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Various news items of interest

The Year Ahead: Vista, Linux And M&As, Oh My!

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Misc

After a relatively strong second half of 2005, the outlook for the new year is mixed: CIO confidence is modestly declining, demand for IT is expected to fluctuate, yet strong, long-term growth, with no visible prospects for any measurable downturn, is part of the forecast.

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2005 Top Articles

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Linux

See Reallylinux.com's top articles for 2005. They range from "Moving to Linux" to "Windows to Linux a Beginner's Guide."

PHP: Three Versions, One Promise

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Software

PHP has long been a favorite dynamic programming language for Web developers. After 10 years of growth, 2006 looks to be a banner year for the open source language as its collaboration framework, partner ecosystem and the language itself are expected to grow and gain new users.

Provisioning for the Next Year

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Misc

As the year's end draws near, it is customary for journalists to list Top Stories from the year past and to make predictions for the year to come. But those are passive activities. They're what professional bystanders do: play-by-play, color commentary, op-edification. Journalists don't have to stand by any more. Their choices no longer are limited to writing or talking about What's Going On. They can be involved now. They can have effects.

Methods for running Linux on a Windows PC

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Software

There can be many methods getting Linux to run on a Windows box. I would always encourage to make the total switch to Linux but there can be good reasons to keep your Windows box intact. Fortunately there are many applications and methods that can allow one to use Linux on a Windows PC.

Best Tech Moments of 2005

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Sci/Tech

In the tech world, 2005 was a period of bold ideas and exciting breakthroughs -- shadowed, at times, by devastating reversals. Here are our picks for the 10 best tech moments of 2005.

DVD Support on Ubuntu Breezy

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Linux

The other evening I wanted to watch a DVD on my new laptop. When I originally setup my desktop PC I installed all the required libraries and codecs for DVDs etc., without keeping any record of where I got them from.

Evesham/AOpen Mini PC Plus

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Hardware

It's finally arrived - the first Mac Mini clone. Our review system was supplied by Evesham, but the barebone chassis is manufactured by AOpen and has been known as the 'Pandora'. Sadly this catchy name is gone - AOpen has re-named it the Mini PC, which is just plain boring. Anyhow, name aside, this is a really cool-looking little machine - it arguably looks even better than the Mac Mini, mainly due to its aluminium case.

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Return to Na Pali ...er ...Nepalinux

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Linux
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A brand new distro has been released and Tuxmachines is on the case. NepaLinux is a Debian-based live and installation CD localised into the Nepali language, complete with Nepali fonts, input method, spell and grammar checker, dictionary, and GNOME theme. It was said, "With the launching of the software, Nepali people who are using pirated software can use Nepali software free of cost." Well, any purpose that produces a new linux distro is good enough for me. But can NepaLinux persuade windows pirates to switch?

Celebrity Deathmatch: Windows XP vs SUSE Linux

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Microsoft
SUSE

The mission that I set for myself some months ago was to find a desktop Linux worthy of replacing Windows XP—to rejoin the world of free software. A friend of mine in Minneapolis was using a Linux that I had never tried before: SUSE Linux. Goodbye, Windows XP. Goodbye, Fedora. Hello, SUSE.

Scratch-Less Disc CD-R

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Hardware

When data stored on CDs and DVDs are vital for ones well being whether it be a backup of financial records or storing pictures from the holidays, losing this data can be quite a hardship. A new company has begun creating a scratch-resistant disc.

Sir Tim and the Gift That Keeps On Giving

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Web

In 1990, the world recieved the first Web browser for Christmas. Santa, in the form of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, was very good to us indeed. Fifteen years ago this week, the world received what has turned out to be a most wonderful Christmas present: WorldWideWeb, the very first Web browser.

Open-Source Start-Ups Challenge Red Hat, Novell

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Linux

Linux pundits see that, on the strength of revenues, Red Hat is clearly the leader in North America while SuSE has some strength in Europe. But this competition is not happening in a vacuum. Both are fighting in Asia where there are other competitors such as TurboLinux and Red Flag, which comes from China.

Gaim 2.0b - Flooded in Feedback

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Software

Wow! We've all been completely swamped in feedback since Saturday's beta release. I'm personally surprised how positive it is as a whole. We've gotten a ton of really well-founded gripes too.

Linux XP 2006

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Linux
Reviews
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An updated version of Linux XP was released on December 21 and since then I had been waiting for an English release. There was an English directory on the mirror, so I thought one would be forthcoming. I gave up. I downloaded the Russian version and was able to get it to display in English with a few mouse clicks. So don't let the fact it's a Russian distro throw you off. Test it out anyway... if you want a distro that is based on Fedora/Redhat, comes with a 2.6.10 kernel, Xorg 6.8.1, and gnome 2.12, yet looks remarkably like KDE meets Windows.

New worm for Linux

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Security

This morning a new worm for Linux appeared on the Internet. This is the second worm in the last couple of months. (The one before this one, Lupper, appeared on 7th November 2005). This shows how relatively rare Linux worms are in comparison to Windows worms.

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The future of OS/2 - Open source or not?

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OS

Yesterday saw IBM cease the sale of the OS/2 Operating system. Come the 31st of December, standard support for the OS will end also. However, a significant number of companies and people continue to use it, and they are finding ways for OS/2 to live on.

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