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Does an Open Java Really Matter?

slackaddict Thanks to Java for NeoOffice (766 comments)

If it weren't for Java I wouldn't have NeoOffice for my Mac. ;-)

more than 6 years ago

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U.S. Intel: Iran Planning Crippling EMP Attack

slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 6 years ago

slackaddict writes "Dr. William Graham, former White House Science Adviser under President Reagan, recently testified before Congress that Iran has been testing ship-launched missle technology designed for an air burst EMP payload (and our lack of capability to defend against it).

FTA, "America would be reduced to a core of around 30 million people — about the number that existed in the decades after America's independence from Great Britain. The modern electronic economy would shut down, and America would most likely revert to `an earlier economy based on barter,` the EMP commission's report on Critical National Infrastructure concluded earlier this year. In his recent congressional testimony, Graham revealed that Iranian military journals, translated by the CIA at his commission's request, `explicitly discuss a nuclear EMP attack that would gravely harm the United States.`"

You can read the whole article here: http://www.newsmax.com/timmerman/iran_nuclear_plan/2008/07/29/117217.html"

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Climate Sensitivity Reconsidered

slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 6 years ago

slackaddict writes "In the latest issue of the American Physics Society, Forum on Physics and Society, there's an interesting article on the science behind global warming and the probability that certain calculations are incorrect. The author, Christopher Monckton, writes, "we must get the science right, or we shall get the policy wrong. If the concluding equation in this analysis (Eqn. 30) is correct, the IPCC's estimates of climate sensitivity must have been very much exaggerated. There may, therefore, be a good reason why, contrary to the projections of the models on which the IPCC relies, temperatures have not risen for a decade and have been falling since the phase-transition in global temperature trends that occurred in late 2001. Perhaps real-world climate sensitivity is very much below the IPCC's estimates. Perhaps, therefore, there is no "climate crisis" at all. At present, then, in policy terms there is no case for doing anything""
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First Look: Review of Ubunbu 7.10

slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 6 years ago

slackaddict writes "I double dare anyone who thinks Linux is not ready for the desktop of average Joe to use Ubuntu 7.10 for 30 days. By far, Ubuntu is the nicest, most polished, easiest to use Linux distribution I've ever had the opportunity to work with. Everything just works. Everything is polished and beautiful. Software is painfully simple to install. Hardware is a breeze to install. What's not to love about Ubuntu? This latest release is more of the same Ubuntu goodness. Can you tell I love this distro?

http://www.openaddict.com/node/28"

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slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago

slackaddict writes "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.

Read the whole article here"
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slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago

slackaddict writes "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."
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slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago

slackaddict writes "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."
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slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago

slackaddict writes "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."
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slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago

slackaddict writes "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."
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slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago

slackaddict writes "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.

Read the whole article here."
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slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago

slackaddict writes "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."
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slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago

slackaddict writes "If you are using Suse, please remove it and use a Free version of Linux like Debian or Slackware. I'm calling for a boycott of all software, services and products Novell. Don't purchase, license or download any Novell Linux or software products as long as Novell is in violation of the GPL.

R.I.P. Suse

http://www.openaddict.com/news.php?item.227.3"
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slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago

slackaddict writes "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."
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slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago

slackaddict writes "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."
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slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago

slackaddict writes "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.

http://www.openaddict.com/page.php?18"
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slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago

slackaddict writes "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."

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Review of Slackware 11.0

slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago 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.

Read the whole article here

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Is Microsoft infringing upon Xerox, Apple and Unix IP?

slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago 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.

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Open Addict's Arch Linux 0.7.2 (Gimmick) Review

slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago 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.

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Open Addict's Review of Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft

slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago 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.

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Has Microsoft conceded the desktop OS market to Linux?

slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago 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.

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Image manipulation from the command line

slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago 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.

Read the whole article here.

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Ultra Userfriendly Linux Shootout - Xandros vs Linspire

slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago 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.

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Open Addict calls for Novell Boycott

slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago If you are using Suse, please remove it and use a Free version of Linux like Debian or Slackware. I'm calling for a boycott of all software, services and products Novell. Don't purchase, license or download any Novell Linux or software products as long as Novell is in violation of the GPL.

R.I.P. Suse

http://www.openaddict.com/news.php?item.227.3

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Open Game Standards Petition

slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago 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.

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Open Addict interview with pfSense co-founder Scott Ullrich

slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago 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.

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slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago 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

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slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 7 years ago 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.

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slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Here's what Slackware 11.0 is looking like so far:
Kernel - 2.4.33 will be the default kernel with 2.6.16.27 in /extra and 2.6.17.9 in /testing (??)
KDE - 3.5.4
X.org - 6.9
Apache - 1.3.35
PHP - 4.4.2 default with 5.1.5 in /testing
Firefox - 1.5.0.6
GCC - 3.4.6

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slackaddict slackaddict writes  |  more than 8 years ago For Slashdot members only and for a limited time, Heavy Systems is giving away free, lifetime personal 1GB web hosting accounts.

To get your free account, go to http://www.heavysystems.com and complete the new account sign-up application. In the comments field, put "free slashdot account" and submit the application. It doesn't matter which account type radio button you select. After you submit the form, don't complete the payment sign up. Your application was already submitted and will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Your custom domain name is supported and you can point your existing domain name to your free personal account.

This is a promtion to attract good word-of-mouth for the Linux-based hosting company, Heavy Systems.

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