It looks like Fedora will use Moblin for netbooks and portable computers. Moblin is an open source platform optimized for for netbooks, mobile devices, and in-vehicle infotainment devices. It’s similar to Ubuntu’s Netbook Remix. Moblin running in Fedora will most likely be called “Fedora Mini,” which will be part of the upcoming Fedora 12 release.
I’m actually giving Microsoft some love it deserves. I bash Microsoft OS sometimes. There is no denying it. But in this post, I am actually defending Microsoft. Gasp! Sort of. After all, piracy is scourge for all software and media companies. Even with a well-guarded release of a movie or a software, it takes just a matter of hours before an illegal copy turns up somewhere in some forum, IRC or file sharing site. Que Pasa said, it’s not worth the risk installing pirated software. And I agree. He argues in his article the following points:
- It’s Illegal – who is going to find out you may ask? Well I for one wouldn’t want to find out.
- It’s a security risk – In this day and age, the security risks are many. Specially if you manage your finances on your computer.
- Pirated software is not safe – many of their sources can’t be trusted and often lead to infections with worms and viruses that look to compromise more than your HW.
- Lack of support – the internet is a good source of info, but while searching for solutions, you risk getting or soliciting help from scam artists.
Installing a pirated Microsoft OS, to me, is not an option. First, you’ll have problems getting security updates from Microsoft. It will only compromise your computer even further because the lack the security updates. If you really can’t afford to buy a Microsoft OS, then perhaps, it’s time to turn to something different, something free, something better than you have ever anticipated.
There are many reasons why people switched over to Linux. The main draws are obviously the price. Another is security. For me, part of the reason I switched over to Linux is, I couldn’t get myself to buy an operating system that I already owned. I own a valid Microsoft XP Home Edition license. My problem was, I couldn’t find a CD set to install the operating system. My laptop didn’t come with a Rescue CD.
I tried installing Windows XP Professional Edition with a Home Edition product key. It doesn’t work. I asked ask friends if they have a Home Edition CD set. No one has it. And I’m not about to go out andÂ buy something that I already owned. So, I turned to Linux because it was free.
If cost was the reason you’re installing a pirated Windows OS, then you should really consider installing Linux. It’s not only free, but superior in many respects. And you never have to worry about viruses and security. In addition, you also have many distribution choices, something you will not have with Microsoft. There at least 20 or so major Linux distributions.
Download several and find one that suits you.
If you own a website, there are times you need to bring your site down for maintenance or repair. Instead of the ugly 404 page not found, a nicely crafted maintenance page is ideal for your users to see. Enter .htaccess, a powerful Apache configuration file capable of many powerful functions. It can perform authorization or authentication, redirects, custom error messages, and cache control. This article explains how to create a custom error message. TheÂ .htaccess file contains code to redirect your users to your maintenance page. In short, it uses .htaccess rewrite rule and even restricts viewing to a certain IP addresses. In this case it allows the admin to see the website as he would normally, while the rest will get a visually appealing maintenance page.
Here’s an interesting article about a user having problems booting into Windows. The laptop was getting the dreaded blue screen of death. The technician tried booting from ‘safe mode ‘and from ‘last known good’, but still, it will not repair.Â The technician tried booting from a Windows installation DVD, Vista and even Windows 7. Still can’t boot. Then, Ubuntu 8.04 came in to the rescue. The system booted just fine in Linux. The technician was able to access the files. All the technician did was restore the backup registry files. Presto. Windows rebooted like nothing happened. Why can’t Vista, Windows 7 boot CDs make this repair is beyond me.
One tiny Linux distribution worth checking out, is Linpus Lite. It’s a distribution based on Fedora especially written for netbooks and targeted for the Asian market.Â My laptop, a Lenovo S10 actually is sold in Asia with Linpus Lite. Mine came with Windows XP. So, I wasn’t a surprised when my Lenovo S10 manual came with a Linpus Lite manual. Linpus, the company provides 3 products: Linpus Lite, Linpus Desktop and Linpus Media Center. I’m very curious how this distribution will work with my laptop since my hardware is an officially supported by Linpus Lite.
Here’s some of the features of Linpus Lite:
- Kernel 2.6.20 or higher
- Supports a wide range of resolutions – 800×480 (7), 1000×600 (10), 1280×800 (12), 640×480, 800×600
- Desktop mgr: xfce 4.4 or higher
- Supports easy mode and normal mode, both fully compatible w/i generic linux
- Web 2.0 & well modularity (html/css, java, flash plugin, …)
- Supports in’tl open standards w/i lsb/gb18030/ cns11643 certificates
- Utf-8 environment w/i 18+ languages support
- Journaling file system w/i efficient algorithms to extend ssd life cycle for intense write-in ops
- Unifs+ ext3 + squash fs (read-only)
- Ssd (solid-state drive)(nand flash ide interface), hdd (ide & sata) non swap swap file
- Fine tuning & efficient power savings
- Hot-key system recovery in case of crash
- Easy for maintenance through on-line update
- (Option) opengl + 3d desktop
- (Option) touch panel + pen-based environment & apps
- (Option) connectivity supports through gsm, gprs, 3g, 3.5g
If you want to learn the internals of Linux, try building a Linux kernel from scratch using LFS, Linux from Scratch. The 300 page instruction will teach you how to create your own distribution. You can customize, compile and build Linux to your own taste. LFS gives you the ability to select which programs you want loaded, what services you want running, what security features you want loaded. LFS is ideal for anyone who wants to delve into the internals of Linux. Download.
Do you really need to run Windows? It’s a question most computer users haven’t really thought about. Most users perform basic functions such as browsing the web, checking email, word processing or running a basic spreadsheet. What most people don’t realize is that these are functions that you can easily perform and run in Linux.
Most users are already familiar with the Firefox browser. If you’re not a Firefox fan, you can use Google Chrome which also available in Linux. If you’re still not happy with either one, you can try Opera, Konqueror, Flock, Galeon, Epiphany and even Lynx, a text-based browser.
There are a number of options in Linux for word processing. Open Office is pretty much standard in most Linux distributions. You can also use KOffice or AbiWord. The same goes for spreadsheets. The choices are many.
One benefit Window users will get from Linux is having a rock stable environment that’s free from viruses. In addition, Linux will cost you $0 dollars. It’s absolutely free. Compare that when buying Windows 7 upgrade or the full version.
When I converted to Linux, there was a transition period where I was running both Windows and Linux on my desktop. I dual booted for several months before moving strictly to Linux. Weaning Windows users might be the ideal approach for the switch.
Linux has come a long way. Linux is grown up. Linux has improve by leaps and bounds. If you’re still on the fence about converting to Linux, well, get off it. Give Linux a try. It’s definitely worth your while.
KDE just released version 4.3 which includes over 2000 new enhancements to the K Desktop Environment. The latest version showcases the latest theme called “Air.” Improvements in performance, memory usage and a stack of new widgets are just few available in the latest release. If you haven’t tried KDE in a while, give it a spin. You can install it via Synaptic Package Manager or just type:
#sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop
Verona University is migrating 4000 PCs over to Ubuntu Linux. Linux Magazine reports the migration as a 3 year project which began in January 2009. Users are switching to Ubuntu Desktop and using Firefox, Thunderbird and OpenOffice. The university also offer educational courses in Ubuntu. And another technical school in Iceland makes a similar move. It goes to show you that migrating over to Linux and open-source is not that difficult. All it takes is courage and commitment. It’s a great move for both schools.
Finally, Microsoft is acknowledging that Red Hat and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, are a threat to its client business. Microsoft mentioned both Redhat and Canonical in its annual filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Canonical threat is due to the popularity of netbooks powered by Linux.
To those of us who have been using Linux, it’s a well known fact that Microsoft has been attacking Linux for years as attested by the now infamous Halloween documents. The Halloween documents are a series of leaked Microsoft confidential memos pertaining to free software, open-source software and Linux.
Interesting enough, Microsoft does not mention Google Chrome OS which is still a year away from fruition. I imagine, the next time around, Microsoft will shift its focus away from Redhat and Canonical, and towards Google, a much bigger threat with lots of cash and brand to boot.