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Should we really be *happy* about AMD's release of specs?

"It is AMDs duty to release both specifications and drivers for their cards. It is the ONLY ethical and fair thing to do. So to be happy that they released specs is like a chained man being happy for having its one arm being unchained even though the other is still tight under lock."

Designing Web Navigation

The key to Kalbach's expertise in writing this book is his current role as a Human Factors Engineer at LexisNexis. For those of you who don't know, Human Factors or Usability is the study of how well web users with varying degrees of experience and skill are able to maneuver through your website. While you may think you've designed and launched a really cool website or the average home user, if my Mother can't figure out how to get from the home page to the product page she wants to look at or can't find her way from the product page to where she needs to go to either download a demo or get to the shopping cart, you're website turns out not looking so cool.

Linux in 1910, according to Google Timeline

Fire up the De Lorean Marty, we've got to go back and correct the Linux time line!

Ripping and Encoding Audio Files in Linux

  • PolishLinux.org; By Rafał Topolnicki (Posted by michux on Oct 25, 2007 7:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
Listening to the music played back from original audio CDs on a home computer creates clear discomfort — the CD drive is being blocked and the CDs have to be changed again and again (unless you have a home jukebox). Now it’s time we learn to rip (grab) our own audio collection and save it to a hard disk in the form of .mp3, .ogg, or .flack files.

Setting Up Master-Master Replication With MySQL 5 On Debian Etch

Since version 5, MySQL comes with built-in support for master-master replication, solving the problem that can happen with self-generated keys. In former MySQL versions, the problem with master-master replication was that conflicts arose immediately if node A and node B both inserted an auto-incrementing key on the same table. The advantages of master-master replication over the traditional master-slave replication are that you do not have to modify your applications to make write accesses only to the master, and that it is easier to provide high-availability because if the master fails, you still have the other master.

Gentleware Unveils New Apollo for Eclipse and openArchitectureWare Eclipse Distribution

With two fresh Eclipse offerings, the Eclipse Foundation member Gentleware AG further expands beyond UML to delve deeper into model-driven software development.

Novell might never get a penny from SCO

Can the SCO Linux wars get any crazier? Err, yes, of course they can :)

Tutorial: Font Management In Linux, Part 2

Last week we learned some useful tips about font management in Linux. Today we're going to learn a few more ways to preview fonts, how to view font character maps, how to manage console fonts, and how to design your own fonts.

Ubuntu trend slowly overcomes XP

  • A Division by Zer0; By Db0 (Posted by db0 on Oct 25, 2007 4:21 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft, Ubuntu
After noticing the Google Trends from a lifehacker post, I decided to check out how well Linux is faring against windows. Initially I compared Linux and Windows which gave a huge difference for windows. This is understandable since Linux is not the main environment but rather the core. I then decided to check the actual desktop that someone might use, and the result were interesting

Ubuntu 7.10 is outstanding

Canonical this month released Ubuntu 7.10, codenamed Gutsy Gibbon. Like the Feisty Fawn release before it, Gutsy is a bleeding-edge distribution with a focus on new features and the newest free software applications. It's a speedy operating system with great new features and only a few minor issues. Ubuntu comes in three main flavors. Ubuntu features GNOME as its desktop, Kubuntu uses KDE, and Xubuntu ships with Xfce. Other derivatives of Ubuntu include Gobuntu, which contains only free software and no closed source elements, and Edubuntu, which was designed for use in classrooms.

Wikipedia founder to launch SA academies

Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, will be in South Africa next month to promote the growth of the online encyclopedia in the country's various local languages through the launch of two Wikipedia Academies.

Install multimedia codecs in Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon in 2 easy steps

  • linuxhelp.blogspot.com; By Ravi (Posted by dsTst on Oct 25, 2007 2:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This article explains how you can install all the multimedia codecs to play any music or video file in Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon.

Why Linux might feel at home on your desktop

Conclusion: At the end of the day Linux is all about choice. For developers and power users this is a good thing, as it lets them set up things exactly as they want to have them. Unfortunately average users have to take a back seat because the practicality of the interface doesn’t take a high enough priority. In this way the lowest common denominator isn’t appealed to, users either have to learn to use or completely avoid Linux. This is in contrast to Windows, where things are designed with the average user very much in mind. OS X attempts to make the best of both worlds, making accessing programs easy but providing a bit more under the hood, without the flexibility of choice. By virtue of choice alone Linux may be the best option if neither Windows nor OS X sit right, and as it gets easier and easier to install it should become a more and more viable option.

Alan Cox on open-source development vs. proprietary development

Alan Cox emailed me this morning to note a presentation he gave way back in 2000 called "Dear Mr Brooks, or: Software engineering in the free software world." It's no surprise to me that my recent blog post (on the topic of optimally sized development teams) was better articulated by Alan many years ago. What was surprising is just how prescient Alan's talk was. And how informative. For anyone who has ever wondered how open-source software development works compared to proprietary-software development, this is an absolute must read.

Open Source as standard option in home routers

Yesterday, Buffalo Technology and the German-based New Media Net published a press release claiming that from now on, you can buy Buffalo’s WHR-HP-G54 Router with the open source DD-WRT firmware. You’ll get the usual 2-year guarantee here in Germany, which you would lose with installing free software on most vendors’ products yourself.

UPDATE: NY investment management company offers to buy SCO for $36M

The SCO Group is seeking U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval to sell its Unix business to a New York investment management firm for $36 million, according to documents filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Lindon company said it sought court approval on Tuesday for an agreement it entered into with JGD Management Corp. doing business as New York-based investment firm York Capital Management LLC, to sell "substantially all assets used by (SCO) in connection with its Unix business and certain related claims in litigation." The offer also includes up to $10 million in funding for SCO's litigation expenses.

Red Hat voices concerns over Microsoft patent model

While Red Hat welcomed Microsoft's recent decision to comply with the European Court of First Instance's antitrust ruling, Michael Cunningham, general counsel for Red Hat, stated that the company was still concerned about Microsoft's patent model. "We are reviewing the European Commission's announcement in the Microsoft abuse case and congratulate the Commission on the improvements announced [on Monday]," Cunningham said in a statement. "Our enthusiasm is somewhat tempered, however, by concerns that the patent arrangements may have not been made compatible with open-source licensing".

Mobile Linux device stack gains motion detection

Trolltech is extending its Qtopia embedded Linux development platform with iPhone-like motion control. Thanks to a partnership with motion-control software firm F-Origin, Qtopia developers will soon be able to trick out their mobile devices with interfaces that respond to landscape/portrait rotation, gestures, and gravity.

Ubuntu Gutsy Internet Help

  • Lockergnome Linux Fanatics; By Matt Hartley (Posted by extradudeguy on Oct 25, 2007 8:56 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
So you just upgraded to Ubuntu Gutsy and you cannot get the Internet to work? You appear to have a LAN connection or Network-Manager is allowing you to connect to your access point, yet when you type in http://www.google.com, the domain will not resolve - it just keeps reading ‘connecting’. Why? Use of Gutsy’s own implementation of ipv6 - 99% of the time.

LPI Exam 301: Concept, Architecture, and Design

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Sean A. Walberg (Posted by IdaAshley on Oct 25, 2007 8:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, LPI
Prepare for the Linux certification exam or simply build fundamental skills on Linux systems administration in this six-part tutorial series on exam 301 topics. In this tutorial Sean Walberg introduces you to Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) concepts, architecture, directory design, and schemas.

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