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Where Fedora Went Wrong

Last month Eric S. Raymond made a public announcement on the Fedora developer’s list that he was giving up on Fedora Core and that from now on Ubuntu is his distribution of choice. Actually it was more of a rant than an announcement. ESR’s scatter shot attack on Fedora was wrong in more ways than I care to comment about here. Chromatic did a nice job of attacking the rant on several key points. He also pointed out quite correctly that ESR’s accomplishments as an Open Source activist didn’t make his changing distributions newsworthy.

"Keep it simple" CRUX Linux rolls latest rev

The Sweden-based CRUX project team this week announced the release of CRUX 2.3, an independent, lightweight, i686-optimized Linux distribution designed for advanced Linux users. The latest version features a 2.6.20.3 kernel and the WMaker desktop environment.

Linux grabs 30% of China's fast-growing smartphone market

China consumed 15 million smartphones in 2006, up from 10 million units in 2005, resulting in more than doubling of smartphone revenues, according to Chinese market research firm CCID Consulting Company. Symbian controlled 63.2 percent of the market, followed by Linux (30.3 percent) and Windows Mobile (5.4 percent).

Feds mandates 'secure' Windows set-up

One registry setting to rule them all. Changes in US government purchasing policies due to come into effect this summer could have a huge effect on computer security, particularly for Windows desktops.

Software-as-a-service vendor stands by open source infrastructure

  • ITManagersJournal; By Tina Gasperson (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 23, 2007 3:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In 1996, Curt Finch realized that simple time management could make or break a company. He'd seen something as simple as a timesheet help the small business he cofounded make millions and compete with much larger competitors. And since he'd "grown up" with open source, he was confident he could use it to create a timesheet application based on the software-as-a-service model.

Add Your Own Linux System Calls

Linux system calls -- we use them every day. But do you know how a system call is performed from user-space to the kernel? Explore the Linux system call interface (SCI), learn how to add new system calls (and alternatives for doing so), and discover utilities related to the SCI.

Go Daddy Donates to Open Source

Domain registrar and Web hosting provider Go Daddy (godaddy.com) announced on Thursday it is supporting open source applications by giving cash donations totalling $20,000 to assist in further development of their applications. The company has donated $10,000 each to content management system Joomla and online community forum Simple Machines Forum.

RaveHD uses Linux to help movie studios process raw video

SpecSoft's Linux-powered RaveHD DDR-VTR system is not a video editing tool for home users or small-time professionals. It's a system that stores, manipulates, and plays back uncompressed video that can be turned into film clear enough to fill a Hollywood movie theater's wide screen. It's what you need when the file size of each frame in your video is measured in gigabytes and your whole project takes up multiple terabytes of storage, and you have not just one or two but 100 or 200 animators and post-production people working for you. At this level of video and film production, says SpecSoft co-founder Ramona Howard, the question isn't why you develop your utility programs in Linux, but why you would even consider using a proprietary operating system.

Cursor ghosting on X

A couple of times I’ve had users complaining about cursor “ghosting” problems while running Gnome - that if typing something, the cursor seems to rewrite itself as it normally would (to move along the line) but not to delete the old cursor positions. So you wind up with a line of cursors. Admittedly this is not disastrous but it is irritating.

More on Regional Ruby Conferences

The2007 MountainWest RubyConf (MWRC) has come and gone, leaving onlypictures, memories, and a promise of videos to come. Of course, this isn't the end of regional Ruby conferences in 2007. TheGotham Ruby Conference (GoRuCo), andSDForum are both coming up in April, while theMichigan Ruby Conference, and the2007 Ruby Hoedown both look like great opportunities to mingle with Rubyists.

Can Linux save Mot's mobile phone biz?

In an effort to cut costs and boost margins, Motorola will reportedly use its Linux/Java based mobile phone operating system across "all mid- and high-tier devices." The beleaguered communications company will fall $1 billion short of analyst expectations this quarter, due to a slump in its mobile phone busines

VLC beyond the basics

VideoLAN's VLC is a cross-platform media player with a simple interface that doesn't require a degree in rocket science to operate. That doesn't mean, however, that VLC is a simplistic application: it has a few tricks up its sleeve that can significantly extend its functionality and enhance your user experience. Here are a couple of VLC's nifty features you might want to try.

News: Novell Seeks Partners Across Linux/Windows Integration, Security, And More

Novell is now on the lookout for more partners to work on-site at customer locations to help out with product maintenance and optimization. Opportunities with Novell are also especially strong for VARs with interest and abilities in Linux/Windows integration, security and identity management, and customization of thin client environments, various officials said at BrainShare.

Will PHP Bring Simplicity to AJAX?

  • InternetNews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 22, 2007 8:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
PHP is one of the most widely used languages on the Web today. Yet despite that fact there is no "P" in AJAX (define), Zend co-founder Andi Gutmans believes that PHP could be the glue that makes AJAX work better. Gutmans began his session at AJAXWorld here this week by noting that there are many different AJAX libraries for PHP. The problem is that there is no standard for doing AJAX with PHP. That's about to change. A new effort led by Zend is looking to provide a standard way to build AJAX with PHP.

Chess engines for Linux

Chess engines for Linux are comparable in strength to commercial chess engines available for other platforms. Here's a look at the features of half a dozen of the most well-known chess engines for Linux.

Microsoft tips for pitching to Linux geeks

Sometimes something appears that makes you scratch your head so much that you fear that you may inflict a self-imposed scalping, such was the dandruff clearing delusion caused by this site: http://www.linuxpersonas.com. In my opinion I think the way to beat a competing operating system is to make a technically superior one that is easier to use and more secure. As the market share leader I would assume that this would be par for the course.

Microsoft Brings Linux To The Desktop

LXer.com recently published a news story that revealed Microsoft's attempt to "train" its sales force and customer-base in "fending off the Linux Surge". Did you get that? Microsoft has decided that Linux is indeed a threat to their monopoly and that extreme measures are indeed in order. Here is the joke most of us aren't getting. We argue, scream at one another, and basically run the topic into the ground...

Remote access in Linux

  • PolishLinux.org; By Borys Musielak (Posted by michux on Mar 22, 2007 5:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNOME, KDE, Linux
If you have ever tried to access a Windows box remotely, it is very likely you suffered a lot of frustration. Remote desktop works great… but only when you have a stable broadband connection to your remote machine. In GNU/Linux you (as usual) have a choice – you can connect remotely, both graphically and text-based (for maximum performance) using at least a few methods described in the article.

Virtual Users And Domains With Postfix, Courier And MySQL (Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Mar 22, 2007 4:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This document describes how to install a Postfix mail server that is based on virtual users and domains, i.e. users and domains that are in a MySQL database. I'll also demonstrate the installation and configuration of Courier (Courier-POP3, Courier-IMAP), so that Courier can authenticate against the same MySQL database Postfix uses. The resulting Postfix server is capable of SMTP-AUTH and TLS and quota. In addition to that, this tutorial covers the installation of Amavisd, SpamAssassin and ClamAV so that emails will be scanned for spam and viruses.

Open Source ERP company in Europe's top 100

Red Herring has announced that Openbravo has been named as a member of Red Herring 100 Europe, an award given to the top 100 private technology companies based in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region each year.

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