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Linuxfest Northwest 2007 Report

Linuxfest Northwest has been an annual event since 1999 held at Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham Washington which is approximately 90 miles North of Seattle. To allow for the largest participation, it is held on a weekend. Linuxfest Northwest 2007 was held on April 28-29th and was attended by approximately 900 people.

Enchanting Pictures with ImageMagick

  •; By Tomasz Łuczak (Posted by michux on May 10, 2007 12:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Hundreds of photos, most of them requiring post-processing before they can be published online. Tedious task often taking up hours, especially when you need to normalize the colors, brightness and contrast… Luckily there are some free magicians available. I’d like to proudly present ImageMagick – a set of command-line tools for easy and quick processing of bitmap images.

IBM and Red Hat announce Enterprise Linux-on-Mainframe programme

It seems that everyone and their uncle are doing a Linux deal at the moment, and the latest to hop into the same commercial bed are IBM and Red Hat. Today the companies have announced an initiative to encourage the dramatic growth of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM System Z mainframes.

The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva 2007 Spring Free (Mandriva 2007.1)

This tutorial shows how you can set up a Mandriva 2007 Spring Free (Mandriva 2007.1) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

One small step onto planet Mongo

After years of writing about open source software Jason Norwood-Young decides to start creating his own open source applications. Now that he's built it will they come?

Fault-tolerant Web hosting on a shoestring

The words "fault-tolerant Web hosting" bring to mind hosting centers with multiple redundant power supplies, complex networking, and big bills. However, by taking advantage of the underlying fault-tolerance of the Internet, you can get a surprising level of reliability for little cost.

Sun considers GPL for OpenSolaris

In the wake of releasing Java under the General Public Licence Sun chairman, Scott McNeil, says the company is considering releasing OpenSolaris under the GPL as well.

Red Hat shows its Global Desktop cards

Red Hat Inc. on May 9 announced the availability of a new client product, Red Hat Global Desktop, at its annual Red Hat Summit tradeshow in San Diego. This desktop aims to deliver a modern user experience with an enterprise-class suite of productivity applications. Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens stated, "Users, requirements and technologies have changed so dramatically over the past few years that the traditional one-size-fits-all desktop paradigm is simply exhausted."

Red Hat close mouthed about open desktop service

Summit Red Hat, it seems, is all about open source and closed answers.

Puppy 2.16 now in beta

In keeping with its frantic pace of development and improvement, today the Puppy Linux team has released the beta of Puppy 2.16. The good news, for me anyway, is the "minimalist look" (see above), and the "Save" icon on the desktop for USB users. Also welcome are an improved Pmount drive-mounter -- an alternative to the MUT (Mounting Utility Tool).

Capetonians to get to grips with Python

This just in from Cape Town: Python fans can look forward to a Saturday afternoon of Python fun at the Bandwidth Barn.

FON Abandons Microsoft, Adopts Ubuntu

There are many reasons at Fon for dropping Microsoft. The first one and by far the most important is to save time. I have tested Ubuntu and Mac for about a month now and while I like Mac to play I found myself using Ubuntu more and more for work. Ubuntu has the look and feel of Microsoft, but it´s like a Microsoft software that works fast, that turns on and off very quickly, that installs programs very easily, that lacks that atmosphere of paranoia that surrounds Microsoft and that is extremely easy to learn and use. With Ubuntu I forgot about the computer and got to focus on the work at hand.

Linux Still a Hit in China

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by henke54 on May 10, 2007 4:15 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Linux continues to make inroads into China according to the latest market research. A new report from Beijing-based CCID Consulting pegs Linux operating sales revenues up by nearly 31 percent in the first quarter of 2007 to 31 million Yuan (just over US$4 million), as compared to the same period a year prior. CCID's numbers are close to those of IDC, which, in its "China Linux 2006-2010 Forecast and Analysis" report last year, pegged the compound annual growth rate for 2006 to 2010 of Linux in China to be 34 percent, bringing revenues to $51.1 million.

Gentoo's Graphical Installer is Unnecessary

Gentoo has long been a distribution aimed towards the power Linux user. It allows users to foray into the inner workings of their computers, and is not for those who need an operating system immediately. With this year's first Gentoo release, 2007.0, comes an updated LiveCD featuring a completely rewritten GTK+ based installer, but isn't a graphical installer defeating some of the purposes of Gentoo?

Howto: Securely Mounting Remote Filesystem in Linux

It is possible to mount your remote filesystem as a local filesystem on your Red hat/CentOS Linux system using sshfs.

Jitterbit Open Source Integration Adds New Customers

  • Yahoo News; By Jeff Larson (Posted by doxen on May 10, 2007 1:23 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Jitterbit, the developer of an open source integration suite announced new customers to coincide with the latest release of its software. Jitterbit claims that open source integration is gaining significant traction with businesses as they look to integrate both open source and proprietary CRM, ERP, and other on-demand applications.

"A Pig(Snort), A Moon (Lua) and one very happy developer (Bill)"

About one month ago, Snort 3.0 Alpha was released for testing in the community. If you want to be on the cutting edge of intrusion detection, packet sniffing, and keeping your system safe, check out this introduction to preparing for the future of i...

A month on the command line, Day 6: Blog posting without a GUI

Blogging from the command line without a GUI -- and no e-mail gateway -- can be done ... almost. Using the command-line, text-only Elinks browser to post blog entries -- or to complete Web forms in general -- is a lesson in trial, error and frustration. But disciplined use of keystrokes -- and a little dumb luck -- allows these browsers to post to Movable Type blogs such as this one.

Red Hat crafts new OS for the small and poor

It's Global in a non-global sense. Summit Between 9 a.m. and noon, Red Hat developed a new desktop operating system strategy.

Red Hat Summit 2007 opens strong

The third annual Red Hat Summit is underway in San Diego. This year's show already has a different feel to it than the first two. The crowd is larger, for one thing. The event is a complete sell-out -- so much so that Red Hat had to stop taking registrations. Attendees have booked all the available rooms at the Sheraton and are spilling over into two additional hotels, and Red Hat is running shuttles between the hotels. Unofficially, the crowd is between 1,200 and 1,400, up from less than a thousand last year.

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