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Spending a Week with Xandros: First Impressions

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Reviews

Thinking of dipping your toes in the Linux pool? Xandros Desktop Home Edition — Premium may just convince you to jump in with both feet! Let Bryan Hoff guide you through the benefits and pitfalls of this free and easy-to-use Linux distribution.

Is the Microsoft-Novell deal dead on arrival?

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SUSE

The potentially historic Microsoft-Novell pact announced last week, whereby Microsoft would grant patent peace to users of Novell's Suse Linux software in exchange for royalty payments paid by Novell to Microsoft, will be dead by mid-March, promises Eben Moglen, the general counsel of the Free Software Foundation (FSF).

Debian 4.0 "Etch" suffers delays

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The developers of the Linux distribution Debian have now made the first Release Candidate of the new installer, which represents the most important new feature of the new Debian Version 4.0 ("Etch"), available. However the RC1 of the new installer is already three months behind schedule.

Epatec dwarf PC makes a capable thin client

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Linux
Hardware

What can you do with a tiny 200MHz computer? We tested such a computing dwarf, the Epatec eTC thin client, and found you can save big money with this box by using it as a thin client.

System Administration Toolkit: Problems and pitfalls

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Linux

Knowing the right way of dealing with full disks, or a crippled system, is nearly as important as having tools in your arsenal to make sure you're prepared to react quickly to missing files or an insecure system. Avoid common pitfalls and traps to help keep your system running smoothly. This article focuses on some of the most common problems and issues facing UNIX administrators and ways to achieve a safe and effective resolution.

MiniTutor: Shell Colors and Cursor Positions

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Linux

If you are the lord of the terminal you probably know it's possible change colors and also cursor position, or control text. Sometimes you can use controlled characters to modify texts and how they are displayed, and also for fun you can draw, create animations, statusbar, progressbar and more.

Who Is Marketing Linux?

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Linux

Seriously. While a great many people still maintain that Linux isn't quite readyfor the desktop (myself occasionally being one of them), it has struck me thatsomething is far more important than developers' ability to code, or the GUI'sability to imitate a seamless user experience. It's great marketing. Wads of cash certainly helps this, and ultimately, if 90% of your overinflated budget is pumped into marketing, your software is bound to succeed.

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

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Interviews

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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OSS

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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HowTos

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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News

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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Reviews
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).

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