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Mandriva 2007.1 Alpha 1 Screenshots

Returning to a biannual release cycle, the developers of Mandriva released a few days ago an initial alpha build of what will eventually become Mandriva Linux 2007.1: "Mandriva Linux 2007 Alpha1 (Hangzhou). This alpha version is available via two means. Firstly via the public FTP and HTTP sites mirroring the Mandriva Linux repository. Second, the preferred way, via either the provided One CDs (installable live CDs), or the installation mini CD i586 and x86_64." - DistroWatch. Screenshots of PC-BSD 1.3 are available at

Google Confirms Gmail Glitch

Google (GOOG - commentary - Cramer's Take - Rating) revealed a glitch in what may be its second-most successful service, ranking only behind search.

PC-BSD 1.3 Screenshots

PC-BSD 1.3 has been released: "Just in time to ring in the New Year, the PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PC-BSD version 1.3 for public download. This release incorporates many new features and options which make desktop computing easier than ever. Some of the new features include KDE 3.5.5, the 'PF' firewall, HAL backend support, a new 'Services' menu and much more! Additionally, the team is launching a web design contest for PC-BSD's new web site."- DistroWatch. Screenshots of PC-BSD 1.3 are available at

[PC-BSD? Isn't that a new GNU/Linux distro? Just kidding. - dcparris]

Dashboard: Office, OpenOffice Ready To Talk

Novell plans to release open-source interoperability technology between the productivity suite and Microsoft Office 2007.

'hall of shame' blasts websites blocking surfer access

New Delhi, Jan 1 (IANS) It is called the 'hall of shame'. Within its cyber walls are pilloried a long list of websites, Internet service providers and websites which do not treat all their visitors fairly.

DistroWatch Weekly: DistroWatch in 2006, MEPIS, Fedora, Debian, FreeBSD and RHEL release updates

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jan 1, 2007 12:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Happy New Year and welcome to this year's first issue of DistroWatch Weekly! With another exciting year safely behind us, we'll start the first issue of DistroWatch Weekly in 2007 with a statistical look at the popularity of Linux distributions and other interesting data collected here during the past year. The news section will then bring a varied collection of happenings from the distro world, including news about the latest beta release of SimplyMEPIS, updates about the forthcoming Fedora 7, information about the release blockers delaying Debian GNU/Linux 4.0, links to interviews with the developers of Ulteo and SabayonLinux, and alerts to articles of interest to users of PCLinuxOS, openSUSE and Yellow Dog Linux. Finally, we are pleased to announce that the December 2006 DistroWatch donation goes to SabayonLinux. Happy reading!

New Year 2007 - The year of GNU/Linux

  •; By Ravi (Posted by dsTst on Jan 1, 2007 12:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
This is the dawn of a new year. As usual, the new year is ushered in by making resolutions and wishes. And what is a Linux enthusiast to wish for if not for this year being the year of GNU/Linux. This article ponders on the accomplishments of GNU/Linux and Free software in the year gone by and feels that after all, 2007 could really be the year of GNU/Linux.

Directory Services as the Foundation of Organizational Infrastures

If you have followed any of my last six installments about LDAP, then you know we've taken a technical approach to the subject. I wrote the majority of the material in this series as part of an O'Reilly book entitled"Linux System Administration" or simply LSA. You can find a write-up on the book at thislink.

KDE Commit-Digest for 31st December 2006

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: The KDE Commit-Digest 2006 retrospective. blinKen and KNetWalk become the latest applications to move to scalable graphics. KSquares further develops, with an AI player implemented. More maps and a more sophisticated divisions and capitals implementation in KGeography. Support for password-protected RAR archives in the kio_rar interface.

Happy New Year!

From the LXer team, here's hoping the best for you and yours in 2007!

Mainframe in comeback mode

  • Hindu Business Line; By Bharat Kumar (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 31, 2006 7:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The mainframe is really going through a rebirth. Last quarter and the third quarter of 2006, mainframe revenue has grown 25 per cent in the year. We gained over 5 points of (market) share according to IDC and we are the leader in the high-end service segment — about 20 per cent ahead of the next largest competitor.

Report: Virtualization Gets A Grip In 2006

When it comes to Linux servers, a few months can make a whole lot of difference. Earlier this year, Red Hat, Novell, and most major Linux vendors were doing their best to fend off Windows Virtualized Server by getting their own virtualization offerings out the door first. Jacqueline Emigh concludes this three-part series on Linux in 2006.

Virtual Dimension

  •; By Punit Lodaya (Posted by dcparris on Dec 31, 2006 5:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Virtual Dimension is a virtual desktop tool for Windows. Before we proceed, let's clear the doubtful air around the term itself.

[Virtual Desktop is Free Software (for Windows), released under the GNU GPL. - dcparris]

Running Ubuntu Linux on Acer Tablet PCs Part III

Installing Ubuntu was a snap. Since I had chosen to completely get rid of Windows altogether, instead of dual booting, I backed up all my sensitive data, music, Word documents, photos, etc., to my external NTFS hard drive. It is crucial to note that Ubuntu 6.06-6.10 can only read from NTFS natively and writing to NTFS drives is a bit trickier. Apparently, if your hard drive is in FAT32, it isn't a problem at all and Ubuntu can talk to FAT32 perfectly. When I was sure I had backed up all my data, I inserted the x386 disc (for all Pentium processors) into the drive and booted into the Live CD. On the Acer c310 series, the default way to boot is into the hard drive. You must press F12 at the BIOS post splash screen in order to boot to the CD.

Linux That Looks Like Windows: Bad!

A few articles have appeared recently discussing the copying of the Windows interface to Linux to ease user migration, such as the one on This is nothing new - Windows-like Linux desktop environments such as LXP and xpde have been in existence for a few months/years. I think these projects are great because the developers are enjoying their work and I’m sure that some people use their products, but I don’t believe that this is the right way to attract Windows users to desktop Linux.

Tutorial: Letting Go of Windows NT and 2000

Running a Microsoft Windows NT server these days is a brave (or, perhaps, stupid) thing to do: Support for the product has finished, and as far as Microsoft is concerned, the product should be put in a rest home for retired software. Paul Rubens walks through the optimal steps to letting go of the IT past and moving to a better Linux future.

AWN Issue 4 released!

Late but worthy -- that's how one can call this issue of Amarok Weekly News.

Report: Enterprise Linux 2006--A Year Of Deals

In the enterprise Linux space, 2006 was marked by greater expansion of Linux into vertical markets, new products, and most notably, a string of surprise business deals among vendors. The year also bore witness to an increasing trend, of sorts, among Novell, Oracle, and other software companies to justify their actions on the basis of "customer demand." Jacqueline Emigh reports

2007: Time for the Wintel end game

  • Inquirer; By Nebojsa Novakovic (Posted by dcparris on Dec 31, 2006 11:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
THE YEAR ending today, for me, marked a full 20 years of active computer journalism. No, it surely doesn't make you rich but, well, it was interesting and 25 years since the first IBM PC saw the light of the day in IBM's internal customer demos.

Ibm System z Mainframe a Rising Star for Emerging IT Market ...

According to independent analyst firm Ptak, Noel & Associates, the IBM System z mainframe is a "rising star" for emerging IT market segments in addition to meeting "the needs of a significant portion of the IT market that demands unrelenting and unmatched reliability, security and control."

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