Information Week's detailed comparison of Ubuntu and Windows Vista made quite bit of noise today, hitting front pages of Digg and Slashdot. The article was written by a Windows power user. For those who want to hear the other side of the story, Ubuntu News posted a lenghty reply. Saying Windows' "add/remove programs" is equal to apt-get goodness simply cannot go unnoticed.
Why does it take something this extreme to get people's attention? Women have been bombarded with garbage from the same vile sewer that spewed on Kathy Sierra since forever. This makes it look like there is a two-tier system: acceptable levels of abuse, then somewhere, way way waaaay up there is the line that marks unacceptable abuse.
Wine 0.9.36 was released today with Midi support in the CoreAudio driver, mixer support in the Alsa driver, a few MSI fixes, implementation for most D3DRM functions, the usual assortment of Direct3D fixes and bug fixes.
How fast is the Internet? A lot faster than most of us manage to ever experience, if the new Internet Land Speed Record set by a Tokyo University team is any measure.
At Tux500.com you have the opportunity to make your voices, and your currency, heard loud and clear in support of your favorite Linux distribution. Surely the same sentiments we have seen at LXer will be reflected at Tux500, right?
Learn how to develop and deploy your applications on Linux on IBM System p and System I POWER-based servers. This article discusses the similarities and differences that you need to be aware of for the Linux on POWER systems.
Another six months, another release from the Ubuntu folks. The Ubuntu 7.04 release, better known as Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, is another cutting-edge, but not bleeding-edge, release that shows what Linux is capable of on the desktop. I've been running it since the early betas, and have found that it's the best Ubuntu release yet.
Though not a substitute for a word processor, web development suite or a wiki, this simple perl one-liner can be a quick fix for simple mistakes or a fast way to alter a file for whatever reason you might have.
DragonFlyBSD founder Matthew Dillon posted an update on his syslink protocol which he defined as, "a message based protocol that can devolve down into almost direct procedure calls when two localized resources talk to each other." The syslink API will be used to talk to both local resources on the same node as well as to remote resources on a different node. Earlier documentation further explained the networking nature of the protocol, "the Syslink protocol is used to glue the cluster mesh together. It is based on the concept of reliable packets and buffered streams. Adding a new node to the mesh is as simple as obtaining a stream connection to any node already in the mesh, or tying into a packet switch with UDP." In another email Matthew explained how various DragonFlyBSD nodes utilize Syslink to automatically establish the optimal physical route.
This tutorial describes how you can install and configure the Snort IDS (intrusion detection system) and BASE (Basic Analysis and Security Engine) on an Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) system. With the help of Snort and BASE, you can monitor your system - with BASE you can perform analysis of intrusions that Snort has detected on your network. Snort will use a PostgreSQL database to store/log the data it gathers.
Rudd-O interviews Scott James Remnant (by e-mail), the lead Upstart developer. He’s letting us in on juicy details of Upstart and a glimpse of his life. Upstart is a software package that, in all likelihood, will end up as the replacement for the venerable SysVinit and other Linux initialization systems.
There are some basic things I have learned as I convert more an more people over to Ubuntu and if I don’t I get them curious. I have compiled a list of necessary things people must show off to attract more interest and attention to the open source world of Ubuntu.
One of the oldest virtualization products, Win4Lin, is starting to show signs of aging. Win4Lin flourished in 2000, when competition was sparse and expensive. But seven years on, not only are there several virtualization products, but almost half a dozen are available for free. With no visible improvements over its previous version, Win4Lin Pro Desktop 4.0 is now outdated and outclassed.
Are open source security tools really as secure as those available for sale? Yes, say a growing number of enterprises. While some are understandably hesitant to employ solutions that are openly available to hackers and users alike, many organizations are finding that open source tools not only cost less, they are at least as secure as commercial products, if not more so.
The College of American Pathologists has justTransferred SNOWMED CT toInternational Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO). It is now available for use inside any of theIHTSDO Member countries if you are in the US, you can still get it fromNational Library of Medicine viaUMLSKS. However you still have to agree to the License Agreement for Use of the UMLSÂ® Metathesaurus. It provides for some very FOSS unfriendly terms... included after the gap.
It's already been 10 days since I started my DPL term and I haven't made any formal announcement yet, so here it is. It's a bit late to comment on the elections, but let me thank all other candidates anyway, with extra sympathy for Steve McIntyre who for the second time came second by less than 10 votes and Gustavo Franco who had a platform very similar to mine yet wasn't rewarded with as many favorable votes. Also many thanks to Anthony Towns, my predecessor, and Steve McIntyre again for making the switch as comfortable as possible.
For the next interview in the fortnightly People Behind KDE series we travel to The Netherlands to talk to another developer of the KDE-PIM realm. Saving both your hands and your email frustrations - tonight's star of People Behind KDE is Tom Albers.
Don't get me wrong, Fedora is an excellent distribution but it seems to be losing some of its speed. I will still likely use Fedora 7 on a number of personal machines in hopes that Fedora 8 rebounds, but I certainly have been tempted to install Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn.
Adobe's plan to open-source its Flex Web development framework offers at least a partial open-source alternative to Microsoft's Silverlight and Extensible Application Markup Language.
Registration opened today for Ubuntu Live, the first official conference dedicated to Ubuntu. The three-day conference will be held July 22-24 in conjunction with the O'Reilly 2007 Open Source Convention, at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. The conference will showcase a wide-ranging program of expert-led sessions and tutorials to inform and educate the growing Ubuntu community, from power users to the simply "Ubuntu-curious," an O'Reilly spokesperson said.