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It seems as if there is always some new story somewhere about open source software and enterprise systems. With Linux and other open source technologies (such as Firefox) finding their way into more mainstream businesses, and Microsoft trying to fight back, you can bet we’ll keep you covered with some interesting items here as our writers dump out their brains for your reading pleasure.

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A Look at the VI Editor

Mamun Zaman 26579

VI is the widely used text editor in UNIX operating systems. I have had the chance to use the VI editor in the Solaris and Linux operating systems. In this article we are going to learn how to use the VI editor.


A Quick Tour of Boo

Peyton McCullough 56962

If you're looking for a portable .NET language and don't want to use a C-style syntax, you might want to take a look at Boo. Don't let the name spook you; if you're comfortable with Python, you'll feel right at home with Boo.


Book Review: Open Source Licensing

Terri Wells 16258

Lawyers and programmers have at least one thing in common: their day-to-day work puts them in contact with issues that seem obscure and esoteric to the general public. That makes the terms of open source licenses doubly difficult to understand, but Lawrence Rosen does an admirable job explaining them in his book.


PGP and GPG: Email for the Practical Paranoid

Quantum Skyline 26132

Cryptography is a difficult topic, but many people are interested in keeping their email communications private. Where can a "moderately skilled geek" find a good introduction that will teach them the practical skills? PGP & GPG: Email for the Practical Paranoid claims it can help. Quantum Skyline from our own Dev Hardware forums reviews the book.


Microsoft Continues War on Open Source

Terri Wells 17739

It’s no secret that Microsoft has been unhappy with the open source software movement for a long time. Ever since Eric Raymond posted the first Halloween document in 1988, it’s been clear that the software giant considers such software a threat to its monopoly. Microsoft’s latest salvo claims that open source software violates 235 of its patents.


Secure Remote Desktop Sharing with VNC on Linux

Barzan "Tony" Antal 110551

This article is the second half of a two-part series on secure remote desktop sharing with VNC. If you missed the first part, which appeared Monday on ASP Free, I'd suggest skimming through it, at least. The first part was an introduction to VNC connections and it focused on Windows. This one will get into the depths of configuration, optimization and explain ways to set up and benefit from VNCs on Linux platforms too.


A Look at Google Project Hosting

Terri Wells 52292

You know about SourceForge and other open source project repositories. Recently, Google took the surprising step of creating its own open source project hosting service. If you want to find out more about what this service can offer you, keep reading.


What we can Learn from Two Linux vs. Microsoft Studies

Terri Wells 51028

The question of which platform is better for running a business, Windows or Linux, has inspired debates that are nearly religious in their vehemence. Two studies came out this year that purport to settle the question, at least when it comes to issues of security and reliability. Do they really provide a final answer, or just more fuel for the fire?


Open Source and Proprientary Approaches To Bugs and Quality

Blue Moon 22841

Why does it take so much longer for bugs to get fixed in proprietary software than in open source software? It isn't just the number of "eyeballs" looking at the source code, or even the quality of those eyeballs; it's a matter of attitude. Keep reading to find out more.


Joomla is the New Mambo

Developer Shed 155179

What happens when a corporation tries to restructure (or even power grab) an open source project? Miro found out the hard way, when they tried to reorganize the development of Mambo. The case could prove to be a warning for all open source projects that have associated corporations.


After Skype Sells, Will eBay Suffer Buyer`s Remorse?

Developer Shed 33795

Many companies have thought seriously about acquiring Skype, but eBay and the VOIP provider have made public plans to close a deal by the end of next year. The proposed deal has everyone scratching their heads in confusion. In this internet littered with stupid business ideas, will this one stand out for its questionable foresight and nonexistent synergy?


Mozilla Goes Corporate

Developer Shed 26894

Mozilla Foundation, the open source non-profit in charge of Firefox, stirred a lot of controversy Wednesday when they announced that they would be forming a new for-profit company. What is the Mozilla Corporation for, and does this compromise any of Mozilla’s principles? Our favorite flaming bird isn't "selling out," is it?


Rescue Me!

Peter Lavin 45179

Ever been caught without that rescue disk, and thought that everything was lost, and that you have no choice but to reinstall the operating system? Well don’t do it just yet. In this article we’ll introduce you to tomsrtbt, a bootable diskette that will allow you to salvage and/or repair files regardless of your operating system. (This article originally appeared in the April 2004 issue of Plug-In).


Linux in Iraq: Still a Wounded Country

Norbert 'Gnorb' Ca... 29664

A few months ago, we wrote a story about the newly formed Iraqi Linux Users Group, ILUG (http://www.iraqilug.org). Their goals were as far reaching as their spirit and optimism were high. After months of war and strife within their country, how has this band of open source warriors fared? We caught up with two of the members, Bassam Hassan and Ashraf Hasson, to talk to them about the current state of affairs in the country, what they've experienced in the past year, and what they're looking to do and need in order to move on.


See You in Beijing

Ian Felton 29312

To American IT workers, "offshoring" has become synonymous with "unpatriotic" and "unemployment." But for people in China, India, Singapore, and other countries where the corporations are moving their operations, "outsourcing" and "offshoring" are good news. "If it's the case that you're still in a developing country, you are one lucky person and should just stay right where you are."

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