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More Fun With Printing

Printing in Linux gets better all the time, especially when you find the right drivers.

The Road to KDE 4: Konsole Gets an Overhaul

Again, after a delay brought on by a bout Real Life (tm), we return to bring you updates on the state of Konsole, KDE's UNIX terminal program. Konsole has been a staple of KDE since KDE 2.0, as has been showing signs of a little bit of clutter and wear. So, Robert Knight has stepped in to clean up the program's code, and more than anything else, fix a cluttered and difficult interface.

Share files with friends while chatting using Qnext

Two of the most popular open source instant messaging clients, Pidgin (formerly Gaim) and Kopete, can work with multiple protocols, but neither is a great option when it comes to sharing files with friends. For that, try Qnext, a multi-protocol IM client with which you can share files with not only IM buddies but also contacts in your address book.

BeleniX 0.6 Released

  •; By Moinak Gosh (Posted by dba477 on May 23, 2007 1:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Sun
After some gap due to a busy few months for many of the BeleniX folks a new release is now available. Get it from the download page. Lots of changes have happened and here is a summary:

The Political Hoopla Between Intel and OLPC

  •; By Gundeep Hora (Posted by gsh on May 23, 2007 12:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
From what I understand, the whole point of OLPC is to create awareness of technology in third world countries and empower the next generation with collaboration and other fun uses of technology and the way it can make an impact in a child’s life. OLPC is a non-profit entity, and I admire its efforts. However, with the recent ongoings between Intel and Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of OLPC, I fail to understand the immature bickering between the two.

How to secure VNC remote access with two-factor authentication

  • HowtoForge; By Nick Owen (Posted by falko on May 23, 2007 11:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
VNC is the most popular remote access solution today. However, it was developed to provide remote access, not to provide secure remote access. Administrators have to add security to VNC by tunneling it through an encrpyted channel such as SSH and adding a layer of authentication. In this article, we will show you how to combine the NoMachine NX server to encrpyt VNC and remote X session combined with two-factor authentication from WiKID Systems to create a secure, fast remote access solution.

Linux: Files as Directories

Miklos Szeredi posted a patch to allow files to be accessed as directories, offering the example of accessing the contents of a compressed tarball as you would any other directory. He noted that this is not the only application of the patch, "others might suggest accessing streams, resource forks or extended attributes through such an interface. However this patch only deals with the non-directory case, so directories would be excluded from that interface. But otherwise this patch doesn't limit the uses of the 'file as directory' concept in any way. It just adds the infrastructure to support these whacky beasts." Al Viro took an interest in the patch noting, "I'll look through the patch tonight; it sounds interesting, assuming that we don't run into serious crap with locking and revalidation logics." This was followed by an interesting discussion between Miklos and Al regarding the implementation of the patch.

IBM looks to open up development

IBM is kicking off an experiment to open up its software development process in a way that mirrors the creation of open source applications. "The reward of getting our information out there is going to be amazing and critical to the future of IBM's software," Jerry Cuomo, chief technology officer of IBM's WebSphere middleware suite, told in an interview at the IBM Impact 2007 conference in Orlando.

China Produces $130 Computers for Less Developed Regions

Sichuan based computer maker Sinomanic launched production of a series of low-end computers for the less developed regions in China. Priced as low as 998RMB ($130), these computers will include a Linux operating system, MIPS processor, multimedia and network supports. Internet browsing and document processing software will also be packaged into these systems.

Low Cost PCs: Bad for Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on May 23, 2007 8:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
As popular as they have been in the past, I still have some mixed feelings when it comes to the PR health of really low cost Linux PCs. On one hand, they are fantastic as they allow people access to modern computing that may have otherwise been prevented from switching from an older system or finding access to one, for that matter.

New PCLinuxOS 2007 looks great, works well

PCLinuxOS is a live CD distribution that enables users to test Linux without actually having to install it. The highly anticipated new version, PCLinuxOS 2007, was released on Monday. Its intuitive selection of software, high level of stability and functionality, and the quality of the graphics make this the distribution's best release ever.

More than I ever wanted to know about chroot jails

  • Ubuntu-Watch; By Daniel Bartholomew (Posted by plumcreek on May 23, 2007 6:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
One of the things I both love and hate about my job is getting assigned new projects. They can be about anything and everything. Late last week I was told that I needed to create some chroot jails for sftp use of some customers. The idea is that the customers need to upload content to our content server, but we want to do it in a secure and private way. Customer One should not be able to see Customer Two, for example. And neither customer should be able to do anything that might damage the server in any way.

netselect-apt - tip to find the fastest Debian mirror

This article explains how to find out the fastest Debian mirror. At last count there are well over 200 mirrors and the popular idea of selecting the mirror closest to ones geographical location cannot always give the best data transfer speeds. By using netselect-apt, you can find the right mirror which gives you the fastest speeds.

H&R Block Embraces Benefits of Open Source

Open source has generated revenue and brought positive changes in the way H&R Block services its customers.

Linux vouchers, Microsoft, and GPL3: separating the signal from the noise

Free Software Foundation (FSF) lawyer Eben Moglen claims that the absence of an expiration date on SUSE vouchers distributed by Microsoft will make Microsoft subject to terms of the GPL3, thus undermining Microsoft's patent threats against Linux by forcing the company to provide nearly unlimited upstream patent licenses.

FSFE says Microsoft patent claims don't add up

The Free Software Foundation Europe responded to Microsoft's patent claims against Linux and open source late last week by stating that the company's actions don't suggest patent claims in Microsoft's favor.

How To Live an Open-Source Musical Life With Ogg Vorbis

In an effort to rally support for the underdog media format, the Free Software Foundation has launched, a website promoting awareness of the Ogg format. It's an educational primer for playing Ogg Vorbis audio files and Ogg Theora video files on Mac and Windows desktops.

From MP3 to OGG: Freeing Sound from the Chains of Proprietary Software

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has launched a campaign to convert the world to OGG, a non-proprietary alternative to MP3 audio files. It’s called the PlayOGG Campaign. Here’s the pitch:

Microsoft funds questionable study attacking GPL 3 draft process

A study (PDF) funded by Microsoft and carried out by Harvard Business School professor Alan MacCormack aims to determine what kind of features and protections developers want in version 3 of the widely-used General Public License (GPL 3). The study, which uses extremely questionable methodology, concludes that open-source software developers don't want the GPL 3 to impose extensive patent licensing requirements or prevent agreements like the controversial cross-licensing deal between Novell and Microsoft.

Red Hat chief tells start ups to grow, not cash out

Red Hat chief executive Matthew Szulik today told startups to forget the "romance" of open source and build businesses that compete with proprietary vendors on services and value.

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