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The device behind the GPL's first U.S. legal test

Moonsoon Multimedia has used embedded Linux to build a consumer DVR (digital video recorder) with remote multimedia file serving capabilities. The Hava -- recently implicated in a GPL violation court case -- aims to let the user access live and recorded TV content from broadband-connected locations.

Linux Rage Looks Likely

Linux gamers love Doom and Quake, so why have they been suffering from FPS Rage aimed at id Software? John Carmack puts the record straight regarding Linux and OpenGL support for the forthcoming first person shooter.

SFLC files GPL lawsuit on behalf of Busybox developers

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has filed a lawsuit against Monsoon Multimedia on behalf of two BusyBox developers. The suit alleges that Monsoon' s new product Hava, and its firmware, distribute code borrowed from BusyBox, a collection of UNIX utilities for embedded systems, but aren't making the source code available, as is required under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Daniel B. Ravicher, SFLC legal director, says, "This is the first time that either myself or anyone else that I know of in the United States has actually had to go to court to force compliance with the GPL."

IBM's Lotus Symphony is OpenOffice in Eclipse clothing

IBM's recently announced embrace of the OpenOffice.org productivity suite project has already borne fruit, with the beta release of IBM's free Lotus Symphony. Does the new word processor, spreadsheet and presentation trio have what it takes to put the Lotus brand back on the office application map?

Oh So That’s Why OpenOffice Isn’t As Good As MS Office

Those of you who have ever tried OpenOffice (and Linux folks probably make up the majority) have to admit that it’s nice, but not nearly as feature rich as it’s market leading cousin Microsoft Office. Not only that, it’s damn ugly in comparison (it reminds me of the old Office 6.x, the one you used to install from 30 floppies back in 1994). Well after reading an article in Computer World, I now “know why:”

Desktop Show and Tell, Linux Edition

From the wholly minimal to the completely ornate, the Linux desktop has never been sexier. You've already seen the Windows and Mac editions of the Desktop Show and Tell, but you haven't seen variety, inventiveness, and all-around desktop eye candy until you've taken a gander at what your fellow readers are doing with their Linux desktops. Hit the jump for a look at some of our readers' best Linux desktop submissions.

HP To Expand Effort On Linux PCs

Hewlett-Packard, the world's Number 1 PC maker, will try selling pre-loaded Linux on PCs in several countries as it expands a test program -- evaluating a market that some competitors have already entered -- and moves its personal computer business into a new generation of form factors and functionality.

USB Drives in Linux Software RAID0

With Solid-State Drives (SSD) on the verge of mass consumer adoption, we're left wondering what kind of performance we're going to see from these drives. We already know SSD's require less power than drives with moving parts, but what kind of performance gains will we see? To get an idea, we took one the faster drives on the market, the OCZ Rally2, and ran it through our benchmarking process. To make things more interesting (and see how much performance we could squeeze from the technology, we're using two drives later in this article to use the drives in a RAID0 configuration.

Report: Hardware Can Be Open, Too

With open source software becoming a household name, another open source movement that may one day see some fanfare is already taking shape. Open source hardware, which I once thought to be little more than a pipe dream left over from a bygone era, is proving to be a dream that it is very much alive and growing. As an example of this trend, MAKE magazine has managed to regenerate a previously static culture of do-it-yourselfers at a feverish pace.

The next horizon: How Red Hat used yum to overcome RPM dependency hell (video)

A quick look at how and why yum replaced up2date as Red Hat Network’s package management system, as told by Bret McMillan, a supervising RHN engineer. It’s a quick study of how user need drives innovation and how community collaboration solves problems faster and more completely than individual work.

Wanted: OPML editor on Linux

In "How to sponsor an open source project?", Dave Winer says,I want the OPML Editor to run on Linux... and floats the idea of a bounty for the job, as an open source project. Guidance: I'm looking for ideas, established practices, do's and don'ts for sponsoring an open source project, Dave says.

Google Web Toolkit’s JavaScript Native Interface

This four-part series demonstrates how to use the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and XForms together to create a dynamic Web application. It takes a look at some of the underpinnings of each technology, examining the common ground between them that will allow for their peaceful coexistence. This will lay the foundation for developing a Web application that uses both GWT and XForms together.

How does Linux-based virtualization really compare with VMware & MS Virtual Server?

  • IDEAS Collaborative Product Evaluations; By Tony Iams (Posted by TonyIams on Sep 21, 2007 1:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Novell, Red Hat
Lately, there has been a lot of attention in the industry on the current (and future) virtualization products from VMware and Microsoft. However, the latest Linux distributions from Red Hat and SUSE now also include full range of virtualization capabilities based on the Xen hypervisor. How do they compare with VMware and Microsoft's offerings?

Interview with Michael Tiemann - VP of Open Source - RedHat

In this video interview at OSCON 2007 we talked to Michael Tiemann - VP of Open Source for RedHat and President of the OSI.

Sabayon, the Gentle Gentoo

  • Tech cource from Bohol; By Jun Auza (Posted by SamShazaam on Sep 20, 2007 11:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Gentoo
Gentoo, formerly known as Enoch Linux is one of the pioneers among the Linux distributions. It is well-known and loved for its speed (the Gentoo species is the fastest swimming penguin), and hated for its unfriendliness with Linux newbies. Thus, many flavours of Gentoo have been created including this highly capable one named Sabayon. Every now and then, I’m searching for a perfect Operating System worthy to replace my OpenSuse 10.1. I have chosen to try out Sabayon Linux as I have already used Gentoo before and was quiet impressed with it.

New P2P network uses bandwidth as currency

The only real exchange between peers in a traditional peer-to-peer network is limited to the files being transferred. Tribler is a new P2P network that's introducing social networking concepts to facilitate better interactions between users. Using new algorithms and protocols, Tribler users will also be able to cash in on their generous uploads for faster downloads. The Tribler software is primarily developed by the researchers in the Delft University of Technology and De Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Intel: Why Open-Source Drivers Work

This afternoon Intel's Chief Linux and Open-Source Technologist, Dirk Hohndel, talked about why Intel's commitment to open-source drivers creates a difference and advantage for Intel's architecture platforms. Nothing groud-breaking or too special was presented, but we have included some of Dirk's slides from this open-source driver presentation. Intel had also mentioned that AMD's (well, referenced as a "major graphics card vendor") open-source driver efforts as "good news."

SCO, it was good to know ya… you coulda been so much more

I read with interest this morning a story in ComputerWorld (more like an obituary) about how SCO said in its most recent SEC filing that there is “substantial doubt” that it will survive. In addition to the meltdown of its lawsuit against IBM, the filing cites its depleted cash position and entry into Chapter 11 as its major woes. While the Net is flush with celebration and legal analysis (and am happy that SCO did not prevail), I think my take on this is a bit more sobering in the bigger picture of our great industry.

Install Xen 3.1 Solaris domU (64 bit) under CentOS 5 dom0 (64 bit)

  • bderzhavets.blogspot.com; By Boris Derzhavets (Posted by dba477 on Sep 20, 2007 8:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Red Hat, Sun
In general installation bellow went the same way as in TardisWiki, considering Xen 3.0.3-1 Solaris domU under Debian Etch dom0 (32 bit).
However, several things happened different from described in TardisWiki.
1. Installation didn't hang all way through.
2. To preserve "bootadm update-archive -R /a" work i had to force "umount /a"

Linux Browser Review Roundup

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 20, 2007 8:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Many of you may not realize this if you are new to the Linux world, but there are other browsers out there beside Firefox. It's a powerful browser, yet with it becoming more and more popular, exploits are sure to begin turning up. Today, we will be looking at alternative browsers that are for Linux only.

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