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Evolution: A New Outlook for Linux
For as much time as you probably spend in an email client, you should be using an app with the features that help you get your work done and plays well with other (possibly proprietary) applications. Evolution fits that bill.
Business Intelligence: Open Source Alternatives
Take a look at why business users are turning to open source business intelligence platforms as an alternative to costly proprietary applications.
If You Knew Cash Like GnuCash Knows Cash
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With GNUCash and a bit of discipline, you can quickly begin to manage your money and accounts for a variety of financial needs.
Manage Your Photos with Kflickr
When it comes to photographs, I generally have one word of advice for everyone, experienced or noob: Flickr.
Edit Photos with Picnik
No longer tethered to the desktop, image editing goes online.
Monitoring with Munin
Monitor and trend the machines in your network the quick and easy way.
Sweeten Your Vim with Cream
Frustrated by Vim? Confused about why some swear by it but you can't figure out how make simple edits? Cream can take the edge off Vim's learning curve.
Product Picks: Tasque, Wine 1.0, Epiphany, Komodo
Get stuff done, run Win apps, and write more code with this edition of Product Picks.
Cool APT Repositories for Ubuntu and Debian
One of the great things about Debian and Ubuntu is that you have a ton of great open source software at your fingertips via the package repositories for those distros. However, if you want to run popular packages like VMware Server or Opera, it gets a little tricker. Scott Granneman explains the ins and outs of extra repositories.
How Consolidation Affects Open Source
So, now that the dust is starting to settle from the news that Sun is buying MySQL for a staggering $1 billion pricetag, let's take a look at the larger picture-- how is consolidation going to affect the open source ecosystem? MySQL was the first project in 2008 to be absorbed this way, but it certainly won't be the last.
Organize, Enjoy, and Share Your Photos with F-Spot
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Jeremy Garcia provides a short introduction to F-Spot, a handy personal photo management application written in Mono.
The Other Desktop: Running Xfce
One of Linux's greatest strengths is that it's easily customized. Although most distributions ship with a variety of standard tools for specific purposes (such as sendmail as a mail server or Vixie Cron to handle repeated jobs), alternative tools are readily available. You can rip out just about any component, either removing it entirely or replacing it with something else. Linux lets you remove or replace more components than most operating systems, allowing the savvy administrator to customize a Linux installation for specific purposes.
Is 2008 the Year of the Linux Desktop?
No doubt you've heard the prediction before — "this is going to be the year of the Linux desktop." At the risk of being repetitive, though, I'm going to go ahead and say it: 2008 really could be the year of the Linux desktop.
Peace, Love, and Linux
It's about free code, man. Free, as in speech. Can you dig it?
Gutsy for Grandpa, Part One
Does this situation sound at all familiar? You're a computer hobbyist, power user, or maybe even an IT professional. You have family members that are well aware of your "superior" computer knowledge. So, naturally, when they have computer questions or issues to be resolved, you're the first to get the call.
The Evolution of Data Replication
The Evolution of Data Replication - Data replication has expanded out of the realm of business continuance and has begun to address a much broader set of business issues. In turn, these business issues have placed pressure back on the data replication technologies to become richer and to do more. This paper will attempt to identify the key characteristics of today’s replication methodologies so that you, the reader, will be better equipped to choose an approach that is right for you.
Grokking the Goatberg
As a Linux and Open Source user and advocate, it's often easy to take defensive potshots at those who are critical of our favorite OS. It's a position that I have become intimately familiar with over the last decade or so, because before I was a Linux and Open Source advocate, I was an IBM OS/2 advocate.
What Vista Gets Right
It took five years, 10,000 employees, and (allegedly) billions of dollars. It contains some 50 million lines of code. Yes, it's Windows Vista, and it's finally here. And guess what? In some ways, Vista has Linux beat.
Linux Inside Novell
Novell has been involved with Linux for just a short time — it made its major acquisitions in the area only a few years ago — but the company seems to be trying to make up for lost time. Its deal with Microsoft is controversial, but the company’s new CEO says that customers stand to benefit greatly. Here’s an inside look at how Novell sells Linux.
Beautiful Beryl
With common graphics hardware and some bleeding-edge software, Linux can exceed both Mac OS X and Vista with its gee-whiz desktop special effects. Here’s how to impress your friends, wow your neighbors, and influence the public with Beryl.