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Ubuntu Weekly News #18

In This Issue: Behind Ubuntu: Matt Zimmerman, The Free Desktop turns 10 - KDE celebrates, Topics sought for next development summit, Edgy Changes and more.

Opera Says It Can Still Compete In Browser Battle

Oslo, Norway-based Opera, which develops the same-named browser for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and other desktop platforms, as well as miniature browsers for mobile phones and devices, owns less than one percent of the global browser market, according to Web metrics vendors. But its low numbers doesn't faze the company's chief technology officer, Hakon Wium Lie.

Xen - A GPLed Virtualisation Technology for Linux

This article gives a first hand take on configuring and using Xen to run multiple OSes. The software used for the purpose is the Xen LiveCD which comes with two OS images - CentOS and Debian Etch. It is remarkable that the virtualization can be demonstrated even on a machine running with just 256 MB ram. The article replete with screen shots also lists a couple of practical uses of Xen virtualization technology.

Think3 Unveils free2Design in China

"We are leveling the 2D software playing field in the developing world with proven and supported 2D production tools," said Joe Costello, CEO of think3. "Countries like China, whose low manufacturing cost structure made it virtually impossible to afford the very CAD software they require to do business, now have a free source for licensed and supported software that legitimizes their product development globally -- they are truly now free to design."

China's Sun Wah Linux revs up

After collecting feedback from its users for five months, China's Sun Wah project team on Thursday introduced a revised version of its Debian-based distribution: Sun Wah Linux 1.5r2. The distro employs a 2.6.17 kernel and the GNOME desktop interface.

Free Ubuntu laptops for French students

Five thousand French students now have laptops running Ubuntu, thanks to a local government initiative.

French readers can get the details from here

[O.k., so they dual-boot. At least the students have an option. - dcparris]

Linux desktop vendor Xandros reorganizes

On October 18, Linux distributor Xandros was reorganized, resulting in the loss of at least five jobs and a change in CFOs. The company, which positions its desktop-oriented Linux distribution as an easy migration path from Windows, has never gained significant momentum in the market.

Red Hat Vows Better Instructions for Beta OS

The beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 has some "warts," a Red Hat executive said Thursday, adding that the company will improve its documentation for the second beta release, particularly concerning virtualization.

Applied Biosystems simplify DNA methylation with free software

  • LabTechnologist.com; By Wai Lang Chu (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 20, 2006 5:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Applied Biosystems introduces a new software tool that aims to simplify DNA methylation research aiding researchers to further their understanding of this process in the genetic basis of complex diseases, such as cancer.

Core functions of Atom illustrated by example

  • IBM/developerWorks; By James Snell (Posted by solrac on Oct 20, 2006 4:02 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The Atom Publishing Protocol is an important new standard for content publishing and management. It has been deployed to millions of Web sites and is supported by every major syndication platform on the market. In this article, explore a high-level overview of the protocol and its basic operation and capabilities. It illustrates, through example, all of its core functions.

League of Technical Voters codeathon raises visibility

Silona Bonewald, the founder of the League of Technical Voters, wants to get technical people more engaged in civic processes. She also wants politicians and governmental agencies to appreciate the impact of technology on their activities and the valuable resource technical experts offer them. To help achieve these twin goals, Bonewald organized a codeathon last weekend in Austin, Texas.

Debian and the Creative Commons

Terry Hancock at FreeSoftware Magazine have blogged long and good about the issues between Debian and Creative Commons

Report from BSP Marathon - Munich, 14 - 15 Oct 2006

The weekend of the 14th-15th October saw my third BSP in as many weekends, this time in Munich. Andreas Barth was in charge of the organisation, and the LiMux development team were kind enough to host us for the weekend at their offices in the centre of the city.

Planning for Ubuntu 7.04 - the"Feisty Fawn"

With the final release of Ubuntu 6.10 approaching, and apparently set to be spot on schedule October 26th, we're starting to look beyond it to Ubuntu 7.04, scheduled for release on 19 April 2007.

Ubuntu 6.10 RC Released

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Release Candidate for version 6.10 of Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu - codenamed "Edgy Eft". The Release Candidate includes installable live Desktop CDs, server images, alternate text-mode installation CDs and an upgrade wizard for users of the current stable release.

Tunneling with SSH: Windows to UNIX connectivity in a secure world

  • IBM/developerWorks; By James E. Shewbert (Posted by solrac on Oct 19, 2006 11:18 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
This article describes the setup of a simple SSH client connecting to an AIX- or Linux-based SSH server that allows a typical, technically literate individual the ability to set up, configure, and operate a flexible means of tunneling data and services over the SSH service. Use OpenSource tools, such as Secure Shell (SSH), PuTTY, and Cygwin, to create secure connections to almost any resource you need to access.

How to back up and restore your Ubuntu machine

There are many, many different ways to back up your Ubuntu system. Here weÂ’re going to look at two of them, one of which is a full system backup and the other is a way to copy folders and files.

Red Hat aims its JEMS at telecom

Red Hat has joined OPUCE, a European telecommunications industry group chartered with building an "open service infrastructure." The company hopes its JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (aka "JEMS") will emerge as a core technology for the "service delivery platform" (SDP) being defined by OPUCE.

Novell delivers integrated mixed source stack for Linux

Novell Inc and IBM Corp have delivered their promised Integrated Stack for Linux, which combines open and closed source middleware and database offerings with Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on IBM hardware.

Updating Slackware using Swaret

Now that Slackware 11.0 is out, you may wonder what is the best way to update the distribution. Swaret is an open source project that aims to keep various versions of Slackware up-to-date. I use Swaret and some cron scripts to keep my servers current automatically.

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