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Novell and Microsoft: Stop with the FUD already

Practical Technology - Fri, 22/08/2008 - 9:06pm
Unlike a lot of open-source supporters, I don’t turn red with anger at the very thought of Novell working with Microsoft. Like it or not, getting Linux and Windows to work better together makes good, hard business sense. What I do find annoying is that Novell is continuing to feed Microsoft’s FUD machine about Linux. In [...]

Mini-notebooks are here to stay

Practical Technology - Thu, 21/08/2008 - 7:33pm
Some critics seem to think that UMPC (ultra mobile PCs) are just a fad. Wrong. They’re here to stay. In Ultraportable laptops: Their rise and possible fall, David Haskin reports that “While pundits and technology journalists have lavished attention on these products, skeptics have raised questions. For instance, is there anything really special about these devices, [...]

Users want Microsoft/Novell packages

Practical Technology - Wed, 20/08/2008 - 9:51pm
While many Linux users hated the idea of the Microsoft/Novell partnership from the start, Ian Bruce, director of Novell public relations, says that “Customers drove” the latest expansion of the Novell/Microsoft deal. In the latest chapter, Microsoft and Novell announced on August 20th that Microsoft had committed to purchase up to $100 million in SLES [...]

Windows 7 will be warmed over Vista

Practical Technology - Wed, 20/08/2008 - 6:37pm
Vista has been, to be kind, a flop. For several months now, Microsoft has been hinting that the next version of Windows, Windows 7, will be the answer. I’m beginning to wonder, though, if Windows 7 will be little more than Vista rehashed. Microsoft is no longer being coy about the fact that they’re working on [...]

First Ubuntu Netbook Remix Laptop Appears

Practical Technology - Tue, 19/08/2008 - 9:44pm
Digital Gadgets, the manufacturer and distributor of SYLVANIA brand computers, announced on August 19th that its shipping the SYLVANIA g netbook MESO with Ubuntu 8.04 Netbook Remix inside. Ubuntu 8.04 Netbook Remix is based on standard Ubuntu. In addition it include a ‘Launcher’ that allows users to get on-line more quickly and have faster access [...]

The Dell Ubuntu-powered Mini-Notebook is on its way

Practical Technology - Tue, 19/08/2008 - 9:07pm
Gizmodo is reporting that they’ve laid their hands on the specifications sheets for Dell’s forthcoming Inspiron 910. While I haven’t seen the origninals myself, what Gizmodo reports is pretty much what my sources at Dell have been telling to expect from their UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC). In short, the approximately two-pound Insprion 910 will run both [...]

Check Point Marries Virtual, Physical Security for VMware Servers

Practical Technology - Tue, 19/08/2008 - 7:56pm
Running virtual machines is easy. It’s managing and securing them that’s the problem, according to both users and analysts. Check Point Software Technologies thinks it has an answer: the VPN-1 VE (Virtual Edition). The VPN-1 VE is a VMware-certified virtual application, which is designed to secure VMware virtual servers and applications by making [...]

MSNBC Spam-O-Rama

Practical Technology - Tue, 19/08/2008 - 4:20pm
Just when you thought it was safe to look in your in-box again, a new wave of malware spam has arrived. Lucky us. This morning I found my Gmail spam box stuffed with “BREAKING NEWS” purporting to be from MSNBC. Headlines have range from the semi-plausible: “McCain Plans Vietnam Campaign Tour;” to the unlikely, “Nation Morns [...]

If it’s animation or special effects, it’s Linux

Practical Technology - Mon, 18/08/2008 - 3:59pm
When I was a kid, I used to make crude little animated cartoons in my notebooks using the flipbook technique. Walt Disney had nothing to worry about. I was awful even by the 3rd grade standards of White Pine elementary. Today, I could be great, because almost all top animation and special effects artists are [...]

Linux to Windows and back again with Samba

Practical Technology - Fri, 15/08/2008 - 5:47pm
I see my buddy in technology writing, Preston Gralla, is having trouble getting his new Wubi-based Ubuntu 8.04 system to work with his Windows file systems and vice-versa. While some Linuxes, like Xandros and SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) come Windows network ready, most, like Ubuntu, require some Samba work. Samba is an open-source program that [...]

Windows apps on Linux the CrossOver way

Practical Technology - Thu, 14/08/2008 - 1:54pm
Who says you have to give up your must-have Windows applications when you migrate to Linux? If you can’t leave some crucial Windows program behind, you can run it using CodeWeavers’ latest version of CrossOver Linux. Though today there are many great Linux end-user applications, some people still have “must-have” Windows applications — Quicken instead of [...]

The VMware blues

Practical Technology - Wed, 13/08/2008 - 9:23pm
Would you believe a major software vendor released a patch for their flagship program that made it impossible to run their software? Believe it. That’s exactly what happened with VMware. On August 12th, users throughout the U.S. Tired to turn on their ESX 3.5 Update 2 and ESXi Server 3.5 Update 2 hypervisors and… were told [...]

Everything you wanted to know about being a Linux kernel developer (but were afraid to ask)

Practical Technology - Wed, 13/08/2008 - 3:36pm
So you want to be one of the few, the proud, the Linux kernel developers do you? Well, it’s not easy. But, if you’ve got the right stuff, Linux is looking for a few good programmers. On August 13th, the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Linux, published a guide to how to [...]

The biggest Blue Screen of Death ever

Practical Technology - Tue, 12/08/2008 - 7:36pm
No… Ah stuff; there I was watching the Olympics opening ceremonies when I thought, for just a second, that I saw a BSOD during the run up to the lighting of the Olympic flame. It turns out I hadn’t been spending too much time at the keyboard. It seems that during the lighting ceremony that [...]

Provisioning on Bare Metal the LinMin Way

Practical Technology - Tue, 12/08/2008 - 4:26pm
It’s one thing to install Linux or Windows on a system of your own, it’s an entirely different thing to install Linux or Windows on a couple of dozen to a couple of thousand PCs. That’s where LinMin comes in with the newest version of its flagship bare metal installation program, LBMP (LinMin Bare Metal [...]

Windows’ days may be numbered

Practical Technology - Mon, 11/08/2008 - 10:41pm
Could Microsoft be switching away from Windows? Some very interesting documents have been leaking out of Microsoft. They clearly indicate, believe it or not, that Microsoft is considering shifting its users from Windows to a new operating system: Midori. And, when I say “new,” I mean new. This isn’t the kind of lip-service change that we saw [...]

Giving an old Windows hand some Linux advice

Practical Technology - Mon, 11/08/2008 - 5:20pm
I see my colleague Preston Gralla is looking for the best Linux for a Windows pro. That’s a good question with several good answers. Preston’s son Gabe gave him some excellent advice when he recommended Wubi. This is the Windows’ world easiest Linux installer. With it, you install Ubuntu 8.04 just like it was any other [...]

Three things the Linux desktops needs to do to beat Windows

Practical Technology - Fri, 08/08/2008 - 5:41pm
San Francisco, Calif.–While at LinuxWorld at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, I chaired the panel on what the OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) that are pre-installing Linux on their PCs are up to and I attended another panel on what the Linux desktop architects have planned. One theme that showed up at both functions is: [...]

Linux Foundation launches killer development tool

Practical Technology - Thu, 07/08/2008 - 5:57pm
Ask any independent software vendor what he hates most about developing for Linux and he’ll tell you that it’s having to develop for SUSE and for Red Hat and for Ubuntu and … you get the idea. The Linux Foundation has just released a beta of a new program, Linux Application Checker (AppChecker), that’s going [...]

Ubuntu Goes Enterprise

Practical Technology - Wed, 06/08/2008 - 5:59pm
San Francisco, Calif.—Ubuntu is well known in user circles as the cool kids’ Linux. It’s available pre-installed on PCs and laptops from Dell and from numerous smaller computer vendors. What Ubuntu hasn’t been known as is a Linux distribution that matters to CIOs and IT managers. Things are changing. Canonical, Ubuntu’s parent company, is finally taking [...]

Back to Debian: Freespire returns to Debian Roots

Practical Technology - Wed, 06/08/2008 - 5:52pm
When Linspire was bought by Xandros, everyone expected changes. No one expected Xandros to decide to switch Freespire back to Debian from Ubuntu but that’s exactly what’s happened. Xandros, the Linux desktop company that supplies Asus with its UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC) Linux,, announced that the next generation of Xandros community-driven Linux Freespire 5 will [...]

Would you buy a Microsoft-less desktop?

Practical Technology - Wed, 06/08/2008 - 2:47am
IBM, in partnership with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu; Red Hat; and Novell are hoping that the answer is yes. For me, that’s a no-brainer. Windows has long been more trouble than its worth. Since Microsoft seems to be seriously considering dumping Windows, it seems they agree with me. So, IBM and Linux friends are suggesting [...]

Fedora on a stick

Practical Technology - Tue, 05/08/2008 - 9:08pm
Fedora 9 now lets you create a bootable Linux distribution on a flash drive with persistence. In other words, you can not only boot any PC that will accept USB drive booting into Linux, you can even boot into your own personal desktop. Now, that can be useful. Perhaps the easiest way to set up your [...]

What to expect in Debian 5: Lenny

Practical Technology - Tue, 05/08/2008 - 3:19pm
Debian took a giant step forward recently towards releasing the next version of Debian, Lenny, by freezing the codebase. Now, the only major things standing between the next release of the popular Linux distribution are “fixes for release critical bugs” and “fixes for severity.” There are several hundreds bugs left to smash before Lenny is released, [...]

Five Things Linus Torvalds Has Learned About Managing Software Projects

Practical Technology - Tue, 05/08/2008 - 2:17pm
Linus Torvalds needs no introduction in operating systems or open-source circles. He’s the creator, muse and chief developer of the Linux operating system. Torvalds started Linux while he was in college in 1991. Today, Linux is the foundation of multibillion-dollar companies including Oracle, Novell and Red Hat. It’s used on computers from small office [...]

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