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Multimedia-oriented Ubuntu Studio arrives

Ubuntu Studio 7.04, a Ubuntu Linux variant aimed at audio, video, and graphic enthusiasts, was released on May 10 by its U.S.-based project team. The distribution, based on a 2.6.20 kernel and the GNOME desktop, includes a collection of open-source applications that assist with multimedia creation.

After five months of Linux, I do Windows

When was the last time you installed Windows NT 4.0? If your answer is "never," I believe you. If you've done it countless times, do I have your sympathy? I need it. My most recent major Windows upgrade (chronicled on my This Old PC blog) was taking a Win 98se box to Windows 2000. For those who think Windows has some kind of compatibility advantage over Linux, let me recount how in Windows 98 I didn't have a prayer of getting my cheap Airlink 101 wireless card to work, USB was spotty, and the thing was painfully slow to boot and to run.

KDE 4.0 alpha arrives!

Some people have been anxiously waiting for the summer blockbuster movies to arrive. Many Linux fans, on the other hand, have been waiting impatiently for what they hope will be the next Linux desktop box-office smash hit: KDE 4.0.

Tux500: Why This Matters

  • (Posted by bobm77 on May 12, 2007 5:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I've been at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, covering action for Tux500 for the last several days. I've seen the crowd that is walking around the garage area, the crowd that is milling around on Pit Lane, the fan that is sitting in the stands. I'm here observing the reaction to Tux and to Linux.

Gaim, er, Pidgin, finally hits 2.0

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on May 12, 2007 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's the release that Gaim users have been waiting for since December 2005. After seven beta releases, several interface revamps, and a name change, Pidgin 2.0 is finally available in the wild. It's an improvement over the Gaim 1.5 series, but it's disappointing that after all that time, voice support for instant messaging networks that support that feature is still absent.

Giving OpenVZ a Try

OpenVZ has made a live Linux CD for users to try out its virtualization technology as it continues to work its way into the virtualizaiton mainstream.

An alternate view of Tux500

  • Penguin Pete's Blog; By Penguin Pete (Posted by pat on May 12, 2007 2:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
No matter what people on this site may think, Penguin Pete does have a very good point. If tux500 isn't getting posted on slashdot, then it will never gain community momentum.

What's What in Dell's Linux Deals

There's no connection between Dell's Microsoft/Novell deal and its Ubuntu patnership, but that won't stop Microsoft from FUDing about it.

Deploy MyFirstPortlet with WebSphere Portal V6

Get an overview of WebSphere Portal by following these two practical exercises in this tutorial. You'll also find demos that take you through the steps. You will develop and test your first portlet using Rational Application Developer with the WebSphere Portal Test Environment.

Eben Moglen's (slightly) lower profile

The law school professor says he'll continue his advocacy of open source, but wants to step out of the limelight.

IBM middleware on Linux

This technical briefing gives you an overview of Linux and introduces key IBM middleware products that run on Linux.

No WINE Preinstallation? Not to Worry.

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth in an interview last week stated that Dell computers preloaded with Ubuntu will not include WINE, an open-source Windows emulator for the Linux platform. Some have expressed concern that WINE will be excluded from Ubuntu completely, but such concern is baseless.

Create a composite app with Lotus Component Designer

Learn how IBM Lotus Component Designer and IBM WebSphere Portal are the ideal tools for creating and delivering composite applications.

KDE 4.0-alpha1 Released:"Knut"

The KDE Community is happy to announce the immediate availability of the first alpha release of the KDE Desktop Environment, version 4.0. This release is a basis for the integration of powerful new technologies that will be included in KDE 4.

Extending Must-have extensions

As with Firefox, you can add new features and extend's functionality by installing extensions. Here some of the most useful ones to try.

Developing Modules for Apache - The Apache Module Book

  •; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by Inhibit on May 11, 2007 5:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Need to program Apache modules from the ground up or figure out what someone else's module is doing behind the scenes? Help is now at hand. Find out if The Apache Modules Book is the definitive guide to both that you've been looking for.

Red Hat Summit 2007, Day 2: Red Hat Exchange and interesting presentations

In addition to the seven official tracks, this year's Red Hat Summit has an unofficial eighth track for the press. Day 2 saw two official announcements: Red Hat Exchange and a new partnership with Sybase. In addition to covering the press conferences, I had time to sit in on some interesting presentations.

Progeny's closure highlights problems of small FOSS companies

Founded by Ian Murdock and John H. Hartman in 2000, Progeny Linux Systems seemed for years like a modestly successful free and open source software (FOSS) company. Although it abandoned its original plans for revolutionizing networks, it survived the dot-com crash while many other companies had gone under, and its efforts to commercialize Debian were profitable after its first year and a half. By early 2005, Progeny had reinvented itself by offering update services and modular components for building specialized GNU/Linux distributions. Yet on April 30, Progeny ceased operations. What happened?

The Japanese government looks to go open source

The Japanese government wants to go open source, as a way to rely less on a single vendor IT software infrastructure. And plenty of vendors are lining up to help make this happen.

Is Dell Ready for the Linux Challenge?

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on May 11, 2007 1:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Like Apple, Dell has a good handle on the hardware side of things. After all, they will be in full control when they are ready to release this round of Linux boxes. However, what has me concerned are some areas where they might not be ready for is the WiFi realm, most noticeably, WPA encryption.

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