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Hope you are still enjoying the celebrations of the new year and wish you all the best.
Like many schools, Parkhill Junior School in Essex, UK, was short on space and short on money, but long on the need to keep up with the ever-expanding role of technology in the classroom. Alison Seagrave, the computer curriculum development manager at Parkhill, found a way to provide her students with more computers, Internet access, and a good selection of software, all for under£1,000, using Linux.
[Ed: Excellent case study on GNU/Linux in schools - dcparris]
Revolutionary advancement in media center technology showcased the Linux-based Media Center at the Consumer Electronics Show. It supports Apple iPod and iTunes, Google Video, AOL Optimized 9.0, and more.
Tech roars. There’s too much good stuff coming out of Silicon Valley and elsewhere for tech buyers to sit on the sidelines. Non-tech companies in 2006 will again tout technology as their chief competitive advantage.
The annual event is an unmatched opportunity for databases developers, DBAs, users, and vendors to come together and share the latest information on MySQL and open source technology. The theme for the 2006 conference is `Discover, Connect, Succeed, Scale Your Business with MySQL'.
If you need to give a presentation, you're going to need slides. If you don't give presentations often, you may spend a lot of time playing hunt-the-feature with a traditional presentation application as you try to bring the slides in your mind's eye to the screen. Pylize, a Python-based command-line tool, lets you use familiar HTML coding techniques to get the job done.
Why is it that Microsoft's products keep mushrooming in size with each new release always requiring significantly more disk space and more processing power than the last time? This is Microsoft's way of rubbing Intel's back so that Intel will give Microsoft preferential treatment when it comes out with new chip specs.
Do you have to spend $80 to $100 on security software with that new computer? No. Pick a Macintosh or Linux computer, and you're pretty well protected from Internet threats such as viruses and spyware.
[Ed: It's more about freeware than free software. Still, it's good they mentioned GNU/Linux and Mac as solid options. - dcparris]
In the coming year, data warehousing trends will be driven by factors obvious and less obvious. Among the obvious drivers are data volumes that continue to grow by leaps and bounds, increasing intolerance for latency in getting answers to business questions and the expanding diversity and complexity of data types.
While I wouldn't use the phrase "evil capitalist", it is important for policy makers and politicians to realize that members of Orwellian double-speak named organizations like the "Canadian Alliance Against Software Theft" (CAAST) are just as (or more) likely to infringe software copyright (and patents) as anyone else. They do not occupy the "moral high ground", any more than Sony-BMG did as they infringed copyright in their XCP "copy protection" software (as well as circumventing the security of computers, and many other immoral acts that they are being taken to court over).
[Ed: While the aticle has nothing whatsoever to do with Link-sys, it is nevertheless an interesting article on the two-faced views of some, where copyright is concerned. - dcparris]
Welcome to this year's very last issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The renewed GNOME versus KDE flame war and Xen virtualisation are the two leading topics in this issue; these are followed by a few interesting links, including a timeline of Perl, which celebrated 18 years of age on Sunday. Has Ubuntu Linux been dumbed down? With omission of some of the vital utilities from the latest release, Robert Storey wonders where this increasingly popular distribution is heading. Also in this issue: an interview with Robert Tolu of the GenieOS project, an update on FreeBSD release schedule for 2006, and a handful of interesting new distributions. Happy reading! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch
It is time to get the "True facts out, in contrast to the imagery and illusions that are dispensed ubiquitously by the behemoth of Redmond. If you can identify individuals open to rational argument that are not already bought off by the latter, please feel free to employ any part of the model letter: ideas, text, citations to make your points. This has now become a necessity to get some sort of rational balance between citizen rights and currently overwhelming corporate power.
There is a curious lack in the Linux community -- the number of community-led Linux distributions for commodity mobile phone hardware is zero. There are PDAs for which it is possible to get a GSM/GPRS SD card; there are mobile phones such as the
Welcoming in the new year is People Behind KDE bringing us one of the little known stars of KDE development.
LXer Encore Feature: 1-1-2006
LXer editor Don Parris takes a straw poll that he believes points to the fact that Windows is becoming more and more irrelevant. Read and weigh in!
Investors are a finicky bunch.
One year you're cool. The next you're, well, so last year.
Consider Red Hat. The company was one of the Triangle's biggest dogs in 2004. The stock sank almost 30 percent on concerns about the health of the Raleigh company's business. It sells subscriptions to Linux computer software, which functions like Microsoft's Windows.
But in 2005, the stock shot up like a weed on a sunny spring day. Red Hat shares rose 104 percent, making it the top gainer among 28 public companies based in the region.
LXer Day Desk: 11-27-2005
Prohibition of alcohol (1920-33) in the US failed. People thought it would reduce crime and corruption, solve social problems, reduce the tax burden created by prisons and ghettos, improve health and hygiene. It was a miserable failure on all counts. It affirms the economic theory, which predicts that prevention of mutually beneficial exchanges fails.
DABE Solutions Ltd., UK and Estonian based software company, announced that it will not charge customers for most of the future business software products anymore.
I am a girl on the internet. Yes, I said it. A girl on the internet. There really are quite a few of us. I can type. I can play games with the best of you. And you, my friend, are about to get owned by a girl.
I've been watching and observing the internet for quite some time now. It's like a science project with the usual control and variables. The control is: I am a girl. The variables are the medium through which this fact is expressed. The results all point to the same paradoxical conclusion: I am a girl, but girls do not exist on the internet.
Now that you've unwrapped and fired up that new Christmas PC (is it your third or fourth?), have I got a project for you: We're going to fix your old PC.
Boy, are we gonna fix it. I can almost guarantee you it will run appreciably faster than your new unit. It won't ever get clogged up with spyware. It will never crash. And it will come with all the software you'll ever need, and if you need more, you can download it for free. A nice one-day project.
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