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Costs, culture or communism? Why governments choose open source

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ZDNet UK has just concluded an investigation into why some governments have embraced open source, while others have given it the cold-shoulder.

Installing OpenOffice.org 2.0 for Debian

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In this introductory article, Jon Watson provides an easy guide to installing the new Open Office source on non-rpm Linux systems. The emphasis is on the use of alien to help convert rpm packages for quick installation to the latest Debian releases.

Cedega 5.0 Reviewed

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Cedega 5.0 is the first release to feature integration between the Cedega GUI and the core Cedega technology. In addition to the usability improvements that accompany this fusion, TransGaming also give you the ability to play Battlefield 2, Dungeon Siege II, Madden NFL 2006 and Madden NFL 2005 on your Linux desktop today.

Grokster quits file-sharing fight

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File-sharing group Grokster has agreed to halt distributing its software to settle a long-running copyright case launched by the entertainment industry.

Xen Pushes 'Paravirtualization'

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Xen, an open-source software project that began its life at the University of Cambridge, aims to virtualize operating system instances and to do so better than current options such as VMware Inc.'s products.

A review of Rickford Grant's "Linux Made Easy"

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Regardless of what you hear about the GNU/Linux past, the truth is that we live in the age of Linux newbie enlightenment. GNU/Linux is easier to use to install and to use than Windows. And most important, quality user guides for Linux newbies abound, among them being Rickford Grant's new book, Linux Made Easy.

Cool Tool: Nessus, for good or ill

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The ultimate in a security tool or a weapon of mass destruction, Nessus is one hard-core vulnerability scanner. Too bad its moving from open source to proprietary.

Brazil Starts Deployment of Low Cost KDE Computers

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A new inititive by the Brazillian government will see low cost KDE based computers on sale throughout the country from next week.

NVIDIA debuts GeForce 6800 GS

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As expected NVIDIA today launched the new GeForce 6800 GS and it's immediately available in stores at approximately $249 USD.

UPDATE: A real nice review by Mike Chambers.

Microsoft: Open source not that open

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Jason Matusow, director of Microsoft's Shared Source Initiative, took the opportunity in front of the audience at the Open Source Business Conference to suggest that the commercialization of open source leads to less openness over time.

AMD Describes Antitrust Strategy

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Thomas McCoy sat down with IDG News Service to outline the basic nature of the case against Intel, and provided an early glimpse of the strategy AMD intends to employ against Intel at trial.

Open source, open wallet

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Open-source business models are booming in the software industry, a rapid rise that has some experts wondering if it's a bubble that will burst.

Novell Layoffs Cast A Cloud Over Big-Business Linux

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Novell in August reported a 5% drop in fiscal third-quarter revenue from a year ago. In contrast, Linux rival Red Hat reported a 42% year-to-year increase in its most-recent quarterly revenue. In a tech market that likes to have choices, big-business Linux is looking more like a one-horse race.

Desktop Ownage 2005

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Wouldn't you like to have your own boxed copy of one of the most popular Linux distributions in the world? Your mission is to take Vic here and create a work of art in the form of desktop wallpaper. First place prize is a boxed copy of SUSE Linux 10.0 and a Mad Penguin™ T-Shirt.

Cool prizes for Firefox extensions

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The Mozilla Foundation is wooing Firefox extension developers with some awesome prizes for the best extensions to the fast-growing Web browser.

Linux/Lupper.worm rears its ugly head

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A new worm is inching its way around the internet today. This worm spreads by exploiting web servers hosting vulnerable PHP/CGI scripts.

CLI Magic: sudo voodoo

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Sudo is a handy little tool that is of value to both system administrators and common folks like us. What does it do? It allows you to temporarily assume the permissions of another user, up to and including root.

Linux growing in popularity

Dennis Walters likes to compare a computer to a car. It needs a steering wheel, doors, brakes, seats. Most important, it needs an engine to make it go. Linux is the engine that makes Walters' computer go.

SCO demands mysterious Linux 2.7 info

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THE BRAINIACS on SCO's legal team have done it again. They are demanding IBM hand over its materials about the Linux 2.7 kernel.

Linux adoption picks up

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Linux is finding its way into enterprises. Increased support from vendors like IBM and HP is helping Linux move into mission critical deployments.

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Graphics: Wayland, Radeon, Mir, Vulkan

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Security: The Microsoft Cyber Attack, VPNFilter, Compliance, Docker

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    On February 19th, 2018, the German public broadcaster (ARD) aired a documentary on Microsoft relations with public administrations. Part of the inquiry is about the Open Bar agreement between Microsoft and the French ministry of Defense, including interviews of French Senator Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam, Leïla Miñano, a journalist, and Étienne Gonnu of April.

    The documentary is now available in English thanks to Deutsche Welle (DW), the German public international broadcaster, on its Youtube channel dedicated to documentaries : The Microsoft Cyber Attack. It should be noted that April considers itself as a Free software advocate, rather than open source, as the voice-over suggests.

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Programming: Fonts, Jupyter, and Open Source FPGAs

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