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rPath on Red Hat's appliance strategy: "Some assembly required"

It's not surprising that Billy Marshall, former Red Hatter and current CEO of rPath, would be dismissive of Red Hat's new appliance operating system, given that he will be competing with it. But what I did find surprising is how dead-on his assessment is of enterprise software. We talk about certification a lot (i.e., "Yes, we are certified to run on SQL Server"). The customer takes this to mean, "It will work well with SQL Server." But this isn't always the case. In fact, as Billy points out, it is often not the case:

Nouveau Companion 30

Once again, more than 2 weeks have passed and it is time for yet another issue of the TiNDC. So we are fighting to get a first "stable" release of nouveau out as soon as possible. This release will include 2D, Xv and EXA acceleration for all cards from NV05 to NV4x. Owners of NV04 won't get EXA due to hardware limitations, while NV5x cards (GeForce 8x00) won't get much more than working 2D and hopefully working mode setting for the common cases.

Mandriva Regains Nigeria Deal From Microsoft

A decision to wipe 11,000 machines of their shipped Mandriva Linux operating system and replace it with Windows XP for Nigerian schools received a reversal that should please Mandriva's CEO. Someone break out the champagne for Francois Bancilhon, CEO of Mandriva. He had blogged his anger with Microsoft counterpart Steve Ballmer over what Bancilhon suggested were dirty tactics in gaining business with Nigeria.

KDE 4.0 beta 4 released, extensive end user testing to begin

The KDE project has released the fourth beta of KDE 4.0, and with it a call for end-user testing. The project faces a major challenge in getting this major release stable and functional enough to meet users' expectations in time for release. The reason for this lies not only in the extent of the changes made to the underlying platform libraries that we looked at last week, but also in the collision of ground-breaking new development and a mass user base.

The day of the Linux desktop

primary desktop operating system since 1997. But for most people around the world, this is the year of the the Windows desktop, same as it was last year and the year before. But if we each spent one day telling others about GNU/Linux, could we make a difference in the lives of at least a few people? I think so. That's why I'm promising -- right here and right now -- to spend at least one day in the next three months handing out free GNU/Linux install CDs, and why I invite you to join me in this effort.

Too many free operating systems? I don't think so.

Some people say that there are too many GNU/Linux distributions, too many people just doing their own instead of joining an existing effort. In essence their criticism is towards the fact that so many people in the Free Software community actually take their freedom and pursue their dreams instead of finding their place in somebody else's vision. Sometimes the criticism is pointed towards those who duplicate a lot of the effort, just for a few small modifications. They are for consolidation. They want to build a cathedral out of the bazaar.

Marketer finds good karma in using and sharing open source

Mark McVey, the owner of McVey Creative Group, has a long history in the advertising and marketing business. He's used to helping people create product brands, and for the last seven years or so, creating a brand has automatically included creating a Web site. Because McVey is no stranger to working with Web developers, and because he knows what he likes, when he decided to launch, he called Bruce Kroeze, an active coder for the Django project and a fan of the Satchmo e-commerce framework for Django.

The smart way to Process XML files with PHP

This article introduces the XJConf for PHP open source package and demonstrates some useful real-world applications of its usage.

A Synopsis Of Linux Graphics Drivers

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Nov 9, 2007 7:56 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
With all of our coverage at Phoronix of the different ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers, if you're new to Linux or just get caught off guard by all of the different open and closed-source drivers, it can be confusing to know which driver is right for you and your needs. At the request of many readers, and the obvious need for a concise article explaining the different solutions, we have written a synopsis of the Linux graphics drivers currently available. This is really to let those new to Linux know what choices are available for them and their graphics card.

Gobuntu: A Truly Free Linux Distro or a Free Drivers Experiment?

There’s disagreement about whether Gobuntu lives up to its goal as the “strictest possible interpretation of the Free Software Foundation's ‘Four Freedoms.’”

CellWriter: Open source handwriting recognition for Linux

Handwriting recognition, like its cousins speech recognition and optical character recognition, is a domain still dominated by proprietary products. Where there are Linux solutions, such as the one in Nokia's Maemo Internet tablets, they are often closed source plugins protected by patent claims. Thus I was pleasantly surprised to find CellWriter, a small, straightforward handwriting recognition tool that integrates easily with modern Linux desktops. CellWriter provides a small, grid-like window into which you write with normal pen strokes. Thus it works best with a pen interface, such as a Wacom tablet, but that isn't strictly required.

Putting the OpenDocument Foundation to Bed (without its supper)

Earlier this week the tech press was abuzz with the news that the OpenDocument Foundation had abandoned ODF for CDF, a W3C specification-in-process that few had ever heard of, and no one seemed to know much about (Microsoft was understandably pleased). To find out the facts, I interviewed Chris Lilley, the W3C lead for the CDF project, and his answer couldn't have been more clear: "The one thing I'd really want your readers to know is that CDF was not created to be, and isn't suitable for use as, an office format."


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Apple's "Time Machine" Now For Linux...

  • (Posted by techclubber on Nov 9, 2007 3:03 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
Apple's Time Machine is a great feature in their OS, and Linux has almost all of the required technology already built in to recreate it. This is a simple GUI to make it easy to use. "Apple's 'Time Machine' is cool, but I use Linux, not MacOSX. So here is a Linux implementation (built off of rsync, of course). No fancy OpenGL, but quite functional none-the-less."

How To Make Desktop Applications Start Automatically After Login (GNOME)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Nov 9, 2007 2:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNOME
You probably know this: you power on your machine, and immediately after you have logged in you manually start your two or three favourite applications. Why not have the system start these applications for you automatically? This short guide shows how to accomplish this under GNOME.

Fedora 8 - Review

Fedora 8 is the latest release from the Fedora project and it is just packed with a slew of exciting new features. Some of the more notable features are Pulse Audio (new Linux Sound System), Codec Buddy, Online-Desktop, Compiz and Gnome 2.20. Fedora 8 also offers a new theme (unique to Fedora) and more visual treats for the desktop user. After using Fedora 8 from the various Release Candidates to the final Fedora 8 release, I came away impressed with the overall release, but wished a few quirks and bugs were ironed out before the final release.

Linux Mint 3.1 is not especially refreshing

Linux Mint is a derivative distribution of Ubuntu. Its purpose, according to its Web site, "is to produce an elegant, up-to-date, and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop distribution." Unfortunately, it falls short in at least one of those areas, and suffers from several other disappointing shortcomings. Mint comes in two primary editions: a main edition, which includes proprietary codecs and plugins, and a light edition, which does not. Like Ubuntu, both versions use GNOME as the user interface, though there are other versions of Mint available which include Xfce and KDE.

OLPC gets SimCity donation

Reader Jeff tipped us off to this exciting news: Electronic Arts will donate the original SimCity city-building game to each computer in the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project.

Tracker: Desktop Search & Metadata Store

Beagle has had its 15 minutes of fame. Now Tracker offers Beagle's capabilities and more. And it's faster, too.

Gphone vs. iPhone: The security debate begins

It wasn't long after Google announced its long-anticipated mobile plans this week that a debate emerged about the prospective security of the project's Linux-based platform. Can the open-source model for the platform, now known as Android, produce secure code? Will phones based on Android, dubbed "Gphones" by many, be more or less secure than Apple's iPhone, which has been developed using proprietary software? What will Android's developers be able to do to stop authors of malicious code from capitalizing on its openness?

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