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So you wanna program games?

Editors' Blog If computer game development is your thing, save your pennies and get yourself over to the Los Angeles Convention Centre.

This week at LWN: i386 and x86_64: back together?

The arch directory in the kernel source tree contains all of the architecture-specific code. There is a lot of code there, despite years of work by the development community to make things generic whenever possible. There are currently 26 different top-level architectures supported by Linux, many of which contain a number of sub-architectures. Two of those top-level architectures are i386 (the original Linux architecture) and x86_64, which is the 64-bit big brother to i386. There is quite a bit of commonality between those two architectures, and some efforts have been made to share code between them whenever possible. Even so, the source trees for the two architectures remain distinct from each other.

The Microsoft / Novell / FSF / GPLv3 tale about the bridge between the meadows

LXer Feature: 10-Aug-2007
I've been trying to catch on and to understand what this thread's all about (It started with R. Hovespian from Novell explaining why they needed a deal with MS). I thought, maybe I could try to summarize it all to understand - and maybe explain to others - what's happening here, so I made up a tale of the whole situation:

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QuickTime 7.1.6 on Linux with Wine

  • wine-review.blogspot.com; By Tom Wickline (Posted by twickline on Aug 10, 2007 10:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This post contains step by step information on how to install and configure QuickTime 7.1.6 on Linux with Wine. The browser plug-in also works in IE 6 there is also two shots at the bottom of the post of Windows Media Player 9 running in Wine.

People of openSUSE: Stephan Kulow

KDE oldies may remember this interview with Stephan Kulow from back in 2000. Well the folks at openSUSE have clearly been watching us, not only have they started their own openSUSE news site, they have also started their own interview series with a brand new interview of Stephan Kulow. Stephan has been release dude for much of the KDE 3 series and now shares the same honoured title for openSUSE.

Thank You...? No Thanks

What I didn't get a chance to do is mention specifically some people that truly deserve mentioning. I have received a ton of emails about the show and many of those people thanked me for my efforts with Komputers4Kids. Some have even been inspired to copy the effort and that in itself makes it worth all the hassle. But one of you went a bit too far.

Time for a Free Software Business Initiative

"It is time for "Free Software" to face the suits, and show them that there is more to what they now know as "Open Source" than Open Source!"

Virtualize Windows on Linux? Microsoft Says Servers First

Microsoft's Sam Ramji slammed the door on virtualizing Microsoft's newest desktop operating systems (XP and Vista) on Linux yesterday. In a speech at LinuxWorld, the director of Microsoft's open-source software lab claimed that "we haven't seen significant demand for Linux applications on the desktop or for desktop virtualization on top of Linux."

Linux Foundation Names Legal Advisors

LinuxWorld does tend to bring out the press releases, and here's one more. As you'll see from the release from the Linux Foundation reproduced below, I'm taking on a more formal role at LF in addition to being an At Large Board member and outside counsel. And I'm very pleased to share the news that Karen Copenhaver, who many of you will already know as one of the best known national experts on open source licensing, is also joining the management team.

Watch online video? Get Miro

First it was called DTV, then Democracy Player, and now it is Miro. Whatever you call it, the Mozilla-based, cross-platform, open source video player is now in public release. Miro differs from playback front ends like VLC by offering integrated content-finding and content-management tools. If you think that's a meaningless distinction, think again.

The Golden Penguin Bowl at LinuxWorld (underground video)

The Golden Penguin Bowl is a perennial LinuxWorld event frequented by inner-circle types and shunned by the humorless. The format is simple: two teams, the Geeks and the Nerds, answer a series of not-serious technical and movie/TV trivia questions and possibly engage in other feats of derring-do, such as a robot face-off. One team wins, the other team loses. The fans rarely riot, but you never know.

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 4 Screenshots

There is about two months left until the final release of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, but today marks the release of Ubuntu 7.10 Tribe 4. New in this alpha release is GNOME 2.19.6, desktop search capabilities through Tracker, fast user switching support, deskbar applet, OpenOffice.org 2.3, AppArmor by default, and a smooth shutdown splash screen. Next week is the feature freeze, upstream version freeze, and the first artwork deadline for Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon.

Open Source's Next Steps

Last month, Fortune magazine ran an interesting article about how Microsoft got its groove on in the massive Chinese market by striking deals with China's government and how Microsoft's success in China appears to be coming at the expense of Linux and open-source software.

The sun is shining bright these days

Two days ago, Sun announced their latest processor, called “UltraSparc T2“, or - for the rest of us - “Niagara 2″. While the chip itself is pretty interesting - with its 8 cores, which can handle 64 threads simultaneously - the real highlight is that the company will open-source its design, like they did with the predecessor of that CPU, the UltraSparc T1 already.

run-parts scripts: a note about naming

run-parts is used (on Debian systems, anyway) to run the scripts in /etc/cron.daily (hourly, weekly, etc) on the appropriate schedule. I had trouble this week with a Perl script I’d dropped into /etc/cron.daily failing to run. Ran fine from the command line, of course. Odd.

Oracle contributes Linux code, expands hardware support

The company certified six hardware configurations to run Oracle Enterprise Linux. Certified products include those made by Compellent Technologies, Dell, Egenera, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Pillar Data Systems and Unisys. The announcement was made in conjunction with the LinuxWorld conference this week in San Francisco.community.

The problem on Linux/FOSS game development

Linux has evolved to a pretty decent Desktop platform these last years. It features a fast, stable and productive work environment for various purposes. Linux (and especially Ubuntu) is doing his job as a everyday desktop system very well - maybe even better than Windows in some cases.

HD PVR, media server + smarthome with 3d gyro UI

  • linuxmce.org; By Paul Webber (Posted by webpaul1 on Aug 9, 2007 8:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
There's a major new release of the FOSS project LinuxMCE that includes whole-house HD PVR, movie, music and photo server, integrated telephony and smarthome.

Video tip from RHCEs: Kickstarting with Dell

Red Hat Summit 2007 collected hundreds of Linux users all in one place–many of them experienced Red Hat Certified Engineers® (RHCE). And somewhere between all those smart people walking around–and our video crew shooting footage–the idea for some video tips was born. This tip is from William Bradley.

The Economics of Open Source Donations

Donations play a crucial role in supporting Free and Open Source Software projects. At times readers will write in to share their positive experience with a utility or program or a distribution that I have written about. Now don't confuse them with your average technical-bent-of-mind Linux user. These are accountants, home-office businessman, and even carpenters and plumbers, who've saved a lot of money thanks to open source software. And they have one question in mind -- how do I help the person behind the program?

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