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Windows vs. Linux vs. OS X

John Halamka has a penchant for experiments with new technologies. In 2004, the now 44-year-old CIO of the Harvard Medical School and CareGroup, which runs the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who is also a practicing emergency room physician, was one of the first people to have an RFID chip containing a link to his medical records implanted in his body (it's near his right triceps.) Next April, he and Harvard geneticist George Church will become the first humans to have their DNA sequenced and their full genetic makeup posted on the Web.

Linux ‘Mobilizing’ Against Windows

Linux may be the one to connect that call on your next cell phone. That’s because the open-source operating system is poised for strong mobile growth, analysts and a Linux startup said Wednesday. The number of Linux-enabled cell phones is expected to grow to more than 203.9 million in 2012, almost 96 times more than 2.5 million units in 2005, according to a report from ABI Research analyst Stuart Carlaw.

Grandfather clause ticks off Linux set

The latest draft of the GNU General Public Licence (GPL) has caused more ructions in the Linux community. Some have damned it for seemingly legitimising the controversial Novell/Microsoft agreement on intellectual property rights, while others say it has effectively closed the door on future collaboration between the open-source and proprietary software industries.

Damn Small Linux issues v3.3 update

The project team of Damn Small Linux, one of the most lightweight Linux distributions available, released version 3.3 on April 4. The latest "DSL" features a 2.6.20.4 kernel, the Fluxbox window manager, and a rich set of applications, wrapped up tight in a 49.6 MB package.

[Fluxbox may not have all the bells and whistles but for an OS that's only 50megs in size, DSL can't be beat. - Scott]

Sun plans open source network attached storage

Sun Microsystems is planning an announcement next week on a new strategy for open source network attached storage (NAS), according to industry insiders.

History Repeats Itself - Linux Again Kicked To The Curb

Google's road to riches, their own personal Horatio Alger story, was paved with the code and efforts of the Linux/FOSS community. Google still refuses to acknowledge the need for a viable desktop search tool for the Linux Desktop. However, they have found the time and resources to add another one to the Mac. That's odd in itself. Wasn't Spotlight supposed to do that?

Using Sharp Fonts On A GNOME Desktop

You might have noticed that fonts are quite fuzzy on Linux desktops which can make your eyes ache if you have to sit in front of your computer all day long. Font rendering is still a little bit awkward and one of the last weaknesses of Linux desktops. This tutorial shows how you can make GNOME and all GNOME applications (such as Evolution, the file browser Nautilus, etc.) use sharp fonts. In fact, we will use the Microsoft Windows standard font, Tahoma, as the standard font in GNOME, too, which will make the desktop look quite familiar if you are used to working with a Windows desktop.

Linux for Clinics Alpha Release

Linux for Clinics has released a Alpha testing release. Known issues... 1. Ubiquity icon is from Ubuntu 2. Initial boot screen on Livecd is still Ubuntu 3. Forgot to remove Gnome-Games 4. Forgot to install the medical dictionary for openoffice.org 5. No LFC upgrade path...Have not implemented our repository yet.

Compiz and Beryl reunited officially

After several weeks of discussion the leaders of Compiz and Beryl have agreed that the two communities shall reunite. This decision is supported by both David and Quinn and represents the majority decision of the administrators and developers in each community. At this early stage not a lot has been decided, but these are the main points of the agreement:

Installing and configuring spamd

Yesterday we looked at spamd, a service designed to reduce the flow of spam to your email inbox. Now that we know some of its advantages, let's put it to work.

Ekiga videophone gets you connected

Linux has come a long way in a lot of areas, but if my experience is an indicator, we're not much further along in the use of personal webcams today than we were five years ago. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts to use Ekiga (formerly GnomeMeeting) as a video phone, I finally prevailed and got Ekiga working with both sound and video. The problem -- as always seems the case with computer peripherals under Linux -- begins with drivers, or rather, the lack of drivers.

Howto Setup Streaming Media Server in Ubuntu GNU/Linux

  • only Ubuntu (Posted by gg234 on Apr 5, 2007 11:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
If you have a large music collection then streaming it across a LAN, or the internet, is a logical thing to do with it.This is simple guide how to setup Streaming Media Server in Ubuntu GNU/Linux

Transgaming Cedega 6.0 Preview

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Apr 5, 2007 10:57 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
While id Software and Epic Games are among the few major companies that are Linux gaming patrons, if you've been wanting to play such games as Battlefield 2142 or Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, you will now be able to do so starting April 14! Next week Transgaming will be introducing Cedega 6.0 "Swordfish". Among the features are increased performance, usability improvements, and a horde of new games support. Phoronix was fortunate enough to receive an advanced media release copy of Cedega 6.0 and today we will be just hitting the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all of the changes that make up this release.

M2m dev kit bundles Wind River Linux

Oxford Semiconductor is shipping a Linux-based development kit for its recently-launched ARM9-based SoC (system-on-chip) for machine-to-machine (M2M) messaging applications, including factory automation, POS (point-of-sales), and building management. The DS-OXETHx954 kit comes with Wind River Platform Linux, and trial versions of Wind River and CodeSourcery tools.

NULLFS Q&A and Systhread at SourceForge

A few noteworthy items for readers. Several readers have asked about nullfs implementations on linux or more correctly template filesystems on linux. The short answers are loopback, libfs and fuse; the longer answer can be found here. Recently a new version of the Enlightenment Thumbnailing Utility was released both at this site and several e17 related sites. One of the requirements for eapps is a repository - one has been setup for all of the systhread code - so anyone who would like to track our projects may feel free to do so. Instructions for sf.net anoncvs can be found on the main coding page.

The Linux Foundation Boosts Its Membership

The three newest members are expected to help deepen the foundation's understanding of the issues and opportunities for Linux in multiple environments.

Openoffice.org receives update

OpenOffice.org has released version 2.2 of it office suite. OpenOffice.org is an office suite similar to Microsoft Office, but written by the OpenOffice.org Community and released under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). When OpenOffice.org first came out, there where many claims that it would act as an Microsoft Office replacement with pundits citing the increased cost of Microsoft's product along with a large feature set that most users never touched.

Next-generation Linux Clusters

At a high level, a cluster is an aggregation of multiple standalone computers (nodes) linked together through a high-speed connection to create a single shared computing resource. A key benefit of this distributed processing architecture is that complex computations can be broken down and run serial or parallel among the individual nodes, resulting in a dramatic improvement in the time required to process large problems and complex tasks. For that reason, clusters are used for CPU-intensive jobs where massive processing power is required, such as when running simulations, computer-aided design, and rendering.

Montavista touts faster, smaller embedded Linux

In a nod toward the RTOS market that founder Jim Ready pioneered, MontaVista is shipping a new version of its commercial embedded Linux distribution said to offer true real-time performance along with a very small footprint. MontaVista Linux Professional Edition Version 5.0 boasts enhanced real-time performance and lower resource usage.

SCO tries to grok Pamela Jones (again)

Come out, come out, wherever you are. The SCO Group has asked a US court to reel in the reclusive legal blogger Pamela Jones ofGroklaw fame in its arcane Linux intellectual property prosecutions of Novell and IBM.

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