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Open source Microsoft's nemesis

If Microsoft Corp. investors are concerned about the company's lacklustre shares, they must be downright terrified by the legions of computer programmers who want to drive the technology behemoth into the ground.

Tuxlabs for 14 orphanages on Youth Day

Fourteen centres for orphaned and vulnerable children received computers, open source software and Internet access on South Africa's Youth Day, June 16, as part of the Tuxlabs initiative. The 26 PCs and two laptops will be used by The Heartbeat Centre for Community Development's 5 000 students countrywide.

Stratus Launches 64-Bit Red Hat Linux OS Support Across Server Lines for Telecom and Enterprise Applications

Three New Models Added to Telco Server Family

Linux v2.6.17 now online

Linux v2.6.17 has just been released.

But there aren't a lot of changes, says Linus Torvalds. In fact, "the bulk is actually some last-minute MIPS updates and s390 futex changes," he says on LKML,org, "the rest tend to be various very small fixes that trickled in over the last week."

Stratus plus Red Hat AS 4: Lots of nines

Stratus Technologies, Inc. and Red Hat today announced the coming availability of 64-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) AS 4 across six server models, serving both the telecommunications and enterprise markets. Stratus's Director of Product Management Denny Lane and Public Relations Director Ken Donoghue briefed NewsForge last week on today's announcement.

Xandros Linux provides better wireless support

Linux vendor Xandros will this week ship version 4.0 of its desktop distribution, Xandros Desktop OS. The new package is expected to include better support for wireless networking, an integrated security suite, plus the ability to read and write to a Windows NTFS partition – features that may attract firms looking for an alternative to Windows on some systems.

News: Flock to The Social User's Browser

Does the world need another browser, even when Microsoft's grip on the sector has weakened? Yes, says Flock, whose eponymous browser has been called "Firefox with some extensions" by critics.

Books: Linux in Easy Steps

One of a series of "In Easy Steps" books this Linux beginners guide may hold a few snippets that novice Linux users will value but most will want to move quickly on to something a little more detailed or challenging.

Knowlent Ensures Analog Sign-Off With Latest Opal Verification Platform

New 4.0 Release Offers Testbench for Up-coming PCI Express Gen 2 Standard

ODF, MS and MASS: Now you see the dots (and now you don't)

Two significant events occurred this week that have relevance to the implementation of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) by Massachusetts, one of which was little noticed, and one of which was duly noted in the press. The question is whether or not these two dots are connected - and whether there's a back story that no one has yet noticed at all. (Here's a hint on the back story: it's harder to connect dots, when they can be removed from the public eye.)

Global Unichip Presents the Taiwan First Certified High-Speed USB2 ...

  • Design and Reuse (press release) (Posted by grouch on Jun 19, 2006 12:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Linux
GUC (Global Unichip Corp.), a leading SoC design foundry, today announced that the High-Speed USB2.0 OTG (USB On-the-Go) Solution, UINF-0041, had been certified and logo proven by USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum). GUC is the first in Taiwan and the first non-committee company in the world to complete these compliance tests.
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The design kit including FPGA evaluation board, Linux Reference Kernel, Linux Reference Driver, User’s Manual, Synthesizable RTL Code, PHY simulation model, and Test Pattern is now available.

Greg Kroah-Hartman on kernel development

Linux Format has an interview with Greg Kroah-Hartman, the well-known Linux kernel hacker behind many drivers and the USB subsystem. Greg explains why drivers aren't a popular area of kernel development, how the kernel is stabilising in 2.6, and the impact of the SCO lawsuits.

Stux 0.9 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - Giacomo Picconi has announced the release of STUX GNU/Linux 0.9, a Slackware-based live and installation CD designed desktop use: STUX GNU/Linux 0.9 released.
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OSDir has some nice screenshots of STUX 0.9 in the STUX 0.9 Screenshot Tour.

CLI Magic: A new tool for Formula 1 fans

User level: Intermediate Many feel that the the command line offers only archaic system tools crafted by gnarly old Unix geeks who cut their coding teeth before there was an Internet, let alone a blogosphere. They are sadly mistaken. The focus of this week's CLI Magic column is an example of a new CLI tool designed exclusively for Formula 1 -- sorry, NASCAR -- fans. It's called Live-F1, and it brings realtime race and practice data from Formula 1 events around the globe to your Linux terminal window.

Airwide Solutions expands further into Asia

  • SME IT Guide; By Connie Chng (Posted by grouch on Jun 19, 2006 9:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Airwide Solutions, the provider of next generation mobile messaging infrastructure and applications software for wireless operators, today announced further expansion into Asia with the availability of its next generation messaging architecture and new Linux-based router.

Register for a North American Web Conference on Open Source ...

In a free Xtalks webinar on Friday, July 14, 2006, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm EDT, Ari Jaaksi, Director, Open Source Software Operations, Nokia and Joseph D. Foran, Director of Information Technology, FSW, Inc will be examining open source software’s place in the enterprise.

Inwords offers Docbook XML conversion

Documentation in the Docbook XML vocabulary can quickly and easily be translated into a range of output formats and now a South African company has launched a service to assist companies wanting to port their existing document to the XML format.

BackupPC Installation And Configuration

  • debianhelp.co.uk; By debianhelp.co.uk (Posted by gg234 on Jun 19, 2006 7:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
BackupPC Installation And Configuration

Another Windows Genuine Advantage screw up

  • Interesting People; By David Farber (Posted by grouch on Jun 19, 2006 6:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
I was not amused to find out that the reason it had stopped monitoring was that at 3am Windows Update had loaded the Windows Genuine Advantage module, then rebooted the system after installing it, then refused to allow the system to start up until someone clicked on the box warning that the Dell supplied Windows Xp was not genuine.

[Found on Groklaw's News Picks. People need to know how MS is surreptitiously spying and interfering with the use of personal computers. -- grouch]

Startup plans "complete" Linux smartphone OS

Silicon Valley startup a la Mobile plans to ship in September the industry's first "complete" Linux-based smartphone operating system. The Convergent Linux Platform (CLP), which aims to streamline Linux phone rollouts by ODMs, OEMs, and operators, will enter a field crowded with alternatives from MontaVista, Trolltech, ACCESS/PalmSource, and Wind River, among others.

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