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Linux: Keyboard Blink Driver

In the ongoing effort to reduce the power consumption of the linux kernel and take better advantage of the tickless kernel patch, Stephen Hemminger posted a patch to make it possible to unload the keyboard blink driver, "the blink driver wakes up every jiffy which wastes power unnecessarily. Using a notifier gives same effect. Also add ability to unload module." The blink driver was only recently merged, described as a "simple driver that blinks the keyboard LEDs when loaded. Useful for checking that the kernel is still alive or for crashdumping."

Second open Linux phone goes on sale

FIC's fully hackable Neo1973 handset officially launched for developers;"mass market" launch of its OpenMoko OS to follow.

KDE Commit-Digest for 8th July 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Akademy 2007 draws to a close. Dolphin embedded as the file management view in Konqueror. Plasma continues to mature, with new data engines for Tasks and Bluetooth, and EBN and Task Manager Plasmoids making an introduction. Further progress in Javascript bindings through QtScript; import of Kimono (C#) classes. More basic functionality added to Kollagame, a game development IDE. Initial work in the KWin/Xinerama and 2d Projection for Marble Summer of Code projects, with continued progress in the Icon Cache, KOrganizer Theming, KRDC and Music Notation projects...

CFS scheduler to appear in Linux kernel 2.6.23

The Linux kernel process scheduler, as you know it, has been completely ripped out and replaced with a completely new one called Completely Fair Scheduler (CFS). How fair it will be, remains to be seen, but in the meantime here's what it's original creator Ingo Molnar has to say on the subject: 80% of CFS's design can be summed up in a single sentence: CFS basically models an "ideal, precise multi-tasking CPU" on real hardware.

The Apple way and the Linux way

Today I tried to help a Mac user save some pictures to a DVD. There were more than 1GB of photos, so it made more sense to use a DVD than two CDs. Unfortunately, Mac OS X thinks that you need to make movies when you insert a blank DVD disc -- it has no idea that you want to save data to it. What you, the user, want to do does not matter. All that matters is that you do what Apple says a computer should do. This is "the Apple way," and some people find it enjoyable.

GPLv3 attracts 116 projects in first week

The third version of the General Public License (GPLv3) has been adopted by 116 open source projects in its first week of operation, according to an overview compiled by software risk management firm Palamida. A further three projects have opted for the Lesser General Public Licence, which offers fewer restrictions than the regular GPLv3.

EnGarde Secure Linux: Launch Adds New Open Source Security

Today Guardian Digital announces the launch of the next generation of EnGarde Secure Linux, the first secure pure open source platform for managing the threats of the Internet in enterprise-class environments.

Puppy, Damn Small Linux don't let me down

I pulled the 30 GB hard drive from the $15 Laptop today, swapped in the original 3 GB drive (which wasn't bootable with its original Windows 98 install) and decided to throw distros at it. For those not following along, it's a Compaq Armada 7770dmt, 233 MHz Pentium II, with the biggest chink in the armor being RAM -- only 64 MB of it. Here's the scorecard ...

Colorado Human Services opens an open source portal

When the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) couldn't depend on a proprietary portal solution to meet its needs any longer, CDHS County Infrastructure Manager Ron Cash turned to open source software, because of the benefits of community development and the flexibility to customize applications for a perfect fit. The financial benefits of open source are nice too, Cash says.

35 Cool Applications to install on Ubuntu 7.04

  • linuxondesktop.blogspot.com; By Ambuj Varshney (Posted by ambuj123 on Jul 10, 2007 2:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu 7.04 is undoubtedly one of the most popular Linux distributions, especially for Linux newbies. Overall it is extremely usable and good but a very limited number of applications are by default shipped with Ubuntu 7.04. Here in this article we look at a number of really good applications that are not shipped by default with Ubuntu as well as instructions on installing them.

New kernel brings better wireless support

In Linus Torvalds' words,"Not a whole lot of changes since -rc7," but the more significant upgrades in kernel release 2.6.22, announced over the weekend, include a new wireless stack, a new FireWire stack, and a new SLAB allocator for more efficient memory management.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 95

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 95 for the week of July 1st through July 7th 2007. In this issue: A new Infrastructure Ticketing System, A reminder to vote in the Fedora Board election, Fedora Core 5 Retirement, Red Hat High, the Fedora Free Media Program, Fedora 7 Reviews and much more.

Samba will move to GPLv3

The new version 3 of the General Public License got a major endorsement Monday from the project leaders of Samba, widely used open-source software for networked file sharing and printing. "After internal consideration in the Samba Team, we have decided to adopt the GPLv3 and LGPLv3 licenses for all future releases of Samba," said Jeremy Allison, a Samba project leader.

Canonical releases Storm ORM as open source

Canonical, a company best known for the Ubuntu Linux distribution, has released Storm, a generic open source object relational mapper (ORM) for Python. Storm is designed to support communication with multiple databases simultaneously.

Kadischi reached End Of Life

A few days ago, I mentioned there is no one behind kadischi's development team and it will be EOL'ed this Saturday. Therefore, I'm announcing the official EOF of Kadischi. It is sad, but it is not the end of creation of custom spins at the Fedora Project since Jeroen van Meeuwen and his friends are actively maintaining revisor. If you were a kadischi user in the past, you will probably see revisor as a better alternative.

Hit-a-Hint for fast keyboard-driven Web surfing

Hit-a-Hint (HaH) is a Firefox plugin that aims to create a faster Web surfing experience by letting you use the keyboard to click links.

Seam Refresh

It's been over a year since I first wrote about Seam and enough has changed over that time to provide a refresh of the entry. Last month JBoss released version 4.2 of its application server, a release JBoss refers to as a "stepping stone from JBoss 4.0 to JBoss 5.0".

My Comments to the Mass. ITD on OOXML - Please Send Yours

As I reported recently, the Massachusetts ITD has announced its intention to add Microsoft's OfficeOpen XML specification (now Ecma 376) to its list of approved "open standards," subject to a very short comment period that will expire on July 20. I have great concern that such a decision may be as influential outside of Massachusetts as was the original decision by the ITD in August of 2005 to include ODF, and exclude OOXML. That first decision raised the credibility and visibility of ODF dramatically, and it is fair to say that all of the later successes of ODF were made possible by that decision.

Samba Adopts GPLv3 for Future Releases

After internal consideration in the Samba Team we have decided to adopt the GPLv3 and LGPLv3 licences for all future releases of Samba. To allow people to distinguish which Samba version is released with the new GPLv3 license, we are updating our next version release number. The next planned version release was to be 3.0.26, this will now be renumbered so the GPLv3 version release will be 3.2.0.

Maemo 3.2 update brings Skype, kernel improvements to Nokia tablets

With little fanfare, Nokia released the latest upgrade for its N800 Internet tablets this weekend. Known officially as Internet Tablet OS 2007 Edition version 4.2007.26-8 and to open source patrons as Maemo 3.2, the new download features long-awaited changes to the Linux kernel, improved battery life, and some flashy updates to the application software -- including the popular Skype softphone.

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