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Slackware begets another new distro: Ultima 4

Venerable Slackware already has inspired the Minislack, GoblinX, VectorLinux 5, and Zenwalk distros. Now there's another offspring: Ultima 4, which has been described as Slackware pre-configured into a more usable desktop, according to reviewer Andrew Fries, writing at

Choosing your first Linux distro

  • (Posted by tadelste on Sep 20, 2005 1:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You've made the preliminary decision to migrate from Windows to Linux. That's a fine first step, but here are hundreds of distributions from which to choose -- which will be right for you? Bryan Hoff, a newcomer ro Linux, offers suggestions for selecting a Linux distro and making the transition, in an article at "I'll be honest with you; I'm not a full-fledged Linux Geek," admits Hoff. "I'm one of those poor suckers who cut his teeth on the Windows OS, learning bad habits and working within the limitations of the sandbox set up for me by Microsoft. This is a good thing for you, since I'm better-equipped to tell you how the different Linux distributions compare to Windows, in addition to how they compare to each other."

Filter spam with CanIt-PRO

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Sep 20, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Despite the the passage of the CAN-SPAM Act, email users are still subjected to vast quantities of spam and virus-laden messages. Roaring Penguin's CanIt-PRO is a Sendmail-based application that helps block spam, viruses, phishing attempts, and other nastiness. I found it to be one of the better commercial Linux email filtering packages.

Linux Desktop - An Analyst's Nightmare

  • Linux DevCenter (Posted by bstadil on Sep 19, 2005 11:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Analysts who deny Linux's place in the enterprise as a desktop have either failed to interrogate the system thoroughly or have a bias.

Linux-powered humanoid robot on sale Friday

  • (Posted by tadelste on Sep 19, 2005 6:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A run of 100 Linux-powered humanoid robots goes on sale in Japan Friday, priced at 1.5M Yen (about $14,000), not including 10,000 Yen (~$90) monthly service fees. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries conceived of Wakamuru as a pleasant companion offering a range of electronic-age valet services, it says.

What's In a Name?

What's with Ubuntu's naming convention? With Knoppix at least they named the distros differently. With KDE and Gnome, taking the first letter of the names was good enough. But Ubuntu and those using it have developed a silly idea and are trying desperately to make it 'cool'.

Big Blue's ISV channels remain Linux boon

  • Search Enterprise Linux; By Jack Loftus (Posted by bstadil on Sep 19, 2005 1:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Independent software vendors (ISVs) supporting the adoption of Linux and open standards were given another boost from IBM this week as the company teamed up with Red Hat Inc. to promote adoption of the open source operating system.

Linux and Commercial Software Vendors... what "Linux people" think...

Following is an email received by a commercial software company offering products for (among others) the Linux platform.

Free Standards Group adds new members, announces Linux Standard Base 3.0

The Free Standards Group (FSG) announced today that Computer Associates (CA), NTT DATA, and Open Country have signed on as members to the group. The group also formally announced the release of the Linux Standard Base (LSB) 3.0, and support for the standard by major vendors. Executive director Jim Zemlin said that all the major distributions had "come out and certified or are certifying to the LSB 3.0." The list of vendors and organizations certifying their distributions includes Red Hat, Novell SUSE, the DCC Alliance and Asianux.

The Boot Loader Showdown: LILO or GRUB?

  • (Posted by bstadil on Sep 19, 2005 12:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
What utility do practically all Linux users use -- regardless of their job or expertise? A boot loader. In this article, see how a boot loader works, meet two popular loaders -- LILO (LInux LOader) and GNU GRUB (GRand Unified Boot loader) -- and review the pros and cons of each.

Buy Your Linux Laptop Direct and By Pass Dell

The "Name" brands do not manufacture their own laptops. They buy them from Original Design Manufacturers (ODM). These ODMs sell their computers to DELL, Toshiba, IBM, HP, Compaq, Sony and others. They then put their label on it and market it. You can find the same laptops and buy yours without an operating system.

John/Reeves "Overcode" Hall Passes Away

  • (Posted by bstadil on Sep 19, 2005 11:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
John "Overcode" Hall died this weekend from his fight with cancer.

Free Standards Group Releases LSB 3.0

Novell, Red Hat and Debian alliance announce that they will certify operating systems to comply with new version of Linux Standard Base.

Mozilla Thunderbird, Softpedia Users' Number One E-Mail Client

So far, the Open Source applications have been Softpedia users’ number one applications. Last week, Firefox won the Battle of Browsers, being rated as the best application for Internet browsing. Now, another Mozilla product has been awarded the Softpedia User’s Choice title.

Wireless made easy with Netapplet

After several of my favorite operating systems and distributions failed to properly connect to wireless hotspots without a lot of command-line tweaking, I found Netapplet, a great little GNOME applet in Novell's SUSE 9.3 Professional that scans for 802.11a/b/g wireless networks and shows you their signal strength and ESSID. You can then select the hotspot of your choice (if several are available) and continue on to the Internet from there. Yes, you can do the same thing from the command line by using iwlist and iwconfig, but it's nice to have it done automatically. Although Novell engineers created Netapplet for SUSE Linux, it can be installed on any GNU/Linux distribution. Once you've got this program on your GNOME-based laptop, you'll wonder how you ever did mobile computing without it.

Bea Systems Weighed Down By Open-Source Pressure

Piper Jaffray reiterated a "marketperform" rating and $8 target price on BEA Systems (nasdaq: BEAS - news - people ), saying it expects the company to continue feeling pressure from the open-source movement. "We believe open-source offerings from JBoss and Gluecode will continue to pressure BEA in the app server market," Piper said.

Microsoft slams Linux for 'support issues'

Microsoft has accused Linux of having "support issues" as the Redmond giant unveiled the first beta of its Windows Server 2003 Compute Cluster Solution operating system for high-performance computing (HPC).

Battle Lines Drawn Between Browsers

"As far as whether there's a new browser in town, I think the numbers speak for themselves," says Blake Ross, one of the co-creators of Firefox. "But I never look at this as a 'browser war.' Firefox is not a war on Microsoft; it is a war on complexity."

Nokia To Contribute J2ME Tooling to Open Source Community; Joins ...

"By working closely with Eclipse, and proposing a new open source mobile development tools project, we will provide the more than two million registered developers in our Forum Nokia program with complete integrated tool packages optimized for Nokia platforms," said Pertti Korhonen (pictured), EVP and CTO of Nokia as it was announced this morning that Nokia has joined the Eclipse Foundation as a Strategic Developer and Board member. As Korhonen says, Nokia will support the work of the Eclipse open source community by contributing software and developers to a proposed new Eclipse project.

Red Hat GFS Now Supported By Oracle, EMC and NetApp

Red Hat has said that its Global File System (GFS) is now supported by Oracle for use in Oracle RAC solutions, EMC CLARiiON® networked storage systems, EMC Celerra® iSCSI network attached storage (NAS) systems solutions and NetApp for SAN interface solutions. Red Hat GFS is the first third-party cluster file system supported by Oracle for RAC solutions on Linux.

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