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Linux News for Dec 28, 2006

  • Computerworld: If you had the power ... (Dec 28, 2006, 22:00)
    "Imagine this: With the wave of a magic wand, you're suddenly all-powerful. You can change today's network industry in any way you want. What would you do, and how?"

  • O'Reilly Linux DevCenter: Pragmatic Questions about Binary-Only Drivers (Dec 28, 2006, 19:30)
    "Neither of those address entirely whether end-users should use binary-only drivers."

  • Ran Prieur: Switching to Linux (Dec 28, 2006, 18:00)
    "The distro I'm using to type this is Puppy, which technically doesn't even have a desktop environment but window manager, JWM, which takes up less than 200 kilobytes."

  • Linux-Watch: Bribing bloggers the Microsoft way (Dec 28, 2006, 16:30)
    "Want to know why Microsoft has so many people saying good things about it, despite endless security problems, high-prices, product lock-in, and a big-brother attitude towards using their products? They bribe people."

  • VoIP Planet: VoIP Powering Your Office: Trips and Traps in Asterisk 1.4, Part 1 (Dec 28, 2006, 15:00)
    "With Asterisk 1.4, you're going to get real tired of the word deprecated. This is programmer-speak for "this feature that you love best of all is going to be removed soon." "

  • Peter Gutmann: A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection (Dec 28, 2006, 13:00)
    "The Vista Content Protection specification could very well constitute the longest suicide note in history."

  • ITtoolbox Blogs: Are Multiple Desktops Really Useful (Dec 28, 2006, 12:00)
    "One of the biggest differences between the windows world and the linux world is the windows world only has one desktop while the linux world can have several. For example KDE comes default with four desktops and can have up to twenty. That's a lot of desktops. However are all those desktops really useful?"

  • Linux Weekly News: Playing with the OLPC (Dec 28, 2006, 06:00)
    " The One Laptop Per Child project is likely to be familiar to most LWN readers by now. An important milestone on this project's plan for the creation of low-cost educational systems is the production of "BTest-1" systems. The project has manufactured on the order of 1000 laptops and distributed them to testers worldwide as a way of, hopefully, shaking out the remaining hardware issues and making a start on the software side of the equation. Some systems have even been shipped to Microsoft so that some sort of Windows port can be done; this move has upset some OLPC supporters, but when the designers of the laptop said they planned to make a 100% open system, they meant it."

  • Debian Weekly News: December 26th, 2006 (Dec 28, 2006, 02:00)
    "Welcome to this year's 42nd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. DWN is currently not being published weekly but when authors have contributed enough items because its editor can't ignore other duties while the Debian project is indirectly paying some developers."