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The festive season not so festive

This is still meant to be the festive season, isn't it? When they say you should show goodwill towards your fellow (hu)man, I don't think they meant redundancy payments.

This is still meant to be the festive season, isn't it? When they say you should show goodwill towards your fellow (hu)man, I don't think they meant redundancy payments.

Yet again this week another major player took the knife to their workforce, this time it was Adobe's turn as it slashed 600 jobs globally. No information was available about how this would affect local operations, but if this is how Adobe reacts to slow CS4 sales, I'd hate to see what would happen if designer started using The GIMP.

On the other side of the coin, a study conducted across Europe and the US stated that the IT industry is suffering from a dire shortage of core skills. The survey claims that the businesses are recruiting for new web-based technologies without investing in core infrastructure.

It has been a big week for open source: it opened with a demonstration of a Linux 2.6 kernel booting up on an iPhone, moved onto MySQL releasing v5.1 even though it was full of bugs and finished with Python releasing v3.0 of the popular language.

In Sydney, the Open Source Developers' Conference was on and we caught up with Chris DiBona, Google's open source programs manager and opening keynote speaker at the conference.

From our selection of videos this week, we showed how to reset Windows passwords, how to quickly map drives in Windows XP, and five things to consider when choosing a Linux distro.

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