When Google Desktop — the widely popular desktop search software with a host of other shiny features — came to Linux in June of last year, it lacked one particularly shiny feature of the Windows version: Google Gadgets. A year later, Google is finally ready to gadgetize Linux — but they want you to have a look at their code first. more>>
This summer, I'm changing our entire 250+ workstation infrastructure from Fedora to Edubuntu. Under the hood, our computers will be very, very different. Not a single one of my users, however, will notice. more>>
It all started in 1975 with a man named Will Crowther who wanted to create something for his daughters that tied together two of his loves: role playing games and cave exploration. The result was a game called "Adventure" (also sometimes called "Colossal Cave"). He wrote the game on the mainframe he used at work and while his daughters loved it, others who discovered the game did to, and they shared it far and wide. Stanford student Don Woods discovered the program on one of the university computers in 1976 and with Crowther's permission extended the Fortran original, adding more rooms and treasure. This expanded version was later ported to C and from there to countless platforms and languages. You can still download various versions of it today. more>>
It's been a rough year so far for Yahoo. Microsoft tried a takeover, shareholders are suing left and right, and now Carl Icahn is buying up billions in shares in preparation for an investor revolt. Just as the odds are beginning to look insurmountable for Yahoo, we find out that the corner Mr. Yang has been backed into isn't quite as hopeless as it seems. more>>
The ultra-lightweight laptop market is a booming one, with everyone from Intel to Asustek offering a miniaturized system with a price-tag lower than the cost of a tank of gas — well, almost. Linux is the darling of such systems — though Windows is making inroads — and the day has been dawning when the major Linux players would jump into the lightweight Linux game. more>>
Shawn Powers demonstrates Rockbox, an open source firmware for mp3 players.
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If you've been an Open Source advocate for any significant amount of time, you've no doubt heard someone say, with a sneer in their voice, "You get what you pay for". Let it be noted, I really hate that cliche. It does make me think, however, about what you really get when you purchase the license to use a commercial operating system like Windows or OSX. more>>
The official appeals over OOXML's adoption as an international standard have been coming in left and right over the last week or so, leading up to last Thursday's deadline for appealing the adoption. Now, those appeals are being backed up by a letter of protest from Denmark, delivered directly to the ISO Vice President. more>>
If you're anything like the average System Administrator, you are
understaffed, underfunded, and overworked. By now, you've also gotten used to
the idea that no one knows you exist until the mail server goes down, then
you're suddenly on America's Most Wanted. In this article, I'm also assuming
that you have many servers that you are responsible for. I'm also assuming
If you work with the command line you've most likely
used hexdump or od to dump binary files,
but what do you do if you have a hex dump of something
and you want to create the binary version of the data?
Assuming your needs aren't too complex, the answer may be xxd.
You can use xxd to dump binary files just like hexdump and od,
but you can also use it to do the reverse: turn a hex dump back into binary.
Everyone knows that Microsoft is desperate. After borking their bid to buy up Yahoo, Big Evil is looking for any way it can possibly increase its competition with Google in search and more importantly, search advertising. more>>
So what's up with Linux in Amsterdam? That's a front-burner question for me right now because I'll be spending the next three days there, and would like to pick up on a story or few while I'm there. more>>
Peer-to-peer file sharing technology is nothing new, nor is its use to widely distribute copyrighted content. Groups like the RIAA and MPAA desperately want to disrupt as much file sharing as they can, but there's a simple piece of advice they'd be wise to remember: When chasing file sharers, try not to break the law yourself. more>>
This week's "Linux Product Insider" features California as CeBIT partner 'country', Sangoma's analog-digital telephony solution, Medsphere's open-source health record system, Super Talent's DDR3 SO-DIMM and Wrox's new book Code Leader. more>>