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Ubuntu Hardy alpha released

Only for the brave: The Ubuntu Linux team announced the release of Hardy Heron Alpha-1 over the weekend for testing purposes.

Open source tool helps fight measles

The Washington Post reported that global measles fatalities have been drastically reduced, with the number of African deaths dropping by 91 percent since 2000. The initiative, said to be the first to use hand-held computers in collecting data, uses open source software for data collection.

Back Up Your Files With Pybackpack On Fedora 8

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Dec 3, 2007 7:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
This document describes how to set up, configure and use Pybackpack on Fedora 8. The result is an easy to use backup system for desktop usage. Pybackpack creates incremental backups which can be stored locally or remotely (SSH) - the usage of removable devices is supported. You also have the option to burn the backup(s) directly on a CD/DVD.

Vocalize Firefox

Two recently released text-to-speech extensions can transform Firefox into a talking Web browser suitable for users with visual impairments -- and anyone else who can use a speech interface to the Web. Fire Vox is designed to be a full-fledged "screen reader in a browser," usable for daily browsing even for unsighted users. CLiCk, Speak provides point-and-click screen reading, which can be helpful for partially-sighted users or sighted users who have written language difficulties (such as dyslexia).

Linux Battles DVD Piracy Issues

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Dec 3, 2007 5:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
If there is one thing that frustrates me, it's articles like this that start off on the right track, only to show the writer's complete lack of understanding about the subject he has selected to write about.

Latex - Tutorial, page setup, margins, inserting images, GUI fronted

  • Go2Linux (Posted by ggarron on Dec 3, 2007 4:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
LaTeX is good way to present neat and clean documents, it is easy to format documents, you just take care of the text while LaTeX take care of the format.

DistroWatch Weekly: Grand overview of desktop distributions, Mandriva's new products

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Dec 3, 2007 1:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 49th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! How many distributions have you installed? And what criteria do you use to evaluate them? Baris Paraskeva, a DistroWatch contributor, has summarised his experiences with many recent desktop distro releases in a grand overview - complete with ratings for ease of installation and use, package management and speed. In the news section, Ubuntu embarks on a new development journey, Mandriva announces two new products - Flash and Linutop, openSUSE launches a weekly newsletter, Mage Power interviews a leading developer of Source Mage GNU/Linux, and Foresight Linux unveils its plans for the upcoming version 2.0. Finally, we are pleased to announce that the November 2007 DistroWatch.com donation goes to MEPIS Linux. Happy reading!

Doin' It For The Noob

Helios and company have begun a multi-part series on the ideal desktop for the New Linux User. Knowing helios is a kde-kind-of-guy, be warned that he works in that realm alone. He is asking the Linux folk to add their advice, experience and criticism...from there, Komputers4Kids can build on YOUR experience and knowledge.

This Year's Linux News

This year a lot of stuff has happened in the Linux world. Here is a summary of a few of the most important events and news this year.

It's The Little Things Really...

There are several things either happening, unraveling or in various stages of preparing to happen and I think we need to talk about them. In Texas, we have our own particular way of expressing our intent to take action at some unspecified time. Where I come from, "We're fixin' to get ready to have company" makes perfect sense. We have some issues to resolve before they get here.

British Airways sets up tech innovation unit

The airline is looking to explore Web 2.0 technology and open source solutions to expand its online capabilities and business applications, according to its CIO.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 02-Dec-2007


LXer Feature: 02-Dec-2007

This week we have the beginnings of a book for Andy Upgrove, a couple articles about Firefox, Richard Stallman's guide to writing, South Africa, Netherlands and Korea move towards ODF support, Ten things you can do to help open source and Microsoft spreads the FUD with a Windows to Linux Security comparison.

War of the Words, Chapter 2 - Products, Innovation and Market Share (an ODF-OOXML eBook)

This is the second chapter in a real-time eBook writing project I launched and explained last week. The following chapter on how Microsoft acquired its dominant position in a few products, and failed to succeed in others, is one of a number of stage-setting chapters to follow. Comments, corrections and suggestions gratefully accepted.

Hardy Heron fixes existing features rather than adding new ones to Ubuntu 8.04

Want a sneaky peek at Ubuntu 8.04? Then you are in luck as the Hardy Heron Tribe 1 Alpha pre-release has just been made available for download.

Ultumix Linux OS 2008 v0.0.1.0 Pre Release is ready for download. Seems Stable.

The Linux OS for Windows users by previous Windows Users.

The Last Farkle

In the spring of 1983 I went to work for Digital Equipment Corporation. At that time Digital was mostly providing support for different flavors of Unix on their PDP-11 and VAX lines of computers for the telephone company and universities that were using them. However, a decision had been made to make and release a binary-only version of the Unix operating system so commercial customers could get it without having to pay the very high source-code license fee that AT&T required of them.

Using KVM On Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)

  • HowtoForge; By Mike Weimichkirch (Posted by falko on Dec 2, 2007 6:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
In this HowTo I will explain how to install and use KVM for running your services in virtual machines. KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a Linux kernel virtualization technique that provides full virtualization by using Intel VT (Vanderpool) or AMD-V (Pacifica).

KDE 4 Delay Causes Panic at the North Pole

  • LinuxLoop.com (Posted by InTheLoop on Dec 1, 2007 9:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor; Groups: KDE
The recent delay of KDE 4 has caused a panic at the North Pole, due to concern over finding replacement toys for all the geeks. Luckily, S. Clause has a plan to turn his elves into programmers.

PatientOS v0.21 Scheduling II released

PatientOS version 0.21 adds major scheduling functionality. Appointment types can be defined in batches , double or any number of overbooking predefined on the schedule with all appointments defined with a custom color. Appointments can be rescheduled. Multiple resources viewed by day or week. Custom work schedules, blocking out of schedules.

Small Linux-powered NAS device attracts a community

  • wolfgang.lonien.de; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Dec 1, 2007 2:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
For me, it started like it did for others as well - I first saw an ad from the German company Raidsonic about their IB-NAS4220-B in some computer magazine. Then I tried it in my favourite search engine, and ended up in a German-speaking forum, where people discussed their experiences with it. Now one of the most active forum members, Thomas Knoefel of the software division of IBM Germany, started a community Wiki around the device - both in English and in German.

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