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Ballmer makes McCain look bright when it comes to technology

Practical Technology - Mon, 04/08/2008 - 3:51pm
It’s the fashion in some circles these days to make fun of John McCain because he can barely use the Internet. While he hasn’t described it as a bunch of “tubes,” that honor belongs to Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, McCain is an analog kind of guy in a digital world. Still, no one really [...]

New Linux Foundation Meeting for End-Users

Practical Technology - Fri, 01/08/2008 - 10:01pm
The Linux Foundation has had several public meetings before, but they were really only for Linux developers and their best friends. Now, the Foundation is holding one for end-users: the Linux Foundation End User Collaboration Summit. The meeting will be held on October 13 and 14th at the Desmond Tutu Center in New York City. [...]

Microsoft has serious plans to do away with Windows

Practical Technology - Fri, 01/08/2008 - 3:13pm
It’s one thing to have a skunkworks operating system project, Midori, that could conceivably replace Windows. It’s another to actually have plans on how to switch users from Windows to Midori. Guess what? Microsoft actually does have such plans. According to David Worthington, Microsoft isn’t only building a Windows replacement operating system, its “carefully conceptualizing a [...]

Linux User Here

Practical Technology - Wed, 30/07/2008 - 10:00pm
Color me surprised. Dana Blankenhorn, a well-known writer about Linux and open source recently asked for someone—anyone–to send him a loaner Linux laptop to replace his now dead Windows laptop. What, he didn’t already have one? Now, you can write about stuff that you don’t actually do yourself. After all, how many sports writers could even [...]

Is Microsoft getting ready to kill Windows?

Practical Technology - Wed, 30/07/2008 - 4:38pm
No, I’m not talking about killing Vista. Microsoft is already burying that living dead operating system as fast it can. I’m talking about killing Windows itself. That’s the conclusion I’ve drawn from David Worthington’s story about Microsoft’s plans for Midori, a next generation operating system. According to Worthington, who managed to get his hands on Microsoft’s [...]

Integrating Linux into Active Directory keeps getting easier

Practical Technology - Tue, 29/07/2008 - 11:24pm
Likewise Software has released a new, open-source version of its eponymous AD (Active Directory) program for integrating Linux, Unix and Mac systems into AD. Likewise Fall includes two main features. The most important, LWIS (Likewise Identity Services) enables you to use Active Directory Authentication for your Linux, Unix and Mac PCs. Likewise states that LWIS [...]

KDE 4.1 still isn’t for me

Practical Technology - Tue, 29/07/2008 - 10:50pm
A new version of one of the two major Linux desktops, KDE and GNOME, came out today: KDE 4.1 While I don’t hate it, I don’t see myself switching over from KDE 3.5.9 either. That said, I will say KDE 4.1 is an improvement over the last 4.x version. I hated 4.04. I disliked it so [...]

Could Microsoft actually be getting an open-source clue?

Practical Technology - Mon, 28/07/2008 - 11:20pm
I couldn’t make it to OSCON last week in Portland, OR, but I have read the announcements that Sam Ramji, the director of Microsoft’s Open Source Software Lab, made at this open-source software show. They were the friendliest things I’ve ever seen come out of Microsoft towards open source. The first announcement, that Microsoft was contributing [...]

Atheros becomes Linux friendlier

Practical Technology - Sun, 27/07/2008 - 11:13pm
Linux overcame most of its former driver woes years ago except for one noticeable exception: Wi-Fi drivers. While many Wi-Fi cards and chipsets were Linux friendly, two major Wi-Fi chipset vendors, Atheros and Broadcom, kept their drivers proprietary. Now, things are changing. Atheros has released a true open-source driver for its latest 802.11n chipsets. Madwifi.org, an [...]

Steve Jobs is healthy

Practical Technology - Sun, 27/07/2008 - 1:09am
Jobs is basically healthy. That’s good news. After weeks of rumors about his health going downhill or perhaps a reoccurrence of cancer, Jobs took the unusual step of calling a New York Times reporter to tell him ‘off the record’ that “While his health problems amounted to a good deal more than ‘a common bug,’ they [...]

Is OpenSolaris in hot water?

Practical Technology - Fri, 25/07/2008 - 9:36pm
Here’s how it works: Novell owns Unix’s IP (intellectual property). SCO sold Unix’s IP to Sun. Sun then included some Unix IP into Solaris. Finally, Sun open sourced Solaris as OpenSolaris. Sounds like trouble, doesn’t it? While Sun’s Chief Open Source Officer Simon Phipps described the line of logic above as “sheer speculation,” others see a [...]

How Dell is making Ubuntu more attractive

Practical Technology - Fri, 25/07/2008 - 3:19pm
Dell was the first of the major computer manufacturers to support pre-installed Linux, but it’s not just pre-installing Linux. The Austin, Tex. company is also adding functionality to Ubuntu Linux on its desktops and laptops. Dell began adding extra features last December when it added DVD-playback to its systems shipping with Ubuntu 7.10. Ordinary Linux can [...]

DNS Patching Time Was Yesterday

Practical Technology - Thu, 24/07/2008 - 7:31pm
You did patch your Linux servers with the new DNS patch didn’t you? Well, if you haven’t, get on it. Now. The genie is out of the bottle. According to Robert McMillan in PC World, the creators of the Metasploit hacking toolkit have included a viable DNS server attack in their ‘penetration testing toolkit.” They can [...]

The two essential Firefox extensions

Practical Technology - Thu, 24/07/2008 - 7:16pm
Firefox 3 is good. Firefox 3, plus the right extensions, is great. Now, a lot of people publish lists of ‘best’ extensions. It’s quick and easy to make these lists. One difference between my list and some of those “99 Must Have, Best Firefox Extensions!” is that is the real list of the extensions that I [...]

Vista Adoption going no-where, IT considering Linux and Mac instead

Practical Technology - Wed, 23/07/2008 - 7:06pm
KACE, a systems management appliance company, announced that their recent survey of IT administrators showed that 60 percent of them have no plans to deploy Vista. That’s almost 10% more turning their backs on Vista then in KACE’s last survey in November 2007 . According to the company press release, “42 percent of them said [...]

Can the Linux desktop best the Mac desktop?

Practical Technology - Wed, 23/07/2008 - 5:11pm
Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu Linux, wants desktop Linux to “shoot beyond the Mac.” Can it? Shuttleworth was speaking to the open-source faithful at OSCon in Portland, Ore., but I’m sure even they had their doubts. The Linux desktop is a good, workable one. I’ll take any modern Linux desktop over Windows Vista any day of [...]

Linux is easier to install than XP

Practical Technology - Tue, 22/07/2008 - 9:55pm
When you buy a new PC today, unless you hunt down a Linux system or you buy a Mac, you’re pretty much stuck with Vista. Sad, but true. So, when I had to get a new PC in a hurry, after one of my PCs went to the big bit-ranch in the sky with a [...]

Open source still the best way to develop software

Practical Technology - Tue, 22/07/2008 - 6:36pm
The open-source way of creating programs is still the best way, just don’t confuse it with being the perfect way — there’s no such thing. A recent report claims that one of the fundamental benefits of open-source development, the co-called Law of Many Eyes is wrong. The idea behind the law is that since anyone can [...]

SFLC Keeps on the GPL Case: Sues Extreme Networks

Practical Technology - Mon, 21/07/2008 - 6:55pm
You’d think the electronics vendors who keep breaking the GPL by using the BusyBox Unix utilities would finally learn that they can’t get away with it. It doesn’t look like they have though. This time the SFLC (Software Freedom Law Center) is taking on Extreme Networks, a major network hardware provider. The SFLC announced on [...]

PC vendors want to sell you desktop Linux

Practical Technology - Mon, 21/07/2008 - 6:28pm
It used to be that finding a PC with pre-installed Linux was harder than finding a needle in a haystack. Now, though, all the major PC vendors are offering Linux-powered PCs. Last week, for example, Dell announced that it was selling PCs with the latest version of Ubuntu Linux, Ubuntu 8.04 installed. What they didn’t point [...]

Dell adds Ubuntu 8.04 to expanded Linux desktop line-up

Practical Technology - Sat, 19/07/2008 - 4:36pm
As promised, Dell is bringing the latest Ubuntu Linux, Ubuntu 8.04, to its line-up of Linux-powered consumer desktops and laptops. Starting on Friday, July 18th, 2008, Dell started offering Ubuntu 8.04 on its XPS M1330N and Inspiron 1525N laptops and its Inspiron 530N desktop. That’s just the beginning though. Dell will also shortly be offering Ubuntu [...]

VMware exec says Windows days are numbered

Practical Technology - Fri, 18/07/2008 - 11:26pm
Seriously. In an ITWire tale, Paul Harapin, VMware’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand said Windows is already being replaced by virtual appliances running on Linux. In ten-years, there will be no more Windows. OK. I know people at Red Hat who would say that that’s exactly what will happen. That’s right out of the new [...]

Is SCO finally dead?

Practical Technology - Fri, 18/07/2008 - 1:39pm
Even though SCO has suffered another legal defeat, the company looks like it has enough willpower, if not sense, to keep its legal losing streak going. On July 16th, Judge Dale Kimball ruled in favor of Novell in SCO vs. Novell and said that the maverick Unix company owed Novell $2.5-million for its Unix deals, and, [...]

SCO: The zombie flick’s final scene

Practical Technology - Thu, 17/07/2008 - 3:25am
You know zombie movies. You chop ‘em. You set ‘em on fire. You machine-gun ‘em and they just keep coming. They’re scary at first, but then, except for the very best zombie movies - Night of the Living Dead, 28 Days Later - the zombies get to be pretty darn boring. SCO, the zombie that wanted [...]

SCO goes down and Sun’s in Trouble

Practical Technology - Thu, 17/07/2008 - 1:20am
The decision is in, and SCO has gone down in defeat. The U.S. District Court in Utah has ruled in favor of Novell in SCO vs. Novell, the keystone case in SCO’s long, and ultimately unsuccessful war against Linux. The foundation of Judge Dale Kimball’s decision, that Novell, and not SCO owns the IP (intellectual [...]

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