Bootcamp 499: Put a puppy in your PC Part 1

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| So what is this miraculous product? It's called Linux, and before you make
| your excuses and leave this is not geeky Linux, it's a small, cuddly, and
| incredibly easy to use version called Puppy Linux. It runs directly from
| a 'Live CD' so even if Windows is completely mangled you can still get your
| PC up and running and access data on the hard drive.

Mass appeal and free to boot

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| Windows Vista could be that good reason. Moving from XP to Vista may be
| almost as disruptive as moving from XP to Ubuntu. The big difference is that
| Ubuntu is free, whereas with prices for upgrades as high as $650 and possibly
| the need for some extra hardware, the move to Vista will certainly be more
| expensive.

An iDellic approach to shifting beige PCs

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| Contrary to reports on the internet last week, Dell is not abandoning its
| experiment in selling PCs running the open source Linux operating system.

Linux in the mainstream press. Not bad for an O/S which the MSBBC told us only
400-600 people (among 17 million Web surfers) actually use. Pathetic,
criminal-minded liars.


Confused BBC tech chief: Only 600 Linux users visit our website

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| Ooops. Highfield goes on to say that these users should be seen in the
| context of the vast majority, who run Windows.

BBC Corrupted

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| Today the BBC made it official -- they have been corrupted by Microsoft. With
| today's launch of the iPlayer, the BBC Trust has failed in its most basic of
| duties and handed over to Microsoft sole control of the on-line distribution
| of BBC programming. From today, you will need to own a Microsoft operating
| system to view BBC programming on the web. This is akin to saying you must
| own a Sony TV set to watch BBC TV. And you must accept the Digital *
| Restrictions Management (DRM) that the iPlayer imposes. You simply cannot be
| allowed to be in control of your computer according to the BBC. * * *

BBC iPlayer Protests

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| Who are the people responsible for creating this mess?
| * * * Mark Thompson, BBC director general (DG)
| * * * Erik Huggers, group controller at BBC Future Media & Technology
| * * * Ashley Highfield, director of new media and technology
| Right now, there is very considerable concern within the BBC that the actions
| of the Director General and his team are sending the corporation in the wrong
| direction. The BBC has been embroiled in a number of recent controversies,
| all linked back to the DG's leadership. *