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The Solaris Installation Experience

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phoronix: There's a problem with Solaris and Sun knows it. The installation experience of Solaris (along with other areas) could be greatly improved. The installer doesn't "suck" as it's easy and known to Solaris administrators, but for a Linux or Windows user it could prove to be a bit challenging.

Syllable Whisper Alpha8 released

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The Syllable team are pleased to announce that Whisper Alpha8 is now available! This release adds support for inbound message filter and a new Events API that can be used by other applications to control Whisper.

How to revive an old PC

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the inquirer: ONE OF MY INTERESTS is in recycling and reusing older computers. With the right choice of software, even a five-year-old computer can be a fast, responsive machine with bags of life left in it.

A Roundup of Free Operating Systems

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Informit: The Free Software community is well known for its diversity. This is most obvious at the application level, but even exists in the context of operating systems. David Chisnall takes a break from UNIX-derivatives and explores some of the more esoteric options.

Welcome to the world of Online Desktop

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tech trouble?: There were some online services available now that can provide you Desktop like environment (some call it WebOS) through a web browser - with applications and storage spaces - that you can customize and access anytime from any computer and from any where in the world!

eyeOS - the open source web desktop

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FOSSWire: With more and more stuff moving over to running on the web these days, and with emerging ‘web desktops’, it’s about time we strayed from our normal desktop Linux territory and took a look online. eyeOS is a project that bills itself as an open source web operating system.

Microsoft with the carrot and the stick

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There is no doubt about it. Microsoft knows what they are doing. However it seems to me that no-one else, particularly businesses, can see what they are doing. To use a cliche or two Microsoft is using the carrot and stick method to divide and conqueror.

The sad part about it is the open source community is letting them.

Windows Security vs Linux Security

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moddaily: You might of heard that Windows has the most virus written for it out of all the operating system’s, you might not have heard that approximately 1,000 virus are found for Windows every month! You probably won’t know that Linux systems have less than a 100 virus written for it, but enough of the facts.

Along the Commandline

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Tux Deluxe: Interaction with computers has pre-occupied many a psychologist since the earliest musings on the subject by the non-psychologist Alan Turing. We love icons, we positively salivate at the sight of directory tress, and we just adore application windows. Or do we?

Comparing GNU/Linux and FreeBSD

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Free Software Mag: GNU/Linux is the most popular operating system built with free/open source software. However, it is not the only one: FreeBSD is also becoming popular for its stability, robustness and security. In this article, I’ll take a look at their similarities and differences.

Kicking the tires on Nexenta

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blogbeebe: I can never leave anything alone, especially if it's an OS I've not played with before. I ordered a free copy of Sun's Open Solaris Starter Kit mid-May, and took some time this evening to boot its three included distributions; Nexenta, Belenix, and Schillix.

PCLinuxOS 2007 vs openSUSE 10.2 vs Windows XP Boot-up/Shut-down Times

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Tryst with Linux: The moment you regularly jump distributions, the boot-up (and subsequently shut-down) timings become an issue. And I thought it would be interesting to compare the three operating systems from a ‘timing’ perspective.

I tried to dirty my hands on OpenSolaris Belenix 0.6

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Tech Trouble?: This reminds me of my initial days with Linux - about 8-10 years ago - when we were forced to configure each and every aspect of Linux configuration to simply work out things.

BeleniX v0.6 LiveCD Screenshots

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Phoronix: The BeleniX LiveCD that is based off of OpenSolaris with GNU applications has reached version 0.6 after some setbacks. While this release is coming out later than expected, it is based upon OpenSolaris Build 60, uses X.Org 7.2, features Compiz 0.5 for Xfce and KDE.

Checking out Nexenta GNU/OpenSolaris

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Vincent Danen: I've never really played with Solaris before. I've looked at it once or twice, briefly, but that was about it. The other day I downloaded a vmware image for Nexenta GNU/OpenSolaris, one of these OpenSolaris-based distributions that apparently uses a lot of GNU software.

OS Imitation: The Sincerest Form of Flattery

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OSWeekly: One of the amusing things about people who use operating systems is that even though some of them may confidently claim that the platform they use is better than the competition, there are probably still going to be times when they covet a feature that another OS has.

Solaris can never be Linux

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iTWire: Whenever I hear the words Sun Microsystems and open source mentioned together I can't help but laugh. The latest bit of spiel which juxtaposes these words comes from a credentialled person - but the words are extremely tired.

Mac, PC or Linux? Your next operating system

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PC Advisor: Choosing the perfect PC platform has never been easier. There have been significant advances in the Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac and Linux operating systems, so let PC Advisor show you how to enjoy the benefits of all three

McNealy Says Sun Evaluating OpenSolaris On GPL

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LinuxWorld (IDG): Sun Microsystems is evaluating whether it should release OpenSolaris under the GNU GPL (general public license), company co-founder and chairman, Scott McNealy told reporters in Bangalore on a conference call Wednesday.

Could Unix happen today?

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Almost 40 years ago, a relatively few number of folks working on a shoestring budget came up with the Unix operating system, which in hindsight, could be seen as a revolutionary technology. Could that happen today? Maybe not with operating systems, but perhaps in other fields of software, said Brian Kernighan, one of the original developers of the OS.

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