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Moving my mother over to Linux

To save money, I cobbled together a computer for my mother out of cast-offs left over from my own upgrades. She doesn't need a cutting-edge computer because she's not a power user, but she does need a reliable machine to run a few basic applications and to access the Internet. I moved my mother from Windows to Ubuntu Linux, and the experience was a surprisingly smooth one.

Giving up on Linux wireless with the Airlink 101 AWLL3028

Even though I found very specific instructions for making the Airlink 101 AWLL3028 USB wireless adapter work with Linux using ndiswrapper, I've pretty much given up. In all cases, I can get the wireless adapter to light up, and I can find a wireless network. I just can't get a DHCP connection started. I don't have enough skill or patience to keep going with it. It's disappointing, but that's the breaks.

LQ Radio Interview - Gareth and Orv from SCALE 6X

In this edition of the LQ Radio Interview series we have Orv Beach, Public Relations Committee Chair, and Gareth Greenaway, Operations Committee and Community Relations Chair, from SCALE - the Southern California Area Linux Expo. We discuss a variety of topics including the history and growth of SCALE, the rise of community/regional Linux expos, Linux and Open Source related news (including the Asus EEE PC and the Sun MySQL acquisition) and more.

JasperSoft Partners with ZuckerReports Creator in Latest Release of Jasper4Sugar

JasperSoft drives operational business intelligence to new level in collaboration with SugarCRM community’s most popular project

Rack-Soft Implemented an ISO 9001 Quality Management System Certified by TUV CERT

Rack-Soft announced the successful ISO 9001:2000 certification by TUV CERT

Cinelerra community forks the video editor

The community surrounding Cinelerra, one of the premier non-linear video editors for Linux, has decided to strike off in its own direction and rewrite Cinelerra under a new codebase. Cinelerra has its roots in Broadcast 2000, a rewrite of Broadcast 2.1 in the late 1990s by its owner Heroine Virtual Ltd. (HV), a mysterious group that has stated its anonymity is necessary to keep the division between personal and professional projects. The Broadcast 2000 name was discontinued in September 2001, and Cinelerra 1.0.0 appeared in August 2002 using the same codebase.

A New User Guide to Linux Communities

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By devnet (Posted by devnet on Feb 6, 2008 2:28 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community, Linux
Are you a new Linux user? Fantastic! Welcome to the world of freedom. Freedom of choice, freedom of expression, freedom from vendor lockin. You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've chosen, installed, and are using Linux there are a few things you should keep in mind as you learn the ropes of your new system.

VLC - The Universial Media Player

VLC (VideoLan) is a cross-platform universial media player. It supports a variety of different inputs, including DVD, VCD, MPEG, AVI, WMV, MP4, and MOV. It has full subtitle support, as well as built-in video filters. There are skins for VLC available at the developer website.

Well-appointed Darkstar Linux has a dark side

Darkstar Linux 2008.1 is one of the first stable distro releases of the year. This distribution from Romania is based on Slackware and is available as a DVD image. For a desktop-oriented distro with its first release in 2004, Darkstar Linux has a lot of scope for improvement; its rock-solid performance and range of applications is overshadowed by its poor hardware skills

OSS project scoops multilingualism award

Dwayne Bailey tells us that was awarded the coveted Pan South African Language Board award for its contribution to multilingualism and nation building over the past decade. The award, ‘Multilingualism and Nation Building: eBusiness Institution of the Decade’, was awarded to the non-profit organisation for its long-running and ground breaking work in the area of multilingual software.

SCO details bleak future

SCO has filed its latest annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and it makes grim reading. The company warns that its shareholders could end with nothing because: "A plan of reorganization could result in holders of our stock receiving no distribution on account of their interests and cancellation of their existing stock." SCO is Chapter 11 - US bankruptcy protection.

In latest release, Nmap looks better than ever

December's release of Nmap 4.50 marked the popular port-scanning tool's tenth anniversary. The 4.50 release includes Zenmap, a cross-platform GUI front end for Nmap which includes a command creation wizard, a scripting engine, and a host of other improvements. Zenmap makes it easier than ever to use Nmap. Port scanners are security auditing tools that allow you to discover hosts and the ports they have open on your LAN or across the Internet.

VoIPowering Your Office: Vishing, Hijacking, Bots, and Other Entertainments

  • VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Feb 6, 2008 8:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
So vishing is not very exotic from a technical perspective, because it's just another form of social engineering, and it's been going on as long as there have been telephones. But VoIP offers some powerful tools to make vishing a more attractive endeavor over VoIP than the old-fashioned PSTN. It's a lot easier to hide your back trail over the data networks (thanks to the the World Wide Botnet), it's easy to spoof Caller ID: Automated calling tools are cheap and easy, and it's dirt cheap to call anywhere.

The eyeOS: A Review

  • Free Web Software Reviews; By Nilotpal Chowdhury (Posted by tuxchick on Feb 6, 2008 7:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
My (decidedly personal) conclusion:This is one cool platform. The idea of accessing files, pictures, videos and music files anywhere on any computer is appealing, especially to hardcore geeks. Just think of a combination of iPhone + eyeOS, or Archos + eyeOS , or Wii + eyeOS(provided the Opera support improves).

Wine-Doors 0.2 first look

So, the last two days I’ve been hard at work coding on the 0.2 structure and user interface, the application layout is a lot simpler and I’ve completely decoupled the user interface from the core functionality.

Open source software and the future of the world

Torvalds has been to and Torvalds has spoken. During a wide-ranging interview the Linux founder speculated on the future of hardware and the control that open source offers vendors. The ramifications of this are remarkable. Come hear the word of Torvalds.

Recycling Old Computer Stuff

  • O'Reilly Weblogs; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Feb 6, 2008 5:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
But thanks to some cool folks at, I learned of two excellent resources for recycling or adopting out old stuff. Costco will give members a few bucks trade-in value on their old electronics, and if your stuff has no trade-in value they’ll send it to a recycler at no cost to you....

2008: Year of the Linux Desktop

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 6, 2008 4:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Are we doing enough to attract new users from the IT community? The results are right here, many of the IT pros do not see Vista as an option any longer, and I personally see a fantastic opportunity for various Linux distros to make a name for themselves going forward.

Using Ubuntu to Bust Movie Pirates: Fair or Not?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 6, 2008 3:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
There are two things that bother me about this article. The first is pirating any copyrighted content. The second is using the tools designed to make computing affordable for all to catch people breaking the law.

Linux: We Got Game

A great list of games available for Linux. A lot of people don't realize how many great open source, free, and paid games are available on the Linux platform.

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