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Novell SA chief quits to join Google

Novell South Africa's Stafford Masie is leaving the Linux vendor to head up the local Google operation, reports ITWeb. Masie has led the Soth African Novell office for the past four years and has been a key figure in the Linux strategy adopted by Novell globally.® Announces 2007 Community Choice Awards Winners

Open Source Awards Emphasize Enterprise Apps and Collaboration

Use Google Linux repositories in Debian

  • (Posted by gg234 on Jul 27, 2007 5:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Use Google Linux repositories in Debian

Dissecting The ATI/AMD Linux Driver

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jul 27, 2007 4:42 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
If you have been reading our ATI/AMD Linux display driver reviews for some time, you will know that there are periods where it doesn't look like the fglrx driver is actively being worked on, but in fact changes are being made "under the hood". We are going through one of these droughts right now where not many new features or bug fixes are being introduced, though a lot of work is going on internally. We have decided to dissect the last 19 months of driver releases from ATI/AMD to expose some interesting facts and what should be coming in the future.

Is forking a sin?

Why the fuss about the idea of forking the Linux kernel to create a desktop-optimized OS? It seems the community doesn't grant the same freedoms as the GPL!

Announcement: T-Dose (International) Dutch Open Source Event 2007

T-DOSE 2007 - In the weekend of 13th and 14th October 2007 the free Open Source Event T-DOSE (Technical Dutch Open Source Event) will take place at the Fontys College of Applied Science in Eindhoven, ,The Netherlands (GoogleMaps) . During this event there are 2 central tracks an open source market and several developer or community rooms. There is still room for more Open Source projects and Talks.

* All Open Source Projects that want a booth can reserve one at
* All speakers can sent their abstracts and small biography to

For more information about T-DOSE see

[ T-DOSE was held for the first time last year - I was one of the attendants, and I can recommend the event to anyone involved with open source, talks were very interesting. I'll try to be there this year - hkwint ]

SourceForge Announces 2007 Community Choice Awards Winners

SourceForge announced the winners of its second annual Community Choice Awards in Portland, OR, at an evening celebration held during the OSCON conference. The awards recognize open source projects that have the most supportive community following, and those that the community’s members believe are built with the highest quality, productivity and ingenuity.

How To Harden PHP5 With Suhosin On Fedora 7

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jul 27, 2007 1:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora, PHP
This tutorial shows how to harden PHP5 with Suhosin on a Fedora 7 server. From the Suhosin project page: "Suhosin is an advanced protection system for PHP installations that was designed to protect servers and users from known and unknown flaws in PHP applications and the PHP core. Suhosin comes in two independent parts, that can be used separately or in combination. The first part is a small patch against the PHP core, that implements a few low-level protections against bufferoverflows or format string vulnerabilities and the second part is a powerful PHP extension that implements all the other protections."

Customize your laptop keyboard with X and KDE

I am a Linux user, and I recently got an eMachines laptop. Since I'm Uruguayan, my mother tongue is Spanish, and that presented a problem: laptops usually have an American-style keyboard, and Spanish (as well as Portuguese, French, German, and other languages) requires some special keys that aren't on American keyboards. Here's how you can get international characters on your American keyboard -- and as a bonus, we'll see how you can enable the special"media" or"Internet" keys on some keyboards that aren't supported by Linux out of the box.

On Microsoft’s ‘Terror Culture’...

Apparently, some people take pride in attacking Free software. With statements such as “we would like to strike similar patent deals with all the Linux vendors, but we had to start somewhere” or even “the Free Software movement is dead. Linux doesn’t exist in 2007. Even Linus has got a job today,” Bill Hilf is no popular figure these days.

So Cal Linux Expo Announces Call For Papers

  • So Cal Linux Expo; By Orv Beach (Posted by w6bi on Jul 27, 2007 10:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
The Linux Expo of Southern California has opened the Call For Papers for the 6th Annual Southern California Linux Expo, to be held February 8th, 9th, & 10th, 2008.

Linux Companies That Didn't Deserve to Die

  • Linux Watch; By Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jul 27, 2007 10:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
A recent story entitled, "Dearly Departed: Companies and Products That Didn't Deserve to Die" didn't cover Linux or open-source companies. That got me to thinking. So here, without further adieu, is my list of five Linux companies that died before their time.

Linux: 2.4.35 Released

"After 6 months of careful integration and testing, I'm happy to announce availability of Linux 2.4.35," 2.4 maintainer Willy Tarreau announced on the lkml. This is the second stable 2.4 kernel released since Willy became the 2.4 kernel maintainer nearly a year ago in August of 2006. Source level changes can be viewed through the linux-2.4 gitweb interface.

What ever happened to Web engineering?

  • IBM/DeveloperWorks; By Peter Seebach (Posted by solrac on Jul 27, 2007 8:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Web pages have become a major functional component of the daily lives of millions of people; you, the Web developer, are in a position to make that part of everyone's lives better.

Automatically mounting and unmounting Samba/Windows shares with CIFS

At my work the employees are in the fortunate position that they are free to choose whatever OS they want to work with. The only thing that's banned (unofficially) so far is Windows Vista. In such a heterogeneous environment it makes sense to share our files through Samba. It's one of the few protocols that any OS can speak. If you're running Windows Server 2003 then you can't use the smbfs driver that most Linux distributions ship by default. You'll need to use the CIFS filesystem driver and you'll need to edit /etc/fstab. Adding the required fstab entries is actually quite easy as I will show, but on Debian and it's derivative distributions you get a nasty "CIFS VFS: No response" error when you subsequently try to reboot or shutdown your machine. I will show you how to get rid of that too.

The 40 billion bits per second chip heralds dawn of tera-scale computing

In what could prove to be of major importance to the future of motherboard and component data transfer rates, the Photonics Technology Lab at Intel has announced a silicon laser modulator that can encode data at 40Gb/sec.

Mozilla Thunderbird to Find New Home as Mozilla Foundation Focuses on Mozilla Firefox

On her weblog, Mozilla Corporation CEO Mitchell Baker has announced that Mozilla Thunderbird is to move to a "new, separate organizational setting" as the Mozilla Foundation continues to focus ever more closely on Mozilla Firefox. While the Mozilla Foundation supports a number of projects, its taxable subsidiary the Mozilla Corporation is responsible for only Firefox and Thunderbird. However, it has become increasingly clear that Firefox is the priority. The resources allocated to Firefox dwarf those allocated to Thunderbird and recent projects such as the initiative to improve Mozilla support exclude Thunderbird.

Easing Configuration with Java

Configuration can be a maintenance mess and add to a developer's burden. This article introduces a Java framework with which developers can define their application's configuration in terms of high-level interfaces; the framework then generates automatic implementations of these interfaces backed by a physical configuration source, like a properties file or database. This approach, designed and detailed by Merlin Hughes, is intended to improve on the practices of using string constants and manual type conversion when handling configuration data, while maintaining compatibility with existing configuration tools and files.

OSI Approves New Open-Source License

The Open Source Initiative approved on July 25 its first new license in quite some time: the Common Public Attribution License, which is essentially the Mozilla Public License with a new attribution clause. But the road to approval was long and expensive, Ross Mayfield, CEO and co-founder of Socialtext, which submitted the license, told eWEEK in an interview at the O'Reilly Open Source Conference here.

Mozilla is pushing Thunderbird out of the nest

Mozilla Corp. CEO Mitchell Baker announced yesterday on her weblog that because of"the enormous energy and community focused on the Web, Firefox, and the ecosystem around it," the organization is seeking"a new, separate organizational setting" for the Thunderbird email client.

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