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Various bits of news about operating systems

ReactOS – the open-source Windows 2000/XP alternative

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techlogg.com: The push for an open-source operating system is hardly newsworthy stuff, after all, Linux has been championing the idea for years. The only problem is that Linux is no Windows replacement. And that’s what ReactOS is aiming to do.

Microsoft Linux? HAHAHA, er, wait a second…

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opseast.wordpress: I was eating lunch with a partner the other day and he related to me that a colleague of his had reported that a friend of his sister’s fiance’s father’s lawyer’s second half-cousin (or something more confusing) had said that Microsoft would have a version of Microsoft Linux next year, no fooling.

GPL-BSD stoush: de Raadt hints at legal action

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iTWire: The argument over dual-licensed code, which was festering between the GPL and BSD communities, has drifted off the radar for most - but certainly not for Theo de Raadt, head of the OpenBSD project.

Avoid Windows Vista anti-piracy shenanigans by using BSD, OpenSolaris or Linux.

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Pain & Glory: Today I was reading about the “Reduced Functionality” capability of Windows Vista. According to that article, Microsoft has now enabled this capability, which renders a “nongenuine” copy of Windows essentially unusable. Frankly, I just can’t see why anybody would want to use Windows Vista.

Windows, Linux, OS X User Interfaces: All Fluff, No Function

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OSWeekly: I have been wondering about this for sometime now - what defines a professional looking UI for an operating system? Each OS platform has its strengths and weaknesses. But what has me concerned is how each of the three platforms appear to have taken such a fancy to its UI so much that other important features seem to have taken a backseat.

RISC OS-on-Linux project prepares live CD

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drobe.co.uk: An ambitious initiative to eventually run RISC OS desktop software on Linux-powered PCs took a step closer to reality this month. Issues with the user interface code have been addressed, and a bootable CD is being prepared to demonstrate the system's abilities.

OpenSolaris vs. GNU/Linux: Deathmatch or Lovefest?

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O'Reilly ONLamp: One of the recent posts that Jonathan made was in response to a flame by Linus. In his response to accusations, by Linus, that Sun was being disingenuous about truly open sourcing its ZFS file system, he mentioned that not only was Sun going to open source everything, but that they were going to do it under GPL3.

XP to Ubuntu Linux and back again

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james.cooley.ie: My ideal situation is to be able to move from machine to machine (XP or Linux) by inserting a reasonably sized usb-drive, type a couple of commands and start working productively.

Solaris raring for a fight with Linux

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the inquirer: SUN CLAIMS that Opensolaris will give Linux a good kicking and will soon be as common as Java. And we thought it was all about peace, love, and...Solaris. But no, Sun is gearing up for one of the classic open source battles.

Once again, reality trumps idealism

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jem report: Recently a Linux kernel developer tried to relicense an OpenBSD network driver under the GPL, but was caught early in the process and the error was properly addressed with public rebuke. In an unrelated incident, the vice president of the FreeBSD Foundation reiterated that open source software as originally and traditionally exemplified through BSD operating systems, and free software as presented by the Free Software Foundation, are not the same thing.

The joy of Linux

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For those of us who using a computer is not just a job. A lot of computer users are just that. Computer users. They only use the computer to do the job at hand and have no inclination or interest in any other aspect of computing. Then there are the power users.

Finding and installing programs in Linux

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There are several myths floating around the wicked world web and I intend to address one of those today. That is installation of programs under Linux. It seems to be a common misconception that installing programs under Linux is hard or difficult and that windows is easier.

Installing A New Printer. Windows vs. Linux

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the_source: OK. This is just ridiculous. I buy a new printer the other day. HP C6180. It's a pretty nice printer. I usually check the net to make sure new devices I buy have a good track record for working with Linux, but this time it was an impulse buy and I figured I could return it if I had problems.

zfs vs xfs vs ext4

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tastic.brillig.org: This is my attempt to cut through the hype and uncertainty to find a storage subsystem that works. I compared XFS and EXT4 under Linux with ZFS under OpenSolaris.

What is this depmod program thingy?

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In our exploration of the Linux file system we come across an interestingly named file called "depmod". Normally it resides in your sbin folder. Thinking about this file you wonder if it is a link to Depeche Mode.

Migrating from Windows to Linux: the gentle guide

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iTWire: Linux has long been held in mystique as an operating system for hard-core techies or hackers. Yet, this is far from true for today’s distros. A modern version of Linux is as easy to setup and use as the Macintosh is legendary for. Here’s reasons why people stick to Windows and how those factors can be solved in what we like to call a ‘gentle’ approach to Linux.

Microsoft Is Way Too Lazy to Fix Its Bugs

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softpedia: Microsoft software versus open source software has been, and still is a never-ending debatable issue. Both camps have harsh supporters who claim their favorite is the best. Personally, I think that both sides have their own ups and downs and you cannot just say one of them is better. Just because one suits you better, doesn't imply the other is lame.

Reasons to stick with Windows Vista and avoid Ubuntu

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vista.blorge.com: As you may recall, outgoing PC Magazine editor Jim Louderback had almost nothing good to say about Vista in his most recent column. Just about everyone I know that has used Vista is going to stick with it and Information Week poses the reasons why that not so strangely, I agree with.

Best of many worlds

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manilastandardtoday: WHEN I switched from Windows to Linux last year, a decision I had to make as a technology writer was what to do with readers who were still on Microsoft’s proprietary operating system.

Why people don't switch operating systems

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iTWire: The topic of Linux on the desktop is one that raises its head every couple of days somewhere on the web - and here it is again. Windows use is also a habit - it is developed in the kindergarten, continues in school, goes with you to college and then into the workplace.

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