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(LinuxWorld) — Here it is, just as promised. This is the conclusion of the Perens extravaganza begun last week. This week's column is made up of excerpts from my conversation with Perens two weeks ago. The conversation followed no set course. My questions were not pre-ordained; they wandered over the Linux terrain like it was a cow-path in Texas. But Perens' responses were lucid, well-informed and very interesting. I have trimmed and edited the conversation a bit in order to pack as much of it as I could into this week's space. Lobbying for change LW: Let's say that I, as a hot-headed journalist, wanted to see the Texas Legislature enact new legislation that would make EULAs subordinate to the constitution and not the other way around. Where customers could not be assumed guilty and have to prove their innocence, but rather enjoy the normal way of things under the l... (more)

Is Windows 2003 Server really faster than Linux/Samba?

(LinuxWorld) — Microsoft funded and released a new set of benchmarks to follow the debut of its often-renamed Windows 2003 Server. The boys in Redmond are proud as punch of their new baby, whatever its name. They would have the world believe that Windows 2003 Server is twice as fast as Linux, at least when it's used for file serving. Microsoft hired VeriTest to conduct benchmarks using hardware and software configurations provided by Microsoft. VeriTest shares Microsoft's penchant for name changes. VeriTest used to be known as ZD Labs, and has also been known as eTesting Labs. T... (more)

Mandrake 8.2 offers the easiest installation ever

(LinuxWorld) -- One of my first heroes (and a nominee for my Dweeb Hall of Fame) was a guy I ran across on Bix years ago. His name is Roedy Green. To say that Roedy was sensitive to poorly designed software installation would be to say President Bush is sensitive to suggestions his administration should have known the 9/11 attacks were coming. Green wrote scathing criticisms of various products -- applications or operating systems, it made no difference to him -- where the installation had been given short shrift. He knew what he was talking about. Green had an absolute gift for ... (more)

A first look at gobeProductive 3.0

(LinuxWorld) -- If you've been watching Linux struggle to gain a bigger footprint on the desktop, you're aware that the other half of the malignant monopoly -- Microsoft Office -- poses a major barrier to migration away from the Windows platform. Recently that particular barrier has come under serious assault. Sun's StarOffice 6.0 is hot, gaining respect and positive reviews in both the mainstream and the Linux press. Moreover, it's not the only game in town. Perhaps the proliferation of Linux office suites explains why the tres duh press is no longer openly snickering at the th... (more)

Knoppix makes a great GUI installer for Debian

(LinuxWorld) — I've gotten in trouble with some readers lately. I would prefer to think it is just age and the curmudgeonhood that often accompanies it. But the truth is sometimes I just blow it. I don't mean the angry Windows users who were in denial about Linux being a better install. Nor am I talking about the gamesters (and game resellers) who felt it unfair of me to speculate on the reasons for Epic Games' stealth release of Unreal Tournament 2003 for Linux. I'm talking about someone who was dead right to call me on what I said. His name is Klaus Knopper. He took me t... (more)