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RedHat's response: Interview with Mark Webbink (RedHat)

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Three days ago we posted an interview with Justin Steinman, Director of Marketing for Linux & Open Platform Solutions for Novell. He answered some of our questions regarding the Novell-Microsoft deal. Now it's RedHat's turn for a session of Q&A on LinuxInterviews.com. We contacted RedHat Inc. and Mark Webbink agreed to answer some of our questions in regard with the Microsoft-Novell agreement, with more to come in the following days. Read below to find out what RedHat believes of this "unearthly" alliance and what they plan to do in the future.

Using styles in OpenOffice.org

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HowTos

My friend Kent used to say, "Unix is like chocolate sauce. Add it to anything and it's better." I'm going to tell him that the same is true of styles. They're great. And not too complicated, either. Styles are essentially just organized formatting.

$190 Puppy Linux Movie Player for the Minivan

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Hardware

What I wanted for the van was the equivalent of what we had already working at home, MythTV running on a $300 Linux box. For $190 I had a diskless, fanless, completely silent PC with a Via processor and 128 megs of RAM. To this I added a copy of Puppy Linux.

Ballmer: Linux Users Owe Microsoft

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Linux

In comments confirming the open-source community's suspicions, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Thursday declared his belief that the Linux operating system infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property.

A closer look at Oracle's support and indemnification offerings for Linux

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Linux

I had a few minutes to burn today, so I did what I'm sure you were doing: I read the Oracle Enterprise Linux Services Agreement. It's funny what you find when you start digging around in the legalese that governs the Big Announcement that Oracle made. It makes "Unbreakable Linux" look, well, a little flimsy.

Major vendors put open source into turmoil

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OSS

Major software vendors are shaking up the open-source market. Microsoft Corp.'s deal with Novell Inc. and Oracle Corp.'s move to support Red Hat Linux have sent IT investors scurrying to figure out what it all means.

Bring back deleted files with lsof

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HowTos

There you are, happily playing around with an audio file you've spent all afternoon tweaking, and you're thinking, "Wow, doesn't it sound great? Lemme just move it over here." At that point your subconscious chimes in, "Um, you meant mv, not rm, right?" Oops. I feel your pain -- this happens to everyone. But there's a straightforward method to recover your lost file, and since it works on every standard Linux system, everyone ought to know how to do it.

Getting Cute with the GPL

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Eben Moglen has now stated that GPLv3 will be redrafted to include clear language that will make the Novell-Microsoft agreement an obvious GPL violation, and more.

Restrict the use of su command

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su is used to become another user during a login session. Invoked without a username, su defaults to becoming the super user. By default almost all distro allows to use su command. However you can restrict the use of su command for security reasons.

Also: Howto prevent non-root users from logging into the system

The Thing About Beagle

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Software

Beagle is a desktop search tool for Gnome. I thought I might give it a go, because sometimes I need to find things. Since I am using KDE I also installed Kerry, which is a KDE front end for Beagle.

Using Apache Derby databases, Part 2: Manage IT services beyond mere deployment

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In this article, find out how IBM autonomic computing technology, particularly the IBM Autonomic Integrated Development Environment (AIDE) toolkit, may be an effective solution. Learn how you can use this technology with Apache Derby

Review of Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft

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Ubuntu

Most Linux users have heard of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution and many know how stable the OS is on desktop computers. But for the growing Linux laptop user segment, how well does the latest version of Ubuntu recognize specialized laptop hardware and perform on their portable device? Today I'm taking a look at Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft on Open Addict's DELL XPS M170 test laptop.

FSF praises Sun's commitment to OSS

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The Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced yesterday that they welcomed the public commitment from Sun Microsystems to distribute its proprietary Java platform under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL).

Ensuring network interfaces remain named consistently

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HowTos

If you have more than one network card, there is no guarantee that eth0 when you first boot up remains eth0 in the next boot. It could swap with eth1. This can happen especially if the cards are the same chipset, I reckon. If you change kernels or switch to using something like hotplug or udev you can also find the same problem.

LinuxBIOS - A truly GPLed Free Software BIOS

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A BIOS is an acronym for Basic Input Output System and is the starting point of the boot process in your computer. But one of the disadvantages of the proprietary BIOS which are embedded in most PCs is that there is a good amount of code which is used in it to support legacy operating systems such as DOS and the end result is a longer time taken to boot up and pass the control to the resident operating system.

PS3 Linux: Dual Boot Instructions & Blu-ray disc mounting supported!

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A day after the PS3 Japan launch madness, all of us here at QJ had a chance to look back and see exactly what info we had missed. I had the responsibility of checking out the Linux side of things. And while the article which I wrote yesterday was pretty much spot on, there's a few more things which I could get out of the documents released.

Installing From Tarballs

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We usually download linux programs through package handling tools such as yum and apt-get. Download programs through package handling tools is easy, but not all programs is available in your Linux distribution repository. Sometimes, we need to download the source code, compile and install manually.

Control is the real open source advantage

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In all the blah-de-blah over the moves by Oracle and Microsoft into open source a very important point is missing, namely the motivation of enterprises in moving toward open source. It's not the cost savings. It's not the community. It's not the name of the vendor.

Mapping the universe with open source software

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Software

Astronomers at New York City's Hayden Planetarium and Rose Center for Earth and Space think space exploration should be easily accessible to anyone. To make that possible, they offer an interactive atlas of the universe that anyone can download for free.

Microsoft's Interoperability Trust Problem

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Microsoft

Yesterday, Jason Matusow, Microsoft's director of corporate standards, blogged about trust. Surprise. Surprise. He found that some customers question Microsoft's sincerity around interoperability and licensing.

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