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Products and Projects: What’s in a Name?

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What makes a good open source project name, and what makes a good name for a product, or even a feature within a product? And, does it really matter in the world of open source software? From what I have seen, it matters a lot.

Open Source Windows Clone Coming Soon?

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It is quite unlikely that any of us will ever see an open source version of Microsoft Windows in our lifetimes.

Or is it?

Linux and Asterisk Aid Paris Hilton Voice-mail Hacking

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The feud between celebrities Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan has taken a turn for the geeky, with a small fake Caller ID seller accusing Hilton of hacking into voicemail accounts on an un-named mobile phone network.

Troubleshooting Mistakes

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The very first part of troubleshooting is identifying the problem. That's not always easy even for skilled professionals. It's definitely not easy for the typical computer user, so when you get the call, what you are told may not match reality.

Mass. to adopt near-term plug-in strategy for ODF

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During a meeting today with state officials and advocates for people with disabilities, Louis Gutierrez, CIO of Massachusetts' IT Division (ITD), said the state will postpone a Jan. 1 deadline to roll out open-source office applications that can save files in the Open Document Format (ODF).

Looking Back 25 Years

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Twenty-five years ago IBM announced the Model 5150 Personal Computer. For those why missed that event, this was a a $1500 and up-priced system with an Intel 8-bit CPU. Capability-wise, I believe it sufficient to say that today it would not be considered even for a doorstop.

Red Hat ramps up JBoss support

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Red Hat is on an engineer recruitment spree to boost the support operation for JBoss and drive measured growth for its open source applications business.

Free your mind — write some free software

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If you really want to know what’s so cool about free software, you need to participate. It’s never been easier—there are many incremental improvements in programming languages for ‘scripting’ and ‘middleware’ have been made—these languages can make programming a real joy. And I think you will find it a liberating experience.

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