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Thursday, February 19th, 2004

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I have a question that isn't really linux oriented, but I'm sure someone here could answer it...

What is a server?

What I mean is, people in my IT dept poo-poo straight wintel boxes as servers, and even putting linux on them makes them 'not so...' They claim that they are different, but how?

I ask them if they need a RAID drive, no... it isn't just that... what the hell is it?

64 bit?

Some sort of magical RAM, Front-side bus... what?

There most be SOME reason why people would plunk down $20K for a Sun Box.
alright, 3 things...
1) i have two cd-rom drives, one is a lite-on 48x24x48 cd-rw drive, and the other is an lg 16x dvd drive. i have used "grip" in the past to rip cd's, but since my move to mandrake 9.2, i haven't had any luck getting the app to work. i've gone into the settings within grip and set the drive to where they are both mounted on my pc (i've tried both drives), but it will not recognize a cd in the drive, nor will it do anything really... so, if grip sucks, which i sorta think now, then what should i use to rip cd's? i don't want to have to rip them on my windows partition and then copy them over to linux, cause that's lame and i want to stop using windows entirely, except for gaming.

2) as stated above, i have a dvd drive. i want to watch my dvd's in linux, instead of having to switch over to windows. i have "totem", "xine", "mplayer", and "xmovie" installed... none of them will recognize a dvd, or if they do, they immediately crash when i try to play the disc. i don't get it! i just wanna watch my dvd's in linux, preferably with 5.1 sound too, cause i'm running a sb audigy.

3) this one is really minor: is there a way to get a drop shadow on my windows in gnome 2.4? like mac os x. screenshot
once apon a time there was a girl that ad a laptop she loved it dearly but its operating system got on her nerves constantly ...she herd there was a etter one but she was not sure if she had the nessesary scills to work it ..Collapse )well one day she dicided to go at it her husband sugested to get her the new windoew xp pro ...no she cied ...I will have nothing to do anymore with the enemy ...get me linux ...and he did ....

ok this is the stake i am really afaid to muck up things but I belive it is the right chioce ...Paul got me red hat linux and i have installed it and am working though the book ..i am still on Pauls mac for now till I know what on earth i am dong but i will be posting silly questions freaqwantly ,and hope not to get on your nerves to much ....Collapse )

Current Mood: anxious
How do I make bit torrent files and make them available for sharing?
Nice to see Intel doing Linux-using notebook owners a favor... :)

Linux receives full weight of Intel behind them

Posted 02/19/2004 @ 1:54 PM, by Matt Woodward

At the Intel Developer Forum, Intel announced that it would be giving Linux its full support in future software and driver releases. Intel's commitment to supporting Linux in the same release cycle as Windows should be solidified by the end of 2004. Previously, Intel had been very reluctant to support Linux, but recent criticism from open source developers has helped Intel change its tune. As reported by ZDNet:

The change was a response, in part, to criticism that Intel hasn't released software or specifications to let Linux use the wireless networking technology of Intel's Centrino mobile computer technology. Centrino has been on the market for nearly one year, but at present, Linux users can use the wireless technology only by wrapping a Linux interface around a Windows software module. "It speaks to the market demand for Linux," said TechKnowledge Strategies analyst Mike Feibus of Intel's change. "Intel I think felt the sting by supporting it later. I don't think it'll make that mistake again."

Part of the reason Intel has not released an open source driver supporting Linux on Centrino is the fear that the freely available code would expose some of the trade secrets of their hardware. The answer to this issue is that Intel will most likely release a proprietary pre-compiled driver to support Linux. While not the most ideal solution, it is a frequent answer from companies who are not willing to divulge the inner workings of their hardware products. The natural downside to this is that Linux users must rely on the whims of the product vendor in keeping the drivers updated. The ZDnet article also mentions that an alternative to all of this is to support other hardware manufactures, like GlobespanVirata, who makes an openly-documented wireless networking line of chips called Prism. Either way, let us hope that Intel's declaration will add to the already strong support from IBM and AMD to treat Linux and Windows as being equally important.

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