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How worried should Microsoft be about open source?

Very worried. It may well be true, as Paula details today, that desktop Linux is going nowhere fast in the U.S. Microsoft’s willingness to let users back-off upgrades and stick with XP may have stopped the potential rot in its market share. But it is taking enormous effort for Microsoft to hold its server market share against Linux’ inroads in the enterprise. Another important point. The U.S. is not the world, and Microsoft sells more than just Windows.

Latest OS Version a Free Masterpiece?

  • Earthweb; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Sep 26, 2007 8:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
A free Unix-like OS need not be feared as something that isn't accessible or usable on a desktop. At least that's the hope with the latest release of PC-BSD version 1.4. The release includes a long list of fixes and improvements, with a focus on making the desktop BSD OS easier to set up and use. The official codename for the release is da Vinci, but that doesn't necessarily mean the release is a masterpiece.

Red Hat Does Well, But Why Does It Suddently Need Licensing?

It is already quite well established that Novell failed to stop Red Hat’s momentum after it had signed deal with Microsoft. The figures which Red Hat included in last night’s report left little room for doubt. They were very encouraging. It is still curious to find, however, that Red Hat’s desktop endeavors are facing a barrier which is due to Microsoft licensing (for codecs). This was mentioned about a month ago and it was once again mentioned in the press yesterday.

The inevitability of free software

Is software a product or a utility? Free software proponents say it's as critical to economic progress as fresh drinking water. It isn't hard to get Eben Moglen talking. We were eight minutes into our conversation before I got to ask my second question. But that really didn't matter, because Moglen was describing the future of software, and his perspective is fascinating.

Firefox addon makes web development easy

Taking some tentative steps into the world of web development, James Archibald discovers the sleek power and functionality of the Web Developer extension for Firefox. Although aimed at 'real' web developers, the extension proves to be handy for the novice too.

Miro (Democracy Player) for Linux Reviewed

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 26, 2007 5:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
I have watched Miro (formally known as Democracy Player) grow and mature over the last few years, and I have to admit, it's become quite the addition to my Linux desktop. But how are the users reacting to the name change, and are they offering the content that users are into? Today, we will examine this and explore how Miro could go even further.

Red Hat sees another delay in PC Linux software

Software maker Red Hat Inc., which had planned to introduce a new version of its Linux software for personal computers in August, said on Tuesday that the product won't be out until next month at the earliest.

Windows Media Player 9 & 10 on Linux with Wine

  • Wine-Review; By Thomas Wickline (Posted by twickline on Sep 26, 2007 4:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
I'm aware there are many open source multimedia tools that will play most audio and video formats on Linux these days but many people have come to like Windows Media player over the years. And while Xine and Mplayer will play most .WMV .WMA files, both of these players use Windows codecs that are copied into your /usr/lib/win32 directory. So if your currently happy using the closed source Windows Media codecs why not use the player as well.

Fedora virtualization via Xen

Xen is a powerful new virtualization system that enables you to run multiple operating systems on one computer. Here's how you can install it on your Fedora machine, and how to get it configured to best suit your environment. This article is excerpted from the book Fedora 7 Unleashed by Andrew Hudson and Paul Hudson, SAMS Publishing, August 2007.

Artists: Drop OS X, Give Linux a Try

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 26, 2007 2:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Can artists get away with using a PC over a Mac? When considering the fact that many art students are likely to be working inside of Mac labs at their respective schools, it does tend to make sense to follow the flow of things and use a Mac at home as well.

Remembering September

In early August I stated in this blog that after the OOXML JTC1 ballot closed on September 2, the sun would rise, the birds would sing, and so on. As we are now at the end of the month and about to move into October, I can state that those things all happened. Indeed, from my perspective, September was a very good month, maybe a historic month, for open standards and open source.

Install VNC on Solaris DomU at CentOS 5 or Debian Etch Dom0 (64 bit)

This posting follows up “Install Xen 3.1 Solaris domU (64 bit) at CentOS 5 dom0 (64 bit)” at and gives step by step instruction how to set up VNC on OpenSolaris DomU. In general , everything seems to be already told in OpenSolaris documents.However, I believe that detailed instructions won't be useless at mean time.

phpGroupware Admin: Controlling Access and Setting Preferences

Don Parris discusses how to change user Access and Preferences settings in phpGroupware.

Ubuntu Disappoints, Breaks Promises With Rapid Growth

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 26, 2007 12:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Ubuntu
It's been a wild ride, but I have definitely not regretted my choice to make Ubuntu a major part of my life. As a full-time user, I have been charged by Windows and Linux user alike for not following their own lemming-like mindsets.

Automated user management with Expect

At the large school in Mexico where I'm employed as a system manager, I proposed (and got) a Linux server to replace an old Windows 2000 file server and domain controller for the alumni. I then was faced with the task of adding 3,000 users to this new CentOS 5 server. I wasn't about to add thousands of users and their passwords one by one to the new Samba primary domain controller (PDC) system. With a little help from Calc, a utility called Expect, and shell scripts, I automated the process.

Translation, licensing delay new Red Hat

Linux software maker Red Hat yesterday announced that the latest version of its operating system would be delayed for another 30 to 60 days. The latest version of Red Hat was originally expected in August.

How to move your /home directory to its own partition

If for any reason you need to move your /home directory to its own partition, here you will find how to do it, this will be useful in a lot of situation, because, you run out of disk space, or because you need to reinstall your system, or because you need to have a dual boot system with two Linux distros, sharing the same home directory

The $0 Laptop lives ... barely

I call it the $0 Laptop, because that's what I paid for it. The dead Gateway Solo 1450 I got a few months back now runs. The Gateway's previous owner abandoned it because its DC power plug pretty much disintegrated -- a common problem in these machines because the plug in question is a PC-board-mounted piece of plastic. With a new power plug in place, I decided to try to get some Linux and BSD distros on it. Xubuntu 7.04 had a promising start. After booting the live CD, I even had the panels that went missing in my other installs. But the install crashed, and on subsequent tries, those panels disappeared, so I decided to move on.

SELinux vs. OpenBSD's Default Security

A thread on the OpenBSD-misc mailing list compared the security of SELinux in the 2.6 Linux kernel to what's available in OpenBSD. The general opinion was that SELinux and its policy language are too complex, leading Damien Miller to note, "every medium to large Linux deployment that I am aware off has switched SELinux off. Once you stray from the default configurations that the system distributors ship with, the default policies no longer work and things start to break." Ted Unangst summarized, "the problem with security by policy is that the policy is always wrong."

System emulation with QEMU

QEMU is an open source emulator for complete PC systems. In addition to emulating a processor, QEMU permits emulation of all necessary subsystems, such as networking and video hardware. It also permits emulation of advanced concepts, such as symmetric multiprocessing systems (up to 255 CPUs) and other processor architectures, such as ARM or PowerPC. This article explores QEMU and its architecture and shows how to emulate a guest operating system on a Linux host.

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