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Has Dell Delivered on GNU/Linux?

Almost exactly one year ago, I made the following suggestion in the wake of Dell's long-awaited decision to offer ready-configured GNU/Linux systems alongside the usual panoply of Windows systems:

we must vote with our wallets. Assuming the Dell GNU/Linux systems are not hopelessly flawed in some way, we must all try to buy as many of them as we can (within reason, of course).

What follows is a short report on my own experiences of putting my money where my mouth is. more>>

Linux Product Insider

Welcome to the March 20th edition of the "Linux Product Insider", our weekly round-up of new products and services in Linux and open source.

Here is what's fresh out of the ovens this week: more>>

SpectSoft's RaveHD Basic

Microsoft Hits a New Low — Below the Belt

We have a lot of fun here on LinuxJournal.com, bringing you the news and poking fun at companies like Microsoft — but it's always intended as journalism with a lighthearted twist. This time, though, we're not being silly, because the subject matter is too serious for laughing. more>>

ODF and Microsoft Office

I just read this in the Tectronic newsletter (news@tectronic.co.za). I love it. SUN PLUGIN GIVES MS OFFICE USERS ODF SUPPORT more>>

Bad Day for Microsoft, Good for Everyone Else

This may come as a surprise to our regular readers, but — gasp — it makes us giggle just a little bit when someone rains on Big Evil's parade. From the stories coming off the wire today, the weather in Redmond must be stormy with a chance of floods. We've got our Wellies on and an umbrella standing by, so let's jump right in. more>>

Cool Projects--Call for Articles

Are you working on a cool Linux project? Do you want an excuse to work on a cool Linux project? Have you always wanted to do awesome things with Linux, but were afraid no one would appreciate your efforts? more>>

AOL Gets a B, Verizon Cozies Up to P2P, and Something You've Just Got To See

It's been a busy weekend, folks, and we're a little behind in what we want to make sure you know, so pardon us for skipping the pleasantries and just diving right in. Geronimo! more>>

Skype for Linux, Reprise

Publisher Carlie Fairchild's blog post on Skype 2.0 for Linux got me fired up so I went and installed it right away. I was hoping to finally see the SMS functionality included, as it has been for a long time on the Windows side. Drat, still missing. Isn't it odd and frustrating that such a core feature is absent on the Linux version?

Kokkini Zita: The Audio Software Of Fons Adriaensen

Looking at the software listed at Kokkini Zita it's easy to see where developer Fons Adriaensen's interests lie. He has written one of the best organ synthesizers for Linux, he has contributed to the LADSPA collection of processing plugins, and he has provided Linux sound researchers with some excellent tools for measuring and representing audio signals. He is also involved in improving Linux support for the Ambisonics technology of encoding and decoding multichannel audio. more>>

Skype for Linux

Skype 2.0 is now available for Linux. Significance? The latest version introduces free video calls to Linux (interoperable with Mac and Windows users).

Who is in charge of my privacy?

It should concern us that most computer users -- ourselves included -- see themselves as dependent variables in respect to large companies' privacy policies, rather than as independent variables. more>>

Back to Drupal

Ok, confession time. I love webgen but the Geek Ranch site keeps getting more complicated. We want blogs, .... Or, put another way, the dynamic content keeps growing.

I finally gave in and admitted we need Drupal. So, on to installing Drupal 6. No hosting location I work with has it on the more>>

Home, Sweet Home

We're back in the office after having a great time in Austin, TX for the South by Southwest Interactive Conference. While there we met some pretty great people who are using open source technology to achieve greatness, entertain, take over the world and what have you. more>>

Linux Product Insider

Welcome to the March 13th edition of the "Linux Product Insider", our weekly round-up of new products and services in Linux and open source.

Here is what is new and interesting this week. more>>

AXIGEN's Mail Server 6.0

iPods are Smokin', AOL's Awoken, and Hearts are Broken

The news has been hot — quite literally, for some — and we don't want to waste a minute in getting it to you. With no further delay, here's the hottest reports off the wire. more>>

Walmart Pulls the Linux Plug, Google Shakes Up Ads

It's been an interesting morning so far today, with a number of developments — both expected and not — so if you'll please take your seats, we'll be happy to begin. more>>

Internet Famous

Dana Blankenhorn and Paula Rooney over at ZDNet hit it on the head. Bob Young, Eric Raymond, Bruce Perens, Linus Torvalds -- put these men in a line-up and most people wouldn't know who they were. Is celebrity contradictory to open source? The open source community as a whole does not lend itself to "look at me". more>>

Installing Fonts on Linux

One of the things I always enjoy when creating presentations, letters, videos, graphics and other documents is playing with different fonts. Fonts can change a boring text-only presentation or paper into an exciting, stylish, wild or classic experience. Yes, it is very easy to get carried away, but that is part of the fun -- trying to achieve the perfect balance between form and function. more>>

"Open" iPhone, Intel-EU, and Cameras that Peep a Bit Too Much

It's Monday morning, time to get back into the swing of things and catch up on all the weekend's excitement. It's a fairly light day here at LJ News Central, but we have managed to pull up just a few interesting items to enlighten your day. more>>

Microsoft Acts Like the Government

It's spooky how much the Microsoft spokespeople sound like they're with the government. Microsoft's Kevin Turner was asked recently if he was concerned about the negative effects of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on its users. We are "not at all worried", he replied. Whew, thanks for feeling your customers' pain, dude! more>>

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