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India's $35 PC is the Future of Computing

  • PCWorld; By Tony Bradley (Posted by bob on Jul 23, 2010 1:41 PM EST)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OLPC
The government of India has unveiled a prototype of a touchscreen, tablet computer which it expects to sell for $35 initially... The Indian prototype is impressive--especially at a $35 price point. The device runs on a variation of Linux.

Details of the first-ever control system malware

The security world is aflutter over new malware that has been spreading via USB devices and is programmed to steal data from systems running specific software used in utilities and industrial manufacturing plants.

There are a lot of moving parts to this story so we've decided to break them down and tell you what is happening and how it impacts you.

DeVeDe 3.16.8, create DVDs from video files

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bob on Jul 19, 2010 1:10 PM EST)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
DeVeDe is an application that converts various video file formats into a disc that can be played in a DVD player. Other applications and tool chains can be coaxed into doing this but DeVeDe has the advantage of being a dedicated utility that has been designed for a single function.

The VDrift Racing Game Continues Speeding Up

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Jul 19, 2010 11:57 AM EST)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
At the end of last month the VDrift project did their first snapshot release in more than a year for this open-source drift racing game that's supported on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X operating systems. The VDrift 2010-06-30 snapshot incorporates a great deal of changes, among which are a rewritten physics engine and a new deferred rendering engine that brings a great deal of visual improvements to this free software game. In this article are some screenshots on this OpenGL racing game and more of the new work found within this release.

NVIDIA's Oldest Legacy Driver Will Not Gain New Support

A few days back there was the release of two updated NVIDIA legacy drivers for Linux, but only their newest legacy driver (they have three different legacy drivers at present) gained support for X.Org Server 1.8. This support though is needed for the older NVIDIA drivers to operate on newer Linux distributions like Fedora 13 and openSUSE 11.3. On this Sunday evening we have now confirmation from NVIDIA that they have no plans on providing xorg-server 1.8 support for their oldest legacy driver...

Dirk Hohndel at Akademy

At Akademy in Tampere we interviewed Dirk Hohndel, Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist (we would call him 'dude') at Intel. He was present representing Intel and checking out what the KDE community is up to. As he sacrificed spending the 4th of July with his family for this, we were anxious to talk to him. read more

Linux wins the SCO vs Novell case

The case began in 2004 over a transfer agreement made in 1995. And finally, thanks to Groklaw, its volunteers and Pamela Jones, whose tireless efforts to follow and explain the twists and turns of this case showed what an obsessive compulsive with a blog can do and helped make the case understandable for those of us happy enough not to be lawyers. - John Oates, The Register

Ubuntu 10.04 is Released

  • LXer (Posted by bob on Apr 29, 2010 12:46 PM EST)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx is released.

Report: Linux adoption highest in APAC

  • ZDNet Asia Latest Tech News (Posted by bob on Apr 26, 2010 8:35 AM EST)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Adoption of Linux server is highest in Asia-Pacific at 25 percent more, driven by small and midsize businesses, finds new study.

Facebook conference opens with controversy

  • SF Gate; By Benny Evangelista (Posted by bob on Apr 22, 2010 10:15 AM EST)
  • Story Type: News Story
"I see it as a loss of control over information you used to have control over," said Kurt Opsahl, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "I don't see how it's meant to benefit Facebook users. I can see what it will get you is data mining and targeted advertising." - Benny Evangelista, SF Chronicle

Cray Boosts Performance with New 12-core AMD Opteron 6100 Series Processor

  • Linux Magazine (Posted by bob on Apr 20, 2010 9:43 AM EST)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Dig deep into the performance of the new 12-core AMD Opteron 6100 series processor and how to maximize its features for your applications.

Comparing Apples and Androids

  • Linux Magazine; By Frank Ableson (Posted by bob on Apr 19, 2010 6:25 PM EST)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Apple ups the ante against Android with iPhone OS version 4 -- but first they have to answer to the 3.3.1 worm.

Bombono DVD Open-Source DVD Authoring Software

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bob on Apr 19, 2010 12:23 PM EST)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Bombono is a simple to use DVD authoring program that doesn't have the steep learning curve of many others in its field. Or in the words of the Web site: “Bombono DVD is a DVD authoring program for Linux. It is easy to use and has nice and clean GUI (Gtk).” Also from the Web site, the main features of Bombono DVD are: more>>

King of the geeks leaves Oracle

Father of Java, son of Canada Oracle's chief technology officer James Gosling, inherited from the take over of Sun, is leaving the company.…

Scripting the Vim editor, Part 1: Variables, values, and expressions

  • IBM developerWorks : Linux (Posted by bob on Apr 10, 2010 9:23 AM EST)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Vimscript is a mechanism for reshaping and extending the Vim editor. Scripting allows you to create new tools, simplify common tasks, and even redesign and replace existing editor features. This article (the first in a series) introduces the fundamental components of the Vimscript programming language: values, variables, expressions, statements, functions, and commands. These features are demonstrated and explained through a series of simple examples.

Coming Soon: X Server 1.8

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Mar 31, 2010 10:38 AM EST)
  • Story Type: News Story
According to the release plans, the release of X Server 1.8 should take place, and while in reality it will likely not be released today, its release is coming soon. When this release does arrive, it will add a new set of features to the X.Org stack and a number of other minor improvements and bug-fixes.

Is Microsoft About to Declare Patent War on Linux?

Taking legal action against *all* companies producing software stacks for smartphones would allow Microsoft to claim with some semblance of plausibility that it was not specifically targeting Linux this time (unlike its previous sabre-rattling statements about patent infringement that were specifically aimed at Linux). But the net effect would be that Linux would be the chief victim of such an approach, since any companies using it in their smartphones are likely to end up doing deals with Microsoft - and hence implicitly accepting its claims - whatever the open source community might think or want. It would be like Novell's pact with Microsoft, writ large and much worse.

News analysis: Google, partners have clout to make smart TV a reality

  • Computerworld Linux News (Posted by bob on Mar 18, 2010 9:12 PM EST)
  • Groups: Intel, Linux; Story Type: News Story
With Google said to be working with Intel and Sony to develop a way to bring the best of the Internet to television, industry analysts wonder if the time for a smart TV has finally arrived.

GIMP 2.8 Scheduled For Release Post-Christmas

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Jan 24, 2010 11:13 AM EST)
  • Story Type: News Story
For those interested in the next major update to the GIMP graphics editing application (GIMP 2.8), it now has a tentative release date. GIMP's Martin Nordholts has announced on his blog that GIMP 2.8 is scheduled for release on the 27th of December of this year...

Microsoft warns of IE bug used in Chinese attacks on Google

  • ars technica; By Emil Protalinski (Posted by bob on Jan 15, 2010 11:49 AM EST)
  • Story Type: News Story, Security
Microsoft has issued Security Advisory (979352) after its own investigations into the highly-organized hacking attack in late December, the one that Google earlier this week insinuated came from China, led the software giant to conclude that a Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerability in Internet Explorer was used by the perpetrators.

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