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UK Gives Microsoft a Good Paddling

In what may well be the most brilliant government decision in history, the UK agency tasked with overseeing information technology in schools has issued a report barring adoption of Microsoft's Windows Vista and Office 2007 in British schools. more>>

FBI Loses Phone Taps Over Unpaid Bills

Anyone who has ever had to deal with a bill in collections knows it isn't a fun process, but apparently for the FBI, it can even become a threat to national security. more>>

KDE Control Centre

Setting your desktop's wallpaper is only the beginning. more>>

Homeland Security Trains Spotlights on Open Source

The Department of Homeland Security — the government body tasked with maintaining security in the United States — wants to leave no stone unturned, and to do so, has uncovered security holes in nearly two hundred Open Source projects. more>>

OLPC is all the Rage

The One Laptop Per Child project has been all the rage lately, from the infamous split with Intel to reviews of the Give One, Get One systems now arriving to users — including one by our own David A Lane. Now there's even more news, and as usual, it's wild. more>>

Hackers Take Down Pennsylvania Government

After a series of attacks on state government websites last Friday, administrators of Pennsylvania's web sites pulled the plug, rendering the sites inaccessible for hours. more>>

AT&T Wants to Filter Traffic for Copyright Infringement

The New York Times is reporting that during a panel discussion Tusday at the Consumer Electronics Show, internet service provider AT&T revealed that it has plans to begin filtering customer's internet traffic in a search and destroy mission against copyright infringement. more>>

First Wild iPhone Trojan Discovered

In an announcement that resembled a Jacques Cousteau special more than a security report, it was revealed today that the first iPhone Trojan has been discovered "in the wild." more>>

File Juggling with Krusader

Konqueror, KDE's default file manager and browser, is a good all-around tool, but that doesn't necessarily mean it fits all your file management needs. Sometimes a dedicated file manager can be a better choice for daily computing. Krusader is a powerful and versatile file manager that can make your work more efficient and productive. more>>

Server Saboteur Receives Record Sentence

In a bizarre case of retribution over a reduction in force, a former sysadmin from New Jersey has ended up setting the record for the longest prison sentence for computer sabotage. more>>

NYU Professors Attack Java as Damaging to Students

According to a new journal article by two New York University professors, Java programming is ruining computer science students at NYU and elsewhere. more>>

Got my OLPC machine yesterday

Way back in November, I jumped at the chance to get one of the OLPC machines. For a small contribution and some waiting time, I would get my very own OLPC laptop (yes, I know that is redundant).

So, I cracked it out of the box and fired it up (like any geek) and here is what I have found:

1) I did not get one with a power crank :-( Mine has a wall wart (in a bright green colour). more>>

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Review: Tux Droid

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Advanced Linux users can really put their programming skills to the test with Tux Droid. Develop applications, code new daemons or even hack the firmware. Visit www.tuxisalive.com to get started. more>>

Linus on Why GPL3 Isn't for Linux

Linux founder and developer-in-chief Linus Torvalds met the hot-seat in the first of the Linux Foundation's new OpenVoices podcasts, and he used the opportunity to expound on why Linux is sticking with GPL2. more>>

Tell us about your favorite Linux distribution!

I've used distributions based on Redhat, Suse, Slackware, Debian and Gentoo and tried a lot of other ones listed on distrowatch. It really depends on what I'm trying to accomplish and what problem I'm faced with... I've developed my own Linux From Scratch before as well as worked from a Stage 1 Gentoo installation...

For embedded development I do custom builds using BusyBox, uCLibC and more>>

MP3 War Hits The Hague

The Hague — possibly best known as the site of international war crimes trials — was the site of a very different sort of trial Tuesday, with the Dutch RIAA being soundly defeated in their attempts to raise taxes on MP3 players. more>>

Picturing CES

So I've decided to make my next post a kind of running commentary, with lots of links and tags, in a Linux Journal Flickr set. Flickr runs on Linux, so that's one more excuse. more>>

At GM, Cars Drive You

General Motors — the highest-selling automaker in the world — is celebrating it's centennial this year, and will apparently be doing it with bold ambitions for the future: cars that drive themselves. more>>

The Neuros OSD: A New Paradigm for Consumer Devices?

Surprisingly one of the media establishment's darling devices at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is fully open, runs Linux and invites hacking - er, customization. The device is the Neuros OSD, a $200 video recorder that allows you to archive, organize and play back all of your video media, such as live television, DVDs, VHS tapes, etc. more>>

Calling All Spammers

I get a lot of spam, between 1000 and 1500 per day, but I wonder: is that really a lot of spam? I checked the Guinness site and there are no records listed related to spam so that didn't help answer the question. Failing there I decided the only reasonable thing to do at this point was to write a more>>

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