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Many near-religious-level debates revolve around which GNU/Linux distribution is "best." However, we are blessed with two free platforms for desktop usage, the other being BSD. If you can deal with text-based installation and a few post-install commands at the command line, you can install and use FreeBSD 5.1. I got FreeBSD fully installed on a 450MHz AMD K6-III+ system with 512MB of SDRAM and a 36GB 10Krpm SCSI hard disk in just under an hour.
While the LinuxBIOS effort fully supports Linux, other modern operating systems, e.g. *BSD, and Windows 2000/XP, could not be directly supported because of their reliance on a few services provided by those legacy BIOSes. In this paper, we describe how we have combined elements of the LinuxBIOS, the Bochs PC emulator, and additional software to create the first open source firmware for the IBM PC capable of booting most modern operating systems.
When you look at some of the installation documents for any of popular Linux distributions, you will see only few mentions of the term RAID, typically with passages such as \"you will need RAID only if you are a very professional systems administrator and you already know what are you doing.\" Even in the latest documentation of the latest Linux releases, this is likely the only thing you will see about RAID. This is one big reason why I think we should move past this barrier and demonstrate that RAID can be used by \"normal\" people.
Want to integrate your Microsoft client machines with a Linux or Unix server? Open-source Samba turns a Unix or Linux system into a file and print server for Microsoft Windows network clients. Roll up your sleeves, take, this tutorial, and learn how, to configure Samba as a primary domain controller on an xSeries server. [Requires Registration]
Printing under Linux has been advancing in the last year or two. I hadn\'t really been paying much attention to this because, to be honest, I am not a heavy-duty printing person. I had, at the time, just a simple epson dot matrix printer that worked fine enough with ghostscript, although the command line was a little complex.