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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.

Email Classification (Incl. Spam Classification) With POPFile On Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Aug 2, 2007 1:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This article shows how you can install and use POPFile to classify incoming emails on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn desktop. It is a POP3 proxy that fetches your mails from your mail server, classifies them and passes them on to your email client. Of course, POPFile must be trained to properly classify emails.

Azureus vs. KTorrent

BitTorrent is popular peer-to-peer sharing communication protocol used for transferring all kind of files over the Internet. Two of the most popular BitTorrent clients for Linux are Azureus and KTorrent. If you're looking for a robust, fast, simple, and powerful BitTorrent client, you will probably go with KTorrent. If you want a Java-based client that runs on every platform and allows you to configure every detail for BitTorrent transfer, consider Azureus.

From Fedora, through Ubuntu and Slackware, getting close to ZenWalk

In the "if it ain't broke, then why the hell are you fixing it?" department, maybe I should refocus my energies on Debian and not worry so much about Fedora/Red Hat. ... At the risk of repeating myself, after hearing so many horror stories about how hard it is to install and maintain Debian, I've found it to be extremely easy and trouble-free. It's no harder than Ubuntu, although there's a simplicity to a standard Ubuntu install that isn't there with Debian, meaning there is less stuff installed with Ubuntu, more with Debian.

Developers free to work on open-source Atheros Wi-Fi

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 2, 2007 10:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While Linux desktop users have long been able to use Wi-Fi cards based on Atheros chip sets, they haven't been able to do so without using proprietary Atheros code. Now, the Software Freedom Law Center has given the green light to developers working on an open-source substitution for the closed-source code.

Video tip from RHCEs: Firewalls

We bring the advice of experts straight from San Diego to your desktop. Red Hat Summit 2007 collected hundreds of Linux users all in one place–many of them experienced Red Hat Certified Engineers® (RHCE). And somewhere between all those smart people walking around–and our video crew shooting footage–the idea for some video tips was born.

Red Hat launches Enterprise Linux 5.1 beta

Red Hat has released Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.1 beta this week, a minor upgrade that includes a laundry list of tweaks and improvements for virtualization, laptops and desktops, storage, networking, interoperability, serviceability, security and storage.

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Linux Gazette...making Linux just a little more fun!

rPath’s Billy Marshall and Erik Troan to Speak at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

During this panel, Marshall and Troan will provide insight on virtualization's impact on the software industry, as well as discuss why they think the general purpose operating system will soon be a thing of the past -- giving way to virtual appliances.

Mass. Gives Open XML the Official Green Light

The commonwealth of Massachusetts has officially thrown its weight behind Microsoft's Office Open XML format along with the OASIS Open Document Format. In July, the commonwealth added Microsoft's format, also known as Ecma-376 or Open XML, to the list of approved standards in a draft of the Massachusetts ETRM (Enterprise Technical Reference Model), an architectural framework used to identify the standards, specifications and technologies that support Massachusetts' computing environment.

KDE 4.0 Beta 1 Release Announcement

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.

Massachusetts Falls to OOXML as ITD Punts

In a not anticipated move, Massachusetts announced today that Microsoft's OOXML formats have made the grade. The announcement was made even as it appears more questionable whether the National Body members of ISO/IEC JTC1 will conclude that the formats are good enough to be granted global standards status, and despite the fact that the ITD receive comments from 460 individuals and organizations during the brief comment period announced on July 5 - most of them relating to the inclusion of OOXML.

Introducing OWB, an open-source browser for CE devices

  • LinuxDevices.com; By Jean-Charles Verdie (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 2, 2007 3:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword: This article by Jean-Charles Verdie, CTO of software development firm Pleyo, introduces the Origyn Web Browser, a new open-source browser that targets consumer electronics (CE) devices such as mobile phones, PMPs (portable media players), and STBs (set-top boxes).

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