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DistroWatch Weekly: First look at Fedora 7, Turbolinux Wizpy, Mandriva and Novell financials

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jun 4, 2007 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 22nd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The release of Fedora 7 last week has been the dominant topic on many Linux web sites and DistroWatch is no exception; we'll comment on the release, bring you a first-look review, and present details about the project's upcoming version 8, scheduled for release at the end of October. In other news, Turbolinux introduces the world to a media player and portable operating system called Wizpy, Mandriva seeks solutions for its current financial troubles, Gentoo founder comments on SabayonLinux, and Debian updates its "volatile" infrastructure. Finally, as DistroWatch celebrates its 6th birthday, we are pleased to announce that the May 2007 donation was awarded to VectorLinux. Happy reading!

The Google Crapplet

Opinion: Like DRM, pre-installed garbage on your OEM PC may be leaving such a bad taste in people's mouths that even money-hungry vendors will shy away from it.

Linux: making small businesses possible

I have a small company that builds websites for equally small businesses in the area and it's Linux that made this possible. If we would have been stuck on the Windows platform there is no way we could have done what we do because it would simply have been too expensive. I am sure the same is true for many start-ups. It is no coincidence that virtually all the successful start-ups of today are powered by open source software.

Trolltech Releases Qt and Qtopia Core 4.3

Qt Blog reports that Trolltech has released version 4.3.0 of Qt, its cross-platform development platform, and Qtopia Core, its basis for embedded application development.

"Eating Dog Food"

Once, well maybe 30 times or so, I and others suggested that our famous Fortune Fifty company use an Enterprise GNU/Linux distribution on desktop systems internally, instead of a Microsoft one.

KDE Commit-Digest for 3rd June 2007

  • KDE Dot News; By Danny Allen (Posted by dcparris on Jun 3, 2007 9:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Start of the Oxygen Meeting in Milan, with a focus on the Oxygen widget style and window decoration.

Bash cookbook offers example scripts

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by NoDough on Jun 3, 2007 8:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Technical books publisher O'Reilly has released a "cookbook" full of bash shell scripting examples. The Bash Cookbook offers numerous complete working scripts aimed at helping users customize their systems and automate routine tasks.

Business vs Community: Xandros and PCLinuxOS compared

  • PolishLinux.org; By Piotr 'Riklaunim' Maliński (Posted by michux on Jun 3, 2007 7:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Xandros
PCLinuxOS is a Mandriva-based installable LiveCD. Xandros is a commercial distribution targeted at business. What links these two together? Both got a lot of attention recently with new versions released. We will compare a fully commercial Xandros Desktop and more community-friendly PCLinuxOS.

Microsoft Would Lose Patent Rights Under New Linux License Terms

The final draft of GPLv3 states that companies that distribute open-source software cannot at the same time pursue patent claims against users of that software.

Building An Ubuntu MythTV Box

With more and more people assembling MythTV boxes as alternatives to Windows Media Center or going out and buying a TiVO, for this introductory article we will share some recommendations of hardware we had used on a recent MythTV build along with other information to consider when building your next home theater PC.

Nobody Knows Linux

A Microsoft Vista DVD costs the equivalent of $3. You can get WindowsXP for $1.50. OfficeXP, $1.15. Where? Computer Village. Located in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial hub, Computer Village is a market district in Ikeja, the state’s capital.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 03-Jun-2007


LXer Feature: 03-Jun-2007

A weekly recap of the big stories concerning Linux and Open Source.

$100 Linux gadget becomes student testing device

LearningSoft has used customized Linux-based handheld devices in an "assessment system" aimed at helping classroom school teachers create, administer, and score tests. Aimed primarily at grades three through eight, the "Indigo Learning System" uses Aeronix's $99 Zipit chat device running a custom software stack.

GPLv3's device-related language evolves

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by NoDough on Jun 3, 2007 1:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After two years of work by the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the open source community, the GNU General Public License Version 3 (GPLv3) is due on June 29. The "final draft," released May 31 for comments, persists with "anti-TiVo-ization" language, although the scope is narrowed to consumer devices only.

TiVo warns that GPL3 could hurt its business

  • Guardian Unlimited; By Jack Schofield (Posted by dcparris on Jun 3, 2007 1:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Since the main point of the Free Software Foundation's new GPL3 (General Public License 3) is to prevent "TiVo-isation," this surely does not come as a surprise. However, Information Week reports that in an SEC filing, TiVo says: "If the currently proposed version of GPLv3 is widely adopted, we may be unable to incorporate future enhancements to the GNU/Linux operating system into our software, which could adversely affect our business."

Free Software Foundation releases last-call draft of new GNU licence

  • ComputerWorld (UK); By China Martens, IDG News Service (Posted by dcparris on Jun 3, 2007 12:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
New licence addresses issues arising from Microsoft-Novell deal

TurboLinux Wizpy Linux MP3 Player Ships in June

Japanese company TurboLinux is ready to ship their Linux MP3 player Wizpy this month world-wide. You can already order it in Japan on Amazon.jp.

[If you have problems with the standard links, try this: I4U Wizpy story - dcparris]

Looking for a small Linux that will run with a GUI in 4MB of RAM

  • Personal; By tracyannne (Posted by dave on Jun 3, 2007 10:42 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
I have been given a really old Laptop, it has a 486 DX 66 MHz CPU and 4 Meg of RAM. It's currently running Win 95. I'd like to find a tiny Linux that I can run on it.

Cat 7.5 released: F@H, Linux & OGL

  • Bit-Tech.net; By Richard Swinburne (Posted by dcparris on Jun 3, 2007 9:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Yesterday ATI released its latest Catalyst drivers, version 7.5. The update includes a much needed performance boost for OpenGL with last generation X1-50 series products, in good time for Quake Wars: Enemy Territory

[Need to hear from GNU/Linux users on their experiences with these drivers - dcparris

Tiny SBC integrates biometrics, Linux

U.K.-based startup TriMetrix has announced a tiny single-board computer (SBC) designed for use in devices requiring biometric scanners, including time/attendence, access control, and POS (point-of-sales) equipment. The TMX1000 has a powerful ARM9 processor, and comes with an open-source software stack based on Linux 2.6.

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