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Holiday Cheer, Holiday Uncheer - Part 2

Continuing my holiday machine maintenance saga I move on to some notable trials and tribulations with Ubuntu, but not before I report on a little more holiday cheer. more>>

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How-to Sync Bookmarks with Foxmarks

Shawn Powers shows you how to sync your bookmarks with the Firefox "Foxmarks" extension.

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The Votes Are In, and the Next Fedora Will Be...A Ship?

Ongoing for nearly three months now, the Fedora Project's election season appears to have finally come to a close. Beginning in November with nominations for the Fedora Project Board and various project committees, and continuing through an election and appointment cycle that stretched into early January, only the election to determine the project's next release name remained. That was until this past Saturday, when it was revealed that Fedora 11 will bear the appellation Leonidas. more>>

Convert SpreadSheets to CSV files with Python and pyuno, Part 2

Using the SSConverter class that we developed last week, which used the OORunner class from the week before that, this week we'll create a Python function that allows us to use spreadsheets as if they were CSV files by converting them on more>>

Malaysian Government Saves Big with Open Source

Open Source in the public sector seemed to be all the rage in 2008, with government agencies all over Europe — not to mention agencies of the EU itself — adopting, and in many cases, mandating Open Source software and standards. Of course, Europe was not the only continent cozying up with a copy of the source code — governments in Africa, Asia, North & South America, and all over the South Pacific were exploring and implementing Open Source in 2008. Now, one of those governments has revealed the savings-side of OSS, and the numbers they're tossing around are pretty nice. more>>

Security Round-up

The January 2009 issue of Linux Journal is all about security. At, searching for the term "security" returns 435 results, which might take some time to wade through. Here are my picks from articles that recently have been popular on-line: more>>

German Students to Do the Geek Gordons

If you've been hacking, coding, or just generally IT-ing for more than ten minutes, you've likely run into a stereotype or two about geeks — and there's always a grain of truth, however tiny, behind a stereotype. At least that seems to be the prevailing wisdom at Germany's Potsdam University, where the IT faculty are gearing up to turn their masters students into master suitors. more>>

Palm Pre the Belle of the Ball, with Linux on Her Arm

By many of the accounts we've seen, the star of last week's Consumer Electronics Show was Palm's new Pre smartphone, a Linux-based offering with all the features we've come to expect from post-iPhone devices and a few innovations of it's own. more>>

Where are the Enterprise Management Tools for Linux on the Desktop?

On January 5, Doc Searls asked What would you use Exchange for? A good question and based on the number of comments, it is generating a lot of discussion. As someone currently embedded in a primarily Windows environment, I want to know where the enterprise management tools for the Linux desktop are? more>>

Should We Trash Windows Vista – or BadVista?

The world and their dog seems to be talking about Windows 7 at the moment. Ironically, in part that's because it's proving almost impossible to download the beta that has just been released: you can't help feeling that Microsoft has let this happen on purpose just to create a little demand. But while everyone is looking forward, I want to look back, at Windows Vista – more specifically, to the FSF's BadVista campaign. more>>

Linux Journal Turns 15

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KidZui Extends Kidternet to Junior Penguins

Once upon a time, "Stranger Danger" involved shadowy men in trench coats lingering around playgrounds, leering and offering children candy. Now the threat comes from expert manipulators who are beamed right into our living rooms at 2.5 Mb/s, leaving plenty of parents terrified to let their children IM grandma, much less wander the back alleys of the internet alone. Among those riding to the rescue is the team behind the kid-centered KidZui browser — and now, they've extended their protective presence to the littlest Linux users as well. more>>

Screw popularity. Just make yourself useful.

That's the killer lesson of Dave Winer's new apporach to noise-filtered tweeting. "Friends" and "followers" aren't what matter. If you want substance, you need useful inputs. Not volume. Not style. Not popularity. Those have their places, just not in your face when you're looking for useful and interesting stuff. more>>

One Client to Rule Them All

I Twitter. I Dent. I Blog (duh, you're reading it now). At times I've Plurked, Facebooked, Skyped, and Gtalked. The big problem is that each socialization protocol has its own client. I currently have 2 monitors on my desk and one is almost full of widgets and applications to keep up. I have: more>>

Holiday Cheer, Holiday Uncheer - Part 1

The December holidays always hold some interesting surprises for me, and this year's season was no exception. However, in this context "interesting" can mean either "utterly engaging fascination" or "coma-inducing exasperation". This holiday season I got plenty of both. more>>

Apple to Let iTunes Off the Leash

The Macworld Conference & Expo has always been a prime venue for Apple to make startling announcements, and — despite being Apple's final visit to the show — this year was no different. The surprise revelation emanating from San Francisco yesterday was one few if anyone expected to hear: Apple's iTunes store will eliminate Digital Rights Management restrictions from all tracks by the end of the first quarter of 2009. more>>

The Green Penguin: Interview With Pat Tiernan of Climate Savers Computing

The Climate Savers Computing Initiative is on the front lines of the battle against global climate change. Their mission? To convince you that saving power is good for both Mother Earth and the bottom line. The Green Penguin chats with Pat Tiernan, Climate Savers' new executive director, to see what the future holds for this green-IT organization. more>>

DRM-free iTunes: A Huge Step Forward?

With today's big announcement from Apple, that by the end of Q1 2009 their 10 million songs will be available without DRM restrictions, I find myself wondering how the open source community will react.

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DRM-free music from iTunes is the best news I've heard all week 16% (109 votes) It's about time. Maybe I'll buy something from them eventually. 23% (159 votes) Why the hell do I care about iTunes? When they have a Linux version, maybe we'll talk. 61% (427 votes) Total votes: 695

SourceLabs Opens Up to EMC

SourceLabs — the company behind a series of "self-support" tool suites for Linux and Open Source software — has apparently attracted the attention of information systems heavyweight EMC and their Atmos line of cloud-storage software, resulting in the acquisition of a portion of SourceLabs's assets and employees by EMC. more>>

Convert SpreadSheets to CSV files with Python and pyuno

Using the OORunner class that we developed last week we'll now create a Python class for converting spreadsheets into CSV files. The converter supports any type of input spreadsheet that is supported by OpenOffice. more>>