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Ubuntu takes on XP in the gadget arena

Many Linux users keep Windows around because they know Linux won't (easily) do some special "thing" they can't live without. But this is 2006, and Linux has come a long way toward being a true desktop alternative. I decided to compare Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Badger with Windows XP SP2 to see how each performed with three late-model digital accessories -- a Polaroid izone 550 camera, a Panasonic PV-GS150 camcorder, and a Hewlett-Packard PSC 1510 printer/copier/scanner. Ubuntu did very well, but could it beat Windows?

Funding free software projects

  • Blog; By Mark Shuttleworth (Posted by tadelste on Feb 14, 2006 9:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Successful open source projects are usually initiated by someone with a clear vision and also the knowledge to set about turning that vision into reality. But what happens when someone has an idea and also has the resources to hire programmers to execute that idea?

Network Monitoring with Ethereal

If you're familiar with network analysis tools but still haven't taken Ethereal for a spin, here's a quick look at what it can do.

Chris DiBona talks Google

  • Linux Format; By Susie Denmark (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 14, 2006 8:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Former Slashdot editor, games programmer and consultant Chris DiBona talks about his new work at Google in a brief interview over at Linux Format. Most notably, DiBona points out that Google wants to follow IBM's lead in not attempting to control open source, and he also highlights the reasons why Google will never be a 100% open source company.

Web site helps you log-on to subscription sites and conceal identity

  • Lxer.com; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Feb 14, 2006 7:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
People complain about sites that require you to obtain a subscription and you don't want to sign up. So, you miss the opportunity to read an article.

At Lxer, we only require registration if you want to post comments. That's part of our terms of service. We want to notify you if we moderate a comment.

But some sites want your name address and email strictly for advertising. So, here's a place to go when you just want to read an article they submitted here or Google News, etc. Visit them at Bug me Not

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Recognizing rudeness in the open source culture

One of the defining characteristics of open source culture is its distinctive notions of what does and does not constitute rudeness. While the conventions described below are not unique to free software development, nor even to software in general—they would be familiar to anyone working in mathematics, the hard sciences, or engineering disciplines—free software, with its porous boundaries and constant influx of newcomers, is an environment where these conventions are especially likely to be encountered by people unfamiliar with them.

Gentoo Linux founder quits Microsoft

After working for Linux's rival for less than a year, Daniel Robbins has quit his job, complaining that he was unable to work at his 'full level of technical ability'

Scalix 10 Promises Enterprise-Ready Calendaring, E-Mail

Scalix and Open-Xchange announce new products at San Francisco's Open Source Business Conference.

Automatix, the answer to Ubuntu newbie prayers

Getting Ubuntu configured “just right” used to take time, effort, and command line skillz. And then came Automatix – the fastest and easiest way to get Ubuntu rocking.

Get the facts: Linux vs Windows on TCO

The OSDL and Levanta have kicked back at Microsoft's "Get the facts" campaign, with research of their own proving that Linux offers lower or equal total cost of ownership than Windows in the enterprise environment.

E-Governance major focus on 2nd day of LinuxAsia Convention

  • India Infoline (Posted by tadelste on Feb 14, 2006 5:05 AM EDT)
The second day at the LinuxAsia 2006, the region’s premier Open Source conference and expo, saw speakers from government and industry recount experiences in implementation of Open Source e-governance projects.

Speaking at the e-Governance Forum in the convention, Dr. Neeta Shah, Director E-Governance, Government of Gujarat, informed that the state government had taken up an ambitious project, completely based on open-source, which will integrate 100 plus different department web sites, on a single platform. The project, called “e-databank’ is expected to make life much easier for the common man. Mr. Prakash Kumar, IT Secretary Government of Delhi, offered to guide other state governments in emulating the successful e-governance initiatives of the Government of Delhi.

He, however, pointed out that in some cases the IPR is not owned by them, which becomes a hindrance in transferring the code. He also mentioned the need of standardisation of basic processes and systems of data capture and citizen interaction, across the country, so that the states can share and optimize resources. He averred that open-source would be an ideal solution for citizen interface as it is regional language friendly.

First Look at VectorLinux SOHO 5.1.1 Deluxe

  • Mad Penguin; By Adam Doxtater (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 14, 2006 4:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Slackware
When you think of Linux, what distribution comes immediately to mind? The answer will most likely be different depending on whom you ask, and for different reasons. For me, it's Slackware Linux. The reason is that it's not only the oldest surviving Linux distribution on the planet, but it's also one of the best desktop distributions going... in my book at least. Many of you would suggest SUSE, Mandriva, Linspire, Fedora, or Xandros as a better desktop choice by design, and in all respect you would be absolutely correct... but not for me. Slackware is faster, more stable, and allows me to do what I want with it without obstruction. Sure, the other distros are cool, but Slackware has some serious mojo.

Linux Cluster Urban Legends

  • http://www.clustermonkey.net/; By Douglas Eadline (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 14, 2006 3:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Just like there are "Urban Legends" that never seem to die, so it seems there are "Cluster Urban Legends" that persist even today. We have all seen or heard them. Wacky things people say about HPC clusters. As a service to the HPC (High Performance Computing) community, and to the world at large I have decided to prepare a list of my personal favorites. Hopefully, these legends (misconceptions) will eventually fade, but then again, this is the Internet age.

E28 Limited to Add Boingo Wireless Toolkit to Linux Smartphones

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Feb 14, 2006 2:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Global Wi-Fi Roaming Authentication Enhances E28's Lineup of Sleek, Powerful, Dual-Mode Handsets With Public Broadband Options to Improve VoIP and Streaming Media

Sun plans to get Linux on UltraSPARC via Xen

Sun has plans to offer the Linux set a bit of Niagara Viagra. Sun's engineers have been beavering away on a hypervisor layer that sits on the company's UltraSPARC T1 - aka Niagara - processor and allows operating systems such as Linux and BSD to run on the chip

OpenSolaris charter ratified

Sun Microsystems and Sun's Community Advisory Board have both ratified the OpenSolaris Charter. The charter's two main aims are the creation of an OpenSolaris Governing Body and the creation of a constitution for OpenSolaris.

Survey Shows Linux Is the Better Server Choice

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by tadelste on Feb 14, 2006 12:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion: Get the real facts. Linux takes up less time to run and provision than Windows. (Linux-Watch)

Hosting service favorites: Gallery

  • Free Software Magazine; By Martin "MC" Brown (Posted by fsmdave on Feb 13, 2006 11:39 PM EDT)
There are many different web-based photo systems available. One of these is the aptly named Gallery, a free software project that provides a completely web based environment for the display and management of photos (and movies) over the web.

Open Source convention concludes

NEW DELHI: The Education Forum drew healthy and vigorous debate at the three-day LinuxAsia 2006 convention, the region's premier Open Source conference and expo, which concluded here on Friday.

The role of open source solutions as a means of extending education to all and raising the standards necessary for India to be a human resource centre for the global Knowledge Society was highlighted. Different speakers raised successes, best practices, as well as challenges during the deliberations.

The Forum began with a keynote address by Dr. M.S. Vijay Kumar, director of Academic Computing at MIT, and an advisor to the National Knowledge Mission. Dr. Vijay Kumar said the power of Open Source as a collaborative platform was demonstrated by the “Open Courseware” project of MIT, under which a wealth of knowledge in the form of courseware had been made public.

CIOs: Open-Source Software Offers Cost, Quality Benefits

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by bstadil on Feb 13, 2006 10:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A panel of IT officials say open-source software is more than good enough for just about all their needs, except maybe the database.

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