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How Long Have You Been a Linux User?

We know a fair number of you have been around since the beginning, but we figure there are those of you who may be new to the Linux community, as it does seem to be growing at an impressive pace. One of the great things about is that you can all come together and weigh in on any topic from so many different angles and levels of experience. We're curious. From the beginnings of Linux - 1994 and earlier. I was hooked by kernel 1.0! 7% (254 votes) 1994-1996. Pre-2.0. 9% (337 votes) 1996-1999. Version 2.0. 18% (659 votes) 1999-2001. Version 2.2. 14% (517 votes) 2001-2003 Version 2.4. 16% (588 votes) 2003-2005. 2.6 got it right, and I came aboard. 12% (421 votes) 2005-2007 Linux was everywhere, and I had to check it out. 12% (446 votes) 2007-2008 I am a new user! [Welcome to the party!] 10% (365 votes) Total votes: 3587

Open Source Ecommerce

I am pretty sure that Linux Journal has about the smartest readership of any publication I can think of. Seriously, I have met many of you. You're absurdly bright people. more>>

Verizon Joins Linux for Mobile Devices

LiMo (Linux for Mobile Devices) is an industry consortium working to create an open, hardware-independent, Linux-based operating system for mobile devices.

Today Verizon joined LiMo. Verizon isn't dropping support for Android as a result of the move, but LiMo will become their "preferred OS". Their first LiMo handsets will ship in 2009. more>>

SSL Glitch Unlocks Debian, Ubuntu, & Others

A vulnerability report hit the wire yesterday announcing that a commonly used security package contained a Debian-specific vulnerability rendering it guessable by hackers. more>>

MySpace Cashes in Spam to the Tune of $234 Million

MySpace — the social networking site raking in mountains of cash on the backs of indie bands and emo kids everywhere — has found a new way to fill their coffers: spam. No, they're not sending it, they're suing — and it's making them a bundle, at least on paper. more>>

Wireshark 1.0

Its not breaking news, since it happened in March, but Wireshark 1.0 has been released. The news, for me at least, was that Wireshark even existed, never heard of it before. Somebody mentioned it recently when we were trying to diagnose a networking problem. more>>

Call For Articles - Programming Languages

Stop! Before you run off and write YACPORA (Yet Another C, PHP/Perl/Python, Or Ruby Article), let's try something a little different, something to broaden our horizons. more>>

Google Shoos the Trustbusters Away

By now, we've all heard about — and grown tired of — the anticlimactic end to the Microsoft-Yahoo deal. The new news, however, is the ultra-secret to-be-determined deal between Yahoo and Google. more>>

Fedora 9 Sulphur Released

KDE4, persistent USB key support, updated packages and FreeIPA support are just a few of the major changes in this release of Fedora.

Fedora 9 can be downloaded

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>>