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SA free bandwidth campaign launched

A new campaign to highlight Telkom's local capping non-compliance has been launched with a plan to test Telkom's capability to deliver uncapped local content.

Music Player Daemon rocks your net

The Music Player Daemon (MPD) is a very different, and very cool, way to play back music online. Unlike typical music-playing applications, MPD does not have a graphical (or even command-line) interface. Instead, a variety of clients interact with MPD over the network.

Running Linux GUI Super Fast with Old Hardware [Part-I]

Linux promises to work well with old Hardware too so I started to investigate whether it is just a statement or Linux really works well with Old. Soon I have come to know about some Linux Window Managers and Softwares which have been designed to give life to Old Hardware with out any compromise in user friendliness and look. KDE/GNOME can make the latest Hardware of recent times just obsolete after 3/4 years and users has to go for a Hardware upgradation to continue with those Desktop technologies smoothly. where low fat, fast Linux Softwares still allow me using my 10 years old PI machine smoothly and proudly :-)

Open News Episode 14 Released

This week on Open News Open Source Users Ask To Be Sued, Novell Joins EFF's Patent Busting Project, and Getting A Tickle Out Of Trickle.

Tutorial: Point-and-Click Linux LVM Filesystem Workstation Backup, Part 2

In part 2 of this two-part series on LVM, A. Lizard will cover the dar backup script, emergency script, icon setups, setup of a backup GUI, insertion into a Knoppix .iso, backup, and restore.

Apple rolls out copy protection-free iTunes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc. said on Wednesday it launched iTunes Plus, a new copy protection-free music download service featuring artists with EMI Group including Coldplay, The Rolling Stones and Joss Stone.

[Here's one for digital freedom - dcparris]

Novell won't be punished for Microsoft deal: source

BOSTON (Reuters) - A foundation that owns rights to much of the code behind Linux software has decided not to carry out threats to punish Novell Inc. (NOVL.O: Quote, Profile, Research over a deal with Microsoft Corp, a person familiar with the matter said.

Dell + Linux + Wal-Mart

Lots of news from Dell about Linux lately. A few weeks ago, Dell said they planned to preload Ubuntu Linux version 7.04 on three new PCs, two desktops and a laptop. Desktops were expected, but the laptop was a nice touch. So many laptop parts are customized many Linux distributions have trouble running on them.

Scientific Linux releases Live CD 5.0

The Scientific Linux team last weekend released its Live CD 5.0 for i386 and x86_64 architectures, following on the heels of its Live DVD 5.0 release earlier this month. As is expected from a live CD, Scientific Live CD 5.0 boots and runs the distribution directly from the CD, according to spokesman Urs Beyerle.

Linux opens doors for mobile phone design

  • Electronics Weekly; By Richard Wilson (Posted by dcparris on May 31, 2007 8:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Mobile phones based on Linux operating systems are set for strong growth over the next few years, according to a report from market watcher Strategy Analytics.

Palm Debuts Linux “Companion”

  • Red Herring; By Eydie Cubarrubia (Posted by dcparris on May 31, 2007 8:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Handheld device maker tries to bridge gap between smartphone and laptop.

Glory fades on Novell's Microsoft deal

From black to red: Novel has turned a year-ago profit into loss as the impact from its controversial distribution and patent protection deal with Microsoft fades.

Thursday is Google Developer Day

Thursday 31st May is the first ever Google Developer Day, with more than 5000 developers at 10 locations around the world taking part.

Sabayon's Fabio Erculiani: "Users first and choice makes the tasty dessert among the distro's"

LXer Feature: 31-May-2007

After a month of absence I visited Distrowatch again, and found out I definitely missed something. A new Gentoo-based almost Ubuntu-like* distribution - called Sabayon (an Italian dessert) Linux - seemed to have appeared almost out of nowhere recently including a full-blown portal website. This is even more true if you know Sabayon Linux only has three main developers.

"Let's give this a spin" I thought, and I was stunned: "How did these developers make the most progressive but still stable desktop I have ever seen, with out-of-the-box 3D-desktop experience and tons of applications - all fitting on a LiveDVD?"
Soon, the distribution reached its preliminary goal of surpassing Gentoo at Distrowatch and became the fastest growing distribution of the last few months. To those who don't know Sabayon Linux yet, I'd say: "If less is more, than Sabayon Linux is most at least".

So far so good, you may think, but Sabayon Linux' main developer - Fabio Erculiani - sees an even bigger future for Sabayon Linux, after funding issues are resolved. Time to find out who are behind this user-oriented distribution.

[*In my opinion it's better, but to those who haven't tried Sabayon Linux yet, think Ubuntu, but more complete and more progressive - hkwint]

Microsoft Gets Novell Linux Code Ahead Of Open Source Community

SEC document shows that Microsoft is entitled to receive key technical documentation from the Linux distributor -- even if that documentation is not generally available to open source software developers.

OpenOffice.org 2.0.4 GA Available for OS/2, eComStation

Effective immediately, Serenity Systems International will be distributing a GA version of OpenOffice.org 2.0.4 to all users who ordered the Support Agreement for OpenOffice.org product. This version has been compiled to run on IBM OS/2 and eComStation as a native application. OpenOffice.org version 1.1.5 will no longer be distributed.

Why Novell Must Not Crash and Burn

Not since SCO has there been a company so reviled by the open source community as Novell following its deal with Microsoft. Already there are some clear signs of the negative effects of that anger: senior coders have left the company; Novell has posted a loss for the most recent quarter; and there are calls for a boycott of Novell products to say nothing of imminent changes to the GNU GPL that might well nullify the entire Novell-Microsoft deal. Some people are rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of Novell crashing and burning completely, but such a development could actually turn out to be one of the worst things to happen to free software.

Mark Shuttleworth Talks Dell, Hardware, Ubuntu 7.10 & More

Mark Shuttleworth has flown into space on a Soyuz TM-34 and founded Thawte Consulting that later sold to Verisign for over $500 million, but he is now known most for being the founder and leader of the Ubuntu Linux distribution. In addition to Ubuntu he also established HBD Venture Capital and is involved with several other free software projects. Earlier today we had spoke with Mark Shuttleworth to discuss the latest happenings in the Ubuntu world including Dell shipping Ubuntu PCs, getting open-source drivers from hardware vendors, and what is coming down the road for Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon.

MS Sees No Conflict with Its Patent/Open Source Initiatives

It's important for everyone to understand that the issue of mutual respect for intellectual property rights was an important one for not just Microsoft, but for every participant in the industry, Microsoft stated.

Eben Moglen: It's not easy being a monopoly

This is the third in our series of video segments from our interview with Professor Eben Moglen. The way he tells it, there are lots of reasons to feel sympathy for Microsoft.

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