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Why do people switch to Mac?

Last month, Tom Adelstein over on sister site LinuxDevCenter asked the question Why do people switch to Linux? The results of a survey of readers on were presented responding to that question, and the results were rather surprising, particularly how little anti-Microsoft feelings had to do with the decision, relative to other factors.

Comment of the Day - November 13, 2005 - Can't Win for Losing

ahz says: "we use GNOME at our office, and I really like it". But, he has some other comments you should read.

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Gnome versus KDE on the Corporate Desktop

Thin client server revitalizes old PCs

  • (Posted by dave on Nov 13, 2005 6:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Frankfurt-based 2X Software Ltd. has released a new thin-client software suite that aims to simplify thin-client deployment and give new life to old PCs, by converting them into thin-client terminals. The client-side operating system is a "small footprint Linux-based OS," and the server-side software works on either Linux or Windows systems, the company said.

ThinClientServer can be used to convert old PCs to thin clients, supports "any" brand of thin-client device, and allows administrators to manage them all from a single management interface, 2X said. The server-side software also provides central management of users' connection settings.

[Ed: Notice the advertisement to your right under "Today's Big Story" -tadelste]

Students say religion research hampered by school's Web filter

  • Herald Tribune; By Markeshia Ricks (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 13, 2005 5:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"We have access to sites on Christianity, Judaism and Islam, but not a lot of the smaller religions, or the various cults and things," said Robinson, who is a member of the Pine View Progressive Club. "We find that the filter picks on some of these nontraditional religions are arbitrary."

[Ed.- Poo, students don't need free speech rights or unfettered access to information anymore than adults do. Someday the entire world will come under the Dept. of Homeloon Defense, the RIAA, and the DMCA, and then we'll all be happy. -tuxchick]

Chip guys say software chaps reverse Moore’s Law

  • TheInquirer; By Mike Magee (Posted by bstadil on Nov 13, 2005 5:01 PM EDT)
SENIOR SEMICONDUCTOR FOLK here at this show think that software engineers are turning the whole industry on its head by halving the time it takes to make great software in the 18 months half as dumb again.

We think the semi guys are saying software engineers are stupid. But then the semi guys are too diplomatic to put it that way.

Worm targets Linux systems

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Nancy Weil (Posted by tadelste on Nov 13, 2005 4:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Plupii, which is also known as Lupper, hasn’t spread much and isn’t seen as much of a threat.

Gallery of Computation

  •; By Jared Tarbell (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 13, 2005 3:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I write computer programs to create graphic images. With an algorithmic goal in mind, I manipulate the work by finely crafting the semantics of each program. Specific results are pursued, although occasionally surprising discoveries are made.

[Ed.- Fascinating, beautiful images.- tuxchick]

SAP man says he really really loves Open Source

From the get-your-story-straight before you speak dept.:

A SUIT from German CRM software outfit SAP has lit out against journalists and claimed they’ve wrenched his remarks out of context.

Spam from Iraq

  • O'Reilly Network; By Brian McWilliams (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 13, 2005 2:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the middle of 2003, Iraqi themes began to surface in new renditions of the typical Nigerian advance-fee fraud or "419" scam spam...junk emailers are often born out of an amalgam of technical skill and economic hardship. Iraq's certainly got a lot of both of those elements right now.

Blogs, Customers & Sony's Rootkit

But you see, they think we are all pirates. Sony is absolutely not unique in that attitude, nor is the problem only in the music industry. Apple has just applied for a patent for "tamper resistant code" -- the very title is wildly offensive -- and if you put that thought together with Sony's system for what they call "sterile burning," well, you have seen the future these paranoid loons would like to arrange for us.

[Ed.- As usual, PJ brings a wealth of detailed information, funny writing, and sharp analysis to the subject.- tuxchick]

KDE to synchronize via OpenSync in future

One outcome of the cooperation between OpenSync and KDE developers agreed upon this summer is that the OpenSync Framework will soon replace the mechanisms to date for synchronizing PIM data between KDE and mobile devices such as mobile phones and PDAs. To achieve this OpenSync will be integrated in KDE in such a fashion that its synchronization mechanisms will be available to all applications via a KIO module. With KitchenSync, to be had via KDE's Subversion System, a first application that makes use of OpenSync already exists. In a comparable fashion to Multisync, which is to be found in many distributions, OpenSync is to interact with various applications and devices with the help of plug-ins.

Tutorial: The Perfect Xen Setup For Debian And Ubuntu

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install Xen on a Debian Sarge (3.1) system. It should apply to Ubuntu systems with little or no modifications.

LXer Feature: We should celebrate

In this article, Bjorn suggests we offer Microsoft a laurel and hearty welcome to He must know something about this Achilles heel.

How Microsoft's Enterprise Desktop Stifles Linux and How to Fix it

Every time I read an article suggesting that Linux cannot budge Microsoft off the Enterprise Desktop, I have a private laugh. If you knew what I did, you would laugh too. The only problem I can see: It's not a laughing matter.


OpenOffice in 11 South African languages

South Africans from all eleven official language groups will soon have access to the latest version of in their home tongue.'s mammoth translation is scheduled to be released with OpenOffice 2.01. Translations of Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird are also due for release.

Gnome versus KDE on the Corporate Desktop

Rumors were swirling last week that Novell was dropping KDE support. This news caused a flood of comments and protests. eWeek even got on the bandwagon and received clarification from Novell on the matter (KDE wasn't being dropped). Finally, Kevan Barney of Novell posted an official statement on Novell's PR blog.

[ed - He is not very informed or accurate about GNOME, but this editorial is one developers view of KDE - ralph]

Xandros, Italy's NoMachine Team Up on New Linux Thin Clients

  • eWEEK Linux; By Chris Preimesberger (Posted by tadelste on Nov 13, 2005 2:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux desktop software maker Xandros and Rome-based NoMachine, which specializes in Linux terminal server remote access and management software, Thursday announced they are teaming up to build new Linux thin-client platforms.

Eveready gets the power of Red (Hat)

  • Express Computers; By Shivani Shinde (Posted by tadelste on Nov 13, 2005 1:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
The ‘Give me Red’ advertisement campaign emphasises the brand recall that Eveready has in India. For its mission-critical ERP too, the company chose a ‘Red’ platform—Linux server software from Red Hat. The need to integrate and streamline processes was the reason for moving from a solution developed in-house. Eveready has nine factories, 14 sales offices and 44 godowns, and the requirement was to connect all these to the company’s headquarters.

User management from the command line

Although Fedora comes with an excellent graphical tool to manage your users (system-config-users), there are times, for example when administering a server through SSH, that user management has to be done from command line.

All operations can be done using the following commands: id, useradd, usermod, userdel, groupadd, groupdel, groupmod, passwd

These exist in every Linux distribution with slight differences in each command’s supported options. The following info applies to Fedora Core and other Red Had based distros.

Sony stole code from Lame in their rootkit

  • Dewinter (Posted by bstadil on Nov 13, 2005 12:13 AM EDT)
Sony themselves felt they were exempt from copyright law when they decided to harass their customers with the now infamous rootkit.

It turns out that the rootkit contains pieces of code that are identical to LAME, an open source mp3-encoder, and thereby breach the license. Who is counting as long as Celine Dion's stuff is protected.

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