We're all familiar with the "big two" desktops for Linux — KDE and GNOME. Of course, there are many more to choose from. SymphonyOS is a departure from the normal desktop interface.Read more »
In 1985, Richard Stallman released "The GNU Manifesto," in which he proclaimed a golden rule: One must share computer programs. Software vendors required him to agree to license agreements that forbade sharing programs with others, but he refused to "break solidarity" with other computer users whom he assumed also wanted to use free software.Read more »
This site is dedicated to collecting and cataloging lesson plans for classroom teachers interested in moving beyond mere document production and really tapping in to the promise of technology integration and education.Read more »
Microsoft's Internet Information Services (IIS) Web servers are more than twice as likely to deliver malware to unsuspecting users than the open source Apache Web server, according to a recent security survey performed by Internet search giant Google. That's quite an allegation, coming as it does from one of Microsoft's chief competitors.
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IBM researchers on Friday released free software to help public health officials prevent pandemics of diseases such as bird flu or dengue fever.
IBM's Spatiotemporal Epidemiological Modeler (STEM) is a tool for public health scientists worldwide to forecast how diseases will spread in the same way meteorologists predict the paths of storms, according to researchers.Read more »
One of the lesser known features of KDE is the selection of Development applications that come bundled with it. With these tools you can create quite a few different things ranging from programs to webpages to simple scripts that can be used for a variety of purposes either professionally or personally.Read more »
While ATI/AMD claim that they provide enough support for developing open source ATI Radeon drivers, developers of open source drivers tell a much different story. Very few of them have specifications, and those are stripped down and a lot of needed information is missing from them so they have to use time-consuming error-prone reverse engineering.Read more »
I’ve been looking for a good GNU/Linux thin-client for my employer, a school district in the US. We have scores of aging desktops (primarily Intel PII 350 MHz and PIII 800 MHz systems) and looking more into the mobile arena for most computing needs.Read more »
In part one, I looked at the Beagle search tool on the command line and the graphical user interface and in part two I want to look at alternative front-ends for it: Yabi, Catfish, and PeagleRead more »
Apple's Apple-TV (A-TV) is based on a more-or-less standard Intel PC architecture, according to an in-depth "under-the-hood" analysis. Additionally, a community project has already reported success in getting a Linux kernel and various device drivers to operate on the platform.Read more »
Performance optimization in Linux doesn't always mean what we might think. It's not just a matter of outright speed; sometimes it's about tuning the system so that it fits into a small memory footprint. You'd be hard-pressed to find a programmer that does not want to make programs run faster, regardless of the platform. Linux programmers are no exception.Read more »
OpenWRT is one of the key drivers behind the Wi-Fi revolution. It got its start as an embedded Linux platform for wireless routers, perhaps inspired by (while separate from) the GPL'd Linksys code, and since 2004 it has been managed as an open source project. OpenWRT has proven to be highly versatile and has spawned a number of forks.Read more »
The Linux kernel is the core of a large and complex operating system, and while it's huge, it is well organized in terms of subsystems and layers. In this article, you explore the general structure of the Linux kernel and get to know its major subsystems and core interfaces. Where possible, you get links to other IBM articles to help you dig deeper.Read more »
As popular as they have been in the past, I still have some mixed feelings when it comes to the PR health of really low cost Linux PCs. On one hand, they are fantastic as they allow people access to modern computing that may have otherwise been prevented from switching from an older system or finding access to one, for that matter.Read more »