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One Laptop sighted in Cape Town

The much talked about One Laptop Per Child, a low-cost laptop computer for the developing world, was finally on show at the Digital Freedom Expo in Cape Town this past week.

LXer cookbook: Convince your boss you need a new desktop

LXer Feature: 22-Apr-2007

OK, that's it. You had it. When running a CAD-application, it takes more than 330 msec to move 30 000 polylines, compiling OpenOffice from scratch takes more than half an hour, Firefox won't open all existing 86 010 LXer stories at once in seperate tabs anymore, you can't run all OpenBSD versions from 2.2 to 3.9 in VMware at the same time anymore to look for differences, TuxRacer only makes 2 frames per day... And worst, your neigbour running Windows98 does his job fine using his i1/2-86, an ancient predecessor of the i286. You're all fed up with it.

But your desktop/server/laptop, whatever it is because it doesn't matter, still looks brand new. Now, what to do to convince your non-tech savvy boss, which would be beaten by your death grandma in a nerd-quiz, that you really need that quadcore dual Opteron SLI triple---whell-everything dual system?

Debian 4.0 (Etch) Samba Standalone Server With tdbsam Backend

  • HowtoForge; By Till Brehm (Posted by falko on Apr 22, 2007 12:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This tutorial explains the installation of a Samba file server on Debian Etch and how to configure it to share files over the SMB protocol as well as adding users. Samba is configured as a standalone server, not as a domain controller. In the resulting setup, every user has its own home directory that is accessible via SMB protocol and all users have a shared directory with read/write access.

Marvell Yukon Driver (SK-9E22) for Solaris (x64) 8.19.1.3 installation procedure in Solaris Express

  • bderzhavets.blogspot.com; By Boris Derzhavets (Posted by dba477 on Apr 22, 2007 12:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Sun
At mean time many people are experiencing problems with installing Solaris Express on PCs with boards based on Marvell Yukon Gigabit PCI-X Ethernet adapter.Version for download from : syskonnect.de may be installed but actually doesn’t work. Workaround for this issue follows bellow.

Backing up your MySQL database using your web browser and a PHP script

As I was trying to find an easy way to backup a MySQL database with no ssh access to the server, there should be better ways, but i found this easy one. You will need a Shell script, a .php script.

WorldVistA Wins Wired News 2007 Rave Award

WorldVistA has won the 2007Wired News Rave Award. This is in the latest print edition of Wired on page 147 (not on the website yet) featuring a picture of K.S. Bhaskar, Joseph Dal Molin and Maury Pepper. Bhaskar is quoted as saying"nothing short of world domination" regarding VistA. Shameless Linux Medical News plug: Bhaskar and Joseph Dal Molin are past recipients of the coveted Linux Medical News Freedom Award.

NVIDIA 100.14.03 Display Driver

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Apr 21, 2007 2:31 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
We have been waiting and waiting for NVIDIA to release their new Linux display drivers and today we can report that they finally did. Sneaking out of the NVIDIA camp on Friday night was the 100.14.03 Beta driver for Linux. However, at this time there is no 100.14.03 equivalent for FreeBSD or Solaris users.

Red Hat's JBoss to Adopt Fedora Model

The JBoss division of Red Hat is slated to move to a model in which its source code control system will be public and backward compatibility is not guaranteed, sources say.

Which Linux will Dell offer?

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Apr 21, 2007 12:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
I've been following the story of Dell preparing to sell Linux on its business and consumer computer lines so closely that if we were cars and they came to a sudden stop, I'd crash into them. Despite that, I still don't know what Linux, or Linuxes, they'll choose.

Free Long Distance . . . Really!

  • Linux Journal; By Marcel Gagné (Posted by freethinker on Apr 21, 2007 11:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Who, besides myself, would like to avoid paying hefty long-distance fees? I see. Well, how does free long distance to anyone anywhere in the world sound? That's what I thought. How? By using your Linux system and a Voice over IP program, of course.

French presidential candidates on free software, related issues

When free software supporters participate in the French presidential election on April 22nd for the first round of voting, they will have information that may be unique in the world: position statements from all major parties on issues about free software, copyright, patents, and digital rights. Even more surprisingly -- at least from a North American perspective -- a majority of the candidates have heard of these issues and developed positions on them.

My Edgy but not Feisty day

After trying -- and failing -- to install about 10 distros yesterday on my Maxspeed Maxterm thin client (with a CD-RW drive and hard drive connected but sitting on the outside of the thin client, I slid my Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty alternate-install disc into the drive and hoped for the best. Keep reading for an account of my day in the Edgy-Feisty trenches.

Fonty Python and the Holy Grail of a font manager

For designers, a font manager that can activate and deactivate fonts on-the-fly is the Holy Grail of the GNU/Linux desktop. Without such a tool, designers either need to devote an inordinate amount of system memory to their font collections, or else install and uninstall fonts individually, manually keeping track of the fonts needed for each project. The trouble is, no such font manager has reached a 1.0 release, or even an advanced beta. So far, the closest candidate is Fonty Python, currently at version 0.2.

Online Stream Deviator

This technology helps publishers hide real values of sensitive data from consumers looking to analyze trends and find similarities across multiple streams. Online Stream Deviator is a module that alters the data from incoming streams in order to hide the precise values while preserving statistical properties of the data.

Tux500 Exactly the Marketing Linux Needs

The Linux mascot, Tux, is about to introduce himself to the masses—by driving really, really fast. Is this really the best way to increase public awareness of the open-source OS?

Amarok Weekly News #8 released

A new issue of the Amarok newsletter is out. It talks about interesting new developments, Amarok's Summer of Code projects, the current events in the 1.4 stable branch, and continues to provide cool Amarok-related tips.

Managed Linux Servers for Your Web Hosting Needs

  • Linux-Watch.com; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Apr 21, 2007 12:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Web hosting company Verio chose a lucky day to introduce its new Linux-based managed private server offering for small businesses. The day before, April 17, Microsoft admitted that it doesn't have a fix for a serious security hole in its server operating systems.

Microsoft's anti-Linux whisper game

Well, Microsoft never committed to play fair. The company has entered into two more patent agreements with Fuji and Samsung, as reported by Matthew Aslett. As ever, Microsoft doesn't actually say there are any IP infringement problems with Linux (there aren't, at least, no more than Microsoft has in its own products), but rather uses these cross-licensing deals, innocuous and common in and of themselves, to hint at IP infringement. Wink. Wink. Nudge. Nudge. Know what I mean?

Poll Shows Developer Support for GPLv3

Some open-source developers believe that the upcoming GNU GPLv3 will be good for open-source software, but they are concerned about its patent and digital rights management provisions.

Cedega update delivers more Windows games to Linux

TransGaming Technologies last week released Cedega 6.0, subscription-based software that enables Linux gamers to play Windows titles on their Linux OS of choice. Cedega 6.0 offers sharper, brighter graphics, improved sound, faster overall performance, and support for "many more games," new and old, the company said.

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