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For U & Me

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What do you expect from a perfect desktop operating system? Things to work out-of-the-box, I suppose. Well, Pardus 2008.2 works like a charm!

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…but is that enough? PCLinuxOS 2009.1 has finally been released after a wait of almost two years. We take a look at how the new version of this former Distrowatch topper fares.

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The FreeBSD projects boast of the most stable operating system kernel in the world. Created from the University of Berkeley’s BSD4.4Lite sources, it’s a valid claim. And when such a kernel is blended with one of the most comfortable userlands of the world, magic happens. Ladies and gentlemen, we bring to you PC-BSD, a perfect fusion of BSD’s kernel and GNU’s userland—an operating system that’s aesthetic, pleasurable and complete in every aspect, and which has been designed keeping the assassination of Microsoft in mind.

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The broader picture: freedom software can turn an engineer into a CEO.

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Bob Young has played a key role in building Linux into a household name. In 1993, with Mark Ewing, he co-founded Red Hat and was the CEO of the company for several years. After leaving Red Hat, he started a print-on-demand website called Lulu, where content creators can sell their books, comics, movies, or any other content that can be digitised and sold over the Web. Young also owns the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a Canadian football league franchise that he purchased in 2003. In this interview with LFY, he talks about Lulu.

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Delhi’s first unconference on Mozilla technologies was a grand event with about a 100 campers who came together to share some Mozilla love on February 10. It was an event that attracted technologists and students, with Mozilla’s Seth Bindernagel and Arun Ranganathan around to discuss the future of the Web.

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A CLI-based browser? Whatever for? Are you still in the early 90s? You may pose all these questions, but the truth is that Lynx, a CLI-based browser, is the favourite of many.

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With simplicity and stability continuing to be top priorities, Slackware 12.2 doesn’t disappoint.

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FOSS allows anyone to acquire the skills that lead to becoming a better developer and an improved person.

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Here’s a report on an event that touched on almost all aspects of open source—from installations to kernel programming and scripting, from OpenOffice.org to Bash and Perl, from Ext4 file system to SCSI, and from scientific computing to network security.