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Goodbye Vista, KDE 4.0 Has Arrived!

There are only few people who know that if you look out of your 'Windows', the world is much more vivid and beautiful. Apple is known for its good looks, but it’s excessively expensive, while Vista is a big disappointment. Now, there is GNU/Linux which, in fact, is free and offers much more options and freedom than Windows or Mac. One of the most popular desktop environments on GNU/Linux platform has come out in a new flavour - KDE 4.0.

Multiprocessing with the Completely Fair Scheduler

The Linux® 2.6.23 kernel comes with a modular scheduler core and a Completely Fair Scheduler (CFS), which is implemented as a scheduling module. In this article, get acquainted with the major features of the CFS, see how it works, and look ahead to some of the expected changes for the 2.6.24 release.

Here's my offer...

Here is my offer to resolve the most recent Gentoo leadership crisis, and is an offer I am making to the current Gentoo trustees, who are the ones who need to decide whether to accept or refuse it. I have received permission from my employer to return and serve as President of the Gentoo Foundation, renew its charter, and then work in some capacity to help to get Gentoo going in the right direction from a legal, community and technical perspective.

Did Gentoo just die?

While no official body has yet to confirm or spread news about it, Daniel Robbins, creator of Gentoo Linux, confirmed that the Gentoo Foundation’s charter has been revoked for the next several weeks. In layman’s terms, as of this moment the Gentoo Foundation no longer exists. Apparently this happened because the people who are supposed to be in charge of keeping this alive have mostly resigned or are MIA.

Cinelerra is very easy - 2/3

  • Akirad Project; By Paolo Rampino (Posted by akirad on Jan 12, 2008 1:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
I don't know you, but frequently the usual Windows user shows me a photo dvdslideshow edited with the usual programs for video editing. Yes, I can use Windows too ( note: no one of my computer have Windows installation ), but I love to use Linux distro (particularly ubuntu). So I chose to learn cinelerra and I discovered that, over first impression, it's a software very easy to use. The envy of the "Windows users" is priceless.

Lessons in Large RAM

  • Grover Ponders; By Shawn Grover (Posted by sgrover on Jan 12, 2008 10:14 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
I noticed some performance problems when I was running two virtual machines simultaneously (a la VMWare Server. When I began looking into this I discovered VMWare was only allowing 1.8 GB of RAM usage for my virtual machines. This struck me as odd because my desktop box was supposed to have 4 GB of RAM. Or so I thought. After some checking I discovered I had been confused with another box, and my desktop did in fact only have 2 GB of RAM. Well now, I had to fix that.

KDE 4.0 Reviewer Reminders

KDE 4.0 is NOT KDE4. All the happy hoopla over this release is too soon. Ultimately todays release of KDE 4.0 is a developers release, not a stable public release.

Optimize high-performance Linux and gigabit ethernet

In this article, learn how to optimize your multi-node, high-performance Linux system as it uses system board gigabit Ethernet adapters.

Hackers graft Google Android onto hardware

Mobile phone handsets based on Google's Android platform are due to appear some time in the second half of this year but hackers have already got a cut-down version of the software running on devices. By combining an Android Software Development kit with an emulator and a Poky Linux kernel, a hacker called Cortez has created an installer which enables interested parties to run the platform on the Sharp Zaurus PDA. A similar approach allowed the platform to run from an Atmark-Techno Armadillo-500 CPU board, Telecoms.com reports.

KDE Control Centre

Setting your desktop's wallpaper is only the beginning. Before we get started, "centre" is how KDE spells the word using UK English. Localisation is a wonderful thing, and it's one reason Linux and KDE are so popular in Europe and Asia. Here in Wales, about a million of my fellow citizens prefer Welsh to English, and there's a KDE for them too. We'll discuss regions and languages another time, but for now, if you are reading this in the Americas, please forgive my UK spell-checker! (Look out for colour and favourite too.)

Lenovo finally delivers SUSE Linux-based ThinkPads

PC vendor Lenovo has promised ThinkPads with pre-installed Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 for some time now. Lenovo will deliver the goods the week of Jan. 14. Lenovo will release pre-installed SLED 10 on its Intel Centrino processor-powered ThinkPad T61 and R61 14-inch-wide notebooks. In February, Lenovo's pre-integrated Novell Linux offering will expand to include some Penryn-based ThinkPads.

Review: Tiny Asus Eee packs a big punch

The Asus Eee PC has been heralded as a groundbreaking new computing experience and great for children. While the computer didn't bowl me over, my kids were another matter. When you hear about how small the Eee is, believe it: the unit measures approximately nine by six inches and weighs a mere two pounds. It's hard to take something that small seriously because it looks like a toy (and its name sounds like a sneeze). Open the lid, however, and you'll find power and features that belie its diminutive size.

We can't seem to get the $100 laptop to cost less than $250 ... but the $75 laptop is on its way

There's been a lot of blog noise lately about the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), Asus EeePC, Everex Cloudbook and other laptops that sell for anywhere for $250 to $400 ... if you can get your hands on them at all. But this is the first I've heard of a planned $75 laptop being spun off of the OLPC project. There's a new company called Pixel Qi that exhibited at CES and is run by Mary Lou Jepson, the founding chief technology officer of OLPC.

AT&T and Other I.S.P.’s May Be Getting Ready to Filter

  • The New York Times; By Brad Stone (Posted by NoDough on Jan 12, 2008 2:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For the last 15 years, Internet service providers have acted - to use an old cliche - as wide-open information super-highways, letting data flow uninterrupted and unimpeded between users and the Internet. But I.S.P.’s may be about to embrace a new metaphor: traffic cop.

Find the items you want with GNOME Do

The wealth of applications on a modern Linux system is phenomenal, but sifting through screen after screen of menu items is no fun. Likewise, it's convenient to have all of your files in one place, but the more you have the longer you have to look for the one you need. Blacktree software's free Quicksilver Mac OS X utility won over users by letting them start typing the name of the file or app they need, and popping up the best matches in a launcher. Quicksilver went open source recently, but you don't have to wait for a port to start using it on your Linux machines. Two clones already exist: Katapult for KDE (which we looked at in July) and the newest competitor, GNOME Do

Open source media center

AHT, a new Dutch set-top-box manufacturer, today releasesd a new generation set-top-box which connects the TV to the Internet. It can also be used as hard-disk recorder, for Internet telephony and for digital TV. The product's software is released under open source license, and runs an embedded LinuxOS.

[ I checked the webshob. €310 ($458) for a fully hackable developer box, including Linux desktop and support from two universities when using P2P; that's neat! - hkwint ]

NimbleX Needs You!

There is an individual who goes by the name Bogdan. He has created one of the most interesting *nix distributions out there. They call it.... NimbleX!

ODF vs OOXML - views from the coal face (Poll)

Standards wars? Mini-Poll
Long, long ago, in an industry far, far away, a number of large companies struggled to decide whether to adopt a document interchange format as a global standard.

Red Hat’s Mugshot

  • TechRepublic.com; By Jack Wallen (Posted by NoDough on Jan 11, 2008 9:38 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Red Hat
Today I discovered that Red Hat Linux has created a new social networking site call Mugshot. This site is promoted as an “open source” site. I checked the site FAQ to find out that all the software powering Mugshot is, in fact, open source. And indeed it is.

KDE 4.0 Release: The Start of Something Amazing

  • KDE Dot News; By Sebastian Kuegler (Posted by hkwint on Jan 11, 2008 8:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Several years of design, development and testing came together today for the release of KDE 4.0. This is our most significant release in our 11 year history and marks both the end of the long and intensive development cycle leading up to KDE 4.0 and the start of the KDE 4 era. Join us now in #kde4-release-party on Freenode to celebrate or come to the release event in person next week. Packages are available for all the major distributions with live CDs available currently from Kubuntu and openSUSE. Read on for details or take the KDE 4.0 Visual Guide to find your way around.

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