The French who taught that: “as the liver secretes bile, so does the brain secrete thought”, retorting with reductio ad absurdum, so: ‘Creativity and Philosophy … are a product of the small intestines. Laissez Faire is an acquired taste, but we have the knack for attracting geniuses and freethinking artists to present their work and innovations. Never before was I in such company: the deepest philosophers and artists in this land of learning were right here. We never know whom might pluck a copy of LAISSEZ FAIRE from our stands. So receiving a call from one of South London’s most decorated radio station: Raiders Broadcast, was a surprise. The tables were truly turned. Braving public self abuse and humiliation we clocked an hour on their precious air-time and would like to thank them for the experience. (On the subject of our mag stands, whoever generously helped themselves to our beautiful plastic box in Earls Court: we WANT it back!) On the business front, we quickly learned that we knew less about the world than a blind girl at an art gallery. To run a business, you need more than a PC and large kahunas. There are tax returns and copyright issues too. Sod it, we’ll sort out the small print later and ploughed ahead making cold monetary calculations, the sort that would give Alan Sugar the shivers. A timely apology to ‘CRACK’ magazine for any overlap in creative formats is needed here. Before stepping into this issue’s Aladdins Cave, I’ll leave you with one thought. A piece of human brain, the size of a grain of sand, contains one hundred thousand neurons, two million axons, and one billion synapses, all talking to each other. The number of combinations and permutations of activity that are theoretically possible in each of our heads exceeds the number of elementary particles in the universe. I’ll let the numbers wash over you – welcome to the great unknown!
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LINUX: openSUSE 11.4# CUT-THROAT COMPETITION FROM MASSIVE CORPORATIONS CAUSED BY MONOPOLISATION AND OVER-SIZED ADVERTISING BUDGETS THRUSTING OUT WEAKER ONES, IS ALL PART OF THE MYSTERIOUS LAW OF ‘NATURAL SELECTION’. IN THE STRUGGLE FOR BUSINESS, ‘THE CHOSEN’ ARE THOSE WITH SOME ADAPTIVE EDGE; SOME PHYSICAL OR MENTAL ADVANTAGE. BUT WHEN YOU MEET SOMEONE AND THEY SAY THEIR MAIN COMPETITOR IS MICROSOFT, YOU THINK TO YOURSELF: ‘WHAT?’ AFTER A POWWOW WITH STUART TANNER, EXCLUSIVE UK DISTRIBUTER OF THE LINUX OPERATING SYSTEM, I STEADIED MYSELF - THOUGHTS RAMPAGING THROUGH MY MIND. WHAT DO I DO FIRST? CALL GEORGE? CALL PAUL? WRITE A REPORT? STAND ON MY HEAD? HAVE ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE? HOW URGENT IS THIS? STUART WAS AN EASY MAN TO GET ON WITH, OPEN TO ALL, NEVER SHOWY. I COULD FEEL COMPLETELY AT EASE WITH HIM, THOUGH I WAS AWE STRUCK WITH THE AMOUNT OF TECHIE KNOWLEDGE THAT HE POSSESSED. THIS WAS STILL A WORLD OF DANGEROUS ERROR AND HALF TRUTHS TAKEN FOR A WHOLE. THOUGH I COULD FEEL THE REFORMING SPIRIT SWEEPING THROUGH, IN THE WORDS OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SPORTS WRITER, DAMON RUNYON: “THE RACE IS NOT ALWAYS TO THE SWIFT, NOR THE BATTLE TO THE STRONG, BUT THAT’S THE WAY TO BET”.
BOLTON LINUX ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF openSUSE 11.4 # BOLTON LINUX WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO AN ALTERNATIVE OPERATING SYSTEM FOR YOUR HOME DESKTOP AND LAPTOP COMPUTERS. OPENSUSE IS A COLLECTION OF SOFTWARE THAT INCLUDES GRAPHIC DESIGN, OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY, EASY-TO-USE GRAPHICAL INTERFACE, WEB BROWSERS, WEB DESIGN AND WEB HOSTING SOFTWARE, ACCOUNTING, GAMES AND MUCH MORE BESDIES, AND BECAUSE OPENSUSE IS BUILT ON THE LINUX PLATFORM, IT’S FREE FROM WINDOWS VIRUSES.
Users used to the Windows (TM) Interface will feel at home with KDE, however the way that applications are grouped by category makes them much easier to find with openSUSE. WHAT’S THE NAME OF YOUR COMPANY?
on as the licence key is only to activate the support not the software. Also, because there is no commercial gain from distributing malware or viruses for Linux it is never Bolton Linux – and we have the sole exclusive distribution rights in the UK to sell done. Even if a virus should be written for Linux it would only affect the current user’s ‘openSUSE Retail 11.4’. We provide round the clock customer service and also tech- data, as the operating system is protected. This is because an openSUSE password nical support. protects the ﬁle system with a password that the user chooses during installation. WHAT GOT YOU STARTED USING OPENSUSE INSTEAD OF OTHER OPERAT- The Linux desktop environment is designed to be user friendly and help users miING SYSTEMS? grate over from Windows, with a feature packed offering. I started using openSUSE back in 2005. I was looking for Accounts software in PC World and noticed this box on the shelf; it had a list as long as my arm of everything I could think of and more. The two main things that stood out to me were: Accounts (as that was what I needed at the time) and Web Hosting Software. Through this I learned more about it, became much more interested and involved within the community.
As for a direct cost comparison, I will quote sources with each program:
PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT OPENSUSE CAN DO?
openSUSE Linux costs £60 AND includes:
openSUSE is an operating system for Desktop, Laptop and Netbook devices and is a combination of Operating System and Associated Applications. It contains driver software for 99% of modern hardware devices, and has applications covering most areas. openSUSE is also a project working to spread the word of Linux through its major sponsor, Novell, supporting global events and conferences all around the world.
Two fully functioned ofﬁces suites, CD / DVD burning software, accounting software, multimedia, web design and hosting, plus technical support as well. Support for Windows needs to be purchased separately.
WHAT MAKES OPENSUSE DIFFERENT FROM MICROSOFT WINDOWS?
openSUSE is fast, lightweight, virus free, secure and works with all types of computers from Pentium 1-4 desktop and laptop computers to Modern Multi Core servers.
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional home edition is £149.99 in Maplin. Microsoft Ofﬁce 2010 Professional Edition costs £357.99 in Sainsbury’s. Ahead Nero Multimedia Suite HD costs £53.44 on Amazon. Synamtec Norton Anti Virus 3 user costs £39.95 on John Lewis.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INSTALLING OPENSUSE?
The main difference is that openSUSE is built on ‘open-source’ software. This means that the source code is available for everything on the installation DVD, so updates openSUSE is unrestricted as to how many how machines it can be installed on, unand upgrades are always available too. like Windows where you have to legally buy a new licence to install onto other PCs. Most Software available for Linux is released under the GNU Public Licence (GPL - a copy of which is available at www.gnu.org) which is free. This means we can offer our product at substantially cheaper prices. It also means that it is usually free to install additional software, and has no limit to the number of computers you want to install
openSUSE comes with 90 days technical support and 18 months of product updates. Although longer term support is the goal behind the Evergreen project (which is all about long-term support), upgrades are released on an 8 month cycle with the next due in November.
WHAT TYPE OF PEOPLE / BUSINESSES WOULD BENEFIT FROM OPENSUSE? openSUSE:Medical - Supporting the use of openSUSE in doctor’s practices and other clinical environments. • Everybody! We have something to suit everyone: • People looking to give a new lease of life to older hardware; IS IT EASY TO INSTALL AND USE OPENSUSE? • People looking to develop their own applications; • Business looking to reduce high costs brought about by licensing costs from their Very easy. We have an easy-to-follow graphical environment, which makes all the current applications; decisions and gives recommendations based on hardware and detects localisation. • Home users looking to provide a safe and stable computing environment in which For those unsure, we provide a user manual in the retail version that includes stepto surf the internet without having to think about security exploits, Trojans, viruses by-step instructions on how to install and which choices to make. and other threats; • Families with children would also beneﬁt from taking advantage of the education- To be honest, in order to install openSUSE, all one needs to worry about is knowing al software that is available for openSUSE, which forms the basis of openSUSE how to press the ‘NEXT’ button on the screen – ‘NEXT’ ‘NEXT’ ‘NEXT’ … - Education – L i f e (Linux for Education). NEW TECHNOLOGY IS QUITE EDUCATIONAL, BUT I’M AFRAID YOUR AUDIopenSUSE also forms the basis of SLES (Suse Linux Enterprise Server) and SLED ENCE MAYBE SLIGHTLY APPREHENSIVE WHEN IT COMES TO TAKING THE (Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop) and these technologies are in use throughout indus- LEAP TO TRY IT. HOW DOES YOUR COMPANY HELP ENSURE EASY ACCESS try. A commercial example of Novell SuSE Linux in action could be the London Stock AND RESPONSE TO PROBLEMS AND QUERIES? Exchange, which recently switched over to Novell Linux and Millennium Exchange Software., Furthermore, Johannesburg is moving to Millenium Exchange and, should Technical Support is provided both from the manufacturer, retailer and community at the merger between the London Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange go large; there are support forums, mailing lists, telephone call centres, monthly trade through, it too will move over to Novell Linux and Millennium Exchange software (See shows and more where support and advice are available. openSUSE Retail edition’ also: The London Stock Exchange moves to Novell Linux, By Steven J. Vaughan- comes with 90 days free email and telephone support 24/7. Nichols). There are a number of targeted versions of openSUSE: openSUSE:Education - L i f e (Linux for Education); More and more schools evaluate Linux as a cost-efﬁcient alternative for their running systems in a way that will be “ready for the future of education” and as more and more home users ﬁnd out that their children need a PC (and good PC knowledge) to have a stake in the future, Linux becomes more and more useful;
Enjoy your Internet experience, worry-free: Forget worrying about viruses and spyware. openSUSE has none, period. And the included Firefox4 web browser alerts you to known phishing websites, helping protect you from scams and identity thieves.openSUSE also includes Opera, Google Chrome and Konquror web browsers (Konqueror is the Linux version of Safari and runs on webkit).
Full office suite included: Use LibreOffice to create professional-looking documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more. With OpenOffice you can work on office documents created with other office suites.
Have fun with media: Play your music, podcasts, and videos with Banshee and Amarok. Organize, edit, share, and fool around with your photos with F-Spot or DigiKam; make new photos of yourself and your friends with Cheese. Live mobile: openSUSE works great on laptops and on personal hand held devices such as tablets, mobile phones and netbooks. So you don’t have to be tied down to be working or having fun with openSUSE!
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