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Continuing on from our first ever news edition, we have our second instalment. Please let us know if you prefer these news editions to our old method, by contacting us here

ATI have released version 3.9 of their Catalyst drivers. I haven't tried using this drivers, but usually it is best to keep the latest drivers installed - just make sure you follow the process correctly. Check out the
release notes to see what has change.

This week Microsoft also forgot to pay the yearly domain registration fee on its hotmail.co.uk domain name. Someone else managed to snap this up, and even tried contacting Microsoft to hand it back (which was more difficult than it sounds!). Check out the article at The Register

Our Sponsors, UC-Solutions are going to be stocking a very interesting looking clear PC case with LED fans for only 69.99. Here is a little picture of the case with the LED fans viewable:

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Addaboy.com have a small editorial on
Why desktop Linux can't succeed in its present state. A very interesting read to those who are interested in Linux, or have ever considered using it:

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Let's face it. Linux on the desktop is not working. I'm not saying it isn't working for you, the power user who has sworn off Windows no matter what. I'm talking about everyone else, the 95% of people that studies from various source have shown use Windows as their desktop OS
Another interesting development in the last few days has been the introduction of a $5 Million reward fund for people who help track down notorious virus writers. The BBC has a good article explaining this in a little more detail. One day soon a computer virus will cause some serious damage, so this is considered a welcome move by most - especially as it is Microsoft software that is usually exploited.

There have also been lots of rumours about the new Windows Longhorn Operating System from Microsoft, as well as another sneak peak at the new desktop. Such a shame we have to wait till 2006:

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NO its finally about to happen! The release of Microsofts new Windows. This time Microsoft cracks down on piracy! This will make it hard to do almost anything....you might even have to pay a small fee to install every hardware driver on your computer! So I would recommend everyone stick to Windows XP before its too late.

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http://www.spinner.nl/corp/linux.html

http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/tcpa-faq.html
 
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NO its finally about to happen! The release of Microsofts new Windows. This time Microsoft cracks down on piracy! This will make it hard to do almost anything....you might even have to pay a small fee to install every hardware driver on your computer! So I would recommend everyone stick to Windows XP before its too late.

More Info here:

http://www.spinner.nl/corp/linux.html

http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/tcpa-faq.html
I'm always sceptical when I read sites like this. I do believe that things will change a lot with licenses in a few years time, but I can actually understand that a lot of people download software off the net without actually paying for it - which if you were the one who produced this, I am sure you would not like this.

On the other hand, some of the proposals in that document seem a little far fetched from big companies, and will limit things only to those with a large budget... and for the reason, I don't think it will be that bad. Most consumers would not be able to afford such costs, and would either shift to an alternate OS, or just not use it.

A compromise needs to be struck somewhere, and I think it will work out in the end, from pressure at both sides. Supply and Demand is great at working these things out
 
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Originally posted by pyrotecx
NO its finally about to happen! The release of Microsofts new Windows. This time Microsoft cracks down on piracy! This will make it hard to do almost anything....you might even have to pay a small fee to install every hardware driver on your computer! So I would recommend everyone stick to Windows XP before its too late.

More Info here:

http://www.spinner.nl/corp/linux.html

http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/tcpa-faq.html
If thats true then its great news for Tux and his friends because I for one sure as hell wont be buying Microsoft anymore.
 
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