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Parsix 0.90 Test 3

The third test release of Parsix GNU/Linux 0.90 is now available. New in this LiveCD is GNOME 2.18.2, Sun Java replaced by GCJ, added the Parsix Book to the LiveCD, several bug fixes, glibc 2.5, and many other improvements. If you've never tried out Parsix, it's based on a combination of KANOTIX and Debian that is a well polished distribution worth trying out for desktop users.

How to cleanup your GNOME registry?

The other day I stumbled upon this neat tool that helps cleanup your GConf registry, called GConf Cleaner. While GNOME registry size isn't nowhere near the size of Windows registry, and thus shouldn't slow your computer too much, it's still nice to have a tool that cleans unused and obsolete entries.

A Patent Lie

  • New York Times; By Timothy B. Lee (Posted by devnet on Jun 9, 2007 4:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
WHAT a difference 16 years makes. Last month, the technology world was abuzz over an interview in Fortune magazine in which Bradford Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, accused users and developers of various free software products of patent infringement and demanded royalties. Indeed, in recent years, Mr. Smith has argued that patents are essential to technological breakthroughs in software

New GTK+ Widgets - GtkAssistant

This article is the first part of a series that will introduce you to widgets and APIs that were recently introduced into GTK+. The tutorial is taken from Chapter 5 of Foundations of GTK+ Development. First, we will cover the GtkAssistant widget, which was added in GTK+ 2.10. It allows you to create "Wizard" dialogs that span multiple pages.

Incremental release of 3.1.3

MINIX 3.1.3 was released friday, april 13th 2007. It is not a full-quality, stable release but a work-in-progress interim release. It is a convenient way for those who are interested in MINIX development to get up-to-date, but it has known flaws and caveats.

The New Distro

How much does it cost to buy you? Do you have a price? Can you be paid off?

I'm sure many of the CEO's and CTO's of various Linux companies are now asking themselves this very question this week (or should be asking themselves) as Microsoft announced yet another "patent deal"...this time, with LG Electronics.

With this, the Xandros deal, the Novell Deal, and anything else Microsoft has up its sleeve (I look for several other distros to "indemnify" themselves in the next few months...for example, Linspire and Mandriva are two prime targets for MS...the bullseye is probably painted) I think that Microsoft has created it's own "Linux Distribution" so to speak. Let me share with you why I think they have...

Linux Kernel 2.6.x vulnerabilities

According to postings at Kernel.org concerning a report by Vilmos Nebehaj which was consequently signed off by Linus Torvalds and Chris Wright, the Linux Kernel 2.6.x has multiple security vulnerabilities.

Editor's Note: Thank You, Builders

I'll wager that the economic contributions of FOSS to the world economies are far more significant than are reflected in mere sales figures. I'll wager that a certain notorious unpopular monopolist creates a net loss, thanks to losses due to malware, unreliability, high operating costs, its success at crushing competition, and high barriers to interoperability.

Scorched 3D makes tank battles fun

Whether or not you remember the days when DOS was DOS and real geeks played Scorched Earth, a turn-based warfare game with tanks trading shots at each other until one was destroyed, you might find Scorched 3D, a modern remake of the old classic, just as addicting today as those playing the original did then. Not only that, it is the Project of the Month for May on SourceForge.net.

Linux-on-Mac package goes gold

Parallels today said it is shipping the final version of its virtualization software, Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac, for Intel-powered Apple Macs. The software aims to enable users to install and run Linux or Windows alongside Mac OS X on their Mac desktops without rebooting. Version 3.0 incorporates new support for 3D graphics -- namely, the OpenGL and DirectX graphics libraries, a Parallels spokesperson said. This allows Windows 3D games and CAD programs, for example, to be used on on Intel-powered Macs.

NVIDIA 100.14.09 Display Driver

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jun 9, 2007 1:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We have previously looked at the NVIDIA 100.14.03 and 100.14.06 display drivers, but this afternoon we finally have our hands on the stable NVIDIA 100.14.09 driver. New in version 100.14.09 is added GeForce 8 and Quadro product support, improved notebook GPU support, improved RenderAccel support for sub-pixel anti-aliased fonts, added Xv brightness and contrast controls, improved interaction with newer kernels, and fixing an issue with nvidia-settings. The new yet-to-be-released GeForce 8 names have also tipped up in the release notes. We've seen many of these features introduced in the previous 100.14.xx builds, but they are now officially supported.

Anatomy of the Linux kernel

  • IBM.com; By M. Tim Jones (Posted by azerthoth on Jun 8, 2007 11:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups: IBM, Kernel, Linux
The Linux® kernel is the core of a large and complex operating system, and while it's huge, it is well organized in terms of subsystems and layers. In this article, you explore the general structure of the Linux kernel and get to know its major subsystems and core interfaces.

The All-New Netscape Navigator 9.0

  • Linux and Open Source Blog; By E@zyVG (Posted by azerthoth on Jun 8, 2007 10:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups:
Netscape ver 9 is available for Linux apart from that for Windows and Mac OSX and is a modest 8.9 MB download. The minimum system requirements are 256 MB RAM and around 100 MB disk space.

Collabnet makes Eclipse distributed

Distributed development tools for Eclipse IDEDistributed software development specialistCollabNet has released what it claims is the first distributed development platform for theEclipse integrated development environment (IDE).…

Xandros CEO doesn’t agree that Linux is patent violator

Xandros CEO Andreas Typaldos said Thursday his company did not agree that its Linux distribution violates any Microsoft patents nor did the software giant ask Xandros to do so as part of the patent cross-licensing deal the two signed Monday.

Microsoft Says Open Source Infringes On Patents

June 7th, 2007
COMPANY SEEKS LICENSING AGREEMENTS, NOT LITIGATION
In this issue of the FINFlash Update...

LEAD STORY: MICROSOFT FAULTS MISUSE OF PATENTS BY OPEN SOURCE

The Daily Static - 8-June-2007

  • UserFriendly.org; By J.D. "Illiad" Frazer (Posted by dave on Jun 8, 2007 6:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor; Groups: Community
A Popular comic strip among us computer geeks.

Deploy Red Hat Across Multiple Computers Using Tivoli

This tutorial shows you how to use Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment to create installation images and manage packages for an actual deployment of RedHat Enterprise Linux.

Revisor utility creates custom install images for Fedora

Imagine a customized GNU/Linux distribution, built to your specifications with a minimal amount of effort on your part. If you are running Fedora 7, that dream is now a reality, thanks to Revisor, a graphical interface for building custom install images for Fedora. Taking the shape of a GNOME wizard, Revisor comes close to being an ideal desktop tool. Inexperienced users can use its default settings without much knowledge of what is happening behind the scenes, while more expert users can customize each aspect of producing an .ISO.

Can a Linux veteran deflect the angry mob from the Microsoft door?

Tom Hanrahan, best known within the open source movement for his recent role as Director of Engineering at the Linux Foundation, has been confirmed as the new Director of Linux Interoperability at, wait for it, Microsoft.

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