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My friend Milt recently told me that he was having problems getting MySQL and OpenOffice.org 1.0 to play together nicely. Actually, "having problems" is something of an understatement. Milt is not a newbie. He's been using personal computers since before IBM's entry in the market. He does his own networking. Through the years, he has made DOS and various flavors of Windows do everything but make coffee. But when it came to getting MySQL and OpenOffice connected with Linux (running SuSE), he was getting nowhere fast. I started looking around for resources on the Internet that might ease his pain. I found a wonderful "how-to" piece called "OpenOffice.org 1.0, ODBC and MySQL," by John McCreesh. In the introduction, McCreesh writes about OpenOffice.org 1.0's "best kept secret" — that secret being the fact that hidden away inside, completely unknown to most OpenOffice use... (more)

Making MySQL, ODBC & OpenOffice 1.0 work together, Part 2

(LinuxWorld) — The forum postings on last week's column about the installation of MySQL and ODBC to gain access to the secret power of OpenOffice.org 1.0 were a mixed bag: some good, some bad, some "so what." I was variously described as an stupid, foolish, an incompetent sysadmin and a writer of more fiction than fact. I'll come clean about one thing: I am an incompetent sysadmin, and I have a failing score on the first LPI exam to prove it. But then so are most small businesspeople in the SOHO market. That makes my experiences a more-valuable litmus test for SOHO users t... (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)

Quake 3 Arena takes Linux by force

(LinuxWorld) -- This past week I did something unthinkable. I purchased a Windows application. It was a game called Quake 3 Arena. Don't worry, I haven't gone over to the dark side. I haven't gone back to dual-booting, either. I just needed to have a valid retail version (and the CD key that accompanies it) of Quake 3 Arena to install and use my Linux version of Q3A. I downloaded the latest point release of Q3A from the id Software ftp site. (See the resources below for the URL.) Serious gaming is out of character for me. Tux Racer is my idea of a walk on the wild side. Violent ... (more)

MPlayer: The project from hell

(LinuxWorld) -- In the year since it first appeared on freshmeat, the popular watering hole for Linux software, a relatively small new project headed up by Arpad Gereoffy has shoved everything else out of the way to become the most popular offering on the site save Linux itself. The project is MPlayer, and it provides Linux users with a tool to let them view videos in almost every popular flavor, including MPEG 1 and 2, and AVI. It also plays video from DVDs. When it is installed and configured correctly, it's a doozy. That's the good news. The bad news is the installation stink... (more)