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Linux 2.6.23 Kernel Benchmarks

The Linux 2.6.23 kernel has been released today and we have some preliminary benchmarks of the 2.6.23 kernel as we compare it to the past Linux 2.6.22 kernel. We will have more on the Linux 2.6.23 kernel once we have tested it more extensively, but the benchmarks we have ran so far include Quake 4, LAME encoding, Gzip compression, and RAMspeed. If you missed it, among the features for the Linux 2.6.23 kernel include the CFS process scheduler (Completely Fair Scheduler), a variety of virtualization improvements, on-demand read-ahead, and XFS and EXT4 file-system improvements are among the interesting changes.

Photoshop 6 through CS2 on Linux with Wine

  • Wine-Review; By Thomas Wickline (Posted by twickline on Oct 10, 2007 9:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Over this past week end I have posted four Adobe Photoshop on Linux with Wine articles, versions 6 through CS2 are covered.

Installing Cinelerra on Ubuntu Studio

Cinelerra, one of the only serious video editing and compositing tools available for Linux, can cause frustration for users trying to install it on Ubuntu Studio. Fortunately, after several attempts, I found a way to install it easily.

Ballmer: "Number of patents Linux infringes on is declining"

Short patent timeline:

16 May, 1991: "If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today." - Bill Gates, Challenges and Strategy Memo

Aug, 2004: OSDL releases a study saying Linux may infringe 283 patents; Ballmer leaves away the word "may"

May, 2007: Brad Smith claims Linux potentially infringes 235 patents

Oct, 2007: Ballmer claims

Linux potentially infringes 153 patents

Conclusion: Number of Microsoft patents filed at USPTO grows, but number of MS patents Linux potentially infringes on is declining.

Preferred PowerPC-Based Linux Distro.

There is still hope for users of PowerPC-based Macs out there even though Apple has left us. PowerPC-based LInux distribution is our hope even though Gnash, the open source flash is still almost a hit-or-miss application.

2.6.23 Kernel, "Finally"

"Finally. Yeah, it got delayed, not because of any huge issues, but because of various bugfixes trickling in and causing me to reset my 'release clock' all the time. But it's out there now, and hopefully better for the wait,"

KOffice 2 on Windows

While the industry is distracted by the ongoing tussle between Microsoft and OpenOffice.org over document formats, the KDE project is quietly preparing the next generation of its own office suite, KOffice, for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. KOffice 2.0, to be released sometime in the first half of 2008, will be cross platform like many other applications in the KDE suite built with the Qt4 GUI toolkit.

Ballmer: All open source dev should happen on Windows

While in Britain last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took a swipe at just about everything - from one of the world's largest Linux vendors to a social networking company he may end up buying. He insisted that Red Hat violates MS patents. He compared Facebook to GeoCities. He even accused Google of reading your email.

Last chance to test Fedora 8

The Fedora development team have release Fedora 8 Test 3, the last test release before the development freezes in advance of the distro's general release on November 8.

Brainstorming ideas for the GIMP's next interface

The GIMP image editor is preparing for the start of a new development cycle, and you can have your say in the way the next version looks by submitting a mock-up to the GIMP UI Brainstorm blog. User interface designer Peter Sikking spoke with us about the project and how it fits into the larger work of creating the GIMP's UI.

Get productive with relative tabs

  • Tectonic.co.za; By Alastair Otter (Posted by hkwint on Oct 10, 2007 2:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Do you spend most of your day struggling to organise your Firefox tabs? Then you're a candidate for Tabs Open Relative. Read on for a really cool extension for serious Internet users.

Is Windows Media Player 11 Watching You?

I thought Microsoft stuck to monitoring Vista systems but XP could be under surveillance too. If you have read my previous articles this should come as no surprise.

MIPS 2.6.24 Merge Plans

Ralf Baechle posted the Linux/MIPS architecture merge plans for the upcoming 2.6.24 kernel. The diffstat for all changes showed, "435 files changed, 14274 insertions(+), 10196 deletions(-)", about which Ralf noted, "the number of patch lines and files is inflated by two large whitespace cleanup patches."

The FOSS Project Marketing HowTo: Start At Home

At the Recent Ohio (GNU)LinuxFest, I talked about the importance of promoting your FOSS projects, covering some of the tasks project teams need to engage in, working with the press, and handling negative publicity. This is the first in a series of articles aimed at helping project teams by going into more details. Here we consider how your home page figures into your marketing process.

ReviewLinux.Com: Mandriva Linux 2008 Free First Look

We look at the newly released Mandriva Linux 2008 Free i586 from Mandriva! Short image tour plus a video showing the os in action. We loaded the KDE desktop for this quick look at Mandriva 2008 Free!

Microsoft is dead - even if they don’t know it yet

Watch out, parents - close the windows, and protect your kids. Ballmer is on the move again, this time to put the final nail into his own coffin.

EnGarde Secure Linux 3.0.17 Released

Launched by Guardian Digital with: brand new daemon control functionality, improved password shadowing, load balancing improvements and much more. EnGarde Secure Linux is a fully-functional platform engineered from the ground up for high levels of security explicitly for server operations.

Uli Drepper part 4:

Uli Drepper is a Red Hat developer and the lead contributor and maintainer of the GNU C Library (glibc). Watch the first , second , and third videos in this series as well.

A label printer for Linux

When Seiko Instruments said it is now offering Linux drivers for its Smart Label Printer 450 and offered to send me one to test, I was happy to hear it, because it seemed like an example of how Linux is being recognized for even non-mass-market hardware devices. While the printer does work as advertised, it is clear that Linux support is a work in progress.

WestPoint.ORG Fund Drive 22

  • West-Point.org; By Members of WP-ORG: (Posted by Abe on Oct 9, 2007 5:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Linux

Our growth to almost 30,000 users has put some strain on our aging systems, though. For over a year, we've been planning and executing a migration to new hardware and software, the goal of which is a more reliable and stable platform on which to grow. We're moving away from commercial packages, in favor of open-source applications, to help reduce costs and standardizing our hardware and software so the systems are easier to maintain.

[I encourage everyone to donate and make this effort very successful. Go Army. - Abe]

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