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Moonlight is Not Silverlight, Silverlight is Not Flash

Just some quick points worthy of clarification: Moonlight is not Silverlight. Microsoft does not support GNU/Linux as far as Silverlight is concerned. Novell merely plays catch-up trying to implement something which Microsoft refuses to make available for GNU/Linux. There is no promise of full compatibility and future support. Microsoft can (and will) change it any time it wishes to suit other business goals such as O/S competition, application integration, Web services, or advertising.

Cheap laptop price tags can mislead users

Personal computer (laptop and desktop) prices may have crashed. The low price tags, however, can be misleading - especially for first-time buyers. Consider this. All low-cost laptops and desktops come pre-loaded with a Linux OS or a DOS version (obsolete on desktops). The installation of a legal Microsoft operating system (OS) and office suite (for word, excel, etc) will increase the price of the desktop or laptop by 20 to 35 per cent.

[Here's my submission for FUD-of-the-Week - Sander]

Y2K38 Bug

In the next three days, every Linux or Unix people will start the thirty years of countdown before the unix timestamps overflows. This bug is called Y2K38 and it affects all unix-like operating system which represent system time as the number of seconds since January 1, 1970.

Impossible thing #1: Developing efficient, well engineered free software like Debian GNU/Linux

new world from the old one, even though it is glaringly obvious once you’ve crossed over. Empirical evidence is one way to bridge the gap. To that end, I want to show some solid evidence for the “impossible” things that commons-based peer production (CBPP) has already accomplished—things that the old conventional wisdom would tell us “can’t be done”. This week, I’ll look at what is probably the most obvious case: free software.

Elisa 0.3.3 turns Linux into a movie theater

The developers at Fluendo have been working on an open-source, cross-platform media center application called Elisa. Version 0.3.3, which was released last week, includes a complete user interface overhaul that dramatically improves usability. Elisa offers all of the basic features one would expect from a media center application, including support for video and audio playback as well as image slide shows.

Use kfsmd to keep track of changes in your filesystems

Applications can ask the Linux kernel to report changes to selected files and directories. I created the Kernel Filesystem Monitoring Daemon (kfsmd) to make monitoring filesystem changes simple. There are packages available for both 32- and 64-bit Fedora 7 and 8 and Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy, as well as 32-bit packages for openSUSE 10.3. You can also download a repo file, which can be used with Fedora 8 and yum. Placing the repo file into /etc/yum.repos.d allows you to install kfsmd and its dependencies with yum install kfsmd on a Fedora 8 machine. You can also compile directly from source if that is your preference.

Mystery infestation strikes Linux/Apache Web sites

According to a press release issued earlier this month by Finjan, a security research firm, compromised Web servers are infecting thousands of visitors daily with malware that turns their Windows machines into unwitting bots to do the bidding of an as yet unidentified criminal organization. Security firms ScanSafe and SecureWorks have since added their own takes on the situation, though with varying estimates on the number of sites affected. All reports thus far say the compromised servers are running Linux and Apache.

Project Nemo: when file managers and calendars converge

The Nemo project is a new, experimental file management tool for Linux that provides a unique calendar interface and leverages indexing systems like Beagle and Tracker. Documents, PDFs, images, videos, and compressed archives are displayed as items in a calendar based on the dates that the files were last modified. The calendar view can be customized to show a day, week, month, or year.

Litrix: Linux from Brazil to your desktop

Litrix Linux is a distribution developed in Brazil and based on Gentoo Linux. As with Gentoo, users are left to do some of their own configuration, but with good hardware detection and the Litrix Central configuration tool, building your own personalized Linux system is a little easier than you might expect.

HP releases FOSS governance tools, announces forums and services

Hewlett-Packard is taking a giant leap into the field of open source governance -- the managing of free software within corporate systems -- with three announcements today. FOSSology, an open source project for the development of governance and FOSSBazaar, a Web site to focus discussion about governance, are being development with open source corporate partners, while the Open Source Health Check is the name for HP's own collection of governance consulting services.

This week at LWN: A ten-year timeline (part 2)

Last week, we began a multi-part series looking at the soon-to-be ten years of LWN. At the end of that episode, we were coming to the realization that the training business was, perhaps, not going to perform quite as well as our spreadsheets had suggested it might. It turns out that spreadsheets created with free software can be just as deceptive as those done with proprietary programs - who would have ever guessed? So we decided to look into whether it might be possible to make some sort of deal with some other company - preferably one with some money - to keep the show going.

Examining the One Laptop Per Child XOs

I have been asked to review the XO computers from the One Laptop Per Child project. This is the first in a series of blog posts about my experiences, as well as those of some children with whom I will be working. I could easily gush over it or complain about how small the keyboard is in a single article, but I think the XO requires a more in-depth review than that. So I hope you'll join me as I explore these interesting tools aimed at children.

OpenStreetMap project completes import of United States TIGER data

OpenStreetMap (OSM) has completed the bulk import of comprehensive street and highway data for the United States, months ahead of the project's original estimates. The massive data set originated with the US Census Bureau's public domain map database, and importing it required a dedicated upload process running around the clock since August 2007. The imported data will still require human editing and error-correction, but the completed task is a major milestone for the OSM project.

Howto Install KDE 4.0 (Stable) in Ubuntu Gutsy

Howto Install KDE 4.0 (Stable) in Ubuntu Gutsy

Say Hello to the OpenSAF Foundation

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jan 24, 2008 8:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
I was pleased to see the formal announcement yesterday of the OpenSAF Foundation, a new open source project that I've been helping form for the past several months. You can find the the launch press release here, and I've also pasted it in at the end of this blog entry for archival purposes. There's more to the picture than can be found in the press release, upon which more below.

CRM company dumps Microsoft, remakes itself with LAMP

Etelos, launched in pre-bubble 1999 as a CRM services outfit, has remade itself as a Web 2.0 company with the help of open source software. Today, Etelos offers hosted CRM applications that weave into Google apps, Windows Live, and even iPods. Leaving Microsoft behind, and all the licensing restrictions that came with it, made all the difference, says CTO and founder Danny Kolke.

Fonality Partners with Dell for Turnkey VoIP

  • Enterprise VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Jan 24, 2008 6:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Fonality has become the first open-source-based VoIP provider to strike a deal with a Tier 1 computer vendor. Starting this February, customers will be able to purchase fully provisioned Fonality VoIP Phone System servers from computer maker Dell. The Fonality VoIP Phone System will come installed on Optiplex 330 PCs, according to Fonality CEO Chris Lyman.

ATI Radeon HD 3400, 3600 Series On Linux

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jan 24, 2008 5:13 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
AMD has today announced the ATI Radeon HD 3400 and 3600 series graphics processors, which are the budget-minded siblings to the Radeon HD 3850 and 3870. The graphics cards currently now shipping in these series are the HD 3450, HD 3470, and HD 3650. When the Radeon HD 3850 and 3870 were introduced, there wasn't same-day Linux support but it had arrived both in open and closed-source forms relatively quickly, but is that the same story for these lower-end solutions? Will the DisplayPort interface on these graphics cards be supported under Linux? In this article, we have answers to these questions.

FUDCon highlights

FUDCon Raleigh 2008 was a weekend of hacking, planning, discussions, coding, and general mirth. Over 200 members of the Fedora community were in attendance, and a tremendous amount of work was accomplished that will pay off in the Fedora 9 release. Rather than recap the entire event myself, I have collected up some of the blog posts about FUDCon that appeared on Fedora Planet during and after the event. Check back tomorrow for a FUDCon video.

Zenwalk 5.0 - Something More, Something New.

Zenwalk Linux 5.0 for desktop was released on the 18th of January 2008 with the continued focus on simplicity and optimum performance. This major release also boasts the out-of-the-box availability of three Intel Pro Wireless and one Intel Wireless WiFi Link firmwares. This is also the first time that the modern HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) will be implemented thus replacing the old Zenwalk hotplug system. In keeping with tradition, the latest softwares are provided.

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