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19" Damn Small Linux-based digital photo frame kit

  •; By Eric K (Posted by ekan on Jun 18, 2007 1:33 PM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP, Linux; Story Type: News Story
My company today launched our 19", Damn Small Linux-based digital photo frame Kit.

Mindquarry digs into OSS project management

Mindquarry 1.1 is the latest release of this open source collaboration and project management tool backed by SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner.

X-Wrt extends OpenWrt router firmware

I've been using OpenWrt on my Linksys router for a year or so. I take it for granted -- I ignore it because it just works. But back at, which is a related project, not a competitor to OpenWrt, developers have been busy creating a new user interface that both extends OpenWrt and makes it easier to use.

Patent threats bad for Microsoft business - Red Hat

Microsoft going around threatening customers with patent litigation does not make good business sense, says Red Hat's David Postel, who was speaking in Johannesburg last week.

Why Microsoft and Linux Companies Are Tying the Knot

Could it be because the move actually makes sense for both the Linux companies and Microsoft?

Google OS Expands: MS, Apple OS and Linux Need Not Worry

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jun 18, 2007 9:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
It's wild, but for a company that has continuously pointed out their lack of interest in getting into the desktop market, Google sure has been pushing the application side of things awfully hard lately.

One Laptop Per Child to begin SA pilot

Russell Southwood caught up last week with Antoine Van Gelder, who is part of OLPC's South African developer programme, to get a better idea of what's being done to get the machine into use in Africa, including a pilot programme in the Eastern Cape.

The Future of Apps: Cross Platform Compatibility

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jun 18, 2007 7:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
These days, virtualization options are a dime a dozen. VMware, Parallels, Win4Lin and so on. But what about running applications natively on a different platform from what they were originally designed for? Ah, now there is the real question: is their enough demand for this?

Achieving Openness: A Closer Look at ODF and OOXML

An open, XML-based standard for displaying and storing data files (text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations) offers a new and promising approach to data storage and document exchange among office applications. A comparison of the two XML-based formats–OpenDocument Format ("ODF") and Office Open XML ("OOXML")–across widely accepted "openness" criteria has revealed substantial differences, including the following:

[Note: Excellent review about the differences between ODF & MS OOXML. -Abe]

Running 32-bit Applications on 64-bit Debian GNU/Linux

  • Debian Administration; By Adam Trickett (Posted by ajt on Jun 18, 2007 6:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
A brief introduction to the various methods of running 32-bit applications on a 64-bit Debian GNU/Linux system.

How to: 3G modem on Ubuntu Feisty

Eager to hop onto the 3G network, James Archibald had to first bang his head against a few hardware compatibility issues. After longer than he would like to admit and many dead ends, he brings these handy pearls of wisdom for anyone in a similar situation.

Creating A Local Yum Repository (CentOS)

  • HowtoForge; By Tim Haselaars (Posted by falko on Jun 18, 2007 3:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Sometimes it can be handy to set up your own repository to prevent from downloading the remote repository over and over again. This tutorial shows how to create a CentOS mirror for your local network. If you have to install multiple systems in your local network then all needed packages can be downloaded over the fast LAN connection, thus saving your internet bandwidth.

KDE Commit-Digest for 17th June 2007

  • KDE Dot News; By Danny Allen (Posted by dcparris on Jun 17, 2007 7:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Work on engine configurability, data management, a packaging system for Plasmoids and themes, and new refinements in desktop icon interaction in Plasma.

Skype staff play good cop bad cop with Linux users

You would think that Skype would be doing all it can to keep us Linux users happy, what with the painfully slow progress in developing a Linux client to date and the release of Skype for Linux 1.4 over the weekend. But customer support at the Skype Linux forums seem to suggest otherwise.

Mint Linux 3.0 Light

The Light edition of the Mint 3.0 Linux distribution is now available. Compared to the regular version of Mint, the Light edition ships without proprietary software, patented technologies, and support for restricted formats. We took a peek this afternoon at this GNOME-based LiveCD distribution.

Thank You Dad!

It took me over a decade to figure out that I wanted to promote Free and Open Source Software. I have one person to thank for getting the gears rolling, and inspiring me to be what I want to be and nothing else that I didn't want to be. Thank you Dad, and Happy Father's Day.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 17-Jun-2007

LXer Feature: 17-Jun-2007

First off, Happy Fathers Day to all you Fathers out there, especially mine. It seems that Microsoft is all over the news this week. Between the Linspire deal, getting help from an old friend in the Justice Department to yet another one of their shills stating that OpenXML really is an open standard. Not to worry though, I have lots of other articles for you to check out.

Microsoft bows to complaint from Linpro

The NCA has been working on Linpro's complaint for a year, looking into both the technological and legal aspects. – We made it clear to Microsoft that we were preparing sanctions, as the school agreements excluxded competitors from this market. Now that they have met our demands, we dismiss the case, says NCA department director Jostein Skaar to Norwegian daily Dagbladet. From now on, schools will only be licensed for PCs actually using Microsoft software, and not for all computers, including PCs using software from competitors like Linux, Mac and

Venezuela Launches Sale of "Bolivarian" Computers

  •; By Chris Carlson (Posted by Abe on Jun 17, 2007 10:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez announced the launch of their "Bolivarian Computers" last week, consisting of four different models produced in Venezuela with Chinese technology. The new computers will run the open-source Linux operating system and will first be used inside the government "missions" and state companies and institutions but eventually are expected to be sold across Venezuela and Latin America. .......
With respect to the operating system, Venezuela has taken a strong position in favor of open-source software in order to "promote technological development" and help "reach technological independence." For this reason the computers will use the open-source Linux, but the components are also compatible with the Windows operating system.

Debian releases fix for Linux kernel 2.6.8 vulnerabilities

According to the mailing list three security vulnerabilites have now been fixed with the release of numerous updates for Linux kernel 2.6.8 as detailed in Debian Security Advisory DSA 1304-1.

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