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Links 08/05/2008: New Version of Zenwalk; The GNU/Linux Effect on Windows XP

Posted in News Roundup at 6:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • Releases : Zenwalk 5.2 is ready !

    The long awaited Zenwalk 5.2 is now available. In the 4 months since the last release many enhancements have been made. The Zenwalk GNU/Linux OS brings to its users both the latest stable software, a well polished Desktop and an ever-increasing software repository.

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    KDE was very busy at LinuxTag this year. We were present with two main booths – Amarok and KDE – and a whole bunch of talks within our own track. Additionally, Aaron Seigo gave a well-received keynote on Wednesday, painting a vibrant vision of the desktop in a mobile world, and the direction KDE is heading in.

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  • The Next Frontier for Open Source

    Open source is about to hit the cell phone industry hard.

  • PCLinuxOS 2008 Gnome on new laptop.

    I then added the KDE desktop environment and was all set. My startup time is around 30 seconds and shutdown even less. I have the 3D Compiz Fusion running and everyone at work was really impressed by the speed and look. Texstar and crew really outdid themselves on this one. As of now, there is no way VISTA will ever be re-installed. The only thing I regret is that I had to pay for VISTA, and it counts as a sale for Microsoft. I wonder what the actual figures are for VISTA usage, and how many people have done what I did, and upgrade to Linux?

  • The art of Linux

    So, where lies the difference? What is that one-great-thing which is tempting the users and developers to talk about Linux? Is it just the low acquisition cost and access to the source code?




  • Just what you asked for

    Meanwhile, as ordered, fish installs the Windows server. It sits on top of a cabinet, plugged in and running. True, it’s not actually connected to the network or being used for anything productive, but it’s running.

    And when the managers come in for a tour of the server room, they see their Windows server, are satisfied and never return.

    “The box crashes once in a while — it’s not actually doing anything, but it still crashes — so we just reboot it when we notice,” fish says. “Since it’s not officially monitored, it doesn’t count in our downtime stats.

    “Far as I know, it’s still there, wasting electricity. But it’s what they wanted.”

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  1. HumHo said,

    June 8, 2008 at 8:38 am


    Winblow is dying a sloooww and painnnfulll death

  2. PitaGuy said,

    June 8, 2008 at 11:35 am



    font: bold 13px “Trebuchet MS”, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;

    just bitching…

  3. PitaGuy said,

    June 8, 2008 at 11:36 am


    “Trebuchet MS”


  4. Dan O'Brian said,

    June 8, 2008 at 11:43 am


    The hypocrisy of this site always makes for a good laugh ;)

  5. Roy Schestowitz said,

    June 8, 2008 at 12:08 pm


    Good catch. It was derived from an existing template (see footer). If removed, I can’t test the effect on Win32 (short of browsershots,org, which would be cumbersome).

  6. PitaGuy said,

    June 8, 2008 at 12:17 pm


    yeah its goona be a big problem testing on Win32..no one uses it nowadays…where in teh world are we going to finds a windowz b0x ! ROFL ! hum…maybe a few trolls in this place can test it..they are die hard window users…where are the trolls when u neeeed them…geeezz

  7. Roy Schestowitz said,

    June 8, 2008 at 12:21 pm


    More people who read this site (at least 44%) use GNU/Linux than Windows (all versions combined).

  8. Victor Soliz said,

    June 8, 2008 at 10:39 pm


    The hypocrisy of this site always makes for a good laugh

    1) Wait for someone to report a bug.
    2) Black box.
    3) Now the bug is valid as reasoning for a personal attack!

    I shall call it “argument from technical issue”

  9. Dan O'Brian said,

    June 9, 2008 at 6:01 am


    Your own hypocrisy is the worst of all. You throw a fit about how it’s not right to throw FUD at Ubuntu while at the same time you do it all the time against Novell/Mono/GNOME.

    I find that particularly hilarious.

  10. Roy Schestowitz said,

    June 9, 2008 at 6:08 am


    There is FUD which is substantiated (in which case it does not quality as FUD but as valid criticism) and FUD which is not. The latter is a cheap shot, a smear.

    If you can refute what you believe to be FUD, please do. I actually find it interesting that you became reader of a site which you insist is so filled with information you cannot tolerate.

    Hey, didn’t you guys insist that Moonlight was ‘safe’ before the SFLC weighed in? I think we deserve an apology. :-)

  11. Dan O'Brian said,

    June 9, 2008 at 6:24 am


    FWIW, the statement on the Fedora FAQ means nothing other than that until such time as Red Hat’s lawyers have time to ponder over it, they aren’t going to allow it into Fedora on the grounds that there are concerns (which may or may not be accurate).

    They did the same thing for Mono, and once their lawyers took a look over it, they discovered it was fine.

    Another reason to avoid shipping Moonlight right now is that it is unlikely that users have demanded it (Silverlight isn’t that widespread – lets hope it stays that way).

    If enough users demand Moonlight from Fedora/Red Hat – then I’m sure they’ll have their lawyers take a look at it. And /that’s/ when we’ll know for sure whether Moonlight is safe or not.

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