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(LinuxWorld) — One of my non-profit Web sites, VarLinux.org, ran on my modified version of the PHP-Nuke weblog package from the site's inception in March 2001 until late November 2002. I chose PHP-Nuke as a starting point because I was very impressed with it. However, the more I learned how to use PHP, the more I realized that PHP-Nuke was not only a tangled mess but that I had made it even worse with my modifications. A year later, I was faced with the fact that VarLinux.org was not only lame because it was based on PHP-Nuke, it was also showing its age. It lacked features of other weblogs, and still lacked many of the features I had intended to add to the site. If I were going to fix the code, the first thing I would do would be to make it an object-oriented system. I toyed with the idea of converting my code into OOP-based code, but I concluded that if the P... (more)

Codeweaver's CrossOver Office is the best way to do the wrong thing

(LinuxWorld) -- I am writing this column under protest. The idealist part of me is protesting against the realist, who is the driving force behind this week's column. Here's the deal. I tried Codeweavers' CrossOver Office, which is a commercial product that lets you run Microsoft Office 97, Office 2000, and Lotus Notes natively under Linux. Codeweavers performs this miracle with an enhanced version of Wine, which means you can run these Windows applications without having to pay for a Windows license. The idealist part of me wants to say that nobody should run Microsoft Office o... (more)

A new distro in town: Gentoo emerges victorious

(LinuxWorld) — A relatively new distribution called Gentoo Linux is gaining a rapidly increasing, rabidly loyal group of users. The increasing popularity of Gentoo is almost difficult to explain, given that it's clearly a distribution by geeks, for geeks and for nobody but geeks. Obviously a geek can set up a Gentoo system for a non-geek, so you may find novices using Gentoo. You just won't find many novices installing it. To be more precise, Gentoo Linux is not really a distribution but a meta-distribution. You don't usually install pre-compiled binaries when you add software t... (more)

SCO-Microsoft conspiracy theory

(LinuxWorld) — The SCO vs. IBM lawsuit gives off a subtle, unpleasant odor I couldn't quite place. When SCO set its sights on Linux distributors and even Linux itself, the source of the stench became unmistakable — Redmond. It was too early to make an accusation when the suit was filed since any such claim lacking even circumstantial evidence would be nothing more than a conspiracy rant. Nevertheless, a few of us on VarLinux.org discussed the possibility that this was all about destroying Linux, and pondered a Microsoft involvement. A motive is clear. Microsoft perceives Linux a... (more)

No FUD about FUDForum

(LinuxWorld) -- I found the ideal forum software for my non-profit sites, VarLinux.org and Petreley.org. It's called FUDForum. I'd like to say that I chose FUDForum after carefully examining the interface, feature set, and the quality of the code, but it really came down to one thing. It looked pretty. I later discovered that it also has a wonderful feature set along with many other things to recommend it. However, pure physical attraction caught me. Here's how it happened. One of the computer games I play is Anarchy Online, a massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG... (more)