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I really wanted to install ZenWalk 4.6.1, but it was not to be. Add it to the list of distros that won't boot on my test machine, the VIA C3 1 GHz thin client. I don't quite understand it, because Slackware 12 boots (with the huge.s kernel), as does Vector Linux 5.8. So I shrunk my Slackware partition just enough to squeeze Vector Standard on there again.
Two years ago, Bob Frankston wrote Why Settle for Just 1%? while in the midst of his ramp-up as a Verizon FiOS customer. The question is still on the table. I'd like us to help answer it by re-phrasing the question: What could we, as Linux developers and users, do with fiber to our homes and businesses? The answer should look like good business for the Verizons, RCNs, Comcasts and other fiber-deployers to be in. Let's help them imagine benefits to carrier incumbency other than doing the same old thing, only faster.
A new conversation window interface and a revamped formatting toolbar make Pidgin 2.1.0 a compelling upgrade for existing users, but if you want or need a multi-protocol client that supports voice or video chat, you'll still need to look elsewhere.
A few quickies again this week: the 4th Trophées du Libre (International Free Software Awards) contest is open. Please consider submitting your favourite KDE applications since the award is some €3000 in each category. Also new this week: Nikolaj Hald Nielsen has announced that he is being hired full time to work on Amarok, courtesy of the Magnatune music store. (Don't worry, this doesn't exclude support for other music stores). PyQt released a new version of their bindings. And every once in a while, we stumble upon an old piece of KDE history that just needs to be shared. Check out this 1998 Interview with KDE's grand-daddy: Matthias Ettrich.
The People Behind KDE series takes a temporary break, as we talk to students who are working on KDE as part of the Google Summer of Code 2007 - in the first of four interview articles, meet Aleix Pol Gonzàlez, Piyush Verma, Mike Arthur and Nick Shaforostoff!
Another beautiful creation of SimplyMEPIS from MEPIS LLC is on the way. Here is the screenshots of this SimplyMEPIS 7.0 prebeta.
It appears that Vector Linux is moving to a faster release schedule. Vector Linux SOHO 5.8 is only a few months old but the first release candidate of Vector Linux SOHO 5.8.6 has been announced:
Axion Racing was the first team to autonomously drive up to the top of Colorado's Pike Peak and now leads the way by finding cutting edge uses for the beleaguered Sony PS3. This two time DARPA Grand Challenge qualifier is the first racing team to implement Yellow Dog Linux and a Sony PlayStation game console to manage
one of seven autonomous vehicle cameras.
In this review several IM clients (including the open source Jabber) are compared by protocol, security, and licensing.
If there's one thing the world doesn't lack for, besides bad movie sequels and dishonest politicians, it's collaboration software. Good collaboration software that's open source, on the other hand, is a rare thing indeed -- so I was pleased to discover that the Mindquarry GO beta service and the Mindquarry tools are well-done, if a bit limited in scope.
According to CESC Ltd chief information officer Subroto Das, “There is nothing called free software”. I beg to differ.
Red Hat confirmed on Aug. 3 that it would be delaying the release of the newest member of its desktop Linux family, Red Hat Global Desktop, because the company is seeking to provide certain multimedia codecs. Sources close to Red Hat said obtaining some of these codecs was dependent on Red Hat coming to an agreement with Microsoft.
The Open Business Foundation (OBF) operates on two premises: that the open source development community makes good business sense, and that small businesses can be more successful if they band together with each other to share resources of all kinds.
O'Reilly's "Cookbook" series can generally be thought of as a collection of recipes for different tech solutions. In the case of Albing's, Vossen's, and Newham's book, this applies to the bash (lower case "b" on purpose) or "bourne again shell" (hey, I don't name these things). bash is the default shell for most Linux distros and the most widely used UNIX shell. Even though many Linux distros have increasingly available and useful GUI utilities, the heart of Linux/UNIX administration still happens in the shell. There are plenty of "HOW TO" books on Linux. What makes the bash Cookbook unique?
Gnump3d is a streaming server that can help you share your music collection with others. Although the name is using mp3 it can serve ogg as well, so you don't have to convert all your mp3 files to ogg files.
Ever wonder how the Fedora Project gets off the ground? It takes work from Fedora community members all over the world. We were fortunate to have a video camera at Fórum Internacional Software Livre (FISL), an annual free software event in Porto Alegre, Brazil. And we ran into quite a few Fedora Ambassadors, who were happy to share with us just what being part of the international–and local–open source community really means.
Web graphics designers running GNU/Linux seem to use the Gimp, Inkscape or Photoshop in a virtual environment. I have found the feature rich Xara Xtreme to be a good alternative for web graphics creation and editing. It is open source and you can download it here. Following is a short tutorial on how to create web 2.0 buttons using Xara Xtreme.
John Adams, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and John Hancock - all Massachusetts men who fought against tyranny. What do our political leaders in the Bay State do today? If they lived in 1776, we'd still be British colonies.
We have examined several applications for working with Flickr before, and they all have one thing in common: they focus on uploading images from the desktop. But uploading only scratches the surface of what the Web service can do. Desktop Flickr Organizer (DFO) gives you a lot more power.
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