Displaying items by tag: Sam Varghese

Thursday, 20 September 2007 22:29

Linux: understanding it takes time

Linux users tend to get all excited when a mainstream publication picks up any distribution and deems it worthy of review - even if the conclusions of the reviewer concerned turn out to be negative.
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Monday, 17 September 2007 22:25

Some lessons from the SCO debacle

If any bookmaker is offering good odds on the SCO Group surviving into 2009, it may well be worth a punt. After the company filed for bankruptcy on Friday, there aren't many who will bank on the company being around that long.
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There are fireworks going off wherever the Linux community congregates and the champagne is being quaffed in unimaginable quantities.
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Monday, 10 September 2007 22:22

Gutsy Gibbon swinging along

There's a month to go before the next Ubuntu release, 7.10 aka Gutsy Gibbon, hits the download servers. A September 4 daily build shows a number of improvements over the 7.04 release which was named Feisty Fawn.
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Thursday, 06 September 2007 22:27

GPL vs BSD: why are people fighting?

For the second time in six months, a flamefest has broken out between those who release software under the BSD (Berkely Software Distribution) licence and others who release software under the General Public Licence.
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Tuesday, 04 September 2007 04:43

Taking FOSS to the masses

Since 2005, a small band of volunteers in many countries has been gathering together on one day of the year to give away free and open source software in order to spread awareness about this genre.
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Friday, 31 August 2007 04:31

GNOME: 10 years old but did we need it?

This month, the GNOME project - one of two main choices when it comes to desktop environments for Linux - celebrates 10 years of existence. It was founded on August 15, 1997, by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena-Quintero.

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Monday, 27 August 2007 22:18

Feisty in wireless land

Recently I've been reading a lot about how well Ubuntu works on laptops, particularly when it comes to handling wireless connections - something that is generally a problem under Linux due to a number of factors, the primary one being the paucity of drivers for most cards.

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Thursday, 23 August 2007 04:42

Linux conference returning home

Australia's national Linux conference, linux.conf.au , will be returning home next year, with the University of Melbourne playing host.
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Tuesday, 21 August 2007 06:57

Why people don't switch operating systems

The topic of Linux on the desktop is one that raises its head every couple of days somewhere on the Web – and here it is again.

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On April 1 this year, I wrote a spoof headlined "Ballmer joins Linux Foundation board." Considering the statements that were reported last week as emanating from the executive director of the same foundation, Jim Zemlin, I wonder if my tale will still be considered a spoof after a few years.
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Monday, 13 August 2007 08:23

Darl McBride, where are you?

Nearly 54 months ago, when the SCO Group launched its legal action against IBM, there were a number of cheerleaders - both SCO personnel and outsiders - who contributed a great deal to the debate.

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Sunday, 12 August 2007 07:16

SCO falls flat on its face

The SCO Group may face financial ruin after a ruling in the US that it does not own the IP rights to UNIX. Novell has been ruled to own the IP.

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Wednesday, 08 August 2007 04:28

Ubuntu loses a disciple

Over the past year and a bit, at least two Linux distributions which were based on Debian GNU/Linux have stated that they will be switching their base to Ubuntu. Now it appears that one distribution has backtracked.

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Thursday, 02 August 2007 05:08

Shared source: just another red herring

Microsoft has begun to talk about open source again. Sure, atheists sometimes do talk about God.
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Monday, 30 July 2007 06:34

OpenBSD looks for funds

The OpenBSD project is likely to be able to take on new challenges once its sister organisation, the OpenBSD Foundation, set up last week, gets up to speed.
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Thursday, 26 July 2007 07:53

Memo to Con Kolivas: why not roll your own?

In early 1996, Theo de Raadt, now well known as the head of the OpenBSD project, started to get an inkling that he was being somewhat marginalised within the NetBSD project of which he was then an integral part.
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Tuesday, 24 July 2007 04:15

Ubuntu lives in a closed system

Ten days into July, Canonical, the company which is best known for the Ubuntu Linux distribution, released the source code for one component of Launchpad - a system that serves as a single repository for revision control.
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It's tax time in Australia. Three weeks into the new financial year, now is about the time when people have all their documentation ready to give the government its yearly pound of flesh.
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Tuesday, 17 July 2007 19:11

Slackware: old warhorse is going strong

The last time I looked at Slackware was nearly seven years ago; version 7.1 was thrown my way by a magazine and I was asked for a review. My usage of the distribution had ended early in 2000 when I moved to Debian after using Slackware 4.0 and then 7.0 for about a year.
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