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TAPR introduces open source hardware license, OSI skeptical

The Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR) organization is sponsoring a new open-source license intended for hardware components. Authored by lawyer John Ackermann, the Open Hardware License (OHL) is a share-alike license that developers can apply to documentation and schematics associated with hardware projects. The license stipulates that those who distribute products based on OHL-licensed hardware specifications may not file patent infringement lawsuits against others who use the same hardware specifications.

Next Fedora release delayed, new design theme selected

The Fedora Project Board met this week to discuss issues surrounding the upcoming release of Fedora 7 (F7). Though originally scheduled for release on April 26, that date has now been moved back to May 24, dashing the development team's plan to debut the final release at this year's Red Hat Summit. One thing that Summit attendees will see, though, is the artwork that has been selected as Fedora 7's new theme.

Vine 4.1 Screenshots

Vine Linux has been updated to version 4.1. This is a minor update consisting mainly of security and bug fixes that have surfaced since the release of version 4.0 exactly three months ago. The latest version of the distribution uses kernel 2.6.16.36 with wireless networking support and hibernate functionality. It also includes GNOME 2.14 desktop, Firefox 2.0.0.1 web browser, Anthy and SCIM Japanese input method, VL Gothic Japanese fonts, Totem and BMP media players, X.Org 6.9.0, a number of server components, and a graphical installer with hardware auto-detection and several new features. Screenshots of Vine 4.1 are available at LinuxQuestions.org.

Create and edit TAR archives dynamically with PHP and PEAR

If you've ever downloaded a widget for your UNIX system, you've already met TAR, the Tape ARchive format that is commonly used in UNIX for packaging multiple files together for easy distribution. This format is popular not only because the tools to create it exist on all UNIX systems, but also because it's particularly good at preserving the directory structure, permissions, and user and group information of the files it archives.

Release-critical Bugreport for February 23, 2007

Release-critical Bugreport for February 23, 2007

dyne:bolic 2.4 Screenshots

  • LinuxQuestions.org (Posted by lqsh on Feb 23, 2007 4:42 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
This release improves user-friendliness introducing Xfce-4.4 as the new default desktop, customized for the scheme of interaction that is familiar to dyne:bolic users. Another important new feature is the ability to create an encrypted nest to prevent access to personal data stored in home directories. No complicated notions are required, our user friendly setup deals with usb and harddisk storages as usual, in case the nest is encrypted you'll see your home icon upgraded to fortress, then everything that goes in your nest is protected. Screenshots of dyne:bolic 2.4 are available at LinuxQuestions.org.

Interview: The BSD Certification Group's Dru Lavigne

"During the Southern California Linux Exposition 5x's mini-conference on women in open source software, BSD Certification Group member Dru Lavigne put forth the idea that free/open source software provided an excellent opportunity to inexpensively change one's career path. Since this is an idea that has not been widely explored, Dru took some time to talk to me about it, as well as provide an update on the BSD system administrator certification program that is currently in development."

Where the heck is Etch?

Last September, some of the Debian Linux distribution's leadership wanted to make sure that Etch, the next version of Debian, arrived on its December 4th due date. So, the "Dunc-Tank" group decided to experiment with financially supporting some key developers to get Debian out the door on time.

Dancing With The Distros...Tired of Getting Your Toes Stepped On?

I don't "do" reviews. I have the objectivity of a New dad and the rare ability to avoid any measure of controlled enthusiasm...so asking helios to give distro reviews is like asking The Dixie Chicks to avoid Dairy Queen. It won't happen with any sense of dignity or self image.

Real-time JVM targets deeply embedded apps

Aonix has released version 1.0 of a virtual machine said to overcome Java's traditional weaknesses for "deeply embedded" systems. PERC Pico can be used with or without an embedded operating system such as Linux, and offers execution times "similar to C/C++ programs," with determinism in the low microsecond range, the company claims.

Ubuntu Ultimate 1.2 Screenshots

  • LinuxQuestions.org (Posted by lqsh on Feb 23, 2007 1:42 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu; Story Type: News Story
I have decided to make another distro I'm calling "Ubuntu Ultimate Edition" it has everything listed in the Christmas Edition plus much more. I have however removed Java, Flash and Acrobat reader due to licensing agreements. Please freat not included in the release is my custom repo which contains all the software and much more. Firefox's homepage will give a detailed description on obtaining all additional software from the repo. Screenshots of Ubuntu Ultimate 1.2 are available at LinuxQuestions.org.

Google revamps Summer of Code for 2007

Google's Summer of Code (SOC) will be back again this year, and this time, Google plans to take advantage of lessons learned to improve the program for everyone involved.

Install and Configure Auth Shadow on Debian/Ubuntu

Auth Shadow or mod-auth-shadow is a module for apache (and apache2, sort of) that enables authentication against /etc/shadow. The benefits being that any system user with a password can be authenticated for web_dav, subversion or simply an https server. The only other way to do this is with PAM. That method is dangerous because the apache user (www-data in my case) must be able to read /etc/shadow. Obviously, not a good idea. Auth Shadow accomplishes this safely by using a intermediate program called validate. This works because validate can be owned by root but executable by everyone. In the event that your server is compromised through apache, your password file will not be readable.

Mandriva opens West Africa office

Popular Linux distributor Mandriva yesterday announced plans to open an office in Nigeria in an effort to expand its market.

Free dev tools support Renesas chips, Linux hosts

An India-based development services provider is offering Eclipse plugin-based GNU toolchains for Renesas processors, and an Eclipse-based IDE for Linux- and Windows-based development hosts. KPIT Cummins says its "KPIT Coronoa" IDE and KPIT GNU toolchains offer state-of-the-art features, and are suitable for commercial product development.

SimplyMEPIS 6.5 Beta 6 Screenshots

  • LinuxQuestions.org (Posted by lqsh on Feb 23, 2007 10:59 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Beta6 of SimplyMEPIS 32 and 64 is available for testing. Now users can opt-in to choose the NVIDIA 1.0.9746 driver. Ntfs-3g improves Windows filesystem compatibility. NVIDIA legacy version 1.0.9631 is available for Beryl support with older chips... The Beta 6 iso also uses the ntfs-3g driver for reading and writing NTFS partitions from user space. For those who want it, the new NVIDIA 1.0.9631 legacy driver may be installed from the MEPIS package pools. Hibernate support has been improved for laptops. - DistroWatch. Screenshots of SimplyMEPIS 6.5 Beta 6 are available at LinuxQuestions.org.

Open-source Alfresco shifts to GPL

Alfresco, a start-up that commercializes open-source software for helping customers keep track of their digital documents, has adopted the General Public License in an effort to attract outside programmers.

This week at LWN: Who wrote 2.6.20?

Time recently published an article entitled Getting rich off those who work for free which, among other things, talked about free software this way: "Open-source, volunteer-created computer software like the Linux operating system and the Firefox Web browser have also established themselves as significant and lasting economic realities."

Perl script to monitor disk space and send an email alert

This article explains how to write a perl script that can monitor your disk space under UNIX or Linux and send me an email alert to admin. There is a nice perl system routine called Perl df or Filesys::DiskSpace. This routine displays information on a file system such as its type, the amount of disk space occupied, the total disk space and the number of inodes etc.

Linux Mint 2.2 Screenshots

Many thanks to the Linux Mint community from which we managed to gather precious ideas and feedback. We've brought a lot of changes into Bianca and we hope you'll like it. Here are the main changes: Minty Artwork and a brand new desktop... We've put a lot of efforts into Bianca and started writing our own applications and our own packages. A new repository was added to Bianca for users to be able to get the latest innovations through APT upgrades. It is also possible to upgrade from Bea to Bianca. - DistroWatch. Screenshots of Linux Mint 2.2 are available at LinuxQuestions.org.

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