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Linux printing: much done and more to do

In the last seven years, printing on Linux has undergone a metamorphosis. Barely adequate printing support, provided on a program by program basis, has been transmuted by a half dozen projects into a wealth of options comparable to those available on Windows or the Mac OS. Where printer manufacturers once ignored Linux, a growing number support it and the rest are watching closely. Standardization and support for multiple distributions remain major problems, but community and corporate interests have recently started working together to address these last remaining problems.

Degrees of Openness

"Open" is a word too important to apply merely to source code. Although open source code is important to free and unfettered computing, openness encompasses far more components of a computing system. Adrien Lamothe explores other degrees of openness and their implications.

Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) LAMP Server Installation with Screenshots

Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) LAMP Server Installation with Screenshots

The Heath Robinson Rube Goldberg Computer, Part 2

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Clive "Max" Maxfield (Posted by IdaAshley on Nov 10, 2006 3:18 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
In Part 1 of the HRRG series you learned the creation of the HRRG and how you can be involved. Now in Part 2 learn how to partition the system, trading off between implementation complexity, granularity, and flexibility, while also minimizing the bandwidth required to communicate among the various modules.

Oracle must eat Red Hat or fork, says Ubuntu man

Oracle's decision to trigger a Linux turf war has thus far produced the exact results Larry Ellison desired. Red Hat investors freaked out, and Red Hat customers gained a new avenue for putting pricing pressure on their Linux supplier. Despite such concrete turns in the Linux market, Oracle's support plan continues to be more bluster than muster, according to Mark Shuttleworth, whose company Canonical oversees Ubuntu Linux.

SFLC's Bradley M. Kuhn's Letter to the FOSS Development Community Regarding Microsoft's Patent Promise

The Software Freedom Law Center's CTO Bradley Kuhn has issued a statement regarding the Novell-Microsoft agreements and how they will impact FOSS developers. They have analyzed in particular Microsoft's Patent Pledge for Non-Compensated Developers and see little value and in fact say it's worse than useless, because it creates an illusion of safety and because it limits severely what that developer is allowed to do with his work:

Fast, cheap, and good- You Can Have All Three

As hard drive capacities outstripped CDs and DVDs, hard-drive based backups became necessary. (I know y’all tape backup fans are still out there. You may have your cumbersome, slow, unwieldy, mechanically clunky tape backups with their even slower, more cumbersome restores. Kthxbye). For my clients I am very diligent and make sure they are well-protected. But for me- well, you know how it goes.

Open source withstands antitrust scrutiny

  • internetcases.com; By Evan Brown (Posted by alc on Nov 10, 2006 1:07 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: Editorial
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has issued an opinion in which Judge Easterbrook declares, "[t]he GPL and open-source have nothing to fear from the antitrust laws." The case is called Wallace v. IBM., No. 06-2454. [Download a copy of the opinion.] Internet Cases covered the lower court's decision from last December here.

When software patents attack

Shocking portrayal of a Free Software project getting harrased with copyright infringement, wrongfully awarded patents and the frivolous lawsuits that usually come along with these kind of things. I was shocked when I read this, an absolute scandal.

Second open Linux handset unveiled

Taiwanese manufacturer FIC will bring out PDA-style programmable Linux handset at half the price of Trolltech's Greenphone.

Linux provider Red Hat says open source technologies gaining ...

SINGAPORE : There are signs that open source technologies are seeing greater usage, says Matthew Szulik, CEO of Red Hat, the world's leading open source and Linux provider.

More Linux-type deals Mr Ballmer? Novell may beg to differ

Earlier this week, Microsoft struck an agreement with Suse Linux distributor Novell which runs until 2012.The agreement revealed yesterday, seemed to indicate that Microsoft would be tied exclusively to Novell for its Linux requirements. Just a few hours ago Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer cast doubt on that assumption.

Configuring IPCop Firewalls

  • LinuxSecurity.com - Feature Stories; By Eric Lubow (Posted by dcparris on Nov 9, 2006 10:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
IPCop is a tool that can be deployed in almost any place within a network and serve a functional purpose. It has an intuitive easy to use interface that is great for users of any level. And the fact that no prior Linux or IPCop knowledge is required...

Open-source Startups Speak Out in Germany

  • CIO; By John Blau, IDG News Service (Dusseldorf Bureau) (Posted by dcparris on Nov 9, 2006 9:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Entrepreneurs attending a forum in Germany this week showed how they plan to use clever open-source products—commercially—to compete with proprietary software companies.

How Red Hat Does Support

Oracle will not find it easy to match Red Hat's Linux support operation. (Linux-Watch)

SQL-Ledger: Impressive capabilities, but needs polish

  • Linux.com; By Mayank Sharma and Conrad Canterford (Posted by dcparris on Nov 9, 2006 8:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
SQL-Ledger is a popular free accounting application with a rich set of features. It's written in Perl and stores your accounting information in a PostgreSQL database, which makes deployment much easier when you have users who work on different machines. Like GnuCash, supports double-entry accounting. Unlike GnuCash, however, it appears to be squarely aimed at the small business community, boasting multiple user support, multiple company support, point-of-sale entry, accounts receivable and payable, and stock tracking. It has a good list of supported languages (29, according to the Web site), and by virtue of its HTML interface is usable on practically any modern operating system -- or indeed a whole range of different operating systems simultaneously.

Ultra Low Power Computers for Teraflops-Scale Linux Applications

SiCortex has introduced a family of ultra low power high performance Linux systems.

Piracy stats don't add up

"PIRACY statistics are labelled "self-serving hyperbole" in a draft government report."

Beryl debuts a dazzling community-built 3-D desktop

As we reported in September, a group of developers forked SUSE's Compiz compositing window manager to create a community-based project called Beryl. The new project has quickly become a popular choice for supporting the 3-D desktop effects that make the Linux desktop sizzle these days. I installed Beryl on Ubuntu Edgy and have been running it for the past week. I find Beryl impressive, but, predictably, unstable.

Linux replaces Unix on CitiStreet systems

CitiStreet, a Quincy, Mass., corporate benefits provider, was founded in 2000. A year later it was already outgrowing its proprietary Unix-based network infrastructure. Faced with a choice between adding more HP-UX and Solaris boxes, or moving to Intel hardware with Linux, CitiStreet chose the latter. Today the company is enjoying enhanced stability and security, and drastically lower costs.

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