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In A Flash, The Chains Are Off

In a somewhat surprising move, Adobe has decided to remove restrictions from its market-dominating Flash format, making development and closer integration of Flash applications possible for the first time. more>>

Mini Review: Open Source in <em>Harvard Business Review</em>

This month's Harvard Business Review features a case study of a company debating whether to open source its software. Here's a mini review of the article.


Should KMS Choose Open Source?

More Money May Be on the Table at Microsoft, So Are Walking and Whacking

Microsoft — which has spent the last three months in a frustrating bout of fisticuffs with Yahoo over its unwelcomed buyout offer — has finally begun to show some signs of life, after having more>>

RPMs - The HOWTO Short Story

If you like the latest and greatest version of everything and you use an RPM based system you probably want to learn how to create RPMs. You don't have to, you can just download the latest source and compile and install it in /usr/local. This of course leaves your system in a state where your RPM database does not accurately reflect what is installed on your system. Again, this will work, but building RPMs isn't (usually at least) that difficult. more>>

SCO v. Novell Back on the Front Burner

It's been a while since anything interesting went on in the epic SCO v. Novell litigation — primarily because the matter has been mired in federal court for months due to SCO's Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. more>>

Is Linux now a slave to corporate masters?

Does it matter who pays the salaries of Linux kernel developers? If so, how much, and in what ways? more>>

How to Make People Love Linux

There are two kinds of Linux people in the world, those that will help people fix their Windows spyware problems, and those that will not. I land squarely in the former camp, and I think that it's important for us all to consider doing the same. more>>

Adding Configurable Logging to Your PHP Scripts

This tip shows how to add logging to your PHP script and how to add configuration so you have basic, configurable logging. The PHP script requires two PEAR packages, Log and Config. To use the code in shown in this tip, you'll need to PEAR installed along with PHP and you'll need to install both the Log and the Config PEAR packages. To install the two packages type: more>>

'Geek Defense' Crash-and-Burn: Reiser Found Guilty

Hans Reiser, the programmer responsible for the ReiserFS file system, has been on trial for the murder of his estranged wife for the past six months. Yesterday, that all ended with a jury finding Reiser guilty of first-degree murder. more>>

Rubinius Tab Sweep

Ola Bini has written a couple of posts that touch on Rubinius and the other Ruby implementations. The first talks about the new weekly meeting of implementors, saying “[I]t’s a huge deal. more>>

Is government open source code we can patch?

That's the question raised by Britt Blaser in “Oh, if only government went in for an open source make-over…”. It's also one suggested indirectly by Phil Hughes in Our Internet. more>>

Remote Window Managers

Lots of times it's extremely frustrating or time consuming to run an xterm on a remote host just to fork your programs from that remote machine. Why not just run your window manager there even though you're not on its console? The window manager is just another X application, after all, isn't it?

Fire off your local X server

xinit /usr/bin/xterm -- :1 & more>>

Microsoft Warms Up the Irons...For Waffles?

By now, everyone knows that Microsoft is doing a hostile-takeover Apache dance with Yahoo, and Yahoo wants no part of it. Saturday was Microsoft's big bad deadline, after which the Empire has promised to launch it's attack. So, where are we? more>>

Interview With IBM's Inna Kuznetsova on Big Green Linux

Recently Products Editor, James Gray, caught up with IBM's Inna Kuznetsova, Worldwide Director for IBM's Linux strategy. They discuss IBM's Big Green Linux initiative and IBM's own power-saving move to Linux on its own data center. more>>

Bob Frankston and Nicaragua

Yesterday, I read Doc's interview with Bob Frankston in the May 2008 Linux Journal. That, in turn, got me reading other things that Bob has written. Finally, that inspired this NicaLiving post. more>>

How to install yaourt from a terminal (Arch Linux)

synthead shows us one way to install yaourt, a wrapper for pacman that adds many features, using only a terminal and links. more>>

Should We Boycott Microsoft? Can We?

Captain Charles Boycott was an unfortunate chap. Not only was he the object of prolonged social ostracism, but his name has passed into history as both a noun and a verb describing that action. At the moment, the idea is much on people's minds because of suggestions that the Beijing Olympic games should be boycotted, but here I want to discuss something quite different: whether the open source community should be boycotting Microsoft, and if that is even possible. more>>

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How To Make a Screencast

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Learn how-to make a screencast using one of a variety of tools Shawn Powers demonstrates in this video.

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Linux Product Insider: Penumbra: Black Plague for Linux

This week we feature Paradox Interactive's Penumbra: Black Plague, SnapLogic 2.0 Data Integration Framework, ASUS Lamborghini VX3 Laptop, Octopz Online Collaboration Software, Neuros and Texas Instruments Open Internet Television Platform and Ixonos Mobile Television Reception Solution.

Here this week's Linux product news: more>>

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Ubuntu Hardy Heron

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Yesterday was Ubuntu day around the Linux Journal office, and I thought it'd be nice to give you a quick peek at what Hardy Heron looks like in action. more>>