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Skolelinux 3.0 Test 2 Screenshot Walkthrough

After two months of continuous improving and bug fixing the Debian-Edu/Skolelinux project is pleased to announce that the next test release of Debian-Edu/Skolelinux 3.0 codename 'terra' is ready. Highlights: installer support encrypting disks and partitions; added Flash web plugin support using Gnash; added the Adept graphical package manager; added much used package KTuberling; added site summary system to make it easier to keep track of a lot of machines in the network; fixed the NTP configuration; KDE upgraded to 3.5.5; new artwork; audio device access should work out of the box; X.Org upgraded to 7.1.

Debian Weekly News - November 28th, 2006

Welcome to this year's 41st issue of DWN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Due to unfortunate circumstances the weekly newsletter stopped being released weekly and will only be finalised when enough people have contributed. Thanks to Sebastian Feltel for nearly writing this issue alone. Bill Allombert began to evaluate package set upgrades from sarge to etch to find out how smooth the upgrade goes.

ODF Alliance Hails Brazil, India, Italy, and Poland for Recognizing OpenDocument Format

The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance), a broad cross-section of organizations, academia and industry dedicated to improving access to electronic government documents, today applauded Brazil's decision to recommend ODF as the government's preferred format; India's decision to use ODF at a major state government agency; and Italy's decision to recognize ODF as national standard. The Alliance also recognized Poland, too, for demonstrating serious interest in adopting ODF in the wake of a national meeting held for its government with broad participants from industry and non-profit agencies.

OSDL Mobile Linux Initiative Gains Another Heavy Hitter

Chinese Handset Supplier Datang Mobile Joins Open Source Development Labs

UNIX tools for exploring object files

  • IBM/developerWorks; By William B. Zimmerly (Posted by solrac on Nov 29, 2006 12:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The programs that run on a UNIX® system follow a careful design known as the object file format. Learn more about the object file format and the tools that you can use for exploring object files found on your system.

Hans Reiser pleads not guilty

Hans Reiser, author of ReiserFS, entered a not-guilty plea in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland in the slaying of his wife, Nina Reiser, 31. Today, attorney Daniel Horowitz withdrew from the case, saying Reiser couldn't afford his services.

Xandros releases updated desktop Linux OS

Linux vendor Xandros Inc. today unveiled its latest Xandros Desktop Professional Version 4 of its enterprise Linux operating system, which debuts two days before Microsoft Corp. launches the enterprise version of Windows Vista.

Linux perks up the Espresso Book Machine

When he was an editor in the 1950s, Jason Epstein made the paperback book ubiquitous. Now he's about to do the same for a Linux-powered printing press.

[How can you not love a machine that can make you a book that runs on LAMP? - Scott]

Acronis Joins Red Hat ISV Partner Program; Becomes Red Hat Ready Partner

Acronis True Image for Linux Promises Speedy Recovery for Open Source Systems

Commercialization of Open Source - for better or worse?

A recent panel at the SC06 show in Tampa discussed Commercialization of Open source. The panel include Beowulf creators Tom Sterling and Don Becker. In addition, Mike Fitzmaurice founder of the Baltimore Area Beowulf Users Group added his thoughts. You can hear the entire session on ClusterCast -- a new podcast site for clustering enthusiasts.

Linux development process explained

The information on how Linux (and Linux distributions) is developed is very scattered over the Internet and difficult to grasp as a whole. A tentative summary is now available that I hope will be useful to the FOSS community. This summary is set up as a wiki. You are encouraged to edit and improve. With the upcoming release of Microsoft Vista following a 5-years elephantine parturition, it might be the right time to look into the agile 6 weeks release cycle of the Linux kernel!

Red Hat Plans on Integrating Virtualisation, SOA Solutions

Red Hat is all set to integrate virtualisation and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). The aim of the venture is to provide a foundation for enterprise computing. The company said it believes that virtualisation and SOA are technology strategies that companies should adopt to realise long-term cost savings while increasing productivity and performance, as per a statement issued by the company.

Why We Need an Open Source Second Life

  • Linux Journal; By Glyn Moody (Posted by dcparris on Nov 28, 2006 7:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Unless you have been living under a rock for the six months, you will have noticed that the virtual worldSecond Life is much in thenews. According to its home page, there are currently around 1,700,000 residents, who are spending $600,000– that's real, not virtual, money– in the world each day. These figures are a little deceptive – there are typically only 10,000 to 15,000 residents online at any one time, and the money flow is not a rigorous measurement of economic activity – but there is no doubt that Second Life is growing very rapidly; moreover, we arebeginning to see it enter the mainstream in a way that has close parallels with the arrival of the Web ten years ago.

Pick up a penguin - Linux explained

There can't be many people who haven't heard of Linux. In short, it's an operating system just like Windows but, unlike Windows, you won't find it on many PCs you buy from the high street or from computer magazines.

Viva la Linspire

Linspire Inc. today announced the release of its first French-language version, Linspire French 5, challenging Mandriva on its home turf. "Now French-speaking customers from around the world can experience a secure, reliable, easy-to-use, and thoroughly translated desktop Linux in their native language," CEO Kevin Carmony proclaimed.

Sun VP Quits over Open-Source Java Move

Graham Hamilton - Sun Fellow and VP, has left the company over the decision to open source Java. Hamilton, has been with Sun since 1995, and has contributed to a wide variety of Java technology initiatives, including technologies such as CORBA support, the JDBC APIs, JavaBeans, the Java Plug-in, RMI-IIOP, JAX-RPC, and others. Most recently he acted as the specification lead for J2SE releases 1.3 and 1.4. He has helped encourage community participation in Java API development and he was one of the designers of the Java Community Process for amending Java.

[It's really sad to see someone resign on account of this decision. At any rate, we wish him well in his new endeavors. - dcparris]

Xandros Desktop - Professional Released

Xandros today announced the addition of "Xandros Desktop - Professional," featuring advanced 3D desktop graphics effects, Bluetooth wireless support, desktop search and ISV support.

Stallman Says Novell/microsoft deal does not violate GPLv2

The Free Software Foundation's founder Richard Stallman has confirmed that the recent patent covenant between Novell Inc and Microsoft Corp is not a violation of the current version two of the GNU GPL, but will be outlawed under version three.

Where Do You Want to Go Today? Well…to Linux!

Clearly, the Windows platform is losing its appeal. After IBM, the Scandinavian governments and the Spanish Police, the French Parliament is embracing the Penguin.

Study: Developers Favor Linux

In its most recent survey of some 400 software developers with Linux experience, the Evans Data research firm discovered a major change.

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