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Can Open Source Save Sun?

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As CEO Jonathan Schwartz shifts the company from a hardware to an open source software business model -- moving from the sale of software licenses to subscription fees for "free software" -- Sun increasingly resembles the most successful open source software company in the market today, Red Hat.

Computer stability explained: why your computer crashes

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Does your computer crash? Do you want to know why? Here’s a guide which will help you understand why this happens, and (hopefully) lead you on to a better computing experience.

Mozilla Vice President of Engineering, Lends Expertise to Open Source Router

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Vyatta has announced that Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering for Mozilla, has joined its recently created advisory board. Schroepfer also built the digital video effects software used in motion pictures such as "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" and "Gladiator."

Pictorial desktop Linux books available for free download

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Book publisher In Pictures announced this week that it has added new how-to books on desktop Linux (Linspire Five-O), and the four OpenOffice.org programs (Base, Calc, Impress, Writer) to its catalog. The books are all designed for new and relatively new users.

Also: O'Reilly's releases book betas online

Coming soon: ODF for MS Office

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Just because Microsoft refuses to support ODF (Open Document Format) never meant that someone wouldn't write a plug-in to enable Microsoft Office users to read and write ODF documents. Well, it's happened.

Sun's McNealy eyes e-government

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Now chairman of Sun Federal Inc., McNealy's new focus will be expanding Sun's market share in the federal government. McNealy told GCN that in his role at Sun Federal he'd be concentrating on, among other things, helping agencies with their citizen-centric e-government initiatives.

LinuxWorld Expo in Windows Server shocker

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LinuxWorld 2006 Conference & Expo is batting for the other side - and when we say the other side, we mean the forces of galactic darkness operating from their base in Redmond, USA:

http://www.linuxworldexpo.co.uk was running Microsoft-IIS on Windows Server 2003 when last queried at 3-May-2006.

Eraser ... McNealy style

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Anticipating our likely line of questioning, his opening remark was: "I still work here." And then, before he handed out his business card, he scribbled out the section which read 'CEO':

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