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Summing Up Open Source, Sticking it to The Man, and Who Isn't on Facebook?

This morning we continue in our quest to flesh out all the weekend's news in order to see that you are suitably prepared for the week ahead. In that spirit, we bring you the last and latest of the noteworthy news. more>>

New Products Roundup

Integrated security systems going green; real-time Linux; CRMs; data automation; and security management tools top off our editors' new products roundup. more>>

Merchandising MySQL, Scalping Skype, and IE 3!

It's time again for the Weekend Edition of Breaking News, bringing you all the news you need to know before jumping back into the grind on Monday. There's lots to cover, so strap yourself in and prepare for a ride. more>>

Understanding Infrastructure

Is Linux infrastructure? Or is it just another operating system, like Windows, MacOS and various Unixes?

How about the Internet? Is the Net infrastructure? Or is it just the #3 "service" in the "triple play" sold by your local phone or cable company? more>>

Go Get Your Stickers from Shawn!

Go find Shawn, and score some stickers. more>>

Run Windows XP on Ubuntu with Virtualbox

VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is a professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software. more>>

Will Someone Please Go Talk to Shawn?

He's at Penguicon, and he has some cool stickers and other swag for you. Go find him! more>>

When Penguins Fly

Just a little something to end your work week with: more>>

Top 25 Articles of All Time, Part 5

This week we take a look at the all-time favorite articles ever featured on We'll feature the top 25 in this series, presenting you with five each day this week. These 25 articles alone represent tens of millions of page views on

Top Articles 1 - 5 more>>

Red Hat Drops the Desktop, iPhone Prices Take a Chop, and What Was Microsoft Thinking?

It's time again for another installment of Breaking News, with a look at the best and most broken — er, breaking — news from far and wide. And away we go! more>>

Automatically re-start script as root

If you use sudo you can automatically re-start scripts that need to be run as root by adding a check at the beginning of the script and executing sudo if the script is not running as root: more>>

Who Let the Dogs Out? - Call For Articles

Our September 2008 issue is going to focus on "underdog" software/programs, and we're looking for writers. If you're interested, please read on. What's an underdog? Well, for example, in Web servers, Apache is generally recognized as the top-dog, so an underdog might be lighttpd. more>>

Looking for Linux events?

Two notable shows that are coming up are LinuxFest Northwest on April 26th and 27th as well as Where 2.0 on May 12th to 14th. more>>

Give Me 3 Synths

In my next three articles I'll profile three native Linux software synthesizers (a.k.a. softsynths). I'll introduce their basic synthesis architectures and program operations, then I'll guide my readers briefly through the process of creating a new sound for each synth profiled. Our voyage begins with Nick Dowell's Analogue Modeling SYNTHesizer, better known as amSynth. more>>

Send Live Video Feeds From Your Phone to Your Website

Movino is a cool new open source project (geared specifically at Linux and Mac OS X) which allows you to send live video feed from your cellular phone to your website.

Movino consists of:

* A broadcasting application for Symbian S60 phones more>>

Newsflash: Grannies Need Linux

I completely realize I'm a geek. I've been using Linux far longer than it's been the "cool thing" to do. I've also been around the Windows world longer than Windows itself. And to nicely round off the playing field, for the better part of a decade, I've been supporting a network of Apple computers. All this experience means two things: more>>

I sound much cooler than I really am

Top 25 Articles of All Time, Part 4

This week we take a look at the all-time favorite articles ever featured on We'll feature the top 25 in this series, presenting you with five each day this week. These 25 articles alone represent tens of millions of page views on

Top Articles 6 - 10 more>>

Move Over, Asus EeePC

We know the adorably compact EeePC has gotten a lot of attention since it was released, and with the new EeePC 900 coming pretty soon, I thought I'd remind us all of another tiny Linux computer that has been around a little longer. :) If you truly believe smaller is better, you might give it a try. more>>

Which US Political Party Do You Identify With?

We've had some talk at and about political issues affecting the open source community, and with issues like the recent Microsoft OOXML controversy hitting the global political stage, we thought this might be a good time to get to know our readers' political Republican Party 22% (92 votes) Democratic Party 21% (88 votes) Libertarian Party 17% (71 votes) Constitution Party 3% (12 votes) Green Party 7% (32 votes) None of the above, I'm voting for Tux. 22% (92 votes) I prefer to remain neutral. 6% (24 votes) None of your friggin' business. 4% (16 votes) Total votes: 427

Check to see if a script was run as root

If you need to make sure a script is run as root, add the following to the start of the script: more>>