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KDE Commit-Digest for 14th May 2006

Release polishing for amaroK 1.4. New sounds for KTuberling. KDE 4 changes: The proposed kdepimlibs module is created. New SVG icon engine based on QsvgEngine. New capabilities added to Solid. Applications with simple audio needs start to migrate to Phonon.

With the recent release of KOffice 1.5 a resounding success, Inge Wallin, the KOffice evangelist, writes about the near-future for KOffice:

Linux's boot process explained

  • The Reviewer; By Cserei Zoltan (Posted by cruocitae on May 14, 2006 5:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Linux's boot process explained in a very detailed mode, starting with a brief history of UNIX and execution levels to editing these levels. Knowing what happens when your PC boots up is very essential: a customized boot process means half of a customized system...

Open source advice changed

The State Services Commission has bowed to the open source community by altering the language in a briefing paper that is designed to guide departments on the legal issues involved in using open source software. The original guide, released in March, raised the hackles of the open source community and Green MP Nandor Tanczos by describing open source software licence terms as "infectious".

Fun with strace and the GDB Debugger

  • IBM developerworks; By William B. Zimmerly (Posted by nixcraft on May 14, 2006 2:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU
Programming a UNIX system can be fun as well as educational. With the UNIX strace tool and GDB, the GNU Project Debugger, you can really dig deep into the functionality of your system and learn a lot about the various programs that comprise it. Using both tools in concert can be a rewarding experience as you look under the hood of your UNIX machine.

How To Set Up A Loadbalanced High-Availability Apache Cluster

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on May 14, 2006 1:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This tutorial shows how to set up a two-node Apache web server cluster that provides high-availability. In front of the Apache cluster we create a load balancer that splits up incoming requests between the two Apache nodes.

Free software flows at network conference

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Denise Dubie (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on May 14, 2006 12:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Savvy Interop attendees last week walked away from the show in Las Vegas with more than a pocket full of USB flash drives and retractable Ethernet cables — they also took home free software.

Dod Offers Free Anti-Spyware for Personal Use

  • Navy News Stand; By Journalist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jennifer Goulart (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on May 14, 2006 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has licensed free anti-spyware software for all government employees and armed forces personnel for use on personal computer systems.

Ubuntu 2.0 (Twobuntu)

For those living inside the Debian or Ubuntu worlds, the issue of their relationship is an old topic, but it it will continue to evolve as they learn what works.

Can Open Source Save Sun?

An astonishing thing has happened at Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) Latest News about Sun Microsystems. A company built on high margins from hardware sales is now turning upside down and going soft. The face of this transformation is the freshly minted CEO and former McKinsey consultant Jonathan Schwartz. Originally a numbers guy turned software evangelist, Schwartz is almost certainly committing Sun to a future with a business model centered on software -- open source Latest News about open source software.

User Mode Linux

User Mode Linux is a virtualization technology which can be used to create Linux virtual machines within a Linux host. UML gains significance over other virtualization technologies in that it is incorporated into the official Linux kernel tree. This is a review of an excellent book on User Mode Linux authored by Jeff Dike. The fact that Jeff is the creator of UML lends a lot of credibility to this well written book which pursues a niche area.

DB2: the Viper is coming

More of a King Cobra, really

Comment The next release of IBM's DB2 (for both z series and distributed systems), which is code-named Viperâ, will be generally available in the not too distant future: A mid-summer for distributed systems, according to IBM. It is therefore appropriate to consider some of the new features it will introduce, and its impact on the market.

Six days ‘til GP2X gamer hits UK

The GP2X has been bandying around Europe for several months already, and finally it’s about to hit UK shores. Not before time either. Rather predictably for a new pretender to the handheld gaming throne, the GamePark GP2X will play games, movies and music, view photos and read eBooks. But its choice of operating system is relatively exotic.

KDE to Become Better Supported on the Ubuntu Platform

At LinuxTag on Saturday, a meeting of Kubuntu and KDE contributors was held in order to improve the collaboration of both projects. The aim was to to talk about the common future of both projects. Jonathan Riddell and Mark Shuttleworth from Canonical attended the meeting. Later in his keynote speech to the conference, Mark publicly committed to Kubuntu as an essential product for Canonical and showed his commitment by wearing a KDE t-shirt.

The State of Linux Distributions: an analysis of what the Distrowatch rankings tell us

"I have always been interested in Linux distributions and how they evolve, not just technically, but also in terms of their popularity and their -wanted or unwanted- position among the Linux users and on the broader market. In this regard, the Distrowatch web site is a fairly effective tool at tracking linux distributions no matter how small or short-lived they are. I think the site's online tool is actually the best one so far, and it has, in my opinion, produced the best stats concerning Linux distributions.."

Open-source alternative offers basic protection

If you don’t think the virus threat to your Mac is dire enough to spend any money protecting against it, ClamXav will get the job done. It’s based on a well-established open source project (clamav), and provides a decent level of protection (thanks in part to daily updates of its virus definitions). It costs nothing to buy or update (though the author does request donations), so ClamXav is about as cheap as it gets.

Open Source Vendors and Projects Unite

Leading open source systems and network management vendors Qlusters and Emu Software announced the industry’s first Open Management Consortium (OMC). The Consortium will promote the benefits offered by open source and open standard technologies and will provide a forum for product development collaboration among open source IT management projects.

Bon Echo Alpha 2 Milestone Available

Bon Echo Alpha 2, the second development milestone of Mozilla Firefox 2 aimed at developers and testers, is now available. Changes include inline spell checking in text boxes, automatic session restore after a crash and changes to the default tab behavior. The Bon Echo Alpha 2 Release Notes have more information.

The fuss over kernel design

Recently there has been a fuss over monolithic and micro kernels - specifically the direction of the Linux Kernel development. Free Software is about "freedom of choice", and we should be able to choose to compile the Linux Kernel as either a monolith or a microkernel. To help accelerate this process, could someone please steal Linus' laptop, install l4linux overnight on it and give it back to him?

The Evolving ODF Environment Part II: Spotlight on OpenOffice

  • ConsortiumInfo.org; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on May 13, 2006 6:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
In this second in a series of interviews with the major open source and proprietary implementations of ODF, I learn from OpenOffice.org's Louis Suarez-Potts and John McNeesh how OO compares to the competition, wherein lie its strengths, and where it will head in the future.

Comodo Anti-Virus: Savior or Devil In Disguise?

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on May 13, 2006 4:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The number two digital certificate vendor, Comodo, expected their new, free, anti-virus engine's release to be greeted with accolades. Instead, they're drawing fire from critics who claim that the software sneakily installed more than they bargained for. Another case of Sony-style corporate deceit, or a few spoiled endusers looking a gift horse in the mouth? Email Battles ruminates.

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