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Making Debian sexy again: Sam Hocevar speaks

How many developers run for the post of leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project and cite as part of their platform a desire to make Debian sexy again? None that I know of - except Sam Hocevar who won the recent election for leader of the project.

MySQL and Google approach code deal

Google and MySQL are close to finalizing a deal that could find the open-source database vendor incorporating powerful features created by the search giant into future versions of the popular database. Google is widely believed to be the largest MySQL user in the world, with hundreds or even thousands of MySQL servers running in data centers around the world.

Mad Dog 21/21: Hearts and Minds

In 1991, Richard Stallman's great project, the GNU operating system, was made whole when Linus Torvalds developed the kernel, Linux, that it had lacked. The next year, there was a marriage. Today, GNU/Linux is arguably the most popular server operating system, and the GPL is the dominant license for revealed source code software.

EMC to support Oracle Unbreakable Linux program

The EMC E-Lab, together with Oracle engineering, has tested and qualified Oracle Enterprise Linux on core EMC platforms and software products to help ensure ease of deployment and use. EMC Corporation and Oracle today announced several key areas of joint support as part of the Oracle Unbreakable Linux program.

Does WINE + Linux support more Windows apps than Vista?

why couldn’t a billion dollar company provide support for previous versions of Windows? so that users would be forced to use Vista?! and oh not everyone would be able to do so since you would need at least 1GB of ram and a graphics card that supports directx 10 to run it!

First interview: Sam Hocevar, new Debian Project Leader

Sam Hocevar recently became the next Debian Project Leader (DPL), defeating seven other candidates while running on a platform that emphasized ways to improve how project members interact. Hocevar's election comes at a time when Debian may be losing mindshare among both users and developers to Ubuntu, and looking for ways to improve its efficiencies and to mend internal divisions. Recently, Linux.com discussed these challenges with Hocevar via email in his first interview since his election.

Sexual Threats Stifle Some Female Bloggers

As women gain visibility in the blogosphere, they are targets of sexual harassment and threats. Men are harassed too, and lack of civility is an abiding problem on the Web. But women, who make up about half the online community, are singled out in more starkly sexually threatening terms - a trend that was first evident in chat rooms in the early 1990s and is now moving to the blogosphere, said experts and bloggers.

[Not Linux related, but probably of interest after Carla's recent articles — Sander]

SIXAXIS, Linux, robot... we're in.

Yeah, Wiimotes aren't the only motion-sensing game controllers that can be hacked for fruitless new uses. Take the new SIXAXIS Linux integration project, which, so far as we can tell, is an incredibly effective means for maneuvering small, custom robots in need of a good 3D controller for manipulating, um, a small flat plane.

How To Utilize Your New Multimedia Keyboard Under Linux

Xbindkeys is a program that allows you to launch shell commands with your keyboard or your mouse under X Window. It links commands to keys or mouse buttons, using its configuration file. It does not depend on the window manager and can capture all keyboard keys.

Consortium Develops Linux-based IPv6 Router

The Australian federal government backed IPv6 for e-Business project has yielded an Ubuntu-based IPv6 router that is now being trialed in business. The device is a modified Ubuntu Linux distribution with the aim of allowing straightforward, inexpensive IPv6 connectivity, without complex site-by-site deployments on an open standards server.

Ghost in the open source machine

One problem open source advocates seldom acknowledge is the disrespect many people have toward what’s held in common. You see it in the world with "street spammers" nailing ads to trees in public parks. You see it online, in the attitude spammers take when caught. The question is, how does the commons enforce its ethics on the unethical?

Cyberinfrastructure and the Public Interest

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 30, 2007 8:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Governments are beginning to realize that perhaps the Internet really has changed everything, at least for them, and that standards represent one of the elements they are going to have to deal with as they begin to grapple with what to do about their new responsibilities.

Reject Microsoft $3 addiction hit: open source advocate

Microsoft addicted many of the first billion users to its proprietary platform using the ruse of encouraging software piracy in developing nations. Now the software giant intends to hook the next billion users by providing a cheap hit of $3 software. These are the claims of a longstanding open source advocate, who has started a campaign urging third world governments to reject Microsoft's offer of cheap software.

SCO wanted gag order for Linus Torvalds, Groklaw in 2004

According to a recently uncovered filing in the long-running SCO v. IBM case, SCO tried to have Groklaw—along with a handful of people associated with the open-source movement silenced back in 2004. SCO suggested that all parties involved in the litigation be subject to a stipulated gag order. The company then stretched the definition of "involved parties" to include SCO, Columbia Law professor Eben Moglen, OSS advocate Eric Raymond, and Linus Torvalds.

U.S. schools may join inexpensive laptop project

A project that aims to deliver low-priced laptops with string pulleys to the world's poorest children may have a new market: U.S. schools. The nonprofit "One Laptop per Child" project said on Thursday it might sell versions of its kid-friendly laptops in the United States, reversing its previous position of only distributing them to the poorest nations.

DistroWatch Weekly: Review of Mandriva Linux 2007.1, 64-bit KNOPPIX

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Apr 30, 2007 1:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to the 200th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! That's right, the idea to publish a weekly summary of events in the world of Linux distributions and other open source operating systems started in June 2003 and, 200 issues later, we are still going strong! This week belongs to Mandriva Linux and its recently released version 2007.1 - we'll bring you a full review, comment on the release process, share our upgrade experiences, and link to a technical specification proposal for Mandriva Linux 2008. In other news: PCLinuxOS opens for business after a disastrous bandwidth outage, Linspire announces release dates of Freespire 2.0 and Linspire 6.0, Terra Soft release Yellow Dog Linux 5.0.1 for free download, and the developers of VMKnoppix announce a 64-bit edition of KNOPPIX 5.1.1. Finally, a comment on translating the new Top Ten Distributions page and an update on tracking distribution usage through browser strings. Happy reading!

Review: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Administration Unleashed

Normally, I see "Unleashed" books with titles Like Fedora Core 6 Unleashed or OpenSUSE 10.2 Unleashed, not something like Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Administration Unleashed. An "administration" Unleashed book? Very interesting...and written by a single (and very highly qualified) author to boot. A peek at the Intro assured me that this book was written as much for Linux administration in general as for RHEL 5 administration. Fox said her focus was to help admins who oversee from one to a thousand systems, so I started to think "big".

What's wrong with Ubuntu 7.04

It's out love for Ubuntu that I'm being so harsh in this review. Look where we're at -- 7.04, a number of significant releases since 4.10 Warty three years ago -- and it still can't manage the display resolution properly, for example.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 29-Apr-2007


LXer Feature: 29-Apr-2007

A weekly recap of the big stories concerning Linux and Open Source.

KDE Commit-Digest for 29th April 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Continued work across kdegames, with the kbattleship-rewrite merged back into trunk/. Start of scalable interface support in Kanagram. Further functionality enhancements implemented in the Konsole refactoring effort. Small refinements in KSysGuard. More work on the KDevelop Subversion plugin. Preparations for RSYNC support in the icecream distributed compilation utility. Progress made in the Amarok-on-Windows porting and generic music store intergration for Amarok 2. Initial milestones reached in the Music Notation Flake shape Summer of Code project in KOffice...

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