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Do we need an open hardware license?

Nokia researcher Jamey Hicks recently proposed a Open Source Hardware License (OSHL) for approval by the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Is there a need for a hardware-specific license? If so, what makes hardware different from software?

Solutions from the road

In our last article, we solved a problem by adding additional configuration to an existing environment. And while fairly trivial, it wasn’t something available in any official documentation. This month, we’ll take that same approach to answering a very common question in regard to Provisioning with the Red Hat® Network® (RHN) Satellite server.

DragonFlyBSD: 1.10 Release Coming Soon

"1.10 has been branched," DragonFlyBSD creator Matt Dillon announced, noting that the official release is expected soon, "no release date has been set yet but this coming weekend is looking real good now." Among the new features of DragonFly 1.10 are improved virtual kernel support, a new disk management infrastructure, improvements to wireless networking, and support for the new syslink protocol.

How high is the LAMP stack?

When we first started talking about LAMP, it stood for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl, Python... and other M and P projects, such as mod_perl, mod_python, PostgreSQL and so on. The letters were arranged horizontally, but many IT builders began talking about them vertically: as a "stack": Linux on the bottom, and a pile of other stuff on top.

Top 5 Linux Myths Dispeled

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 31, 2007 8:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
The sheer ignorance regarding casual Linux users astounds me to no end. While I'm not interested in pointing fingers, there is a lot of misinformation about the Linux community, and we will help to dispel some of these myths, once and for all.

[Wait a second, FUD master Matt is going to dispel Linux myths? I thought he only tried to create them. - Scott]

Monitoring Ubuntu Services Using Monit

  • ubuntugeek.com (Posted by gg234 on Jul 31, 2007 7:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Monitoring Ubuntu Services Using Monit

Linux Has Just Vanished Forever

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 31, 2007 6:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Straightaway, I would like to apologize if the title of this piece feels a little strange, but I'm going to be exploring what most of us would do if all of the different flavors of Linux were to suddenly "vanish" into thin air. Realizing it would never happen, I beg you to bear with me here, as I think you will find this interesting.

[Talk about not being able to think of anything to write about.."I've got an idea, what if Linux didn't exist?".. - Scott]

VHCS2 ISP control Panel Setup Guide in Debian Etch

  • debianadmin.com (Posted by gg234 on Jul 31, 2007 5:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
VHCS2 ISP control Panel Setup Guide in Debian Etch

Tossfest 2007: are you a hardened open sourcer?

South East Asia's premier open source software event, the Thailand Open Source Software Festival - or Tossfest 2007 - splashes down in Bangkok this week.

Google Desktop for Linux: Why Do We Need It?

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 31, 2007 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Like many of you, I feel confused in regards to the advantage of using Google Desktop on my Linux PC. After all, if I needed such a thing, Beagle has been readily available for a long time now. And of course, there are also other alternatives to Beagle as well should the need to index your desktop be something that you are interested in.

Sourceforge awards best OSS projects

Sourceforge has announced the winners of their Community Choice Awards during the OSCON conference. The awards recognise open source projects with the most supportive community following and the most respect from the community.

How To Manage An iPod From A Linux Desktop With Rhythmbox

This article shows how you can use an iPod on a Linux desktop with the Rhythmbox audio player. It covers how you can upload MP3 files from your desktop to your iPod and delete files on the iPod. Normally, Apple's iTunes software is needed to manage an iPod, but iTunes is not available for Linux. Fortunately, there are Linux alternatives such as Rhythmbox that can handle the task.

What's Wrong With Dell Selling Linux PCs

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 31, 2007 12:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Predictably, it seems that Dell is dropping Ubuntu PC prices which at first pass would seem like fantastic news. But then you have to couple this fact with the realization that they are not exactly promoting their provided Ubuntu PCs. Actually, they are downright difficult to locate without using the "Find" feature in your browser.

Keep users informed with PHPList

If you've ever considered throwing together a mailing list to keep the members of your group, project, or organization informed, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better application for that purpose than PHPList, a free and open source newsletter manager.

Managing wireless connections seamlessly with wicd

The nature of my work forces me to be something of a digital nomad -- my notebook computer and a wireless connection are essential parts of my working day. I've been known to move between several wireless access points in one day. While I've had never had any problems with the wireless cards in my Linux-powered notebooks, most of the wireless connection tools I've used have fallen a bit flat. One of the few wireless connection managers that I've actually found useful is wicd -- the Wireless Interface Connection Daemon, pronounced"wicked." It's a lot like the Windows wireless network connection tool in both appearance and ease of use.

Open Source Being Repositioned in Corporate America

Open Source methodology has gained some ground in one of the last places you and I might expect: In the development area of corporations. Consultants are calling environments like Sourceforge Enterprise Edition a Digital Development Environment.

Linux: Designing the Completely Fair Scheduler

During the recent debates about the Completely Fair Scheduler, Ingo Molnar explained why he rewrote the scheduler, "CFS started out as an experiment to simplify the scheduler, to clean up the after-effects of a better-desktop-scheduling patch Mike Galbraith sent me. Had anyone told me at that time that I'd end up writing a new scheduler I'd have laughed at the suggestion and I'd have pointed to the large number of pending patches of mine in forms of the -rt tree, the syslet/threadlet code and other stuff that needs fixing a lot more urgent than the task scheduler."

Tips and Tricks: How do I find the inode size of an ext2/ext3 filesystem?

By using the tune2fs tool with the option, -l, the inode size of the filesystem can be seen. Using the same option, other information of the filesystem superblock can also be seen. The superblock contains information about the filesystem, such as the number of free blocks available, and the number of mounts, that may be useful for tuning purposes.

SPI election results announced

Software in the Public Interest (SPI), the nonprofit organization that governs such projects as Debian, PostgreSQL, Drupal, and OpenOffice.org, has announced the results of elections for its board of governors, which were held between July 1 and July 28.

OSI Prez confronts irate users over 'badgerware' license

Open Source Initiative (OSI) President Michael Tiemann has responded to queries about the organization's decision to "rush through" approval for a new badgerware license by saying that the OSI board did its best for "the community."

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