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Hackers deface SCO site

  • CNET News.com; By Matt Hines (Posted by dave on Nov 29, 2004 1:53 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO; Story Type: News Story
Hackers defaced SCO Group's Web site on Monday, targeting the company's controversial claims to elements of the Linux operating system.

Of Modems and Winmodems

Time for a shocker. Device support under Linux is excellent. No, really. We have been trained to assume that anything and everything just works with Windows but that isn't even remotely true. From time to time, even Windows users must visit hardware vendors' Web sites to download a driver. Furthermore, some hardware works with one version of Windows and not another so having all your hardware work under Windows is far from being a given (probably closer to a myth). When running Linux, the sheer number of things that will work "out of the box" without you having to search for and install drivers is nothing short of impressive and, quite frankly, beats your old OS hands down. No contest.

OpenOffice.org Grows Up, Gets Help

  • eWEEK Linux; By Anne Chen (Posted by dave on Nov 29, 2004 1:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
OpenOffice.org's namesake suite turned 4 last month, and in a sign of just how far the open-source productivity suite has come, a commercially supported version of the software for Windows is now available.

Eclipse 3 on SableVM Java Virtual Machine

  • http://planet.debian.net/ (Posted by mariuz on Nov 29, 2004 11:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
The joined efforts of SableVM JVM hackers and GNU Classpath hackers finally allowed Eclipse 3 to run on SableVM!. According to what Etienne told me, he was running Eclipse 3 on his Debian PowerPC for a few hours, including editing, compiling and running simple java programs. And all that using SableVM as the only Java Virtual Machine on his laptop.

Open source community attacks Sun

SUN CEO Jonathan Schwartz's claim that his Java Community Process is the only true open source has greatly miffed the open source movement. Eric Raymond, president of the Open Source Initiative, has hit out in an open letter that Schwartz's claims that Linux didn't even get a vote when it came to being close to the open source ideals.

Veterans Dept checks open-source options

  • Australian Financial Review (Posted by dave on Nov 29, 2004 11:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs is considering installing open-source software on its desktop computers as it continues a wide-ranging technology revamp that has taken in almost all of its information systems.

Linux gains as Windows alternative

  • Seattle Times; By Paul Andrews (Posted by tadelste on Nov 29, 2004 10:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
Paul Andrews of the Seattle Times has used Linux for three years and makes numerous cites from places like Consumer Reports that offers Linux as a Windows alternative.

Flash Linux released

  • FootNotes (Posted by dave on Nov 29, 2004 10:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Flash Linux is a compact distribution designed to run off 256Mb USB keys. It includes hardware detection, auto configuration, a fairly complete Gnome 2.8 desktop, and associated office tools. Ideal if you want to try out Gnome 2.8 without touching your current system with over 50Mb of storage left after installation. Note that this is a first release, it should however be pretty usable and stable.

A Newbies take on Installing Lycoris Desktop L/X 1.4

  • DesktopOS.com; By Sef Kerwin (Posted by tim1980 on Nov 29, 2004 10:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
This review is a light-hearted look at Sef's install of Lycoris Desktop L/X 1.4, and what went right, what went wrong, and how it turned out.

GPL Needs Minor Work

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Nov 29, 2004 10:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux operating system, weighs in on the upcoming challenges facing GPL Version 3 in an e-mail interview with eWEEK Senior Editor Peter Galli.

Ten axioms of computing? Call them Windows flaws

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 29, 2004 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
Earlier this month, veteran Windows-centric columnist John C. Dvorak wrote a half-serious, half-facetious article called The Ten Axioms of Modern Computing in which he complains about common computer issues. What he and far too many other people don't realize is that most of their problems could be solved by removing Windows from their machines and installing a free software operating system like GNU/Linux. Let's take a point by point analysis of how Dvorak's gripes have little to do with the majority of his computing environment.

Reviewed: GeeXboX - Linux Multi-Media Center

  • http://www.tuxme.com; By peekj (Posted by tuxme on Nov 29, 2004 9:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
We've all heard of Windows Media Center, the OS based purely on playing movies, music, and watching TV. While there have been tutorials on how to create something just like that using Linux, GeeXboX makes all of that extremely easy. Well most of it anyway.

Open source messaging released

Fujitsu, Hitachi, and NEC have released their jointly developed messaging software as open source.

Fedora Core 3 Caps Linux Distribution

Review: Red Hat's latest release offers a raft of improvements, but update tools still lag.

Unofficial FAQ Updated for Fedora Core 3

  • Mailing list; By Max Kanat-Alexander (Posted by dave on Nov 29, 2004 6:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Fedora
Hello Fedora Users! The has been updated for Fedora Core 3! This means that it has some new questions answered for Fedora Core 3 users, and it also has a new yum.conf for Fedora Core 3.

Gnome 2.8 - what's new and cool

  • Tectonic; By Karl Fischer (Posted by dave on Nov 29, 2004 6:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNOME
Karl Fischer takes a walk through the latest version of Gnome, version 2.8, to illustrate a few of the best new features of this very popular desktop environment.

Sun updates JDS Linux

The Linux Desktop Team at Sun Microsystems has updated Release 2 with numerous patches.

Jonathan Schwartz: Solaris is the Future of Unix

Schwartz appears to include Linux as part of UNIX's bright future.

Wireless on the Road

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Nov 29, 2004 4:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A few tips and tricks for finding Wi-Fi access on you next road trip.

dmidecode: What's it good for?

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 28, 2004 11:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You know you're living in a cutthroat world when your BIOS lies to your operating system at boot time. Yet that's exactly what often happens, to one degree or another, depending on the manufacturer and model of the system. Some of the BIOS lies cause problems for Linux and some don't. The dmidecode project provides the means to learn exactly what claims your BIOS is making about your hardware. Strange as it might seem, it's useful information, even when it's not 100% reliable.

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