A review of Rickford Grant's "Linux Made Easy"

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Regardless of what you hear about the GNU/Linux past, the truth is that we live in the age of Linux newbie enlightenment. GNU/Linux is easier to use to install and to use than Windows. And most important, quality user guides for Linux newbies abound, among them being Rickford Grant's new book, Linux Made Easy.

Cool Tool: Nessus, for good or ill

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The ultimate in a security tool or a weapon of mass destruction, Nessus is one hard-core vulnerability scanner. Too bad its moving from open source to proprietary.

Brazil Starts Deployment of Low Cost KDE Computers

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A new inititive by the Brazillian government will see low cost KDE based computers on sale throughout the country from next week.

NVIDIA debuts GeForce 6800 GS

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As expected NVIDIA today launched the new GeForce 6800 GS and it's immediately available in stores at approximately $249 USD.

UPDATE: A real nice review by Mike Chambers.

Microsoft: Open source not that open

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Jason Matusow, director of Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative, took the opportunity in front of the audience at the Open Source Business Conference to suggest that the commercialization of open source leads to less openness over time.

AMD Describes Antitrust Strategy

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Legal

Thomas McCoy sat down with IDG News Service to outline the basic nature of the case against Intel, and provided an early glimpse of the strategy AMD intends to employ against Intel at trial.

Open source, open wallet

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Open-source business models are booming in the software industry, a rapid rise that has some experts wondering if it's a bubble that will burst.

Novell Layoffs Cast A Cloud Over Big-Business Linux

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Novell in August reported a 5% drop in fiscal third-quarter revenue from a year ago. In contrast, Linux rival Red Hat reported a 42% year-to-year increase in its most-recent quarterly revenue. In a tech market that likes to have choices, big-business Linux is looking more like a one-horse race.

Desktop Ownage 2005

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Wouldn't you like to have your own boxed copy of one of the most popular Linux distributions in the world? Your mission is to take Vic here and create a work of art in the form of desktop wallpaper. First place prize is a boxed copy of SUSE Linux 10.0 and a Mad Penguin™ T-Shirt.

Cool prizes for Firefox extensions

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Moz/FF

The Mozilla Foundation is wooing Firefox extension developers with some awesome prizes for the best extensions to the fast-growing Web browser.

Linux/Lupper.worm rears its ugly head

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A new worm is inching its way around the internet today. This worm spreads by exploiting web servers hosting vulnerable PHP/CGI scripts.

CLI Magic: sudo voodoo

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Sudo is a handy little tool that is of value to both system administrators and common folks like us. What does it do? It allows you to temporarily assume the permissions of another user, up to and including root.

Linux growing in popularity

Dennis Walters likes to compare a computer to a car. It needs a steering wheel, doors, brakes, seats. Most important, it needs an engine to make it go. Linux is the engine that makes Walters' computer go.

SCO demands mysterious Linux 2.7 info

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THE BRAINIACS on SCO's legal team have done it again. They are demanding IBM hand over its materials about the Linux 2.7 kernel.

Linux adoption picks up

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Linux is finding its way into enterprises. Increased support from vendors like IBM and HP is helping Linux move into mission critical deployments.

China's Bet on Linux

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As China prepares to become a full member of the World Trade Organization, the Beijing government is trying to prove to the West that it is serious about reducing software piracy. And so government agencies and businesses are turning to Linux.

Fry's $159 Linspire Computer

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When I opened the local Fry's ad circular, one of the first things I spotted was the ad for a complete PC for $159. As you might guess, this PC for tightwads doesn't run any flavor of the Gatesian OS, instead the system ships with Linspire. We took the plunge and bought one, just to find out if it really could be a viable option.

klik User's FAQ online now

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klik provides an easy way to download and use software for most major distributions. klik User's FAQ is online now and being added to daily.

How to make millions writing free software

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So you want to be an open-source millionaire, do you? What will really determine if your Linux distribution or your content management system, or whatever, will ever bring you a thin-dime has very, very little to do with your code's goodness.

GAIM: Cool and Advanced Features

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Last week, I wrote a small introduction to Gaim, a great chat client written for GTK. The functionality of Gaim has gotten quite advanced, which has made it one of the leading-edge open-source chat clients currently available.

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