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Ghana pursuing open source policy - Minister

Government of the West African nation is developing an open source policy and has already implemented free software for its parliamentary systems.

CentOS 5: Linux for Grownups

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Apr 25, 2007 2:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Some folks love life on the edge, so they run Debian Unstable, or the newest Ubuntu or Fedora releases. These are all wonderful Linux distributions, and under most circumstances are reliable enough. You'll run into weird dependency issues, or find out the hard way that the latest release of an application has a few problems, or that the distribution maintainers introduced entirely new applications that are chock-full of amusing surprises. For the most part they work well, but you never know when they're going to get bored and have a little fun at your expense.

Then there are the brave souls who dare to be dull and don't want surprises. They just want their systems to chug along and not need a lot of babysitting. For these fine folks there is CentOS Linux.

Latest Mambo release fully translatable

The latest release of Mambo, the popular open source content management system, sees the completion of the Mambo Language Manager. With this done, users and site administrators can translate pages easily.

Install Beryl with latest nvidia drivers in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

  • ubuntugeek.com (Posted by gg234 on Apr 25, 2007 1:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Install Beryl with latest nvidia drivers in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

Preaching to the unconverted

The alternate licensing scheme for content, Creative Commons, still has a long way to go in South Africa. Government in particular is resistant to change, risking the loss of South Africa's culture, says iCommons head Heather Ford.

The Virtues of Monoculture

So what’s good about a monoculture, and why does Microsoft win so often when people make a decision about platforms? Largely because what the open source community sees as a strength, people trying to get a job done in the real world see as a weakness. We celebrate the diversity of choices available to solve a problem and call it freedom. IT managers and CIOs look at it and call it chaos, confusion and uncertainty.

IBM, MySQL team up on database software

The agreement calls to develop software that will make MySQL compatible with programs that run IBM's System i line of business computers, including IBM's i5 operating system DB2 database

[Not really about Linux, but still interesting. — Sander]

Sharing files between Feisty Fawn and Windows

This guide shows you how to configure samba for Feisty Fawn enabling it to share files with windows machines, also includes a How To install swat, for GUI configuration of samba.

Ubuntu 7.04 reviews and impressions

  • debian-news.net; By Christian Pfeiffer Jensen (Posted by cj2003 on Apr 25, 2007 9:37 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
Here's the reviews and impressions of Ubuntu 7.04 so far.

Open News Podcast Episode 10 Released

This week on Open News the Open Solutions Alliance encourages interoperability, Micheal Dell uses Ubuntu at home, and Microsoft software for $3. All that plus your email right now on Open News.

Support for Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Extended Until Mid-May

On the day that support for Mozilla Firefox 1.5 was scheduled to end, an announcement has been posted on the Mozilla Developer News weblog stating that support for Firefox 1.5 has been extended until mid-May. Once support for Firefox 1.5 ends, no more 1.5.0.x security and stability updates will be released. The last such update was Firefox 1.5.0.11, which was made available on Tuesday 20th March this year. Users are strongly advised to upgrade to the latest Firefox 2 release, currently 2.0.0.3, as soon as possible.

Gelato 2.1 Review: A Flavor for Everyone

Gelato 2.1 (NVIDIA’s final-frame rendering software) is out. Bryan Hoff tests the new features and goes under the hood to see what improvements have been made.

[100% closed source and not very exciting, but it's interesting to see that the Linux version of a major vendor's product is released well ahead of the Windows version. — Sander]

Create a New Key Type Using Linux Kernel

The Linux key retention service introduced with Linux 2.6 is a great new way to handle authentication, cryptography, cross-domain user mappings, and other security concerns for the Linux platform. Learn the components of the Linux key retention service and get an understanding of its usage with a working sample application.

Vector Linux - Chaucer's Beautiful Hag

LXer Feature: 25-Apr-2007

Chaucer fans will immediately understand when I say that Vector Linux is a modern retelling of the Wife of Bath's Tale - with a few twists.

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Akademy 2007: Edu& School Day

You are invited to Akademy Edu & School Day on Tuesday 3rd July. This day will focus on installing and running free educational software in schools, presenting software as well as getting feedback from teachers and community people.

IBM Unix servers get x86 Linux apps

IBM has released beta software to let applications written for Linux on servers with x86 processors run in Big Blue's System p machines built with its own Power processors.

Geany - A Perfect Programming IDE

  • Ubuntu News; By muszek (Posted by muszek on Apr 25, 2007 3:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: PHP
A review of Geany - a relatively new editor which is lightweight, simple and has nice features at the same time. It's open source (GPL) and has binaries available for Linux and Windows. A great choice for casual programmers.

Fedora-based Berry Linux sports 3D desktop

Berry Linux 0.80, a Fedora-based live CD for the desktop with support for the Japanese and English languages, was released this week by its Japan-based project team. The distribution incorporates a 2.6.20.7 kernel and includes a default KDE desktop and support for 3D desktop effects with AIGLX and Beryl 0.2.0, the team said.

Novell tries again for an SCO KO

Novell is once again trying to finish off The SCO Group's court cases by proving that Novell is the company that actually owns Unix's intellectual property rights. What makes this latest attempt different, is we finally see an explanation of how SCO ended up owning Unix without owning its copyrights.

The real cost of $3 Windows

Leave it to Bill Gates. There’s a reason he’s the richest man in the world. The software isn’t great, but it’s good enough to do the job. Unfortunately, the “job” isn’t just personal productivity, it’s technology lock-in. It’s all about creating a new generation of computer users who are hooked on Windows and programs that run under the proprietary operating system.

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