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dare to be different!

Take a little Motif, CDE, MS Windows and MacOS, (relative amounts may vary), stir, and what do you get? Probably one of GNOME, KDE and Xfce. Even the alternative window managers (only complete desktop environments were mentioned above) tend to look a lot like either MS Windows or MacOS window decorations. Apart from the really minimalistic things like EvilWM, Ratpoison, or Ion, it’s always the same minus-box-ex or “horizontal traffic light”.

900 fixed bugs with Mozilla Firefox 3 beta 2

  • Thoughts of a future engineer; By Cassanova (Posted by Cassanova on Jan 11, 2008 3:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mozilla
Firefox 3 developers are taking all the time that they need to accomplish their new Firefox. After the Beta 1 Mozilla has released Firefox 3 beta 2 to get more feedbacks about bugs from its testing community. Bugzilla was a little bit busy lately since the beta 1 thousands of bugs fortunately 900 of them are fixed. Firefox developers are trying to reveal more bugs to make their Firefox 3 better. The Beta 2 features are very promising and the Firefox 3 will definitely beat all their competitors.

LDAP script to show available disks

We have an NFS system which involves part of the local disks of all desktops being exported via NFS. Mostly this is consistently accessed via /disk/machinename, but some desktops have more than one local directory that’s exported. I finally got around recently to rewriting the (very old and no longer functional) script to query the LDAP database and get this info for a given machine name.

SCALE 6x brings open source out of the shadows in Los Angeles

Los Angeles may be the second-largest city in the United States, but when it comes to overt, shouting-at-the-rooftops open-source software evangelism, you'd never know it. But there's one shining beacon of activity in the City of Angels, and that's SCALE -- the Southern California Linux Expo -- coming to the Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel Feb. 8-10. With its full title of SCALE 6x -- (it's the sixth-annual show) -- the event features exhibitors, speakers and, I hope, a lot of open-source geekery.

KDE Commit-Digest for 6th January 2008

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Final commits for KDE 4.0 Final before the tagging freeze. KDE 4.0 Final tagged for release. Lots of optimisations and bugs fixed across KDE. Kickoff menu items can now be added to the Plasma desktop or panel. Improved resize and rotate for Plasma applets. Document list sorting in Kate. Various progress in KDevelop. Mailody moves towards using Akonadi for its IMAP functionality, various improvements in Akonadi. Start of a KHotNewStuff2 implementation in Kalzium for downloading molecular files..

Set up wireless broadband access with YaST

Thanks to Linux kernel updates and newly added drivers, wireless broadband access is now easy to set up on laptops. However, some vendors, such as Verizon, don't support broadband PCMCIA adapters. A script can help, but trying to edit a script can be difficult for entry-level users, and Internet service providers (ISP) often provide little information that can help. Enter openSUSE's YaST, a graphical program that can help users configure their laptops to use wireless broadband PC Cards and other types of modems to connect to a network.

Financial group trusts Linux platform to protect customers' assets

Western & Southern Financial Group provides insurance and investment advice for businesses and consumers. The conservative nature of the business means that Western & Southern needed the most secure and reliable infrastructure available. After years of running the Sybase database on Sun's Solaris servers, IT Systems Manager Paul Jackson recognized the need to get the platform "up to speed." When he checked on the cost to replace the proprietary hardware and operating system the company had relied on for so long, it was so expensive that he began looking for another solution.

Android Open Source Phone Shown at CES 2008

At CES 2008, Chinese company Winstron showed off their GW4, one of the world’s first Google Android handsets. According to early reports, the phone is running a basic version of Linux right now, but should be running Google’s open and free mobile platform by March 2008.

File Juggling with Krusader

Konqueror, KDE's default file manager and browser, is a good all-around tool, but that doesn't necessarily mean it fits all your file management needs. Sometimes a dedicated file manager can be a better choice for daily computing. Krusader is a powerful and versatile file manager that can make your work more efficient and productive. Krusader is available with most KDE-based major Linux distributions, including Kubuntu (and Ubuntu with KDE), PCLinuxOS, KANOTIX and so on, and you can install the tool easily using your distro's package manager.

$0 Laptop shakeup: Ubuntu 7.04 is gone, Wolvix Hunter 1.1.0 takes its place

After dual-booting Ubuntu (at times 7.04 and 7.10) and Debian (first Etch, then Lenny, then a couple of Lennies for a couple of days) on the $0 Laptop (Gateway Solo 1450), I've said goodbye to Ubuntu for the time being and decided to install the dependable Wolvix Hunter 1.1.0 (the bigger of the two Wolvix distros) and keep Debian (still Lenny). After "losing" two Ubuntu 7.10 installs to unknown causes -- both times processes began slowing to a crawl -- I thought rolling back to Ubuntu 7.04 would give me something stable. But the boot process for 7.04 began stalling at something having to do with the CD drive (I turned off "quiet spash" in GRUB so I could see where it was dying). I'm thinking that either my laptop or Ubuntu itself must be somehow cursed.

Tutorial: Sharing a Samba File and Print Server Across Subnets, Part 1

It's a common belief that Samba shares cannot be accessed across subnets. But actually Samba can cross subnets. It's easy for Linux hosts, and a bit less easy for Windows clients. But fear not, for we shall guide you through safely past the traps and pitfalls.

CES 2008: Everex Cloudbook UMPC and Gbook Laptop

Today I got to meet with some people from Everex. They showed me their two newest products: the Everex Cloudbook and the Everex Gbook. The Cloudbook - initially known as the CE260 when first announced last June - is a UMPC and it measures 9” in length and weighs only 2 pounds. The Gbook is a laptop that has a 1.5GHZ VIA C7-M processor. It’ll cost $399 and be available though Wal-Mart as well.

OpenVZ joins forces with Ubuntu

OpenVZ and Ubuntu Linux developers on Tuesday will release pre-built Ubuntu virtual machines, designed to allow system administrators to deploy a specialised Ubuntu system in about a minute. Advertisement OpenVZ is an open-source project sponsored by Parallels (known as SWsoft until last month), which forms the basis for the commercial virtualisation software Virtuozzo. Parallels also makes desktop virtualisation software for Mac OS X, among other products. Parallels and Canonical, Ubuntu's commercial sponsor, worked together on the virtualised templates, which are based on Ubuntu 7.10.

Moving from MS Money to KMyMoney

At last. I’m free of Microsoft Money, and therefore very close to being free of all my old proprietary applications. I’ve settled on KMyMoney as a capable free-as-in-freedom bookkeeping replacement. It doesn’t do everything that I was able to do in Money, but I can live with that while hoping some of my “wants” find their way in to later versions. What follows are random observations on my experience making the switch and how the two applications compare in some areas.

Linux-Based VoIP Partnership Announced

Chipmaker Broadcom and software developer Trolltech this week formed a partnership to create a multimedia voice over IP development platform based on Linux. The development platform is intended for original equipment manufacturers that want to build what the companies call "next-generation" IP phones. It combines Broadcom's VoIP technology and Trolltech's Qtopia Linux platform and user interface for mobile devices.

Give Wine apps the look and feel of GNOME or KDE

Wine allows users to run Windows programs natively under Linux without paying a dime. However, there's a tiny problem: programs running in Wine don't look so great. They don't even try to fit into your native GNOME or KDE color scheme or use your preferred fonts. You could use a Windows theme, but themes make Wine run extremely slowly. Luckily, with a little configuration editing, it's easy to make Wine applications look at lot more like the rest of the apps on your desktop.

Making Money With Open Source, Part 1: Turning Users Into Buyers

Navica's Bernard Golden discusses how commercial open source is its own business model and unique in that it faces two "chasms" -- from Geoffrey Moore's Crossing the Chasm -- one involving broad adoption of the free versions of product, and the other involving converting a significant subset of adopters to paying customers.

iRiver to Release GSM, Linux-Based iPhone Clone

Over at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Korean technology firm iRiver has been exhibiting a prototype device known as the "iRiver GSM Phone". According to PC Magazine, the unit bears an uncanny resemblance to Apple's iPhone, is powered by the Linux operating system and features a 3", 480 x 272 pixel touchscreen, single button at the bottom of the device, support for multiple types of media (including Adobe's Flash), support for music subscriptions through Real's Rhapsody service, two megapixel camera and will likely incorporate four gigabytes of flash memory.

The choice of Linux

Many people claim that “Linux is about choice!”. That’s a neat phrase, but what does it mean? Does it mean that you should have the ability to twist and turn 400 different knobs on your Linux install? That’s what some think. Does it mean that you have the right to choose Linux, or choose your flavor of Linux, and then choose from the package sets within those flavors? That’s what I and many others think. There is a very distinct difference here too. Let’s look at it from a food point of view (one of my favorite points-of-view).

Microsoft cooks up OLPC dual-boot mud pie

The news from Nicholas Negreponte that talks are progressing about a dual-boot OLPC laptop gets slapped down by Microsoft which denies any involvement.

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