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The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva 2008 Free (Mandriva 2008.0)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Oct 16, 2007 4:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mandriva
This tutorial shows how you can set up a Mandriva 2008 Free (Mandriva 2008.0) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

Retain and recall long paths with rr utility

rr -- short for retain and recall -- is a small utility that's both simple and useful. When you need to work on a config file buried deep in the bowels of your system and don't want to type its full path name to do so, rr is just the thing.

BBC embraces Linux at long last

The BBC has at long last announced it is adding Linux support to the forthcoming TV over the Internet iPlayer service.

Linux vs. Windows Power Usage

Since publishing our Ubuntu power tests, where we had monitored the power consumption of the past six Ubuntu releases going back two years on a laptop, we've had repeated requests for a power comparison between Windows and different Linux distributions. Well, in this article are the first set of results from that testing. We've compared the power consumption of Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Fedora 7, and Ubuntu 7.10.

Creating a Free Market for Personal Computer Platforms

  • Club Troppo; By Nicholas Gruen (Posted by conz on Oct 16, 2007 12:05 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft
You may not be aware of this, but you’re probably reading this editorial using a product sourced from perhaps the world’s largest monopoly market. A monopoly more profound and more ingrained than any run by a former government telco or a gilded-age robber-baron. The market? Personal computer platforms. The product? Microsoft’s Windows.

Document Format Standards Committee "Grinds to a Halt" after OOXML

As you may recall, Microsoft's OOXML did not get enough votes to be approved the first time around in ISO/IEC - notwithstanding the fact that many countries joined the Document Format and Languages committee in the months before voting closed, almost all of whom voted to approve OOXML. Unfortunately, many of these countries also traded up to "P" level membership at the last minute to get more influence. And that's turning out to be a real problem.

Novell Delivers Desktop-to-Server Software Suite for Small Businesses

Novell today announced that the Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition is now available to customers worldwide. A Linux-based desktop-to-server solution tailored to meet the needs of small businesses, the Novell Open Workgroup Suite Small Business Edition combines the flexibility and cost efficiency of open source software with the support of an established enterprise software vendor. The new suite provides small businesses with productivity tools and a networking infrastructure at a fraction of the cost of alternative, proprietary-only software bundles.

PHASEX: A New Linux Softsynth

Development of native Linux audio plugins and softsynths may not be so relentlessly rapid as it is in the Windows and Mac sound software worlds, but new things do appear. This week I profile a cool new (well, relatively new) Linux softsynth, William Weston's Phase Harmonic Advanced Synthesis EXperiment, also known asPhasex.

The Confusing State of Software Installation in Linux

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 16, 2007 8:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
As I anticipated, the 'colorful' e-mails came floating in quickly when I did the article on Automatix. Many readers apparently missed the point completely. Frankly, I'm not all that worried about it, since the misunderstanding presents an opportunity for us to examine the bigger issue - software installation and Linux.

Puppy Linux grows bigger teeth

For several years Puppy Linux has been breathing life into old and dated hardware, but instead of being just another minimalistic distribution, Puppy boasts smart features that save resources without cutting down the number of applications. The latest major Puppy release, Puppy 3.00, continues this trend by making the less than 100MB distro binary-compatible with Slackware 12 and providing other enhancements.

Digital Photo Management In Linux

After trying out a number of Linux photo-management applications, I have settled on Digikam. It has some great tools for managing vast photo archives, wonderful RAW support, and an array of good photo-editing-and-fixing features.

PCLinuxOS vs. Ubuntu: Picking the Best Distro

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 16, 2007 6:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
First off, I'm by and large a full-time Ubuntu user. However, I'm also one of their most vocal critics for becoming so detached from their core market as well. In response, I have used both operating systems and it has been interesting to see how each deals with the issue of usability for the casual user.

KDE Commit-Digest for 14th October 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Replacement of the "toolbox", and a new KRunner in Plasma, with many applets moving from playground into extragear in KDE SVN. SuperKaramba is now fully integrated into Plasma. A move away from KDEPrint facilities, towards more basic functionality for KDE 4.0. More work on restoring the functionality of the Klipper applet. Basic sound support in Parley. General work on KHTML, with more specific work on image loading and testcases. More work on KDE colour scheme handling...

Sound with one sound card, but not the other?

No idea why or how Konqueror integrates with Songbird, as it is a standalone application. So I won’t be much help there. As for your sound card query. This video below provides an explanation of how to deal with this without rebooting your PC.

Build rich web applications on Eclipse

Eclipse has released Eclipse Rich Ajax Platform (RAP) 1.0 for developing and deploying rich Internet applications (RIAs) using the Eclipse development model, plug-ins with the Eclipse workbench extension points and a widget toolkit.

FSF/GNU Project Web Site Overhauls Make Navigation Easier

  • Blue GNU; By D.C. Parris (Posted by dcparris on Oct 16, 2007 2:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Recent overhauls of the Free Software Foundation and GNU Project websites have made navigating those sites easier - to do, as well as on the eyes.

GIMPShop Review: GIMP Made Friendly

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 16, 2007 1:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
I have been successfully using GIMP for what seems like years. It's free, it's stable and once you understand the rather strange menu layout, it actually provides fantastic functionality. But the reality remains that some people are still trying to come off their Photoshop dependency, and for these individuals, the argument about how fantastic it is tends to fall on deaf ears.

Day two at T-DOSE


LXer Feature: 16-Oct-2007

Sunday was the second day of T-DOSE in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, a technical open source event aimed at developers. See our previous article for the coverage of the first day. Today's topics: Search Engine development with AdvaS, A GNU Edu overview, Sebastian Kügler about KDE 4.0 and an overview of Free Software events in Europe. I was also able to talk in person with a few people, such as Olivier Cleynen, who's presentation from yesterday about FOSS marketing is also covered in today's article.


Ubuntu: the calm before the Gutsy

After months of intermittent use of Xubuntu on my less-capable converted thin client (I always liked Xubuntu, for the record), I decided to put the standard Ubuntu on my new, old $0 Laptop in anticipation of the 7.10 Gutsy release of the popular Linux distribution in, at this writing, three days.

Ontario LinuxFest makes an auspicious debut

  • Linux.com; By The Eclipse Foundation says building rich internet applications (RIA) just got easier with the relea (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 15, 2007 10:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The first-ever Ontario LinuxFest, unapologetically modeled on Ohio's conference of the same name, took place on Saturday at the Toronto Congress Centre near the end of runway 24R at Toronto's international airport. With only a few sessions and a lot of quality speakers, the organisers kept the signal-to-noise ratio at this conference as good as it gets. The charismatic Marcel Gagné gave the first talk I attended. Gagné started his talk on what's coming in KDE 4.0, which is expected to be released in mid-December, by stating that KDE 4.0 is a radical departure from existing desktop environments, including current versions of KDE.

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