What does Paul Allen think he’s doing!?

For years, decades, the big companies didn’t tend to wage patent wars on each other. The reason is simple. Major patent holders don’t tend to target other major patent holders because of MAD (mutually assured destruction). Or, in other words, if you sue me, I sue you, and we can both burn potentially hundreds of [...]

Paul Allen’s Complaint Against the World, as text

So, do you hate software patents yet, now that you’ve read about Paul Allen’s patent infringement lawsuit against the world and his dog? I think it ought to inspire you, reading Allen’s complaint [PDF], that it might get you to the tipping point, or at least help you to understand why most engineers do hate [...]

Debian at 17: As Important as Ever

It’s not exactly a milestone birthday, but Debian’s 17th birthday deserves a bit of recognition. Ian Murdock’s baby came into the world on August 16th, 1993 and has been a force for free software ever since. Debian might seem a bit crufty compared to newer, faster-moving distros, but it’s still one of the most important. […]

Indian admins love Linux, users stuck on Windows

The Indian ICT market was hit pretty hard by the global financial crisis. Although the country’s tech economy avoided going into a recession, growth fell from around 30 percent in 2008 to just five percent last year. In 2010, a healthy rebound is expected. India’s uneven distribution of wealth, creaking transport and telecommunications infrastructure, combined […]

Six things I wish Mom told me (about ssh)

If you’ve ever seriously used a Linux system, you’re probably already familiar with at least the basics of ssh. But you’re hungry for more. In this post, we’ll show you six ssh tips that’ll help take you to the next level. (We’ve also found that they make for excellent cocktail party conversation talking points.) (1) […]

Open-sourcing SETI

The setiQuest project has released its first open source code in an effort to have anyone interested help search for intelligent life out there. The source code for Open SonATA is available on GIT Hub now and covers three programs: Waterfall Display: The waterfall display shows the power for each bin in a subchannel. The […]

Online collaboration with Feng Office

OpenOffice.org, Microsoft Office, Feng Office – which is the odd one out? Yes, it’s Feng Office, but not because most people have never heard of it, and not because it lacks the extreme feature set of the other two. Feng Office is not about sitting at your desk writing office documents, it’s about collaborative working. […]

The Top 10 Linux Server Distributions

You know that Linux is a hot data center server. You know that it saves you money in licensing and maintenance costs. But, what are your options for Linux as a server operating system? Listed here are the top ten Linux server distributions — some of which you may not be aware. The following chararistics, […]

Upgrading to Windows 7 isn’t Cheap

I’ve upgraded old XP PCs to Windows 7 and I’ve bought new PCs equipped with Windows 7. Either way I’ve found that it’s not cheap. Now, Gartner, the research company, has worked out just how expensive upgrading to Windows 7 can be for enterprises. In one word, moving to Windows 7 can be described in [...]

ArtistX 0.9

Marco Ghirlanda has announced the release of ArtistX 0.9, an Ubuntu-based live DVD that turns a common computer into a multimedia production studio: “ArtistX 0.9 is based on the Remastersys software for creating live media and includes the 2.6.31 Linux kernel, GNOME 2.28 and KDE 4.3.5, Compiz Fusion and about 2,500 free multimedia software packages, [...]

Linux Mint 9 offers new software manager, backup tool

The Linux Mint team has released the final version of Linux Mint 9 (“Isadora”), based on Ubuntu 10.04. Linux Mint 9 features a new software manager with 30,000 packages, a new backup tool, and menu and interface improvements, says the team. The Isadora release follows up on Linux Mint 8 (“Helena”), which released an RC1 [...]

Ubuntu 10.10 Software Center – Application That Received Maximum Attention Perhaps

Ubuntu Software Center is something we all overlooked for long. Even while writing tutorials about installing different applications in this blog, I prefer to provide command line instructions only. But a lot of Ubuntu users are new comers and Software Center means a lot to them. Ubuntu is gradually waking up to this fact and [...]

The New Wallpapers and Theme of Ubuntu 10.10

Canonical uploaded today the new wallpapers and default theme for the up-coming Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) operating system. Seventeen new beautiful wallpapers and a lightweight and eye-candy theme will please every existing and future Ubuntu 10.10 user! The new wallpapers in the Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) release are, in the order of appearance: default Ubuntu [...]

Preparing for Ubuntu 10.10 with the Platform Rally

Canonical developer, Dave Walker, shares more insight into the development of Ubunutu 10.10. This month, the Ubuntu platform sprint rally goes under the spotlight… The Platform Sprint is something that is traditionally limited to Canonical employees, but in recent times there has also been attendance by certain upstreams. It’s held every six months, around the [...]

Amnesia: The Dark Descent Gone Gold

Today we can proudly announce that Amnesia: The Dark Descent has gone gold! So what does this mean? Well, it essentially mean that the game is done! What is left for us now to do is to send it away to our Russian publisher and online retailers. We will also start to focus 100% on [...]

Endgame: Singularity 0.30b

Version 0.30b of Endgame: Singularity, a rogue self-aware AI sim, is out; changes include assorted bugfixes. Changes: – –nosound properly ignores the sound system.(emh, Cyclotron / Daryl for bug report) – Better appearance when no items will fit in the slot. (emh) – Knowledge screen is refreshed properly when loading a game. (emh) – Time [...]

Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.6 final released with Desktop Recovery and installation instructions included

Ubuntu Tweak is an application to config Ubuntu easier for everyone.It provides many useful desktop and system options that the default desktop environment doesn’t provide.With its help, you will enjoy with the experience of Ubuntu! What is new in ubuntu tweak 0.5.6 As a Ubuntu user, you always get excited when you see something new [...]

Canonical’s X Gesture Extension Being Re-Evaluated

Earlier this month Canonical introduced its own multi-touch framework for Ubuntu that is set to premiere with Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat” and it’s called UTouch and is joined by their own gesture/touch language. That same day as announcing UTouch for Ubuntu that will support devices like the Apple Magic TrackPad and Dell XT2, Canonical proposed [...]

Create A Full System Backup Or Custom Live Ubuntu / Debian CD With Remastersys

I realize many of you probably already know Remastersys, but we decided to make a post on it anyway because it’s an amazing tool and maybe some of you never heard of it. This was a tip sent by WebUpd8 reader Saurabhneo23: It’s one of the best tools out there to make a disaster recovery [...]

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