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Linux Professionals in China: Are they Different?

A couple weeks back I asked a friend, Song Kewei at the OSS Promotion Union , to tell me who he thought the top 10 Open Source professionals in China were. He gave me a list, which I will keep confidential, and from this list I hope to begin giving readers an idea of what type of people are the champions of the Open Source Community in China.

IE users at risk for 284 days in 2006

Exploits and unpatched critical vulnerabilities put the users of Internet Explorer at risk 77 percent of the time last year, according to the latest number crunching by Brian Krebs of the Washington Post's Security Fix blog.

Standards and Disruptive Technology

A story at InformationWeek called Five Disruptive Technologies to Watch in 2007 couldn't help but catch my eye on New Years Day. The reason is that all five technologies, and the strategies of the vendors that are promoting them, rely upon standards – in most cases, fundamentally. That's no surprise, because disruption by definition is painful, and no one in the supply chain (including end users) likes pain. Providing a convincing argument why the resulting pleasure will more than offset the pain is therefore imperative.

Review: 2006: What it All Means for the Penguin

In this guest op-ed piece, Carla Schroder explains how 2006 was the Year of Linux. Really, no kidding.

People Behind KDE: Eike Hein

In a brand new series of People Behind KDE we meet a coder from the KDE heartland, Germany who enables us to communicate with the global developer community through Konversation. Someone who is not satisfied with a static terminal window, tonight's star of People Behind KDE is Eike Hein.

Fonality Releases trixbox 2.0: Leading Asterisk-Based Application Platform for Businesses and Integrators

Installs in less than 15 minutes, and features easy customizable configuration and ‘point-and-click’ updates – Fonality®, a leader in open source, Asterisk®-based IP telephony systems, today released trixbox® 2.0, a free, easy to use, open source telephony and application platform. The new version, available for immediate download, can be installed in less than 15 minutes, supports multiple languages and provides increased reliability and stability, flexible user customization, and support for a wide-range of hardware vendors.

Linux Image Quality Comparison

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jan 5, 2007 2:17 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
With the great deal of articles that we publish in regards to NVIDIA and ATI display drivers, it is very evident that at this time NVIDIA has the lead when it comes to the frame-rate performance -- with their Linux drivers performing nearly the same as their Windows ForceWare counterpart. ATI has been struggling to improve the performance of their fglrx drivers, and while they had made strides last year, they still have a great deal of work ahead of them. However, one of the areas that often is not mentioned in Phoronix articles is the image quality between ATI and NVIDIA's hardware with their respective drivers. In this article today we will be looking at both company's image quality under Linux in video playback and gaming environments.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0 on schedule

The final version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.0 will ship next month, confirmed the software company, which continues to dismiss suggestions that Oracle is stealing its Linux customers by offering lower support costs. Red Hat Enterprise OS Marketing Manager Nick Carr said that the proposed schedule for a downloadable version of RHEL 5.0 is looking good for mid-to-late February, but added that OEM partners may not start to put the operating system onto new servers until later.

Wind River, Kontron to develop Linux-based telecom solutions

Wind River Systems, which deals in Device Software Optimization (DSO), has announced that suppliers of embedded computer technology Kontron has joined its partner program as a strategic partner and will bundle Wind River's Carrier-Grade Linux with Kontron's next generation of Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA), MicroTCA and Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) platforms.

YoYoNation pledges allegiance to open source

In 2005, two former Merrill Lynch techies, young and living large in New York City, left their jobs to start a company based on their favorite pastime: playing with yo-yos. YoYoNation is more than just an online retailer -- it is a community for all things yo-yo, with a mission to make New York the "center of the yo-yo universe." This particular universe runs on open source software.

LinuxQuestions.org Podcast - 01.04.07

The latest LinuxQuestions.org Podcast. Topics include voting has opened for the 2006 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Awards, a new LQ section - LQ Screenshots, LinuxWorld Open Solutions Summit, to binary or not to binary, now Microsoft wants its laptop back and MySQL refines its GPL licensing scheme under MySQL 5.0 and MySQL 5.1.

Linux: Introducing The Data Corruption Bug

When the data corruption bug which is fixed as of 2.6.20-rc3 [story] was still being tracked down [story], it was thought that the bug, a race in shared mmap'ed page writeback, might have been in the 2.6 kernel for a very long time. It has since been determined that the bug was introduced much more recently. Nick Piggin [interview] explains, "this bug was only introduced in 2.6.19, due to a change that caused pte dirty bits to be discarded without a subsequent set_page_dirty() (nowhere else in the kernel should have done this)."

Delve into UNIX process creation

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Sean Walberg (Posted by solrac on Jan 4, 2007 9:33 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Kernel, IBM; Story Type: News Story
Examine the life cycle of a process so that you can relate what you see happening on your system to what's going on within the kernel.

KXDocker: More than a task manager

The basic idea behind Mac OS X's Dock is that when you need an application, you click on its icon on an on-screen bar, and the application is launched (if it has not been yet) or switched to (if it has). Stefano Zingarini has borrowed this concept for KXDocker, a KDE variation of OS X's Dock (which is also usable with GNOME and other desktop environments).

Blogging From Ubuntu Using Drivel

  • ubuntugeek.com (Posted by gg234 on Jan 4, 2007 7:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Drivel is a GNOME client for working with online journals, also known as weblogs or simply blogs. It retains a simple and elegant design while providing many powerful features.

Red Hat Summit 2007 call for sessions

Sessions are 1 hour in length. In the past the most popular format has been 45 minutes of presentation, 15 minutes for Q&A. Some of the best sessions last year were the sessions that were purely Q&A, or involved/encouraged heavy audience participation.

BLAG 60000 Beta Screenshots

Jeff Moe has announced the first beta release of BLAG Linux And GNU 60000: "BLAG 60000 (puente) beta released. BLAG 60000 is a new series with a new base (FC6) and many new applications. Since September 3rd over 50 alpha versions of BLAG 60000 have been spun. Today, this first day of 2007, we have our first beta." What's new? "Kernel 2.6.18; Democracy Player - a very cool Internet TV program; Inkscape - enabled with Inkboard so you can collaboratively work on drawings via Jabber; video editors - Kino for basic usage or Cinelerra for serious movie production; Gaim - handles Jabber, AOL, MSN, IRC, ICQ, Yahoo, and other Instant Messaging networks...." - DistroWatch. Screenshots of BLAG 60000 Beta are available at LinuxQuestions.org.

Change your Network card MAC ( Media Access Control) address

  • debianadmin.com (Posted by gg234 on Jan 4, 2007 5:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Change your Network card MAC ( Media Access Control) address

World Domination 201

In the 1990s Linus Torvalds used to give a talk called World Domination 101 on the early steps he believed Linux would need to take to achieve "world domination — fast" [1]. We've made a lot of progress since then, but Linux desktop market share remains stuck below 5%, which is too low to garner support from hardware vendors in some critical areas like graphics and wireless hardware, and too small a political base from which to effectively oppose software patents, hardware DRM, and other horrors.

Text email clients revisited

  • Linux.com; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 4, 2007 3:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Lately, I've been pining for the simplicity of a text email client. Though Sylpheed has been a reliable workhorse, I decided to survey today's text email clients to see if I should go back to reading email in an xterm. I tested Pine, Cone, Mutt, and nmh to see if any of them were up to the task. For my use, Mutt came out on top, but Pine is also a reasonable alternative if you don't mind the licensing.

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