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Holiday Cheer, Holiday Uncheer - Part 1

The December holidays always hold some interesting surprises for me, and this year's season was no exception. However, in this context "interesting" can mean either "utterly engaging fascination" or "coma-inducing exasperation". This holiday season I got plenty of both. more>>

Apple to Let iTunes Off the Leash

The Macworld Conference & Expo has always been a prime venue for Apple to make startling announcements, and — despite being Apple's final visit to the show — this year was no different. The surprise revelation emanating from San Francisco yesterday was one few if anyone expected to hear: Apple's iTunes store will eliminate Digital Rights Management restrictions from all tracks by the end of the first quarter of 2009. more>>

The Green Penguin: Interview With Pat Tiernan of Climate Savers Computing

The Climate Savers Computing Initiative is on the front lines of the battle against global climate change. Their mission? To convince you that saving power is good for both Mother Earth and the bottom line. The Green Penguin chats with Pat Tiernan, Climate Savers' new executive director, to see what the future holds for this green-IT organization. more>>

DRM-free iTunes: A Huge Step Forward?

With today's big announcement from Apple, that by the end of Q1 2009 their 10 million songs will be available without DRM restrictions, I find myself wondering how the open source community will react.

If none of these choices fit, please share your thoughts in the comments.

DRM-free music from iTunes is the best news I've heard all week 16% (109 votes) It's about time. Maybe I'll buy something from them eventually. 23% (159 votes) Why the hell do I care about iTunes? When they have a Linux version, maybe we'll talk. 61% (427 votes) Total votes: 695

SourceLabs Opens Up to EMC

SourceLabs — the company behind a series of "self-support" tool suites for Linux and Open Source software — has apparently attracted the attention of information systems heavyweight EMC and their Atmos line of cloud-storage software, resulting in the acquisition of a portion of SourceLabs's assets and employees by EMC. more>>

Convert SpreadSheets to CSV files with Python and pyuno

Using the OORunner class that we developed last week we'll now create a Python class for converting spreadsheets into CSV files. The converter supports any type of input spreadsheet that is supported by OpenOffice. more>>

What would you exchange Exchange for?

It's long been clear to me that the biggest lock-in Microsoft has, at the enterprise level, is not with Windows or personal apps, but with Exchange Server. And the biggest problem there is this: it's good. Enterprises like it. And, since Exchange works only or best with Windows machines, the lock-in extends to much else. Linux and Mac boxes get purged and replaced by Windows ones.

Or so goes the story I hear from folks at big enterprises.

So I'm wondering about alternatives. more>>

UK Wants Obama Administration in on Internet MPAA

The revelation that the political structures of the United Kingdom and the United States have deep and distinct differences should come as no surprise to even the most casual observer. Despite these differences, though, the US and UK are close allies, and can perpetually be found engaged in joint activities. With the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama just days away, the UK's Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport has an idea for a new joint undertaking — one that may well reveal just what kind of change the President-to-be believes in. more>>

Season's Greetings Mass Mailer

In my last article for Linux Journal, (http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/best-wishes-new-year) I shared some of my New Year's Resolutions. One of those resolutions was to communicate more regularly with my friends and family. In this article, I'm going to describe one of the first steps I took toward making this happen. more>>

Sun Shines Light on the Future of JavaFX

Sun Microsystems — the tech giant behind everything from SPARC servers to Solaris — is well known for having a solid portfolio of Open Source offerings under its belt, among others the OpenSolaris operating system, OpenOffice.org suite, and the Java software platform. Now details have emerged about the roadmap for one of Sun's latest Open Source endeavours, JavaFX. more>>

Year Without DRM

It's time for New Year resolutions and what better than to resolve to not purchase media 'protected' by DRM? Many of us already follow this rule but by pledging this publicly we can educate the masses. more>>

EMTEC Gracing the Laps of Hackers Everywhere

Playing off the success of the One Laptop Per Child program, EMTEC, makers of the soon to be released Gdium netbook, have unveiled a One Laptop Per Hacker program intended to jump-start community development by putting pre-release machines into the hands of developers at an easy-to-afford price. more>>

Creating KVTML Files

KWordQuiz, KVocTrain, and other KDE-based programs use the KVTML file format for their data files. The format is just a fairly simple XML format but, unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be anything available to convert a text file to this format. So, once again, AWK to the rescue. more>>

Session Destroyer: Automatic Webapp Session Invalidation

It is midnight. You are browsing the web. Everything seems fine. Unbeknownst to you, a rogue advertisement composed of malware is displayed on a popular website and is attempting to steal your banking credentials. What can you do? more>>

The November Cornucopia: One Month In Linux Audio

This week I'm your straight reporter bringing you news of of updates, upgrades, and new releases in the world of Linux audio software. Development in this world is continuously productive, so I'll present only a selection of the Linux sound and music applications and utilities announced in the month of November in the year 2008. more>>

If you were forced to sell your car, and had to use the money for only these things, would you buy

a new home entertainment unit 63% (136 votes) new wardrobe 31% (66 votes) have the best seats to your favorite sporting event 6% (13 votes) Total votes: 215

The Blue Screen of Megadeath?

Fifty years ago, if you asked the average person to rate the imminence of nuclear Armageddon on a scale of one to ten, it's likely the response would have been quite high. If you posed the same question to the average person today, you'd probably be more likely to get a strange look — or a psychiatric hold — than a 9.5. And yet, the world would be a much less exciting place without the ever-present possibility of nuclear annihilation — or at least the Royal Navy seems to think so. more>>

An Udderly Wonderful Christmas Gift

Remember back in August, when there was all the hoopla regarding me in a "Hot Blogger" calendar? Well, your votes paid off, and indeed I grace the eleventh page of the calendar as Mr. November. Seeing myself as a calendar model immediately made me think of cows. (Well, OK, not really -- but bear with me) more>>

Will 2009 Be Open or Closed?

As the end of 2008 approaches, people's thoughts naturally turn to 2009, and what it might hold. The dire economic situation means that many will be wondering what the year will bring in terms of employment and their financial situation. This is not the place to ponder such things, nor am I qualified to do so. Instead, I'd like to discuss a matter that is related to these larger questions, but which focusses on issues particularly germane to Linux Journal: will 2009 be a year in which openness thrives, or one in which closed thinking re-asserts itself? more>>

Speed Up Multiple SSH Connections to the Same Server

If you run a lot of terminal tabs or scripts that all need to make OpenSSH connections to the same server, you can speed them all up with multiplexing: making the first one act as the master and letting the others share its TCP connection to the server. more>>