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Osdl forges link between battling desktop Linux factions

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and FreeDesktop.org have launched the Portland project that will let developers create a single application that works on both the KDE and Gnome Linux desktop environments.

Speed your code with the GNU Profiler

  • IBM DeveloperWorks (Posted by idean on Apr 4, 2006 5:06 PM EDT)
Improving the performance of your applications is rarely a wasted effort, but it's not always clear which functions the program is spending most of its execution time on. Learn how to pinpoint performance bottlenecks using gprof for both user-space and system calls on Linux.

Intel pumps cash into Red Hat Linux venture

RED HAT and Intel have set up a worldwide programme to help corporations and other enterprises plan and optimise Linux deployments.

Alexa Gone Wild! Website Ranking Service Loses Its Mind.

While Alexa's website Traffic Ranking service is well-known for sporadic updates, its behavior since April Fools Day is best described as nutty. The weekly and quarterly averages of many of the web's biggest sites have plunged by millions, while their graphs displayed minds of their own. Email Battles shares the angst experienced by the traders who stand to lose fantasy fortunes in Alexa's psuedo-stock market.

Get the Facts: Microsoft Says Recovery from Malware Becoming Impossible

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—In a rare discussion about the severity of the Windows malware scourge, a Microsoft security official said businesses should consider investing in an automated process to wipe hard drives and reinstall operating systems as a practical way to recover from malware infestation

Lafarge cements its security with Smoothwall

Cement and building materials maker Lafarge has begun rolling out Linux-based firewall Smoothwall throughout its African operations.

Debian Weekly News - April 4th, 2006

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Apr 4, 2006 11:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 14th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Robert Millan [1]reported that he has built a CD installer images for GNU/kFreeBSD on [2]AMD64. Joey Schulze earlier [3]announced that the changelog files have been regenerated on the new [4]packages.debian.org system.

MIT Professor Dismisses Laptop Criticism

  • The Associated Press; By BRIAN BERGSTEIN (Posted by tadelste on Apr 4, 2006 10:44 AM EDT)
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who hopes to distribute $100 laptops to the world's children dismissed recent criticisms Tuesday and said his project could begin distributing the computers by early next year. Kicking off the LinuxWorld conference in Boston, Nicholas Negroponte said he was undeterred by skepticism from two of the leading forces in computing, Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp. "When you have both Intel and Microsoft on your case, you know you're doing something right," Negroponte said, prompting applause from the audience of several hundred open-source software devotees.

Fedora Core 5 Review

  • Linux Online; By Michael J. Jordan (Posted by h00pla on Apr 4, 2006 10:01 AM EDT)
Fedora Core is a distribution developed by a community of developers sponsored by RedHat. Fedora is the descendant, so to speak, of RedHat's distribution for individual users, which they stopped selling a few years ago.

Applying the reverse of the Star Trek curse, I usually skip the even numbered Fedora Core releases. And since Fedora Core 5 was just released, and 5 being an odd number, I give you my customary combination how-to/review of this latest Linux distribution.

Thinking outside of the wireless box

Wireless connections are great for liberating us from our desks but have you ever thought of what else you could achieve with a bit of time and a few less wires? <i>Wireless Network Hacks and Mods for Dummies</i> throws the rulebook out the window and comes up with some imaginative ways to exploit wireless technology.

Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.6 update

Intel and PowerPC; client and server

Linux Phone Standards Forum Announced

Michel Gien introduces the Linux Phone Standards Forum, a consortium aimed at facilitating the use of Linux for telephony applications in general, and mobile phones in particular.(MP3, 4:21 mins.)

Virtualization, On Demand, And Open Source Stirring Stagnant ...

Software makers are failing to give their customers and themselves the tools and mindset needed to grow in tomorrow's business environment. But that's changing, said Jason Maynard, director of equity research for Credit Suisse Securities, at the InformationWeek Spring Conference.

An Open-Source Lightning Rod

One weekend back in December, Marc Fleury was hunched over his computer, absorbed in writing a fervent, almost preachy and completely self-serving blog about why IBM (IBM ) and BEA Systems Inc. (BEAS ) will never be able to best his tiny but growing open-source company, JBoss Inc. His 6-year-old daughter walked up to him and asked: "Daddy, why are you still working on a Sunday? Is IBM still after you?" He laughed and replied: "Yes, darling...but now a whole industry is ganging up on us."

Reinventing the wheel

  • Free Software Magazine; By Tony Mobily (Posted by fsmdave on Apr 4, 2006 5:16 AM EDT)
Free Software Magazine's Editor In Chief Tony Mobily talks on the importance of NOT reinventing the wheel.

Dr. Dobb's Linux Digest- October 2005

Fault tolerance, Live CDs, Audio editing,Encryption, distibution news, instant messaging clients, vector graphics, Linuxpodcasts and book reviews

SA Home Affairs stamps Linux visa

The South African Department of Home Affairs plans to roll out Suse Linux and Novell Groupwise to its 635 foreign missions, border posts and local offices.

Gregarius aggregator succeeds with feeds

Using Really Simple Syndication (RSS) or Atom feeds to check your favorite sites and blogs can be a big time-saver. However, if you use more than one computer or operating system, managing your feeds and tracking updates is more difficult. Gregarius, a Web-based server-side aggregator that supports RSS, RDF, and Atom feeds, can help.

Report: Novell Chips Away at Microsoft's Desktop Dominance

In an effort to break some of Microsoft's stranglehold on the desktop, Novell is taking new steps in the product and pricing arenas to attract customers who want to move either gradually or quickly to Linux. Jacqueline Emigh reports.

Softwarepatent of the month

The German division of nosoftwarepatents.com have awarded Philips and the European Patent Office the “nosoftwarepatent of the month” for its patent on right mouse-clicks to bring up context menus.

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