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A small distro that solves big problems
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If you've ever needed a functional Linux setup that is portable and runs the same way on any hardware, read on. Knoppix packages a specialized and highly useful Linux distribution on a single, bootable CD-ROM. Computers should work for humans, but too often the relationship has been upside down. Technologies such as Knoppix and Live Eval, though, illustrate a way in which Linux radically alters computing's "terms of trade."

 Cameron Laird
Lindows 4.5 Developer Edition Review
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This is my first review of any kind. I consider myself very comfortable with Linux but not an expert. Please remember this review is my personal opinion and was not endorsed by Lindows. I did receive Lindows 4.5 for free when Lindows offered it thru OSNews.com. I decided to break the review into five scored sections, 1) Installation, 2) First Impression, 3) Usability, 4) Support and 5) Long Term Use. I used the following grading system:

 Michael Valentine
A small distro that solves big problems
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If you've ever needed a functional Linux setup that is portable and runs the same way on any hardware, read on. Knoppix packages a specialized and highly useful Linux distribution on a single, bootable CD-ROM. Computers should work for humans, but too often the relationship has been upside down. Technologies such as Knoppix and Live Eval, though, illustrate a way in which Linux radically alters computing's "terms of trade." Knoppix offers advantages for common situations you're likely to encounter. Let's...

 Cameron Laird
Piracy group resurrects after being raided
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In April of this year, a piracy crackdown operation, codenamed ”Operation Fastlink”, was launched in several countries including United States, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Hungary, Denmark and France. The entire crackdown produced over 120 searches, over 100 individuals had been identified and over 200 computers had been seized. The raids targeted major piracy groups, one of which was the 17 year old group Fairlight. Fairlight is one of the oldest and most respected release groups on the "scene". After the raids,...

 Dela
Despite piracy, BMI posts record year
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One of the largest music companies in the world, BMI, has posted record profits for the 2004 fiscal year despite piracy and fair use. BMI reported revenues of $673 million, an increase of $43 million (6.7%) over the prior year. Out of this figure, BMI generated royalties of more than $573 million for its songwriters, composers and music publishers, an increase of $40 million (7.5%) over the prior year. CEO Frances W. Preston said both the revenue and royalty distributions...

Viruses Multiply Like Rabbits
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There are more than 55-65,000 different viruses created by 10-12,000 programmers on the World Wide Web. The number of writers of destructive programs is growing every day, as it is fairly easy to create a virus. However, there are very few of those who fight viruses. The writers of viruses live in almost all industrialized countries of the world. Viral epidemics outbreaks took place in the countries which did not have well developed Internet systems. As an example, such epidemics...

Scottish man jailed for piracy
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Scottish man was jailed for 9 months after being accused of pirating £750,000 worth of Software. Brendan Timoney, 40, of the village of Coatbridge, in north Lanarkshire pleaded guilty to eight charges brought against him at Airdrie Sheriff Court. He had been selling Microsoft and Adobe software illegally. He carried out his actions at his brothers and mothers homes as well as his own. Both his brother Paul, and his Mother Rose Margaret were also charged but found innocent as there was no evidence against them.

How Computer Viruses Work
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Computer viruses are mysterious and grab our attention. On the one hand, viruses show us how vulnerable we are. A properly engineered virus can have an amazing effect on the worldwide Internet. On the other hand, they show how sophisticated and interconnected human beings have become. For example, the thing making big news right now is the Mydoom worm, which experts estimate infected approximately a quarter-million computers in a single day. Back in March 1999, the Melissa virus was so...

 Marshall Brain
Gibson 1, Microsoft 0
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I hereby declare Steve Gibson won his long battle with Microsoft over "raw sockets." It took three years for the folks in Redmond to finally cave in to his media crusade. They implemented Gibson's flawed thinking in Windows XP Service Pack 2. I'll explain below what I think will happen as a result of Microsoft's cave-in. First, though, let's recap the "raw sockets" controversy. To put it succinctly: Microsoft embraced Gibson's idea to solve a router security problem by crippling...

 Rob Rosenberger
What is Piracy?
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Over the past several years, advances in computer software have brought us time-saving business programs, educational software that teaches basic skills and sophisticated subjects, graphics programs that have revolutionized the design industry, Internet applications that help connect us with other computer users, and an increasingly complex variety of computer games to entertain us. As the software industry grows, everyone stands to benefit. Compared to literature, music and movies, computer software is a relatively new form of intellectual property. Nevertheless, software is protected under the very same laws that govern music, literature, movies and other copyrighted content. Copying software illegally is...

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