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How low can a Linux PC go?

Just how cheap can a fully functioning Linux PC get?

Consumer-control industry and their security damnation

By some ironic fortune, proprietary vendors like Apple and Microsoft will likely always suffer this damnation that their consumer-control inspired proprietary nature always brings with itself: security problems - exactly the thing they claim to prevent by being so control obsessed. You can stay damned with them or you can break free.

GPLv3 adoption on track, experts say

How is the third version of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3) being received four months after its official release? Not well, if you believe the Evans Data survey released on September 25. However, those who concern themselves with licensing issues at the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and at Palamida, a company that advises customers on issues that surround free and open software (FOSS), paint a different picture. According to these FOSS experts, adoption of GPLv3 is going as expected, and, while reasons for caution exist, the new version is likely to replace GPLv2 some time in the next few years. As for the Evans Data survey, they suggest that the information released overgeneralizes a complex situation.

Sun Report Builder: Better reporting in OpenOffice.org

OpenOffice.org Base is undoubtedly a powerful database application, but when it comes to its built-in reporting engine, words like "underpowered" and "outdated" come to mind. Fortunately, you don't have to put up with this situation any longer: with the Sun Report Builder (SRB) extension, you can add nifty reporting features based on Pentaho reporting engine -- assuming you can figure out how to use it without any help.

Medsphere: It's Over

Press Release: Medsphere Systems Corporation today announced that all legal disputes involving the company and Steve and Scott Shreeve have been settled and resolved by mutual agreement of the parties.Medsphere looks forward to continuing the recent growth and development of the company. In recent months, Medsphere has signed four new contracts for the implementation of OpenVista, the company's comprehensive open source electronic health record (EHR) based on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) VistA solution. The company recently also announced the appointment of Michael J. Doyle to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer.

The Future of Trusted Linux Computing

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 19, 2007 10:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Despite my gripe about the Web site's sparse message and design, the message is a good one. The Trusted Computing Project allows its recipients to free themselves from the clutches of Microsoft and find themselves in a position where open source is the way of the land.

Fallout from Office Open XML vote continues

The fallout from the events leading up to the recent vote on whether or not to approve Microsoft's Office Open XML documents format as an ISO standard continues unabated, more than a month after the software maker conceded it had lost that vote.

Simple home networking with SSH

The Secure Shell (SSH) network protocol makes it easy to connect computers that are running Linux, share files, and remotely run applications. Along with an X server, it can make sharing a single computer simple on a home network. In my home, my wife and I need to share a desktop computer -- often at the same time. The computer runs Slackware Linux, and we have individual user accounts, Thunderbird email profiles, Firefox bookmarks, and other documents. Linux gives us the ability to share the computer by using multiple X Window sessions, each on its own virtual terminal. But the computer has only one monitor and one keyboard, which limits us to one user at a time.

Linux Assemblers: A Comparison of GAS and NASM

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Ram Narayam (Posted by IdaAshley on Oct 19, 2007 7:21 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
This article explains some of the more important syntactic and semantic differences between two of the most popular assemblers for Linux, GNU Assembler (GAS) and Netwide Assembler (NASM), including differences in basic syntax, variables and memory access, macro handling, functions and external routines, stack handling, and techniques for easily repeating blocks of code.

Nokia unleashes latest Linux tablet without WiMax

Nokia has released the latest in its line of touchscreen Internet tablets, the N810 is the first device in this series to come with integrated GPS and a slide-out keyboard. Nokia announced the tablet, which runs on the company's Maemo Linux operating system, at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.

The Book of QT 4: The Art of Building QT Applications

One of the "holy grails" of software development is the ability to write a program that will operate across platforms without you (the coder) having to rewrite for each platform. Enter Qt 4, a toolkit used largely for developing GUI applications for Linux, UNIX, Mac, and Windows. Qt 4 seems to fit the bill and be the answer to this "crusade", but can the same be said about "The Book of QT 4"?

Ubuntu Gutsy Wireless Help

  • Lockergnome Linux Fanatics; By Matt Hartley (Posted by extradudeguy on Oct 19, 2007 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
With the release of Ubuntu Gutsy, there remains questions as to whether or not Ubuntu wireless bugs with once working chipsets have been resolved. In today’s post, we look at what works, what will never work reliably and what you can do to have wireless access with 802.11g using WPA - no excuses.

Ex-Linspire CEO switches to Ubuntu

The sincerest complement a Linux distribution can get is when the onetime CEO of a rival Linux company switches to that distribution. That’s exactly what happened when Kevin Carmony, former CEO of Linux desktop distributor Linspire, publicly announced that he’s switched to Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon: Critical review

  • PolishLinux.org; By Borys Musielak (Posted by michux on Oct 19, 2007 2:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon has been released today. I haven’t tested any alpha or beta versions of the new product from Canonical. I have decided to wait for the Release Candidate, since this has proved to work for me in the past. In short: it did not disappoint me. The new Ubuntu is more polished, more professional and in general, better than the previous one, which was already a great OS. Minor glitches? Present, as always.

AIX Implementation of OpenPGP Message Format

Ensure goals of security services such as privacy, authenticity, integrity, and non-repudiation (known as PAIN) of data with IBM AIX Implementation of OpenPGP message format. This technology is a command line tool for exploiting security services provided by OpenPGP (PGP- Pretty Good Privacy) message format using the IBM cryptographic library.

Citrix preaches 'second mover advantage' over VMware

Pop quiz. You’re a $7bn software company that has all the sex appeal of a shy potato. What do you do? Buy XenSource, of course. In August, Citrix dug deep and found $500m to acquire XenSource – a company expected to bring in all of $8m this year, according to our sources. In an instant, this deal transformed Citrix from a very competent, well-paid, niche application streamer to a major player in the most-hyped part of the server and management software markets. People who had no idea what Citrix actually does took notice and wondered how this company will fair against an upstart like VMware and a lumbering giant like Microsoft.

Fedora - not that one - provides platform for interoperability

There's a wealth of information stored in online collaborative services like YouTube, Flickr, and Wikipedia, but are these Web 2.0 services built to facilitate sharing their content across their individual boundaries? A group of academicians at Cornell University argue that this new wave of applications should be constructed with interoperability in mind. The result of their research, funded by DARPA and NSF, is Fedora, the Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture. The project was recently awarded a $4.9M grant by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to expand the functionality of its software platform.

Tech Order Up

IHOP's VP of IT discusses the principles guiding its technology transformation. When Patrick Piccininno stepped up to the counter of IHOP in 2003, it wasn't for a short stack—it was for Linux, with a side of cost savings.

Trying to get Gutsy

It's Gutsy day, and Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy is now available. Check the Ubuntu home page for info, or go directly to the 7.10 tour page for everything that's changing in Ubuntu. Doing a Ubuntu upgrade -- especially trying to get a full ISO file -- on day 1 is, if not pure folly, mostly folly. So recheck this entry throughout the day as I report on my Gutsy progress.

Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) Desktop Edition - Review

I’ll cut to the chase and say from the start that Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) Desktop Edition is simply the best desktop operating system that I have ever used. From installation, to setup, to regular everyday use Gutsy is just a thing of beauty. I have been keeping up with the release since its initial rocky Alpha period, to the polished final Release Candidate released on October 15, 2007 and then apt-get upgrading to the final release. The end result is that the Ubuntu team has put together everything that you could possibly want in a desktop operating system and more.

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