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Linux News for Dec 28, 2007

  • Out of the Office (Dec 28, 2007, 23:30)
    Editor's Note: On vacation this week, so let's hear from you.

  • How Microsoft (and Apple) Will Respond to Very-Low-Cost Linux Systems (Dec 28, 2007, 22:00)
    ZDNet: "My blogging colleague Robin Harris on Storage Bits poses an interesting question 'How should Microsoft respond to very-low-cost Linux systems...?'"

  • HOWTO: Convert A Friend To Linux (Dec 28, 2007, 19:45)
    Royal HeHe2-ness: "Warning: You should proceed with caution using this Howto, if you do not know what you are doing you could damage your relationship with Friend 2.0 or totally break it. Also, using this Howto extensively with multiple Friend 2.0's may damage Life 4.5, and end up as a sorrow lonely geek...."

  • Analyzing Microsoft's OS by Linux Standards (Dec 28, 2007, 19:00)
    GeekSpeak: "So, in light of that, I decided to right a few wrongs by creating a review of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (which is arguably the best Microsoft OS to date) as if Linux were the market leader, and Microsoft, the upstart..."

  • 2008: The Year That MS Loses the Notebook Wars? (Dec 28, 2007, 18:15)
    SUSE Linux Enterprise in the Americas: "Face it, now that the dam has broken with the OLPC, the EEE PC and now the prospect of Everex's Cloudbook coming out in January at CES, Microsoft is really feeling the heat from Linux in this market..."

  • Samba Project to Provide Windows Protocol Access to All Open Source Developers (Dec 28, 2007, 17:30) "Thanks to the Samba project, documentation about Windows networking protocols is now available to free software developers who want it..."

  • Open Source's New Commercial Strategy (Dec 28, 2007, 16:45)
    InfoWorld: "No matter what you call them, open source companies have been steadily integrating parts of the hated commercial software subscription model into their business..."

  • A Laptop for Kandor (Dec 28, 2007, 16:00)
    MassLive: "I suspect that if there's a tiny Best Buy in the downtown Kandor strip mall, it probably stocks the ASUS Eee..."

  • Ministry Encourages Open Source Software (Dec 28, 2007, 15:15)
    VietNamNet: "The Ministry of Information and Communications has recommended state agencies use four open source software products--Open Office, Thunderbird, Firefox and Unikey..."

  • Thirty Days with PCLinuxOS (Dec 28, 2007, 13:00)
    ruminations on the digital realm: "One of the core principles of open source development is 'freedom.' As such, there are few limitations for developers and end users to take the work of others and move it into a direction they deem better..."

  • Create an MP3 File Server Using Amarok and ObsidianMusic (Dec 28, 2007, 09:00) "When it comes to playing music in Linux, Amarok is one of the best audio players out there. It offers almost everything you need, from a clean, intuitive interface to a range of useful scripts..."

  • Linux PDF Editor for Manipulating PDF Documents (Dec 28, 2007, 05:30)
    nixCraft: "My search ended with PDFedit software, which is free and open source editor for manipulating PDF documents..."

  • 10 Things I Hate About KDE4 RC2+ (Dec 28, 2007, 04:00)
    Linux Tech Daily: "Depending on what you read, and where you read it, it is either the second coming of the DE Christ, or the first coming of the DE Anti-christ..."

  • The Migration of a Fussy Windows User to Linux (Dec 28, 2007, 02:30)
    Marc Fearby's Home Page: "To demonstrate just how fussy I am, I installed Kubuntu because it uses Konqueror as the file manager which means I can draw selection rectangles when highlighting files in detailed list view..."

  • The Deprecated "Smoke Screen" of MS Office Open XML (OOXML) (Dec 28, 2007, 01:45)
    Fanatic Attack: "In an effort to win quick converts to its bid to have Microsoft Open Office XML (MOOXML) accepted as an ISO standard, Microsoft is deprecating parts of its widely-criticized MOOXML..."

  • People Who've Never Run Linux Shouldn't Write About Linux (Dec 28, 2007, 01:00)
    Ask Rea Maor: "Somehow, even though people get the idea that specialized fields require some experience in that field before you can say anything intelligent about it, people hear the word 'Linux' for the first time, Google it long enough to see Tux the penguin, and go 'OK, I'm qualified now...'"

  • The Flexibility of Open Source (Dec 28, 2007, 00:15)
    Raiden's Realm: "One of the things that has been a strong point of Open Source Software (OSS) for years, even if it hasn't been held at the forefront of the battle, is the flexibility that OSS offers..."