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Africa: 'Microsoft is Imperialistic' Says Open Source Advocates

Microsoft Corporation's products have been locked out of the on-going World Social Forum (WSF) in Nairobi Kenya. With over 300 computers provided for participants and the press, organizers of the WSF have preferred to provide open source software products and blocked all Microsoft related products for the forum's usage and its related activities. Participants attending WSF, which for the first time is entirely taking place in an African country say that this was a gesture done as a way of promoting the free social movement at the same time also as a way of fighting Microsoft's 'imperialistic tendencies.'

Mozilla Thunderbird 2 Beta 2 Released

Mozilla Thunderbird 2 Beta 2 includes a theme update for Mac OS X, improved message preview text in new mail alerts, easy account setup for gmail and .Mac accounts, and many bug fixes based on Beta 1 feedback. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux in over 30 languages. en-US beta 1 users will receive beta 2 via automatic software update.

Search Engine Enhanced on Wikipedia, with Revenues to Wikimedia ...

A new search company backed by Sequoia Capital, Searchme, Inc., has launched an improved search engine for the reference site, Wikipedia. Also available as a destination site, Wikiseek is included inside Wikipedia as a Firefox extension. Wikiseek is based on proprietary technology developed by Searchme, which utilizes the suggestions of tens of thousands of vertical search engines to deliver more highly relevant searches. The result is a faster, richer Wikipedia search experience.

KDevelop Bug Killing Spree

Thanks to the efforts of the KDevelop team and the bug squad, the number of bugs in KDevelop has been reduced by more than half -- as of the current count, 186 bugs! To find out more, please check out the KDE Bug Tracking System. As always, everyone is invited to help with bug triage. Bug triage is a great way to contribute to KDE, without requiring programming skills. All you need to do is have the latest version of the application installed to help confirm bugs.

Linux: Page Replacement Design

A university student studying operating systems asked about why the Linux kernel uses two chained lists in its LRU (least recently used) page replacement algorithm. Andrea Arcangeli, whose virtual memory subsystem was merged into the 2.4.10 kernel, explained,"back then I designed it with two lru lists because by splitting the active from the inactive cache allows to detect the cache pollution before it starts discarding the working set." He went on to add,"a page in the inactive list will be collected much more quickly than a page in the active list, so the pollution will be collected more quickly than the working set.

The Road to KDE 4: Job Progress Reimagined

Have you ever had your taskbar filled with 10 applications all doing something that involved waiting for a task to finish? Document Printing Progress, a K3b CD burning dialogue, Audio Encoding via KAudioCreator, File Transfers in Konqueror, Kopete, KTorrent, checking email in KMail... The new Jobs support in KDE 4 will unify the display of progress for these tasks, making it easy to see and manage what is happening on your system.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 176:
Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony talks about rolling out CNR to other Linux distros
We interview Christian Schaller from Fluendo about their newly released proprietary multimedia codec pack for gstreamer
Linc picks up a Nokia N800
Supporting F/OSS projects by donating money
Returning to the Ohio Linux Fest in 2007 and other upcoming Linux conventions
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EST
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:
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You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

DRM, Vista and your rights

In the US, France and a few other countries it is already forbidden to play legally purchased music or videos using GNU/Linux media players. Sounds like sci-fi? Unfortunately not. And it won’t end up on multimedia only. Welcome to the the new era of DRM!

BOSS 2.0 Beta Screenshots

  • LinuxQuestions.org (Posted by lqsh on Jan 24, 2007 5:18 AM EDT)
BOSS(Bharat Operating System Solutions) is a Linux distribution developed by C-DAC for enhancing the use of Free / Open Source Software in the country. Made specifically for the Indian environment , it consists of a pleasing Desktop environment coupled with Indian language support and other packages that are most relevant for use in the government domain. Subsequent versions will support the educational domain as well. - nrcfoss.org. Screenshots of BOSS 2.0 Beta are available at LinuxQuestions.org.

Book review:Wikinomics

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything is one of the first efforts to explain open source and Web 2.0 to the traditional business community. This goal is revolutionary enough for the book's dust jacket to be covered with enthusiastic blurbs from major corporate executives and business academics. However, your opinion of the book is likely to depend on your familiarity with the subject.

Run new packages on older distros with backports

If you run a stable system, you don't have to miss out on the latest and greatest releases of your favorite applications -- just use a backport to get a package of a new release that's been "back-ported" to your older distribution.

Real-time Linux vendor picks telecom database partner

Real-time embedded Linux vendor FSMLabs has joined the partner program of database vendor MySQL AB. The companies will work together to expand their telecom-specific consulting services around MySQL-powered software running on FSMLabs's hard real-time enabled Carrier Grade Linux and BSD distributions, FSMLabs says.

Debian Weekly News - January 23rd, 2007

Welcome to this year's 1st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Erinn Clark, co-founder and leader of Debian Women is selected one of the top 10 girl geeks who are influential in Open Source. Linux-Watch posted Chris Fearnley's rebuttal to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols argument that Debian is in trouble.

Linux servers join with Active Directory

Centeris Corp., a Bellevue, Wash.-based vendor specializing in Linux server management tools for Windows administrators, has launched a new product that allows Linux servers to take part in an Active Directory (AD) environment.

Review: Inside the Machine

I started out my career in the technical arena as basically a mechanic. As a freelance technician, I found myself taking jobs that involved installing PCs, Servers, Switches, and Routers. Most of these jobs were heavily scripted so it was just a matter of following the directions. If I ran into problems, I'd ask the crew chief (if I was working with a team) or I'd call the NOC (if I was working alone). I've replaced SCSI drives, upgraded RAM and installed CPUs like a kid putting together a bunch of Legos. I could do my job very competently without ever knowing how any of those components worked electronically or programmatically. These days I work with a bunch of software engineers so my understanding of computing has taken a completely different direction. That's where Jon Stokes' Inside the Machine comes in.

Intel: Open source drew us to Solaris

Under a new partnership inked with Intel, Sun Microsystems will optimize the Solaris operating system (OS) for the Intel platform, and begin shipping Xeon-based systems in the first half of 2007. Sun and Intel will also collaborate in joint marketing, design and engineering efforts.

Modify Your Partitions With GParted Without Losing Data

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jan 23, 2007 11:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This article shows how you can modify the partitioning of your Linux system with GParted (Gnome Partition Editor) without losing data. This includes resizing partitions (enlarging and shrinking), moving partitions on the hard drive, creating and deleting partitions, and even modifying filesystem types. GParted is a free partition editor available as a desktop program and also as a Live-CD. It supports the following filesystems: ext2, ext3, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, reiserfs, reiser4, ufs, xfs, and even ntfs (Windows).

Linux Australia honours IP lawyer

Law professor and intellectual property expert Kimberlee Weatherall was honoured with an award for service to the open source community at Linux.conf.au last Friday night. The annual award, known as the "Rusty Wrench" is presented to the person who has made the most positive impact on the Australian open source community, as judged by Linux Australia.

Apache Guru In India

Last time when people got a chance to get face to face with Brian Behlendorf, they were all attracted towards that pony-tailed guy's charismatic personality and his manner of delivering speech. This year, you can once again brush shoulders with one of the Linux knights in your own city Delhi.

Demo features POSIX-compliant separation kernel, Linux

LynuxWorks will demonstrate a simulated aircraft environment based on embedded Linux, a proprietary separation kernel, and Intel Virtualization Technology, at the Open Group's Enterprise Architecture Conference (EAC) next week in San Diego. The demonstration shows Linux failing without affecting real-time POSIX applications running directly under the company's LynxSecure separation kernel.

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