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[News] GNU/Linux in the Daily Telegraph

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Linux: here before Social Media

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| Every distribution of Linux has its own active online community of users and 
| developers, but support for and advocacy of the software takes place both 
| online and offline, and on a regional basis. By reaching out to people at the 
| most local level possible (county level in the UK), support can be found from 
| someone in your close community. What I quickly realised was that whilst 
| LUG's might advocate Linux in all its shapes and sizes, there is often a 
| tendancy towards favouring one common distribution. There's a lot to be said 
| for having a commercial backer (Canonical Ltd in this case) to provide 
| marketing, and as proof of this most LUG members seem to favour Ubuntu and 
| its promise of being "Linux for human beings".         



BOOT CAMP 573 - More Uses For Old PCs and Laptops, part 3

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| This is a great way to get to know Linux and it really is very easy to do.
| All you have to do is download the Linux ‘iso' Image file and use it to
| create a bootable CD, pop that into the drive and follow the prompts. As an
| added bonus Linux usually runs a lot faster than Windows on the same
| hardware, plus it is virtually bullet-proof, almost immune to viruses and
| malware. It's generally more stable than Windows and these days really quite
| civilised; connecting to networks and the Internet, for example, is usually a
| lot easier.
| Versions or ‘distributions' of Linux, such as Mandriva and Ubuntu look and
| work a lot like Windows so the learning curve is quite gentle, Linux versions
| of many popular applications are available or there is a free ‘Open Source'
| alternative, so who knows, you might even end up liking it so much that you
| abandon Windows altogether.


Jaunty Jackalope... the Easter bunny just grew antlers

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| I made the switch to Linux 3 years ago and have played around with various
| distributions, but find myself most at home with Ubuntu. Its power has
| allowed me to run freepbx phone systems, build small business network file
| storage and even deploy a motion sensing CCTV system. The flexibility of
| Linux lets anyone operate at their skill level and develop upwards, from
| beginner to Jedi master. You'll find it installed on devices ranging from
| mobile phones to corporate data centers. There's now even a super slick
| version of Ubuntu to replace XP on your netbook which boots exceptionally
| fast thanks to improved code and the new ext4 file system.



Bootcamp 531 - Tweaking the Eee PC

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| The advantages of Linux are apparent when you switch it on, there's no delay
| waiting for the hard drive to spin up and it is usually ready to use in
| around 30 - 40 seconds. Linux stability is legendary; it is very secure and
| virtually immune to viruses and malware (though it comes with a virus
| scanner, just in case...). Easy Mode, whilst not particularly appealing for
| grown-ups, is very easy to use and the Wi-Fi system is an absolute delight,
| almost always managing a fast, fuss-free connection whenever you are in range
| of a hotspot or access point.


ASUS Eee PC-4: Little computers, next BIG thing

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| Asus's original Eee PC launched the trend: based on the Linux operating
| system because it was cheaper and less technology-hungry than Windows, it had
| a 7in screen, Wi-Fi internet access, a webcam and an Office-style suite of
| applications. And it cost £200.  
| It was a sell-out, and even now remains out of stock at most retailers. Some
| commentators criticised it as plasticky, but most realised this was the very
| best of the bargain basement: simple, rugged - and not wallet-busting if you
| did do a little damage.  


Creative thinking [with Free Open Source Software]

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| Freeware and shareware has its dark side though and there are some rogue
| programs around, especially among the many utilities that purport to keep PCs
| healthy. Some report false positives or deliberately infect a PC in an
| attempt to frighten users into paying for expensive (and often useless)
| repair programs. Fortunately, they are mostly confined to this relatively
| small area and easily avoided by not installing pirated software, clicking on
| website pop-ups and keeping your PC's defences up to date.      


Bootcamp 500: Ten uses for an old PC, part 2

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| For reasons best known to the Linux community downloads are rarely
| straightforward, you have to negotiate a maze of files with similar sounding
| names to find the one you want, and Puppy Linux is no exception, so please
| pay attention.


Bootcamp 499: Put a puppy in your PC Part 1

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| So what is this miraculous product? It's called Linux, and before you make
| your excuses and leave this is not geeky Linux, it's a small, cuddly, and
| incredibly easy to use version called Puppy Linux. It runs directly from
| a 'Live CD' so even if Windows is completely mangled you can still get your
| PC up and running and access data on the hard drive.


Bootcamp 497: Ten uses for an old PC, part 2

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| If you can't bear to dismantle your old PC, and it is still in good working
| order but no longer able to keep up with recent Windows applications you can
| continue to use it, have some fun and learn a few new tricks, by reformatting
| the drive and installing Linux.  
| Linux is a free 'Open Source' operating system that has been popular with
| enthusiasts for years, but until fairly recently it required a degree of
| knowledge in order to use it. Within the last five years, though, newer
| versions or 'distributions' of Linux have come along that look, work and are
| as easy to use as Windows. With a Linux PC you can surf the web send and
| receive emails, play games, print documents and do pretty well all of the
| things you do with Windows. Most distributions come bundled with a good
| assortment of programs and a fully featured office suite that includes a
| powerful Word-compatible word processor, Excel compatible spreadsheet,
| presentation and database software.        
| As an added bonus Linux flies along, even on ancient Windows 98 PCs. It is
| virtually immune to viruses and its stability and reliability are legendary.
| There are hundreds of distributions to chose from, the best known and most
| Windows-like being Linspire, Mandriva, Ubuntu and Fedora, there are almost
| too many in fact, but you will find an easy to follow guide to installing
| Linux in Boot Camp 446, and look out for a new Boot Camp series on the
| simplest route to Linux yet, starting in a couple of weeks.      


Connecting the world [with OLPC]

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| The XO-1's frugal power requirements are due in part to a highly efficient
| central processing unit with on-board graphics processor and memory, and by
| using microchip memory instead of a hard drive to store data and the
| operating system - in this case a version of Linux, the open-source platform,
| although a Windows version may be available later.    


Let your computer fly free [with Linux]

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| he first port of call was finding an operating system that could replace
| Windows. Linux, the free, open-source platform, was the obvious choice. There
| are dozens of Linux-based systems to choose from, but one of the simplest to
| use is Ubuntu. You simply download and install it to your computer and hey
| presto - an operating system. In terms of look and feel, it's a little like a
| cross between Windows and the operating system used for Macs, but it has an
| intuitive interface and comes bundled with essentials such as a word
| processor, spreadsheet application and presentation software, and is fully
| compatible with Microsoft document formats for viewing and editing.


Telegraph floored by DDoS attack

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| Cyber-attacks have been much in the news of late. Last week,
| Russian and European leaders held a summit in the aftermath of a
| three-week cycle of denial of service attacks targeting the
| Baltic countries' internet infrastructure.


Bootcamp 471: Office Software, the Freeware Alternative part 2

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| If you are in the market for a word processor or a suite of office
| programs then the obvious choice is Microsoft Word, or Office but
| there are alternatives. OpenOffice.org ('OO.o' to its many friends)
| is a free Open Source office suite that includes a spreadsheet,
| multimedia presentation and database software and an excellent
| word processor, called Writer, which is the focus of this week's
| Boot Camp. But first, as promised, we'll run through downloading
| and installation.


Who needs TiVo when you've got a room full of geeks?

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| The do-it-yourself operating system Linux hasn't exactly conquered
| the computer desktop, yet its advocates have set their sights on a
| bigger target: the TV set.


The wow starts now? Two hours, two computers and £150 later...

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| "You need a new laptop," said Thariq. "Vista is what we call
| resource intensive."
| My friend in New York had some bad news as well. He'd bought the
| same Vista pack for $160. I'd paid almost double. Other
| exclamations than wow came to mind.
| Some believe Vista will be the last great operating system because
| in future people will download functions from the internet. In the
| meantime, though, it is bound to succeed. But there's no need to
| junk a perfectly good computer just to have it. For most, the wow
| can wait for now.

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