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BRANSON, Mo., March 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Black Oak Grill, an American Tavern concept offering comfort cuisine, opened Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in Branson, Missouri at 601 Branson Landing. Located in the city's premier shopping destination, Branson Landing, Black Oak Grill will serve familiar American dishes with a chef-inspired twist. These memorable dishes and drinks will utilize only the freshest ingredients.  The black oak tree took root in American, creating a common and distinctive backdrop to the land. Branson's Black Oak Grill finds its roots in America's neighborhood cafes and corner taverns. While sipping handcrafted infused Front Porch Sipper, a favorite wine or a premium ice cold beer, guests can enjoy Light Plates offerings including Stone Country Fried Goat Cheese, Idaho Trout Deviled Eggs or Smoked Pork Sliders. Entree-sized salads range from Crisp... (more)

Sun, Shopping, Ski Holiday - a Perfect Lady's Ski Trip!

COLOGNE, Germany, March 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Skiing, an afternoon on the sun terrace, a relaxed shopping tour and the kids are taken care of -  SnowTrex  presents ski areas which cater specially to women's needs. For sun-seekers  Enjoying the sun and getting a spring tan is best done in the French resort Orcières Merlette, in the Italian resort Carezza or in Carinthia (Austria) on the southern side of the Alps. For shopping queens  A shopping tour on ski holiday? In such resorts as Schladming (AT), Les 2 Alpes (FR) or Livigno (IT) spring shoppers can go on a bargain hunt for high fashion. For family managers  Skiing with children can be well managed thanks to great child-care offers - for instance in the French resort Val Cenis, or in Austrian Obsteig. For culinary experts  Even on holiday, ladies will want to watch their diet. The culinary offer ranges from ... (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 (www.transgaming.com) announced their latest WineX release (now renamed Cedega), I thought it might be fun to see how their product is shapin... (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)

Migrating the Desktop from NT to Linux

At the end of 2004, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows NT. At that point, anyone using Windows NT will have several choices: follow Microsoft's upgrade path to Windows 2003, continue to use Windows NT without Microsoft support, or switch to Linux. Switching to Linux is the cheapest, safest alternative, according to such companies as Tramp Trampolines and Polyscientific Enterprise Sdn. Bhd, a distributor of chemical and industrial products. Both of these companies made successful migrations from Windows NT to Linux and are happily using Linux as a desktop today, bringing them cost savings and greater stability. This article examines the Windows-to-Linux path for organizations using Windows NT as a desktop. We'll look at the first step, taking stock of the current situation, and then look at the choices that have to be made based on that. Then we'll look at the mi... (more)

Sailing the Wine Dark Sea With Macromedia Fireworks MX

Sailing, sailing over the bounding sea... Or in our case, inside a wine glass. We've all seen the ship-in-a-bottle knick-knack. Well, I'm here to show you how to set a sailboat afloat in a wine glass, using Fireworks MX or MX 2004, vector AND bitmap masks. Heave ho, matey, and don't forget to buckle your swash! Combining images is part of the fun with programs like Fireworks. Making those images look like they belong together - to fool the eye, as they say - is challenging and rewarding. Take this unlikely pair of images, for example: a studio beauty shot of a wine bottle with a glass and a sailboat. Wouldn't it be neat to make the sailboat seem as if it were floating inside the wine glass? If you answered "yes," continue on. If you answered "no," re-read the previous paragraph and answer, "yes," this time. Now that we're all in agreement, let's set sail - errr - g... (more)

Linux on the Desktop: Bringing Linux into the Corporate Environment

Linux is coming to a desktop near you. The question being asked has gone from "Can it happen?" to "When and how do we get there?" This article is a high-level overview of some of the technical issues revolving around your corporate Linux desktop. Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt: The Current FUDBefore any corporate-sponsored Linux-based project gets under way, the current crop of FUD should probably be addressed. It might save some time later, and the mere fact that it comes up is a testament to the success of those who are spreading it. There is so much of it that there's no way this article can be remotely comprehensive on the topic. You'll need to evaluate what has come your way: ask the principals what they have heard and address it so that everyone understands that this is not another backroom project. For the purposes of this article we'll largely assume that we'r... (more)

Graphics Still the Hot Topic in Open Source .NET

Graphics and GUI (System.Drawing, System.Windows.Forms [SWF]) continue to be a couple of the most worked-on areas in both Mono and Portable.NET. Other areas under heavy development include cryptography, Web services, coverage and build tools for Mono, dependency charts for Portable.NET, and lots of bug fixes for both. Mono and Portable.NET Do GUI Differently In a project the size of .NET, choices often need to be made between options of nearly equal technical merit. Having more than one project (Portable.NET and Mono) can allow more than one choice to be made. The GUI code (SystemWindows.Forms and System.Drawing) is one area where the advantages of having multiple choices are apparent. The main Mono implementation of SWF uses Wine/Winelib, but there is also a side project using Gtk# (C# bindings for GTK) as the base for SWF (using Gtk# for SWF is separate from Gtk# ... (more)

How to install Neverwinter Nights on Linux

(LinuxWorld) — As soon as I saw the news that BioWare released a beta of a Linux client for its popular and successful Neverwinter Nights title, I downloaded the beta (registration required) and went shopping for the prerequisite retail Windows version of the game. Before I proceed, let me offer this brief warning: Neverwinter Nights is the mother of all timesinks. Do not follow my path unless you have nothing important you want to get done for the next week or so. I tried to install the beta the same afternoon I got home from Wal-Mart with my retail version of Neverwinter Nights (NWN). That's when I ran into a snag. According to the BioWare Web site, I needed more than just a retail copy of the game. I needed an installed Windows version of the game. That put a crimp in my plan, because I don't have any Windows machines on which to install it. I tried unsuccessfull... (more)

Fedora Software

Excerpted in part from Red Hat Fedora and Enterprise Linux 4 Bible by Christopher Negus (Wiley Publishing, 2005) In its Fedora Core Linux system, the Red Hat-sponsored Fedora Project aims to only include software that is Open Source and free of reasonable patent claims. As a result, at random intervals, an article or mailing list post will exclaim how Fedora sucks because it doesn't have xyz media player, certain file system support, or other favorite that's in some other Linux. Despite the fact that Red Hat sometimes seems bent on making money, proponents of the free and Open Source software movement can feel relatively safe that no one will hide code or sue them for using Fedora Core. But if not having a piece of software that's in some other Linux (or Windows) system is keeping you from switching to Fedora, then there may be a simple answer. You might just need t... (more)

Catching up with WINE

(LinuxWorld) — With all the chatter accompanying two WINE-related announcements over the past week or so, I thought it might be a good time to take a long look at the WINE project to see what all the fuss has been about. TransGaming's announcement of the availability of WineX 3.0 got a lot of pixel dust, but that wasn't the only recent news about WINE. The cold, dead hand of the Microsoft monopoly also reached out to touch the project when Whil Hentzen, a leading proponent of Visual FoxPro (VFP) development on Linux, was contacted by a Microsoft manager and told it was a violation of the VFP EULA to run it on Linux. Reminiscing over WINE The WINE project has a long and stable history. Bob Amstadt was the original project coordinator. According to Amstadt's posts in comp.os.linux and comp.os.linux.misc newsgroups in the summer of 1993, the project began life in Jun... (more)