July 22, 2014

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The Linux Support Call HOWNOTTO

LinuxPlanet Classics: "No," the technician explained, "Linux is probably causing this problem and it needs to come off the machine." Michael Hall's classic battle with Dell tech support was first published in July 2001. Has anything really changed?

Linux Doesn't Do Graphics

LinuxPlanet Classics: I ran across this funny and true rant about dimwitted tech support that thinks MS Windows is the whole world: "Linux is an older version of UNIX that crashes if you try to use it to look at graphics, or as a web server." This was published in September 2000-- has anything really changed?

Mono Moonlight � Shedding Light Without Generating Heat

The need for Mono's Moonlight project, which allows Microsoft's Silverlight to run on Linux, might be questioned by many Linux purists, but the fact remains that there will be websites developed using Silverlight. Paul Ferrill tries to cut through the controversy and examines the issues surrounding Moonlight.

The Road to Geekdom

Don't get into IT because you want an air-conditioned office. Get into it because it's your passion. Not sure it's your passion? There are a lot of free tools that'll help you explore.

Business Logic vs. Free Software Idealism

For some time now, business and free software have coexisted relatively peacefully. But in recent months this cooperation has shown signs of becoming strained.

GNU/Linux: Source Code and Human Rights

By using Free and Open Source software, you are supporting one of the few initiatives that give developing nations and the poor any hope of participating as equals in the modern world.

GNU/Linux: Too Much about Hate, Not Enough about Pride

Starting from nothing, the free software community has achieved the impossible, confounding all sorts of expectations. So why all the angst?

In Defense and Praise of Debian

Should Debian be more commercial, as Ubuntu is? A look inside one of the GNU/Linux movement�s leading distributions.

11 Predictions for Free Software in 2008

From KDE to the OOXML controversy to video drivers: a gaze into the crystal ball for free (as in free speech, not as in free beer) software.

Innovation in Free Software is No Fantasy

Those who have experienced free software projects firsthand know that they depend on innovation and genrally foster it. And although this isn't a highly innovative era for the computer industry as a whole, free software is an exception--and likely to become more of one as it continues to come into its own. In fact, the very idea of free software is one of the most innovative ideas in the history of computing.

Cruisin' with Linux

There's an enormous difference between your average PC consumer and the hardcore computer enthusiast. One of the key differences is how much time someone is willing to expend on a system.

The Best Open Source Business Models

Discovering the perfect formula for profiting from an open source project is not easy. There are countless variables that must be considered, many of which determine early on whether or not a project will be successful with the community using it.

Put The Power of Linux Into Your Business

So, Mr. Small- and Medium-Businessman, what's holding you up? Don't you need to run a Web site, be able to transfer files around your office, or automate some processes so they run 24/7? Wouldn't you like to put the worry of a virus wiping out your valuable data out of your mind? Have you ever thought about how nice it would be to buy one DVD and be able to load it on all the machines in your company?

It Takes a Project to Raze a Forest

One of the basic premises of evolution is that traits that are advantageous to the species are perpetuated and adverse ones winnowed. Extending the metaphor to software design project management, one would expect that modern "best practices" would be the ones that had resulted in the most benefit to companies. James Turner analyzes why this is not usually the case, and what can be done to correct the problem.

Visually Impaired User Weighs In on Assistive Technology Debate

One of the arguments in Massachusetts against OpenDocument centered on the needs of the visually impaired. In this guest column, a visually impaired PC user explains that not only is using an exclusively Windows solution a crash-prone option, it is also far more expensive than equivalent technologies in OS X and, eventually, Linux. Scott Seder makes the case for more open source development in the Assistive Technology arena.

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