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LXer Weekly Roundup for 02-Dec-2007


LXer Feature: 02-Dec-2007

This week we have the beginnings of a book for Andy Upgrove, a couple articles about Firefox, Richard Stallman's guide to writing, South Africa, Netherlands and Korea move towards ODF support, Ten things you can do to help open source and Microsoft spreads the FUD with a Windows to Linux Security comparison.

War of the Words, Chapter 2 - Products, Innovation and Market Share (an ODF-OOXML eBook)

This is the second chapter in a real-time eBook writing project I launched and explained last week. The following chapter on how Microsoft acquired its dominant position in a few products, and failed to succeed in others, is one of a number of stage-setting chapters to follow. Comments, corrections and suggestions gratefully accepted.

Hardy Heron fixes existing features rather than adding new ones to Ubuntu 8.04

Want a sneaky peek at Ubuntu 8.04? Then you are in luck as the Hardy Heron Tribe 1 Alpha pre-release has just been made available for download.

Ultumix Linux OS 2008 v0.0.1.0 Pre Release is ready for download. Seems Stable.

The Linux OS for Windows users by previous Windows Users.

The Last Farkle

In the spring of 1983 I went to work for Digital Equipment Corporation. At that time Digital was mostly providing support for different flavors of Unix on their PDP-11 and VAX lines of computers for the telephone company and universities that were using them. However, a decision had been made to make and release a binary-only version of the Unix operating system so commercial customers could get it without having to pay the very high source-code license fee that AT&T required of them.

Using KVM On Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)

  • HowtoForge; By Mike Weimichkirch (Posted by falko on Dec 2, 2007 6:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
In this HowTo I will explain how to install and use KVM for running your services in virtual machines. KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a Linux kernel virtualization technique that provides full virtualization by using Intel VT (Vanderpool) or AMD-V (Pacifica).

KDE 4 Delay Causes Panic at the North Pole

  • LinuxLoop.com (Posted by InTheLoop on Dec 1, 2007 9:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor; Groups: KDE
The recent delay of KDE 4 has caused a panic at the North Pole, due to concern over finding replacement toys for all the geeks. Luckily, S. Clause has a plan to turn his elves into programmers.

PatientOS v0.21 Scheduling II released

PatientOS version 0.21 adds major scheduling functionality. Appointment types can be defined in batches , double or any number of overbooking predefined on the schedule with all appointments defined with a custom color. Appointments can be rescheduled. Multiple resources viewed by day or week. Custom work schedules, blocking out of schedules.

Small Linux-powered NAS device attracts a community

  • wolfgang.lonien.de; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Dec 1, 2007 2:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
For me, it started like it did for others as well - I first saw an ad from the German company Raidsonic about their IB-NAS4220-B in some computer magazine. Then I tried it in my favourite search engine, and ended up in a German-speaking forum, where people discussed their experiences with it. Now one of the most active forum members, Thomas Knoefel of the software division of IBM Germany, started a community Wiki around the device - both in English and in German.

KDE 4.0 to be Released in January

The KDE Release Team has decided to release KDE 4.0 this coming January. The release was originally planned for mid-December. The KDE developers want to solve a couple of essential issues before releasing. Having solved some of those issues, among which were glitches in the visual appearance, and in Konqueror, the KDE community hopes to have a KDE 4.0 that will live up to the high expectations for it.

This week at LWN: Memory Part 8: Future technologies

In the preceding sections about multi-processor handling we have seen that significant performance problems must be expected if the number of CPUs or cores is scaled up. But this scaling-up is exactly what has to be expected in the future. Processors will get more and more cores, and programs must be ever more parallel to take advantage of the increased potential of the CPU, since single-core performance will not rise as quickly as it used to.

Nintendo's ES Operating System

ES is an interesting looking open source research OS created by Nintendo. It runs natively on x86 and qemu. The kernel is written in C++ it uses an ECMAScript interpreter for all of the userland and it uses Cairo for graphics and even has a port of Squeak.

Mozilla Swats Firefox Bug With a Patch

Mozilla has issued a fix for a bug found in an update issued earlier this week. Officials at Mozilla said they have released an update to fix a flaw in the recently released 2.0.0.10 version of their Firefox browser. It is the first time ever Mozilla has released two versions of the open-source browser in the same week. When Mozilla released Firefox 2.0.0.10 Monday, it included a bug in its rendering canvas HTML elements. Canvas elements allow for dynamic, scriptable rendering of bitmap images in HTML.

The Convenient Fiction of Distributions

I am increasingly convinced all of the arguments between Linux distributions are going to become moot very soon. If they aren't there already. Not that I have anything against diversity, mind you. I have (and will) actively support the right to create and use any Linux distribution you want. My concern is, I think the distributions are becoming so similar in their construction, and the differences between them so subtle, the whole notion of distribution superiority is completely moot.

Lawyers: Vista branding confused even Microsoft

Lawyers for plaintiffs in a case brought against Microsoft over Vista's marketing have claimed that even the software giant's marketing director was confused by the pre-launch campaign in the United States. The case involves the way Microsoft marketed PCs as "Windows Vista capable" prior to the consumer launch of the operating system in January.

[Looks like even Microsoft doesn't know which computers can actually handle a Vista upgrade - Scott]

Could Linux Help Bring Both Koreas Together?

People in South Korea speak of folks in North Korea more as lost brothers than bitter enemies. Over the years the two have made various rapprochements, but now it looks like North and South are teaming up on a whole new kind of joint project: a Korean-language Linux distribution.

SeaMonkey 1.1.7 Released

A stability and security update to SeaMonkey, the community-driven continuation of the all-in-one Mozilla Application Suite, has been released. As detailed in the SeaMonkey 1.1.7 section of the Mozilla Foundation Security Advisories page, the upgrade includes the same security patches as Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.10, which was also made available this week.

Easy Sharing with Lotus Quickr Web Services

Access content where and when you need it with Lotus Quickr Web services. In this article, we introduce the basic operations you can perform using Lotus Quickr Web services and some of the best practices that you should follow when interacting with these services.

Sun accused of hardball open source project tactics

Neil Wilson, a recently laid-off Sun Microsystems employee and a former owner of the OpenDS project, has accused his ex-boss of using strong-arm tactics to keep control of his project. In an open letter Wilson said he's finally gone public to "clear the air" having kept quit for fear of potential retaliation from Sun. Retaliation in this case meant lost severance.

Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.11 Fixes Canvas Regression

The Mozilla Corporation today released Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.11, the second minor update to the browser delivered this week. This upgrade has been rushed out to fix a regression introduced in Firefox 2.0.0.10, which broke the drawImage method of the canvas element.

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