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posted in June 2008

NetGear's WGR614L: (Soon To Be) My Open Router

6/30/2008
As soon as my next paycheck comes in, I'm seriously thinking about picking up Netgear's new WGR614L wired/wireless-G router. It's yet another of the small but growing pool of hardware devices (along with some of Netgear's own earlier routers) designed with the hacker in mind.


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Linux On The Move Once More

6/27/2008
Want a phone OS? Soon enough you'll have your choice of Nokia/Symbian, Google/Android, Microsoft/Windows Mobile, Apple/iPhone ... and now a merger between Linux mobile standards groups. There's something for everyone here.


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The Ethical Case For Open Device Drivers

6/25/2008
The recent announcement by Linux kernel developers that open source hardware drivers are the way to go got me thinking. You can make a business case for open source device drivers (you'll sell more hardware) or you can make an ethical case (it's the right thing to do). I believe in both, but for me the second view takes precedence over the first.


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Symbian: As Open As They Wanna Be (But How Much Is That?)

6/24/2008
What with Google's Android currently stuck in the state of a work-in-progress, it was only a matter of time before someone else ponied up their own open source competition for the smartphone/handset market. But it isn't some newly-minted firm flush with a round of startup funding -- it's Nokia's own Symbian, to be merged with the S60, UIQ, and MOAP(S) platforms into one great big happy

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Red Hat In Boston, Part 2.3: openSUSE And Openness, Period

6/23/2008
Last Friday afternoon I sat down for an hour with Joe Brockmeier, community manager for openSUSE, to talk with him about SUSE 11 and the open source world in general. It was a bit rambly, but that was part of the fun: We stumbled across a whole slew of key truths about open source along the way.


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Red Hat In Boston, Part 2.2: Forges Or Exchanges?

6/20/2008
Conference summaries can be so misleading. When I saw a note in the Thursday schedule for "Exchange strategies for open source software", a part of me wondered if they meant that Exchange. No -- this was about creating a software exchange on the order of SugarCRM's SugarExchange, a marketplace for SugarCRM extensions and add-ons. After all, what's an open source project --

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Red Hat in Boston, Part 2.1: Fixing Patent Failure Without A Bulldozer

6/19/2008
I couldn't pass up a discussion of the failures of the American patent system -- certainly not at the Red Hat Summit, where questions of IP law, licensing, and copyright are filling the air. What I got was not a fiery invective against the USPTO or a fulminating war cry against patents in general, but a much more nuanced and well-argued case for selective patent reform than I've heard in a long time.


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Red Hat In Boston, Part 1.1: Why 'Faster' Isn't Always Faster

6/18/2008
My first actual panel for the opening day of the Red Hat Summit sported the eye-grabbing moniker Why computers are getting slower (and what we can do about it). With a title like that, I was worried I'd be in for a fluff panel about spyware 'n viruses on Windows being performance killers, with Linux as the panacea for that. I couldn't have been more wrong, thank goodness.


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Red Hat In Boston, Part 1.0: A Community Gathering

6/18/2008
The big first topic of the morning as I headed downstairs for the first day of the Red Hat Summit in Boston wasn't virtualization or kernel optimizations, but the Celtics trouncing the Lakers. I'd heard the street-level mayhem for that victory from 20 floors up at just before midnight (mainly, endless car horns honking) and had called the front desk in a half-panic to make sure it wasn't an incipient natural disaster. With

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Microsoft, The (Open Source) Census Taker

6/16/2008
Wary eyes have been turned to Microsoft for some time now about the way it has been dipping toes into the open source pool. It's not quite ready to cannonball in -- my feeling is it simply can't -- but it's getting used to the water, and is making tentative gestures toward being a better open source citizen.


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Nokia To Open Source Devs: 'We Need Closed'

6/13/2008
Who gets to tell the open source world it needs to learn to play by proprietary rules? Nokia, evidently. When VP of software Dr. Ari Jaaksi spoke at the Handsets World conference earlier this week, he stated that open source developers needed to be "educated" in how the (very closed) mobile telecom industry works. Touchy words, but not wholly foolish ones.


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What's 'Disruptive' About Open Source

6/12/2008
The other day, while in a phone conversation, the old canard about open source being a "disruptive technology" came up. It's true, but I think it's one of those things (like "information wants to be free") that runs the risk of becoming a thought-cliché. You always want to talk about what's being disrupted, why, and to what end. For me, what's being disrupted most is complacency: the mentality that no one ever got fired for buying Vendor X.


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It's A Flock, Not A Herd!

6/11/2008
I have to admit, the first time I heard about Flock, I said "What, another Web browser?" My skepticism remained high when I learned how Flock was designed to make it easier to work with social Web sites, most of which I never touch. Then I actually tried it out, and within two days I was using it to manage my Flickr account. Within four days it was my new default browser. And with a success story like that under my belt, I picked up t

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Open Source Data Recovery Tools To The Rescue

6/10/2008
Disasters happen to the best of computers. Luckily, open source apps like SystemRescueCD, dd, Partedmagic, BackTrack, Security Tools Distribution, Helix, and TestDisk can help recover important data and bring dead systems back to life.

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Nero's Dilemma: Why Pay For Closed-Source Software On Linux?

6/9/2008
Here's a problem for you. Once you have made the jump to Linux and discovered that a great many commercial programs have free / open source equivalents, why would you want to pay for a given program (like, say, a CD burning suite) when you can get the same thing or even more from your distro's software repository? That was the question I put to the folks at Nero, makers of the for-pay Nero CD/DVD authoring suite for both

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Goin' Mobile (With Ubuntu)

6/6/2008
Chalk up another edition of what's shaping up to be the Linux edition for the rest of us. A new version of Ubuntu, "Netbook Remix", sports a feature set and a slimmed-down footprint specifically for the emerging (shilling for already emerged!) micro-notebook market.


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Untangle: Aptly Named

6/2/2008
Scarcely a week goes by when I don't hear about yet another new (or relatively new) open source project that stands in for a proprietary solution. Consider Untangle, a network gateway appliance that runs on any commodity hardware and handles spam, firewalling, Web filtering and protocol controls, VPN, and tons more. They'll even Post a Comment
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