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Oh Nokia, We Loved You So...

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bob on Feb 11, 2011 6:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Nokia, we invited you into our house. We let you put your feet on the coffee table.  And yet this is how you treat us? Heck, we even tolerated the resistive screen on the N900, because it was a full blown Linux computer. We even put MeeGo on the cover of our March issue, and now you decide to defect to the dark side? Oh, Nokia... more>>

Nouveau Fermi Acceleration Merged Into X Driver

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Jan 17, 2011 3:49 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The Nouveau (and PathScale) developers working on reverse-engineering the NVIDIA Linux binary driver in turn to write a free software driver with 2D/3D acceleration for all of NVIDIA's graphics processors, have another accomplishment under their belt today. They've now merged the NVC0 (a.k.a. "Fermi") acceleration support into the xf86-video-nouveau DDX driver...

Unigine Engine Ported To Android Phones, Tablets

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Jan 16, 2011 9:53 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The Unigine Engine, which is developed by the Linux-friendly Unigine Corp and is known as providing the most advanced and demanding OpenGL Linux game engine at this time, has been ported to run on tablet computers and smart-phones running Google's Android operating system. Wow...

Can DragonFly's HAMMER Compete With Btrfs, ZFS?

The most common Linux file-systems we talk about at Phoronix are of course Btrfs and EXT4 while the ZFS file-system, which is available on Linux as a FUSE (user-space) module or via a recent kernel module port, gets mentioned a fair amount too. When it comes to the FreeBSD and PC-BSD operating systems, ZFS is looked upon as the superior, next-generation option that is available to BSD users. However, with the DragonFlyBSD operating system there is another option: HAMMER. In this article we are seeing how the performance of this original creation within the DragonFlyBSD project competes with ZFS, UFS, EXT3, EXT4, and Btrfs.

Create an IBM Cloud instance with the Linux command line

  • IBM developerWorks : Linux (Posted by bob on Jan 6, 2011 9:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Linux
Learn how to use the command line from Linux to create an instance in the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud environment. The author also shows you how to create multiple instances with a simple script.

Tutorial: More Excellent Plugins for Yum

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by bob on Jan 4, 2011 9:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last week we learned that Yum supports a robust ecosystem of plugins, and how to find and manage them. Today we look at some good Yum plugins for security, and managing package priorities.

Intel Sandy Bridge Linux Graphics? It's A Challenge

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by bob on Jan 3, 2011 2:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel, Linux
This week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (I'll be there again looking out for Linux), Intel will officially launch their next-generation Sandy Bridge micro-architecture and CPUs. The NDA though expired at midnight on these first CPUs so there is now a stream of reviews coming out. Is there any Linux graphics test results for the Core i5 2500K and Core i7 2600K? Unfortunately, there is not...

Amazon EC2 Micro: Barely Faster Than A Nokia N900?

In December we published our first set of Amazon EC2 benchmarks for their Elastic Compute Cloud using Ubuntu EC2 and the different instances that were compatible. Now though we are in the process of carrying out a new set of benchmarks from Amazon's cloud that not only contains more tests, but using the official Amazon Linux AMI we tested nearly every instance type. Except what is missing are the results for the "micro" (the t1.micro API name) instance. Why? It is simply too slow and irregular.

What Are Your Six Go-To Android Apps?

  • Linux Magazine (Posted by bob on Jan 3, 2011 4:23 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
We're tapping the Linux Mag hive-mind this week for Android-based apps that deserve an install. Share your favorites.

MeeGo's Community Woes: Improvement in 2011?

Though MeeGo shows a lot of promise, the project is not making the most of the open source developer community. Here's what's wrong, and what MeeGo needs to do better in 2011.

Why waste money? Free software just as wonderful

  • The Island Packet; By Morgan Bonner (Posted by bob on Jan 2, 2011 5:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
I've shelled out a lot of money over the years on software -- Windows and Mac OS upgrades, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office -- the list goes on and on. Some of it was necessary, but more often than not there are free alternatives out there that do the job just as well or better than the paid software -- someone just has to point you in the right direction. That's what I'll attempt to do here today. Behold, some of my favorite free programs and utilities that I guarantee will make your life easier:

Open-source animation movie comes to India

  • Express Buzz; By Kevin Kishore (Posted by bob on Jan 2, 2011 4:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The techies in Kerala have one more feather to add in their cap. India's first open source movie concept is getting ready under Chamba Swathanthra Movie Project, started in Kerala. Open source films (also known as open content films and free content films) are films which are produced and distributed using free and open source software methodologies.

danger lurks in PDF documents

  • The H Security; By Stefan Krempl (Posted by bob on Jan 2, 2011 12:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story, Security
At the 27th Chaos Communication Congress (27C3) in Berlin, security researcher Julia Wolf of US company FireEye pointed out numerous, previously hardly known, security problems in connection with Adobe's PDF standard. For instance, a PDF can reportedly contain a database scanner that becomes active and scans a network when the document is printed on a network printer.

mPlayer -- the cross-platform, open source media player -- ported to webOS

  • switched.com; By Lee Mathews (Posted by bob on Jan 2, 2011 12:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sure, the webOS App Catalog lags behind the markets of other mobile OSes -- but the homebrew community continues porting apps to HP/Palm's platform. One of the more recent additions is mPlayer, the cross-platform open source media app.

Broadcom Crystal HD Support For MPlayer, FFmpeg

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Jan 1, 2011 6:18 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
While those using the NVIDIA binary display driver with any modern GeForce graphics processor have great accelerated video playback on the GPU right now via VDPAU, as a GPU-independent way to offload the video playback acceleration from the CPU there s Broadcom's Crystal HD adapter, which is backed by open-source Linux drivers. The Crystal HD has already been tapped by XBMC and other free software projects, but new patches are available to utilize this technology within MPlayer and FFmpeg...

Murach's PHP and MySQL Book Review

  • Dr. Dobb's; By Mike Riley (Posted by bob on Jan 1, 2011 4:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: MySQL, PHP
Murach books are known for their large format trim size and one-to-one theory-practice "paired pages" approach. While a majority of their titles are Microsoft technology focused, they do offer titles on Java and other Oracle-based technologies. This latest title from Murach on PHP and MySQL expands their offerings even further. How does this title compare to other Murach and PHP/MySQL book alternatives? Read on to find out.

10 of the best Linux window managers

  • techradar.com; By Graham Morrison (Posted by bob on Jan 1, 2011 2:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNOME, KDE, Xfce
The window manager is the most important part of the Linux desktop environment. It defines how your windows look, how they behave, how applications are launched, and how they're closed. In many cases, window managers have evolved into complete desktop environments, helping with file management, configuration editing and computer management. They're at the very heart of your interaction with the system, but their best feature is that they're swappable, which sets Linux apart from both Windows and OS X.

Tsinghua University, Mozilla Launch Browser For IPv6

  • China Tech News (Posted by bob on Jan 1, 2011 1:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Tsinghua University and Mozilla China have jointly developed a new Internet browser product that is specially designed for IPv6.

More Ubuntu Tablet Details Surface

More details emerge around an Ubuntu based tablet out of China. Although a firm launch date has yet to be set the developers hope the Ubuntu powered tablet will launch early next year. Here’s what they had to say in an exclusive interview with Gizchina..

KOffice 2.3.0 Office Suite Released

While there is now the Calligra Suite following an internal KOffice fork by its developers, having been released today is KOffice 2.3.0 that includes the work leading up the formation of Calligra. KOffice 2.3 features include Krita being certified as ready for use by professional artists, better support for reading Microsoft Office files, a new report engine in KPlato and Kexi, and much more...

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