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10 world-changing social innovations

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As named in the Young Foundation publication Social Silicon Valleys, A Manifesto For Social Innovation

8. Linux software - and other open source methods such as Wikipedia and Ohmynews that are transforming many fields.

Thank you, Mr. McNealy

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Never forget that while he was unable to right Sun in recent years, McNealy wasn't just an industry giant. He changed the IT world forever.

In 1982, Scott McNealy founded Sun Microsystems with three graduate student friends -- Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Joy, and Vinod Khosla from Stanford University.

I doubt they knew they were making history.

Sun Founder McNealy to Step Down as Losses Mount

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Scott McNealy stepped down as Sun Microsystems Inc.'s chief executive officer after failing to stem losses at the company he founded 24 years ago.

For a fine-tuned PC, tweak BIOS

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You can spend years using a computer without ever accessing its BIOS (Basic Input/Output System). Not surprisingly, some readers still aren't clear on what it does, or why they may have to use it in conjunction with some of the lessons we've given on security and Linux.

IBM Speaks Out on Red Hat-JBoss Deal

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IBM has broken its silence about the potential implications of Red Hat's acquisition of JBoss on their current close relationship, saying that it will continue to partner strongly with both Red Hat and Novell.

Linuxchix: an African bid to educate women on IT

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LinuxChix - a women's-only computer initiative by an African group - hopes to empower the fairer sex in matters of technology and software.

Speaking Tips from the Big Leagues

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With thousands of people attending last week's Boston LinuxWorld Conference, speakers were under the gun to give top notch presentations. Because everyone has to give presentations at one point or another, it's good to see how the big boys handle things, especially in front of some of the most knowledgeable audiences in information technology. You better know your subject if you're going to address a Linux crowd.

CBC condones "software piracy"

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In the past, I've explained to friends why the CBC's use of Windows Media Player's streaming format disables access to the site for Linux and FLOSS users. The gist of this argument has been that there's no Windows Media Player software available on Linux.

Waterfall 2006 -- the year's hottest software development show

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Perhaps the most important software development show of 2006 will be held on April 1st in Niagara Falls, NY.

Freedom Toaster to allow user uploads

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The Shuttleworth Foundation's Freedom Toasters are set to receive a content-sharing upgrade, which will be music to some users' ears.

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