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Heavy Hitters Push Linux on Handhelds

"There is a lot of momentum for Linux on handhelds, specifically for mobile phones," says Eirik Chambe-Eng, president and cofounder of Trolltech, a company that builds a GUI on top of Linux for mobile devices and has joined the OSDL effort.

Ten Things I Hate About (U)nix

UNIX was a terrific workhorse for its time, but eventually the old nag needs to be put out to pasture. David Chisnall argues that it's time to retire UNIX in favor of modern systems with a lot more horsepower.

Kurumin 5.1 Alpha 3 Screenshot Tour

Kurumin Linux is a Brazilian run-from-CD Linux distribution based on Knoppix. Its main features are excellent hardware auto-detection, support for Brazilian Portuguese and small size. Version 5.1 Alpha 3 has been released.

OSDir has some nice shots of Kurumin 5.1 Alpha 3.

Grokster to stop distributing file-sharing service

Andy Sullivan writes: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - File-sharing service Grokster Ltd. has agreed to stop distributing software that allows users to copy songs over the Internet after losing its case before the U.S. Supreme Court, a recording industry trade group said on Monday.

[If we keep surrendering our freedom, eventually, we won't have any freedom left to surrender. It's up to a government *of* and *by* the people to ensure that the it works *for* the people. IOW, if we, the people quit surrendering our freedoms, the government won't be able to encroach on them this way. - Ed]

Fedora Weekly News Issue 21

Welcome to our issue number 21 of Fedora Weekly News.

Is the open source bubble ready to burst?


[Ed: I passed on this article earlier in the day. One of our readers suggested we look at it again. Well, I don't consider it a fit. The author doesn't seem to have a real handle on the subject. But he does make a point or two worth nothing. He writes:"Too many of these companies [now forming] are being funded without a community," said David Skok, a venture capitalist at Matrix Partners. "If a community doesn't form and form fast, then they're going to burn through their venture capital, and they're going to be disasters."

The worse part of the article waffles around the metaphor of a bubble that might burst and the imagery of Venture Capital firms pouring money into startups. So, look past that and you might find a gem in the story. - tadelste]

NetScout Extends Performance Management Offerings for NetFlow

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 2:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
New nGenius Performance Manager Appliance Tailored to Support Large NetFlow Implementations; Support for NetFlow Version Nine Added

"User Friendly" and "GPF" creators on comics and operating systems

Web comics are the next incarnation of traditional cartoons. And while the medium in which they are published has changed, the idea of comics making commentary still stays the same. Today, some Web comic creators use their comic to promote Linux advocacy.

Two of the better known Web comics, User Friendly and General Protection Fault, have used Linux and open source as inspiration for many of their story lines.

[Ed.- Don't miss this hilarious interview. Just like The Daily Show, you find more truth in the comics than in the news.]

New Worm Targets Linux Web Service Holes

The Linux.Plupii worm is attacking Linux distributions via several Web service related holes.

Franco-chinese Open Source middleware planned

  • Heise Online; By Craig Morris (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 1:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At the initiative of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, the national research institutes of France and China have signed a declaration of intent to promote Open Source middleware. The French Computer Science Institute INRIA will be working with the Chinese coordination center in the High-Tech Development and Research Program (HTRDP), also simply called Program 863. They will be representing the development consortia: France's ObjectWeb and China's Orientware.

(Mandriva) Background: Linux software repositories and software installation

This section is aimed at all those who have no or limited Linux experience, and are unfamiliar with software repositories. It occurred to me that novice Linux users are often at a loss where to get software, and the next thing that happens is that they manage to find some rpm file somewhere on the internet, and run into what is aptly called 'dependency hell' (for Linux insiders: note the pun! Ah well, I'm not good with those anyway..). So I decided to put up a couple of paragraphs about software installation, and clear up a few puzzling points.

[Ed.- great article- only please, for the love of $deity and readability, lose the text-scrolling-over-fixed background. Ow.]

Xen Pushes 'Paravirtualization'

  • eWEEK Linux; By Jason Brooks (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 12:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Tech Analysis: Software project must iron out code issues.

Digital Rights Management: When a Standard Isn't

  • IBM.com; By Peter Seebach (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 7, 2005 11:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
In this Standards and specs, Peter shines light on a potential oxymoron -- standards designed to subvert and prevent interoperability. DRM: what it is, why you should avoid it, and how you should use it when you have to.

Brazil Starts Deployment of Low Cost KDE Computers

A new inititive by the Brazillian government will see low cost KDE based computers on sale throughout the country from next week. The Computers for All scheme will bring "cheap and accessible" computers following a recent law cutting taxes and encouraging affordable financing for low income buyers of computers preinstalled with Free Software operating systems. Several companies are involved in the scheme with most using KDE desktops. The Ministry of Science hopes for half a million machines to be sold in the next 4 to 6 months.

Hitachi Launches Linux Server Business in North America

  • LinuxElectronics; By Tommy (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 11:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
TOKYO & BRISBANE, Calif. – Hitachi (NYSE:HIT) has launched a highly scalable and performance oriented blade server platform called "BladeSymphony" as part of its global IT platform business operation in North America, where the market for blade servers is growing rapidly, driven by stringent requirements for cost efficiency and high performance by enterprises seeking to stay competitive and agile.

Fast apps with Workplace Managed Client Developer Toolkit

The Workplace Managed Client Developer Toolkit is a set of plug-ins for Eclipse 3.01 or later. It provides wizards, navigators, builders, and other tools for developers who want to develop, test, and deploy applications quickly. This article walks you through the process of creating a basic application with the Workplace Managed Client Developer Toolkit.

Friends of LXer.com: LINUXSOFT.CZ

  • LINUXSOFT.CZ; By Frantisek Hucek & Team (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 10:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: LXer
The Linsoft.cz people write... we have decided to build a Linux Software directory easy to use, with good navigation, costumer reports etc. which would be the first source of information about Linux Software on the internet. That is why it is done bilingualy, in Czech and English. There are still many features to add, stay tuned.

...we have 1660 software items in our database, and in February we had over 1000 visitors a day with peak of 2900.

32% are Czech
15% from USA
12% from Poland
6% from Slovakia
4% from Germany.

Be sure to visit: Linuxer Greece

  • LXer; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 10:01 AM EDT)
The Linuxer Team writes: Here is the place for greek tuxers...
Sorry but content of this site is provided only in greek language.
If you understand greek then please press on greek flag at the left bottom..
Reload the page to see new tip &funny messages
Enjoy your visit..

The page from which we are quoting is in English. We're please to know that they often link to our articles.

We're also please to tell you that Linuxer runs on a XBOX using Xebian.

France and China share open source middleware love

  • The Register; By Gavin Clarke in San Francisco (Posted by tadelste on Nov 7, 2005 9:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A French consortium has reached an agreement with government representatives in China to develop a middleware stack using open source software from ObjectWeb.

More on Sony: Dangerous Decloaking Patch, EULAs and Phoning Home

I decided to investigate so I downloaded a free network tracing tool, Ethereal, to a computer on which the player was installed and captured network traffic during the Player’s startup. A quick look through the trace log confirmed the users comment: the Player does send an ID to a Sony web site.

[Ed.- Those darned bloggers- something must be done about them at once!]

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