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Mandriva Free 2007 - the FOSSwire review

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Reviews

I’m going to take a look at the popular Linux distribution Mandriva; more specifically, their latest free-of-charge desktop outing Mandriva Free 2007.

Using Unbuntu Christian Edition - a Review

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Ubuntu

The last time I saw this distribution discussed it degenerated quickly into a flame war that had nothing to do with the merits of the distribution. Recently I saw that there was an update to the distribution. I had a bit of time so I thought I would take it for a spin and see what it was actually like. While this review is brief I hope to cover the major features that differentiate this distribution from Ubuntu its parent distribution and rate its overall usefulness.

Means and ends in open source

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One thing that makes analysis of business strategies in open source difficult (even for professionals) is a confusion of means and ends.

Get Crontab Output in Ubuntu via E-mail

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Having troubles getting your crontab’s output in Ubuntu? Constantly checking your email for a non-existent email? Turns out you might just be missing a message.

Windows vs GNU/Linux vs MacOSX - the showdown

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OS

I’ve been a Windows user since Windows 3.1, a Desktop GNU/Linux user since August and a MacOSX user for some weeks. I will share with you what I was able to learn from my experience with these operative systems.

Kill Process with Care

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A lots of people likes to do kill -9, which means kill a process by force. By specified -9, process will be terminated by force, which is very fast and confirm kill but it leaves hidden side effects. Refers to Useless use of kill -9, kill a process by specified -9 may leave child processes of a parent orphaned, temporary files open, shared memory segments active, and sockets busy. This leaves the system in a messy state, and could lead to unanticipated and hard to debug problems.

Ubuntu to add proprietary drivers

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Analysis -- Reluctantly, the Ubuntu developer community has decided that with the next version of Ubuntu, Feisty Fawn, it will be including some proprietary drivers. Feisty Fawn's emphasis on "multimedia enablement" appears to be the culprit.

Also: Linux desktop domination "just a matter of time"

The 451 Group: Calculating Open Source Software Costs and Savings

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Raven Zachary, open source senior analyst and practice lead at The 451, expects costs savings to continue driving commercial open source adoption for a long time. He described the 'calculator' included in his lataest report as a practical and vendor-neutral tool.

Microsoft the enemy to Red Hat and Linux community

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Microsoft's deal with Novell has been followed by Ballmer seemingly extending the olive branch to Linux leader Red Hat. However, Red Hat, like others in the Linux community, see Microsoft's moves as containing a veiled threat and just a means to get revenue for nothing.

Open Source - it isn't just about being nice

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Michael Tiemann objects to the distinction between "open" and "free" software we suggested in the article entitled 'Take your covenant and shove it', Samba tells Novell. Here's Michael's reply in full:

LinuxToday: IBM--Orca or Penguin?

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Linux

Along this same vein, doesn't anyone else find it interesting that it's Sun jumping up and defending Free Software rather than IBM, which I believe has a much bigger stake in Linux? Where is IBM, anyway? I have three theories.

OpenOffice.org Calc adds support for Excel VBA

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As an Excel user, you may have looked at OpenOffice.org and found that it doesn't support Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), the Microsoft Office macro language. If you've spent years building hundreds of Excel macros, the fear of losing them all could keep you locked in to Office.

Red Hat Plans to List Shares on the New York Stock Exchange

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Linux

Red Hat, Inc. today announced that it has filed an application to list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange. Upon approval of its application, the Company anticipates that its shares of common stock will begin trading on the NYSE on December 12, 2006, under the symbol "RHT". Until that time Red Hat will continue to trade on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol "RHAT".

Also: Feeling New Heat, Red Hat Rolls on

Interview: Microsoft’s open-source peacemaker

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Interviews

Bridging the disparate worlds of Microsoft and the open-source community might seem an impossible task but Bill Hilf seems to be having some success in spanning the divide. He is trying to convince open-source developers that they can work with and not just against the software giant.

Criticism mounts over Birmingham's Linux project

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As reported earlier this week, Birmingham City Council pulled the plug on its £535,000 open-source pilot after its analysis concluded that it was cheaper to upgrade to a Microsoft-based platform than proceed with open source.

Is Microsoft infringing upon Xerox, Apple and Unix intellectual property?

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Intellectual Property is a term widely abused in the software industry by firms such as Microsoft and SCO using it to scare people into not using certain products in favor of their own. This disparaging tactic has even been given a name: Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD).

Making manpages work for you

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Once upon a time, Linux was a hacker's operating system, in the sense that only the most dedicated and enthusiastic computer geeks had the motivation and skill to make sense of it and make it work for them. That has been changing for several years, but to really understand Linux, to be more than a mere end user, you should still learn to navigate the command line interface. One of the most important skills to have for navigating the command line in Linux is the ability to use manpages.

Seven tips for leading FOSS programmers

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Books about management techniques rarely mention how to lead computer programmers. The few that do sooner or later reach for a cliché and compare the effort to herding cats -- J. Hank Rainwater, for instance, uses the phrase as his title. Partly, the comparison reflects how much the topic is outside the corporate mainstream. However, the comparison also reflects the conflicting nature of the job. The typical IT department represents a separate culture within a company, and a successful manager must both understand that culture and act as a bridge between it and the rest of the company, trying to explain each to the other.

Desktop search for Linux - autumn 2006

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Linux

I already wrote a bit about desktop search on Linux systems, you can find more in the section Desktop Search (surprise, surprise). However, the last look at the situation in general is quite some months ago, and several things have developed since then.

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