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Install NetworkManager on Hymera Open

Install NetworkManager on Hymera Open

The network manager application that comes pre-installed on Hymera Open, a Debian-based, desktop-oriented GNU/Linux operating system, is Wicd. While Wicd is a decent network manager application, I find that NetworkManager, the other network manager application, has better features for the power user. For example, NetworkManager has “pluggable support for VPN software”. And there are VPN plugins for Cisco VPN devices […]

How to install and configure NTP on Sabayon 5

How to install and configure NTP on Sabayon 5

Sabayon is a Gentoo-based, GNU/Linux distribution. The latest version, Sabayon 5, was released on October 2, 2009. The GNOME edition was just reviewed here. One thing I pointed out in that review is that the NTP (Network Time Protocol) package is not installed by default. This post provides a step by step guide on how to install and setup NTP […]

Software Freedom on Mobile Devices

From Bradley M. Kuhn: I agree pretty completely with Harald Welte’s comments regarding Symbian. I encourage everyone to take a look at his comments. We are in a very precarious time with regard to the freedom of mobile devices. We currently have no truly Free Software operating system that does the job, and there are multiple companies trying to get […]

France begins IT research centre on innovation and free software

France’s national computer science institute, Inria, says free software is essential to develop digital society. The institute is launching a research centre to focus on this type of software, Cirill (IT Innovation and Research Centre for Free Software).

The foundation of Cirill was announced at the Open World Forum in Paris earlier this month. Cirill is to become a reference centre for the research and development of stable and reliable free software.

Open Source and The Geographic Divide – Europe and North America

Observations from the Open World Forum and Open Source Think Tank – Paris, October 2009 Despite some logistical challenges and a very diverse agenda, the second edition of the OWF was a tremendous success, I believe most of the 1600 attendees came away very happy. This year the Open Source Think Tank was a single track within the OWF held […]

Astaro home user license upgraded

Astaro home user license upgraded

Astaro Security Gateway Home Edition, a free, Linux-based firewall-cum-router distribution, has just had its IP address limit bumped to fifty (50). Previously, users of Astaro Security Gateway HE were limited to using it to protect no more than ten (10), active networked devices. The IP address limit change was made known to license holders in an email message.

The Car Analogy

The Car Analogy

By Tal Schechter: What if buying a new car were like using nonfree software? While the following example may seem a little far-fetched, it is a pretty good analogy to understand the importance of user freedoms in software. Imagine going out to buy a new car. After deciding on a brand, you go to that dealer and start looking at […]

Breaking the dependency on proprietary software: A call to nonprofits to refuse Microsoft Windows 7

Breaking the dependency on proprietary software: A call to nonprofits to refuse Microsoft Windows 7

“sinking money and time into proprietary software is inconsistent with the core values of freedom and progress.” The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has launched the next stage of its “Windows 7 Sins” campaign at http://windows7sins.org, making the case against Microsoft and proprietary software by writing to 500 leaders of the most influential nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide, asking them to make […]

Why Public Education Must Use Public Software

Why Public Education Must Use Public Software

This is an essay that attempts to argue in favor of promoting and using free software for public education in the United States. With some modification it should be usable worldwide. Edit it mercilessly as you would any other FDL-licensed text. Originally written on February 7-9, 2009 by Dara Adib. Public education ideally provides a comprehensive education for every citizen […]

Lest CodePlex perplex

Lest CodePlex perplex

by Richard M. Stallman: Many in our community are suspicious of the CodePlex Foundation. With its board of directors dominated by Microsoft employees and ex-employees, plus apologist Miguel de Icaza, there is plenty of reason to be wary of the organization. But that doesn’t prove its actions will be bad. Someday we will be able to judge the organization by […]

Get paid “GNU Bucks” by the Free Software Foundation

Get paid “GNU Bucks” by the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced that it will begin rewarding those who find and report any nonfree components in free software operating system distributions with public recognition and “GNU Bucks.” The FSF maintains a list of guidelines covering what it means to be a free distribution, and endorses distributions that commit to meeting those guidelines.

How to create a user account on Hymera Open

How to create a user account on Hymera Open

Hymera Open is a desktop-oriented, GNU/Linux distribution. Based on Debian, it’s one of several editions of the Linux operating system published by Hymera Engineering S.r.l, an Information Technology firm based in Milan, Italy. Hymera Open is one of the best distros I’ve ever reviewed. This post is just a simple tutorial on how to create a new user account on […]

Switching to Linux: A Windows developer’s view

A few weeks ago, I switched my development environment from Windows to Linux, on a project which was developed so far on Windows only. In this post, I want to describe the issues that brought me to this switch, a short overview how I did the actual port, and some observations on Linux for developers. This is the first post […]

How to configure Firestarter firewall on Zenwalk 6.2

How to configure Firestarter firewall on Zenwalk 6.2

Zenwalk 6.2, the latest release of Zenwalk, ships with Firestarter, a graphical configuration tool for IPTables. IPTables is the enterprise-grade firewall application built into the Linux kernel. While IPtables is not the easiest application to configure from the command line, graphical frontends like Firestarter makes it reasonably easy for anyone to configure.

What Microsoft Doesn’t Get – And What I Hope You Do

You know what Microsoft doesn’t get? — For one thing, the Internet. Microsoft doesn’t control it. What it used to be able to do in the dark now falls out of its noxious bag of tricks into the Internet’s bright light, stage front and center. And there stands Microsoft in the spotlight, with its pants down, and let me tell […]

The Free Software Definition

The Free Software Definition

from the Free Software Foundation We maintain this free software definition to show clearly what must be true about a particular software program for it to be considered free software. From time to time we revise this definition to clarify it. If you would like to review the changes we’ve made, please see the History section below for more information. […]

Adding a user on Zenwalk 6.2

Adding a user on Zenwalk 6.2

User management is a very basic administrative task on any operating system. Performing that task on Linux is just as simple as on any other OS. Experienced users already know how to do this, but if you are a new convert to Linux, and are using Zenwalk 6.2, the latest edition of Zenwalk, this tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on […]

How to install Java Runtime on Zenwalk 6.2

How to install Java Runtime on Zenwalk 6.2

Zenwalk is a Slackware-based, Linux operating system. Version 6.2, the latest release, does not come with Java Runtime Environment (jre) installed. What that means is that your browser will not be able to run Java applets when it encounters any on the Web. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the full Java package is in the Current […]

Why “Open Source” misses the point of Free Software

By Richard Stallman: When we call software “free,” we mean that it respects the users’ essential freedoms: the freedom to run it, to study and change it, and to redistribute copies with or without changes. This is a matter of freedom, not price, so think of “free speech,” not “free beer.” These freedoms are vitally important. They are essential, not […]

The best Linux, BSD firewall and router distributions

One of the advantages of using Free Software applications and operating systems is choice. Plenty to choose from. Not satisfied with one, switch or pick another one. If the switch involves different flavors of Linux or BSD operating systems (distros), it’s called distro hopping. When it comes to picking a firewall and router, you want to limit how often you […]