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It's Alive!!

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Software

Make-live is a brilliant new method of making stuff live without all that messing around in hyperspace. (<-- non-sequitur HHGTG reference. Sorry) Or, to put it another way, make-live is a brilliant new method for creating a zombie army of flesh-eating slaves.

ODF Alliance Hails Brazil, India, Italy, and Poland for Recognizing OpenDocument Format

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OSS

The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance) today applauded Brazil's decision to recommend ODF as the government's preferred format; India's decision to use ODF at a major state government agency; and Italy's decision to recognize ODF as national standard.

Chinese company joins OSDL

Open Source Development Labs said Tuesday that Datang Mobile, a Chinese handset manufacturer, will join OSDL as an active member of the Mobile Linux Initiative.

Quick and dirty Samba setup

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HowTos

Samba is an open source project that allows Windows users to connect to a Linux server from which to share data. If you are looking for a simple, affordable home file server, or need more disk space on your office network, a Linux server with Samba is the way to go. Here's how you can set up a simple Samba server on Slackware for SOHO use.

IPTables HOWTO Updated Release

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Software

The aim of the iptables-tutorial is to explain iptables in a complete and simple way. The tutorial has recently been under heavy scrutiny and updating, as can be seen in this, the latest version of the tutorial.

SCO no longer matters

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Misc

You may have noticed that I don't cover news about the never-ending SCO vs. IBM, Linux, Novell, et al much anymore. There's a reason for that: SCO doesn't matter anymore.

a thousand pounds of laptops (olpc)

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OLPC

Today we received the first large shipment of laptops from the factory. I’m told it’s about a thousand pounds. The boxes are all labeled with the countries the keyboards are built for.

Full Post.

UNIX tools for exploring object files

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Linux

Computers are difficult to program and many tools have been created to assist you in making the task easier. The programs that run on a UNIX system follow a careful design known as the object file format. Learn more about the object file format and the tools that you can use for exploring object files found on your system.

Reiser Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering His Wife

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Reiser

Hans Reiser, 42, appeared in Alameda County Superior Court briefly to enter the not guilty plea to a sole count of murder. A preliminary hearing was set for Dec. 11.

Fallout from the Microsoft-Novell agreement continues

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SUSE

(We regret to let you know that starting in 2007, we will no longer be publishing the Novell NetWare Tips Newsletter.) Fallout from the Microsoft-Novell agreement continues unabated. Just about everyone who doesn’t work for Redmond or Waltham has jumped in and criticized the deal. Heck, even Microsoft’s own open source guru, Jason Matusow had some less then complimentary things to say about it!

Why We Need an Open Source Second Life

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Software

Unless you have been living under a rock for the six months, you will have noticed that the virtual world Second Life is much in the news. According to its home page, there are currently around 1,700,000 residents, who are spending $600,000 – that's real, not virtual, money – in the world each day.

Mark Shuttleworth: Binary-only codecs, nyet

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Ubuntu

The distinctions between software that enables the hardware to function fully, and software that delivers a specific feature, are manifest. Ubuntu has included firmware, and used proprietary drivers since its inception.

Study: Developers Favor Linux

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Linux

In its most recent survey of some 400 software developers with Linux experience, the Evans Data research firm discovered a major change.

Open source and management disputes

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Software

Open source vendors can't be run like their closed source counterparts. The programming talent, and the people behind that talent, aren't like other managers. I thought of this when looking at a stray comment Marc Fleury of RedHat's JBOSS.

Dump Linux now!

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Linux

I have always been a fan of fringe operating systems. Perhaps it's a sickness peculiar to geeks. Or maybe it's just me. But now I think it is time to dump GNU/Linux. Don't get me wrong: I still love GNU/Linux. It's just gotten. . . boring. Linux is so ready for the desktop, it's boring.

Meeting people for keysigning - using Biglumber

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HowTos

You've set up gpg and can now use it for signing and encryption - but how to go about getting your key signed so that you are not only relying on the web of trust?

Canonical and Debian - friend or foe?

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Ubuntu

Pointed at the issues by Josselin Mouette’s post, I got aware of a list of issues posted by JP Rosevear, which is a reply to Mark Shuttleworths post to the opensuse mailinglist. Note especially point 2, which is: “Preventing the Debian GNOME maintainer from updating GNOME packages until after Ubuntu LSO had shipped because you had hired him.”

The OLPC Sugar Inteface: Don't Do it

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Linux
OLPC

The OLPC's interface is simply way too complicated. I just read through the human interface guidelines for the project; and by god, I got lost after only a few paragraphs. How are kids supposed to learn all this?

Why C has no place in Computer Science research

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Software

I came across this post, which highlights top 5 reasons why a developer should unlearn C. Given the past experience I had with realities of C development I mostly concur with the author.

Jono Bacon: Talking Heads

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Ubuntu

Great first day of the Ubuntu Open Week yesterday. My initial smugness about the number of attendees was over-shadowed by the smug-overdrive that I launched into when we had over 340 attendees in some of the classes. Smugr 2.0 beta.

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Bodhi Updates, KaOS & Antergos Reviews, Another 25?

Today in Linux news, Jeff Hoogland posted a short update on the progress of Bodhi Linux 4.0 and reported on the updates to the project's donations page. In other news, An Everyday Linux User reviewed Arch-based Antergos Linux saying it was "decent" and Ubuntu-fan Jack Wallen reviewed "beautiful" KDE-centric KaOS. makeuseof.com has five reasons to switch to the Ubuntu phone and Brian Fagioli asked if Linux can survive another 25 years. Read more

Rise of the Forks: Nextcloud and LibreOffice

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Red Hat News

  • Red Hat Virtualisation 4 woos VMware faithful
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  • Forbes Names Red Hat One of the World's Most Innovative Companies
    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced it has been named to Forbes' “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list. Red Hat was ranked as the 25th most innovative company in the world, marking the company's fourth appearance on the list (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Red Hat was named to Forbes' "World's Most Innovative Growth Companies" list in 2011.
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GNU/Linux Leftovers

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