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Ubuntu 6.06 Is Current Desktop Linux Champ

Review: The distro's usability and active community earn it high marks; its long-term support will appeal to businesses.

Linux IPTV/STB stack gains browser option

Opera Software reports that its embedded browser for devices is available for sublicensing with a Linux-based software stack for IPTVs and IP-STBs (Internet protocol TVs and set-top boxes) from Amino spin-off IntAct. Opera for Devices can serve as a platform for custom web-based interfaces, or simply allow users to surf on their TVs, the companies say.

First Look: Firefox 2 beta

Things are a little bit different with the public beta of Firefox 2.0 released by Mozilla last week. (A final release of Firefox 2 is expected later in 2006.) Before starting my download, I noted this interesting warning on Mozilla’s DevNews page that appeared in bold text no less:

Freespire Beta 1 arrives two weeks early

Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony announced on the Freespire forum website July 16 that Beta 1 of Freespire has been released -- about two weeks earlier than anticipated. Freespire, a no-cost version of the Linspire Debian-based operating system, features a KDE desktop and a 2.6.14 kernel.

Enlightenment 17 QuickStart Guide

Enlightenment 17 or E17 as it is generally called, is a cool Window Manager for X. The latest stable version of Enlightenment is E16 ( In this article we will talk about the latest CVS build available (0.16.999.023).

Using sudo

  • - Feature Stories; By Dave Wreski (Posted by dcparris on Jul 19, 2006 1:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
sudo is a mechanism of providing root prileges to an ordinary user

SECURITY: Easy Rootkit Crontab Exploit Found

This rootkit affects kernels or earlier. On the Solution tab: The vendor has released kernel version to address this issue.

Zen and the art of software configuration management

  • Reg Developer; By Jon Collins, Macehiter Ward-Dutton (Posted by dcparris on Jul 19, 2006 12:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community, PHP
Less is moreComment In the software development world, less would appear to be more. Attention continues to swing towards lightweight development methodologies such as extreme programming and agile development, and scripting languages such as Javascript and the three Ps of the LAMP stack”that's PHP, Perl and Python”are increasingly popular.

ODF proposed to become Malaysian Standard by year-end 2006

Glad to hear this, and congratulations to all who had to work hard to achieve it. And, of course, congratulations to Malaysia and its authorities!

Rise in Healthcare IT Spending Spells Opportunity for IT Managers, Profit for Open Source Vendors

OSDL to Host First Ever Full-Day Event Dedicated to Healthcare IT at LinuxWorld San Francisco; Medsphere CEO Kenneth W. Kizer to Deliver Keynote

Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) Celebrates ...

  • (press release); By Press Release (Posted by dcparris on Jul 19, 2006 11:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) Celebrates Accomplishments at Six-Month Mark Mapbender is first officially approved project; Foundation reaches hundreds of members; OSGeo presents at OSCON and GeoWeb

Making the message stick

The Geek Freedom League is engaging in some "guerrilla branding" this month with a sticker competition. The person who finds "the most ingenious use" of a GFL sticker, will be given the choice of an iPod Nano or digital camera. Entries thus far have included GFL-branded beer bottles, pets and keyboards.

[Great idea! But why an Ipod? I mean, aren't Ipods manufactured and distributed by a company that takes from the community without giving back? - dcparris]

No way you can block blogs!

BANGALORE: Internet users woke up to an unusual Monday: Their favourite blogs were not available. What happened to the blogs? Slowly came the realisation that government had banned them. Banned ever-ything! Or ha-d they really?

[Here's to our kindred spirits in India! - dcparris]

Texas Instruments backs mobile Linux

Chipset manufacturer Texas Instruments has joined one of the mobile Linux alliances, in a further boost for the platform's development

Book Review: A Practical Guide to Red Hat Linux (3rd Edition)

To say the least...I’m impressed...and that’s without even opening up the book. Phrases like a “must have” book and “simply the best book on Fedora Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux” jump out at you from the cover like hyperactive pinballs...

Fujitsu introduces Itanium 2 servers for Linux and Windows ...

Fujitsu on July 19 introduced three PRIMEQUEST 500-series models that feature the 64-bit Intel dual-core Itanium 2 processor and delivers up to 2.5 times the performance of previous models. The PRIMEQUEST 500 series servers deliver the most advanced virtualization capabilities available along with extended system scalability for Linux and Windows environments, according to the company.

Which New Browser Is Best: Firefox 2, Internet Explorer 7, or ...

  • Extreme Tech; By Michael W. Muchmore (Posted by dcparris on Jul 19, 2006 7:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mozilla
For a long time, there was nothing to talk about in web browsers. You used Internet Explorer, and that was it. Oh, to be sure, some Mozilla/Netscape holdouts clung to their ways, as did a smattering of users of Opera, Konqueror, and other obscurities. Internet Explorer itself hasn't had a major version change since the release of 6.0 in 2001, so there wasn't much to talk about there, either for five long years.

[Of the three browsers examined here, only Firefox is libre. - dcparris]

Share and share alike with Synergy

Struggling with more than one computer, and an overload of keyboards and mice? Try Synergy to tie it all together.

FC6 Test2 Freeze Slip

With the update to a 2.6.18-rc based kernel, Xen requires some more effort to get to working. Given that Xen is one of the big features for Fedora Core 6, trying to ship the second test release (and thus the feature freeze) without Xen seems like a less than ideal situation.

Dreamlinux 2.0 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on Jul 19, 2006 6:20 AM EDT)
DistroWatch reports - The Dreamlinux Project Team announced version 2.0 of Dreamlinux, a Brazilian Linux distribution based on the XFce desktop: called WORKS and it brings the most known Linux apps for a production environment, like OpenOffice, Inkscape, Gimp, etc..., and the version 2.5 of MKDistro, tool for distros' building. This Dreamlinux version is the result of making use of various technologies that came from many different distros, like Kanotix, Elive, Morphix and Debian. OSDir has a nice selection of Dreamlinux screenshots in the Dreamlinux 2.0 Screenshot Tour.

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