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While I stand by my glowing review of Xubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft), I have yet to find any release of any Linux distribution which was free of bugs or quirky behavior. The latest releases of the Ubuntu family of distributions are no different.
I admit it. I've always discounted Red Hat a little bit-- like the kid down the street you have fixed in your mind as perpetually 10 years old. Until he looks you in the eye and says 'Hello' in a baritone.
Since SGI's bankruptcy and many changes for most Unix vendors, many media outfits have been playing the "Unix is dead" card pretty heavily.
The open-source movement isn't limited to computers. The "code" for a good brew is making the rounds. Marketplace strong-armed reporter Ethan Lindsey into tracking down the source.
[Boy, this really messes with the whole "it's not free as in free beer" thing. - dcparris]
A good read for Mac users as well as all Linux/UNIX users. Some good tips.
Terra Soft Solutions this week released Yellow Dog Linux 5.0, a Fedora-based distribution tailored to run on Sony PlayStation 3, for free download. It features a graphical installation program, an updated 2.6.16 kernel, and Enlightenment 17 as the default desktop.
In case any of you are not aware, the Fedora Legacy project is in the process of shutting down. The current model for supporting maintenance distributions is being re-examined. In the meantime, we are unable to extend support to older Fedora Core releases as we had planned. As of now, Fedora Core 4 and earlier distributions are no longer being maintained.
In a recent interview with IT Business Edge, open source expert Bernard Golden said Microsoft’s response to the success of Linux (or open source in general) has been to create an ecosystem around its products — presumably so it isn’t so easy to replace Windows components with open source ones.
Open-source advocates are predicting big things for open source in the coming year.
The KateOS project team, which maintains a full-featured Linux distribution derived from Slackware Linux, last week released an installation version. KateOS version 3.2 features a 2.6.18 kernel, Xfce as its default desktop, and native support for the KDE and GNOME desktop environments.
"In enterprises, you don't have to go 100 percent open source." said ADempiere founder Redhuan D. Onn, aka Red1. "Eighty percent of the IT expenditure would go to the business software such as ERP, SCM, business intelligence, reporting tools, etc. This is where open source should be targeted at -- where you can save the most."
[Hmmm... I would have said you don't have to go 100% percent proprietary. But that's just me. I'm proprietary-free in '07
Running Internet Explorer in Ubuntu Linux
Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth talks why it may finally be time for Linux to out-innovate Apple and Microsoft on the desktop.
[Gosh, I thought we had already done that. - dcparris]
There's no doubt that web applications have become the attackers' target of choice. In September, Mitre Corp.'s Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures list - a tally of publicly disclosed vulnerabilities - ranked cross-site scripting in the number one slot. In fact, cross-site scripting attacks surpassed buffer overflow vulnerabilities. And four of the top five reported vulnerabilities proved to be within web applications.
Red Hat is the biggest vendor of Linux operating system worldwide and the company is expected to ship the next version of its premium Linux product on February 28.
Amsterdam has a desktop software contract with Microsoft until the end of 2008. The authorities in the city are looking at their options early, however, and are about to start testing the use of Open Source alternatives, considering a possible switch for 2009 and a reduced reliance on Microsoft's proprietary software.
While 64-bit support is now considered common for both Intel and AMD processors, many Linux (as well as Windows) users are uncertain whether to use a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system with there being advantages for both paths. With this being the last Phoronix article for 2006, we decided to take this opportunity to look at the common question of whether to use 32-bit or 64-bit software. In this article, we will be comparing the i386 and x86_64 performance with Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft and Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn Herd 1 to see how the numbers truly stack up.
SSH your Debian servers without password
"I think now the open-source world is coming to the realization that for projects to succeed they have to have funded developers," says Phillip Nelson, chief scientist at Plan Administrators Inc. "Way back in the golden age, when it was believed people were doing it out of the goodness of their heart, they were still paid by somebody."
[Anyone believing FOSS developers have ever lived off the sheer goodness of their hearts is sadly naive. FOSS projects are how some hackers got jobs to pay for more hacking. Duh! - dcparris]
readers asked me to comment on A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection, by Peter Gutmann. The essay characterizes the DRM in Vista as so draconian that it is going to piss off the market and ultimately hurt (possibly even destroy) Microsoft, itself. Except it won't.
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