Archive for December 2nd, 2009

Why Chrome OS Is No Threat to Windows

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Google’s new operating system is meant to supplement, not supplant, your current computer.

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Why Red Hat doesn’t see CentOS as a Linux rival

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

I wrote a story yesterday about CentOS (the Red Hat Enterprise Linux clone) getting commercial support from OpenLogic. One thing that isn’t in the posted story, that I’ve always been curious about, is why Red Hat itself doesn’t go after CentOS users in an effort to convert them to paid Red Hat support.

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What Kind Of Bird Are You Booting?

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Consider this a Thanksgiving post. I know most of you are away eating, or arguing with family. Up here, in the Great White North, Thanksgiving was back in early October so I’m sort of working today. You might say I’m indulging in a different kind of bird. Just what kind of bird, however, was something I was very curious about.

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Howto setup Wireless on Chrome OS

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Chrome has recently been open sourced by Google as a developer preview. Its very young, clearly has some issues and needs serious work, however it is usable and lots of people have managed to get it running in a virtual machine or via a USB key.

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The Perfect Desktop – Linux Mint 8 (Helena)

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

This tutorial shows how you can set up a Linux Mint 8 (Helena) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge. Linux Mint 8 is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 9.10 that has lots of packages in its repositories (like multimedia codecs, Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Skype, Google Earth, etc.) that are relatively hard to install on other distributions; it therefore provides a user-friendly desktop experience even for Linux newbies.

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KDE Plasma netbook interface demoed on Asus Eee 1005Ha

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

At times I’ve felt like KDE 4 is a little bit on the sluggish side on my desktop PCs. On a netbook’s Atom processor? I wouldn’t even have considered switching from Gnome if I hadn’t seen this video on YouTube.

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A Linux answer to Windows SBS: ClearOS

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Linux is used as a server all the time. From branch-offices using Linux and Samba to Google running, well everything, on Linux, it’s the operating system for choice for most businesses. Except that is, for small offices. There, Microsoft’s SBS (Small Business Server) is the server of choice. The Clear Foundation wants to change that with their ClearOS 5.1 small business server distribution.

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Linux Pranks

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Do you know what people think about us linuxers? No Clue!! Get some Popcorn coz I am going to tell you a great story. A long long time ago, back when linux was getting powerful, there was a boy who started using it. He liked it so much that he would spend all the day learning and exploring.

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Ubuntu System Panel: Simple? Is it heck…

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Ubuntu System Panel is a panel applet designed to simplify launching, managing and just generally using your Ubuntu system.

The idea behind it is based on that of the popular OpenSUSE SLED applet (see screenshot below) but USP is exclusively for use with Ubuntu.

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Linux and the sheer utter misery of viruses

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

In our cosy *nix world we don’t suffer from viruses, or rather we didn’t. But thanks to an amazing piece of reverse engineering we have SAMBA, and SAMBA allows Windows machines to talk to Linux (and Solaris) networks and store files on them.

What this means is that we can have viruses by proxy if any Linux network we deploy has Windows workstations… which mostly they do. Often on the same network, thanks to the magic of that other unifying technology Open LDAP there are Linux and Mac workstations too.

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