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Pakistan supports open source software

  • Associated Press of Pakistan (Posted by bob on Jul 25, 2011 11:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The government [of Pakistan] is implementing a programme to develop open source software and help the students achieve practical software engineering goals.National Fund for Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) has provided Rs.37.63 million to execute the programme in National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NU-FAST), an official source on Sunday told APP that the project would also help address the issue of the scarcity of quality faculty in most of the universities.

Linux all-in-one phone and computer so near, so far

  • iTWire; By David M Williams (Posted by bob on Jul 24, 2011 7:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For six months I longed for the Motorola Atrix Android smartphone first announced in January. That was, until I got one and reality fell short of my utopian vision. Now I must beseech Motorola, telcos and Linux hackers alike to bring my dream to fruition.

How To Improve Server Performance by IO Tuning – Part 1

  • sys-con; By Hovhannes Avoyan (Posted by bob on Jul 24, 2011 12:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: MySQL
Tuning IO is a tedious task which requires many iterations until you eventually reach your goals or see any results. While tuning IO, I think that tuning for read performance is a different task from tuning for write performance. Combing them both can sometimes be one of the hardest tasks a SysAdmin can face. I decided to focus on write performance in the first article.

Ten reasons for giving Slackware Linux a go

  • ZDNet UK; By Jack Wallen (Posted by bob on Jul 24, 2011 7:13 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Slackware
Slackware Linux is one of the most powerful distributions available. But its power comes at a price. It's far less user-friendly than many other distributions. In fact, only Gentoo tops Slackware for difficulty. But if you avoid Slackware for those reasons, you'll miss out in a number of ways. Here are 10 of them.

Mozilla to Enterprises: 'I Want to Hold Your Hand'

  • ostatic; By Sam Dean (Posted by bob on Jul 24, 2011 1:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Mozilla Foundation is re-forming the Mozilla Enterprise User Working Group (MEWG). This is a complete reversal in attitude on Mozilla's part, and the right move to make. Firefox and Google Chrome can't continue to take market share away from Microsoft's Internet Explorer without convincing enterprise administrators that these browsers are safe, secure, and thoroughly tested. It just won't happen. Furthermore, nothing could produce more distrust from enterpise IT administrators than statements that make it seem like they don't figure into the grand scheme of things.

GNOME & KDE Developers Go To Battle Over A Name

Ahead of the Berlin Desktop Summit, several GNOME and KDE developers have begun a mailing list battle...over a name. In particular, that with GNOME 3.0 their control panel areas is called "System Settings", which is precisely what the KDE developers call their system control area too...

Linux 3.0 Real-Time Kernel Released

After not being updated for a few mainline kernel release cycles, the real-time (RT) Linux kernel has been updated against the Linux 3.0 kernel release...

Linux 3.1 Kernel Gains A Wiimote HID Driver

For those with a Wiimote controller for Nintendo's Wii console, it's long been possible to use this Bluetooth-based motion controller with Linux when installing external packages. Just pulled into the Linux 3.1 kernel, however, is a Wiimote HID driver...

GNU Health training at the United Nations University

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News (Posted by bob on Jul 23, 2011 10:46 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU, Linux; Story Type: News Story
I'm happy to announce the succesful GNU Health Academia at the United Nations University, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during the last week of June.

Red Hat moves to RHEL 5.7 as Oracle nabs Ksplice

Red Hat released version 5.7 of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, adding new drivers and KVM hypervisor improvements. In other enterprise Linux news, Oracle acquired Ksplice and its Linux-based hot-patching update technology, and an eWEEK review found the new Ubuntu-based Stackops Linux distro speeds the process of configuring and deploying OpenStack clouds....

Wine 1.3.25 Presents Rewritten Audio Support

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Jul 23, 2011 1:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While released on an unfortunate day, Wine 1.3.25 has made it out into the world per the usual bi-weekly development cycle. Prominently featured in Wine 1.3.25 is rewritten audio support based upon the Windows 7 architecture...

Improving KDE's Plasma Performance

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Jul 23, 2011 12:15 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
Due to KDE's Plasma extensive use of the hard disk for Plasmoids and other activities, and thinking about KDE's performance on mobile device, Aaron Seigo has been working to make the library consume less memory. He has achieved at least partial success in this effort...

Toshiba tablet's loaded with ports, but too hefty for eWEEK reviewer

  • Linux for Devices (Posted by bob on Jul 22, 2011 11:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Toshiba's Thrive is a decent, if unspectacular, entry to the trundling Android Honeycomb tablet market, according to this eWEEK review. However, the availability of multiple ports will please enterprise users, who might also like the removable battery better than did author Clint Boulton....

Android Market adds multiple-APK support to battle fragmentation

  • Linux for Devices (Posted by bob on Jul 22, 2011 8:50 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Android Market now lets developers mount multiple Android Package (APK) files optimized for different devices and releases, instead of selling the optimized versions separately, says Google. Meanwhile, security firm Dasient reports that eight percent of Android apps are transmitting personal user data to unauthorized computers, and some Android malware is specializing in & drive-by downloads,& leaving users unaware of what's being installed....

Preparing For The Linux 3.1 Kernel

Linus Torvalds is expected to release the Linux 3.0 kernel today. He has announced that the last-minute bugs that held up the Monday release should be addressed and he's preparing for the Linux 3.1 kernel merge window to be opened...

Intel, Collabora and SUSE to be main sponsors of the Desktop Summit

We are pleased to announce that the Desktop Summit 2011 in Berlin will be supported by Intel as the Platinum sponsor. The event organizers also welcome Collabora and SUSE as Gold partners, and are delighted with the community spirit of these generous corporate partners. Mirko Boehm, lead organizer of the Desktop Summit, said: "Their support is essential for the Desktop Summit's efforts to bring together Free Software developers from all around the world to work in a collaborative spirit on the next generation desktop technology."

Latest Roku boxes shrink, get their game on

  • Linux for Devices (Posted by bob on Jul 21, 2011 9:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Roku announced three new versions of its Linux-based, Netflix-ready streaming IP media player, all running on less than two Watts and adding support for casual gaming. The Roku 2 HD ($60) supports 720p playback; the Roku 2 XD($80) moves up to 1080p; and the Roku 2 XS ($100) adds USB and Ethernet ports, as well as a motion-control remote and Angry Birds. Roku runs embedded Linux.

Nokia giving away phones at cost

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Jul 20, 2011 5:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With margins so thin you need a microscope to see them, Nokia's financial results for the second quarter of 2011 are due tomorrow, and the company has already warned investors of very bad news coming. Yesterday, it issued a peek into just how tough things have got in 2011. Nokia said its smartphone profit margins were down to 6.2 per cent in Q1 2011, with margins of 16.4 per cent on basic phones.…

Creating Software-backed iSCSI Targets in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Studying for certification exams can be an adventure. Even more so when the certification exam is a hands-on, performance-based exam. The quandry most people I know fall into, is that to effectively study for such an exam, you need access to a lab environment with elements that may be beyond the scope of the average Linux enthusiast.

VirtualBox 4.1 Goes Gold

Less than a month after beta releases began, Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1 has been officially been released. This is a major update to Oracle's virtualization platform they received from the 2010 acquisition of Sun Microsystems...

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