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The desperate need for a Freedom Grid system

There are many concurrent ongoing dangers in the world of Free Software. Among them, you will find software patents, hidden restrictions in obnoxious licenses and trademark lawsuits which seem to be absolutely unavoidable unless one has deep pockets filled with money for defense. Recently, expensive interoperability clauses have been added to the mix. Formerly, protection against such issues was achieved by adding condemnations to existing licenses.

Ballmer: Microsoft will power the mobile revolution

Steve Ballmer believes that Microsoft is the only company with "the wherewithal" to dominate the world of mobile computing. Appearing at CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment, a massive mobile tradeshow underway in downtown San Francisco, the Microsoft supremo told show goers that the company has the upper-hand on the likes of Apple and Blackberry-maker Research in Motion because its Windows Mobile platform is so darn versatile. Windows Mobile plays nicely with both enterprise and entertainment applications, he explained, and it's open to third party developers.

["the wherewithal" huh, Why do I not believe him? - Scott]

This Week in SMGL (Oct. 22, 2007)

Source Mage GNU/Linux news for the week of October 15th, 2007.

KDE Commit-Digest for 21st October 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Fortune-teller and Keyboard Layout applets for Plasma, KNewsTicker resurrected for KDE 4.0 as a Plasmoid. Rewrite of canvas tag support in KHTML. Various new language syntax highlighting in Kate. Internal database storage work in Digikam. More playlist handling work, and support for Magnatune "streaming membership" in Amarok 2. OpenDocument loading of charts in KChart for KOffice 2. Various graphics fixes and a user handbook for the Bovo game. Kolourpaint is now fully ported to Qt4. Continued work on the Eigen 2 library. Further porting away from KDEPrint to the printing facilities provided by Qt4.

GIMP 2.4 preview

Fedora 8 test releases have a surprise for all users interested in graphics: a release candidate for the new GIMP 2.4, meaning the final version will get the stable GIMP 2.41. This is exciting news, as the previous major release, GIMP 2.2, is several years old, and a lot of new features were added in the meantime.

Devices Lacking Linux Support Needed

Leading Linux Kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman is looking for devices not supported by Linux. He would like to add support for more hardware in upcoming Linux releases. He needs help from the Linux community in identifying devices that lack support.

Fedora 8 renews tradition of innovations

Not all major software versions carry the same weight. Consider the last two releases of the Fedora distribution. Fedora 7 offered little that was obvious to desktop users, despite some behind-the-scenes improvements and the opening of the release process to public scrutiny. By contrast, if Test 3 of Fedora 8 is any indication, the upcoming release, scheduled for next month, returns to the distribution's tradition of introducing a variety of innovations. Some of these innovations, like the new firewall tool, are minor, if still welcome. Others, like the IcedTea version of Java and Codec Buddy, are flawed, but may eventually find their way into other distributions.

The State of the Linux Gaming Industry

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 23, 2007 3:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
When I read reports on the Linux gaming industry, I can't help but wonder where the Linux gamers are at? Can we find them on the Nintendo Wii or perhaps the Playstation 3 (PS3)? After all, I have heard that PS3 actually works rather well with Yellow Dog Linux.

VoIPowering Your Office: VoIP Can Do Wi-Fi

  • VoIP Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Oct 23, 2007 2:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The first, and possibly the biggest advantage is ubiquity. It's the same Internet all over the world, so you don't have to worry about competing and incompatible networks. Anywhere you find an Internet connection is a potential Wi-Fi phone link. No hassles with SIMS or R-UIMs or roaming charges, or leaving behind a trail of perfectly good but useless phones behind because of vendor incompatibilities.

ODF calls time on da Vinci coding

Still seeking OASIS approval, The Open Document Foundation (ODF) has quietly ended all work on its da Vinci project after failing to secure approval from the Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Oct 23, 2007 1:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This document describes how to set up an Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) desktop. The result is a fast, secure and extendable system that provides all you need for daily work and entertainment. About 23.000 packages are available in the repositories.

Real Media attacks real people via RealPlayer

Hackers twist ad network into Trojan network. Hackers have rooted into a server owned by internet advertising network24/7 Real Media and used it to serve malware-laced banner ads that tried to circumvent security mechanisms on end users' machines, Symantec researchers said. The malware exploited a previously unknown vulnerability in Real Player that was patched on Friday.

Seven.Ten Degrees of Modularisation

  • J_K9 @ Linux (Posted by J_K9 on Oct 23, 2007 11:21 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu Server is a popular Linux server distribution which has been gaining some good ground over the past few years, but is still behind its main commercial rivals: Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. However, one of the new, experimental (but stable) features in Ubuntu 7.10 Server Edition is set to change the course of all server Operating Systems in the near future, and that feature is Tasks.

Query your processes under X with Qps

When it comes to managing processes, many people use old reliable commands such as ps, top, kill, and nice. These commands are handy, useful, and found in every Linux distribution. However, sometimes a GUI process manager can be useful, especially when you're trying to teach new Linux system administrators who aren't used to shell interfaces. Qps Visual Process Manager is a GUI ps substitute that lets you sort, manipulate, and manage processes.

Microsoft woos Asia through Turbolinux

Adding to its list of Linux partners, Microsoft has extended its collaboration agreement with Asian Linux vendor Turbolinux. Promising collaboration efforts and controversial intellectual property assurances for Turbolinux users, the deal could be seen as the latest attempt by Microsoft to extend its reach into the rich prize that is the Asian market.

The Absent PCLinuxOS Release Cycle

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By devnet (Posted by devnet on Oct 23, 2007 8:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups: Community, Linux
During distro comparisons, many call a lack of release cycle for PCLinuxOS one of its negative aspects. In my opinion, this is the most attractive and positive aspects of the small distribution. Not to take away from a distribution that sets a release cycle...I understand that normal release cycles are a must with companies and software engineering. However, I think PCLinuxOS has a unique approach to releases and updates. Allow me a bit of time to show you the method in my madness on this one.

Oracle Linux Is No Longer an RHEL Clone

Oracle is taking its Unbreakable Linux down a slightly different path from Red Hat Enterprise Linux. First, let's make this clear. Oracle Unbreakable Linux was, is now and is for the foreseeable future going to be based on Red Hat's Enterprise Linux codebase. It is not, however, going to be simply RHEL's twin in every way. When Oracle first announced the release of Unbreakable Linux, many people saw it as a purely anti-Red Hat move. Larry Ellison, Oracle's CEO, doesn't like competition. What he likes is winning.

7 Reasons Every Programmer Should Love Multi-Core

  • Design Decisions; By HashiDiKo (Posted by studdugie on Oct 22, 2007 10:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor
HashiDiKo gives 7 reasons to embrace the multi-core revolution.

Boost Firefox address bar completion

When you type a URL into Firefox's address bar a drop-down menu appears based on your history. To select the most relevant entry you use the arrow keys (or your mouse) to select it. For better URL auto-completion have a look at Firefox's about:config area and set the browser.urlbar.autoFill value to true.

Debugging Multiple CPUs

"Sysrq-p is pretty useless unless you can force the keyboard interrupt and the spinning process onto the same CPU," noted Chuck Ebbert during a discussion centered around debugging tasks stuck in a running state. Pressing the

key combination is used for debugging, dumping the registers and flags from the CPU that handles the keypress interrupt to the console. UltraSPARC maintainer, David Miller, replied, "yes, I find this a painful limitation too,"

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