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Foresight Linux 1.0 goes gold

Project maintainer Ken VanDine on Jan. 28 announced the release of Foresight Linux 1.0, the first stable release of the rPath-based desktop Linux distribution after nearly two years of development. It sports a new kernel and the GNOME desktop environment.

This week at LWN: Updates on the X Window System

The X Window System is, in some sense, the kernel of our graphical desktop systems; it controls access to the hardware and ensures that applications play well together. So the capabilities provided by X matter, and that importance can only increase as free software developers work toward the creation of more complete and compelling desktop experiences. Keith Packard gave a couple of talks at in Sydney on where X is going; your editor had no choice but to be there and listen.

Open Source and William James

Matt Asay just posted an excellent note connecting Open source and William James. James noted: "True ideas are those that we can assimilate, validate, corroborate and verify. False ideas are those that we can not. That is the practical difference it makes to us to have true ideas." Matt argues that that is why he likes open source -- because it works. I can't agree more.

Novell lands major Linux desktop contract in France

At the Paris Solutions Linux show on Jan. 30, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Europe's second-largest automobile manufacturer, and Novell announced the signing of a multiyear contract for the deployment of up to 20,000 Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop installations plus 2,500 copies of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Season of Usability Focuses on Two KDE Applications

The Season of Usability, run by the OpenUsability project has kicked off with two KDE applications in the focus: BasKet Note Pads and the KDE 4 universal document viewer Okular. Usability, as one of the important focus points of the upcoming fourth major version of KDE, is also an active part of the KDE project. The Season of Usability manifests KDE's close involvement with OpenUsability.

Red Hat CEO on GPLv3, media, and kernel development

Matthew Szulik talks about GPLv3, DRM, media content, and the future of Linux kernel development model. From the article: "I think people like Alan Cox and Ingo Molnar and a variety of contributors around the world have clearly communicated that the open source model in the kernel development methodologies along with the tools and other components will live long after the current maintainers move on to do other interesting things."

The Open Source Hook: Porting KDE to Mac and Windows

LXer Feature: 31-Jan-2007

With KDE porting their applications to Mac and Windows the potential number of people using free software is unlimited. Imagine millions of people using Open Source Software for the first time..and getting hooked on it.

New LiMo Foundation looking to commoditize mobile Linux

Last week, Motorola and five other cell phone manufacturers announced the official launch of the LiMo Foundation, a "global mobile Linux initiative." The foundation will work off mobile Linux in a private collaborative development environment that has its roots in open source, but isn't quite.

Free Mandriva live CD includes 3D Metisse desktop

Mandriva, which introduced Mandriva One 2007 last October, has just released a live CD version of it, complete with a 3D desktop environment. Mandriva 2007, based on a 2.6.17 Linux kernel, uses KDE as a default desktop but also supports both the GNOME and Xfce environments.

Microsoft tries to patent a crippled baseline OS

Microsoft is applying for a patent for an operating system that starts out crippled. You must pay to do things like take the throttle off network speed, disk access, install drivers, install software, and more. Trust me, I rarely even visit Groklaw, even if this is my second consecutive blog entry with a link to a Groklaw article. readers posted the article,A Brave New Modular World, and I had to share it.

IBM tunes up for Jazz open-source project

Set to launch in June, Jazz aims to modernize development tools for programming teams that are geographically spread out.

Debian Weekly News - January 30th, 2007

Welcome to this year's 2nd issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Anthony Towns was interviewed by Liz Tay onwhether Dunc Tank was a failure or success. Joey Schulze reported that the alpha port has caught up and is fitter than before since it now has two working build daemon.

E is for elegant with Elive live CD

Elive is a live CD Linux distribution based on Debian that uses the Enlightenment window manager. Elive aims to provide an aesthetically pleasing environment with a full suite of desktop applications that runs efficiently on older systems. Its developers aren't finished yet, but they've come a long way with Elive since the release of 0.3 more than a year ago. This CD shows how beautiful distributions can become without being bloated.

Howto: Migrate user accounts and data from old Linux distribution to fresh installation

Migrating user accounts is not an easy task especially if you are a new admin. You need to make sure that file ownership, and password and group membership remains the same. The article does a good job of explaining the steps required to migrate from old Linux/UNIX server to news fresh installation. It's a short and sweet tutorial and worth a read, especially for new admins to handle rescuing a dying server job. You can migrate users from old Linux server to new Linux sever with standard commands such as tar, awk, scp and others. This is also useful if you are using old Linux distribution such as Redhat 9 or Debian 2.x.

Build Apache Derby database apps in JRuby

JRuby is an implementation of the Ruby programming language that runs in the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Explore two ways to connect to and build Derby database applications from JRuby, and get pointers on when it’s appropriate to use each approach.

OpenSUSE 10.2 live DVD arrives

Development manager Adrian Schroeter on Jan. 29 announced the release of a live DVD edition of openSUSE 10.2, featuring a spiffy new 2.6.20-rc4 kernel plus the latest KDE, GNOME, and Xfce desktop environments.

Is The ATI Driver Really "Evil"?

  •; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jan 30, 2007 8:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Coming across this Digg article yesterday afternoon I found many of the comments to be quite inaccurate (and in some cases comical). A majority of the comments consisted of users bashing the fglrx drivers by typing a variety of obscenities. Those that had bothered to explain themselves were mostly disturbed due to the lack of Composite and Beryl/Compiz support. But does this really equate to the driver being evil and ATI/AMD not caring about their customers?

Mysql prepares for IPO and reveals Oracle endorsement

Open source database vendor MySQL AB is preparing itself for an initial public offering, and could even be ready to go public before the end of the year, according to its CEO Marten Mickos.

OOo Basic crash course: Working with documents on an FTP server

Wouldn't it be nice if you could access your Writer documents from any computer connected to the Internet and work with them as if they were on your local machine -- especially if this could be done transparently with just a couple of mouse clicks? To be able to do this, you don't have to install a full-blown document management solution or use a third-party file storage service. All you need is an FTP server and an OOo Basic macro.

10 secret MySQL client startup options you should know

Most server administrators know that the MySQL relational data base management system (RDBMS) is a highly flexible piece of software and comes with a wide range of startup options that can be used to modify its behavior. What most don't know, however, is that the standard MySQL client comes with an equally large number of startup options, some of which are extremely useful in daily MySQL interaction. While these options are not "secret" per se, they remain largely unused, even though they can significantly ease the process of server interaction.

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