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Skype Dumps GPL Jump

Skype, the beleaguered VOIP provider-cum-white elephant owned — and if they could line up a buyer, unloaded — by eBay, gave up on a GPL-compliance lawsuit has been fighting in Germany today, signaling another victory for the forces of Free Software everywhere. more>>

Linux Users: Why Did You Switch?

As a Linux Journal editor, I'd love to claim that in my college years I realized the oppression stemming from proprietary operating systems. I'd love to confess that Linux was the natural choice amongst a sea of other options. Heck, I'd even like to say back then Linux was my first choice. For me, however, the story played out a bit differently. more>>

More Than the CAPTCHA is Broken at Gmail

Two months ago, the big Gmail news was that spammers had broken Google's extra-heavy-duty CAPTCHA and had begun to run amok offering "private" enhancements and Nigerian fortunes. This month, it's the news that they wasted their time. more>>

"We'll Stop Fighting" Means Something Strange for Microsoft

About nine months ago, Microsoft was handed its — er — bum by Europe's Court of First Instance, with the court ruled that Microsoft's nearly decade-long fight against the European Commission's antitrust decisions must end, and that the company must pay the $1.43 billion fine that has been accruing since 2004. more>>

Make Your Scripts User Friendly with Zenity

The first time I played with Zenity, I recognized several potential uses for it. While I'm pretty comfortable with interacting with computers with a command line interface, I know many people are not. Zenity creates GUI widgets from a simple command line and can be used from any shell script. more>>

Recover a MySQL Table with Zmanda Recovery Manager

If somebody accidentally drops a critical table in MySQL, the application no longer works. The solution to this problem is to utilize the (open source) Zmanda Recovery Manager. more>>

Who Controls Your Data?

The main problem with "social networking" isn't just that your "social" life has corporate boundaries. It's that your personal choices do too. more>>

Linux Product Insider: Trolltech's Qt 4.4

This week's "Linux Product Insider" features Trolltech's Qt 4.4, Matthew MacDonald's Your Brain: The Missing Manual, the Embedded Linux Track at LinuxWorld, AdRem's NetCrunch 5, MindTouch's Deki Wiki v8.05 and REAL Software's REALbasic 2008 Release 2 more>>

AMD Calls Out Intel...We Think.

Second-place chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices added fuel to its anti-trust fire against Intel this week, filing a pre-trial brief with the court overseeing the company's anti-competition suit that claims...well, something we're pretty sure is salacious. more>>

Bye-Bye TorrentSpy, So Long MPAA's Money

In one of the biggest judgments in the history of intellectual property law, BitTorrent search engine TorrentSpy was ordered Wednesday to pay $110 million to the Motion Picture Association of America, the fruits of the a default judgment won by the MPAA last year after the site's operators refused to turn over information about users and acted to anonymize posts on the site. more>>

Job: Senior Systems Administrator at Six Apart

I just got this job listing in my inbox and thought I'd share it with readers in case anyone was interested.

Company: Six Apart Job Title: Senior Systems Administrator Description: Terms: Salaried Employee with full benefits Hours: Full Time Location: San Francisco, CA Department: Operations more>>

FreeRTOS - A Mini Real Time Kernel

If you're having trouble getting Linux to run on that 8-bit processor with 32KB of memory don't despair, there are open-source alternatives. FreeRTOS is an open source real time kernel that has been ported to a number of microprocessors. The website lists ports to over 40 different processor/compiler combinations. more>>

Sun Finds the Keys to Unlock MySQL

Sun Microsystems, which acquired Open Source database firm MySQL in January, has apparently found the key to unlocking their plans to make some MySQL features commercial-only: torch-wielding users. more>> 3.0 Beta Ready for Testing

It's not ready for production mode quite yet, but OpenOffice 3.0 beta is here to play with. more>>

With Linux vs. Because of Linux

I'm looking to compare how much money is made with Linux, vs. how much is made because of it. While I know it'll be hard to find the former and impossible to determine the latter, I think comparing the two will still be revealing. more>>

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Ubuntu on Windows with Wubi

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Linux Journal Gadget Guy, Shawn Powers, takes us through installing Ubuntu on a machine running Windows with the Wubi installer. more>>

New Powers on the Throne – or Heads on the Block – at OLPC

The One Laptop Per Child program announced last week that they have named a new President and Chief Operating Officer for the non-profit, ostensibly in a desperate play to stem the hemorrhaging of talent and controversy the project has seen over the past few months. more>>

Google Closes the Curtains on Codec in Copyright Conflict

Google, masters of the internet and the main sponsor of the CoreAVC-for-Linux project, have removed the media codec from their Google Code site after a DMCA complaint from the creators of the original codec. more>>

One standard dist. with choices?

The comments on the single distro story got me thinking about what I want/need/use. I have been using Linux since before Bill Gates heard of it and my uses, needs and interests have changed over time. more>>

How's The Weather?

One of the items on the Geek Ranch agenda is a weather station. While we don't have one yet, we have learned a bit about weather stations and Linux.

First, why don't we have one? Well, there is no electricity at the Geek Ranch site yet for starters. But, more important, there is no Internet connection. So, let's just call this research. more>>