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No end in sight for Vista's Long Goodbye

Looking for yet another reason to hold off buying Vista? Seven weeks ago, when we first reported Vista was causing many machines to stall indefinitely while deleting, copying and moving files, we were sure the problem was caused by a bug that would be fixed relatively quickly. After all, Vista is Microsoft's flagship product. It's also an operating system. And everyone knows deleting, copying and moving files are among the most basic tasks any operating system can set out to do.

[I have run across this already with the one vista host machine I installed and service. - Scott]

Letter to the Mozilla Corporation

  • *Nixedblog; By Jan Dykstra (posted in blog by: Thomas Holbrook II) (Posted by thenixedreport on May 15, 2007 5:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Mozilla
A nice lady has seen what the TUX500 Project is all about and she loved what she saw. She also remembers being asked for help from the Mozilla Community when the evangelizing of Firefox. This is what she has to say to them now....

How Google translates without understanding

Column After just a couple years of practice, Google can claim to produce the best computer-generated language translations in the world - in languages their boffin creators don't even understand.

A month on the command line, Day 12: Mutt barks!

After days and days of being able to receive IMAP mail but not send it with mutt, I finally cracked the problem. What took me a little while to understand -- that mutt needed a separate SMTP client to send Internet e-mail -- took a lot longer to actually get working.

Large Linux Cluster Storage Backend

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Graham White and Mandie Quartly (Posted by IdaAshley on May 15, 2007 3:27 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Create a working Linux cluster from many separate pieces of hardware and software, including System x and IBM TotalStorage systems. Part 3 provides the first half of the instructions you need to set up the storage backend, including details on storage architecture, needed hardware, and the Storage Area Network.

Linux: Detecting Power Consumption

"What's eating the battery life of my laptop?" Arjan van de Ven rhetorically asked in an announcement about a new PowerTOP utility released by Intel for detecting what Linux programs and kernel tunables are resulting in the most power consumption. "Why isn't it many more hours? Which software component causes the most power to be burned? These are important questions without a good answer... until now."

Looks like Microsoft is ramping up for Son of SCO

Today’s news brings the major reason you should run away from depending on Microsoft technology like it had a case of Ebola. What you as a customer are being told, in essence, is that if you use any technology but Microsoft’s (or those of a company paying blood-money to Microsoft), you are likely to be sued. Finally, this is the do or die moment for the FOSS community. There’s a wolf knocking at the door, and everyone who ever committed a line of code to a project has a stake in keeping it out.

Crushed by the Wheels of Industry

"I'll just convert these back to the .DOC format the older versions use. That's most likely the version you have at school." I told her. But when I read the files in Word 2007 and eventually found the "Save As" entry in the new menu system I discovered to my horror it was grayed out.

FSFLA frees Brazilian tax software

The FSFLA, the Latin American branch of the Free Software Foundation, is claiming a last-minute victory in Brazil in its struggle to remove the requirement to use non-free software for filing taxes online. Having reversed-engineered a free command-line program for filing taxes, the FSFLA is jubilantly announcing that it has "freed the lion" -- "lion" being a colloquial term in Brazil for taxes.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 87

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 87 for the week of May 6th through May 12th, 2007.

KOffice ODF Sprint Report

The two days of the KOffice ODF sprint were very productive. Most time was spent on group discussions, and designing specific parts of KOffice in smaller groups. Of course, code was written as well, and for an overview of what happened, read on!

Microsoft's reignites its war on Linux

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on May 14 claimed that "Linux violates over 228 patents. Someday, for all countries that are entering WTO [the World Trade Organization], somebody will come and look for money to pay for the patent rights for that intellectual property." With that comment, Microsoft declared war against Linux and open source yesterday... Oh wait. My mistake, Ballmer made that attack in November 2004.

Linux: Unswappable Kernel Memory

The question was asked on the lkml whether or not memory allocated by kmalloc and vmalloc is swappable. Rik van Reil offered a clear explanation as to why it is not, "unswappable kernel memory is simpler and faster," adding, "there really is no good reason for swapping kernel memory nowadays." He went on to explain..

IBM Lotus Component Designer V6.0

This trial download for the IBM Component Designer V6.0 includes all of the product’s features. You can try this product as a download or on a DVD.

Awards and Moglen mark Red Hat Summit finale

The third annual Red Hat Summit in San Diego concluded on Friday with a half-day schedule of sessions capped off by the presentation of the first annual Innovation Awards. I missed the awards ceremony in favor of a one-on-one interview with Professor Eben Moglen, during which I learned the secret of how to change the world.

Opinion: Put The Power of Linux Into Your Business

So, Mr. Small- and Medium-Businessman, what's holding you up? Don't you need to run a Web site, be able to transfer files around your office, or automate some processes so they run 24/7? Wouldn't you like to put the worry of a virus wiping out your valuable data out of your mind? Have you ever thought about how nice it would be to buy one DVD and be able to load it on all the machines in your company?

Meeting Microsoft's Patent Threat

So, the shape of the Great Battle begins to emerge. As reported by Fortune magazine, Microsoft's general counsel, Brad Smith, reckons free software infringes on no less than 235 of the company's patents...

Microsoft takes on the free world, and loses

"Continuing to spread FUD, with or without the ability to make deals which "validate" it, is the slowest path towards the revolution, but also the one which simply wont do any good for MS either. Its importance will continue fading away while Free Software continues to grow. Microsoft is really out of what they may consider good options here. "

Intentions Clarified - Battle Lines Drawn

It has been a wild day for friends of FOSS. This past weekend was the opening of qualifications for this year's Indianapolis 500 race; a venue where Linux can introduce itself to much of the world. 22 cars are now qualified, and 11 spots remain open in the field. Today also marks the beginning of active warfare on the Open Source community by none other than Microsoft.

Giving Up on Microsoft

  • Coding Horror; By Jeff Atwood (Posted by bigg on May 14, 2007 2:57 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Although I'm still satisfied with my place in the Microsoft development universe, some developers desperately want off the Microsoft treadmill. Mike Gunderloy is a notable example:

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