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Ghost in the open source machine

One problem open source advocates seldom acknowledge is the disrespect many people have toward what’s held in common. You see it in the world with "street spammers" nailing ads to trees in public parks. You see it online, in the attitude spammers take when caught. The question is, how does the commons enforce its ethics on the unethical?

Cyberinfrastructure and the Public Interest

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 30, 2007 8:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Governments are beginning to realize that perhaps the Internet really has changed everything, at least for them, and that standards represent one of the elements they are going to have to deal with as they begin to grapple with what to do about their new responsibilities.

Reject Microsoft $3 addiction hit: open source advocate

Microsoft addicted many of the first billion users to its proprietary platform using the ruse of encouraging software piracy in developing nations. Now the software giant intends to hook the next billion users by providing a cheap hit of $3 software. These are the claims of a longstanding open source advocate, who has started a campaign urging third world governments to reject Microsoft's offer of cheap software.

SCO wanted gag order for Linus Torvalds, Groklaw in 2004

According to a recently uncovered filing in the long-running SCO v. IBM case, SCO tried to have Groklaw—along with a handful of people associated with the open-source movement silenced back in 2004. SCO suggested that all parties involved in the litigation be subject to a stipulated gag order. The company then stretched the definition of "involved parties" to include SCO, Columbia Law professor Eben Moglen, OSS advocate Eric Raymond, and Linus Torvalds.

U.S. schools may join inexpensive laptop project

A project that aims to deliver low-priced laptops with string pulleys to the world's poorest children may have a new market: U.S. schools. The nonprofit "One Laptop per Child" project said on Thursday it might sell versions of its kid-friendly laptops in the United States, reversing its previous position of only distributing them to the poorest nations.

DistroWatch Weekly: Review of Mandriva Linux 2007.1, 64-bit KNOPPIX

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Apr 30, 2007 1:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to the 200th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! That's right, the idea to publish a weekly summary of events in the world of Linux distributions and other open source operating systems started in June 2003 and, 200 issues later, we are still going strong! This week belongs to Mandriva Linux and its recently released version 2007.1 - we'll bring you a full review, comment on the release process, share our upgrade experiences, and link to a technical specification proposal for Mandriva Linux 2008. In other news: PCLinuxOS opens for business after a disastrous bandwidth outage, Linspire announces release dates of Freespire 2.0 and Linspire 6.0, Terra Soft release Yellow Dog Linux 5.0.1 for free download, and the developers of VMKnoppix announce a 64-bit edition of KNOPPIX 5.1.1. Finally, a comment on translating the new Top Ten Distributions page and an update on tracking distribution usage through browser strings. Happy reading!

Review: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Administration Unleashed

Normally, I see "Unleashed" books with titles Like Fedora Core 6 Unleashed or OpenSUSE 10.2 Unleashed, not something like Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Administration Unleashed. An "administration" Unleashed book? Very interesting...and written by a single (and very highly qualified) author to boot. A peek at the Intro assured me that this book was written as much for Linux administration in general as for RHEL 5 administration. Fox said her focus was to help admins who oversee from one to a thousand systems, so I started to think "big".

What's wrong with Ubuntu 7.04

It's out love for Ubuntu that I'm being so harsh in this review. Look where we're at -- 7.04, a number of significant releases since 4.10 Warty three years ago -- and it still can't manage the display resolution properly, for example.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 29-Apr-2007


LXer Feature: 29-Apr-2007

A weekly recap of the big stories concerning Linux and Open Source.

KDE Commit-Digest for 29th April 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Continued work across kdegames, with the kbattleship-rewrite merged back into trunk/. Start of scalable interface support in Kanagram. Further functionality enhancements implemented in the Konsole refactoring effort. Small refinements in KSysGuard. More work on the KDevelop Subversion plugin. Preparations for RSYNC support in the icecream distributed compilation utility. Progress made in the Amarok-on-Windows porting and generic music store intergration for Amarok 2. Initial milestones reached in the Music Notation Flake shape Summer of Code project in KOffice...

Debian Etch on a Toshiba Satellite A100-159

  • www.hieronymusonline.nl; By Jeroen Lalleman (Posted by hieronymus on Apr 29, 2007 3:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
An overview of some special settings or hardware configurations on a Toshiba Satellite A100-159. The article contains for instance a step-by-step guide to install the ati drivers, the config to make scroll on the synaptics touchpad work and a fix for the low sound bug of the intel-hda soundcard.

LDAP -Time to Leave Home, Young Man

If you have followed my articles on LDAP, you know we began looking at objectClasses in the last installment back in March. Since that time, I haven't written much more about directory servers. I began contemplating whether or not to continue the LDAP series because things have changed. Let me explain:

(IT) Benvenuti in FUSS!

Free Upgrade Southtyrol's Schools (FUSS) è un progetto finanziato dal Fondo Sociale Europeo che ha aggiornato i sistemi informatici di tutte le scuole italiane della Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, sostituendo i software con licenza proprietaria utilizzati nell'attivita' didattica con la distribuzione GNU/Linux FUSS Soledad, sviluppata all'interno del progetto e rilasciata con licenza libera.

[Site is in italian - dcparris]

Virtual Hosting With Proftpd And MySQL (Incl. Quota) On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Apr 29, 2007 12:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This document describes how to install a Proftpd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine. In addition to that I will show the use of quota with this setup.

Vista - End of the Dream?

Mr Jewell simply can't take it any more...

You've probably heard of “ if not actually read“ that modern-day classic, "Dreaming in Code". The book is subtitled Two dozen programmers, three years, 4,732 bugs and one quest for transcendent software.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 on Linux

We've been meaning to deliver benchmarks from the Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 for some time now, but with the new site, the upcoming Solaris hardware support, quad/octal core benchmarking, and the variety of different articles we have been working on, things have been quite hectic around here. However, with Fedora 7 Test 4 now being available, we have finally published our Core 2 Duo E6400 Linux results.

How Important for Linux is the composite project (compiz and Beryl)

  • Go2Linux; By ggarron (Posted by ggarron on Apr 29, 2007 9:38 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
How Composite projects are helping Linux, well their most important way to help, is attracting more users to Linux, which will later give more support to it.

Installing Oracle 10.2.0.1 on CentOS 5.0 (x86_64)

  • http://bderzhavets.blogspot.com; By Boris Derzhavets (Posted by dba477 on Apr 29, 2007 8:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Oracle, Red Hat
During OS install both GNOME and KDE desktops were selected as well as all components of all available groups except "Virtualization","Clusters","Clusters Storage" KDE Session has been selected for system login. Firewall and SELINUX have been disabled.

Qt Apps Community Sites Launched

Some days ago the the community around the web sites KDE-Apps.org, KDE-Look.org, etc launched two new web sites: Qt-Apps.org and Qt-Prop.org. Both sites will be a home for presenting Qt based applications like kde-apps.org already is for presenting KDE applications. The difference between both new sites is that Qt-Apps will be pure FLOSS only, while Qt-Prop is a home for proprietary software. The launch was done in cooperation with Trolltech.

OLPC: Fading or stronger than ever?

Recent events -- $3 Windows for the developing world, competition from Intel, and a $175.00 pricetag for OLPC's $100.00 laptop -- have some reporters and analysts suggesting the project may be in trouble. But are those dire forecasts credible or are they simply wishful thinking by the Wintel faithful?

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