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Tanenbaum-Torvalds Debate: Part II

  • Free University of Amsterdam; By Andy Tanenbaum (Posted by grouch on May 17, 2006 9:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Over the years there have been endless postings on forums such as Slashdot about how microkernels are slow, how microkernels are hard to program, how they aren't in use commercially, and a lot of other nonsense. Virtually all of these postings have come from people who don't have a clue what a microkernel is or what one can do.

Mandriva One 2006 final ISOs available

The Mandriva One 2006 final iso images were released May 16 to public FTP mirrors, the France-based Linux company said on its website. The distro's combined live and installation CD uses a 2.6.12 kernel and includes the KDE desktop as a default, plus numerous other applications.

Linux makes gains, sees challenges, in retail IT

  • Network World; By Phil Hochmuth (Posted by grouch on May 17, 2006 8:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
"You have a bright future in retail," isn't always the best compliment to give someone. But this is a positive statement regarding the Linux operating system.

Open source video editor now ready for Intel Macs

Post-processing of digital video has, with few exceptions, remained a fairly expensive proposition for most — often requiring an investment of hundreds or thousands of dollars. An open source project called Jahshaka aims to change that, however. Now available as a “release candidate” of its 2.0 version, the software runs on Mac OS X, Linux and Windows. Both its source code and executable binaries are available, including a binary designed for Intel-based Macs.

Software is special

  • The Sunday Times; By Gervase Markham (Posted by grouch on May 17, 2006 7:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Since Adam and Eve, almost everything humans have created is either like my machine or my novel. Functionality and copyability have been mutually exclusive. But software is the exception.

Fiserv core solution now available on Linux

Fiserv CBS Worldwide, a division of the Fortune 500 company, Fiserv, Inc. (Nasdaq: FISV), announced today that its international core banking solution, ICBS, is now available on Linux. Fiserv has added ICBS-Linux to its industry-leading product suite to address the needs of the growing majority of the global financial services market.

Image Processing Flaw Found in Firefox

Firefox users may be vulnerable to a denial of service attack after researchers looked into reports of a new vulnerability within Firefox 1.5.0.3. The flaw exists in how the browser handles image tags. The SANS Internet Storm Center first wrote off the problem, but continued research has shown that the flaw could be used maliciously.

Flash Player 8.5 Linux (Ubuntu Dapper Drake)

This is a short tutorial showing how to install the Macromedia Flash player on a Linux system using Wine. It was tested on Ubuntu Dapper Drake beta 2 (on x86 - 32 bit machine).

Linux-based Handheld Offers Free Games

  • TrustedReviews; By Gordon Kelly (Posted by dcparris on May 17, 2006 4:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
FREE is a magic word. It transforms even the most sensible, sedate and rational of people into greedy lunatics. So just imagine the chaos now there is a portable gaming console that has free titles.

Open source package passes personal learning test

In the world of education, technology plays an ever-increasing role in student management and other administrative tasks. Teachers all over the world are using an open source GPL-licensed course management system called LON-CAPA, and the result are "revitalizing," "unique," and "creative," according to some of its users.

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show

Tonight on The Linux Link Tech Show, episode 140:
We talk to Maria Winslow, author of The Practical Manager's Guide to Open Source
Linc becomes a KDE convert?
Our review of Suse 10.1
Package management woes
Recap of desktop recording tools in linux
And much, much more

Be sure to check us out live every Wednesday night at 8:30 PM, EDT
Just point your favorite media player to any of the following streams:
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You can also check out previous episodes from the download section of our home page

New-time religion

Open source software methodologies, principles, and practices translate well into other arenas, like standards and intelligence, and have been proposed for the beverage and medical industries as well. But open source philosophy exists in religion too; a kind of collaborative spirituality in which there is no such thing as secrets known only to an inner circle, and participants work together to create a mutually acceptable and beneficial creed instead of passively receiving instruction from a priestly class.

Novell Offers New Linux Device Driver Process

WALTHAM, Mass. – (NASDAQ:NOVL) Novell has said that the company has developed a new process that solves Linux® device driver compatibility issues. The new driver process allows customers to obtain drivers independently of Novell® kernel updates and supplies a straightforward approach third parties can use when developing device drivers for Novell's SUSE® Linux Enterprise products. The new Linux driver process developed by Novell allows hardware and software vendors to provide Linux drivers and driver updates for their products to customers directly and transparently, in a way that is completely integrated with SUSE Linux Enterprise delivery and support.

Splat! Frog Flattened On Internet's Spamway: Blue Security's Final Words

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on May 17, 2006 1:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An Israeli company's anti-spam effort that deployed unorthodox methods to respond to spammers ended today. Blue Security claimed it was raising the white flag because too many non-combatants were being hurt in its Denial of Service battles with spammers. Others suggest that the venture capital funds dried up. In any event, the Blue Security website is down again. Just in case, Email Battles performed the post-mortem, and captured the company's final words for posterity.

Boingo Goes Open Source

  • Wi-Fi Networking News; By Glenn Fleishman (Posted by dcparris on May 17, 2006 12:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Boingo Wireless becomes the latest firm to use open source to bypass licensing complexity for partners: When you hear open source, you think about software that has broad interest for either horizontal (think Firefox for everyone) or large niche (think Gimp for photo editing) communities. Many well-known open-source projects involve hundreds of regular developers, some who are employees of firms like HP and IBM, and thousands of occasional projects. Boingo Wireless’s release of the Boingo Embedded Wi-Fi Toolkit has little to do with projects like Firefox or Gimp, although the principles of implicit broad use licensing without advance separate permission and sharing of revisions in the codebase are what makes Boingo’s new effort open source. The software will be available at Sourceforge by the end of May.

Open Source stacks shake up government security certifications

Open-source stacks are poised to shake up the world of government security certifications, such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 and the National Information Assurance Partnership’s Common Criteria ratings.

The Future of Lock-in

The battle is no longer being fought at the file level. It's being fought at the network level.

The ODF saga

Heard of ODF? Sure you have. Since the Open Document Format got ISO approval, earlier this month, it’s been getting a lot of incomplete and inaccurate media attention. It’s about time someone set the record straight.

Newbies and Magic

LXer Feature: 17-May-06

New users of GNU/Linux must be handled with patience. Most come from years of a consistent user experience that trains them to consider computers to be magic boxes. They typically have strange beliefs, such as restarting the computer as a magic pill to cure the imbalance of software humours, which must be gently removed and replaced with logic.

[Contributing Editor, Terry Vessels, guides the experienced hacker through the sometimes patience-testing task of assisting GNU/Linux newbies. - dcparris]

KDE Desktop Hosting Service

  • KDE Dot News; By Craig Cooper (Posted by dcparris on May 17, 2006 6:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
InQub Ltd offers personal remote KDE desktops on Kubuntu using NoMachine's NX technology for bandwidth savings and connection encryption for a small monthly charge. Each account is comes with 1 GB of home directory storage and is customisable by the respective user. This service represents an interesting approach of working with KDE without installation and maintenance issues, especially for GNU/Linux newbies and users travelling a lot. Users can get a week's free trial of the service.

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