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Zenwalk goes gold with v4.4

The Zenwalk project has announced the release of Zenwalk Linux 4.4. The "mini" Linux distribution utilizes a 2.6.20 kernel, and is one of the first distros to incorporate the new Xfce 4.4 desktop, which came out on Feb. 7, according to project team manager Jean-Philippe Guillemin.

Windows refund - the next episode: Thoughts on a 2007 pan-European action

LXer Feature: 28-Feb-2007

Linux on OEM desk/laptops is a hot item these days. Dell started to ship corporate desk/laptops without Windows pre-installed lately.

Nonetheless, this is too little and too late, costumers should be able to buy any lap/desktop without Windows pre-installed. Furthermore, the secret trade deals Microsoft made with the OEM's, which effectively make it impossible for / forbids OEMS to ship desk/laptops without Windows - are forbidden.

Therefore, a new pan-European Windows refund action should be started. In this article, I will share my new insights on the legal aspect of this action, since there are a lot of new things I found out after the last article I wrote on the subject. After that, I'll show my plan to do something about it. In short, it reads: Call aunty Neelie and try to get rid of our almost criminal uncles Bill and Steve.

Edubuntu: Linux for education

Edubuntu is the Ubuntu distribution's educational variant. It provides a software platform that allows educators to spend more time teaching with computers and less time managing them. In addition to Linux and the typical productivity software, Edubuntu provides the organisational package SchoolTool and educational programs for children between preschool and high school, with three age groups within this demographic, each with their own relevant settings.

Early word: Firefox 3.0 to open door to Web apps

If the Firefox browser were a car, it would be in the garage right now being souped up by an anxious group of gearheads. When Firefox 3.0 is released later this year, the open-source browser is likely to contain a host of new features, including offline support for Web applications and new bookmark and search features. Mozilla released the second alpha version of Firefox 3.0 earlier this month.

PCLinuxOS Magazine March 2007 Issue 7 Released!

It is my privilege to announce on behalf of the team members of the PCLinuxOS Magazine Project sponsored by, the March 2007 issue (#7)  is available for download!  Our previous issues can also be downloaded.

We are simultaneously publishing the HTML Version of the Magazine as well for our low bandwidth users.  The HTML Site is W3C standards compliant for easy browsing.

Some highlights include:

  1. Application Changes from PCLinuxOS .93 to 2007
  2. Playing with Beryl
  3. Recording Audio with PCLinuxOS
  4. PCLinuxOS DualView and TwinView Tutorial
  5. How to Multi-Boot Linux
  6. Working in Gnome in PCLinuxOS
  7. As always, plenty more is packed inside 

Open Source: The Only Software One Really Owns

Bill Gates once called the open source community a bunch of communists, thinking the open source ideal was against anyone owning the fruits of their programming labors. However, he has missed the real point of choosing open source. It's about not being held to ransom and having the freedom to switch suppliers with impunity -- freedom to modify, extend and supplement your technology as you see fit.

Review: Using Samba, 3rd Edition

Samba. To most people with a technical background, the word immediately invokes an image of Linux and Windows machines working and playing well together, however it is so much more (and for those of you who clicked on the link to this review thinking it was about the popular Brazilian music form, try Wikipedia instead). Even uses the line in its header "Opening Windows to a Wider World". However, just how far does that world extend?

The Perfect Desktop - Part 2: Mandriva Free 2007

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Feb 28, 2007 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mandriva
With the release of Microsoft's new Windows operating system (Vista), more and more people are looking for alternatives to Windows for various reasons. This tutorial is the second in a series of articles where I will show people who are willing to switch to Linux how they can set up a Linux desktop (Mandriva Free 2007 in this article) that fully replaces their Windows desktop, i.e. that has all software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

The Epson AcuLaser CX11NF Colour Laser MFD with Linux

If you are reading this Web page you’ve probably been searching for a colour laser multi-function device that works with the Linux operating system. Well search no more. I’m pleased to report the Epson AcuLaser CX11NF - a combined laser printer, scanner, copier and fax machine - works like a charm. What’s more the drivers are all open source - how about that!

Octimod Mini-ITX Cluster

Ainkaboot's Octimod MPC7-1500 is a high density Gentoo Linux-based clustering platform based on Mini-ITX boards. Each processing module is hot-swappable, and contains a 1.5GHz C7 powered VIA EPIA EN 15000 motherboard.

Spring Framework's powerfull Inversion of Control

Find out more about the killer feature that seems to provide critical mass for Spring and what the Spring Framework Inversion of Control buzz is all about.

Open-Xchange Deploys Largest Open Source Software Customer Win in History

  •; By Press Releaes (Posted by sharonpr on Feb 27, 2007 10:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Partnership will create over 1 million Open-Xchange hosted business e-mail and collaboration accounts

Report: Openbravo's ERP Draws International Cheers

With open-source ERP deployments now starting to take more hold, Spanish-based Openbravo is quickly gaining international penetration, garnering as many as 20,000 downloads a month of its Web-based software from all over the world.

Portrait: Brian Aker, database strategist

"I'm not interested in the more academic aspects of computing," says Brian Aker, director of architecture at MySQL. "I'm interested in solving problems." This approach has taken Aker from being a teenage hacker to today, when he spends an increasing amount of time thinking about where IT in general and databases specifically are heading.

Red Hat and McKesson Offer 'Enterprise Healthcare Platform'

More signs of legitimacy of FOSS in medicine with this press release: 'McKesson has joined with Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, to introduce the Red Hat Enterprise Healthcare Platform, a cost-effective open source information technology solution with services designed to meet the mission-critical demands of healthcare. “The Red Hat solution offers our customers a reliable, affordable platform for delivering safe, high-quality patient care using McKesson’s clinical applications,” said Michael J. Simpson, chief technology officer for McKesson Provider Technologies. “The introduction of a high-value, open platform designed specifically for the needs of healthcare IT represents a major step forward in encouraging the use of open source technologies instead of closed, proprietary technologies that are costly to acquire, maintain and scale.”

EU experts to conduct open source workshops

A duo of open-source experts from Europe will give separate workshops in a conference next week organized by advocacy group Institute of Popular Democracy.

Adjusting MP3s with mp3gain

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Feb 27, 2007 7:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you listen to music on CD much, you'll notice that some CDs sound much louder than others, and I'm not talking about Ministry's The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste versus Sarah McLachlan's Touch. Two CDs of the same genre, when played on the same CD player, at the same volume, can have drastically different playback volume. This difference carries over when you rip the CD to MP3, and can be really annoying when you're going from song to song on your MP3 playlists on your computer or portable music player. One way to iron out the differences is to use MP3Gain to adjust your MP3s to have the the same volume.

Hypercard on steroids

Runtime Revolution revives the simple development model that Bill Atkinson pioneered with Hypercard back in 1987. Fresh from his triumph of building MacPaint for the Apple Macintosh, Atkinson brought together the concepts of object-based, event-driven programming and hypermedia to create a highly popular tool for rapid application development. Atkinson insisted that Apple gave it away free with the Macintosh which helped it to spread quickly in the late 1980s. Unfortunately the lack of a decent PC implementation and commercial changes at Apple meant that Hypercard eventually withered away. Further development was stopped in 2000 and, sadly, Apple abandoned it altogether in 2004.

Data warehousing: the appliance of science

Madan Sheina asks whether data warehouse appliances can really transform the way in which companies analyse their growing volumes of data, without breaking the bank.

Tips and Tricks for Linux Admins: Keep an Eye On Your Servers

Today's networking grab-bag contains iftop, ApacheTop, and sysctl. iftop is a nice realtime bandwidth monitor, ApacheTop is an almost real-time Apache monitor, and sysctl is used to control hundreds of kernel parameters in a most elite fashion. sysctl comes with all Linux distributions, and iftop and ApacheTop are just a Yum install or apt-get install away.

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