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24C3 (24th Chaos Computer Congress)

I had the fortune this year of being able to attend 24C3, the 24th annual Chaos Computer Congress. The conference was a lot of fun–probably the first time in a long time (at least since chumby started) that I got to sit down and just hack for a couple of days on fun projects…in between going to really interesting and stimulating talks, and enjoying Berlin’s nightclub scene.

[And in between all that he manages to hack together a wifi-and-camera-controlled franken-chumby-robot on wheels. Very impressive! - Sander]

Linspire and Sears get into the $199 Linux PC business

The latest entry into the Linux-powered low-cost PC space is a Sears/Linspire box that features the Freespire version of the propretary-friendly operating system, with specs that seem to beat the $199 Everex PC featuring the gOS version of Linux and selling through Wal-Mart.

KDE4 shining points

  • Thoughts of a future engineer; By Cassanova (Posted by Cassanova on Jan 22, 2008 2:36 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE
KDE4 Libraries have witnessed major changes in order to make coding KDE applications an easier task. Many shining points in this new edition which make of the future of KDE more promising.

Ubuntu 6.06.2 LTS -- a better way to install the most stable Ubuntu

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS -- the distribution's first "long term support" release -- now has a new installer that incorporates some 600 bug and security fixes and makes installation easier, especially on servers. It's no secret that Canonical, the company that runs Ubuntu, is making a big play both for the desktop and more-lucrative server markets, and a big part of that play is the LTS release.

Asus Plans to Offer Windows on the Eee

Asus's Eee PC, an ultra-light notebook that runs Linux, will be available with Windows XP before the end of the quarter. Pricing has not yet been announced. It will be interesting to see which OS consumers choose.

Unshaking and refocusing your photos

Whether by wind, vibration, or shaky hand, we have all taken blurry photos. But in the digital era, there is no need to despair -- you can remove shake and blur from your pictures after the fact. Several Linux-friendly utilities can help you. Deconvolution is the general process that helps remove the effects of camera shake and blur. If you want to understand the math behind the process, start with the articles referenced at Wikipedia and you can find as much detail as you want. In a nutshell, it involves taking the Fast Fourier Transform of the image (which makes it easier to see the tell-tale signs of blurring), smoothing out the artifacts, then transforming the image back into its original form. It is a CPU-intensive process, but for a shaky image there is no better use of your MHz.

openSUSE 11.0 Alpha 1 Screenshots

  • The Coding Studio (Posted by lqsh on Jan 21, 2008 11:27 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell, SUSE
We kickstart a major development into the next version of openSUSE: openSUSE 11.0. A very early alpha version, Alpha 1, is now available for download and testing. Despite many other products being developed in parallel to Factory, we have seen a heavy stream of development on it, so it is really worth a try if you have time for testing. Screenshots at The Coding Studio.

Closing Day at the Release Event

After the star studded talks of the main event day, the final day of the KDE 4.0 Release Event returned to the un-conference format of small group talks, demos and discussions. KDE Dot News listened in to some of the sessions, read on for brief summaries. Benjamin Reed (RangerRick) started the day with a Q&A session on the Mac port of KDE. The Mac builds of KDE are available and work reasonably but there are a number of issues to be sorted yet as well as some bugs that have appeared with Qt using the latest version of OS X so it is not recommended for everyday use. Some unresolved issues include the duplication of Strigi against Apple's Spotlight and lack of a Solid backend. Benjamin hopes to have stable builds available for KDE 4.1.

Brightside extends GNOME window manager

Brightside is a small utility for extending the functionality of Metacity, the default window manager for the GNOME desktop. Now at version 1.4.0, it currently offers two mutually exclusive functions: corner actions that are activated when the mouse cursor moves to one of the desktop's corners, and scrolling with the mouse between desktops. Although its home page has been down recently, Brightside is widely available in the repositories of major distributions. A wiki for the project has been registered with SourceForge.net -- although no content or contact information has been added yet -- so the project may be in the process of moving.

Arch Linux - Is this really a geek's distro?

  • planetoss.com; By vasanth (Posted by bigg on Jan 21, 2008 9:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Arch Linux, which was inspired by the CRUX is an i686 optimized lightweight distribution with a great package management tool. Arch releases usually contain a core cd image (~160 MB) that has a core system without any graphical servers and an FTP install image (~30 MB) with which you can install the entire OS from an FTP server. I decided to try arch as it seems to be one of the fastest and highly customizable distribution around(The real reason was since arch seems to be more of a "geek's distro" , I thought I could check my "geek level" with it :) ).

Tips and tricks: What is a Command Center notification and how can I acknowledge a notification?

A notification is an email, page or SNMP trap that is generated when a host changes its state or when a service check has exceeded the configured thresholds. Notifications are sent via three modes of communication: e-mail, SNMP trap, and pager. These can be acknowledged via e-mail. Only e-mail and pager notifications require acknowledgement, as SNMP traps do not participate in the escalation process.

Free Range, not Free Beer

I was eating breakfast in my favorite restaurant today and I noticed a sign up on the wall that said: "Free Range Eggs, $4.00 per dozen" Now at first I had the common knee-jerk reaction to the word "Free" that everyone does, thinking of the concept of "gratis". Then I realized that the word "Free" was related to "Range" and not the price of the eggs.

Two Mint Condition Original Unitech “unix Magic” Posters For Auction

I have two of these posters for auction. They are both original Unix Magic posters, in mint condition, rolled up for 20 years and never touched or hung....Proceeds will go to the DevChix Scholarship Fund, now that DevChix is nonprofit!

Writing a thesis with LaTeX

  • PolishLinux.org; By Tomasz Łuczak (Posted by michux on Jan 21, 2008 5:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
A dissertation is composed of two elements: the content and the form. The author is certainly the person best qualified to speak about the content. We, however, will focus on the form. We are going to see how to get a fine composition with low time expenditure using LaTeX.

Running VitrualBox (OSE) on OpenSuse 10.3

Innotek VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software. Some of the features of VirtualBox are: Modularity,  virtual machine descriptions in XML, guest additions for Windows and Linux and shared folders. The following workshop describes how to install VirtualBox (OSE) on OpenSuse 10.3 and to install  a WindowsXP guest addition.

Beijing: Red Hat opens two facilities

Red Hat has launched a testing and certification facility in Beijing, as well as opened another research and development (R&D) center in the Chinese state. These moves come under an initiative to encourage deployment of open source software in the country, which Red Hat has termed Open Source Collaborative Innovation (OSCI).

Annvix: A stable, secure, no-frills server distro

Annvix is a distribution aimed at providing a secure, stable, and fast base for servers. Be warned, however: Annvix is not for everyone. When you boot the Annvix netinstall CD, you're greeted with a shell and informed that the root password is "root" and should be changed. It also advises that you set up your network and use lynx on another terminal to browse the documentation for the install. Already I could tell that this was not going to be your average user-friendly GUI installer.

Analyzing Microsoft’s OS by Linux Standards

In the past, I’ve noticed that reviews of the various GNU/Linux OS distributions have frequently made point of their downfalls when compared to one Microsoft OS or another. This doesn’t make much sense in the grand scale of things, because most-if not all-of Microsoft’s advantages come from being the long-time market leader, not the better OS. So, in light of that, I decided to right a few wrongs by creating a review of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (which is arguably the best Microsoft OS to date) as if Linux were the market leader, and Microsoft, the upstart.

What open code developers can teach PR

Is the real challenge for PR just "influence"? Or is it something bigger thatn that? If so, are there ways we can help PR move past its history of spinnage and into a future of usefulness?

Using Advanced Filesystem Attributes

  • BeginLinux.com; By Donnie Tevault (Posted by mweber on Jan 21, 2008 12:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
As a Linux administrator, you may be called upon to set up a control system for file access. You probably already know how to set read, write, and execute permissions on files, and you will need to make extensive use of that knowledge. But, sometimes, you'll need more than just these permissions settings to get the job done.

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