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VMWARE WORKSTATION 5.5

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Back in November, VMware released version 5.5 of their Workstation virtual machine product. Overall it's not a big improvement over version 5.0, but might be just the right "next step up" for those still on Workstation 4.x.

Mandriva: Good Choice for Newbies

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Generally, Mandriva setup is a dream. It's handled speedily and graphically, with guidance for newbies and lots of options for the experienced. My graphics card, monitor, on-board sound, ethernet/broadband and drives were all detected and configured during installation.

Queue Up Linux Printing

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Hardware

If I had to give a general summation of printing in Linux I would have to say "better than dismal, but not much." Hardware vendors barely produce tolerable drivers for Windows, let alone us weirdo hippie Linux users.

Microsoft's FAT patents threaten Linux, say critics

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Linux

The US Patent Office has upheld Microsoft patents for a system that helps an operating system locate and retrieve files from a storage device. Some believe this will cause problems for Linux vendors and users, because Linux uses the same system. Microsoft surely intended to use its patents to fight the competitive threat posed by free software.

2006 phish tales, part 1: Worse on Linux or Windows?

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Phisher phobia has gripped IT users and administrators, thanks to some highly publicized phishing successes -- and some users and admins should be more worried than others. But phishers can be beaten, says Lance James, author of the new book, Phishing Exposed.

Patch this! Musings on Microsoft's Windows patching

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Everyone has security problems, everyone has patches. But claiming, as Hilf does, that Microsoft's patching is somehow better than that of the major Linux distributions is complete nonsense.

Why Not Python?, Part 2

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HowTos

This time out, the old C hacker drags himself into the 1990s to solve Sudoku puzzles. Have you ever see a puzzle that made you want to write a program to solve it? I had that feeling a few months ago, when I noticed Sudoku in our local paper.

Mandriva Linux 2006.1-0.3 (Beta): a Bad Joke?!

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The public beta of Mandriva Linux 2006.1 (0.3) for x86 (32-bit), released on Dec. 26, looked appalling to me. It's supposed to come with a lot of improvements. I was very interested on the progress Mandriva's having on the GNOME part, albeit it's primarily a KDE distro.

An introduction to services, runlevels, and rc.d scripts

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What's the first thing that you do once you've logged onto Linux? Is it to manually start up a processes such as Apache or MySQL, or even start your network connection? Or do you have to stop applications that have started up without your telling them to, and which are overloading your machine? If you have unwanted processes starting at boot time, or find yourself starting necessary services manually, let's make your life a little bit easier by introducing you the world of Linux services.

January '06 Processors: Everyone's Going Dual-Core

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Hardware

It's been about 6 months since our last big desktop processor review (July '05: Battle of the High-End CPUs), but here we are at another big release from both Intel and AMD. In this review we'll be taking a look at the new big dogs from both companies. This time they're laying it all down and going for the highest clocked dual-core processors they can pump out.

ColdFusion 7.x Installation on Debian Sarge

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HowTos

As you know Debian Linux is not supported officialy by Adobe. But Debian is one of the mosts used and well known Linux distribition for specially server usage and I think there would be some other people who wants to use Debian and ColdFusion together.

Xfce 4.2 - A light weight window manager heavy in features.

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The first time I used Xfce was when I tried out the Belenix Live CD. Xfce was the only window manager bundled with it so I had no choice but to use it though my personal preference was Fluxbox. But after playing around in it for some time, I just couldn't stop admiring the usability and design of Xfce as well as the responsiveness of the applications when run in it.

USPTO upholds Microsoft FAT patents

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Microsoft

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has upheld two Microsoft patents for technology that controls how files are stored in the Windows OS, according to a Microsoft spokeswoman.

March of the penguins

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Linux

Although having an open-source strategy is becoming common in many enterprises, users and analysts say 2006 is the year the penguin flippers will hit the water in terms of Linux's evolution into an enterprise application server platform.

25 Reasons to Convert to Linux

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Linux

Businesses, educational institutions, governmental agencies and other organizations around the world are converting1 their computer operating systems from Microsoft Windows to Linux at an increasing pace. There are at least 25 reasons for this.

Homeland Security helps secure open-source code

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Through its Science and Technology Directorate, the department has given $1.24 million in funding to Stanford University, Coverity and Symantec to hunt for security bugs in open-source software and to improve Coverity's commercial tool for source code analysis.

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Stx Linux 1.0 Final Look

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Stx Linux is a small lightweight operating system for the x86 arch. It is based on Slackware and slackware derivatives. One of the key features of Stx is it's ability to perform admirably on older hardware, and it's minimum requirements are a pentium 1 with 32 mb ram. Tuxmachines has covered some of the developmental releases, RC2 and RC3, but since final was released today, we felt it deserved yet another look. Today we'll look at an upgrade as well as a fresh install.

PostgreSQL issues 'critical' security fix

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The developers of the open-source PostgreSQL database have issued a "critical" update, urging users of the software to modify their installations immediately to protect themselves from possible exploits.

Mono to Be Included in Fedora Core 5

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The Mono open-source development platform based on .Net will be in the next version of the Fedora core Linux distribution. Fedora Core is a Linux distribution derived from Red Hat Linux and developed by the Fedora Project, which is sponsored by Red Hat.

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