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Sometimes when I have a few minutes to spare, I enjoy running stats with Google Trends. During one of my random searches, I came across something that really stood out to me. It was a quote by Larry McVoy of BitMover and an ongoing collaborator with Linus Torvalds, the person behind the Linux operating system.
Frustrating hardware compatibility issues on Linux may become a thing of the past thanks to an offer by the Linux kernel development community to develop drivers for manufacturers free of charge.
Rubén Rodríguez Pérez has announced the release of Trisguel GNU/Linux 1.0, a 100% free, Debian-based distribution sponsored by the regional government of Galicia in Spain and with complete support for the Galician language. The project's first stable release comes with kernel 126.96.36.199 and includes GNOME 2.14, IceWeasel 2.0, OpenOffice.org 2.0.4, 3D desktop with AIGLX and Compiz, pre-configured software repository containing additional Debian 4.0 packages with security updates, new installer with improved hardware detection, support for assistive technologies, new live system which can be installed on USB storage devices, and other new features. - DistroWatch
. Screenshots of Trisguel 1.0 are available at LinuxQuestions.org
A short snippet from DTV's blog mentions they're looking for testers for Release Candidate Zero (RC0). In case you wonder what DTV is [from GetDemocracy.com]:
Play virtually any video-- Quicktime, WMV, MPEG, AVI, XVID, and more. Subscribe to any video RSS feed, podcast, or video blog. Download and save videos from YouTube, Google Video, Yahoo Video, and other sites. Watch free HD videos in gorgeous fullscreen. Easily download any BitTorrent file. Fast. Then watch it in the same app.
It's 100% Free Software (GPL'd, "open source") and available for multiple OS platforms, including Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux.
How big a role can Open Source play in helping developers build security and identity management solutions? Well, Liberty Alliance, a group of G1000 end users and vendors working on federated identity management and web services, wants to find out. The group has launched openLiberty.org, an online portal to offer tools and community support to devs using Open Source to build identity-based applications.
A preview of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, which won't be released for about a month, is available via the latest Scientific Linux 5 (SL5) alpha live CD/DVD, released this week. Built from source packages for RHEL 5, SL5 sports a 2.6.18 kernel and either the KDE or GNOME desktops.
LXer Feature: 01-Feb-2007
Recently publicized Microsoft e-mails about Dell reveal more than Microsoft's thinking about Dell's "betrayal". The e-mails demonstrate Microsoft's warranted fear of the penguin.
UKIAH, CALIF. -- East Kern County Integrated Technology Association (EKCITA), a federally funded technology project in Tehachapi, California, has selectedMendocino Informatics to build a rural health information exchange. EKCITA (www.ekcita.org) is a public/private partnership formed by the Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District, two Rural Health Clinics, and fourteen private medical practices. The goal of the EKCITA community-wide electronic medical records system is to improve quality of patient care and chronic disease management in the rural region of East Kern County.
Red Hat Magazine--January Features
In this fifth tutorial of nine in the series of Linux certification exam 102 topics, Ian Shields introduces you to scripts and programming in the Bash shell
. Learn how to customize your shell environment, use shell programming structures to create functions and scripts, and use the various login scripts.
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The Software Freedom Law Center's (SFLC) request for a re-examination of Blackboard's patent for elearning systems has been granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Another request for re-examination by Desire2Learn is also pending. Speaking for the SFLC, Richard Fontana expresses optimism that these requests will either overturn the patent claim or else narrow it to the point that it no longer poses a threat to free software learning systems.
Its products are free. Its work force is largely volunteer. Its meetings are open to anyone. It's a nonprofit. It may be the hottest tech company in America.
Part of the early received wisdom about open-source was that it couldn't last: why would people donate their time and expertise to creating something for no return?
This is Part 3 of a series that pits Microsoft's new Vista OS against Linux's fair-haired boy, Ubuntu. At the conclusion of Part 2, our fearless curmudgeon had just finished configuring his test system to dual-boot Vista Ultimate and SimplyMEPIS 6.01, an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution with a KDE desktop.
Key Client Wins and Online Community Growth Drive Expansion
In a message posted to the Linux kernel mailing list yesterday, kernel contributor Greg Koah-Hartman announced that kernel developers will be providing free Linux driver development services for companies. This service will help the Linux community create stronger relationships with hardware vendors while reducing the barriers that presently impede ubiquitous Linux hardware support.
Remember...this is the Definitive Reference, not the Definitive Guide. Yes both are O'Reilly series and are related ("Definitive" books are supposed to be crammed full of information) but there is also a critical difference. Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference is more like a dictionary or a small encyclopedia (although "small" is in the eye of the beholder) than a textbook or teaching guide. The book assumes that you are at least somewhat "html-literate". Don't pick it up if you've never designed a webpage before.
Going by a recent survey by the Forum for Open Source Initiatives in India (FOSII), the Indian market for open source recorded a combined growth of 60 per cent last year. Over 50 per cent growth was reported in open source software and related services.
[ I'm sorry this news is a week old, but I just recently discovered this site, and liked the article - hkwint ]
The fact that OpenOffice.org Writer is more than a word processor is an open secret. Designed to write long documents, Writer is in many ways a document processor comparable to FrameMaker, suitable for designing books and dissertations while falling short of a complete desktop publishing solution. For this reason, it includes a number of tools for tweaking lines of text, including Tools> Language> Hyphenation and the tools for adjusting character width and letter space for individual characters. However, by far the least understood of these high-end tools is Writer's ability to adjust line-spacing.
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