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Novell's Deal With the Devil, Mac Malware, High-Def Gaming

There are those in the Linux world who think Microsoft's long-term plan is to keep tabs on and control of a strong competitor -- Suse's Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 is seriously good. Linux Web forums have been awash with outraged users denouncing Novell for making a deal with the devil.

Is This the Death of the Client Operating System?

Today I read Andy McCue's post on,"Why the Linux desktop dream is over" and "Stephen O'Grady's "Do Operating Systems Matter: Part 1 " and Jonathan Schwartz's post on Network Clients and it becomes clear to me the eventual direction of desktop computing.

Ubuntu Christian Edition 1.5 Released

An updated version of Ubuntu Christian Edition has been released: "We have just released Ubuntu CE v1.5! With this release we focused on the fixing some issues with the live CD installer. We have also made a subtle, but very important change to the Ubuntu CE installer, upgrade_me script, Convert_me script, Web Content Filtering Only script, and the DansGuardian GUI Only script. The Configure Parental Controls GUI has been updated to include a few new features.

Wine 0.9.25 Released

Version 0.9.25 of Wine got released. It contains the usual bugfixes and a number of improvements. For players of WoW the most noticeable one is that they won't need special OpenGL patches anymore for running it correctly in OpenGL mode. The game should work correctly out of the box.

The Perfect Setup - OpenVZ with CentOS 4.4

  • HowtoForge; By Ganesh Kumar (Posted by falko on Nov 12, 2006 6:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This article describes how to prepare a CentOS 4.4 server for OpenVZ virtual machines. With OpenVZ you can create multiple Virtual Private Servers (VPS) on the same hardware, similar to Xen and the Linux Vserver project. OpenVZ is the open-source branch of Virtuozzo, a commercial virtualization solution used by many providers that offer virtual servers.

Linux on Laptops

Reports and resources for running Linux on a notebook or laptop computer.

Verio Introduces New VPS v3 Solution

  • Web Host Industry Review; By Justin Lee (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 11, 2006 11:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the past couple years the Web hosting industry has seen a resurgence of virtual private servers, particularly because they provide a level of customization that cannot be fulfilled by a shared hosting solution. As a result, Web hosts are continually enhancing their VPS offerings to ensure that they meet the changing needs of their customers.

Why Linux don’t support mp3 and selected wifi cards out of the box?

This question is asked again and again. Short answer — copyright/IP laws prevent shipping all the software and technologies/plug-ins with each Linux distro. Some distributions come with all these goodies but they are not free. So how do I get mp3s and other stuff working? The following shows you the work around in most distributions!

IMIA Open Source Working Group Award established

The IMIA General Assembly approved on 10 November 2006 the establishment of an annual award by the IMIA Open Source Health Informatics Working Group (OSWG). The inaugural award will be made at the AMIA OSWG meeting on 13 November in Washington DC. The IMIA General Assembly also finally ratified the proposal for the IMIA OSWG to co-sponsor the Annual Linux Medical News Award. Final bit of breaking news for those who like to plan ahead - the medinfo2010 conference will be held in Cape Town, South Africa.

DE: Gaim 2.0.0 Beta 5 - Open-Source Multi-Messenger

Gaim ist ein freies Multi-Messenger-Tool, das es Ihnen ermöglicht, sich mit folgenden Systemen zu verbinden: AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu und Zephyr. Das Programm ist kostenlos und einen Blick wert - zumal es mit einer Fülle von Add-Ons in seinen Funktionen mächtig aufgewertet werden kann.

This week at LWN: Big decisions loom for Fedora

The Fedora Project is in one of those relatively rare periods where the deadlines have passed, the distribution has been shipped, and no new deadlines have yet been set. Now is the time when participants in the project can engage in a bit of introspection, and that's exactly what is going on. Over the next week or so, decisions will be made which could significantly change the way this project works.

To Love or Hate Vista?

Doesn't matter. Microsoft still rules. Here's a better question: Why isn't Linux living up to its promise? Looking for a cheap PC this holiday season? Good luck trying to find one with anything but Microsoft's Windows on it.

OpenSUSE 10.2 Beta 2 available for download, testing

Novell SUSE Linux project manager Andreas Jaeger announced Friday that his team has released OpenSUSE 10.2 beta 2. The release includes "a large number of enhancements and updates by the open source community and Novell's development teams," Jaeger said.

More On Sun's GPL Plans

Sun Microsystems' move to "GPL" Java makes it the last of a number of companies to go to a hybrid licensing mode. The Santa Clara, Calif., company will continue to offer its Java technologies under their current license, but is adding the GNU General Public License as an option. That is the current GPL 2 license, not the controversial GPL 3, although that option is apparently under consideration, sources said.

Get Ready for Better SSL Certificates

Critics claim that some certificate authorities fail to check the identity of applicants because they prefer revenues over rigid security. The Extended Validation SSL certificates will introduce a more stringent vetting process, including verification of the applicant's physical existence.

Review: 3 Linux Desktops Put To The Test

System builders considering a Linux desktop are faced with a dizzying array of choices. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of Linux distributions to choose from. Narrowing the field of contenders basically comes down to what works best for both the system builder and its customers.

Using Linux at Work

I've been programming since a young age, and Linux has always seemed like a natural progression, especially as my development environment is PHP/MySQL/Apache. A while ago, this was all done on a Red Hat installed system, using the “Plesk” web interface. Although I spent quite a few hours at the console sorting out problems, Plesk hid the real nitty gritty from me and I was often just following “How Tos” in order to get things fixed. In saying that, I did manage to write a wrapper script that fixed a compatibility between MailMan and Plesk, so I wasn't doing too badly.

Novell opens legal books to GPL pundits

  • vnuunet; By Tom Sanders (Posted by SamShazaam on Nov 11, 2006 11:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Novell has partnered with the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) to ensure that its partnership with Microsoft does not violate any terms of the General Public Licence.

Open Source Security Toolkit Cryptlib 3.3 Meets TLS Standard

The latest version of the popular Cryptlib security toolkit has been released. Cryptlib 3.3 is the first open-source software development toolkit to support the TLS-PSK standard. By building strong mutual authentication into the existing TLS process, TLS-PSK provides a high level of security against phishing attacks that existing HTTP and TLS solutions can't provide.

Icedove in Etch

Ok - now it’s-a-happenin’. There’s a new bird in town. Or so. With updating/dist-upgrading Etch as of today, the icedove package landed on my machine, successfully replacing Thunderbird®.

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