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Fun With the VMware Workstation

Enough of this reading about virtualization, I'm just gonna do it already! To get my feet wet, I installed the 30-day free trial of VMware Workstation for my Ubuntu 7.10 system, hoping to have several guest OSes on my primary Linux desktop. I must say, so far I am quite impressed! more>>

Ruport Book Released

The Ruport Book Project has announced that they’ve begun shipping pre-orders of their book. The primary authors, Gregory Brown and Michale Milner, are core developers of the Ruport reporting system for Ruby as well. more>>

No, Linus Can't Come To the Phone Right Now

It's always fun when Linus Torvalds — the originator and Grand High Developer of the Linux kernel — grants an interview, an altogether not-too-common occurrence, to be sure. On the occasion of Australia's Linux.conf.au, the Great One has granted an audience to Computerworld, and the results proved rather interesting. more>>

Good Bill, Bad Bill, and The Art of Philanthropy

There's no doubt that 2008 will go down in history as the end of the first Microsoft era. This year, Bill Gates will finally hang up his Microsoft mouse and leave the company he cofounded over 30 years ago. Most people know that he's going off to spend the very large sums of money he has acquired from those Microsoft years, most of which has been used to set up the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with $37.6 billion in assets. But what will that really mean for free software? more>>

The Internet is Down, so is Microsoft, but Not the 'Fox

Wednesday was a bad day in the Middle East and beyond, and 'twas almost as bad for Big Evil, while Firefox landed some good news. Let's get to it, the game is afoot! more>>

Readers' Choice Awards -- Still Time to Vote

Linux Journal's 2008 Readers' Choice Awards survey has received over 3,000 votes thus far. Polls will remain open through February 14th, 2008. If you've not yet casted votes for your Linux and Open Source favorites, visit the survey today, http://www.linuxjournal.com/node/1006101/. more>>

Kubuntu On My Shiny New Laptop

My shiny new Dell XPS M1330 arrived on Monday, so you might say my week got off to a good start. more>>

Interview With Mandriva CEO, François Bancilhon

Linux Journal recently caught up with Mandriva CEO, François Bancilhon, to find out more about a recently announced partnership between Mandriva of France and Turbolinux of Japan. more>>

Microsoft, MySpace, and Pirates, Oh My!

There's plenty atwitter on the newswire today, some funny, some frightening, and some that just bears repeating. On your mark, get set, here goes! more>>

Journalism in a world of open code and open self-education

Think about the differences between stories and facts. Between generating interest and pursuing knowledge. Between grabbing attention and building out what we know. Then think about the connections between the freedom to build code and the freedom to inform one's self and others. Because the former is a model for the latter. more>>

Trend Micro Tries to Clam Up ClamAV

Patent attacks against Open Source software are nothing new, especially to anyone who has read a press release from SCO or Microsoft in the last few years. Despite the resounding failure of such attacks, proprietary vendors just keep coming up with new ones, and this week it's ClamAV that's under the gun. more>>

Stuff You've Just Got to See

Once again we're overrun with stories you've just got to see, so we're bringing you todays gems right here in one convenient post. Without further adieu, Skype surveillance, missing iPhones, Craigslist killers, and much much more! more>>

Project Planning

I love planning but I hate planning software. It's an interesting problem. When I am working on something alone I tend to outline the project, estimate each piece and be done with it. My estimates tend to be accurate and the project gets done. more>>

FTC Sends Patent Trolls a Warning

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission took a big step in protecting consumers from patent trolls last week by putting the smackdown on a company threatening to bring Ethernet to it's knees. more>>

Tomorrow's Army Will Run Linux

The U.S. Army is always looking for a better way to do the things it does, and increasingly, the better way is paved with technology. Regardless of how you feel about what they intend it to do, it's exciting to know that it will be Linux that leads the way. more>>

It Looks Like Qtrax Blew It

It was a gala affair in Cannes this weekend, with the million-dollar launch of Qtrax, what was supposed to be the new face of file sharing. Everything was there, even Don Henley of the Eagles — everything, that is, but the music. more>>

Is MySQL's Fate the Future of Open Source?

It's not every day that the entire technical press goes bonkers over news in the open source world, but that's what happened last week, when Sun announced that it was buying MySQL. Doubtless, the pleasant roundness of the sum involved - $1 billion – helped, as did the fact that most of that was cash. But leaving aside the sense of satisfaction that events in the free software world should be suddenly thrust centre-stage, Sun's move does raise a larger question about the fate of all open source start-ups. more>>

Updates, Beautiful Updates

2008 is off to a fine start for the world of Linux sound and music software, so this week's story is straight reporting from Studio Dave, with breaking news from various points on the Linux audio compass. more>>

Trolltech Picked Up by Nokia

Trolltech — the Norwegian company behind Qt — is being bought out by cell-phone manufacturer Nokia in a deal valued at $153 million. more>>

Techfest 2008: Bombay, India

Bombay, India. While the official name of the city is now "Mumbai", the name "Bombay" is still used by a lot of the inhabitants, and its use draws images of one of the world's largest cities, a gateway to the sub-continent. Therefore an invitation to speak at Techfest 2008 (http://www.techfest.org/), a large student-organized technical showcase, was impossible to turn down. more>>

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