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Comment It's about time! :) (Score 1) 1

I'm absolutely amazed at how far Linux has progressed in the last few years. It truly is a viable alternative desktop OS. The biggest obstacle has always seemed to be laptops, so I was very glad to see Dell embrace Linux. It seems like the days of Linux on a laptop being a headache may actually be gone for good.

A few weeks ago, I was looking for an inexpensive laptop that would run Ubuntu with as few headaches as possible. Since Dell Canada doesn't yet offer pre-installed Linux, I decided to order a stock Dell Inspiron 1501. I had to walk through a HOW-TO or two, but everything worked well with very little effort.

Anyway, it was very nice to read your journal entry and see that Linux can actually work out of the box on these systems. This is actually a really big step!

Submission + - Indian retailers raided by Microsoft

slashthedot writes: "Microsoft caught some Indian retailers selling pirated copies by sending a dummy customer asking for a copy of Windows to be installed on their PC. The retailers say Microsoft products are too highly priced for Indian market, so many people won't be interested in buying original copies at that price. They even go on to say they are promoting MS software in this way.
One retailer was heard saying:
"Since we are are not charging anything extra for installing the software, it means that we are actually not trading in pirated software. For us this is just a sewa (selfless act) that we are offering to our customers. Besides, the pricing of their operating systems is way too high for the Indian markets."

More here "

Submission + - Celebrate Commodore Computer 30th Anniversary

JoeCommodore writes: "This year's East Coast Vintage Computer Festival (June 9th and 10th at the InfoAge Learning Center in Wall Township, New Jersey) will mark the 30th anniversary of Commodore's entry into the computer market in 1977 with the PET computer. Part of the festivities includes a panel discussion with many luminaries of the company.

The story of how it happened and how it evolved is truly legendary in the industry. Above all, the 30th birthday of Commodore's computer division is worth celebrating! This panel discussion (on June 9th) features Chuck Peddle (creator of the 6502 Microprocessor and the PET computer), Bil Herd (designer of later Commodore 8-bit computers from the Plus/4 to the Commodore 128 & LCD), Bob Russell (software engineer — partly responsible for the VIC-20 and Commodore 64), and Dave Haynie (hardware engineer who worked on the Plus/4 series to the Amiga and end of the original Commodore in 1993). The discussion will include an audience Q&A session followed by autograph signings and maybe a few surprises.

Whether you love or hate Commodore they did have a big impact on the industry, the company may not always have been the best managed but they did produce some notably low cost and innovative computers. MOS Technologies (later bought by Commodore) created the low-cost 6502 Processor which helped make personal and hobby computing accessible to many of us either directly or indirectly."

Submission + - 13-year-old CEO steals the show at at TiECON 2007

An anonymous reader writes: This 13-year old Silicon Valley CEO has a plan to change the way kids learn chemistry. He stole the show yesterday at TiECON 2007, the big entrepreneur conference held in Santa Clara, Calif. VentureBeat has the story and a video interview here — ar-old-ceo-highlight-of-tiecon/#more-12504

Submission + - Coming in June: Month of Search Engine Bugs

De Garmo writes: "A Ukranian hacker known as "MustLive" has announced plans for a Month of Search Engine Bugs project in June 2007. The plan is to shake out cross-site scripting bugs in the most popular search engines (think Google, Yahoo, MSN, and publish details on these flaws. From the article: "[The] purpose of this Month of Bugs is a demonstration of real state with security in search engines, which are the most popular sites in Internet. To let users of search engines and web community as a whole to understand all risks, which search engines bring to them. And also to draw attention of search engines' owners to security issues of their sites.""
The Courts

Submission + - Judge imposes Vonage injunction

PoundNanog writes: A judge issued an injunction Friday that effectively bars Internet phone carrier Vonage from signing up new customers as punishment for infringing on patents held by Verizon. Vonage planned an immediate appeal.
Vonage's lawyers said the compromise injunction posted by U.S District Judge Hilton is almost as devastating as an injunction that would have affected Vonage's 2.2 million existing customers.

"It's the difference of cutting off oxygen as opposed to the bullet in the head," Vonage lawyer Roger Warin said. nage_verizon_suit

Submission + - Google founders & CEO take $1 salaries again!

Kensai7 writes: "PC World reports how "poor" Google top executives and founders are getting (again in 2006) one of the lowest salaries in the industry but at the same time continue growing their billionaire fortunes by being stockholders of their own successful company.

In fact, this is probably the best way to climb quickly the Forbes list: have a revolutionary product/service and invest on thyself early on!"
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - A Brief Look at Free Quake3 Engine Based Games

Thilo2 writes: "As most of you probably know, id software released the Quake3 engine in summer 2005 under the terms of the GPL, which is now past over two years. Ever wonder what came out of it? Even though the engine is eight years old, just recently two independent projects have released fully featured multiplayers games, weighing in with downloads of about 550 megabytes each. Urban Terror and World of Padman, formerly modifications that required you to have the original Quake III Arena game, can now be played independently as stand-alone versions. Urban Terror combines realistic environments and weaponry with movement similar to Quake3. World of Padman on the other hand is a colorful shooter in comic style giving you fun weapons like water balloons and water pistols to shoot with. Last but not least there is Tremulous, a first person shooter with added real time strategy elements which has been out for quite some time now. Interesting to note, its game data is licensed under a CC license. All three games use an improved Quake3 engine from ioquake3, which has cleaned up the Quake3 source code since its release and made many improvements like OpenAL, Vorbis and SDL support, and thus are available for Windows, Linux and MacOSX. If you are willing to compile the engine yourself you can get support for even more platforms like Solaris or *BSD."

Submission + - 5 GHz Power6 Servers Coming Mid-2007

cmarkn writes: ComputerWorld reports that IBM is planning to more than double the speed of its servers from 2.2 GHz to 5 GHz, and start shipping these by the middle of this year. Moreover, they plan to do this without turning these servers into power-guzzling toasters by making them more efficient, using “small, 65-nanometer-process geometry, high-bandwidth buses running as fast as 75GB per second and voltage thresholds as low as 0.8 volts”. They hope to reach new customers in commercial database and transaction processing, while holding on to their current servers’ financial and high-performance computing users.

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