the same box. Difference appears to be very noticeable.

PC-BSD and Ubuntu on the $0 Laptop

Sure Zenwalk was doing all right on the $0 Laptop (Gateway Solo 1450, 1.3 GHz Celeron, 256 MB RAM). But I had Partition Magic, and it was time to divide the / partition in half to dual-boot. My first test was PC-BSD 1.3 (I've had the CD for a few months.) It's the first BSD I've ever been able to boot. ... Big surprise: Unlike Zenwalk, PC-BSD has some kind of laptop power management implemented. The fan finally fell silent, only turning on occasionally.

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