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Operating Systems

Journal Journal: Review of Slackware 11.0

Slackware is one of the oldest Linux distributions alive today and focuses on stability over cutting edge features. You might not find many flashy GUI tools for Slackware, but don't let that fool you - this is one heck of a distro. Today I'm taking a look at this latest version of Slackware and explore the myth that Slackware isn't for newbies.

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User Journal

Journal Journal: Is Microsoft infringing upon Xerox, Apple and Unix IP?

Intellectual Property is a term widely abused in the software industry by firms such as Microsoft and SCO using it to scare people into not using certain products in favor of their own. This disparaging tactic has even been given a name: Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD). It seems that anyone nowadays can make bold, unsubstantiated claims of IP infringement without actually having any proof simply to hurt another products reputation and destroy healthy competition. In this article, we will explore what intellectual property is and why every computer user should care when unreputable companies abuse legal systems in order to gain an unfair business advantage.

Read the whole article here.
Operating Systems

Journal Journal: Open Addict's Arch Linux 0.7.2 (Gimmick) Review

Arch Linux is an i686-optimized distribution that has been compared to Slackware for its stability (and it's use of BSD-style init scripts) and has also been compared to Gentoo in terms of speed. Arch Linux was created by Judd Vinet and is actually a Linux From Scratch (LFS) project. Arch uses pacman as its installation/upgrade tool and is similar in function to Debian's apt-get.

Read the whole article here.
Operating Systems

Journal Journal: Open Addict's Review of Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft 1

Most Linux users have heard of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution and many know how stable the OS is on desktop computers. But for the growing Linux laptop user segment, how well does the latest version of Ubuntu recognize specialized laptop hardware and perform on their portable device? Today I'm taking a look at Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft on Open Addict's DELL XPS M170 test laptop.

Read the whole article here.
Operating Systems

Journal Journal: Has Microsoft conceded the desktop OS market to Linux?

Microsoft has long dominated the home desktop Operating System market while Unix and Unix-like systems have dominated the server and datacenter world. Have Microsoft's continuous product delays, removal of highly touted new features, addition of more intrusive DRM and the introduction of a highly restrictive EULA sealed Microsoft's fate?

Read our article here.

Journal Journal: Image manipulation from the command line

Convert is a command line tool used for manipulating graphics files. There are many handy uses for this tool and today I'm going to show you how to use it for some basic image manipulation tasks.

You may be asking yourself, "Why should I use convert instead of the Gimp or another GUI-based graphics program?" There are many reasons why you might prefer to use a non-GUI tool. For example, you can easily use convert in a shell script to resize graphics files for a website. Or you could write a shell script to batch convert every BMP in your home directory to PNG's or make thumbnails out of large images. Plus I like to use convert when I have a small or repetative job that I don't really need a full-blown GUI app like the Gimp.

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Operating Systems

Journal Journal: Ultra Userfriendly Linux Shootout - Xandros vs Linspire

Today I'm taking a look at two ultra-userfriendly Linux distributions: Xandros Home Edition Premium and Linspire Five-O. I'm comparing these two against each other for their technical merits, ease of installation, look/feel, available software and ease of use. Are these two commercial Linux distros easy enough for your Grandmother? Read on to find out.
PC Games (Games)

Journal Journal: Open Game Standards Petition

We are Linux, BSD and MacOS users who love to game but constantly feel excluded when new releases come out only for the Windows platform. There are many of us who would gladly pay for your games if you would only release a game binary that we can use without Windows emulation products.

Sign the petition here.

Journal Journal: Open Addict interview with pfSense co-founder Scott Ullrich 1

pfSense is a open source firewall derived from the m0n0wall operating system platform with radically different goals such as using OpenBSD's ported Packet Filter, FreeBSD 6.1 ALTQ (HFSC) for excellent packet queueing and finally an integrated package management system for extending the environment with new features.

pfSense co-founder Scott Ullrich took a few moments out of his busy development schedule to talk to Open Addict about the project.

Read the interview here.
User Journal

Journal Journal: Ten reasons Linux and BSD are vastly superior to Windows

I know that some Microsoft fanboys are probably hitting the Send button on their flames as they read the title, but you can't ignore the truth. Linux and BSD are vastly superior to Windows in every way. Don't believe me? Read on, my friend. Read on and realize the folly of your MS ways.

Article here
Operating Systems

Journal Journal: How to prepare a new storage device for Linux

So you've got a shiny new hard drive that you want to add to your Linux system but not quite sure what to do once you open the case and plug the drive in. Or you're brand new to Linux and you need to know how to partition and format your drive for a new install. This guide will help you accomplish that so that you can use all of that new space.

But don't fret, oh external drive users and flash memory device owners. This guide also applies to all external and internal storage devices. If you can store files on it, we'll format it.

Read the whole article here.
Operating Systems

Journal Journal: Slackware 11.0 RC2

Here's what Slackware 11.0 is looking like so far:
Kernel - 2.4.33 will be the default kernel with in /extra and in /testing (??)
KDE - 3.5.4 - 6.9
Apache - 1.3.35
PHP - 4.4.2 default with 5.1.5 in /testing
Firefox -
GCC - 3.4.6

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