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Linux on laptops

Although most modern laptops nowadays tend to scare people off with an ugly “Designed for Windows XP” mark, it does not mean that alternative operating systems, like GNU/Linux cannot be installed and function equally well. In this article I would like to describe a few common issues with Linux on laptops and maybe bust a few myths about using GNU/Linux on mobile computers.

New SEO Product for FireFox Browsers Presented by SeoQuake

Nowadays, search engine optimization appears to be the main factor for successful site promotion. At the same time, it seems quite difficult to pin-point efficacy of an SEO strategy. The present SEO software products are not easy to use or cheap. What’s more, they barely fit the optimizer’s needs. Fortunately, today one can take advantage of free software that gives a unique opportunity to get all data required for analysis of search output with one mere click.

The Cheap Revolution

Free Software. Bargain chips. The always-on Internet. Today's tech giants are in danger. The Next Big Thing has already begun.

Development Release: Foresight Linux 0.9.8

Ken VanDine has announced the release of Foresight Linux 0.9.8, now with the brand new GNOME 2.16: "Still on the path to Foresight Linux 1.0. We want to do some more testing, but what we have is pretty close to what 1.0 will be.

Hp Delivers Most Powerful HP Integrity Systems to Date

HP today announced that it has refreshed its entire line of HP Integrity servers - adding the most powerful models to date - to drive down the cost of business-critical computing for customers. With more than twice the performance of the previous generation of HP Integrity servers and less than half the price-to-performance ratio of competitive offerings, these new servers reinforce HP’s long-held, IDC-reported position as the No. 1 high-end UNIX system vendor.

Wikis Find Their Way Into Academia

The collaborative editorial process of wikis often results in a stunning degree of accuracy. A study by the science journal Nature found Wikipedia nearly as accurate as Encyclopedia Britannica. In fact, for summaries on niche issues and emerging interests, the biggest wiki of them all -- Wikipedia -- is often the best available source of information.

Jim Bublitz Talks About PyKDE

Following our interview last month with Phil Thompson on PyQt, we spoke with the maintainer of PyKDE to discover the status of our own Python bindings. Read on for Jim Bublitz talking about how he was suckered into maintaining PyKDE, why you should use it and what his plans for the future are.

Open-source Tool Gains Traction To Help Build User Interfaces

  • InformationWeek; By Charles Babcock (Posted by dcparris on Sep 9, 2006 8:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Eclipse
Usage of Eclipse to help build rich, client-side interactive user interfaces has been growing, according to an Evans Data survey.

Ad-supported Software Proves Popular With Small Businesses

  • InformationWeek; By Thomas Claburn (Posted by dcparris on Sep 9, 2006 7:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Spiceworks is adding more IT management features to its free, ad-supported software, for which over 5,000 customers have signed up in about a month's time.

[Not all the news is good. The sad thing is, these businesses could benefit greatly from Free/Open Source Software - no need to depend on adware. - dcparris]

Avantex Hosting Elevates Linux Servers

The Plesk version 8.0 is now available on all Avantex Linux servers and all Linux Virtual servers.

Nando's goes Open Source

Nando's has revamped its ICT infrastructure and restaurant connectivity using Open Source in order to improve productivity. "The [previous] solution was not providing head office with accurate and reliable communications on a regular basis. This would often result in staff having to manually retrieve the missing information from each restaurant," explains Yossi Hasson, sales and marketing director at Synaq.

SudoWn brings Unix-like sudo to Windows

With Windows Vista, the next scheduled release of Microsoft Windows due in early 2007, Microsoft has rigged Vista to ask permission to perform any "system-altering" event. Each administrative action performed, even with the proper superuser (administrator) permissions, will result in a confirmation dialog.

XGL Demo

A very cool XGL demo showing all the "wow" stuff. Its a long video but its worth it.

How to Configure OpenVPN

OpenVPN may seem a little daunting at first, but once you get your feet wet this can be an incredibly useful (and free!) tool. In this article, Michael Riley shows you how to use OpenVPN for secure internet surfing on your client PCs.

Linux Installation Guides

I found a nice collection of installation guides on the Linux.org site, there are Russian and Spanish translations as well. - Scott

Conflicting goals create tension in communities

Matthew Garrett expressed frustration with Debian recently, in a blog post that’s become rather famous. I’m of the opinion that Ubuntu could not exist without Debian. So it’s absolutely my intention to see that Ubuntu is a constructive part of the broader Debian landscape. It’s vital that Ubuntu help to sustain and grow Debian, because it’s the breadth and strength of Debian which make up the “shoulders of greatness” on which we in the Ubuntu community stand when we reach for the stars.

SCO's Sealed Reply Memo Stays That Way

Pacer has SCO's sealed Reply Memorandum in Support of Objections to Order listed now , but it looks like it's staying sealed. A couple of exhibits attached to the document are now available on Pacer, but the Reply Memorandum is sealed, as is the Declaration of Brent O. Hatch.

Google Maps Satellite/Aerial Photo Update

Just discovered that there has been an update to aerial and satellite photos in Google Maps.

Best practices for UNIX Error Repo

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Chris Herborth (Posted by solrac on Sep 9, 2006 9:39 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Proper error detection and recovery is often ignored by UNIX developers. The lack of exceptions from the C language and the rudimentary error mechanisms from the standard C library certainly contribute to this. This article familiarizes you with the UNIX standard error reporting mechanism, the errno global variable. You'll also learn about a couple of associated global variables ( sys_nerr and sys_errlist). Like it, then digg it.

Really Free Software

Mark Shuttleworth is rich enough to cause some havoc in the feel-good Linux community. In January 2000, at the peak of the dot-com bubble, Shuttleworth sold his South African security software firm, Thawte, to VeriSign for $700 million in stock. Shuttleworth cashed out almost immediately, walking away with the entire purchase price, just as VeriSign's stock began its rapid descent. “Life has been kind to me,” he says.

[Its for all those who have no idea what Linux is, but its nice to see in a mainstream media source. - Scott]

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