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We had quite exhausted our energies at Pompeii and we left Pompeii around 2 PM and proceeded with our next stop at Sorrento. It was probably Greeks who founded Sorrento and later ruled by Etruscans (~90 BC), Romans came later. Sorrento derived its name from the Sirens who in Greek mythology said to inhabit these waters and sing songs that the sailors would not resist. Of course, they ended up by becoming a meal. The city is famous for its citrus products chief of which is Limoncello. We could not see the famed seaside scenes except for what we could see in the gaps between the buildings. The city is much larger than what we could see but was enough to get a feeling. We arrived at one of the town centers near Piazza Tasso. There is a statue of St. Antonino Abate, a monk who arrived from Monte Cassino and said to have performed miracles. There is another totem pole-like scu... (more)

SuSE's Windows Rival Due

SuSE is supposed to announce the availability of its promised $129 Linux Office Desktop on Monday, January 20. The stuff, whose arrival was heralded back in November and positioned as a Windows rival, is bundled with CodeWeavers WINE-based CrossOver 1.3.1 code so it can run Office 98 and 2000 and a few other Windows programs like Notes albeit imperfectly by CodeWeavers' own admission (CSN No 474). It's for the SME-retail market. ... (more)

Psst! Wanna Run All Windows Apps on Linux?

Suppose the 400 million people that Microsoft says still boot up Window 9x every day could run their Windows programs on Linux and take advantage of its vaunted stability, reliability, efficiency, security and manageability advantages over Windows. Understand that we mean all of their programs, shrinkwrapped and custom, Visual Basic and C++, not just a few of the high profile, broadly used ones like Microsoft Office. And really run them on Linux, not emulated like the nine-year-old WINE Project and its commercializer, CodeWeavers, try to do, putting themselves forever behind the Microsoft eight ball, or virtualized like VMware used to before it got off on its current server kick and pretty much forsook the desktop. Of course, considering the advent of web services and the decreasing cost of server infrastructure, folks might prefer to jettison the fat client approa... (more)

NetOp Remote Access from CrossTecCorp

Have you ever received offers by mail, e-mail, or phone to the point you just wanted to scream? I have. It got to the point where no matter what I received I would set it aside for later. (Later being the next day or the next Millennium). I appreciated receiving all the CDs and products for use, demo and evaluation, however, at became overwhelming. Due to this I almost missed one of the most fantastic products I have ever used; CrossTecCorp's "NetOp Remote Access". My first encounter with NetOp was one of "Okay, when I get around to it I'll load another program that promises this, states that and usually falls short of their published and stated hype." The CD was pre-dated for a certain install time, and expired while in my: "get to it" pile. I received an e-mail from CrossTecCorp asking me if I had tried their product. I told them I had gotten too involve... (more)

Migrating to Linux not easy for Windows users

(LinuxWorld) — Windows 95 works well enough for my needs, but I'm eight years behind the technology curve. While I realize there are still many who rely on Apple IIs and Tandy 100s for their daily computing chores, it's time for me to start planning a migration route. I was mulling the possibilities when the OfficeSuperGeek (tOSG) talked me into a CPU upgrade, gave me a suitable motherboard from his bonepile, dumped some Linux distributions on my desk and said, "Here... try these." What follows is an 18-month tour of recent and now not-so-recent Linux distributions. Before we proceed, let me set your expectations about this overview. It isn't scientific. It's based on my impressions as a technical writer, Linux neophyte and curmudgeon. It's an appropriate and fair look from my humble newbie perspective. If you are a hairy-chested Linux administrator or programmer, ... (more)

Xandros 1.0: Easy on the eyes, easy to install

(LinuxWorld) — A couple of weeks ago, I took a second look at Knoppix and how it could be used to do a quick Debian install. Warts and all, the Knoppix install script provides a quick and dirty way for experienced Linux users to have Debian installed without suffering from what can be a psyche-bruising experience. It seems there are a number of distributions interested in doing the same thing. According to, 12 of the 105 distributions they are currently tracking are Debian-based. That dozen includes Knoppix, Lindows, Libranet and Xandros. This week we're going to look at Xandros, the successor to Corel Linux, which has recently released its 1.0 version. A brief history of Xandros Corel needed a cash infusion a couple of years ago. After receiving it in the form of a $150 million dollar investment by Microsoft, they announced they were getting o... (more)

First Look at New Long-Range Wi-Fi Technology

My first encounter with a microcomputer was thrilling. I didn't know about "disruptive technology" yet (it was 1979), but it certainly changed my life. I dreamed of carrying a computer around with me all the time. The same thing happened the first time I saw a Web browser. More recently, the day I finally got a Wi-Fi connection to work, I wandered around yelling, "Look at this!" Then I wandered too far and the Internet stopped. "Aw, look at that!" I cried. But I am now dreaming the dream. You know the one. High-speed Internet, all the time. But there are big-time challenges locating a hotspot, and finding the signal inside that hotspot. I've always thought there was something just a little wrong with the plan to bring Wi-Fi to the world though, and it's all about the size of the wireless network. The 300-foot range is just too small. When I hear 802.11 fans talk abo... (more)

Mainsoft, Novell Give Mono a Push

Novell and Mainsoft have committed programming resources to Mono; Mono has released version 0.29, adding Unicode support from IBM. Portable.NET has made progress on WinForms, including multidocument interface (MDI) applications using the XWindows library. Not Exactly True An Associated Press story claimed Novell has hired 40 programmers in India to work on Mono. The facts are that Novell has long had about 350 programmers working in India; they have transferred 40 of those to work full time on open source projects. Of those 40, between 5 and 10 are now working on Mono. The new Mono coders will work on all parts of the Mono project. Mono and DotGNU have always been international projects, and a number of corporations have committed to parts of Mono. Combining both, Mono is getting a boost from Mainsoft's commitment of a group of programmers in Israel to work on the M... (more)

Windows 2000 Source Code Leak "Is a Disaster for Open Source, Too"

In a commentary at, Chris Spencer underlines how important it is that the Open Source / Linux community does not seek to take advantage of the leaked Windows 2000 source code. "Analysts are already out with their flapping lips talking about how the source code could benefit Microsoft's 'rivals.' We in the Linux community know they are talking about us," Spencer writes.  "The analysts have it all wrong though," he continues. "They missed it completely. Open source projects can't and would NEVER intentionally take advantage of this leak. This leak is as much a disaster to open source as it is to Microsoft and its users." The key to this assertion lies in the very openness of open source, Spencer points out. "The open source community lives in a glass box. We always show our source code and we accept help from anyone around the world to make our projects ... (more)

Linux & Games: Installing TransGaming's Latest Release, Cedega 4.0

When the possibility of becoming the Gaming Industry editor for LinuxWorld Magazine came up, I jumped. I love games! Part of it's the championship procrastinator in me, I have to admit. Another part's that I was born a daydreamer and games are a fun way of at least having shared daydreams. I also just like to have fun. I tend to be an overly serious person, and so learning to kick back and just relax takes a lot of time and effort. That's my excuse anyway, and I'm sticking to it. Stepping aside from the issue of whether adding software that lets us run Windows games under Linux is ultimately healthy for Linux or not (a topic I addressed with my gaming roundtable back in the April issue of LinuxWorld Magazine), when TransGaming ( announced their latest WineX release (now renamed Cedega), I thought it might be fun to see how their product is shapin... (more)

Getting Down to Business with Linux

With the recent release of SuSE 9.2 Professional and Novell's Linux Desktop operating systems, the Linux desktop is ready to compete with Microsoft Windows for client-side computing in a business environment. I know this is something of a debate among many, but the opportunities for Linux to garner a respectable percentage of the desktop market is not unreasonable if done correctly and the cost savings of using Linux on the desktop could easily exceed the savings realized by replacing just the server components of your infrastructure. Linux desktop adoption will occur in waves. The first wave or opportunity will be in areas of specific-purpose computing. Those areas where the client primarily runs a specific application such as retail point-of-sale, government, scientific, manufacturing and applications in the medical field. For the most part, these client machines... (more)