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Minty 4.0 Fresh

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 4, 2007 12:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While there are some Linux users who still insist on running free software exclusively, a growing number are more than happy to mix and match open-source and proprietary software. For these latter users, Ubuntu 7.10-based Mint 4.0 is a distribution made in heaven.

Open source model impacts EnterpriseDB staff

The open source model has taken its toll on a number of EnterpiseDB staff. The company recently laid off some sales workers and under performers, as it realigns its business. According to CEO Andy Astor, EnterpriseDB has enjoyed a strong recent run. “We are in the middle of our best quarter ever,” Astor said. “We are in extremely good shape right now.”

Accessing the Nokia N800 Camera

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Peter Seebach (Posted by IdaAshley on Dec 3, 2007 10:51 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
These three installments of Linux on board show you how to get started building applications by way of a working example: using the camera feature to create a Webcam. In this installment, walk through the start of building a camera application using gstreamer to access the Nokia N800 device's Webcam.

Firefox 3 Beta Boosts Security

Firefox 3 should be welcome both for its many small usability improvements and for its under-the-covers Web rendering engine and security enhancements. When you first install and launch the beta of Firefox 3, the initial impression (especially for those who remember some of the earlier promises of a revamped user interface and increased Web 2.0 integration) can be a little disappointing, since it doesn't look much different from the current version of Firefox.

Func team puts network management back in sysadmins' control

A handful of Red Hat engineers are excited about a new tool they've developed called Func, short for Fedora Unified Network Controller. They're pretty sure that once the rest of the community catches on to just how useful Func is, they'll be singing its praises too. Red Hat Community Development Manager Greg DeKoenigsberg says, "This is the kind of idea where everyone kind of nods and says, 'I meant to write that.'"

Microsoft talks open standards in Cape

If you're looking to understand Microsoft's position on open standards and open source then the Cape Information Technology Initiative's Foss Forum is where you will want to be on Wednesday.

The study did not take into account silent (undocumented) patches.

Jeff Jones, security strategy director in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing group, is at it again, comparing three years of vulnerability data for the two main Web browsers — Internet Explorer and Firefox — to reach a conclusion that IE is arguably much safer than the open-source rival.

Linux dark matter obscures real Firefox user numbers

How many people are using Firefox? It's hard to say because the latest official figures cannot count Linux users who fall into a dark matter phenomena when it comes to the measurement methodology.

Tutorial: Test Driving Zenoss

Zenoss is a new open source, company-backed network management system. It manages applications as well as servers and network devices--we'll explain what that means shortly. We decided it was time to give it an honest run for its money. Wait, it is free, but still we wanted to give it a real review. This article will be a light how-to focused on our experiences and first impressions with Zenoss. Next, we'll attempt to convert a real production environment's monitoring system from Nagios to Zenoss.

All about Linux swap space

When your computer needs to run programs that are bigger than your available physical memory, most modern operating systems use a technique called swapping, in which chunks of memory are temporarily stored on the hard disk while other data is moved into physical memory space. Here are some techniques that may help you better manage swapping on Linux systems and get the best performance from the Linux swapping subsystem.

OpenOffice.org 2.3 impresses

The release of OpenOffice.org 2.3 brings several significant improvements to the open-source office productivity suite, including easier upgrade paths for existing Microsoft Office users, improved measures to prevent security breaches, and an array of snazzy new features introduced in the suite's word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database applications.

Maximum Wait for MinWin and Windows 7.0

Microsoft, desperate to freeze a market, has started evangelizing a “new” version of Windows (called MinWin) that will correct Windows Vista's bloatware problems. But don’t blame Microsoft for the noise about MinWin and Windows 7.0. Blame the trade press. Here's why.

[Wow, you mean I can get a Windows OS that isn't stuffed full of everything I didn't want in the first place..in three years?. - Scott]

KDE Project Day at FOSS.IN/2007

KDE will be participating at FOSS.IN/2007, India's premier FOSS event in Bangalore. KDE Project Day is this Wednesday 5th December. Project Day will have a complete starter course for eager contributors to jump into KDE. Speakers would showcase various avenues of contribution to KDE - artwork, documentation, translation, development, marketing et al, basics of Qt/KDE programming and the various frameworks as well as the state and future of KDE 4 and more. This is the biggest ever representation and splash by KDE on Indian soil. Read on for details including the new KDE India website.

Network-Manager-GNOME vs. Wicd Reviewed

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Dec 3, 2007 12:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Having spent the last few days really examining what Gutsy has to offer on the wireless front, I have been content with improvements made to the network-manager for GNOME. Having thoroughly tested my RT2500 and RT61 Ralink wireless cards, I was impressed with the new wireless stack and network-manager's ability to handle the wireless cards with zero hassle.

Live podcast debate about OOXML this Wednesday starring Jeff Waugh, Roy Schestowitz, and ... you

Linux.com ran an article headlined GNOME Foundation defends OOXML involvement on November 23. Jeff Waugh, the press officer on the GNOME Foundation Board, was prominently mentioned in that article and in several others to which it links. So was Roy Schestowitz, who wrote a post titled Anti-symbiosis: ODF, OOXML, Mono, GNOME, and OpenOffice.org on the Boycott Novell site, where he is a regular contributor. We thought getting them together might be illuminating.

KDE 4.0 to be released January 11

It's finally official. The long-awaited release date of KDE 4.0 will now be January 11. Originally planned for a December release the development team held the release back to "solve a couple of essential issues".

Ubuntu Gutsy Release Candidate Review

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Dec 3, 2007 9:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
After growing tired of install errors with Simply Mepis 7.0 Beta 5, I finally wrote it off as a Beta bug with my architecture on my notebook. After all, clean partitions and being able to run other releases of Mepis indicate that there are some bugs that have yet to be dealt with on that Beta release.

Ubuntu Hardy alpha released

Only for the brave: The Ubuntu Linux team announced the release of Hardy Heron Alpha-1 over the weekend for testing purposes.

Open source tool helps fight measles

The Washington Post reported that global measles fatalities have been drastically reduced, with the number of African deaths dropping by 91 percent since 2000. The initiative, said to be the first to use hand-held computers in collecting data, uses open source software for data collection.

Back Up Your Files With Pybackpack On Fedora 8

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Dec 3, 2007 7:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
This document describes how to set up, configure and use Pybackpack on Fedora 8. The result is an easy to use backup system for desktop usage. Pybackpack creates incremental backups which can be stored locally or remotely (SSH) - the usage of removable devices is supported. You also have the option to burn the backup(s) directly on a CD/DVD.

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