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Stuart C Wells joined Sun Microsystems in 1988 and has served in a number of key management positions. After 24 years in the industry, Wells holds five US patents in multimedia, video, 3D graphics and imaging, and has numerous international publications.
In my final column of 2005 I said that 2006 would be the year for Linux-powered consumer electronic devices. For the past few weeks I've been enthralled by one early example: the Nokia 770. The 770 is intended for one main purpose: accessing the Internet. Despite its shortcomings, Nokia's new "Internet tablet" could raise the bar for consumer-device development.
It was nearly 10 years ago (mid 1996) that I first put my own web server on the Internet. At the time my nearly state of the art computer was a 486 DX2/66 with 16MB of RAM running Linux 2.0.0. (I still remember upgrading from 1.x.x.).
Robin Miller is after your granny. Again. He's trying to entice her with the delights of free open source software. He's trying to make it look easy and fun to play around with open source. First, there was his Point & Click Linux book. Now he's out trying to tempt the uninitiated with an alternative office productivity via his new book, Point & Click OpenOffice.org. When is someone going to put a stop to it?
There is a curious lack in the Linux community -- the number of community-led Linux distributions for commodity mobile phone hardware is zero. As reported two years ago by LinuxDevices.com, the aim of the Xanadux project is to change that, and this article describes how it's getting on.
While software as a service and open source gain more traction in 2006, large software companies will have to adapt and change.
Linux was designed originally for the X86 platform. One of the core legacies of that platform was its openness. Will that legacy last?
Sebastian Trüg is the man behind one of KDE's most successful applications, K3b. Read the interview to find out how K3b started, what KDE needs to conquer the world and what keeps Sebastian motivated to work on the premier CD burning application.
I was able to plug it into a system running Linspire linux and the unit showed up just fine. So a bit of thumbs down to Simpletech for having a device that works with linux but not advertising it as such.
Now that you've unwrapped and fired up that new Christmas PC (is it your third or fourth?), have I got a project for you: We're going to fix your old PC. I can almost guarantee you it will run appreciably faster than your new unit. It won't ever get clogged up with spyware. It will never crash. We're going to accomplish all this by installing a new operating system, Damn Small Linux.
There are hundreds of firefox extensions on the web. Which ones do you use? Here is my attempt to collect the 50 best and popular firefox extensions which make your browsing, downloading and navigation in Firefox as easy as possible, while harnessing the full power and features of Firefox.
Over the past year, we have seen numerous advancements by the engineers at OCZ Technology when it comes to system memory as well as flash memory. Today we are investigating these new modules as we put them up against past OCZ's Platinum part as well as dissecting the XTC heatspreaders.
Stx released a new release candidate a few days back and just in time for my dying harddrive. Fortunately I received a new bigger harddrive for Christmas. ...unfortunately, I hadn't copied all of my partitions/installs to it before it completely gave up the ghost last night. Another good thing tho, I already had stx-1.0-rc3.iso sitting on my gentoo desktop (that I did ghost over the first day of installing said new hardware). So, this morning I installed stx-1.0-rc3 and figured why waste the experience. Here's a little update since our last look.
I sadly have to report that I'm not pleased with what I've seen. I'm not a linux expert, just a techie that has run several linux flavours over the years, and I know that there must be plenty of happy Ubuntu users out there, but I can't imagine how one of the most popular linux distros, in its latest release, is unable to get Mozilla Suite, or the Adobe Reader 7.01 for Linux installed...
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C, meet Python. Python, this is C. With surprisingly little effort, the Python interpreter can be integrated into your program to add features quickly that could take months if written entirely in C.
Why should you dump Windows for Linux?
Well, there's Microsoft's security-hole-of-the-month-club, which far too many people have got compliants about.
And then there's the WMF (Windows Metafile Format) hole.
This may turn out to be the root cause of the worst Windows security problem ever.
Being the publication we are, it is inevitable that we will choose to reflect on what happened with Linux in 2005. Specifically, what stories were the most read by you, the reader? What grabbed your attention? On what issues did you hold the strongest opinions?
The funny thing is we expect more out of Linux and open source apps than we do from Microsoft products. I never expect Linux machines to go down, Apache to crash, or desktops to be under virus threat, and I sure don't worry about excessive licensing fees.