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Windows vs Linux: Architecture, part I

Linux is not a free version of Windows. The two systems differ not only visually, in the graphical user interface the user sees, but also functionally, as is frequently discussed, and legally to boot, which is constantly emphasized by the Free software community. The differences between them are so fundamental that drawing a comparison between them is nearly impossible. There are so many moot points that they could make up a very long list. This part of my article concerns the architectures of Windows systems.

OK, its time to show something more...

On the last months people have been complaining a lot about the lack of contrast and the all white issues on the oxygen style, I have said also lots of times that it is mostly a pallet issue. But the message is not getting out, so... I will do what i always do... Show pretty pictures.

Norbert Bollow starts OpenISO

What do engineers do when they observe a problem? They start a project to fix it. A Swiss standard expert who got annoyed by the "Open XML bug" of ISO procedures launched "Generally speaking, the only way in which the world has ever been changed for the better is by small groups of dedicated people who (mostly) didn't have much in terms of financial resources but who went forward anyway... Right now seems to me to be the only promising long-term strategy."

Sahara offer Linux option for notebooks

South African computer technology distributor Sahara is offering notebooks with pre-installed Linux operating systems. The company added this open-source option to its product range earlier this year, but it is unclear how successful the move has been. Currently Sahara is the only major supplier of computers pre-loaded with Linux in South Africa.

Going Microsoft free, like Mike

The real question Linux advocates need to answer is this. Can you go Microsoft-free and still get your work done? Mike Kavis is trying to find out. Back in May he dumped his Windows desktop for Ubuntu and now he has launched a pilot program to take his employer in the same direction. This type of experiment is going on in lots of places. As I noted previously, I’m engaged in the same process. Step by step, application by application, I am weaning myself away from Microsoft. I’m not Microsoft-free yet but if I can do it, you can too. If Mike can do it, so can your enterprise. I want to be like Mike. Do you?

Nuxified and Cluenet prepare a gaming tourney. You are invited!

" and are preparing to hold a Free Software gaming tournament. Its purpose is to promote gaming in the Free Software world, on operating systems such as GNU/Linux, and *BSD and show that gaming is not limited to proprietary platforms such as Microsoft's Windows. We would like to do this in a collaborative and open way so this first announcement serves as a call to everyone who may be interested to join us and help us build this tournament."

Debian-based MEPIS Linux distros move closer to shipment

MEPIS has released Beta3 of SimplyMEPIS 7.0, its full-featured Debian-based Linux, and Beta 2 of MEPIS AntiX (pronounced "Antics"), which is designed to run on very old 32-bit PC hardware. MEPIS 7, unlike Ubuntu-based MEPIS 6.5, is built on Debian 4.0. This beta boasts kernel version which contains minor patches from the Kernel Development Team as its heart.

Novell fills Microsoft Silverlight hole

Microsoft has extended its controversial partnership with Novell to make the Silverlight cross-platform, cross-browser media player run on Linux desktops.

SCALE announces second annual Health Care Conference

The Southern California Linux Expo is proud to announce the second annual Demonstrating Open-Source Health Care Solutions (DOHCS). The event will be held on February 8, 2008 in Los Angeles, California in conjunction with the Sixth Annual Southern California Linux Expo.

Gumstix Computers Now Support Displays

Gumstix today announced the consoleLCD-vx(TM) expansion board which, when combined with a 4.3" Samsung LCD panel, creates an industry leading computer for the OEM, educational and hobbyist markets. "Hook up the Samsung LCD screen, plug in a keyboard, connect to a network and the gumstix computer becomes a very small but fully functional, Linux computer," said W. Gordon Kruberg, CEO and President of Gumstix.

Get Your Glide Online 'Easy' Pass Today and Ride on the Compatible Information Highway

Glide Sync now supports Windows, Mac OS X and Linux PCs (with 32 and 64-bit processors) and is available today for download at Glide is a compatible information highway for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and most smartphone users. "Glide is effectively your online 'Easy' Pass," said TransMedia Chairman and CEO, Donald Leka. "Glide magically bypasses technical road blocks when sending or receiving files between various devices and operating systems."

Linux: 64-bit Lguest

"This is a formal announcement of Lguest64," Steven Rostedt said in an email posted to the Linux Kernel mailing list. He explained:"Most are aware of the little puppies (lguest32, or simply lguest, or in some circles"rustyvisor"). But this time the puppies ate a bit too much. No more lean and mean puppies, now we got big fat lazy ones. Running on the hardware that's too lazy to do full virtualization. Yes, lguest now runs on x86_64!"

Microwulf: Breaking the $100/GFLOP Barrier

  • ClusterMonkey; By Joel Adams, Tim Brom, and Jeff Layton (Posted by techiem2 on Sep 6, 2007 1:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
In January 2007, two of us (professor Joel Adams and student Tim Brom) decided to build a personal, portable Beowulf cluster. Like a personal computer, the cost had to be low -- our budget was $2500 -- and its size had to be small enough to sit on a person's desk. Joel and Tim named their system Microwulf, which has broken the $100/GFLOP barrier for double precision, and is remarkably efficient by several measures. You may also want to take a look at the Value Cluster project for more information on $2500 clusters.

Ohio (GNU/)LinuxFest Set to Edutain Thousands

Attendees of the Ohio LinuxFest - or GNU/LinuxFest for GNU fans - received the following note from the organizers...

a new road for AMD and ATI

Back at the Red Hat Summit, Henri Richard said that AMD (and the former ATI) were going to come up with a plan to better support open source. Today we see the results of that promise and I have to say I’m incredibly impressed with the commitment that they have decided to make. OK, to the meat of the story. AMD is making the commitment to do two major things: To develop of a fully functional 2D and 3D driver that supports all of their newer radeon chipsets in full collaboration with the open source community and to release documentation that anyone can use to build and support drivers for their chips.

You're Just a Spot of Ink...

Give me one line...succinct and as short as possible with your first name and last initial. I want that line to say volumes. I need it to be about linux. Either why you like it, why you participate in it or a statement about Linux you consider important. Example follows. "I thought I was computer illiterate until I discovered Linux." - Ken S.

Open Source Python for System Administrators

  • IBM/developerWorks (Posted by solrac on Sep 5, 2007 10:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Adopt Python to manage UNIX systems while incorporating concepts of good program design. Python is an easy-to-learn, open source scripting language that lets system administrators do their job more quickly. It can also make tasks more fun. The examples in this article demonstrate different Python features that you can put to practical use. If you work through them, you'll be well on your way to understanding the power of Python.

Solarflare Demonstrates Line Rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet for Virtual Machines with XenEnterprise v4 at VMworld

Solarflare Communications will demonstrate the industry's highest-performance network stack for virtual machines with its 10GBASE-T reference design NIC, running on XenSource's XenEnterprise v4 virtualization platform. The solution will be on display at VMworld, September 11-13 at Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

Why you really can't use 'Linux' as a screen name on the Xbox 360

When the news broke about it being impossible to use Linux as a screen name on the Xbox 360 it sounded like such a Microsoft thing to do. Alas, the real reason why you can't use Linux as a screen name is much more mundane. There was the clue that led your ace reporter to call Microsoft's public relations and ask, "Do you block screen names with trademarks in them." The answer? "Yes, online Xbox 360 Gamertags [aka screen names] may not include trademarked words or phrases."

AHIC's Successor

The public/private successor to AHIC and what form the future AHIC will take is being publicly discussed with presentation by Dr. Kolodner containing possible governance models. Will Free and Open Source Software be prepresented? Are the minions of FOSS on the march?

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