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In tight economic times when I was growing up, my family generally had “homemade” Christmases, where all the gifts were handicrafts they had made. It takes a lot of time, but it does save money. This year, I’m following much the same pattern, I’m giving my kids refurbished computers.
meanderingpassage.com: This past holiday season Netbook computers were a leading seller for Amazon, and thanks to my dear wife I was a lucky recipients of one of those sales. From my own preferences there was just one issue I had to correct…it was running Windows.
workswithu.com: 2008 was a great year. Although it comes a bit belatedly (today being the first day of 2009), here’s a list of my favorite innovations in 2008:
The GIMP developers welcome you in the new year with the fourth bug-fix release in the stable GIMP 2.6 series. The NEWS file lists the changes in GIMP 2.6.4.
phoronix.com: How though does the real-world performance differ between hard disk drives and solid-state drives on Linux? We have run several tests atop Ubuntu on a Samsung netbook with a HDD and SSD.
linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: It is amazing when one stops to consider the variety of different types of environments that people use computers in. No one distro fits every environment. Most Linux distros have a "target" niche, group of users or environment they build toward.
cfo.com: By 2012 more than 90 percent of enterprises worldwide will deploy OSS in one form or another, predicts Gartner. Yet many corporate managers may not realize the extent to which open source has already infiltrated their enterprises — not only as stand-alone software but also bundled with proprietary applications.
larrythefreesoftwareguy.wordpress: Rather than writing something right after the release of Fedora 10, I wanted to do something different. Unlike movie or restaurant reviews which need to be released as soon as a movie or a restaurant opens, distros should be “road tested” before a valid review could be written.
blog.steveklabnik: Yesterday, I woke up and decided that I felt like wiping my hard drive. It’s a new year, so I felt that it was time for a change. After brushing my teeth, I got on Reddit, and someone mentioned Arch Linux. I’d heard of it, but couldn’t remember what the guiding philosopy behind it was.
lawandlifesiliconvalley.com: Last year was the one of the most active years for legal developments in the history of free and open source (“FOSS”). http://lawandlifesiliconvalley.com/blog/?p=27 This year, 2008, has seen a continuation of important legal developments for FOSS. My list of the top ten FOSS legal developments in 2008 follows:
- Android-powered G1 phone is an enticing platform for app developers
- Personal favorite blogs & podcasts
- OpenSolaris 2008.11 ZFS Performance
- The New Mexico Linux Corp gets off the ground
- Zune misery mystery solved
- Why did GNUstep never really take off?
- KDE vs Gnome Desktop
- A penguin population boom at SeaWorld
- Logitech QuickCam E3560
- Linus Plays Prince of Persia - Again
- Ubuntu, NVidia and my Shuttle
- Slackware 12.2 Review
- DJ'ing (DJ software) on Linux
- How to stop OpenSuse’s Christmas Grub Theme
- Get started using the Vim text editor
- The Bad Guys Will Hack Off Your Fingers
- How to install Extensions in Openoffice.org
- Happy New Year from Tuxmachines
internetnews.com: With the economy in the tank and other major firms planning massive cutbacks, rumors have been swirling for several weeks that Microsoft plans big layoffs of its own to be announced on or about Jan. 15.
planetoss.com: After Ubuntu gained popularity, some distributions switched to Ubuntu as their base distribution. Also many new Ubuntu based distributions started to appear.
ostatic.com/blog: There are a number of full featured open source content management systems out there. Content management systems (CMS) are used increasingly in lieu of more "traditionally" managed web pages, on various sites with diverse audiences and very different goals.
blogs.zdnet.com: Metered computing, as outlined by Microsoft in a patent application, isn’t the worst idea I’ve heard — but it ranks up there with other spectacular failures like the original DivX, AOL dial-up, and the 2008 Detroit Lions.
testfreaks.com: There’s a new little netbook or ultralite notebook floating around out there. This new little netbook is linux based, it’s small, portable, inexpensive and lightweight, sure it’s not going to run Crysis, but if you’re looking for something to play around with then this just might fit the bill.
cyounkins.blogspot: After seeing Lifehacker blog about a number of Ubuntu speedups, I decided to test some of them to see their actual effectiveness.
blogs.gentoo.org: On Christmas Eve, a special present arrived from UPS: the HIS Radeon X1950 Pro I purchased on eBay. For the week prior to Christmas I removed the discrete nVidia 7600GT and ran off the integrated nVidia Geforce 8200 chip in my motherboard. Utter pain!
linuxtoday.com: It's a cliche, but it's an apt one: "God save me from my friends - I can protect myself from my enemies." Theodore Ts'o wrote an anti-Free Software rant this week that could have come straight from the massive, never-sleeping Redmond FudMachine.
opencomputer.net: As the last post of the year I wanted to sum up a short list of the best open source projects I met in 2008. Several from the list were created way before, but only got used by yours truly this year.