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Interview with Mark Kretschmann and Amarok Installer for Windows

Amarok project founder Mark Kretschmann was interviewed for "Not the Gentoo Linux Newsletter". He talks about Amarok and what makes this project special, its community, beer, more beer and other things of importance to him. Amarok headquarters is also pleased to announce Amarok 2 Technology Preview 1 for Windows, complete with an easy to use installer!

Spreading FUD on broadband regulation

In the doublespeak of telecommunications politics "no compelling case" to regulate ADSL means it might be imminent and "it is unlikely there is a need to regulate" means "no way will there be regulation". Welcome to the brave new world of ALP telecoms regulation, or Telstra spin-doctoring. Take your pick!

Ubuntu's Upstart event-based init daemon

Because the traditional System V init daemon (SysVinit) does not deal well with modern hardware, including hotplug devices, USB hard and flash drives, and network-mounted filesystems, Ubuntu replaced it with the Upstart init daemon.

This article is excerpted from the recently published book A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux.

OpenBSD: The installer isn't easy, but the documentation carries the day

If you gripe about a console-based installer, even those as relatively "easy" as Debian, the alternative disc for Ubuntu or even Slackware, then doing a BSD installation isn't for you. (Actually, it is, because DesktopBSD and PC-BSD, both of which I've also installed, make it much, much easier.)

Ubuntu Tweak - Get Under the Hood With This Configuration Tool

Ubuntu Tweak is a utility created to make it easier for users to configure and change a variety of system settings. You can use it to quickly adjust settings for GNOME Panel, Compiz, and Nautilus, along with some more advanced security settings.

Python for Bash scripters: A well-kept secret

Hey you, ya you! Do you write Bash scripts? Come here, I have a secret to tell you. Python is easy to learn, and more powerful than Bash. I wasn’t supposed to tell you this–it’s supposed to be a secret. Anything more than a few lines of Bash could be done better in Python. Python is often just as portable as Bash too. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any *NIX operating systems, that don’t include Python. Even IRIX has Python installed.

The future of XML

The exact time line is a tad uncertain, but where XML is going isn't. XML's future lies with the Web, and more specifically with Web publishing.

XP for OLPC is almost here

It's not like anyone has asked for Windows XP to run on the Linux-powered One Laptop Per Child XO laptop, but Microsoft is getting ready to deliver it to us anyway. In an eWEEK news story by Peter Galli, Orlando Ayala, senior vice president of Microsoft's Unlimited Potential Group, said Microsoft is conducting field trials to make sure that a modified XP Service Pack 2 will run well on the XO. According to Ayala, "We are encouraged by what we have seen of Windows on the XO machine so far, and field trials started at the end of January involving about 200 XO machines running a customized version of Windows XP SP2 with a reduced footprint image."

Open Source Gets a Wall Street Boost

The commoditization of equity trades is giving Web 2.0 open source investment platforms a chance to win converts. An increasing number of Web 2.0 companies are turning to user-generated financial and investing content to give them a strategic advantage in the cut-throat equity trading business.

Hack-the-Mac organisers target Vista & Linux

The organisers of the CanSecWest security conference are talking about giving attendees to this year's event a prize for hacking the two platforms, and another shot at the Mac OS, to "see which one goes first", said Dragos Ruiu, the principal organiser of CanSecWest.

Hitting Microsoft Where It Hurts

This whole cloud-computer effort makes sense for Google to pursue, if it hasn't already grown its own cloud OS in secret. Google already has server-based versions of Google Docs, which duplicate the functions of Microsoft's Office software. However, the Google Apps aren't always as full-featured or heavy-duty as Microsoft's software.

If Torvalds quit Linux would anyone notice?

  • ZDNet Australia; By Munir Kotadia and Chris Duckett (Posted by azerthoth on Feb 7, 2008 8:46 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community, Linux
If Linus Torvalds stepped away from his position as coordinator of the Linux kernel, it is unlikely many people would notice, according to the man himself.

80% of Software Will Be Open source

  • linuxhow2.com; By Peter Cliffe (Posted by amazingkip on Feb 7, 2008 7:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
IT research company predicts that in just four short years, more than 3/4 of all software will be open source.

New consulting company gambles on KOffice demand

Although KOffice has its admirers, in many people's minds, it runs a poor second to OpenOffice.org. However, some European developers expect that situation to change, and to encourage that change, they have created KOfficeSource, a company incorporated in Germany. The company plans to offer support and training not only for KOffice, but also for Open Document Format, and programming using the Qt toolkit. The company's business plan highlights its founders' hopes that KDE-related technologies will become mainstream, and illustrates the current level of acceptance of free software tools in business.

Howto import Cacert (and other authorities) into your browsers

  • The Debian User; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Feb 7, 2008 6:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
This is aimed at beginners - or at least, at non-developers. Every so often, we forget to mention the “easy” stuff like this, and people get confused, or - like in this case - downright frightened by warnings like these: ... (continues with screenshots & explanations)

Web pioneer hits critics with Lisp gauntlet

Maverick programmer and venture capitalist Paul Graham is challenging all comers to beat him after finally releasing a working version of his Lisp update – called Arc. Best known for his pioneering early 1990s work on web development and spam filters, Graham announced in 2001 he was working on an economic version of Lisp, one of the oldest languages still in regular use for production systems - with Cobol and Fortran - that’s used in artificial intelligence programming and considered something for “serious” developers.

Subtitle manipulation tools for Linux

Subtitles may not mean much for the English-speaking part of the world, but for the rest of us, they are the difference between truly enjoying a movie or just watching the screen, trying to decipher the events. While Windows has a nice variety of tools to manipulate subtitles, Linux applications too can accomplish such tasks. From editing to ripping to converting, here is a list of some useful tools.

Hotmail doesn't work with Firefox 2.0: Microsoft answers to GNU/Linux users "Switch to Outlook Express"

I contacted the Hotmail support staff (and for the first time since 1997, I actually got an answer) about the matter. Me: Why, exactly, is “Full” disabled if one masks “Win” as the OS in the User Agent string, considering that Firefox doesn’t use any Windows subsystem other than the TCP/IP stack and GDI? On Windows XP, hiding the fact that I’m using Windows in the UA string disables “Full”, while masquerading as Firefox for Windows under Linux X86-64 (and a 64-bit build of Firefox) “Full” works very well. This is their short answer: Hotmail Staff : Mitch, after reviewing the information you provided, I determined that Microsoft Product Support Services Team could best address your issue. They are tasked to provide all the information you need to be able to configure correctly your Windows Live Hotmail through Outlook Express. Yes, you’ve read that correctly: since Hotmail Full won’t work under Firefox for Linux, configure Outlook Express to access your account.

sudo, or not sudo: that is the question

If you've dabbled even a little bit with security matters, you know that giving root rights or the root password to a common user is a bad idea. But what do you do if a user has a valid need to do something that absolutely requires root rights? The answer is simple: use sudo to grant the user the needed permissions without letting him have the root password, and limit access to a minimum.

Mandriva Directory Server On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Feb 7, 2008 1:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This document describes how to set up the Mandriva Directory Server (MDS) on Debian Etch. The resulting system provides a full-featured office server for small and medium companies - easy to administer via the web-based Mandriva Management Console (MMC).

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