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Configuration Management Databases: the bigReg survey

Those among you who'd like the chance to win a Reg goodie bag should take a few minutes to complete our survey on Configuration Management Databases - known as CMDBs to their mates - which form the focus of our latest tap into the expertise of you, our beloved readers.

FSF helps free online gaming world

The Free Software Foundation have pledged $60 000 to the Free Ryzom campaign in order to help purchase the online game and release the software under a GPL.

Damn Small Linux delivers first v3.2 release candidate

The first live CD release candidate of Damn Small Linux 3.2 was made available this week, only two weeks after the release of version 3.1. The v3.2 release candidate sports a 2.4.26 kernel and the Fluxbox window manager in a tidy, 49.8 MB package. Damn Small Linux is a thumb-drive-sized Linux distribution that, despite its minuscule size, strives to be a functional and easy-to-use desktop.

Learning Ubuntu made easy

Good documentation has helped keep the two-year-old Ubuntu project among the most popular Linux distributions. To complement the traditional venues for help, such as FAQs, HOWTOs, bulletin boards, and mailing lists, Ubuntu uses interactive forums such as Internet Relay Chat to conduct training classes for new users. Now add UbuntuClips.org to the list of helpful sites. This project, not associated with Ubuntu, combines the best of Linux screencasting tools and video-sharing portals to offer audio/video clips that lead new users through common tasks.

Health IT News Wheel of Misfortune

Health-IT news articles usually follow a perennial pattern of loud hype followed by quiet failure. If what was at stake were not so important, the never ending raft of optimistic and un-critical press releases and articles about 'progress', 'advances' and 'announced plans to' would be a cause for amusement, guffaws and occasional cavorting at the lemming-like behavior of so many organizations and journalists touting the next big thing.

New virtualization system beats Xen to Linux kernel

A relatively obscure virtualization system has leapfrogged better-known rivals to make its way into an upcoming Linux kernel. KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) has been accepted by kernel gurus such as Linus Torvalds and Andrew Morton for inclusion in version 2.6.20 of the Linux kernel, developers said earlier this week. The system consists of a loadable kernel module and a user component, and is licensed under the GNU General Public License.

OpenOffice.org releases "significant" v2.1 update

The OpenOffice.org project team has rev'd its popular open-source office suite all the way from v2.0.4 -- released in October -- to v2.1, available as of today. "OpenOffice.org 2.1 is recommended for all users, as it represents a significant improvement over all previous versions," the project team said.

The Great IRQ Debate in the Linux kernel

We interrupt our normal operations in order to bring you this special report from /dev/kernel-ops. OK, wait. I just made that up as an example of what happens when a device on your PC wants the processor, in hardware terms, or the kernel, from a software point of view, to do something. To signal the processor that it needs something done, the device turns on the appropriate IRQ, short for Interrupt ReQuest. The kernel takes care of business by satisfying the request, then turns the IRQ off again.

Feilner's OpenVPN a Good Read - With One Caveat

LXer Feature: 15-Dec-2006

Markus Feilner's book, OpenVPN is an excellent book for experienced administrators. While newbie admins will learn plenty, there is one important caveat.

Southern California Linux Expo ramps up registration

SCALE 5X, the 2007 Southern California Linux Expo to be held at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Feb. 10 and 11, has opened for attendee registration. Early bird registration runs through Jan. 24, an event spokesperson said. Participants are invited to attend more than 40 seminars and tutorials.

VOIP on the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet

Nokia's 770 Internet Tablet is more than a Linux-based device; a recent software update made it a handy VOIP device. John Littler examples how the upgrade works and walks you through setting up VOIP and Asterisk.

Venture Dollars Flow to Open Source

Open-source software, once seen as the province of propeller heads and anticapitalist visionaries, is winning the respect of the most clear-eyed capitalists of all: the venture capital community.

[It's not so much anti-capitalist as pro-freemarket, but anyway... - dcparris]

Linux desktop architects map out plans for 2007

The Open Source Development Labs hosted the third Desktop Architecture Meeting in Portland, Ore., last week to continue discussions on how to move the Linux desktop forward. More than 40 developers were in attendance, from organizations such as Hewlett-Packard, X.org, Red Hat, Nokia, Intel, OpenWengo, AMD, Xandros, Linuxprinting.org, and many several others.

IBM, schools pursue open-source research

IBM, which has been a big backer of open-source software, is working with seven universities on new computing research projects whose fruits would be widely shared rather than held as intellectual property.

Mozilla Firefox Headed for Primetime

For the first time, Mozilla is introducing Firefox to TV viewers by airing four fan-produced videos beginning tonight.

Linux desktop architects map out plans for 2007

The Open Source Development Labs hosted the third Desktop Architecture Meeting in Portland, Ore., last week to continue discussions on how to move the Linux desktop forward. More than 40 developers were in attendance, from organizations such as Hewlett-Packard, X.org, Red Hat, Nokia, Intel, OpenWengo, AMD, Xandros, Linuxprinting.org, and many several others.

Symphony OS 2006-12 Beta

The Symphony OS Project is pleased to announce the release of Symphony OS 2006-12. This release, the first since May, brings more stability and enhanced features to the young desktop environment and Linux distribution. Based on Debian Testing, Symphony OS 2006-12 now includes the GNOME System Tools within its System target menu, finally providing GUI system management functions that were sorely missing from previous releases. The system also features Firefox 2, many other updated packages, and performance improvements.

Review: Virtualization and Linux--A Primer (Part 2)

From chroot jails to Xen, there are plenty of virtualization solutions to consider for sandboxed Linux services. Carla Schroder concludes her look at virtualization tools, with a look at the stars and the honorable mentions in the field.

The Free Standards Group to Standardize New Accessibility Software ...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 14, 2006 -- The Free Standards Group (FSG), the standardization and certification authority for Linux, today announced that it will be developing and maintaining software interfaces donated by IBM as an open standard, available for all to use. The standardized interfaces, IAccessible2, make it far easier for application developers to provide accessible applications to computer users with disabilities, regardless of their OS platform. IAccessible2 will become a crucial part of the FSG AccessibilityWorkgroup and is available immediately.

Open Source PS3?

  • Red Herring; By Ryan Olson (Posted by dcparris on Dec 14, 2006 11:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Given the time and money Sony has spent extolling the power of its pricey new PlayStation 3 and likening the system to a powerful PC, it was only a matter of time before hardcore users decided to open the system up and treat it like one.

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