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Open source gets arty

Open Source software was at the heart of multimedia coverage of this year's National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The Cue Online website is powered by Drupal, while CuePix is running a vanilla installation of Menalto's Gallery2. Cue is the official festival newspaper.

Can Linux Adoption Ever be Accurately Gauged?

Determining usage and growth of Free software has always been a challenge. For over a decade, arguments have been held – sometimes flamewars – whose central point was the usage level of software that is freely distributed. At the center of this debate, one typically finds the GNU/Linux operating system. Endless attempts have been made to count Linux users, but in the end this might always remain an impossibility.

Elive 1.0 is your new Linux gem.

This is the review of the latest stable release of Elive 1.0 which was released on 5th of July 2007. Elive 1.0 will enlighten you with E16 and E17 window manager and also make your PC as stable as a Debian system. Old PC? No problem!

Gentoo staging big UK conference July 14

The Gentoo Linux project team will host its UK 2007 community conference on Saturday, July 14, at University College London. A wide range of topics will be covered, from clustering to KDE, a project spokesperson said on the distro Web site. The event will be held in the Chatwick Lecture Theater at UCL. Doors will open at 10 a.m., and the day will finish at around 5 p.m., the spokesperson said.

Mail Notification helps unclutter the desktop

As its name implies, Mail Notification is a utility for keeping track of incoming mail and reading it in a popup window without activating your mail reader or moving other open applications. Simple to configure and easy to use, it is especially useful for watching multiple mailboxes.

PS3 $100 price cut arrives with hopes of a turnaround

As market watchers have predicted, Sony has dropped the price of its Playstation 3 console by US$100 ahead of the E3 expo in Santa Monica this week. The cut was widely expected but some had thought Sony may wait until closer to the holiday shopping season. The price cut has taken the PS3 60GB down to US$499 while a new 80GB model will fill the previous US$599 slot.

[Considering that it comes with Yellow Dog Linux on it I thought it would be of interest to our readers. - Scott]

Confessions of a Linux Fan: 10 Things You Might Want To Know Before Switching Over To Linux

Linux fans (myself included) love to argue to Windows users how much better the Linuxes are than Microsoft Windows. However (and there's always a however) we tend to be very selective on what we tell you when it comes to the minor details. Take this as a confession, as an admission of those details you might not necessarily like about Linux.

Slackware 12: The anti-'buntu

It's probably safe to say that today's desktop Linux users have come to expect a certain out-of-the-box experience ("OOBE"). This usually includes things like an easy-to-use, graphical installer, a good-looking desktop and graphical configuration tools. And then there's Slackware, which is more traditional. It's got a reputation for sacrificing ease-of-use in favor of letting the end user configure the system and its software by herself.

Python Magazine Lives

I have a confession to make: For the past 6 weeks, I’ve been leading a secret double life. By day, I’m a mild mannered system/network/database admin in academia. I also write some PHP, Perl, and Python code. By night, however, I’m an author and editor. My latest project is bigger than most. In fact, it’s an entire magazine. Devoted to Python. I am the Editor in Chief of the newly launched Python Magazine.

[Note that Python Magazine is a paid-for subscription magazine -- Sander]

Linux VS Windows usability

In my previous article of Why Linux STILL runs faster than Windows a reader left a comment asking about processes, command line interaction and system setup between Linux and Windows. I think what he is really wanting is a comparison of usability between Linux and Windows.

Wine-doors 0.1 aka Vinegar Finger released

I am proud to announce that after just over a year, 809 changes, and before LUG Radio Live wine-doors 0.1 has been branched in SVN, A tarball is available from the downloads page. Wine-doors is an application designed to make installing windows software on Linux, Solaris or other Unix systems easier. It is essentially a package management tool for windows software on Linux systems.

DistroWatch Weekly: First look at Elive 1.0, Kubuntu and KDE 4, NEPOMUK semantic desktop

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jul 9, 2007 1:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 28th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The all-new Slackware Linux 12.0 should have been the major story of the week, but it was the release of Elive 1.0 that stole some of Slackware's thunder; we will take a quick look at the Enlightenment-powered desktop distribution, link to an interesting interview with the project's founder, and explain why DistroWatch provides direct download links to the Elive CD images. In other news, Fedora's Max Spevack talks about the future and vision of the popular distribution, Kubuntu's Jonathan Ridell explains why KDE 4 will not be the default desktop in Gutsy Gibbon, and Mandriva's Adam Williamson introduces NEPOMUK, a new social semantic desktop technology for KDE. All this and more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly. Happy reading!

A brief hands-on with the Intel Classmate PC (with Linux)

Ars Technica recently got its hands on the new Intel Classmate laptop computer, one of the new projects competing for a share of school-aged computer users in developing countries. I was able to survey this machine thanks to Helio Chissini de Castro of Mandriva.

15 minutes to using your existing Windows install & apps in Ubuntu

Here’s a simple guide to using your existing Windows install inside Ubuntu - and still being able to start it from your hard disk if you need. Unlike previous guides, it takes around 15 minutes and doesn’t require any terminal use.

[I've seen lots of VMware tutorials but none that do easy migration of an existing Windows installation. Nice for those who need it. -- Sander]

Microsoft tries evading new GPL grasp

Redmond says it's not a party to the new license. And those Suse Linux coupons won't get you any support guarantees.

Linux: 2.6.22 Kernel Released

Linux creator Linus Torvalds announced the official release of the 2.6.22 kernel, "it's out there now (or at least in the process of mirroring out - if you don't see everything, give it a bit of time)." He summarized the changes since 2.6.22-rc7]: "Not a whole lot of changes since -rc7: some small architecture changes (ppc, mips, blackfin), and most of those are defconfig updates. Various driver fixes: new PCI ID's along with some ide, ata and networking fixes (for example - the magic wireless libertas ioctl's got removed, they may be re-added later, hopefully in a more generic form, but in the meantime this doesn't make a release with new interfaces that aren't universally liked)."

Organizing Information

We all have them; snippets of code, half-written tutorials, cooking recipes, photo galleries, blogs, information about a project or event, and the list goes on. Information can take many forms. Writing a book? Have a document you want the world to be able to access? Wouldn't it be nice to have a central location for all of these things and have them all conform to a common appearance? Or, better yet, a central location where several authors can collaborate on these items?

SwapBoost v0.1alpha - early testers wanted

One of the “cool” features Windows Vista has is the ability to add available space from an inserted USB drive to the virtual memory (swap). I quickly outlined a plan in my head on how it *could* work and after twenty minutes I had a basic implementation. I’d love to get some feedback on this script.

Dell's Linux desktop line keeps expanding

When Dell first announced that it would be releasing Ubuntu Linux-powered consumer desktops and laptops, some people saw it as more of a stunt than a serious business move. They were wrong. Dell has already expanded its consumer Linux line, and now it has announced that it will soon be offering Ubuntu Linux systems outside of the United States and for new businesses.

The Viral Clause

Paradoxically, the viral clause, the part of the GPL licensing framework that so many people objected to because it wasn't business friendly, made the license business friendly - in the future, a license that liberates business from the drug of DRM and the prison of software patents may turn out to have been equally prescient and business friendly...

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