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People of openSUSE Bring You Stephan Binner

"Born last millenium", KDE and openSUSE's very own Stephan Binner gets interviewed for this week's People of openSUSE. Stephan talks about his beginnings starting with a Commodore 64 with Ghostbusters, to today's hacking on KDE and openSUSE. "During my studies I maintained the KDE installation on the faculty’s Solaris network (most played day-time game then was XBlast) and started in 2001 to directly contribute to KDE (C++ programming and other stuff)."

How to get the M$ out of XP and Vista

Ever have someone who just refuses to use Linux? Maybe it's you I'm talking about here. Well there is hope. I put these instructions together to take the DRM, Trusted Computing, and Vulnerabilities out of Windows. It's not full proof but it should bring you one step closer.

Archlinux tools: Pacman

  • polishlinux.org; By mikrobart (Posted by michux on Oct 28, 2007 6:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
We are starting a short series of articles aiming to describe the key administration tools and packages used in Archlinux distribution. Today we are taking a closer look at Pacman — the Arch’s package manager of choice.

Italian Judge Tells HP To Refund Pre-Installed XP

An Italian user asked for a refund after buying a Compaq computer that came with Windows XP and Works 8 pre-installed. HP tried to avoid the EULA agreement which states, approximately: '[I]f the end user is not willing to abide by this EULA... he shall immediately contact the producer to get info for giving back the product and obtaining refunds.' The court ruled in favor of the user who received back €90 for XP and €50 for Works.

New Weather Application Needs Testing And Feedback

After much work on the by the WeatherBug software developers, I am thrilled to announce that they have released a Java based application into the wilds of the Linux world. Available both in Deb and RPM format, this self-contained app will install easily on most popular Linux distributions. Just remember to make sure that Java is already installed first.

Meet Doxygen Maintainer - Dimitri van Heesch

Blue GNU interviews Dimitri van Heesch, founder and maintainer of the Doxygen project, to learn more about about how developers can manage their documentation.

Asterisk creator: Consider open source VoIP, think twice about hybrid-hosted

Companies selecting a VoIP solution must choose from a dizzying array of options, including whether a hosted, hybrid-hosted or premise-based telephony system will work better for them, and whether the benefits of open source outweigh the potential risks. Digium CTO and Asterisk creator Mark Spencer called the proprietary hybrid-hosted model "very evil" during the Internet Telephony Expo West 2007 in Los Angeles, leading to a conversation-starting blog posting by SearchNetworking.com site editor Amy Kucharik.

The Past 12 Linux Kernels Benchmarked

Taking a break from our graphics excitement last week with the release of AMD's 8.42.3 Display Driver, we have finished our largest (and most time consuming) Linux performance comparison to date. We have taken the last 12 major kernel releases, from Linux 2.6.12 to Linux 2.6.23, built them from source and set out on a benchmarking escapade. This testing also includes the Linux 2.6.24-rc1 kernel. From these benchmarks you can see how the Linux kernel performance has matured over the past two and a half years.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 28-Oct-2007


LXer Feature: 28-Oct-2007

It looks like it was a busy week in Open Source News. Carla Schroder continues her series on digital photography with part 5, Microsoft concedes in European antitrust case, Where are the American Linux desktop users?, GIMP 2.4.0 is released, a NY investment company offers to buy SCO for $36M, a Battle For Wesnoth game review and ripping and encoding audio files in Linux. In our funny article of the week we have, The World's toughest jobs: Microsoft's interoperability chief, funny stuff.

Install windows DomU for xVM on Solaris Nevada Build 75a

The author shows how to install Windows on a Solaris system.

The Perfect Desktop - Linux Mint 3.1 Celena FE

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Oct 28, 2007 1:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNOME
This document describes how to set up a Linux Mint 3.1 full edition desktop. The result is a fast, secure and extendable system that provides all you need for daily work and entertainment. Linux Mint 3.1 builds upon Ubuntu Feisty and is compatible to its repositories - about 22.000 packages are available.

Distributed Storage Subsystem Headed For -mm

Andrew Morton responded favorably to Evgeniy Polyakov's most recent release of his distributed storage subsystem, "I went back and re-read last month's discussion and I'm not seeing any reason why we shouldn't start thinking about merging this."

Create Lisp Apps with Cusp Eclipse Plug-In

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Tyler Anderson (Posted by IdaAshley on Oct 27, 2007 8:11 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Eclipse
Lisp is an excellent programming language that allows you to expand your knowledge of programming languages due to its largely typeless nature. Find out how to develop Lisp applications using the Cusp Eclipse plug-in. It can also help those seasoned in the Java language, PHP, or C/C++ think in new ways when developing applications.

A Letter to the Gnome Foundation

  • Fanaticattack.com; By Russell (Posted by roland on Oct 27, 2007 6:50 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNOME, Microsoft
It appears that the Gnome Foundation is participating in ECMA TC 451 regarding resolving comments and contradictions for MS OOXML DIS 29500. Gnome’s participation in this activity is to the detriment of interoperability among office suits and a disservice to FOSS and everyone who has worked on Open Standards.

Lancelot revealed - an alternative to Kickoff menu for KDE 4

In this post you can get the general idea about Lancelot and see what it will look like. Already finished are Extender Button (the base of the no-click concept interface) and Action List View (contains extender buttons). You will also be able to put Plasmoids (desktop applets) into Lancelot, which means almost endless possibilities to build your very own menu layout.

ReviewLinux.com: Linux Mint 4.0 - An Elegant Linux

Linux Mint 4.0 Beta was released yesterday October 26 2007 and I thought I would have a quick look at it. Linux Mint is not packed full of software but it does have a great look and well worth looking at. Check out the images as well as the Flash Video of Linux Mint 4.0 Beta in action.

Fluxbuntu 7.10 RC

Fluxbuntu has gone RC ! For those who do not know RC stands for 'Release Candidate'. Meaning it is ready for the general public. While it still not a final release it sure is gaining attention. From it's small size to low requirements, a lot of people are sure to take interest in this release!

Is Linux losing its way?

Is Linux really in as much trouble as some people are saying, following the negative US server shipments growth reported by IDC?

A First Tussle With Linux's iPhone Killer: The OpenMoko Neo1973

The Neo1973 is the first physical manifestation of a grand idea -- a new breed of wireless handheld built for the open-source age. It is the first release from the OpenMoko project, a group working to create a fully open source software platform for smartphones, a community-driven alternative to, say, the iPhone. Using Linux as a starting point, the OpenMoko developers have built a system which, although not everyday-usable yet, can be successfully installed and run on a variety of ordinary smartphone hardware: Treos, Motorolas, JasJars and so forth.

iPod-powered DJ console runs Linux

Numark is shipping the iDJ2, a Linux-based DJ mixing console built around the Apple iPod. The iDJ2 allows users to play two songs simultaneously from a single iPod, and offers music control with real-time scratching, pitch control, seamless loop, and full cueing.

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