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(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 multiplayer Internet play of Q3A was a brand new experience. I blame the whole thing on associating with the wrong crowd. People like [Cadet], ascii, Debiot and The_Dome. They lured me astray with all their talk of multiplayer gaming on Linux. Peer pressure of the very worst sort. You can se... (more)

Evolution's latest mutations

(LinuxWorld) -- It's been a while since I've looked at Evolution, the GNOME project's answer to Microsoft Outlook. I wrote about Evolution 0.2 last summer, when it was barely out of the larval stage. (See Resources for a link.) While some serious progress has been made between 0.2 and the current 0.8 release, there is still work to be done before 1.0 goes out the door later this year. The biggest difference is that I can now use Evolution in my everyday life. It still crashes and you should still back up your mail folders, but I'm using it now for two POP accounts, calendaring, ... (more)

Starting over with Evolution

(LinuxWorld) -- I change some things reluctantly, and my e-mail client is one of them. In fact, I switch distributions regularly so that I keep a well-rounded view of Linux. Without a doubt, I would rather move from Mandrake to Debian (or vice versa) than to mess with my e-mail setup. This week I'll tell you why I am getting ready to make that move and migrate from Sylpheed to Evolution. Ximian's PR firm nagged me for a month or so to look at the beta version of Connector, Ximian's soon-to-be-released commercial offering that allows Evolution clients to interact with Microsoft E... (more)

TightVNC: Remote X the secure, fast & easy way

(LinuxWorld) — My dear friend Susan is happily running Red Hat 8.0 on my Sony Vaio laptop in her new home while she waits for me to build her a real desktop machine. I set up an account for myself on the laptop so that when I visit her I can get online and check my e-mail. We both connect to the Internet using Time-Warner's Road Runner cable service. Sometimes I forget to shut down Evolution on my own desktop before I leave home. As a result, every ten minutes it retrieves my e-mail and deletes it from the various servers where I have an account. Then, when I check it from ... (more)

Trail of tears: MySQL, ODBC & OpenOffice 1.0

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... (more)