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The Two Faces of Microsoft: Pervasive Brand Recognition

  LXer Feature: 02-Feb-06

Microsoft is preparing a publicity campaign to address their image as a 'big' company. In this, the first of a series of four articles, LXer's Don Parris points to the pervasive nature of the Microsoft brand, and how keeping that separate from the corporate reputation keeps regular consumers in the dark.

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My sysadmin toolbox

I've been working as a Linux admin for more than six years, and using Linux for a little longer. Like a lot of Linux administrators, I started with Red Hat, but now I use Debian stable at work and Gentoo at home. Recently, NewsForge asked readers to "let us know about your most valuable utilities." Here are mine. weekly security update - February 3, 2006

Advisories were released this week for LibAST, MyDNS, Mail::Audit, PHP, and several other packages. Vendors that released advisories this week are Debian, FreeBSD, Gentoo, Mandriva, and Red Hat. No advisories were issued for SUSE or Ubuntu this week. The Mozilla foundation has also released an update to Firefox 1.5 this week.

The patent application Amazon didn't want you to read

  • Free Software Magazine; By Peter Calveley (Posted by fsmdave on Feb 3, 2006 7:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Amazon is trying to sneak through another absurd patent. But, they have been caught out.

Solutions for the Energy Crises -- Part 1: Alternate Energy and Conservation

  • MozillaQuest Magazine (; By Mike Angelo (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 3, 2006 7:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Applied computer technology can help reduce dependency on oil. MozillaQuest Magazine ( reports: "Telecommuting is a great way to conserve oil/petroleum fuel consumption. The technologies for telecommuting are here now . . . Alternative energy sources such as solar, water, and wind power can be employed to eliminate the need for oil/petroleum to generate electricity. Moreover there is no need to build additional nuclear power plants."

The coming of a Nigerian Linux distribution

Nigeria's Leapsoft has released a Linux distribution designed to cater for the Nigerian languages Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa. Wazobia Linux is a commercial distribution aimed at corporate desktops, and includes the usual office suite, web and email applications, and media players.

Benchmark clocks TI's OMAP2420 graphics on Linux

  • (Posted by bstadil on Feb 3, 2006 6:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Imagine Technologies has published "certified" 3D benchmark results for a Texas Instruments (TI) SoC (system-on-chip) that incorporates its 2D/3D accelerated graphics coprocessor IP (intellectual property). Imagine claims it is the first company to announce "official and certified performance results" using FutureMark's 3DMarkMobile06 benchmark suite.

'no Hard Drive' Guy @ LinuxAsia 2006

At LinuxAsia 2006, meet the guy who developed Knoppix, a well-known live CD Linux distribution, which can boot practically any PC into Linux.

Introducing KnoppMyth, a user-friendly Linux set-top box distro

  • (Posted by bstadil on Feb 3, 2006 4:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword: Open source project founder Cecil Watson provides some background on KnoppMyth in this brief project history. The project aims to create an easy-to-install-and-use Linux distribution for set-top boxes. Enjoy .

It's iMac on Steroids

  • Business Week; By Stephen H. Wildstrom (Posted by tadelste on Feb 3, 2006 3:49 AM EDT)
The most remarkable thing about Apple Computer's (AAPL) newest iMac is that, even after using it for a while, it's hard to tell just how different it is from the identical-looking iMac G5 introduced last fall. Don't be deceived by the similarities. Hidden in the new iMac is a processor that will let this line of Macs grow and meet the increasing performance demands of software.

[ed: A good platform for Linux? -tadelste]

Renewed Linux trademark bid in the works

The United States-based body responsible for protecting the "Linux" name appears to be making a renewed push to register it as a trademark in Australia.

Railsconf, the First Ruby on Rails Conference Has Opened for Registration.

  •; By number6x (Sean Lynch) (Posted by number6x on Feb 3, 2006 1:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
Railsconf is now open for registration. Keynote speakers include Martin Fowler, Paul Graham, David Heinemeier Hansson, and Dave Thomas.

VMware to make server product free

  • CNET (Posted by bstadil on Feb 3, 2006 12:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Software maker expected to give away product that lets multiple OSes run on the same PC, CNET has learned.

Launch of Promotional Community Site

The KDE marketing group is pleased to announce the release of, the new home for KDE's promotional activities. Such a hub for marketing activities has been sorely lacking in KDE until now, and we consider this site a to be a key milestone in establishing a solid foundation in growing KDE's promotional activity.

Mitt Romney Calls the ODF Coin Toss Right

Mitt Romney is betting that supporting ODF will prove to be a smart political move, as he grooms himself for a run for the presidency. It looks like that bet is paying off.

Website user annotations with Ajax

The ability to add notes and comments to your Web site can be a powerful and attractive feature for users. This tutorial demonstrates how to implement an AJAX-based website user annotation system in the form of yellow sticky notes that sit on top of regular Web page content. The only additional, required configuration is a back-end Perl script that stores the annotations.

Open Source: Changing the Enterprise Software Supply Chain for ...

The open source software development model clearly represents a profound and fundamental change from traditional, proprietary development models.

Torvalds versus GPLv3 DRM restrictions

Linus Torvalds, father of the Linux kernel, has fleshed out his unhappiness with GPLv3 in three recent posts on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML).

Help wanted: Contrarian

Here is a suggestion for any CEO interested in improving the performance of his IT department. Consider adding the new position of IT Contrarian. Although some consulting organizations have a similar position (a quality assurance manager), this is likely to be a new concept in many organizations, so let's review of the responsibilities, duties, and qualifications, as well as the rationale associated with proposing the position.

The Two Faces of Bill Gates

  • Linux Online; By Michael J. Jordan (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 2, 2006 5:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Though few would dispute the fact that Bill Gates' role as a philanthropist has done a lot to save lives in developing countries, in his role as Chairman of the Microsoft Corporation, according to the New York Times, he is doing little to enrich these same people's lives.

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