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Category: comparative reviews

Off the Hook: Who Gets Phished and Why

Communication researchers at four major universities have found that if you receive a lot of email, habitually respond to a good portion of it, maintain a lot of online relationships and conduct a large number of transactions online, you are more susceptible to email phishing expeditions than those who limit their online activity. The study, “Why Do People Get Phished?” […]

Hey, You, Get off of My Cloud

The emerging Public Cloud versus Private Cloud debate is not just about which solution is best. It extends to the very definition of cloud. I won’t pretend that my definitions of public cloud and private cloud match everybody elses, but I would like to begin by establishing my point of reference for the differences between public and private cloud. Public […]

In Data Portability Deathmatch, Users Lose Out

In the last few weeks, Facebook and Google have been engaging in a public tussle over an issue that is near and dear to EFF’s heart: data portability. The crux of the issue is that when you sign up for Facebook, you can find your Gmail contacts or invite them to join the social networking service with a few quick […]

The Spoils of the Android Wars

I have poor impulse control. Though I manage to avoid most major vices, including all the illegal ones, I do have a gigantic closet full of formerly cutting-edge tech gadgets that I bought. My collection of video games for every console on the market draws players from all over the ‘hood here in Boulder, Colorado. But my living room and […]

Linux Mint 8 vs Ubuntu 9.10

Linux Mint 8 vs Ubuntu 9.10

On the surface, trying to write a comparative review of Linux Mint 8 (Helena) and Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic koala) would seem like a pointless exercise. After all, Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. So what’s the point? Well, as in cases such as this, where one product is based on another, there begins to emerge – at some point – […]

Ubuntu 9.10 Live CD and Mandriva One 2010: Reviewed and Compared

Ubuntu 9.10 Live CD and Mandriva One 2010: Reviewed and Compared

I’m used to reviewing one distro at a time, and that has worked quite well. You could read a review and assuming it is well written and detailed, decide whether to download and install it on your PC. For this review, however, I’m doing a two-for-one – revewing and comparing two very popular distros. For the reader, I think it […]

Feature overview of Linux and BSD firewall and router distributions

Note: This post features two, long tables. Unless you want to scroll from here to Burkina Faso, it is highly recommended that you do not try to view this (post) on a single page, that is, do not click the “View All” link above or below this post. There are more than a dozen distributions listed under the Firewall and […]

FreeNAS vs Openfiler

FreeNAS vs Openfiler

FreeNAS is a server distro that is based on m0n0Wall, which itself is based on FreeBSD code. Openfiler is also a server distro, but it’s based on rPath Linux (kernel 2.6.x). So, aside from both being UNIX-like, server distros, are there any major differences between them? Yes, but they also have a lot (of features) in common.