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Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 405

For Linux, Debian is pretty much the granddaddy, and can likely be wrangled to do whatever you want. You seem the explorative type. If you're comfortable with Debian, figure out how to do whatever it is you're interested in on Debian and get on with it. Changing distros won't change your life.

Pretty much *any* distro can be wrangled to do whatever you want, it's just a measure of how much pain you're willing to endure in the process.

Comment I've been Happy with Both (Score 3, Interesting) 405

I'm quite happy with both OpenSolaris and FreeBSD as desktops, as well as servers.

You didn't specify what your primary goals are for the system in question-- if you're looking for a general purpose web surfing/light development machine, OpenSolaris should be fine for you-- as long as you have at least a gigabyte of memory and a moderately fast processor.

FreeBSD's a lot less resource intensive in my experience-- I'm currently supporting two sites that still have Pentium III/600-based servers with uptimes approaching a year each. (Last reboot for each was due to a multi-day power outage.)

If you have VirtualBox installed, give both FreeBSD and OpenSolaris a whirl, see what you think.


Submission + - MS petition to support Open XML

An anonymous reader writes: From el reg, Microsoft is calling on the Great British public to join its campaign to get the XML Office format adopted as an international standard. The company has launched an online petition encouraging the British Standards Institute (BSI) to vote for ratification of the Open XML Format, used in Office 2007, 2003 and XP, as an official ISO standard. The BSI is an ISO member. I agree with the first commenter on this story: where can I sign a counter petition?

Submission + - Yahoo's New Search Engine?

wdr1 writes: "Born as a result of Hack Day, Yahoo has launched into beta a revamped search engine, alpha. According to their blog, it looks like it was done by a group of Aussies and allows concurrent searches of any system supporting Open Search RSS."
The Courts

Submission + - SCO goes for Groklaw. Again...

beav007 writes: SCO has subpoenaed Pamela Jones of Groklaw again.

According to this article on TheRegister,

The attempted deposition will be seen by many as SCO's latest gambit to unmask Jones, who, it has claimed, to be in reality a group of IBM employees or an individual paid by IBM to portray SCO in an unfavorable light. Quoting press articles, SCO's action claims IBM "funneled" between $40,000 and $50,000 into Groklaw, which tracks the minutiae of SCO's cases against Novell and IBM. Also cited as proof of bias is the fact Groklaw is hosted for free on IBM servers at According to SCO, Jones has important information and has avoided its subpoenas by going on holiday.

Submission + - Will AAC become next industry standard?

stivi writes: " BusinessWeek writes: "Apple's recent deal with EMI to sell DRM-free songs from the publisher's catalog on iTunes may clinch the iPod's AAC format as the industry standard". The article talks about possible reasons why AAC might marginalize WMA. There are plenty of players that can play AAC already. What would happen if more labels would follow the step of providing DRM-free music, possibly with higher quality?"

Submission + - Vista: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Lee Alexander writes: "I guess Vista reviews are now a little belated, but I believe that just like a fine wine, it's worth waiting a little longer before opening the bottle, in this case writing the review. I've been using Vista since last November and thought I'd share my personal opinion of it with the blogosphere. I took the plunge early on with all the pain that inevitibly happens with new software."

The Best VHS Capture System Using Free Software? 85

mrcgran asks: "I have been trying to find the best solution to transfer VHS tapes to a digital format using Free Software only. I would like to lose as little as possible in the conversion, sampling optimally, minimizing noise and being in control of every step of the process. Storage is not a problem. I'm expecting to use around 5GB+ for each hour of raw captured footage." If you were going to build a VHS capture system using Free Software, how would you do it?

Submission + - Still Using Webalizer?

hamesh writes: "I can't believe how many folks and web hosts still use Webalizer. Good article with some recommended alternatives.

"...Webalizer is the default tool provided by most hosting providers (Any CPanel users out there? This means you!), not because it is particularly useful to their customers, but because it has several advantages for them over much better and more current tools. Namely, it's free, fast and light on your host's system resources. Meaning, they can include it with your hosting package and it scales nicely as they add more customers, all with no expensive licensing costs. What you probably aren't aware of is there hasn't been a new version and haven't been any updates to Webalizer since 2002." n/dont-tell-me-youre-still-using-webalizer"

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