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Is Linux Worth the Effort?

I've spent the better part of the past 2 weeks banging away on 2 LTSP servers for our school district. I find myself lamenting to those around me, and being an otherwise cranky guy as well. This morning it dawned on me that people probably think I'm having such a hard time because I'm using Linux instead of the "norm" -- but that's just not the case. more>>

Novell Gets Big Bucks From Big Evil

The Novell chiefs are making big noise about the reasons they consider their interoperability deal with Microsoft a big success, but some believe their SEC filings reveal a lot more about their enthusiasm. more>>

Musings on the Last Day of 2007

This year a combination of travel and snow storms influenced me to stay at home on New Year's Eve. I had returned to my home from a night out in Boston the evening before, and after battling a snow storm while returning home I did not feel like going out again. A fire in the fireplace and my favorite beverage in my hands was all I wanted on the last night of 2007. more>>

Word of the Year: Open

The beginning of the year is traditionally a time to look back, and, for the brave of heart, to make a few predictions looking forward. Lacking the requisite bravery, I'll just quote something that the Economist wrote recently:

Rejoice: the embrace of “openness” by firms that have grown fat on closed, proprietary technology is something we’ll see more of in 2008.

Now, had this "fearless prediction" been made a year ago, I would have been impressed, because 2007 has turned out to be the year when everyone, it seems, wants to be open. more>>

New Year Resolutions?

The time has come to gulp down the pumpkin pie and before you load up on Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef or a nice Vegetarian cuisine, to consider your goals and objectives for the year. Notice I didn't say resolutions. Of course, if you start off the resolution sentence with "I resolve to..." then that will work just fine along with your goals and objectives. more>>

Red Hat Takes Training Virtual

If you've ever wanted to be trained on using Red Hat's Linux applications, but couldn't make it to the classroom, then you've just hit the jackpot. more>>

Happy New Year

2007 is finally over, the ball has dropped, and we've been ushered into 2008. From all of us here at Linux Journal, we wish you the best in everything you do in the year to come.

The Linux Journal News Team

Ruby Predictions

With the impending dawn of 2008, it’s time I set down my look at what the future might hold for the Ruby world. In general, Ruby looks poised for another big year. But reading about generalities is not fun (and neither is writing about them for that matter), so I've tried to provide a little more detail below. more>>

Netscape Finally Says Goodbye

The Netscape web browser, which revolutionized internet browsing in the mid-90's, has finally succumbed in its long march towards an inevitable demise. more>>

2007 Predictions, a look back

Last year at about this time, I made some predictions about the Ruby world in 2007 , and now it’s time to hold myself accountable, and to point out some things I missed. Here are my predictions along with some corrections where needed: more>>

The Sound Of Linux 2007

In this article I've selected what I consider to be some of the past year's outstanding achievements in the world of Linux music and sound software. It's not really a "Best Of 2007", it's just my personal choices for what I found most interesting and significant in the past year. more>>

Is Adobe Spying On Us Too?

A little over a month ago, Apple roused the torch-and-pitchfork crowd when it was discovered that Apple products were reporting back to the software giant on user's activities. Now Adobe has joined the spyring, with reports surfacing Wednesday that Adobe products are secretly sending user data to a third party. more>>

Remembering Bruce Steinberg

I've known Bruce Steinberg since we met online, so long ago I don't remember. I'm guessing it might have been back when SCO was still a leading Unix company and Bruce was its VP of Marketing Communications. Or it might have been through Usenet, or some other pre-Web online service. more>>

SCO Drops Off The Ticker Tape

The SCO Group, the infamous — and now bankrupt — source of anti-Linux litigation against IBM and Novell lost their slot on the NASDAQ last week after a three month fight to prevent the delisting. more>>

Does Linux Still Fill a Need?

Joel Barker wrote an interesting book entitled, "Paradigms:The Business of Discovering the Future". Originally written several years ago, I find it relevant today. In his book Barker has more of an interest in how we think about the future than making predictions. more>>

Microsoft's Software Screws User Files, Again

A little more than two weeks ago, we brought you the news that Microsoft's FolderShare — an application intended to sync files on multiple systems — was deleting user's files instead of syncing them. Now, Big Evil is again in the news, with the announcement that using Windows Home Server is corrupting user's files. more>>

It's The End Of The Year As We Know It...And The Net's Been Down

Let's face it: If the internet is a series of tubes, well, sometimes the tubes get clogged. When that happens, sites go down, and edgy users get out their torches and pitchforks. more>>

OGG, FLAC, and more on your iPod!

Do you dislike proprietary formats? Are you an Open Source aficionado? What if I told you it was quite possible to liberate your iPod from such commercial vices? Let's go... more>>

Geeky Gifts -- Soldering Station

It has a digital readout that even displays tip temperature. Optional goodies include a solder sucker and a plethora of tips. Speaking of tips, one tip suspiciously looks like it could be used to mold proprietary or even open source penguin poop pellets. more>>

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