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Microsoft and ODF: Has Hades Gone Sub-Zero?

Most of the time, Microsoft's public declarations are pretty easy to parse. A bit of pre-announcement here, a touch of FUD there, with the odd dollop of feel-good waffle thrown in for good measure. Occasionally, though, it produces what can only be called a googly – not to be confused with a Google – with announcements like this one about adding support for ODF in Microsoft Office: more>>

Twittering from the Command Line

Incessant status updates to your cell phone from the command line? Sure, with a little help from curl and Twitter. more>>

Ratings, Ratings, Who's Got the Ratings?

These days, just about everything has an age-appropriate rating on it. Movies, video games, even toys come with a sticker declaring that somebody infinitely more aware than the average consumer has approved that particular product for use by those X-years and up. Now, apparently there aren't enough ratings in the offline world, so the raiders — er, raters — are coming to a download near you, at least if your downloads source from the UK. more>>

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Buntu Family Theater

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Linux Journal's own Shawn Powers tells the story of Ubuntu and his family of distributions as they search for their identities. more>>

British Balk at Government Getting a Discussion Database

The UK is up in arms this week — complete with torches and pitchforks — over the latest plan by the increasingly unpopular government's plan to build a database to hold copies of every email sent in the UK along with recordings of every phone call in the country. more>>

Yahosoft is Back, On the Light Menu

Microsoft's maniacal desire for an even greater monopoly has brought it back to the table with Yahoo, and now details are starting to leak out about just what the new deal might look like. more>>

A Dedicated Firewall/Router: Devil-Linux

Devil-Linux is a distribution which boots and runs completely from CD. The configuration can be saved to a floppy diskette or a USB pen drive. It was originally intended to be a dedicated firewall/router but now Devil-Linux can also be used as a server for many applications. Attaching an optional hard drive is easy, and many network services are included in the distribution. more>>

Linux Journal Editor Doc Searls to Keynote at iCitizen

iCitizen is a symposium in Columbus, Ohio serving as a platform for clients and partners of Resource Interactive to gather and take a deep dive into the opportunities and challenges offered by that new breed of consumer—who we call the icitizen. more>>

When Tragedy Begets Tragedy

Nearly two years ago, a vicious practical joke ended in tragedy when 13-year-old Megan Meier committed suicide after receiving hateful messages via MySpace — messages posted by the mother of a former friend and others, posing as a 16-year-old boy. Now, the method used to bring the perpetrators to justice threatens to create even more damage. more>>

What's in the Water at OLPC?

The One Laptop Per Child program has been in a steadily increasing tailspin over the past few months, from dumping multi-billion dollar sponsors to driving away key staff. Now it appears the whole project is about three steps away from the handbasket. more>>

The Origins of Linux [Video]

Linus Torvalds tells the story of how he went from writing code as a graduate student in Helsinki in the early 1990s to becoming an icon for open source software by the end of the decade. more>>

Everybody Wants a Piece of Yahoo

It seems like everybody suddenly acquired an interest in Yahoo last week, with two different parties launching proxy bids, Google continuing to collude on an advertising deal, and Microsoft suddenly deciding they're still interested. About the only group who haven't been sniffing around Yahoo HQ is AOL, but 10:1 it's just that they've been too busy. more>>

Bash Input Redirection

If you use the shell you surely know about redirection: # echo 'hello world' >output # cat <output The first line writes "hello world" to the file "output", the second reads it back and writes it to standard output (normally the terminal). more>>

The C in CNET Stands for CBS

The former Colombia Broadcasting System — better known to viewers as CBS — has decided it's not doing enough to reach the technology market, and with a swish of the pen, have found a remedy: Buy CNET for just under $2 billion. more>>

a2ps: unknown medium 'libpaper'

Say what? This could be a bug report if I knew enough to write an intelligent one. But, I don't so consider this a note to anyone that if they get this message, they are not the first. more>>

Linux Product Insider: Instant-on Internet for ASUS

This week's "Linux Product Insider" features instant-on Internet on ASUS motherboards, Adobe Flash Player 10 beta, Sacred Gold for Linux, The Book of IMAP, Deploying Rails Applications and Adaptec's Series 2 Serial RAID Controllers. more>>

10 Must-Have Firefox Extensions

A whirlwind tour through the powerful and diverse world of Firefox extensions. more>>

LTSP 5 - Making Thin Clients Phat

Last year, I wrote about our school district's implementation of LTSP. In the article, I pointed out the significant limitations a thin client environment gives you. While I don't think my article was the reason the issues were addressed, less than a year later just about every limitation I highlighted has been eradicated. more>>

Charter Trades Privacy for Pocketbook

Internet Service Provider Charter Communications has cooked up a new scheme to fill the coffers, and are rolling it out with a letter campaign to customers advising that the new policy will be pennies over privacy. more>>