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Damn Small Linux releases version 3.1

The Damn Small Linux project team released an update to its aptly named operating system today. DSL v3.1 sports a 2.4.26 kernel and the Fluxbox window manager in a -- shall we say -- relatively tiny package. Despite its minuscule size (50 MB), DSL crams a lot of functionality into an easy-to-use desktop.

[DSL is one of my favorites, it brought an old P-II system of mine back from the dead. - Scott]

Gecko 1.9 Alpha Coming Soon

The Mozilla Developer News Weblog is reporting that the trunk will be closed for Gecko 1.9 Alpha. This would be the first of many trunk alphas, which would be released every six to eight weeks. The Mozilla Quality Weblog has announced a community test day, on Friday, December 1, 2006 running from 7:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time. This equates to 5:00pm Friday to 1:00am Saturday UTC/GMT.

Is There Perfection in The Linux Kernel?

In a perfect world, you could compile a brand-new Linux kernel without the need for much configuration and without error. According to Linus Torvalds, the new 2.6.19 Linux kernel is such an entity. "It's one of those rare "perfect" kernels," Torvalds wrote in a Linux kernel mailing list posting announcing the new kernel. "So if it doesn't happen to compile with your config (or it does compile, but then does unspeakable acts of perversion with your pet dachshund), you can rest easy knowing that it's all your own d*mn fault, and you should just fix your evil ways."

Discover the Ajax Toolkit Framework for Eclipse

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Tim McIntire (Posted by solrac on Dec 1, 2006 1:40 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Eclipse; Story Type: News Story
This article includes a HelloWorld example in which you install and configure the ATF, then use Eclipse and Dojo to create a basic Web application.

Housekeeping utilities for Debian packages

For all the efficiency and continued evolution of Debian's APT tools, some gaps in package management functionality remain. One of the largest ones is that, when a package is removed, any other packages that depend on it are not removed. The result is a growing number of orphans on the system -- that is, packages that serve no purpose for the system as a whole, although in some cases they continue to be useful individually. Similarly, while you can keep track of security announcements for Debian or distributions derived from it, the basic package system has no way of telling you which vulnerabilities might affect your system.

Software Freedom Law Center to challenge Blackboard patent

  • NewsForge; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 1, 2006 12:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) announced today that it is asking the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to re-examine Blackboard's patent on a technology used for Internet-based education support systems, in an attempt to invalidate the patent. SFLC's action comes on behalf of the Sakai Foundation, Moodle, and ATutor.

PCLinuxOS Magazine December 2006 Issue 4 Released

It is my privilege to announce on behalf of the team members of the PCLinuxOS Magazine Project sponsored by, the December 2006 issue (#4)  is available for download!  Our previous issues can also be downloaded.

Some highlights include:

  1. Network File Systems
  2. Reviews of Music Players
  3. Thumbnail Images and Galleries
  4. Connect to AOL in Linux
  5. Setting up a Printer in a Windows Workgroup
  6. Much, Much More! 

Report: Hovsepian: Balancing on the Novell-MS Tightrope

A lot has been said about the hows of the Novell-Microsoft deal, but what about the whys? What motivated Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian to initiate a deal with Linux's No. 1 Enemy? In this interview, Hovsepian reveals the business realities behind the move, and that when it comes to Microsoft, Novell knows full well who it's dealing with.

New Linux distro targets serious multimedia projects

Until now, there hasn't been a really good Linux distribution for digital content creation. Debian-based 64 Studio, which has just achieved its 1.0 release, is described by some as "the best distribution ever created for multimedia workstations, such as digital audio recording and video editing."

Writing the Script: Java SE 6

A standard Java scripting engine API to play withOver the years there have been several times where I've had to implement a mini-language and language processor for some specific requirement or another.

When Linux Runs Out of Memory

Memory is a precious commodity in computers. Generally the more you have, the better. Yet your application has to run alongside other applications, and each wants its own area of memory. What happens when there's not enough to go around? Mulyadi Santosa explores the memory management principles in the Linux kernel to explain how the Out of Memory killer works--and how to avoid it.

Red Hat to launch JBoss Solutions in Kuala Lumpur & Singapore

Red Hat, a provider of open source solutions, is all set to launch JBoss solutions in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore at the 'Power of Open Source Middleware Technologies' seminar on December 5, 2006. At the event, Red Hat will introduce Red Hat Application Stack, the newly tested and fully integrated open source stack and JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS) to enterprise companies and partners, as per a statement issued by the company.

The Open Source Way

Can mainstream companies use open source methods to develop their own software? Lynne Ellyn, CIO of DTE Energy, is finding out.

[Gee, I didn't know the Open Source Initiative had changed its name. I just hope they didn't fuse the FSF and OSI! Don't you just love it when the honchos think they know what they're talking about? - dcparris]

Fighting Piracy? Microsoft is not by your side

The term 'Computer Crime' sounds very hi-tech and when heard of we usually imagine extravagant laboratories,super computers and brilliant minds in front of them. But the biggest criminals of computer crimes are the people doing the lowest level of work with computers and that is because computer software are the most valuable and vulnerable parts of the system. The unauthorized use of computer software for the commercial or personal gain is commonly known as 'Software Piracy'. What makes software piracy this huge is the way to execute it being so easy, simple and virtually harmless. People think nothing of making extra copies for sharing with friends, co-workers and others. In many third world countries people are not even aware that what they are doing is something illegal.

[Definitely an interesting perspective on so-called 'piracy' - dcparris]

Birmingham City Council claims open-source success

Birmingham City Council has defended its year-long trial of desktop Linux, claiming it to be a success, despite an independent report showing it would have been cheaper to install Windows XP.

[Aha! We knew there was more to this than met the eye! - dcparris]

Novell Readies Customers and Partners for Linux-Based Open Enterprise Server 2

Support from Software Partners Along with Training and Technical Services Promotion Will Help More Customers Take Advantage of Advanced Workgroup and Networking Services on SUSE Linux Enterprise

Hp flogs its 100,000th UK Linux server

THE MAKER of printer ink and creator of spy scandals, HP has announced that it has just flogged its 100,000th Linux based server in Blighty.

Inside Oracle's bombshell plan to support Red Hat

[We interrupt your daily dose of the Microsoft-Novell fiasco to bring you this juicy tidbit from the Oracle-Red Hat saga - dcparris]

Oracle's bombshell plan to offer full support for Red Hat Inc.'s Linux distribution at half the price sent shock waves through the IT industry.

Pardus 2007 Beta 2 Screenshot Walkthrough

The second beta release of Pardus Linux 2007 is out. Code named "Sait Faik" after the great Turkish short story writer Sait Faik Abasıyanık, Pardus Linux 2007 comes with the following new features: multilingual installer supporting Turkish, English, German and Dutch; smaller packages and faster updates thanks to the improvements to the Pardus package manager PiSi; intuitive graphical interface of PiSi which makes software installation and updates much easier; fast start-up thanks the new init system developed using the Pardus configuration framework ÇOMAR. The new release also includes a new Tulliana icon set..

Microsoft vs. Linux: An Updated Perspective

In the war between Microsoft and those that support Linux, there have been many phases. Most of this war, like most wars, has been concealed by the “fog of war” and propaganda from both camps. Initially, both sides seemed more interested in positioning than in true discourse, and if Microsoft used undue pressure (often positioned as FUD), the Open Source community seemed willing to use outright physical attacks against Microsoft platforms to make their point.

[Hey, everyone needs some comic relief now and then. - dcparris]

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