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Mac developers and power users no longer have the freedom to alter, rebuild and replace the OS X kernel from source code. Stripped of openness, it no longer possesses the quality that elevated Linux to its status as the second most popular commercial operating system.
[Be glad that GNU/Linux cannot be made non-free at the whim of a vendor. -- grouch]
Out of the box, the system does very little. There are almost no official games and nothing comes installed on the system except the Linux OS. The draw is that it's completely open.
Multiserver clusters are the new supercomputer stand-in. Here’s how storage has adapted to its important new supporting role
Most 2.6 Linux kernel releases have contained a unique name that is only visible within the top level makefile. Some examples, 2.6.17 was named "Lori Rules", 2.6.16 was named "Sliding Snow Leopard", 2.6.14 was named Affluent Albatross, and 2.6.13 was named "Woozy Numbat"
Kyle McMartin recently posted a patch to thelkml with the intention of making the kernel name visible, leading Linux creator Linus Torvalds to explain, "well, part of the charm of the name is that it's totally meaningless. I can pick names out of my *ss, and they don't matter in the least, and nobody will ever see it except in the kernel diffs."
After only nine weeks of operation, the open source Xara Xtreme project -- which is building a commercial-standard vector graphics program -- has reached a 0.5 version status with Xara LX for Linux. All tools are fully functional, and users can now save and export files as bitmaps, according to the project team.
Richard Green, the Sun Microsystems executive who will lead the company’s effort to open-source Java, says a major issue with any such move is the longstanding fear that Java will fracture and follow a path similar to Linux.
The spirit of the RISC OS desktop can now be easily installed on Debian GNU/Linux systems, after the ROX desktop collection was released in a Debian package. The package came about after Dennis Tomas decided pull the suite into one place for users to download and install.
The Federal Aviation Administration Latest News about Federal Aviation Administration has saved US$15 million by migrating computers that manage air traffic flow to Linux, according to an announcement issued earlier this month. The upgrade is part of a broader service-oriented architecture initiative that will replace proprietary traffic management systems with applications using Java.
The HRP-2m Choromet can lay down and stand-up by itself. The 35cm tall robot can also stand on one leg. The HRP-2m Choromet runs real-time Linux on a 240Mhz CPU (SH-4). This robot has 20 degrees of freedom, a gyro sensor, acceleration sensor and an Ethernet port.
Spamcop is pretty much dependant on user input. If no one submits and verifies spam, then they will have no blacklist. However that whole submission and verification process is a bit annoying. Why should I bother to actually submit spam to Spamcop and have it verified? If I just delete it, that will take less time... This tutorial shows how to automate this submission and verfication process.
Though it was still rainy here at the Annahoeve in the Netherlands, the KDE 4 multimedia meeting was definately up to speed. This article will report on the progress the hackers made yesterday, including the "why" and "what" of redesigning and speeding up amaroK, work on the KIO slaves and Phonon.
Barclays is buying every one of its online banking customers anti-virus software in a bid to improve security. The bank has signed a deal with F-Secure for 1.6 million licences of the Finnish firm's anti-virus program.
[This isn't FOSS related but I thought it was worth posting. How can you run Windows and not use at least one Anti-virus program? - Scott]
Until now there have been few automated web hacker-testing tools because, to fully automate hacker testing, you have to get access to browser source code. That's not possible with Microsoft, which holds the family jewels to IE.
But it's quite feasible with Mozilla, which is open source. And based on their work with Mozilla, they can simulate what might happen if the user runs IE.
"Readahead is a technique employed by the kernel in an attempt to improve file reading performance. If the kernel has reason to believe that a particular file is being read sequentially, it will attempt to read blocks from the file into memory before the application requests them. When readahead works, it speeds up the system's throughput, since the reading application does not have to wait for its requests. When readahead fails, instead, it generates useless I/O and occupies memory pages which are needed for some other purpose."
SEATTLE -- The first-ever FreedomHEC started today in Seattle. FreedomHEC is an informal two-day conference discussing hardware issues under Linux; hot on the heels of the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC), it offers a chance to see the Linux side of things.
The opening of Beta 2 testing at WinHEC for Windows Vista has once again raised serious questions about Microsoft's ability to keep its promises. We have witnessed up until now the inexhaustible reservoir of excuses coming from MS's officials, who have continuously fed us with plenty of reasons for Vista's delay: they're working on security, they're trying to make it more reliable for business, etc. Although it was initially destined to make its public debut way back in 2002, following years haven't shown us more than small bits of what was to become Microsoft's best product in more than 10 years.
A group of South African game developers will meet in Johannesburg tomorrow to hammer out plans for the development of an open source adventure role-playing game that they hope will reinvigorate South Africa's game development industry.
If desktop search tools like Kat and Beagle are overkill for your needs, then try Docco, a little application designed specifically to index documents and search inside them.
A comprehensive guide to finding, creating and using Ruby resources called gems.
FSMLabs and Infineon Technologies have prototyped a Linux mobile phone running FSMLab’s RTLinux real-time Linux operating system on a single ARM9 core.
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