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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.

If none of these choices fit, please share your thoughts in the comments.

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>>

What would you exchange Exchange for?

It's long been clear to me that the biggest lock-in Microsoft has, at the enterprise level, is not with Windows or personal apps, but with Exchange Server. And the biggest problem there is this: it's good. Enterprises like it. And, since Exchange works only or best with Windows machines, the lock-in extends to much else. Linux and Mac boxes get purged and replaced by Windows ones.

Or so goes the story I hear from folks at big enterprises.

So I'm wondering about alternatives. more>>

UK Wants Obama Administration in on Internet MPAA

The revelation that the political structures of the United Kingdom and the United States have deep and distinct differences should come as no surprise to even the most casual observer. Despite these differences, though, the US and UK are close allies, and can perpetually be found engaged in joint activities. With the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama just days away, the UK's Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport has an idea for a new joint undertaking — one that may well reveal just what kind of change the President-to-be believes in. more>>

Season's Greetings Mass Mailer

In my last article for Linux Journal, ( I shared some of my New Year's Resolutions. One of those resolutions was to communicate more regularly with my friends and family. In this article, I'm going to describe one of the first steps I took toward making this happen. more>>

Sun Shines Light on the Future of JavaFX

Sun Microsystems — the tech giant behind everything from SPARC servers to Solaris — is well known for having a solid portfolio of Open Source offerings under its belt, among others the OpenSolaris operating system, suite, and the Java software platform. Now details have emerged about the roadmap for one of Sun's latest Open Source endeavours, JavaFX. more>>

Year Without DRM

It's time for New Year resolutions and what better than to resolve to not purchase media 'protected' by DRM? Many of us already follow this rule but by pledging this publicly we can educate the masses. more>>

EMTEC Gracing the Laps of Hackers Everywhere

Playing off the success of the One Laptop Per Child program, EMTEC, makers of the soon to be released Gdium netbook, have unveiled a One Laptop Per Hacker program intended to jump-start community development by putting pre-release machines into the hands of developers at an easy-to-afford price. more>>

Creating KVTML Files

KWordQuiz, KVocTrain, and other KDE-based programs use the KVTML file format for their data files. The format is just a fairly simple XML format but, unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be anything available to convert a text file to this format. So, once again, AWK to the rescue. more>>