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NL: Amsterdam may soon start migration to open source & open standards

Amsterdam,NL could be the third big municipality in Europe switching to open source - following Munich and Vienna. A test amongst users of fifty PC's showed there are no technical difficulties when migrating to open source. The test showed the users don't have problems switching to OpenOffice and Linux. The municipal agency which conducted the test thinks the migration could be cost-neutral, which means Dutch tax payers won't have to pay for the probably migration. The City Council will decide about the migration in December.
Also, over twenty other municipalities in the Netherlands signed a manifesto stating they want to become more independent of single vendors, so more municipalities might follow in the future.

[The article is in Dutch. After noticing this news, I sent out a mail to this municipal agency with some questions. Stay tuned, as I will publish about this issue once I receive an answer - hkwint ]

Defining the Reviewed-by Tag

"Last month, at the kernel summit, there was discussion of putting a Reviewed-by: tag onto patches to document the oversight they had received on their way into the mainline," began Jonathan Corbet in an effort todefine the meaning of the recently introducedreviewed-by tag. He continued,"that tag has made an occasional appearance since then, but there has not yet been a discussion of what it really means. So it has not yet brought a whole lot of value to the process."In the continued discussion, it was requested that all commit tags be defined, prompting Jonathan to update his documentation to include Signed-off-by, Acked-by, Cc, and Tested-by along with his documentation for Reviewed-by. He offered the following definition for the new Reviewed-by tag:"The patch has been reviewed and found acceptible according to the Reviewer's Statement as found at the bottom of this file. A Reviewed-by tag is a statement of opinion that the patch is an appropriate modification of the kernel without any remaining serious technical issues. Any interested reviewer (who has done the work) can offer a Reviewed-by tag for a patch."

Microsoft aims patent guns at Red Hat

"People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to compensate us," Ballmer said last week at a company event in London discussing online services in the UK.

How to: Monitor Linux drive temperatures with hddtemp

The problem of cooling the computer is not new. The more powerful and faster computers become, the "hotter" they get. Coolers inside computer cases, video card and power supply units are quite common nowadays. However, hard disk has no additional means to cool them. Most hard disk manufacture recommends 35-40 C working temperature for a hard drive. Once it crossed the limit safety of your data and hard disk becomes critical. Computer hard drive is the main storage media for your data. This article explains how to monitor hard disk temperature and prevent the loss of data under Linux using automated scripts.

Google's OS dreams calling on Linux

It seems increasingly likely that Google, the ubiquitous tech company, is about to throw its hat into the race to develop the next big mobile device. Google's no gadget-maker, but it does develop quite a bit of software, and reports have been building that the company is relatively close to releasing the Gphone.

Open source test successful

28 September 2007 - A test with open source software has been successful and there are no technical impediments to introducing such software in the entire municipal organisation, Amsterdam announced this week at a meeting organised by the Ministry of the Interior.

KDE Commit-Digest for 7th October 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Image support in Parley, and support for formulas in the note feature of the Step physics simulation package. blinKen changes capitalisation to Blinken for the KDE 4.0 release. Theme work across kdegames, with better collision detection in Kolf. More XMP integration work in Digikam. Work on KConfig merged back into trunk/. Colour conversion system becomes fully operational in Krita. Continued work on the port of the Kickoff menu to KDE 4, initial work on a centred-button menu in Raptor. KIOFuse, the KIOSlave filesystem bridge, starts to be ported to KDE 4. An uncertain future for the Klipper applet in KDE 4.0, compared to its KDE 3.x form.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 104

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 104 for the week of October 1st.

An in-depth look at Puppy Linux

Guest columnist Howard Fosdick has previously used Puppy Linux to successfully revive "mature" PCs. Now, he takes a broader, deeper look at the parsimonious distribution and its potential value on normal desktop PCs.

Google and IBM push cluster computing on colleges

Google and IBM want their future employees to have large-scale cluster computing chops, so they're investing several million to get them while their young. The companies are teaming up to promote the study in academia. Their ambition is to lower the cost and logistics of collegial research on parallel computing — a technique that spreads computational tasks across many computers. Google and IBM hope to advocate the cause by offering the considerable gear necessary to universities remotely.

[Not directly FOSS related but still of interest. - Scott]

A Death Threat From A Puppy Linux Supporter

I’ve just been informed by e-mail that not only are some defenders of Puppy Linux flaming me on the new DistroWatch Weekly comments but one actually issued a death threat against me for being “negative” about his or her favorite distribution in a recent post on O’ReillyNet.

Talking FOSS at the UN

Last year the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held a joint meeting to discuss the feasibility of using free and open source software (FOSS) as a means to bolster the growth of technology in developing countries. Delegates were intrigued by the information presented by such notables as the Free Software Foundation's Richard Stallman, Intel's Danese Cooper, and IBM's Bob Sutor, and asked to hear more about the real-world practicality of FOSS. In response, event organizers at UNITAR put together a one-day seminar scheduled for October 16 that will present case studies of successful FOSS implementations in various environments.

Supporting More Partitions

"15 partitions (at least for sd_mod devices) are too few," Jan Engelhardt suggested along with a patch to try and make the mounting of an unlimited number of partitions possible. H. Peter Anvin proposed as an alternative, "now when we have 20-bit minors, can't we simply recycle some of the higher bits for additional partitions, across the board? 63 partitions seem to have been sufficient; at least I haven't heard anyone complain about that for 15 years."

Customize your Emacs world

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Michael Stutz (Posted by solrac on Oct 8, 2007 5:45 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
This tutorial walks you through some of the useful ways you can customize and configure the Emacs environment. Learn how to change everything about the Emacs environment to your liking, from the behavior of minor modes to the default key bindings.

Asus motherboard runs embedded linux

So you think your computer boots quickly? The newly-released Asus P5E3 motherboard includes an embedded Linux OS that can be booted in under five seconds and includes a browser and Skype application.

Tutorial: Basic Linux Tips and Tricks, Part 2

In Part 2 of this three-part series, you will learn what the best systematic approach should be to start solving any problems you might have in Linux.

ROX-Filer: A Lightweight File Manager that Simply Rocks

  • PolishLinux.org; By Pawel Lupkowski (Posted by michux on Oct 8, 2007 2:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
ROX is one of the genuinely interesting file managers available for the major platforms - GNU/Linux, Unix, Mac OS X, and Windows (under Cygwin). As can be inferred from the manager’s website, ROX-Filer is a project aimed to move the best features of RISC OS onto Linux and Unix platforms. Its small footprint and configurability are its unquestionable hallmarks.

Installing Lighttpd With PHP5 And MySQL Support On CentOS 5.0

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Oct 8, 2007 2:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Red Hat
Lighttpd is a secure, fast, standards-compliant web server designed for speed-critical environments. This tutorial shows how you can install Lighttpd on a CentOS 5.0 server with PHP5 support (through FastCGI) and MySQL support.

"Novell is not forking OpenOffice"

From recent media reports, casual readers could easily believe that OpenOffice.org, the popular free office suite, is fragmenting. Slashdot reported last week that Novell is backing an official fork, while Ars Technica suggested that if what was happening fell short of a fork, then it was still "serious fragmentation" and "not a good thing for the OpenOffice.org community." However, a closer look at the situation shows that what is happening is less of a dramatic split than the airing of long-time grievances and the media's discovery of a long-established institution.

Firefox extensions for tab addicts

For Firefox users who are constantly referring to multiple pages, tabbed browsing is not a feature, but a way of life. There are enough of us that the Firefox addon page lists more than 110 extensions related to tabs. These extensions feature everything from simple add-ons to various means of saving tab addresses and sessions to thumbnails and collections of functions, as well as one or two uncategorizable ideas.

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