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Thankfully Windows Comes Pre-Installed

Let's imagine for a moment that the world was slightly different and Windows did not come pre-installed on most computers. Computer makers would still have to install something to test their systems and the obvious choice would be Linux. Its easy to install, it runs on most everything, works with most hardware, etc. more>>

Can We Avoid the Great Schism?

Choice is an important element of free software, so it's perhaps no surprise that even at the level of the desktop environment there is more than one offering. But the main alternatives – KDE and GNOME – represent more than just a way of placing icons on a screen. Nowhere is that more evident than in their respective views on Microsoft's OOXML document standard, which are very far apart – perhaps dangerously so. more>>

Linus Says 2008 Is The Year Of The Linux Phone

In an interview with Reuters on Friday, Linux founder and arch-developer Linus Torvalds announced his expectation that 2008 will be the year that Linux takes on the mobile phone market and wins. more>>

Linux Up 600 On Wall Street

The New York Stock Exchange — the granddaddy of financial markets — has decided to give UNIX the shove and move to Linux, starting with 600 severs tasked with handling the exchange's millions of transactions per minute. more>>

Building Websites with webgen

In my article about the web site for the Geek Ranch I suggested three tools that made sense for doing the site: Drupal, Joomla and Karrigell. Well, as usual, all I have to do is say "I will pick between X, Y and Z" and good old option W shows up. This time, it is named webgen. more>>

Canonical Opens The Bazaar

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up and see the latest and greatest version control system: Bazaar, brought to you by Canonical. It slices, it dices, it makes julienne fries, and if you use it right, you won't even need a fork! more>>

OpenLogic To Tally Open Source Deployment

If you've ever wondered just how many people are using Open Source software, then sit up and listen, because your question may soon be answered. OpenLogic, Inc. has announced that they plan to conduct an Open Source Census, to determine just what and how much Open Source software is installed in the enterprise world. more>>

Advanced File Recovery

So, a few weeks ago, someone made the mistake of upgrading a computer to Windows Vista from Windows XP. Besides the 8-hour upgrade process headache (what was it doing?), it also left the machine unusable. This person ended up reinstalling Windows XP and also installing Ubuntu. After the whole process was over, this person claimed to have lost important files. Excellent :-) more>>

Compute for the planet

The Bush administration's attempts to derail the global climate-change talks in Bali have put me on the verge of apoplexy. How the United States government, representing roughly 5% of the global population yet 22% of humanity's carbon emissions, chastises China and India for its actions yet takes responsibilty for nearly nothing, is shameful, immoral and pathetic. more>>

Taking Open Source To The Moon

NASA has decided to take open source into space, with the announcement that the Aries I rocket — which will be used to make the U.S. Space Program's first visit to the moon in over forty years — will be built with an open-source "brain." more>>

Waiting for the 100th Monkey

The story goes like this: back in the 50s a group of researchers in Japan were studying a group of monkeys. Every day the monkeys would spend a significant amount of time cleaning the dirt from their potatoes before eating them. Then one day, a bright young primate discovered that he could save significant time by taking his spud down to the ocean and washing it off in the water. more>>

Opera Takes On Microsoft

Opera Software — the company behind the popular alternative browser Opera — has decided to go after Microsoft with an oddly familiar claim. more>>

The Spam Also Rises

A new study released by Barracuda Networks shows that the tide of spam is rising, clocking in at 95% of the world's email. more>>

Tech Tips

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Movable Type Moves To Open Source

Movable Type — the popular blogging platform from Six Apart — has decided to open the doors to Open Source. more>>

Novell Nabs Office Depot

Office Depot — the office supply giant spread across forty-three countries — has decided it will give up it's mix of internal server OS's and transition to a SUSE-only operation. more>>

Another Ultra Mobile PC

I think I have taken neurosis to a new level. Ever since the LinuxWorld show, I have been anxiously awaiting the release of the Asus EeePC. Anticipating the $200 version, I was thinking the "Impulse" buy defense. more>>

BarCamp

This week I had the opportunity to meet, (thanks to Startup Houston) Ryan Plesko and Bill Erickson who are organizing BarCamp Texas, January 26-27. more>>

Microsoft's FolderShare Meets The Trash

Reliability is often cited by Microsoft supporters as a defining feature of Microsoft software. One can almost see them reddening through the egg on their faces, with the news that Microsoft's file-syncing software Foldershare has been sharing user's files with the recycle bin. more>>

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