Gifts for geeks

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Misc

It's that time of year when those close to us are (hopefully) thinking hard about what to get us for Christmas. Unless you want a pack of DVD-Rs and a mousepad in your stocking, you'd better act quick. Here are our picks for the festive season.

The Best Linux Distribution of them all

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Linux

A few weeks back, my friend Tom asked me a question regarding Linux - that is - Which is the best Linux distribution of them all.

Knock Knock. Who's There? Mandriva

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MDV

To say that Mandriva has been quiet on the Linux front lately might just qualify as an understatement. The Paris-based Linux distribution company has had a rough road these last couple of years, but now the company is back with a vengeance.

Open Source Software and the Myth of Viral Licensing

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OSS

Proprietary software vendors sow fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) about free and open source software licenses because those licenses are new and different.

University to get new open source lab

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OSS

The University of California, Berkeley's College of Engineering is expected to announce today the opening of a new Internet research lab and will focus its research on open source development of software for Internet services.

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Review: Pixel image editor

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Reviews

Looking for an Adobe Photoshop replacement on Linux? If the GIMP doesn't cut it, maybe Pixel will.

Suspend is now working on my Ubuntu Laptop

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Linux

I recently wrote an article about my new laptop. In that article, I mentioned that suspend to RAM just doesn't seem to work. I had seen this website before about Ubuntu on an Inspiron 9300 and tried the suggestions for getting suspend to work...to no avail. Recently, though, I tried it again and it worked.

Foresight 0.9.2 vs. 0.9.1 vs. my laptop

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Reviews

Reading Ken's announcement on Foresight Linux 0.9.2 (released on Dec. 10) I thought this is the best chance to get used with a new GNOME-based distro, especially since Foresight 0.9.1 gave me a lot of trouble with xDSL connections, and I was just trying to fix'em.

Dateline 2011: Theater Not Responsible For Customer's Head Exploding

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Humor

The U.S. Supreme Court Sponsored By Coca-Cola ruled today that Gouge's Movie Theater of Sillycon Valley, California, is not responsible for the death of eight-year-old Eric Glueckless even though it was their EMP pulse that literally caused his head to explode.

OOo Off the Wall: Master Documents

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HowTos

If you are an MS Word user, and we all have secret shames in our pasts, you may have fallen into the habit of avoiding master documents--and for good reason. But if you have this habit of avoiding master documents, you can change it when you use OpenOffice.org Writer. They can help to organize and write long documents more efficiently.

IBM Forms Global Alliance with Red Hat, Novell

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Linux

IBM has elevated Linux vendors Red Hat Inc. and Novell Inc. to highest-tier partner status by making them members of its Strategic Alliance program.

The move will make it simpler for clients to acquire open standards-based Linux hardware, software and services.

The Beauty of "The Debian System"

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Reviews

Charles Darwin would "get" the beauty Debian if he were alive today. Martin Krafft certainly "gets" the beauty of Debian, and he wants you to get it too, so he has written a very detailed exposition of the Debian code and community called The Debian System: Concepts and Techniques, co-published by Open Source Press and No Starch Press.

Just Say NO to Gnome?

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Software

GNOME still encourages productivity over KDE because it uses screen space more efficiently. So in light of Linus' recent rantings on the GNOME usability mailing list here are three good reasons why you should stick with GNOME.

Science Journal: Wikipedia Pretty Accurate

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Web

Wikipedia, the encyclopedia that relies on volunteers to pen nearly 4 million articles, is about as accurate in covering scientific topics as Encyclopedia Britannica, the journal Nature wrote in an online article published Wednesday.

Thunderbird 1.5 Gets Ready to Fly

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Software

First Look: Version 1.5 of the Mozilla Foundation's e-mail client brings with it a useful set of new features, without the annoying bugs of the earlier version.

Firefox swings to the rescue

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Moz/FF

Mitchell Baker, trapeze artist and leader of an open-source web browser, is on a mission to keep the internet free.

Lightweight windowing system supports embedded Linux

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Software

A free software project based in Instanbul has released a portable, embedded client-server windowing system. The Xynth Windowing System, released under the GPL, offers a lightweight GUI-capable windowing system usable in Linux-based embedded systems and devices, such as handhelds and set-top boxes.

C and C++ give way to managed code

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Software

One important trend highlighted by this year's research is the ongoing transition away from C and C++ -- the two languages that have been programmers' mainstays for many years -- in favor of Java, and, more recently, C#.

Massachusetts says it's open to multiple formats

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OSS

Massachusetts legislators assembled some of the IT industry's most powerful companies Wednesday to discuss the state's electronic document standards, a closely watched decision with significance that has stretched far beyond state boundaries.

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