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How To Get Better ATI Linux Support

  •; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Mar 21, 2007 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Many Linux users have expressed concern over ATI's Catalyst Linux drivers for various reasons, but most of these users seem to be taking the wrong approach. These users express their disapproval and seek improvements by flaming on forums, forming petitions, bombarding the BugZilla, and using the ATI feedback form. However, this isn't really effective. On Michael's Phoronix web-blog he has outlined some strategies for actively engaging ATI/AMD's OEM/ODM/AIB partners in seeking Linux display driver improvements. He also states that at least one major OEM is interested in improved Linux drivers, but they are afraid of adverse effects to the Windows Catalyst drivers.

Open source association challenges fines against DRM circumvention

The APRIL, a French association promoting open source software, has requested the annulment of a decree which specifies that possessing or using technologies that circumvent technological protection measures for copyrighted works (thereafter TPMs or DRMs for Digital Rights Management) should be punished by a €750 fine.

Novell introduces Linux thin client

  • ZDNet Australia; By Colin Barker (Posted by daria42 on Mar 21, 2007 3:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Novell
One of the headaches of introducing an open source solution to a business is the work that has to be done in making a solution fit-for-purpose once the software has been acquired. Novell is hoping to make that process slightly easier with a thin-client version of Suse Linux that comes with a tool third parties can use to create a finished, tailored system.

This week at LWN: The Grumpy Editor's guide to HDR with Linux

Your editor has long enjoyed photography. As a high school student, he even pondered, briefly, the idea of pursuing photography as a career; for better or for worse, common sense won out and your editor went to engineering school instead. But taking pictures has remained an active hobby, even if it has tended to degrade to the creation of a stream of snapshots of the kids for grandparent consumption in recent years. The advent of digital photography has brought a couple of your editor's passions back together, with only one thing - free time - missing. But, your editor has discovered, one of the keys to the finding of free time is to take an activity of interest and redefine it as "work." Thus, this article.

Mac vs. PC: How Would Linux Fit?

Always a branding powerhouse, Apple is a company whose television advertisements are usually excellent. Their recent Get a Mac campaign (”Hi, I’m a Mac / And I’m a PC”) certainly does not disappoint. At this point, the television commercial are very well known. Naturally, various members of the Linux community have attempted to insert Linux into the original concept. After all, it is clear that Apple means “Windows” when they say “PC,” so how would Linux fit in this arena?

Stallman Talk in NYC

For those interest Stallman is talking on 3/20 at 3.30pm Warren Weaver Hall NYU (251 Mercer). His abstract:

Device Profile: Muse Research Receptor

Muse Research used Linux and the open source WINE Windows emulator to build a virtual instrumentation and effects box used by the Rolling Stones, U2, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, and others. The 2U rackmounted "Receptor" runs VST-format audio effects and virtual instruments on commodity PC hardware,

How to create video titles and graphics with Kino

Kino is one of the better free software video editors for Linux, but it isn't always intuitive. Consider such common tasks as adding titles and graphics to a clip. The best approach isn't obvious. After a little exploring, I figured out good ways to add titles and graphics.

Microsoft invades BrainShare

The new new best friends. Novell unveiled upgrades to its enterprise Linux and management software at its annual BrainShare conference in Utah this week.

Pakistan offers open source training toolkit

Pakistan is the third largest low-cost IT-enabled and offshore business processes outsourcing services provider in Asia after India and China. The country's Open Source Resource Center (OSRC), a project of Pakistan's Ministry of Information Technology, has developed and released a FOSS resource kit entitled "OSS Training Toolkit," originally put together in order to facilitate OSRC's own training workshops in Pakistan. The toolkit contains step-by-step manuals in six modules covering various Free and Open Source Software applications. All the content is available in printed manual form and as OpenDocument (.odt), Portable Document Format (.pdf), and Microsoft Word (.doc) files for download.

A Mozilla Desktop Environment?

"A discussion at the list has given the birth to the idea of a Mozilla Desktop Environment. This sure sounds like a possibility for Mozilla as it already has many of the applications needed; and the company is thoroughly familiar with XUL, which is a more-than-potent language upon which to build a desktop environment. By building a desktop environment Mozilla wouldn't have to worry about drivers (and such) and could choose from a variety of kernels, and still be in the center of attention. Mozilla has to expand some of the applications for this to work, though, like adding local file management with Firefox."

Open source computing desktop in Indian languages

NEW DELHI: It's becoming increasingly easy to "communicate with computers in mother tongues" with free and open source software solutions now working better with a range of languages from Asia.

More PHP Basics, Part 1

The development platform PHP continues to grow in popularity, becoming more and more of a powerhouse in 2007. Two new recent releases of PHP drive home the point that there is constant care and feeding of this platform by the open source community as usage continues to grow.

Linspire's CNR Technology to Deliver CrossOver Linux 6.0

Lifting Barriers To Desktop Linux Adoption, Latest Version of Windows-to-Linux Technology Increases Support of Popular Windows Applications, Including World of Warcraft.

Linux audit files to see who made changes to a file

This is one of the key questions asked by new admins - How do I audit file events such as read / write etc? How can I use audit to see who changed a file in Linux?

The answer is to use 2.6 kernel’s audit system. Modern Linux kernel (2.6.x) comes with auditd daemon. It’s responsible for writing audit records to the disk. During startup, the rules in /etc/audit.rules are read by this daemon. You can open /etc/audit.rules file and make changes such as setup audit file log location and other option. The default file is good enough to get started with auditd.

Europe, Brazil and China team up on open source software platform

Funded under the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), the QualiPSo (Quality Platform for Open Source Software) project is designed to 'make open source a formidable lever to strengthen Europe's competitiveness, accelerate information and communication technology (ICT) growth, and implement the i2010 policy for growth and jobs.'

GPL 3: Coming Saturday?

Open source community members expect the long-awaited GPL 3 (or at least another draft of it) to be unveiled this Saturday at a Free Software Foundation meeting in Cambridge, Mass. GPL 3 proponent Bruce Perens told reporters Monday that he would bet that new license will be disclosed at this meeting, although he said he did not know for certain.

Two spiffy dictionary tools for Linux desktop users

Whether you're learning a foreign language or just need to look up an unknown word or phrase, a good dictionary application can come in handy. JaLingo and StarDict are two such tools. Each sports a polished GUI and a set of features that puts it among the best dictionary applications on Linux.

GNOME Foundation Retains Software Freedom Law Center

The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software, today announced the addition of a new client, the GNOME Foundation. The GNOME Foundation supports the development of the open source GNOME Desktop Environment, a user interface used by millions of people around the world and distributed with all major versions of Linux and Unix.

Terra Soft's Yellow Dog Linux: Taking a Power Position

Terra Soft has claimed a fairly unique platform in the Linux community: Power Architecture computers, among which is Sony's PlayStation 3. More than a game box, the PS3 with Yellow Dog Linux runs as a low-cost home and office personal computer and Cell Broadband Engine development workstation. Linux ran on the PS2, but it was definitely a geek-only option. For the PS3, the geek factor was removed.

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