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

  • IBM developerWorks : Linux (Posted by bob on Apr 10, 2010 10:23 AM EDT)
  • 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 11:38 AM EDT)
  • 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 10:12 PM EDT)
  • 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 12:13 PM EDT)
  • 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 12:49 PM EDT)
  • 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.

One Month Of Monitoring The Linux Kernel Performance

For those that may have forgot, at the start of December we launched the Phoronix Kernel Test Farm to begin benchmarking the Linux kernel on a daily basis using the automated tools that we provide via the Phoronix Test Suite and Phoromatic. Towards the middle of December we then unveiled the Phoromatic Tracker, which exposes these test results in real-time to the public. Well, it's now been a month of monitoring the kernel's performance and the entire Linux 2.6.33 kernel development cycle thus far, with many interesting findings.

Happy Birthday, Linus

Today is the birthday of Linus. Although that's essentially a private event for him, there's an interesting historical link to the creation of the Linux kernel, too. read more

ATI Linux 2009 Year In Review

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Dec 28, 2009 4:12 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Compared to past years when recapping the AMD/ATI Linux advancements over the past calendar year, 2009 was not quite as exciting, which can be viewed as both good and bad for their Catalyst Linux driver. There were many advancements this year on AMD's open-source side, but in 2009 there wasn't as many milestones for their Catalyst driver like in the past with the introduction of CrossFire, OverDrive, same-day Linux support, the AMD Catalyst Control Center, and other new features. Here is our 2009 year in review look at AMD's advancements to their proprietary Catalyst Linux driver along with our annual benchmarks.

Linux 2.6.33-rc2 Kernel Released

As a Christmas (or holiday) gift to all Linux users, Linus Torvalds last night put out the Linux 2.6.33-rc2 kernel release. This is the second release candidate since the closing of the Linux 2.6.33 kernel merge window, that brought the long-awaited Nouveau driver, many other graphics improvements, and other exciting changes.

The holiday 2.6.33-rc2 release announcement from Linus Torvalds can be read at While I may be away on a sabbatical for Windows, you can continue to see how the performance of the Linux 2.6.33 kernel continues to evolve on a daily basis using the Phoromatic Tracker's kernel tracker...

Tech Tip: Using Twitter and Facebook from Pidgin

  • Linux Journal (Posted by bob on Dec 8, 2009 2:46 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
In the vast world of communication, instant messaging is a long-standing medium. Facebook has entered the scene relatively recently, as has Twitter. If you use these newer mediums of communication and you're a Pidgin user then you may want to look at the Pidgin plugins for accessing them.

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NVIDIA 64-bit FreeBSD Beta Driver By Year's End

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Nov 25, 2009 6:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Kernel; Story Type: Interview
With the FreeBSD 8.0 release now available, we reached out to NVIDIA to find out the status of their 64-bit BSD display driver, now that this operating system carries the necessary mmap extension support in their 64-bit kernel for their proprietary graphics driver to function. Andy Ritger, who heads the user-space side of NVIDIA's UNIX Graphics Driver team and was previously interviewed by Phoronix, provided a brief update.

Ritger doesn't have a firm ETA when a 64-bit BSD display driver will be released, but he hopes soon...

KOffice 2.1 Released

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 25, 2009 3:55 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
The KOffice team is very happy to announce version 2.1.0 of KOffice, 6 months after the platform release 2.0.0. This release brings a number of new features as well as general improvements in the maturity of the individual applications. Importing of documents have also been given an overhaul. read more

MS denies Win 7 backdoor rumours

Oooh, spooky! Microsoft has once again denied rumours that it built a backdoor into Windows 7.

Linux rulz: Top500 says so

  • iTWire; By David Heath (Posted by bob on Nov 16, 2009 12:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Today’s release of the list of the top 500 supercomputers shows that well over 90% are running Linux. Also,...

Australia's new supercomputer

  • iTWire; By David Heath (Posted by bob on Nov 16, 2009 1:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Increasing raw throughput over its predecessor by a factor of ten, the new Sun Constellation supercomputer was officially launched today.

Simpler, Faster, Stronger: MySQL Optimization Tips

  • LinuxPlanet; By Sean Hull (Posted by bob on Nov 13, 2009 3:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
It can be tempting to throw hardware at MySQL performance problems, but there are ways to tune your SQL database so that it doesn't always need more power. Sean Hull gives some excellent tips on simplifying, strengthening, and speeding up your MySQL database.

Novell targets netbooks with latest OS

OpenSUSE 11.2 tugs at Karmic Koala's fur Novell has released openSUSE 11.2, just a few short weeks after Ubuntu 9.10 - aka Karmic Koala - landed.…Case Study: WhatsUp keeps Legoland turnstyles ringing

Go: A New Programming Language from Google

  • Dr.Dobb's Open Source Articles (Posted by bob on Nov 11, 2009 3:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google has launched Go, a new systems programming language born with concurrency, simplicity, and performance in mind. Go is open source and its syntax is similar to C, C++ and Python. It uses an expressive language with pointer but no pointer arithmetic. It is type safe and memory safe.

Moblin v2.1 goes beta, adds 3G support

  • (Posted by bob on Nov 11, 2009 7:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Moblin project released the first beta of Moblin 2.1, fixing numerous bugs while adding support for a 3G modem. Other touted improvements to the netbook-focused Moblin 2.1 include a faster browser with plugin support, Bluetooth discovery support, higher screen resolution support, and an enhanced ConnMan.

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