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Don't Count Linux Out Just Yet

It's Revenge of the Geeks time, as Linux advocates are rallying to dispel the notion that Linux has lost it's edge in the server market. more>>

WalMart Launches $200 Linux PC

Beginning November 1, WalMart stores will be offering the Everex Green gPC TC2502, a Linux PC which retails for $200. more>>

WHOIS Under Fire

Things turned ugly at a meeting of ICANN — the body responsible for overseeing the registration of internet domain names — in Los Angeles today. more>>

Eee PC Hits The Market

The ultra-low-cost Eee PC from Asus, which comes pre-installed with a customized Linux distro, has hit the market with an asking price of $400. more>>

JACK Sync: A Primer For Linux Users

Recently I've been working with the transport synchronization capabilities of the JACK audio server. This article is a report on those capabilities as tested with a variety of Linux audio applications under the JAD and 64 Studio distributions.

JACK: The 1-minute Profile more>>

The GPhone Is Coming

Google is within weeks of unveiling the much-anticipated GPhone, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal. The final hurdle for the company is convincing carriers to accept the open-format device. more>>

Leopard Goes Double Platinum

The latest version of Apple's OS X – code-named Leopard - is poised to set sales records, with more than two million copies of the operating system sold in the first weekend of release. more>>

Monsoon Settles GPL Suit

The landmark lawsuit against Monsoon Media for infringement of the GNU General Public License, Version 2, has come to an amicable close. The parties released a statement today outlining the terms. more>>

$100 Laptop Hits The Ground Running

The One Laptop Per Child program started off sales with a bang today, with an order from Uruguay for 100,000 of the ultra-low-cost laptops. more>>

2008 Regional Ruby Conferences Are Just Around the Corner

With RubyConf 2007 coming up this weekend, it's no wonder that the 2008 regional conference schedule is starting to flesh out. the Gotham Ruby Conference hasn't mad an official annoucement yet, but should be in April. Folks on the West Coast will be happy to hear that there are rumblings of two or three California based Ruby conferences. more>>

Is Microsoft Hijacking Open Source?

Like many, I was pretty shocked by the recent Microsoft-EU deal to settle the long-running investigation into interoperability issues. This was not so much because of the way Microsoft has used every kind of delaying tactic it could before eventually agreeing (for the nth time) to try harder in the future. My real dismay was provoked by the gap between appearance and reality – a chasm that I think bodes ill for the future of open source. more>>

The Linux Community of Interest

Back in 1995, I read an article about the scarcity of webmasters and switched my specialty. I often look for hot spots and retool to meet the needs. Before 1995, Oracle Financials was hot. I just didn’t care much for the rigidity of technology. But, I was an accountant and an IT guy so I had tooled up for database programming. more>>

Is Linux Slipping?

While Linux has doubled it's share in the desktop market, a recent report from IDC says that Linux is losing out to Windows on x86 servers. more>>

Apple Changes The Locks

In an attempt to crack down on iPhone unlocking, Apple announced it will now enforce a two-phones-per-person rule.

Apple will no longer accept cash for phones, requiring a credit or debit card to complete the purchase, and will be tracking the identities of purchasers to prevent unauthorized sales. Apple estimates that 250,000 of the 1.4 million phones sold so far have been unlocked. more>>

Getting Paid To Dump Windows

A user in Italy has managed to find the way to make it pay to give Windows the boot. more>>

AMD Goes Linux

Video card giant AMD announced the release of new Linux drivers for its popular line of video cards today. The new drivers, Linux Catalyst 7.10, provide updates and features for desktop effects and gaming. more>>

Sans Competition

SanDisk, the leader in Flash memory, is trying to become the only company in Flash memory. In pursuit of the goal, they've filed patent infringement suits against no less than twenty five of their competitors. more>>

An Internet Tax Reprieve...For Now

In what is being reported as an overwhelmingly positive vote, the United States Senate passed the Internet Tax Freedom Act Amendments Act of 2007 yesterday, extending the prohibition of taxes on internet use for an additional four years. more>>

Time For Opera To Rock

Following last night's Opera Rocks launch party, Opera Software released Opera 9.5 today, the latest beta release the of popular alternative web-browser. more>>

What does the Microsoft "partnership" with Facebook mean for users?

Here's the key fact: Facebook's users are not its customers. They're the targets to which Facebook's customers aim advertising. In old media this was no big deal. But Facebook isn't just a "medium". It's a vast walled garden where the social activity of members and visitors constantly improves the ability of advertisers to "target" both.

This is a Good Thing only if it works for everybody — including both those targeted as well as those doing the targeting. And if users are actually involved, they have some important questions: more>>

What happens to my identity-related information? How is it used, and by whom? How much control do I have over my data (or data about myself) — including what Facebook "partners" do with that data?
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