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Google claims 'Non-existent' Android beats everything but the Jesus Phone

One day, Google believes, software developers will love its "non-existent" Android handset just as much as they love the iPhone - and maybe more. Speaking this morning at eComm, a conference dedicated to "emerging communications," Google mobile platforms guru Rich Miner acknowledged that for the moment, Apple may have an advantage. After all, Steve Jobs and company have actually shipped a piece of hardware, while the first Android handset won't arrive until "the second half of this year." But Miner also told the crowd that Stevo hasn't treated developers as well as they deserve.

VoIP app WengoPhone forced to find new sponsor

In the closing days of 2007, open source voice-over-IP (VoIP) project WengoPhone found itself without a sponsor. The project's creator and underwriter, Wengo, announced it was halting its support after more than three years of development. Fortunately, longtime contributor MBDSYS offered to take over maintainership of the project, and has begun the transition, setting out a roadmap and reinvigorating the developer base.

Why Wal-Mart won't have Linux desktops on its store shelves

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 13, 2008 5:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The other day, Wal-Mart let it slip that it would no longer be selling Linux-powered computers in its stores. The retail giant will, however, continue to sell Linux desktop and laptop systems via its online store. On March 10, Wal-Mart spokesperson Melissa O'Brien told the Associated Press that Wal-Mart had decided not to restock its in-store gOS Linux-powered Everex Green gPC TC2502. "This really wasn't what our customers were looking for," O'Brien said.

Multifunction copiers in a Linux network

In many organizations, copiers get little respect. Often relegated to a break room or storage closet, they are underutilized and underappreciated, and get no attention from the IT department. Yet, multifunction copiers can play a critical role in reducing operating costs and become a hub for document processing.

Extend Amarok with useful scripts

Amarok is a popular audio player under Linux. It can manage external storage devices, transfer music to your iPod, display lyrics, and play various formats. Although Amarok supports scripts to extend its functionality, not many users know about the powerful features that these simple plugins can provide.

Wikipedia: The Missing Manual

I didn't think of Wikipedia as having a manual, missing or otherwise, but it makes sense that it does. For much of the world, Wikipedia is a resource to help people access different types of information, but it's much more than that. As the back of Broughton's book puts it, "Wikipedia may be the biggest group writing project ever...". That being the case, the "group" will need to know how to work together to contribute related information in a common framework. Does this book tell you how to do this? Let's find out.

Install Solaris (SNV 84) DomU at Xen 3.2 CentOS 5.1 Dom0 (64 bit)

  •; By Boris Derzhavets (Posted by dba477 on Mar 13, 2008 1:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Red Hat, Sun
This posting is targeting cloning Mercurial Repository for Xen 3.2 on CentOS 5.1 and creating 64-bit Xen 3.2 CentOS 5.1 Dom0. To verify Dom0 functionality Solaris (Navada Build 84) has been installed as DomU. Xvnc has been set up per Sun manuals and it appeared that only CDE Desktop was functional on DomU. Gnome Desktop crashed immediately after logging in. However , that’s quite enough to perform Oracle 10g R2 installation at DomU and evaluate I/0 performance provided by new Xen Hypervisor for Solaris Paravirtual guests

FUD Alert! Wal-Mart, Everex & Linux

  • Linux FUD; By Brandon Brinkley (Posted by Leonivek on Mar 13, 2008 12:48 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
Press enforces FUD with misleading teaser headlines of story reporting Wal-Mart's decision to discontinue in-store sales of the gPCs.

Server load, and keyboards

I have a server (LDAP and NFS) which occasionally seems to take a while to react. Load average is consistently high (10-12 for 4 CPUs, which AIUI means 2.5-3 per CPU); response may also be being affected by disk I/O.

PC-BSD 1.5 now out, adds 64-bit version

In the open source operating system world Linux gets most of the attention and many of the other free operating systems struggle to even get heard. One of these is PC-BSD, an open source OS based on the stable FreeBSD OS and today iXsystems announced the release of PC-BSD Edison, or version 1.5.

Play Windows games on Linux with PlayOnLinux

If you are an avid gamer, you probably dual-boot your favorite Linux distribution with Windows, because that's where you find most new cutting-edge games. But what if you could run your Windows games on Linux? PlayOnLinux is an open source Python-scripted front end that helps you install and play tons of Windows-only games -- and then some!

Zimbra Collaboration Suite Open Source Edition On CentOS

  • HowtoForge; By Chris Christensen (Posted by falko on Mar 13, 2008 9:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Red Hat
This tutorial shows how to set up Zimbra Collaboration Suite - Open Source Edition on CentOS. This tutorial covers installation of CentOS, dependencies for ZCS and setup of Split DNS when working behind a firewall. This tutorial is based on the way I set this server up and is only a suggestion. It carries no guarantees and it is highly suggested that you do this on a test server first to verify functionality. If you don't have a test server available you should download VMWare Server 1.0 and perform this tutorial on a test virtual server.

This week at LWN: The rest of the vmsplice() exploit story

Back in February, LWN published a discussion of the vmsplice() exploit which showed how the failure to check permissions for a read operation led to a buffer overflow within the kernel. Subsequently, a linux-kernel reader pointed out that the article stopped short of a complete explanation: this is not an ordinary buffer overflow exploit. Travel schedules and such prevented the writing of an immediate followup, but your editor would still like to tell the full story. So this article picks up where the last one left off and describes how the vmsplice() exploit makes use of this buffer overflow to take over the system.

Terminator - Multiple GNOME terminals in one window

  • (Posted by gg234 on Mar 13, 2008 7:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This is a project to produce an efficient way of filling a large area of screen space with terminals. This is done by splitting the window into a resizeable grid of terminals. As such, you can produce a very flexible arrangements of terminals for different tasks

Tutorial: Mail Merge and Labels

The OpenOffice suite has come a long way since its birth as Star Office. It is no longer a self-contained monolith, but a nice normal Linux-style modular application that lets you choose the bits you want, and there are hundreds of bits to choose from. The main components are Writer, Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (slide show), Base (database), Math (equation editor), and Draw. It supports dozens of languages both in your own documents and the Help pages. Officially it runs on Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X, and FreeBSD.

Multi-Thread Run-time Analysis Tool for Java

Discover the Multi-Thread Run-time Analysis for Java that detects and analyzes potential data race and deadlock conditions that often occur in multi-threaded Java programs. Multi-threaded Programming is easy to use and provides both a command line interface and a GUI front-end in Eclipse.

Latest Firefox 3 beta offers exciting features

Firefox 3 is in testing, with the latest build, beta 4, released Monday. Mozilla is aiming for a final release of its flagship product before the end of the first quarter of 2008. Let's take a look at the changes coming down the pike. You can grab a copy of the latest Firefox 3 beta from Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X Universal Binaries are provided in more than 40 languages. The Linux version is a bzip2-compressed tar archive. You can unpack into any location on your system.

Architectural Decision Knowledge Wiki

Capture and share software architecture design rationale in complex application domains such as enterprise computing. This layered client-server architecture, Web 2.0 collaboration system, supports the cooperative decision-making work of software architects.

Creative Commons LiveContent DVD Delivers Free Content/Software

  • (Posted by rossendryv on Mar 13, 2008 3:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
The Creative Commons recently released LiveContent 2.0 a Free Live DVD. We checked it out and wanted to give you an overview of what it’s all about. Basically, it’s a Fedora Live DVD with free and open source content that comes loaded with Creative Commons’ (CC) licensed material. CC allows creators like artists, scientists, authors, etc. to share their works with the world so that you can reuse and remix this work legally. Also included are all you favorite FOSS programs.

Manage Linux Storage with LVM and Smartctl

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Mar 13, 2008 2:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
LVM creates logical storage volumes, and allows you to increase the size of your volumes painlessly on live filesystems. Smartctl uses your hard disk's built-in Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) to test its health, and to warn you of impending failures. SystemRescueCD and Knoppix CD both include LVM, mdadm, and smartmontools when you need an external repair or management disk.

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