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SimplyMEPIS 6.9.51 Pre-Beta Screenshots

MEPIS has been making news this week with the return to Debian as the base for its upcoming SimplyMEPIS 7 release. Debian was the MEPIS base prior to their short-lived relationship with Ubuntu on the bottom. Continuing with the news, yesterday afternoon was the first development release to reincorporate the Debian Stable OS core was SimplyMEPIS 6.9.51prebeta. This pre-beta release includes the Linux 2.6.22 kernel, Debian Etch core, KDE 3.5.7, Firefox 2.0.0.5, and OpenOffice.org 2.2.1.

Is Your Big Company, CCHIT, Proprietary EMR Safe?

Think your CCHIT certified, proprietary EMR from a 'big' corporation is a safe bet? Think again. Remember Enron? Fromgplmedicine.org comesnews that a recently #1 ranked, CCHIT certified EMR company, AcerMed, is either severely crippled orhas bit the dust. Why is this significant?

Black Hat's Oscars: The Pwnie Awards

In a hastily arranged ceremony, a small group of security researchers gathered last night at Black Hat to acknowledge the work of hackers, vendors, and music-makers in the First Annual Pwnie Awards.

Introducing OWB, an open-source browser for consumer devices

This article by Jean-Charles Verdie, CTO of software development firm Pleyo, introduces the Origyn Web Browser, a new open-source browser that targets a wide range of consumer electronics (CE) devices, including mobile phones, PMPs (portable media players), and STBs (set-top boxes).

KDE 4.0 Beta 1 Released, Codename"Cnuth"

The KDE Community is happy to announce the first Beta release for KDE 4.0 is available now. This release marks the beginning of the integration process which will bring the powerful new technologies included in the now frozen KDE 4 libraries to the applications. Simultaneously KOffice have released the second Alpha of KOffice version 2. Highlights are improved text rendering and layout and the new Flake library.

Rough edges mar *nix-style configuration tool

*nix-style is a GNOME graphical interface for configuration options in your system or current user account. It makes no attempt to be comprehensive, nor does it focus on options that are available from the desktop menus or GNOME system utilities. Instead, it concentrates on lesser-known configuration options, such as customizing the bash prompt or suppressing the initial splash screen in GNOME. Arranged as a series of questions and possible answers, *nix-style is reminiscent of Bastille, the system-hardening program, though without that program's educational aspect, as it offers options with no indication of their pros and cons. In addition, users need to watch for rough edges, some of which could cause problems with their systems.

An Introduction to Linux Audio

Linux has come a long way in the last 10 years. At that time, if you were looking through the main audio and music applications on other operating systems, you would have struggled to find comparable, fully developed, apps on Linux. Nowadays, while no one would say the job was done, they could point to an assortment of high-quality applications that are getting real jobs done.

MEPIS begins return to Debian Linux with alpha release

As expected, Warren Woodford of MEPIS Linux has announced that the next version of SimplyMEPIS 6.9.51 will be based on Debian Linux instead of Ubuntu. As Woodford explained recently, he is switching MEPIS from using Ubuntu to using Debian as its base operating system because Ubuntu's "Dapper was not updated in the way our users expected. ... The fact is Dapper was updated with security fixes, but not with new versions of the applications."

Mandriva Linux Community Newsletter #127

Welcome to the Mandriva Linux Community Newsletter - dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with the latest Mandriva-related news & info.

Google Desktop - improved cron update script

I’ve had Google Desktop for Linux running for a while now; I can’t actually say I’ve used it all that much, but what I did very quickly observe was that the default cronjob (/etc/cron.hourly/gdl-update) that checks for updates had far too much output (I do not want hourly updates telling me “not going to update now”, kthx). And some spelling mistakes.

Tellico: manage your collection of CDs, coins and… wines

  • PolishLinux.org; By Michał Rzepka (Posted by michux on Aug 2, 2007 11:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
I don’t know a person that hasn’t collected anything in their life (particularly in childhood). Some people didn’t age out of this habit and their collections of books, CDs or coins have grown so much that they have problems managing these collections using only a sheet of paper and a pencil. Tellico is the app for them.

Cream 3.0 released, switches to MySQL

Campware has released a new version of Cream, an open source customer relationship management (CRM) system for media organizations. The new release sports a switch to MySQL and a number of other new features and changes.

Linux: The 0.02 and 0.03 Releases

"Do you pine for the nice days of minix-1.1, when men were men and wrote their own device drivers?" began the October 5th, 1991 announcement for Linux kernel version 0.02 on the comp.os.minix newsgroup. In the release notes, Linus Torvalds continued, "as I mentioned a month(?) ago, I'm working on a free version of a minix-lookalike for AT-386 computers. It has finally reached the stage where it's even usable (though may not be depending on what you want), and I am willing to put out the sources for wider distribution." 19 days after the 0.01 kernel was released, the 0.02 kernel debuted with the new-found ability to run a handful of utilities including bash, gcc, gnu-make, gnu-sed and compress. There was no floppy driver yet, the hard disk driver was hard coded to AT-compatible drives, and due to various buffer-cache problems it was not possible to compile large programs like gcc from a running 0.02 kernel.

Bradley Kuhn and Max Spevack to keynote at Ohio LinuxFest August 2, 2007

Columbus, Ohio -- 2007 has been an exemplary year for software freedom, which makes the keynote speakers selected for Ohio LinuxFest 2007 particularly fitting. The Ohio LinuxFest organizers are proud to announce that Max Spevack and Bradley Kuhn will be keynoting this year.

The $139 Linux PC

In recent comments to my review of Vector Linux 5.8 SOHO keyfitter wrote:
There is a reason why they are using Win 98 in 2007. I think it’s called, being cheap!.
I wonder if these people realize they can buy a brand new computer for $139.

KDE 4.0 Beta 1 Screenshots

  • TCS; By TCS (Posted by lqsh on Aug 2, 2007 6:25 PM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE
The KDE Community is happy to announce the immediate availability of the first Beta release for KDE 4.0. This release marks the beginning of the integration process which will bring the powerful new technologies included in the now frozen KDE 4 libraries to the applications.

Stark Exceptions Establishing Cartels?

Stark law exceptions were intended to remove barriers to Health IT adoption, allowing hospitals to pay for hardware and software for Physicians. In part:"The items and services must consist of hardware, software, or information technology and training services that are necessary and used solely to receive and transmit e-prescription information." How is this going to shake out in reality?

Academia's Open Access movement mirrors FOSS community

Free and open source software (FOSS) has roots in the ideals of academic freedom and the unimpeded exchange of information. In the last five years, the concepts have come full circle, with FOSS serving as a model for Open Access (OA), a movement within academia to promote unrestricted access to scholarly material for both researchers and the general public.

Vyatta releases 2.2 beta

Vyatta has announced the availability of its 2.2 beta, codenamed"Camarillo." This release includes a number of enhancements, new features, and more than 100 bug fixes for Vyatta's commercially supported open, flexible router (OFR) distribution.

Big Blue's big green server transfer

IBM announced that they will be consolidating about 39 000 servers onto about 30 mainframes running on Linux. The new set up is estimated to use 80% less energy, as well as saving on software and support costs.

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