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Mini-ITX Part III

  • XYZ Computing; By Sal Cangeloso (Posted by grouch on Mar 23, 2006 11:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
This time I had some big plans in store for the Mini-ITX box. The plans were, roughly, to install a hard drive, move to a more powerful Linux distribution, and add PVR capabilites to the system. Because the computer was already situated in my living room, making it into a personal video recorder was an obvious choice, though doing this on a Mini-ITX Linux system would surely take a bit of finesse.

Linux Multimedia Hacks: A Book Review

If you're trying to figure out what Linux multimedia software you need for a project, here's a good place to find out.

Michael Robertson fires first salvo of software revolution with ajaxWrite

In a blog post on his own site, Michaels Robertson announced yesterday that a new AJAX word processor called ajaxWrite was available for immediate use, and that this would be the future of software delivery.

[Currently works with Firefox 1.5 and better]

Of Vista, Linux, and the User Experience

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By devnet (Posted by devnet on Mar 23, 2006 8:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
I was reading this article earlier this week and thought that it was interesting. It announced the Windows Vista release as being delayed. I thought that this was just par for the course and something Microsoft always has done and will always do...delay. However, what does this mean for the Linux desktop? Does it mean anything at all? Probably not on the scale most are hoping.

Linux Magazine's Tip of the Day

Actually, that should be "tips" since the link below leads to quite a number of them. Looking for that one special command to accomplish a particular task? Look no further. Linux Magazine has posted a list of them on their site.

Koobox/Linspire value PC: You get what you pay for

Linspire reached a deal earlier this year with Mirus Innovations to offer a line of OEM computers with Linux preinstalled, under the brand name Koobox. We're all in favor of the concept of desktop PCs with Linux preinstalled, but how does the Koobox measure up in practice? The end result is less than stellar.

Microsoft's Ballmer less freaked out by Linux

Ballmer also explains why Microsoft, which on Thursday announced a sweeping reorganization of its Windows division, is less freaked out by free programs than it was a few years ago.

HP laughs off Solaris merger offer

  • ZDNet Australia; By Steven Deare (Posted by daria42 on Mar 23, 2006 6:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: HP, Sun
During Hewlett-Packard's Business Critical Systems conference in Macau this week, executives described a recent offer by Sun Microsystems' boss Scott McNealy to merge Solaris with HP-UX as "almost laughable".

Mozilla plans to fund developer community

The Mozilla Foundation is planning to use some of its millions of dollars in revenues to fund active members of its developer community, the organization said Tuesday.

Interview: Interview--Core Web Application Development with PHP and MySQL

Core Web Application Development with PHP and MySQL is a robust and complete treatment of the processes and technologies that go into developing secure and scalable web applications. Ibrahim Haddad interviews the author to get the inside look on the state of open source Web development.

Security Bytes: Update fixes critical Sendmail flaw

  • SearchSecurity.com (Posted by tadelste on Mar 23, 2006 3:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Security experts are advising users of the open source version of Sendmail to upgrade to the latest version, to fix a critical flaw attackers could exploit to gain remote root access to targeted machines. Sendmail is a popular Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) server daemon used on mail gateways and forwarders to route and deliver e-mail. It is primarily used in UNIX server environments, although versions exist for Windows as well.

A must-read

This is one of the best articles I ever read about teaching and the use of F(L)OSS (free (libre) open source software).

Group Forms To Ease Open Source Vendor-Developer Tensions

The Open Source Development Labs, an industry consortium that employs Linux founder Linus Torvalds, on Wednesday said it has formed a technical advisory board to improve communications between vendors, users and developers of the open-source operating system.

Linux: Maintaining A 2.6.16.y Tree

With the release of the 2.6.16 Linux kernel, Adrian Bunk reiterated his previously debated intention of maintaining the 2.6.16.y kernel tree well into the future.

Mondo Rescue : An easy to use disaster recovery software for GNU/Linux

Mondo Rescue is a robust disaster recovery software which can be used to take snapshots of your hard disk. Have you ever had the occation where your hard disk suddenly died on you? Then this software will help you save a lot of time, efforts in getting up and running with practically no loss of data.

An Opposing Viewpoint -- Microsoft Can't Compete

Mr. Adelstein's article titled " Microsoft Has Stopped Competing with Linux" presented several assertions with which I cannot agree. It also strikes a tone that makes me uncomfortable.

The ISO Process and Schedule for ODF Comment Reconciliation

Since I posted yesterday's blog entry about Microsoft joining the ISO voting comments reconciliation subcommittee, I've received some questions about how that process works, and how long it will take.

Municator: Another ultra-low priced ($146) Linux computer from China

  • cebitvideo.com; By Charbax (Posted by wolfchri on Mar 23, 2006 11:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This is an awesome product! It is a 146$ Linux computer (Thinix OS) from China that does all the basic things most people need, like browsing (firefox), emailing (thunderbird), instant messaging (gaim), skype, word processing (Red Office), audio/video playback (mplayer), e-learning, all through a very user-friendly very basic interface and is software upgradable.

Google Pages launches

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Mar 23, 2006 10:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google released the first public beta of its Google Pages service Wednesday, allowing users who signed up for the service in January and February to begin creating personal websites using an easy-to-use, browser-based tool. The service gives each user 100 MB of free storage space on Google's servers.

Incorporating special effects on the Desktop - A brief analysis

Is incorporating more eyecandy on the OS a good or bad trend ? This article briefly ponders over this.

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