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Review: Mandriva Flash delivers Linux to go

Mandriva Flash is a 2GB Dane-Elec USB key loaded with Mandriva Linux 2007. It gets points for style: the key is an attractive deep blue surrounded by a sturdy metal fence that leaves room on both ends to attach the key to a lanyard or keychain. The release notes say that the operating system and related files only take up half the space on the USB drive, leaving 1GB for my own files. This little powerhouse packs a lot of punch, once you get it up and running.

Vyatta Opens Router To Debian Application Universe

New OFR Release Eases Integration Of Third-Party Packages For Added Flexibility

Microsoft-Novell survey gives their deal a thumbs-up

Survey commissioned by the two companies asserts that their high-profile agreement will drive customers away from joint rival Red Hat.

[I would rather have seen Novell and Red Hat join forces. Sheesh! - dcparris]

SabayonLinux 3.2 miniEdition Screenshot Walkthrough

  • The Coding Studio (Posted by linuxbeta on Dec 12, 2006 8:17 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Gentoo
The World's first and fastest Gentoo Linux powered distribution now has made a new record, AIGLX and XGL support on a single, powerful and cutting edge LiveCD, thanks to Beryl, Emerald (and the Beryl Project team) and the full power of hardware accelerated GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap. We were the first to support XGL on a Live system, and now, we are yet again the first to support the future of the Desktop Linux platform. We are proud to provide you the best Linux experience.

Red Hat finds home in heart of capitalism

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates once likened the open-source movement to communism, but there was little evidence of that on Tuesday when Linux specialist Red Hat took over the New York Stock Exchange.

Microsoft desperately wants my love -- and yours

I spent December seventh, eighth, and ninth in Seattle as Microsoft's guest. Microsoft flew me there from Florida at its expense, put me up in a nice hotel, provided decent food, and comped me and four other invitees to this "special conference" with presentations about the marvels of Vista and other recent or upcoming Microsoft products. They didn't quite play the old Beatles song "Love Me Do" in the background, but it was the event's unstated theme. And, as a free bonus, Microsoft gave me a free Zune to pass on to a developer who wants to put Linux on it or make a utility that will allow it to interact with a PC running Linux.

Questions I’d like to see customers asked about the Microsoft-Novell deal

Microsoft and Novell are touting the results of a new survey (paid for by Microsoft and Novell) that found 200 IT managers to be largely in favor of the interoperability deal announced on November 2 by the two software vendors.

New hope for net neutrality as Stevens telecom bill dies

  • Ars Technica; By Nate Anderson (Posted by SamShazaam on Dec 12, 2006 6:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Congressional attempt to update the nation's 1996 Telecommunications Act died with the pounding of the gavel that recently ended the 109th Congress.

Microsoft claims customer mandate for Novell Linux deal

Microsoft today claimed that there is "strong customer support" for its recent alliance with Novell. The Redmond giant said that a survey of IT decision makers it commissioned from market research firm Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates shows overwhelming support for the deal. Nearly all respondents were said to want to improve Windows/Linux interoperability and have tools that make it easier to manage mixed Windows and Linux environments.

Thunderbird 2 Beta 1 Released

Thunderbird 2 Beta 1 is a developer preview release of our next generation Thunderbird email client and is being made available for testing purposes only. Thunderbird 2 Beta 1 is intended for our testing community.

Tip of the Trade: Recovery Is Possible

Recovery is Possible (RIP) sounds like a 12-step program, or some kind of self-help regime. RIP is (yet another) specialized Linux rescue distribution. RIP comes in a number of bootable images: CD/DVD, USB key, Compact Flash, PXE netboot, and even a tiny FreeBSD-based image. You can get a version with X windows, or one without.

OpenOffice .org 2.1 Released

The news on the ODF front continues to flow, as the air wars continue between ODF and OOXML. This morning's email includes a message from's Louis Suarez-Potts to those interested in the progress of OOo's ODF compliant, open source software suite. That message announces the third OOo release of 2006, versioned as 2.1.

Looking For Linux Computers?

  • LXer - Announcements; By D.C. Parris (Posted by dcparris on Dec 12, 2006 3:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: LXer
Are you looking for computers with Linux pre-installed? Clicking on that big blue image on the right will take you to LXer's Pre-Installed Linux Vendor Database, where you can find vendors selling laptops, desktops, servers, and more - all with GNU/Linux pre-installed, or at least without Windows so you can install your own operating system. You can find vendors in the US, Europe, and Australia, so look for a vendor near you!

DivX renews commitment to offer users Google's search capabilities

DivX has extended its multi-year agreement with Google in which DivX bundles the Google toolbar with downloads of DivX video software products. DivX will also bundle the Mozilla Firefox Browser.

Sirius Teams Up with KDE

In a move to promote the KDE desktop in the Enterprise, the UK's Open Source experts, Sirius Corporation, have become a Supporting Member of the KDE project. Sirius' commitment to KDE is our second supporting membership and follows Canonical's recent patronage of the project. Sirius and KDE are joint participants in SQO-OSS, an EU-funded project that assesses the quality of Open Source code.

Fortify And FindBugs Launch Review Of Java Open Source Software

Fortify Software, provider of software security products, in partnership with FindBugs, the open source Java error detection project, has launched the Java Open Review (JOR) Project. The JOR Project, located at, invites the open source software community to submit their Java software projects for a quality and security review.

What's up next in Linux desktop standardization?

Over the past week, some of the Linux desktop's foremost developers gathered together in Portland, Oregon at the OSDL (Open Source Development Labs) Desktop Architects Meeting to work further on bringing order to the Linux desktop.

screen: Keep Your Processes Running Despite A Dropped Connection

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Dec 12, 2006 11:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
I guess you all know this: you are connected to your server with SSH and in the middle of compiling some software (e.g. a new kernel) or doing some other task which takes lots of time, and suddenly your connection drops for some reason, and you lose your labour. This can be very annoying, but fortunately there is a small utility called screen which lets you reattach to a previous session so that you can finish your task. This short tutorial shows how to use screen for just this purpose.

Off to The NYSE For Red Hat

It's a Red Hat day in New York. Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik will ring the bell to open the NYSE while a big red hat sits out front. Welcome to the NYSE. The NYSE will be going all out to market the arrival of Red Hat on the big board. The exchange will adorn its façade with a 10-foot fedora, light up Times Square with Red Hat's logo and place ads on New York City taxicabs and investor publications.

Training your Mutt

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 12, 2006 10:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Mutt is a great mail client, in large part because it is extremely customizable. You can tweak Mutt's behavior and have it do tricks that are nearly impossible to do with other mail clients -- but it can be a bit daunting to get started with. Let's take Mutt on a short trip to mail client obedience school and see how easy it can be to make Mutt handle mail just the way you want it to.

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