Archive for December, 2008

Readers ask: Which netbook?

December 16th, 2008 | 13 Comments »

Ultra portable netbooks have proved to be the surprise hit of 2008. But with just about every major manufacturer launching a netbook into the market over the past year choosing the right one can be a challenge. Tectonic reader Jaco asks which Linux netbook would be the best buy for his mother.

Best of 2008: The year's top posts

December 12th, 2008 | No Comments »

With just a couple of weeks to go until 2009 it seems an appropriate time to look back on the year that was. We dug through the archives and came up with the ten most popular posts on Tectonic over the past 12 months.

Dell customer gets Windows refund

December 12th, 2008 | 4 Comments » Tags: ,

Dell customer Zvi Devir has done what most open source fans just dream about: He managed to get Dell to give him a refund for the Windows software shipped on his new laptop which he didn’t want because he was planning to run Linux.

We need your help. Tectonic 2008 reader survey

December 12th, 2008 | No Comments »

With the end of the year just a few weeks away it’s time for a break … and a bit of relaxation. But before you take off for your holidays please give Tectonic a little help.

FSF files GPL infringement suit against Cisco

December 12th, 2008 | 3 Comments » Tags: ,

Free Software Foundation says products distributed under the Linksys brand do not comply with GNU General Public Licence conditions.

Amarok 2.0 released

December 11th, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

Music fans get ready. Amarok 2.0 is here with two year’s of development behind it.

GPLv3 proving popular choice

December 10th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

GPLv3 now the fifth most popular open source licence and looks set to take fourth spot in the near future.

MySQL 5.1 a hit despite controversy, says Sun

December 9th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

Despite warnings from its founder that version 5.1 of the MySQL database was not ready for release, MySQL owner Sun Microsystems says the latest release is proving popular with users.

Linux Defenders to guard against software patents

December 9th, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

New consortium will build “defensive portfolio” to protect open source developers against dubious software patents.

Ubuntu or Fedora. Which one is for you?

December 9th, 2008 | 27 Comments » Tags: , , ,

A couple of weeks ago Fedora Linux released its latest version, Fedora 10. We take a high-level look at how it stacks up against Ubuntu 8.10, released a month before that.

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