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Buying A Linux Computer This Year?

If you're planning on buying someone a computer this year, why not get them a desktop or laptop with GNU/Linux pre-installed? If you don't know where to buy one, you can check out the Pre-Installed Linux Vendor Database. The database lets you filter on laptops or desktops, and you can see what city the vendor is in.

Unwise Hollywood laws hurting U.S. industry

The world plainly needs UNCRIPPLED TV's, VCR's, DVR's, COMPUTERS, CELL PHONES, and AUDIO/VIDEO players. Hollywood has been using its huge WAR CHEST to influence unwise legislation preventing U.S. companies from creating these needed products. If the U.S. cannot create them, then other countries will soon DOMINATE

Red Hat, Satyam Enter Into Open Source Partnership

Open source provider Red Hat announced Satyam, an IT service provider, has joined its Advanced Business Partner Program and plans to open a Center of Excellence (CoE) and open source lab in Bangalore for developing horizontal competencies and business solutions on Red Hat and JBoss platforms.

Travails of adding a second hard disk in a PC running Linux

Ever had to install a second hard disk on a machine running Linux? If it is an IDE hard disk, the jumper settings of the hard disk decide how it is detected by the computer. This article details the experiences of the author in adding a second IDE hard disk in a Linux PC.

Xen LiveCDs: Xenoppix versus Knoppix

  • SearchServerVirtualization.com; By Bernard Golden (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 8, 2006 12:12 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
LiveCDs provide a quick and easy way to get started with Linux. If you're not already familiar with them, LiveCD distributions (such as Knoppix) are nifty CDs that can run Linux from the CD-ROM drive without installing anything. It's as simple as popping in the CD and starting up the machine. This neat technology not only lets you get acquainted with Linux; it also offers system administrators a back door method of accessing files on the hard drives of compromised machines – and this even works with Windows boxes.

Gnu/linux: anywhere and everywhere

There are many things about GNU/Linux which merit complaint. But it is extremely doubtful whether anyone can find anything to complain about with regards to the versatile nature of the operating system.

Linux-friendly DSP RTOS gains TCP/IP stack

Enea plans to market a small-footprint TCP/IP stack add-on for OSEck, its compact RTOS (real-time operating system) for DSPs (digital signal processors). The "DSPNet" stack should enable DSP farms running OSEck to connect via gigabit Ethernet to heterogenous, distributed systems running Linux and other OSes, according to the company.

Kontron spins Linux-friendly mini-ITX systems

Kontron is preparing a line of compact, customizable, multifunctional computers based on its mini-ITX motherboard family. The KIM ("Kontron intelligent mini-computer") series will ship in February, 2007, in custom and standard configurations, powered by Intel processors ranging from the Celeron M to Core 2 Duo.

Third Issue of Amarok Weekly Newsletter Released

The third issue of Amarok Weekly News talks about cross-desktop media player cooperation, cool new additions to Amarok, and refreshed artwork. And again, it also includes useful tips. Enjoy!

Installing Gentoo Linux on the Playstation 3

Gentoo Linux's project team has published information -- contained in its weekly online newsletter -- on how to load and use its popular distro on the new Sony Playstation 3, which is all the rage among gamers at the moment.

Speaking UNIX, Part 5: Data, data everywhere

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Martin Streicher (Posted by solrac on Dec 8, 2006 7:28 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
In Part 5 of this series, let's look at a handful of techniques that can help keep explosions of files under control.

Palm Pays $44M For Perpetual OS License

Palm said today it will pay $44 million to Japan's Access Systems for a perpetual license of the operating system used by Treo smartphones and PDAs. The agreement ensures current and future Palm devices remain compatible with Palm's Garnet operating system. Palm, which also licenses Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Edition OS, said the one-time payment avoids yearly royalties to Access worth tens of millions of dollars.

Linux.com's coverage becomes part of arguments in Israeli GPL case

Linux.com's previous coverage of an alleged violation of the GNU General Public License (GPL) by IChessu in Israel has become part of the legal arguments in the case. Just what part, however, depends on who is talking. According to Alexander Maryanovsky, who filed the case, Linux.com's coverage has become the means of moving the case forward. By contrast, lawyers for the defendants discount its relevance.

Device Profile: eRead Star eBook STK-101 digital book reader

Taiwan-based ebook specialist eRead is shipping a Linux-based electronic book reader featuring an electrophoretic display (EPD). The low-power, thin, light-weight Star eBook STK-101 can be used to read as many as 60 books on a single charge, the company claims.

Making a distribution secure

There's no dearth of Linux distributions to choose from. With so many to choose from, one might think it's as easy as picking up the Linux kernel, throwing in a few applications, setting up respositories, making ISOs and you've got a shiny new Linux distro. Well, there's more to a Linux distro than assembling applications and making sure everything works. A lot of time and effort, at least for major distros, is spent on making the distribution secure and getting updates out in a timely fashion.

Microsoft Office lock-in and the deal with Novell

I can't urge you strongly enough to read the article entitled "How Vista Lets Microsoft Lock Users In". It details how Microsoft has built into Vista the "trusted computing" ability to lock down Office files via DRM such that no unauthorized document reader will be able to decrypt and read them. This is perhaps one of the biggest hidden weapons Microsoft has in its arsenal that could sabotage Linux and OpenOffice.org if Microsoft succeeds in its attempt to plug SUSE and all Novell's "interoperability" bonuses.

Open Source at 90 MPH

Inspired by Linux, the OScar project aims to build a car by tapping the knowledge of a volunteer team. It won’t be an easy ride, but their journey is important

Entry-level network appliance platform runs Linux

Taiwanese systems integrator AR Infotek has built an "entry-level" 1U rackmount server appliance platform around an AMD x86-compatible embedded processor. The Teak 3258 is based on a passively cooled Geode LX-800 processor, and features soldered-down RAM, and two LAN bypass ports.

Book Review: Ajax for Web Application Developers

Kris Hadlock's book hits the ground running and you'd better have the "legs" to keep up. Quite a bit of information is crammed into the book's slim 288 pages however don't expect to start out with elementary JavaScript. Hadlock wrote this book with the web developer in mind, not the person who thinks they might want to be one someday. While most books would have a lengthy introductory chapter, Chapter 1, "Introduction to Ajax" is exactly two pages long. Not much time for a first meeting but perhaps enough for a reunion with someone you are already acquainted with.

Directory services made easy with Fedora Directory Server

Directory services play a vital part in today's networks by helping administrators manage network users and resources. Until recently, the only choice for deploying a secure and easy-to-use open source directory server was OpenLDAP. While it gets the job done, it lacks the polish of commercial alternatives. Now Fedora Directory Server (FDS), Red Hat's open source LDAP server, makes setting up an enterprise directory server on Linux simple.

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