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Basic tips for optimizing SuSE

  • Linuxblogger; By larrydag (Posted by larrydag on Dec 14, 2005 1:52 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE
We all would love to blow our next paycheck to get the latest hardware. Yet there are ways we can be frugal with our money and get the most out of our Linux box. I decided to explore some of the ways SuSE users can really get the most bang out of their system. These tips can really be used on most any system but I am going to show them in reference to SuSE 10.0 with KDE.

Linux: Dropping Support for GCC 2.95

Four months ago a debate on thelkml suggested that support for GCC 2.95 would be around for a long time [story], but a more recent thread suggests otherwise. 2.6 maintainer Andrew Morton put together a small patch to remove support for 2.95, and discussion continued to explore which versions of GCC 3.x should be supported. Andrew explained:

"2.95.x is basically buggered at present. There's one scsi driver which doesn't compile due to weird __VA_ARGS__ tricks and the rather useful scsi/sd.c is currently getting an ICE. None of the new SAS code compiles, due to extensive use of anonymous unions. The V4L guys are very good at exploiting the gcc-2.95.x macro expansion bug (_why_ does each driver need to implement its own debug macros?) and various people keep on sneaking in anonymous unions.

"It's time to give up on it and just drink more coffee or play more tetris or something, I'm afraid."

Ubuntu Server Project Unleashed!

  • Mailing list; By Jeff Waugh (Posted by bstadil on Dec 14, 2005 1:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
The Ubuntu Server Team is established to pursue short term, high impact goals for the Ubuntu 6.04 release, such as server hardware testing and kernel quality assurance. Plans are laid for future developments in "Just Works" server setup and operation.

Altiris Recognized as a Red Herring Small Cap 100

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 14, 2005 12:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Altiris, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATRS), a pioneer of IT lifecycle management solutions that reduce the total cost of owning IT resources, today announced that it has been selected by Red Herring magazine as one of the inaugural Red Herring Small Cap 100.

Updating KDE at the Appeal initiative

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 14, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
As the release of KDE 3.5 draws near, work is already underway at the Appeal project to integrate 3.5's major changes into the 4.0 series. Subprojects beneath Appeal's umbrella target simplified usability and progressive adjustments to the graphical user interface: The Tenor and Plasma projects will add functionality, while Oxygen and Coolness will enhance visual freshness.

Free Pascal speeding along

The latest version of Free Pascal is out now. The open source compiler for the language with a long history goes head-to-head with the likes of GCC, wooing developers wanting to build the fastest darn software that they can get.

Gizmo Touts One Cent Calling

  • Light Reading (Posted by bstadil on Dec 13, 2005 11:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Gizmo Project, free voice communication software for your computer, announces 1 cent per minute calling to U.S. phones effective immediately. This marks the lowest per minute rate for calling U.S. phone numbers. This new rate makes calling the U.S. twice as affordable as compared to Skype and Yahoo.

[ed- Note Gizmo is SIP based and has a cool integration with Google maps. -bstadil]

EDGE Tech Corp Announces Portable Flash Drive With Muscle - the New 8GB DiskGO!(TM) Now Available; Swap and Go With This Secure Thumb-Sized Flash Drive

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Dec 13, 2005 11:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
DALLAS, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- EDGE Tech Corp (http://www.edgetechcorp.com ), a leading supplier of DRAM and flash memory upgrades, portable computing products, storage devices, and other personal technology solutions is pleased to announce the latest USB flash drive addition to the company's DiskGO!(TM) line -- the new 8GB DiskGO! USB 2.0 Flash Drive. With a sleek silver design, the eight-gigabyte unit is approximately the size of a thumb and can hold thousands of pictures, music files, data files, or documents from a user's computer -- all with one "plug- and-go" step. The unit is priced at $599 and will be sold to the channel and from the company's Web site, http://www.edgetechcorp.com/store/EDGDMDGDISKGO.htm .

Apache database slips out with Sun

  • Reg Developer (Posted by bstadil on Dec 13, 2005 10:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Sun Microsystems is to ship an open source edition of an IBM database with its Solaris stack to reinforce its credentials as a database distributor.

Wikipedia: fitting the open source framework

  • ZDNet UK; By Daniel Terdiman (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 9:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The online encyclopaedia Wikipedia is often referred to as an open source project because it is written, edited and policed by a global group of volunteers.

However, the open source label doesn't really fit Wikipedia. Free-for-all, in fact, may be a better match.

Desktop battle looms in China, Red Flag VP says

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dcparris on Dec 13, 2005 9:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Zhongyuan Zheng, vice president of Red Flag Software Co. Ltd. of Beijing, said he believes the next big battleground in China (as well as throughout the world, but in China now) will be the desktop, with desktop Linux continuing to creep in and fight Windows dominance in the country.

Fun With Makefiles

Make is a phenomenally useful utility that is included with most UNIX-like systems. There are a number of different flavours of make, with the most common being GNU Make, included with most Linux distributions and OS X.

Open Source Java

  • http://www.interition.net; By Kapil Sharma works as a Chief technical Architect for Interition Ltd. Interition provides provides s (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 13, 2005 7:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
There is some question as to whether Java can be considered Open Source but there are now many software applications written in Java that carry an OSI Certified Open Source Software License.

Not All Welcome Open XML Standard

Some critics dismiss Microsoft's proposed Open XML standard as little more than marketing, while others wonder just how"open" this standard really will be.

IBM Toolkit for MPEG-4 v1.2.7 Released

IBM Toolkit for MPEG-4 consists of a set of Java classes and APIs with five sample applications: three cross-platform playback applications and two tools for generating MPEG-4 content for use with MPEG-4-compliant devices. Version 1.2.7 now has RTSP/RTP streaming compatibility updates and new improvements.

Report of the KDE Quality Assurance Meeting

On the weekend of December 10th & 11th, a small group of nine KDE contributors met in Hamburg to work on quality assurance checks for KDE's code base. This not only covered C++ sourcecode but also other aspects such as checking the state of the API documentation, looking for common errors in KDE's manuals and evaluating the usability of KDE applications. Read on for the full report.

Microsoft warns of 'critical' Windows security flaw

  • Reuters (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 4:53 PM EDT)
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday warned users of its Windows operating system of a "critical" security flaw in its software that could allow attackers to take complete control of a computer.

The world's largest software maker issued a patch to fix the problem as part of its monthly security bulletin. The problem mainly affects the Windows operating system and Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser.

Computer security experts and Microsoft urged users to download and install the patch available at http://www.microsoft.com/security.

Microsoft said the vulnerability exists in its Internet Explorer Web browser, which an attacker could exploit to take over a PC by running software code after luring users to malicious Web pages.

Lightweight windowing system supports embedded Linux

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 4:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A free software project based in Instanbul has released a portable, embedded client-server windowing system. The Xynth Windowing System, released under the GPL, offers a lightweight GUI-capable windowing system usable in Linux-based embedded systems and devices, such as handhelds and set-top boxes.

Debian Weekly News - December 13th, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 4:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 50th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community.

Linux Games Update: UT2004 and Quake 4

  • LinuxHardware.org (Posted by tadelste on Dec 13, 2005 3:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Here are the latest patches just released for both UT2004 and Quake 4 for Linux.

Icculus has released an update to the UT2004 3369 patch. 3369.1 fixes the following from 3369:

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