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Has Google reached the tipping point?

Once upon a time, Google was a small start-up run by a couple of bright graduate students and everybody loved it. Now it's a hugely-profitable multinational corporation run by three multi-billionaires, it has a monopoly market share of the search market, and almost life-or-death power over thousands of small companies -- a power it exercises in secret, with no accountability, in what some would regard as an arrogant and autocratic way. Google may still be loved, but it is also feared. Really really feared.

Eu streaming service Linux ban News:- "Welcome to the Streaming Service of the Council of the European Union," says the site. "Here you can select to view live transmissions of ongoing public events at the Council or browse in our archives."

[Obviously, we strongly encourage our European friends to LOUDLY protest the locking out of GNU/Linux users. - dcparris]

A Non-Techie Discovers Free, Legal Software

Though I'm reasonably comfortable with computers –- to use, not to sound intelligent about –- and I like the opportunity for playtime they provide, I'm not what the techies would call an early adopter. It was probably a year after my brother encouraged me to get out of my Internet Explorer comfort zone and try Firefox before I took the plunge. Then I kicked myself for not doing it sooner.

[Aw, c'mon! Take the plunge! At least go dual-boot for a while. - dcparris]

OK, Heads Up Linux, You're on in 5..4..3..2 (cue music)...

helios is always worth a read. this entry is a bit long, so if you don't have the patience to read all of it, here are the highlights (search for the strings in quotes): * how linux is ready for the desktop, and what microsoft has to do with it. (first part) * what keeps linux from being popular on the desktop? ("Truth Happens") * "where is the corporate support for advertising?" (a tale of helios encounter with his boss, my favorite part)

PCLinuxOS Magazine January 2007 Released

It is my privilege to announce on behalf of the team members of the PCLinuxOS Magazine Project sponsored by, the January 2007 issue (#5)  is available for download!  Our previous issues can also be downloaded.

We are simultaneously publishing the HTML Version of the Magazine as well for our low bandwidth users.  The HTML Site is W3C standards compliant for easy browsing.

Some highlights include:

  1. How-To Create a DOS Boot Diskette
  2. Rip CD Audios the Simplest Way
  3. How-To Screenshot your Screensaver
  4. How-To Create an Update CD or DVD
  5. Install Diablo II LOD with PCLinuxOS and Wine
  6. As always, plenty more is packed inside 

Systhread Year in Review

It is that time again, a look back at the site over the last year, where the site is going and where material is going. 2006 did not measure up to 2005 for the site, however, it seems nothing else really did either. The upside is most material on a whole is pretty good - if sparse.

TUX Magazine ceases publication

One of my favourite Linux magazines - TUX - has ceased publication. Last year, the magazine announced that it would be taking paid subscriptions and expanding the magazine. Publisher Phil Hughes made the announcement on the TUX Web site.

How to protect buggy programs from security vulnerabilities/buffer overflows under Linux and UNIX

A Buffer overflows is a serious security problem. It allows an attacker to inject executable code of their choice into an already-running application. This ability to run arbitrary code at certain memory addresses is dangerous as attacker being able to execute the instructions from anywhere in memory.
This howto explains use of DieHard software to protect popular application such as Mozilla firefox. It protects applications from as-yet unfixed bugs and security vulnerabilities that exploit them. Think of DieHard as a new line of defense against hackers, together with anti-virus protection and firewalls.

Happy New Year - What's Ahead?

Are you glad that New Year only occurs once a year? Who wants to look back and forward on the same day? It's inevitable, I suppose.Lately, I have reflected a lot on my Linux career in contrast to other IT work and environments. Linux started in 1997 for me and encompassed about nine years. I have looked back and have looked forward to the year ahead. I certainly have plans and hope you do also. But before looking ahead at our plans, we might examine our personal history to give ourselves a context in which to view a future with full knowledge that the best laid plans often go astray.

Elive 0.6 Screenshots

A bug-fix update of Elive "Revolution" has been released. Here is a brief list of some of the changes: "Fixed SCSI emulation CD-ROM driver; fixed Czech boot option; fixed special character problems in menus; added new sounds to the 'Elive look'; installer updates which will fine-tune a new installation on first boot; new drivers for wireless networking; added Flash 9 beta browser plugin; removed from the ISO image due to space reasons; added Java; added Transmission - a small, fast, simple and effective BitTorrent client; added Torus trooper - a game; made Thunar the default file manager; updated Cinelerra to version 2.1; added KQEMU, a KDE front-end from QEMU; added measures to prevent root login into graphical desktop...." - DistroWatch. Screenshots of Elive 0.6 are available at

Xbox 360 closer to homebrew? PS3 exploited?

The title of this article touched on two questions that have caused a stir in the last few days. To begin, we'll take a look at a video that can be seen on YouTube that apparently shows an Xbox 360 exploited into running code (specifically a Linux coming soon message) while running Peter Jackson's King Kong. The video has got a mixed reception from the community; some believe it is real, some believe it is just another bluff.

KNOPPIX 5.1.0 Screenshots

Klaus Knopper has announced the release of KNOPPIX 5.1.0 live CD and DVD: "Finally, it's done. Just in the past couple of months, there has been quite a lot of new and exciting development in the GNU/Linux world, which of course should also be present in the current KNOPPIX version, even if some of the new and optional features (like the 3D desktop with Beryl) are still experimental. New kernel, KDE and releases have spoilt our planned release dates, but now all these are available in the new release. New: update to Debian Etch; Linux kernel + FUSE 2.6.1; Cloop 2.05 real-time decompression; replace Unionfs with Aufs...." - DistroWatch. Screenshots of KNOPPIX 5.1.0 are available at

Voting Has Opened for the 2006 Members Choice Awards is proud to announce that voting for the 2006 Members Choice Awards is now open. The Members Choice Awards allow the Linux community to select their favorite products in a variety of categories. Awards will be given out in 21 categories, including Distribution of the Year, Browser of the Year, Office Suite of the Year, Desktop Environment of the Year and Database of the Year. The polls will close on February 18th, with winners being announced shortly after. Last years winners include Ubuntu, Firefox, and MySQL.

Damn Small Linux 3.2 RC2 Screenshots

The second release candidate of Damn Small Linux 3.2 is out: "DSL v3.2RC2 is now ready for testing. Cumulative changelog: added wpasupplicant; new mouse configuration Lua GUI; added default tone generator for XMMS; improved MyDSL download via the Lua GUI; moved powerdown to use standard RC scripts; new dsl-dpkg.unc and adjustments to core; dsl-pendrive.bat for QEMU to detect booted pen drive; dsl2unc converter; updated madwifi-ng modules; updated BusyBox with >2GB file support; new cron - a Perl cron, with new boot option 'cron' and toggle from control panel; new boot option 'checkfs'; new mkmydsl - simplified custom ISO maker now even easier; updated MyDSL to support direct downloading to all supported and mounted drives and directories; added volume setting to persist via .umix...." - DistroWatch. Screenshots of Damn Small Linux 3.2 RC2 are available at

Book Review: PHP and MySQL by Example

I always get a little nervous when I see the cover of a 912 page book on PHP and MySQL state 'The perfect introduction to PHP 5 and programming or database experience necessary!' On the one hand, you'd think that 912 pages would be ample space to teach the neophyte the nuts and bolts of server side web programming. On the other hand, I have trouble believing that I could hand this book to my father (who is a wonderful mechanic, carpenter and landscaper) who has no real computer skills and expect him to master PHP and MySQL. However, that's what a book review is see where (and if) the rubber meets the road.

Linux Gazette #134 is out!

Linux Gazette...making Linux just a little more fun!

The Three Big Tech Battles of 2007: Who Has the Edge and What Is ...

I've concluded that just as PDAs (personal digital assistants) stand alone, MP3 players will be on their way out in 2007, replaced by phones that pick up this capability. This is one of the reasons Apple is expected to enter the phone space, and since it owns the MP3 space, it has an advantage coming in. Still, it is questionable whether music or messaging will drive the next wave.

Fsm Newsletter 1st of January 2007

Seasons greetings, readers... welcome to our New Year’s edition of the Free Software Magazine newsletter! Happy New Year, and Happy Reading!

Track your swag with GCstar

How many times has this happened to you: no sooner are the holidays over than one of your friends begs you to let him borrow the brand new DVD set you just got -- and the next thing you know, it's Labor Day, and your so-called friend swears he wasn't the one who borrowed it? What you need is a collection manager like GCstar so that you don't lose track of your valuables.

KernelTrap: New Theme

Celebrating the new year, the theme has been updated to a new and improved look. The Drupal software that manages the website has also been upgraded to a newer version. If you run into any problems with the new website, please post a comment here orsend me an email. Improvements to the website will continue to be implemented in the upcoming more

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