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Report: San Francisco Turns To Open Source For Mapping Urban Forest

How can open source software be harnessed to help solve environmental issues? The City of San Francisco is now starting to find that out, by turning to MapGuide Open Source software for use in its "urban forest" initiative.

Google starts running Dell Linux Desktop ads

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 30, 2007 9:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
On March 28, Dell quietly announced that it would start offering a variety of laptops and desktops with pre-installed Linux. Now, Dell has started advertising its Linux desktops on Google ads. While working on my personal blog site, which happens to have Google Adsense ads running on it, I was surprised to find Google ads for Linux-powered Dell desktops showing up. Here's what I saw:

Tiny Linux SBC steps up to PXA270

Gumstix has launched the third generation of its gumstick-shaped SBC (single-board computer) line. The tiny, Linux-friendly, PXA270-powered "Verdex" SBC offers 50 percent more processor speed and twice the memory of earlier models, and features an enhanced expansion bus, according to the company.

Fedora 7 Test 3 Live Screenshots

Fedora 7 Test 3 was released to mirrors this morning for both the Live and Prime editions and both KDE and GNOME versions. There is still a final test release before Fedora 7 final in May, but this test release marks the merge of Fedora Core and Extras, GNOME 2.18.0, the new Echo icon theme, fast user switching, and a 2.6.21-rc5 based kernel. In this article you can find screenshots of Fedora 7 Test 3 Live.

OpenOffice 2.2 available for download

The OpenOffice.org Community on March 29 announced the release of a major upgrade to OpenOffice: version 2.2. The group claims that with upgrades to its word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software, the free office suite provides a real alternative to Microsoft's recently-released Office 2007 product.

Taking XenExpress for a Spin

  • MontanaLinux.org; By Scott Dowdle (Posted by dowdle on Mar 30, 2007 6:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community, GNU
During the course of the article I will describe the basic design of XenExpress, its installation, installation and use of the Administrator Console client application, creation, monitoring and management of Xen virtual machines... and then I'll try to contrast how XenSource's product line stacks up to Xen as offered by Red Hat and clones.

People Behind KDE: Albert Astals Cid

For the next interview in the fortnightly People Behind KDE series we travel to Spain to meet a focused developer who does not go off at a tangent. Someone with flashes of brilliance you may miss if you Blinken. With plans in abundance, tonight's star of People Behind KDE is KPDF maintainer Albert Astals Cid.

Dell Promises Linux on Desktop and Laptop PCs

Dell received more than 100,000 responses in its recent survey, and more than 70 percent of the respondents said they would want a Dell PC with Linux for both home and office use. The Dell announcement of plans to pre-install and support Linux could encourage more widespread use of Linux PCs by small businesses as well as consumers.

Red Hat revenue up, profit down

Red Hat's revenue continued its steady increase for the Linux seller's most recent quarter, but the company's net income dropped 25 percent.

A Public Market for Public Music

On the one hand, it's a bummer that the new per-song/per-listener royalty rates threaten to put Internet radio out of business. On the other hand, I don't mind paying Radio Paradise $.0019 (that's under 2/10ths of one cent) to hear Joseph Arthur singing "In the Sun" or to pay the same to RadioKAOS for Jo Jo Gunne singing "Run Run Run". (To name two songs I like that are being played right now.) I can afford that. I also like the idea of paying artists and their friends for their work. But not on coercive terms over which I have no control.

GPLv3 on the Novell-Microsoft Patent Agreement

I thought it would be worthwhile to collect from the FSF's rationale document the explanations of Section 11 on patents in GPLv3 draft 3. That is the section that addresses the Novell-Microsoft patent agreement, particularly the fourth and fifth paragraphs. I think when you read it, you'll see the Novell trajectory....... The rationale document includes condemnatory language of the patent deal and of Novell's conduct. The company certainly can't any longer after this pretend that the deal has not affected how it is viewed by the FOSS community or that it has not disrespected the GPL, I don't think.

Checking out the new Open Font Library

The Open Font Library (OFL) is an offshoot of the Open Clip Art Library (OCAL) and Inkscape. Just beginning to get underway, its creation reflects the growing demand for fonts released under a free license, as well as the emergence of a free font community of designers in the last year and a half.

Linux's Missing Manual Coming to a User's Group Near You

Would you like to get your hands on"Linux System Administration" and have Bill Lubanovic or me show up to your local LUG or UNIX User group meeting? Then you should contact Marsee Henon at O'Reilly - marsee@oreilly.com. Of course, if you would rather have another author and another book she can handle that too. Marsee works with various groups around the country to make sure they have books and speakers.

Hacking Second Life

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Peter Seebach (Posted by IdaAshley on Mar 30, 2007 1:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Second Life is a virtual world, maintained through a combination of client software and hosting servers. The open source release of the Second Life viewer program by developer Linden Lab offers a rare opportunity to compare strengths of closed and open source development models. This article, the first in a series, gives an overview of some of the differences between these development styles.

Review: Deploying Voice over Wireless LANs

  • tech-unity.com; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Mar 30, 2007 12:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Geier's book covers largely the planning and deployment of voice over WLAN as well as the software involved. In fact, you don't get to the nuts and bolts of actually installing a VoWLAN System until Chapter 8. I'm kind of "hands on" so naturally, it was my favorite chapter.

"Open Source and Linux Has No Place in OLPC"

  • OSWeekly.com; By Brandon Watts (Posted by SFN on Mar 29, 2007 11:29 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
While reading the "Rent Your Operating System" story a second time, I came across this little gem. I have no idea how I missed it the first time.

Low-cost student laptops to run Mandriva Linux 2007

Mandriva, the France-based Linux distributor, will have a version of its Mandriva Linux 2007 pre-installed on Intel's new low-end laptop for students, the Classmate PC. According to Intel, the ClassMatePC is a rugged laptop with a water-resistant keyboard and a theft-control feature based on a network-issued digital certificate. The laptop is based on an Intel Mobile 900MHz Celeron Processor ULV.

Get a Taste of Linux Without Installing It

Using a bootable Linux CD will give you an accurate preview of what Linux will be like on your computer. Another option is a downloadable program that you install just like any other Windows software. Once installed, it runs a Linux emulator within Windows. I like the Live CD better because it will require less thinking on your behalf.

Review: System 76 Darter laptop

While users are pleading with Dell to sell systems with Linux pre-installed, smaller vendors have been offering Linux on OEM hardware for some time. One of the more recent arrivals in the OEM Linux market is System 76, which sells a decent selection of desktop, workstation, and notebook systems with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed. I test-drove the company's Ubuntu-certified Darter laptop recently, and found that it has a few flaws, but overall provides a decent system for Linux users clamoring for a Linux-friendly vendor.

When Free Speech is not Free Speech

"If we protect ones freedom to speak against the freedom of another to do the same, we are protecting the complete opposite of freedom. We are protecting oppression. Administrators who don't understand this are in fact condoning oppression on their sites."

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