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LinuxQuestions.org Podcast - 02.09.07

The latest LinuxQuestions.org Podcast. Topics include LQ Radio and ogg, the SCALE and OpenSolutions Summit, how to tell the Open Source winners from the losers, the contradictory nature of OOXML (Part II) and what if hardware vendors are trapped too.

Are You Stupid For Using OpenSuSE?

  • MichaelLarabel.com; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Feb 10, 2007 2:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I received an email this afternoon from a Phoronix reader and fan that I found worth sharing, along with my response.

Microsoft leaned on EC to spike open source report

The European Commission has resisted efforts by Microsoft to make it abandon its report into open source software, it was revealed this week. But the EC was swayed into allowing a 10-day period for feedback before completing the report.

Third edition of "Using Samba" guidebook published

O'Reilly Media this week published the third edition of Using Samba: A File and Print Server for Linux, Unix, and Mac OS X. The book targets those needing to support Windows clients on Linux/Unix networks, or access Windows network resources from Linux/Unix clients.

Single-core 3G phone design runs Linux on virtualized processor

VirtualLogix will demonstrate a multimedia-enabled Linux-based mobile phone reference design powered by a single ARM9 processor, at 3GSM next week in Barcelona. The NXP Nexperia 7210 design could spawn some of the world's first single-core mobile phones running open, "rich" operating systems, such as Linux.

Rugged, powerful WiFi cards support Linux

Ubiquiti Networks is shipping what are claimed to be the first-ever mini-PCI-based WiFi radios to boast 600mW transmit power, and the first to support operating temperatures from -45 to 95 degrees Celsius. The ExtremeRange WiFi modules have both been tested extensively under Linux, the company says.

Linux: Merging in 2.6.21

Following the release of the 2.6.20 kernel Andrew Morton posted a list of patches in his -mm kernel, summarizing for each his plans as to whether or not they will be pushed upstream for inclusion in the upcoming 2.6.21 kernel. Andrew commented,"I'm getting fed up of holding onto hundreds of patches against subsystem trees, sending them over and over again and seeing nothing happen. I sent 242 patches out to subsystem maintainers on Monday and look at what's still here." In response to some confusion as to what happens to these patches, he went on explain,"once a subsystem has a subsystem tree (git or quilt) I basically never merge anything which belongs to that tree. It's always originator->mm->subsystemtree->Linus".

Linspire to be based on Ubuntu

Yesterday, Linspire and Canonical issued a joint announcement that Linspire would begin to base its distributions on Ubuntu rather than Debian, and that Ubuntu users would be able to use CNR to install proprietary applications and drivers, starting with the Fiesty Fawn release.

Mandriva packs 3D desktop into USB key

Mandriva on Feb. 7 introduced a pre-installed Mandriva Linux 2007 distribution on a 2GB USB key. With "Mandriva Flash," users can take their own Mandriva system anywhere with them, plug in the key, and save and exchange data -- with about 1GB of space left over, according to the company.

Fear and Loafing at RSA

The outsourcing of security

Comment: It's the end of yet another RSA security conference, and we're tempted to trade our PCs for an abacus and hole up in the basement while the nightmarish robot invasion on mankind plays out. Malware, we were repeatedly told over the past five days, is lurking everywhere - in PCs, phones and online bazaars - and is waiting for the opportune moment to slip into our toasters and refrigerators.…

Beryl Usability - Not Just Eyecandy

  • Linux Howtos; By dmbkiwi (Posted by dmbkiwi on Feb 10, 2007 5:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
There are a lot of linux users who might be wondering why all the fuss over beryl. It's just eyecandy, so why would I want that chewing up processor cycles, which could be more productively used elsewhere? While I'm a bit of a slave to eyecandy myself, there are a whole bunch of plugins for beryl that not only look cool, but can enhance workflow and usability. This series of articles looks at a few of them.

Podcast: John Chambers, Web 2.0 guy?

Is John Chambers a Web 2.0 guy? Sun decides to risk Linus Torvalds' wrath, and hackers may dump Microsoft in favor of Adobe.

Print DVI Files with CUPS for Linux

  • ibm.com/developerWorks (Posted by IdaAshley on Feb 10, 2007 3:58 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux
Have you ever tried to print DVI or other files in Linux and gotten an "unsupported format" message? This tip shows you how to combine existing tools to make a Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS) print filter for printing DVI files.

Other Popular Articles

Will the empire last long?

In this review of Microsoft's Vista launch, Mario Miyojim explores the possibility that something has changed. He writes, "Recently, Microsoft started to sell a new operating system, Windows Vista. There are a few reasons to believe that, this time, it will not be successful."

Microsoft: Novell deal a milestone despite squabbles

Landmark deal could still bring together open-source and commercial software business models, says Microsoft lawyer Brad Smith.

Stand-alone controller runs Linux

United Electronic Industries has introduced the UEIPAC line of programmable automation controllers. These stand-alone modules contain an embedded computer running a standard Linux operating system, two Ethernet ports, a serial port, an SD card interface, an inter-PAC sync interface, and either three or six I/O card slots.

Portrait: LinuxChix Brazil's Sulamita Garcia

A lot of people have bemoaned the lack of women participating in open source communities, but Sulamita Garcia is one of the few who have stepped up to do something about it. A Slackware user from Florianopolis, Brazil, Garcia has been heading up LinuxChix Brazil for four years.

Fleury Will Be Back

The JBoss founder is a born entrepreneur, and I'll bet he's back in the spotlight soon with another professional open-source company.

In depth SPE Programming of the Sony PS3 on linux

Take even greater advantage of the synergistic processing elements (SPEs) of the Sony PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) in this installment of Programming high-performance applications on the Cell BE processor.

“Customers want interoperability of proprietary systems with Linux”

Acquiring SuSE, forming a strategic alliance with Microsoft—Novell has been busy raising its profile in India where Linux as a server OS has entered production environments. Revathi Kasturi, managing director-West Asia, Novell speaks to Abhinav Singh about the pact and the positioning of Novell in the Indian market.

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