FSM Newsletter 29th of January 2007

FSM Newsletter 29th of January 2007


Mon, 2007-01-29 10:00 -- admin

Welcome to Free Software Magazine’s fortnightly newsletter, your link to the free software world! Happy reading!

Latest content

How to hate free software in 3 easy steps—Oh, compiling! Steve Goodwin asks why it’s so difficult. Read more...

The state of the union of FOSS—Let Jabari Zakiya inspire you with a rousing speech about FOSS! Read more...

Control machines with your machine: Digital speed controller using RTAI/Linux—Linux—what can’t it do? Sreejith Nair talks about the versatility of a Linux RTOS. Read more...

Small businesses are ripe for free software—Chris Mostek considers the benefits of free software for small business. Read more...

Free books for free software—free software is software for society—and Anthony Taylor thinks that if we had more texts documenting free software, we would be giving even more to society. Read more...

Has the free desktop revolution arrived?—Jon Peck has the opportunity to find out... Read more...

Ruby, a real gem of FOSS—Jabari Zakiya shares his reasons for labelling Ruby a jewel. Read more...

Fun with free software astronomy: a photorealistic experience—Alan Berg admires some free software astromomy programs. Read more...

Use GNU/Linux and help save the planet—In a world of constant computer upgrades, Gary Richmond looks at how using an old machine with GNU/Linux isn’t just better for you, it’s better for the planet too! Read more...

Latest book reviews released

**Self Service Linux by Mark Wilding and Dan Behman** Alan Berg gets prepared for that most infrequent of events—Linux behaving badly! Read more...

**Embedded Linux Primer by Christopher Hallinan** Alan Berg examines the way from developer to embedded developer. Read more...

Book competition announcement for this fortnight

This week we are giving away a copy ofLinux Server Hacks, Volume 2 by Bill Von Hagen and Brian K Jones and a copy of Ubuntu Hacks by Jonathon Oxer, Kyle Rankin and Bill Childers.

All you need to do to enter is check out the latest book competition announcement on our blogs page.

GOOD LUCK!

Thanks go to _O’Reilly for providing these fantastic prizes._

Winner of the book competition from last fortnight

Winner to be announced.

Please comment wherever possible and don’t forget to log in so that you’ll be in the running to win the latest book competition

Poll Results—What kind of articles would you prefer to see in Free Software Magazine?

We reached an impass this week—while 45% of you voted for Desktop oriented howto-like tutorials, many of the commenters came out strongly in support of Opinion pieces on free software and politics and Comparative articles and reviews (hardware and software) at 17% each. This was closely followed by System administration articles with 16%, with Other coming in last with 6%. You can all rest assured that we are going to continue to provide a balance between each of the categories into the future. Click here to view the comments and graph and stay tuned for...

This fortnight’s poll

What’s your favourite email program?

Don’t forget to let us know what your “other” program is if you use a different one from the ones listed.

Reminders

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