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How To Tell The Open Source Winners From The Losers

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OSS

There are 139,834 open source projects under way on SourceForge, the popular open source hosting site. Five years from now, only a handful of those projects will be remembered for making lasting contributions--most will remain in niches, unnoticed by the rest of the world. For every Linux, Apache, or MySQL, dozens of other open source efforts fizzle out.

Using free software to build professional and life skills

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OSS

There are many obvious and fundamental ways in which using free software is good for you, such as choice, cost, and rights. Additionally, there are more abstract fringe benefits that should be considered as well. I feel that free software can be used to build both professional and life skills.

A League of Our Own

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OS

Distros are like leagues. They all play baseball, but they each have their own rules. Fans (the users) can choose between them based on where they are and what kind of baseball they like to watch. I, for instance, like a good minor league or college game. The lack of hype and "polish" tends to feel more authentic. Some leagues are based on others (like many of today's Debian-based distros).

The Machine Stops: IPV6 and the Growth of the Internet

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Web

Regardless of what operating system you use it takes place against the explosion of internet use and a stand-alone computer is an endangered species. A PC and other electronic devices unconnected to the internet will be as rare as a Linux virus in the wild. That interconnectedness is a boon to open source/free software developers but as more and more users go online it causes a headache for those whose job it is to provide and dish out IP addresses.

Open source is the ticket for In Ticketing

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News

Ticket broker In Ticketing is going head to head with Ticketmaster. It's able to offer lower fees for the same services because of open source software, says co-founder and CTO Marc Urbaitel.

Software group reviews Novell's right to sell Linux

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SUSE

The Free Software Foundation is reviewing Novell Inc.'s right to sell new versions of the Linux operating system software, a member of the foundation's board said on Friday.

gNewSense 1.1 - Freedom! From content!

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Linux
Reviews

Gnewsense 1.0 was neither especially good nor especially bad. It was a mediocre Ubuntu-clone with a questionable philosophy of "freedom" rather than "usefulness". I was more than ready to let it fade into obscurity when I found that the maintainers have released another version, this time in KDE *and* Gnome flavors. My interest was piqued. What improvements were added? What features (if any) were taken out as last vestiges of Ubuntu's "non-free" software? Would it still be mediocre? I endeavored to find out.

French students to get open-source software on USB key

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OSS

French authorities will give out 175,000 USB memory sticks loaded with open-source software to Parisian high-school students at the start of the next school year.

Will GPLv3 energize Free Software, or marginalize the FSF?

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OSS

As written, GPLv3 threatens to fork GNU projects and marginalize the Free Software Foundation, writes long-time Linux observer Bill Weinberg. Drawing on long experience evangelizing Linux and open source licensing to business users, Weinberg suggests that the FSF's GPLv3 high road could be a lonesome one.

Unlovable Linux?

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Linux

At the time, most of us thought Oracle undercutting Red Hat's Linux business with its Unbreakable Linux was a big deal. Would customers flock to Oracle's cut-rate version of RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux)? Would Red Hat be pounded by Larry Ellison's minions?

Home Editions Of Windows Vista Won't Run On Mac Or Linux Virtual Machines

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Microsoft

Mac owners and Linux users hoping to run Windows Vista using virtual machine software had better own the Business or Ultimate editions of the new operating system, according to Microsoft's licensing terms.

Resolving Domains Internally And Externally With Bind9 And Caching Nameserver

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Linux
HowTos

Some times, we are required to resolve our internal domains on a local nameserver and external (internet) domains on our ISP's nameserver. There are different solutions to this problem, but in this howto, we are going to solve it through configuring a combination of caching-nameserver and BIND 9.

First test of Fedora 7 released

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Linux

The Fedora team has announced that the first test spin of Fedora 7 is available for download via BitTorrent or from Fedora Project mirrors. Fedora 7, also available on live CD, mixes both Core (the complete operating system) and Extras (add-ons that complement the OS) into one package in anticipation of the merger between the two for Fedora 7's final release.

Microsoft browser rival Mozilla eyes China

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Moz/FF

Mozilla.org, which makes Firefox, the most popular Web browser alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer, is setting up a China office to do battle in the world's second-largest Web market.

A Look at the Linux Distribuition Situation - 2006-2007

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Linux

Linux.org managing editor Michael J. Jordan takes a look at the the most popular (according to distrowatch.com) Linux distributions and gives his opinion as to where he thinks they're going as of January 2007

Other Markets Might 'Terrify' Microsoft, But Not The Legal Space

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Linux
Microsoft

Although Linux might be making big inroads in some vertical markets, Microsoft Windows keeps enjoying virtually complete domination of the legal software space, with the small exception of some embedded appliances.

Track your ancestors with GRAMPS

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Software

GRAMPS is the Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System -- free extensible personal genealogical software. Its numerous reviews cover the basics of what it does. In this article, I'll reveal some lesser-known features and tips from the developers' hideout.

Enterprise applications on Linux

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Linux

Linux has traditionally been popular at the edge of the network. Today it is moving towards the database and application tiers. With porting of enterprise applications onto Linux revving up, companies are confident that their critical applications can run on Linux.

Ubuntu Vista

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Ubuntu

My father heard about Vista coming on the news. Since he was interested in getting it, he asked me to obtain it and install it on his computer. I told him I was going to do that, but instead I burned an Ubuntu CD and installed it.

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