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FSM: On free vs. proprietary

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There is currently a competition going on between two types of business model. Each have their strong advocates, supporters and enemies. Flame wars have raised the temperature of various communication channels. In short, it's good old fashioned fun for all and sundry.

Just Say NO to Gnome?

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GNOME still encourages productivity over KDE because it uses screen space more efficiently. So in light of Linus' recent rantings on the GNOME usability mailing list here are three good reasons why you should stick with GNOME.

Thunderbird 1.5 Gets Ready to Fly

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First Look: Version 1.5 of the Mozilla Foundation's e-mail client brings with it a useful set of new features, without the annoying bugs of the earlier version.

Lightweight windowing system supports embedded Linux

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A free software project based in Instanbul has released a portable, embedded client-server windowing system. The Xynth Windowing System, released under the GPL, offers a lightweight GUI-capable windowing system usable in Linux-based embedded systems and devices, such as handhelds and set-top boxes.

C and C++ give way to managed code

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One important trend highlighted by this year's research is the ongoing transition away from C and C++ -- the two languages that have been programmers' mainstays for many years -- in favor of Java, and, more recently, C#.

Open-source antivirus tech may get commercial help

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To plug a hole in its intrusion-prevention product, eEye Digital Security may adopt the Clam AntiVirus project and improve the open-source software.

klik wins "Linux Format Hottest Pick" award

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We got notified from the Linux Format (a printed magazine sold in UK newspaper stands) that they give their Hottest Pick award to klik. -- Woooohoo!

Closed, Open Source Share Compatibility Problems

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Software stacks, open or closed, will always be dogged by backward-compatibility issues. Deal with it.

Linux Magazine Indexes, Searches and Finds Kat

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Linux Magazine has published an article written by Roberto Cappuccio describing all about his wonderful desktop search environment.

Busy Kat: Desktop Searches with Kat

The desktop search engine offers new and interesting opportunities for users to access information on their own computers.

Mozilla Thunderbird gets Firefox-style tabs

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A developer has added tabbed browsing of e-mail messages to Mozilla's Thunderbird e-mail client, mimicking one of the most popular features of the Firefox and Opera Web browsers.

Open Source databases rounded up and rodeod

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YOU COULD be forgiven for not knowing about the storm of activity in the database market this season. But help is here in the form of a guide to open source database companies and what they've been up to.

Patent pools offer open source a new incentive--and a new source of power

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For the first time you get back something tangible for open-sourcing. And this leads to another key change in the terrain: it now becomes critical how "open source" is defined, and who has the power to define it.

Family Trees with GRAMPS

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Tracing your family’s history is fun, informative, and a great way to understand more about yourself. Fortunately for Penguinheads, there’s a great genealogy program that makes the entire process easy: GRAMPS.

Phoronix puts NVIDIA 1.0-8174 thru its paces

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In two separate articles, Phoronix is tweaking, testing, and benchmarking the newest graphic drivers from nVidia, the 1.0-8174.

  • NVIDIA 1.0-8174 Linux Performance

  • NVIDIA Linux SLI (1.0-8174)

My sysadmin toolbox: second helping

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When I wrote last month's my sysadmin toolbox column, I knew that Linux.com readers would probably have a few suggestions. I was surprised, however, by the sheer number of responses we got and it seemed like a good idea to compile a list of the most popular reader-suggested tools and utilities

New nVidia Graphic drivers released: 1.0-8174

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The long awaited Linux Display Driver Version 1.0-8174 is finally released, currently for IA32 and AMD64/EM64T. Highlights include fixed GeForce 7800 GTX clocking problem, support for NVIDIA SLI, and added a new utility 'nvidia-xconfig'.

NASA ditches IE in favor of Firefox

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A little birdie told me today that NASA has given up entirely on Internet Explorer. The official line is that the newest IE vulnerability was the proverbial straw, and now NASA's standard internal browser is Firefox.

Open source firm to challenge VMware

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XenSource, the company founded to provide support and maintenance for the open source Xen virtual-machine monitor, is releasing its first commercial product, a set of tools that the company says will make it easier to virtualize servers.

The secret of Firefox's success

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Firefox is doing well only because Jane and John Doe like it: it's neat and it has cool hooks. And vitally important, it isn't Microsoft.

Kompose - The MacOS 'Expose' on Linux

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People always say, why can't Linux have some of the same functionality as OSX? I personally like OSX too for the importance they give to usability and aesthetics. And I really like Expose... Now Linux can also claim to have Expose like functionality in an application called Kompose.

Also: Vi & Emacs - Two old time adversaries

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