Dell Linux vs. Apple Mac OS: Let The Debate Begin

An interesting debate has started in The VAR Guy’s home. His old Windows XP PC is running out of gas. He was leaning toward a Mac Mini as a replacement. But now, Dell just complicated things.

Get This About Open Source

I recently penned a piece called ‘Why CIOs Don’t Care About Open Source’ (February 15, 2007) and I’ve been getting responses that have got me thinking. Several dismissed the importance of open source because it was too RTFM (Read the Flaming Manual) and not enough business benefit. In other words, because open source isn’t enough like packaged apps, there isn’t any point for CIOs to consider it.

State of the VNC art

Are you adept with Virtual Network Computing (VNC)? If not, you'll find that learning even a little about this desktop sharing system pays off big in your daily development or system administration responsibilities.

I pity da fool in 2007!

Millions of websites are plagued by outrageous claims and humorous news articles every April fool’s day. Rather than sifting through the junk looking for legitimate articles, we've decided to join in on the foolery this year too. Most individuals clue in pretty fast as to what's going on, others just take the bait. Yesterday's Microsoft post was a joke!

Big things are going to happen with Linux in the next few years. Especially now that Beryl has changed their licensing to allow its inclusion in Ubuntu and Debian, and Dell offering a pre-installed distribution in the near future. This is just the beginning of the OSS takeover.

The Microsoft thing was all I could come up with in 10 minutes, next year I promise to be a little more creative on April fools. Thank you to everyone sending in emails questioning my mental health. Truthfully, I am launching two more projects soon and may be willing to sell off Linuxlookup under the right circumstances. For those of you with legitimate inquiries regarding business, please feel free to get in touch.

Now back to our regular scheduled programming.

Linuxlookup.com joins Microsoft and up for sale on eBay!

I never thought I'd ever say this, but we're going to work for Microsoft and Linuxlookup.com is up for sale!

Though I've spent the last 11 years as a Linux/Open Source advocate, Microsoft has recently made me an offer too good to refuse. Our agreement forbids any promotion of Open Source Software in any fashion so I'm hoping to pass Linuxlookup on to an individual or organization that can take it to the next level.

As I pack my bags... Linuxlookup is being auctioned on eBay.

Viva la Microsoft!

Hacking Second Life

The open source release of the Second Life viewer program by developer Linden Lab offers a rare opportunity to peer into the comparative strengths of closed and open source development models. This article, the first in a series, gives an overview of some of the differences between these development styles, and talks about what's involved in setting up your own build environment.

Wine 0.9.34 Released

Wine 0.9.34 was released today, with the following main changes: Support for Xcursor, a range of fixes for various installers, new builtin xcopy tool, the usual assortment of Direct3D fixes and lots of bug fixes.