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LXer Weekly Roundup for 04-Nov-2007


LXer Feature: 04-Nov-2007

I have a slew of great articles for you in this week's Roundup starting with a trick most FOSS users already know of, how to crack Windows passwords with Linux. Plus Andy Updegrove sets the Record Straight on (Non)Voting in SC 34, Phoronix reviews ATI: Linux vs. Windows Vista, François Bancilhon of Mandriva writes an open letter to Steve Ballmer, new Asus laptop and Everex desktop offerings, an interview with Pamela Jones of Groklaw, Carla Schroder's Tutorial: Linux Backups For Real People, Part 1 and an Italian Judge Tells HP To Refund Pre-Installed XP.

Installing Songbird 0.3 Developer Pre-Release On Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Nov 4, 2007 7:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This guide shows how to install the Songbird media player (0.3 Developer Pre-Release) on an Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) desktop. Songbird is a free software audio player with media database capabilities written using XUL and VLC, with an interface similar to Apple's iTunes. From the Songbird web site: "Songbird is a desktop media player mashed-up with the Web. Songbird is committed to playing the music you want, from the sites you want, on the devices you want, challenging the conventions of discovery, purchase, consumption and organization of music on the Internet."

ATI Open vs. Closed-Source Drivers

This past Friday we had delivered benchmarks comparing the performance of the open-source Radeon driver against the new closed-source fglrx driver from AMD. These benchmarks had just looked at the AIGLX performance when using Compiz on an Ubuntu 7.10 desktop. In all of the benchmarks except one, the fglrx driver had carried a staggering lead over the open-source competition. In addition to these Compiz benchmarks, on the same system we had also ran some additional benchmarks to see for gaming and 2D rendering how the two ATI Linux drivers compare.

BBC loses 97200 Linux users

How many Linux users does the BBC website get, out of the 17 million who visit? You would not think that was too difficult a question for the director of technology at the BBC to answer, would you?

Choice: The system of Checks and Balances in Linux

In a recent article on Desktoplinux.com, Kevin Carmony, former CEO of Linspire, reported that he has switched to Ubuntu. In the same article he also said that as Linux becomes more mainstream there would be a consolidation of Linux on the desktop. By this, I presume he meant that only a few of the big Linux distributors would be vying for the desktop space through OEM deals. This makes a lot of sense as consumers would be confused by the offering of literally hundreds of distros on various models of computers. But it also raises questions about what consolidation would mean to Linux in the future.

[An excellent article submitted to LXer by one of our readers - Scott]

Document Format Dispute Spills into the Open

The recent decision by the Open Document Foundation to substitute the World Wide Web Consortium's Compound Document Format in place of the format it was set up to promote, the Open Document Format, has sparked a contentious debate over what shape the format should take. Open document advocates are debating fundamental questions about whether there should be a single document format or multiple formats that interoperate, and the relative importance of format and applications.

How to install Looking Glass on Debian or Ubuntu

Looking Glass is another 3D Windows manager for Linux, it comes from SUN and it is based on Java, here is how to install it on Debian Etch, the same apply for Ubuntu.

gOS 1.0 Screenshots

  • TCS (Posted by lqsh on Nov 3, 2007 9:42 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
We're creating an OS ecosystem that is complete. We come with all the software you need to browse the web, email, instant message... play movies, music, and connect to iPods... create and edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, images... out of the box. Plug and play! We recommend Google for just about everything... Gmail, Gtalk, Calendar, Maps, Docs and Spreadsheets, and more. We'd like to welcome you to the idea that Google already is your "operating system."

Seven Wonders of the Linux World

Seven Wonders of the Linux World, there should be more than seven, but to keep it short, here are only seven, maybe not the most important for some people.

gOS: The Conceptual Google OS Screenshots

Earlier this week Everex launched the gPC TC2502, which is a sub-$200 PC sold at a major US retailer, but what makes this unique is that it runs the gOS. The gOS (GreenOS) is designed to be a conceptual Google Operating System that is based upon Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon. Though this is not the conventional GNOME desktop environment but an Enlightenment E17 desktop is used that is heavily modified and reflects a green Google theme. The gOS provides easy access to Google services such as YouTube, Google Product Search, Google Calendar, and Google Maps. Also a click away are other web services such as Wikipedia and Facebook.

I am a hacker, so I use Linux

This is a humorous article. Here are many tips for you to become a true hacker.
For those who want to understand the c0wb0y spirit.

Swap Over NFS

"The problem with swap over network is the generic swap problem: needing memory to free memory. Normally this is solved using mempools, as can be seen in the BIO layer," explained Peter Zijlstra. "Swap over network has the problem that the network subsystem does not use fixed sized allocations, but heavily relies on kmalloc(). This makes mempools unusable."

Ubuntu Studio 7.10 Screenshots

  • TCS (Posted by lqsh on Nov 3, 2007 3:45 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
The Ubuntu Studio team is proud to announce its sophomore release: Ubuntu Studio 7.10. With this release Ubuntu Studio offers a pre-made selection of packages, targeted at audio, video and graphics users. Ubuntu Studio greatly simplifies the creation of Linux-based multimedia workstations.

When open source projects close the process, something's wrong

Twice in recent weeks open source projects have surprised me with their lack of openness. In both cases, developers acted or spoke out in such a way as to intentionally push other developers away from their work.

My first OpenBSD

I love the whole idea behind BSD. Supposedly, unlike Linux, there are real adults working in a more rational, less chaotic manner on the various distros (including FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD and the FreeBSD offshoots PC-BSD and DesktopBSD). But when it comes to actually trying to install and run BSD, I've hit plenty of roadblocks.

Fedora 8 RC3 Screenshots

  • TCS (Posted by lqsh on Nov 3, 2007 1:07 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora
Fedora 8 Release Candidate 3 has been released on the torrent site. Both DVD and Live images have been provided.

Model-Driven Development Tool for Parallel Applications

Developing applications that take advantage of multi-core capabilities is still complex and challenging. Model-Driven Development Tool for Parallel Applications helps with these difficulties. With it, you can extend UML modeling that generates parallel code, and supports concurrent patterns for multi-core environments.

Sabayon 1.1 Professional Screenshots

We are happy to announce Sabayon Linux 1.1 Professional Edition. Distribution updates: Live boot is now 3 times faster thanks to our improved OpenGL configuration tool; updated KDE to 3.5.7, WINE to 0.9.47; added Nopaste; kernel 2.6.23.1 with the addition of rt2x00 tree patches for more wireless drivers support and latest ACPI patches for support on Fujitsu laptops; changed Sabayon artwork to match latest art changes in Sabayon style;

Microsoft vs. Mandriva, aka Godzilla vs. Bambi

A few days ago I was going to write up how French Linux distributor Mandriva had signed up a deal to deliver 17,000 Intel-powered Classmate PCs with a customized version of Mandriva Linux 2007, built on Mandriva Flash technology, to Nigerian schoolchildren. It wasn't a big deal, but it was still one more small step forward for Linux desktops.

Systems 2k7 in Munich

I’ve thought about it for quite a time now. Should I write up a report on Systems? What happened? And was that the usual and to-be-expected stuff? How was it after all? No, I don’t have pictures - I never even thought of bringing a camera. But on Thursday, we had a party, mostly organized by Simon (thanks!), and all in all Systems 2007 was a great experience.

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