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The sun is shining bright these days

Two days ago, Sun announced their latest processor, called “UltraSparc T2“, or - for the rest of us - “Niagara 2″. While the chip itself is pretty interesting - with its 8 cores, which can handle 64 threads simultaneously - the real highlight is that the company will open-source its design, like they did with the predecessor of that CPU, the UltraSparc T1 already.

run-parts scripts: a note about naming

run-parts is used (on Debian systems, anyway) to run the scripts in /etc/cron.daily (hourly, weekly, etc) on the appropriate schedule. I had trouble this week with a Perl script I’d dropped into /etc/cron.daily failing to run. Ran fine from the command line, of course. Odd.

Oracle contributes Linux code, expands hardware support

The company certified six hardware configurations to run Oracle Enterprise Linux. Certified products include those made by Compellent Technologies, Dell, Egenera, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Pillar Data Systems and Unisys. The announcement was made in conjunction with the LinuxWorld conference this week in San Francisco.community.

The problem on Linux/FOSS game development

Linux has evolved to a pretty decent Desktop platform these last years. It features a fast, stable and productive work environment for various purposes. Linux (and especially Ubuntu) is doing his job as a everyday desktop system very well - maybe even better than Windows in some cases.

HD PVR, media server + smarthome with 3d gyro UI

  • linuxmce.org; By Paul Webber (Posted by webpaul1 on Aug 9, 2007 8:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
There's a major new release of the FOSS project LinuxMCE that includes whole-house HD PVR, movie, music and photo server, integrated telephony and smarthome.

Video tip from RHCEs: Kickstarting with Dell

Red Hat Summit 2007 collected hundreds of Linux users all in one place–many of them experienced Red Hat Certified Engineers® (RHCE). And somewhere between all those smart people walking around–and our video crew shooting footage–the idea for some video tips was born. This tip is from William Bradley.

The Economics of Open Source Donations

Donations play a crucial role in supporting Free and Open Source Software projects. At times readers will write in to share their positive experience with a utility or program or a distribution that I have written about. Now don't confuse them with your average technical-bent-of-mind Linux user. These are accountants, home-office businessman, and even carpenters and plumbers, who've saved a lot of money thanks to open source software. And they have one question in mind -- how do I help the person behind the program?

FOSS and the philosophers

I used to think of myself as something of a rare bird -- a philosopher and software developer with a keen interest in the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) movements. But as I discovered at last month's North American Computers and Philosophy (NA-CAP) conference in Chicago, there are many with similar interests.

How To Convert Songs From An Audio CD Into MP3/Ogg Files With K3b

This guide describes how you can use the CD/DVD burning application K3b to convert songs from an audio CD into MP3 or Ogg files that you can use on your MP3 player, for example (if you choose the Ogg format, your MP3 player must support it).

ASRock ConRoe1333-DVI/H On Linux

Last month we looked at the ALiveNF7G-HDReady from ASRock, which was a great budget motherboard that had integrated NVIDIA GeForce 7050 graphics that made it suitable for an HTPC or multimedia setup and it came topped with Gigabit LAN support and IEEE-1394 Firewire. We are back with ASRock today as we look at their ConRoe1333-DVI/H motherboard. ASRock's ConRoe1333-DVI/H is based on Intel's 945G Chipset and is compatible with Intel 1333MHz Core 2 Duo processors, uses GMA 950 graphics, and is home to many more features.

Both sides play dirty! Typical Linux FUD Campaign towards Microsoft.

FUD recipe, it’s delicious:

1) Create a completely misleading title. 2) Make a mountain out of a non-existent molehill. 3) Proclaim insider knowledge not possessed by more experienced individuals. 4) Carefully craft statements based on false premisses. 5) Spread the FUD around and bake @ 350.

And whatever you do, DO NOT ADD FACTS, Facts, facts!

[He makes a couple of points, but you still know which side of the fence he is on. - Scott]

Review: Custom Linux Kernels with Debian and Fedora

Fedora and Debian make building a custom kernel and packaging it for rollout a simple process. Part 2 of the Linux kernel compilation series examines the unique steps in getting these popular distros' set up with a custom kernel.

MythTV users to regain TV guide info -- for a price

The free electronic program guide (EPG) data that Zap2it Labs currently provides to many MythTV users is scheduled to shut down on September 1. Today MythTV users learned how much a replacement service offered by Schedules Direct (SD) will cost.

FrOSCon 2007: Heavy on Drupal, Addressing Issues Facing Businesses and Women

The second Free and Open Source Software Conference is being held this year on August 25th-26th, in St. Augustin, Germany. Some 66 speakers will address issues ranging from Drupal and other web technologies to KDE 4, Open Source and Marketing, as well as Women in IT.

Finaly we get new elements in HTML 5

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Elliotte Rusty Harold (Posted by solrac on Aug 9, 2007 1:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
Pure HTML enhancements grew hardly at all in the last eight years. It basicaly stopped in 1999 with HTML 4. Now the future looks bright. Recently, HTML has finaly came back to life.

Open Tuesday talks open source business

Open Tuesday this month has Obsidian Systems founder, Anton de Wet, talking on how to build a business on open source software. The Joburg based networking event for OSS enthusiasts has also moved venues.

Linux on laptops? Oh, my! (video)

Some of the heaviest PR lead-up to this year's West Coast LinuxWorld Conference and Expo was about Linux on laptops, and specifically Novell's SUSE Linux on Lenovo laptops.

Vista Aiding Linux Desktop, Strategist Says

Windows Vista has probably created the single biggest opportunity for the Linux desktop to take market share, Cole Crawford, an IT strategist at Dell, said in an address titled, "The Linux Desktop—Fact, FUD or Fantasy?" at the annual LinuxWorld Conference & Expo here. For example, a number of companies have moved back to Windows XP after deploying Vista, Crawford said, before quoting Scott Granneman, an author, entrepreneur and adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis, as saying, "To mess up a Linux box, you need to work at it; to mess up your Windows box, you just have to work on it."

Microsoft vs. The Linux World

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 9, 2007 9:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Make no mistake about it, if you are using a Linux distribution, you are not a friend to the software giant in Redmond. For years, they have spread rumors and half-truths in an effort to curb any further attraction to Linux development. Unfortunately for them, this has not only failed miserably, but their own Vista operating system has become the ultimate pro-Linux marketing campaign with its bugs, bloat and compatibility issues.

Leverage DB2 Support for XML

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Hardeep Singh (Posted by IdaAshley on Aug 9, 2007 8:22 AM EDT)
Learn how the new XML storage and query environment of DB2 9 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows plays into the XML data model described in Part 1of this series. Part 2 focuses on how to exploit the improved database support for XML in your application architecture.

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