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How to set up surround 5.1 audio in Linux with Alsa

The main problem I had with the sound setup in linux was getting it to work so that i can use all my speakers. After a few hours of searching the web and trial and error I finally figured out how to do it. I have put together this tutorial hoping to help other people in a similar situation.

Linux: Linus On CFS vs SD

"People who think SD was 'perfect' were simply ignoring reality," Linus Torvalds began in a succinct explanation as to why he chose the CFS scheduler written by Ingo Molnar instead of the SD scheduler written by Con Kolivas. He continued, "sadly, that seemed to include Con too, which was one of the main reasons that I never [entertained] the notion of merging SD for very long at all: Con ended up arguing against people who reported problems, rather than trying to work with them."

Open source Thunderbird e-mail client looks for new nest

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jul 28, 2007 8:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's no secret that Mozilla Corp., the company behind Firefox, Thunderbird, Sunbird, and other open-source Internet programs, has made Firefox its No. 1 priority. Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker is now admitting that the popular email client Thunderbird has taken second place, and she's now looking beyond Mozilla to find another way to advance the program.

Develop Web apps with Wicket and Geronimo

In this tutorial, learn how to set up your system to develop a simple Web application with Wicket, using Apache Geronimo as your application server and Apache Derby as the embedded database.

Web 2.0 Starter Toolkit for DB2

  • IBM/alphaWorks (Posted by IdaAshley on Jul 28, 2007 6:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
Aside from having to download a Web server and modules, users starting with PHP struggle with getting code enabled for mash-ups, Ajax applications, and Web feeds. Web 2.0 Starter Toolkit for IBM DB2 is a conveniently packaged set of products and technologies that enable the quick creation of DB2 Web services and feeds using PHP technology.

Sun Plug-in Brings ODF Support to Microsoft Office

Sun Microsystems' ODF Plug-in for Microsoft Office won't usher in an era of universal document interoperability, but eWEEK Labs believes it is the best option currently available for adding Open Document Format support to Office's massive installed base. The plug-in, which Sun debuted on July 4 in the form of a freely downloadable 30MB installation package, enables users to read, edit and save ODF-formatted word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation documents using the 2000, XP, and 2003 versions of Microsoft Office.

Linux: Suspend and Hibernation Status Report

Rafael Wysocki posted a lengthy status report "describing the current state of development of the suspend and hibernation infrastructure: how it works, what known problems there are in it and what the future development plans are". Regarding future plans, Rafael noted, "the part of the suspend and hibernation code that should be taken care of first is the handling of devices. Namely, I think that we should first separate the hibernation-related handling of devices from the suspend-related handling of them in order to overcome limitations mentioned in Section IX. This also will be necessary if we want to try some new approaches to hibernation, such as the kexec-based one recently discussed on the LKML." He added, "the next thing that seems reasonable to do is to eliminate the freezing of tasks, described in Section VI, from the suspend and resume code, since the limitations related to it are regarded by many people as too restrictive."

Fedora stats offer insight into Linux usage

The Fedora Project offered a peek under its kimono recently with details about Fedora 7 adoption and other statistics. Fedora 7 has snagged more than 300,000 users since its release at the end of May. While that sounds pretty good, Fedora Core 6 managed to attract more than 400,000 in roughly the same amount of time after its release. We asked Max Spevack, the Fedora project leader, whether the numbers are telling the full story.

Enterprise Linux News: Microsoft's high prices drive FSW to Linux, open source

  • SearchEnterpriseLinux.com; By By Jan Stafford, Editor (Posted by jsusanka on Jul 28, 2007 2:14 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Community, GNU
Here is a great story about those corporations that think they are locked into Microsoft exchange server forever and there is no way out.

Marcus Rex joins Linux Foundation as CTO

The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit group dedicated to accelerating Linux's growth, announced on July 24 that it had tapped long-time Linux executive Marcus Rex to serve as CTO. Rex "will help drive new standardization and technical initiatives around Linux and promote Linux adoption more broadly," the LF said.

Wine 0.9.42 Released

  • linuxlookup.com; By linuxlookup.com (Posted by linuxlookup on Jul 28, 2007 12:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
New to Wine 0.9.42 is support for activation contexts and side-by-side assemblies, more gdiplus functions, other messaging support in crypt32.dll, many HTTP protocol handling fixes and other bug fixes.

Misys Moves to Open Source

"British software group Misys is expected to announce a major strategic gamble this week - giving its products away for free.""Under new American management, the company is planning to embrace the 'open source' movement, releasing a software code that can be copied or modified by other programmers.""Two new products are planned in healthcare and financial markets that Misys hopes will become industry standards: one offering a platform for trading carbon credits and the other aimed at harmonising medical records."

Tutorial: Power Saving for the Workstation, Part 1

Ordinarily, the only place you see these programs are in laptops and the methods should work on laptops, and there are many places to go for information on the specialized laptop tweaks and GNOME and KDE laptop configuration options. But in an age of global warming and increasing costs per KWh, saving power on workstations by putting them to sleep when not in active use is a good idea, too.

Schedule Tasks Using Gnome-schedule (cron & at GUI)

  • ubuntugeek.com (Posted by gg234 on Jul 27, 2007 9:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Schedule Tasks Using Gnome-schedule (cron & at GUI)

Service consolidation with Xen 3.0.2 on Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe

I have been looking for a way to replace my old Windows NT machine that I mainly use to run MS Word, Reference Manager and to connect to my Linux desktop via XWin32. I figured if I get one of the new AM2 dual core CPUs from AMD with low energy consumption (35 Watt TDP specified) .

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.

SourceForge.net® Announces 2007 Community Choice Awards Winners

Open Source Awards Emphasize Enterprise Apps and Collaboration

Use Google Linux repositories in Debian

  • debianadmin.com (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!

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