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Ryan Cloke's vision is to do business in a "better way." He's the owner of TheLinuxStore.ca, a Web site that sells low-cost Linux CDs, laptops, and custom workstations. This morning, to fulfill his vision, he began distributing free CDs of popular distributions like Fedora, Mandriva, Debian, and Knoppix. The response has been overwhelming.
So at midnight on July 13, free.linuxstore.ca opened for business. Demand for the free disks has been brisk, to say the least. Less than 24 hours into the venture, Cloke had more than 2,500 requests for free disks, with SUSE the most frequently asked-for CD set.
"This is a huge amount," Cloke says. "A lot more than I anticipated." He says he's going to need financial help to meet the demand. "I currently only have enough funding to fill 400 requests." The project is funded partly by profits from The Linux Store, but Cloke is also relying on donations and sponsorships from the general public and community businesses.
[Time to help, if you can! -- grouch]
Following a disappointing second quarter and a failure to grow its base of Linux customers as quickly as investors had hoped, the board of directors at Novell Inc. said they voted to oust former CEO Jack Messman and former CFO Joseph Tibbetts last month.
RidgeRun, a stalled start-up focused on Linux development for Texas Instruments (TI) dual-core (RISC/DSP) processors, has re-launched. The new RidgeRun will offer Linux, Windows, and RTEMS BSPs (board support packages), drivers, application development, and software integration services for ARM-based processors from multiple vendors, including TI.
SUSE has announced SUSE Linux 10.2 Codename "Basilisk Lizard" Alpha2. It's downloadable from today on and will be the last community/consumer distribution called SUSE Linux. SUSE Linux will be renamed to openSUSE.
Mark Barrenechea Retains Board Seat Representing Garnett & Helfrich
First came Google Spreadsheets and Google Calendar, and now the company plans to support OpenDocument Format.
CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) version 1.2 was released last month, bursting with over 90 fabulous new features and improvements. Today we'll take a look at them and decide how fabulous they really are. Then for dessert, next week we'll dig into using CUPS as a printer server on mixed Linux/Windows/Macintosh LANs.
In this episode: LR email notification now available; future voice mail possibility; Mutt and Mutt-ng; listener feedback, our first Listener Tip on symbolic links; a review of Linux audio players and applications, including Xmms, Beep Media Player, BMPx, Audacious, Grip, Ripperx, Goobox, Soundjuicer, Kscd, Gnome CD Player, Amarok, kaboodle, Juk, Noatun, Banshee, Rhythmbox, and the Music Player Daemon (mpd) and its related clients, like Gnome Music Player, Glurp, Kmp, mpc, and ncmpc.
Today's edition of The Guardian, the UK newspaper, has a humourous column about the horrors of being forced to use Internet Explorer rather than Mozilla Firefox at work.
[Some mozillaZine commenters could use some gentle enlightenment on who to blame for IE's horrors. -- grouch]
Why do we need a Linux file systems workshop, when all seems well in Linux file systems land? .... After all, file systems are a solved problem, right? Right?
If computer hardware never changed, we kernel developers would have nothing better to do than argue about the optimal scheduling algorithm and flame each others' coding style. Unfortunately, hardware has this terrible habit of changing frequently, drastically, and worst of all, exponentially. File systems are especially vulnerable to changes in hardware because of their long-lived nature.
So it's only when I work in an office that I am exposed to the full horror of Internet Explorer. Businesses, particularly newspaper offices, have yet to join the Firefox revolution. Corporate IT installations are like ocean liners: vast, not updated often enough, slow to respond and bloody difficult to turn around.
Firefox is wonderful. It's up there with chocolate and sex on the grand scale of great things about being alive.
Tedd Caldwell didn't know much about computers before his dad retired from NASA in 1999. But Dad didn't take too well to just "sitting around"; he needed something to keep him active. After some consideration, Caldwell decided the answer would be to start a family business. So he created a Web site called SeniorGlobe.com, with message boards, chat, links to news stories, and other interactive community content. One good site led to another, until today the Caldwells find themselves in the Web development business.
A recent discussion on LXer asked the question, " Where are the readers?
" It spawned an informative discussion about analysis of web site statistics. Those statistics are fairly obviously of financial concern to the publisher, since it costs money to keep LXer online, but are they important, otherwise? Do they serve the community of GNU/Linux and FOSS?
In preparation for the forthcoming releases of Mozilla Firefox 18.104.22.168 and Mozilla Thunderbird 22.214.171.124, a 126.96.36.199 Community Test Day is taking place today. From 7:00am until 5:00pm Pacific Daylight Time (2:00pm until 12:00am UTC), testers will be invited to check the latest release candidate builds of 188.8.131.52 for new bugs and regressions. The event will be coordinated via a special IRC channel.
Today on People Behind KDE we introduce you to Ellen Reitmayr, one of KDE and OpenUsability.org's top usability experts.
In Capitol Records v. Foster, in federal court in Oklahoma, a case against a mother -- whose only connection to the alleged filesharing was that she was the person who paid for the internet access -- has been dismissed with prejudice.
Most developers have to learn a different playbook when they deal with XML and they are used to database technologies. XML's transparency requires a lot of care when you expose XML to applications on a network. Learn how to avoid security breaches
that come with XML's transparency, as well as how to deal with other vulnerabilities that may arise.
Technalign has said that they have partnered with Britt Systems in Florida to provide a 64-bit AMD 2800+ computer for under $300.00. The certified system will include a SATA 80 GB hard drive, CD-RW, 256 MB of memory, 1.44 MB floppy, 400-Watt power supply, and a full OEM copy of the newly released Frontier Operating System.
The first beta of Firefox 2.0 was officially released on yesterday, and I couldn't wait to take it for a spin to see what new and exciting features would be available. After spending the day with beta 1, it looks like Firefox 2.0 has plenty to entice users to upgrade.
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