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(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)

In Defence of Joel Spolsky

Joel Spolsky doesn't need my help in defending himself. But since he's my favorite blogger and a person I highly respect, I fill obligated to speak up. Mr. Curt Monash has written an article implying that Joel overestimates his importance while not achieving that much since he was able to grow his company to "only" 25 people. This article is written based on the wrong assumption that the number of employees is an indicator of success of the founders of the company. Joel's company has about twenty five employees, which is the border number when the company remains agile, manageable and doesn't require an overhead in the form of mid-tier management. Besides, every founder of a company has his/her goals and priorities that may include (surprise, surprise!) having some spare time for  personal life too. I have no doubts, if Joel will ever decide to open a consulting arm at... (more)

Enterprise Cloud Computing: Sydney – February 13 – 14, 2014

Enterprise Cloud Computing: Sydney – February 13 – 14, 2014 Thursday February 13, 2014-Friday February 14, 2014 C C & C Solutions L20 Zenith Tower A 821 Pacific Highway Chatswood NSW 2067 Australia Price: A$1,045.00 (including $250 early discount) [converted to 958.76 USD] Offered in partnership with C C & C Solutions We offer additional discounts for groups of three or more people, government or non-profit employees, people who’ve taken a ZapThink class before, or individuals who are paying out of their own pocket. Please email us at [email protected] for a discount code you can use when registering. ZapThink Enterprise Enterprise Cloud Computing Course: The Leading Vendor Independent, Architecture-Focused Cloud Training The Enterprise Cloud Computing course an intensive, two day “fire hose” of information that prepares you to leverage the Cloud to achieve real business... (more)

Oracle 9i on Linux vs Windows 2000 Server

Linux author Don Burleson edits a popular Oracle database journal, so when he writes that 32-bit limitation of Intel-based servers being 'about to change,' it commands the interest of the entire Linux community. 'The impending availability of Intel 64-bit architecture has caused widespread excitement,' Burleson writes, 'and Intel-based servers will soon be able to compete with giant proprietary UNIX servers.' The main breakthrough, Burleson explains, is this: 'Oracle professionals now have a choice: They can use the Intel-based server on Oracle with Linux or Microsoft Windows.' There is a huge debate about which OS is best, he adds, noting that Linux advocates are rushing to make Linux accessible to preexisting Windows applications. (One example he gives is the WINE emulator -- that’s Wine as in Wine Is Not an Emulator).. WINE threatens Microsoft because you can run ... (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)

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)

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)

Wine 0.9 Ready To Be Tasted - Open-Source Initiative Ready for Commercial Testing

The Wine Project, the community of free software developers dedicated to opening Linux and other POSIX compatible operating systems to Windows applications, today announced the completion of the core architecture for Wine, an open-source project that allows Windows applications to run natively on Linux. Now available as Wine version 0.9, the tools and libraries are functionally complete and ready for commercial testing and optimization. As one of the most anticipated initiatives in the open source movement, Wine has been long considered a key to establishing Linux as a practical desktop operating system for both personal and large-scale enterprise use. With Wine, computer users do not need to buy a Windows license to run Windows applications. The utility allows many popular Windows productivity and game applications, from Internet Explorer and Microsoft Money to World... (more)

Smart Browser, Where Art Thou?

In 1998, I got my hands on Mitchell Waldrop's book called 'Complexity'. Ever since, I've been on an amazing journey discovering one of the most profound developments in modern science. Complexity, or more formally, the study of complex systems, is about unifying themes that run through all modern scientific disciplines including physics, biology, economics, ecology, linguistics, and sociology. John Holland, one of the fathers of complexity science, coined the term Complex Adaptive Systems to characterize ant colonies, societies, cells and ecosystems. He pointed out that the agents in these systems are adapting to the surrounding environment by building models and by learning. And as Jeff Hawkins summarized in his book 'On Intelligence', the human evolution has been about the progressive invention of various forms of memory. Genes, brains, language and books are all ... (more)

10 Rules of Open Source Marketing

I was lucky enough to be Documentum's first employee in Europe in 1993. While there, I worked closely with Geoffrey Moore and got "religion" about understanding not just the so-called "chasm" but the whole marketing model and its implications for strategy, marketing, product, and operational behaviour. I started working with John Newton in the late '80s and we recently discussed marketing models and their relevance to Open Source as well as Geoffrey Moore's new thinking in Darwin and the Demon. This conversation was the root of my thoughts on rules for Open Source marketing - new model, new rules (and some old ones). Many people are familiar with Moore's Technology Adoption LifeCycle (TALC) where everyone dreams of hitting the "Tornado." Early Market - Discontinuous innovation. Attractive to technology enthusiasts and visionaries Chasm - A pause in market interest w... (more)

Terms You Should Know About Chartering a Yacht in Bodrum

Western Mediterranean Terms. (WMT) The charter fee includes the use of the yacht and equipment, the crew's wages and insurance.  The charterer will be charged at cost for all other expenses including fuel, food and beverages for the charter party, berthing charges and port taxes, charges for water and electricity taken from shore, laundry, telephone and SatCom costs.  A number of large yachts use WMT while operating in the Adriatic, Aegean and Caribbean. Eastern Mediterranean Terms. (EMT) The charter fee includes the use of the yacht and equipment, crew's wages and food, insurance, breakfast and lunch and fuel for a specified number of hours cruising per day, averaged throughout the charter. Usually, berthing dues and harbor charges also are included.  The charterer will be charged for fuel for the tenders, dinner on board, beverages, laundry and telephone Standard Cari... (more)