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Vinagre, An Excellent GNOME VNC Client

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Sep 16, 2007 9:38 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNOME; Story Type: News Story
A few days ago one of the Vino developers, Jonh Wendell, released a new public build of Vinagre. Vinagre is designed to be a VNC client for the GNOME desktop and while it is still under development, in our testing thus far we found it to be an excellent VNC client. In this article, we'll be offering a brief preview of Vinagre 0.3.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 16-Sept-2007

LXer Feature: 16-Sept-2007

Some of the big stories this week, SCO files for chapter 11, Microsoft pushes through another shadow update, IBM finally decides to officially support OpenOffice and Apple modifies their new iPods to not work with Linux.

Monitoring Network Latency With Smokeping (Debian Etch)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Sep 16, 2007 7:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This guide shows how to install and configure Smokeping on Debian Etch to monitor network latency. From the Smokeping web site: "SmokePing is a deluxe latency measurement tool. It can measure, store and display latency, latency distribution and packet loss. SmokePing uses RRDtool to maintain a longterm data-store and to draw pretty graphs, giving up to the minute information on the state of each network connection."

Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg flirts with Ubuntu

When Walt Mossberg talks, people listen. He's the big tech writer at the Wall Street Journal, and for those who don't know, he's generally regarded as being in the Apple camp. Here he gives Ubuntu a try. Having the WSJ report on Linux and Ubuntu is huge. There will be a whole lot more downloads of Ubuntu than usual as the result of this kind of exposure, and one major-media piece generally begats more than a few others.

Mount a remote file system through ssh Using sshfs

Mount a remote file system through ssh Using sshfs

Settingup an FTP Server on Ubuntu with ProFTPD

Settingup an FTP Server on Ubuntu with ProFTPD

Linux Day!

  • (Posted by land0 on Sep 16, 2007 3:47 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Kernel, Linux
WE ARE LINUX! September 17th 1991 Linus Torvalds uploaded the Linux kernel 0.0.1 to the internet. He made the source code freely available to anyone interested in improving on it. Linux is turning 16 years old this year and boy has it grown up! This site was created as a place where you can personally thank Linus and all of the Linux Kernel developers. You can also take the time to share with the world how and why you started using your Linux based OS. On the 17th of September every year we will be challenging you to take Linux with you into your everyday life. Wear a shirt, slap a sticker on something, wear a hat or button. Hand out Live CD's with your favorite flavor of Linux on top! Let's take the time to show the people around us why GNU/Linux is Priceless!

Using KVocTrain to Build Your Foreign Language Vocabulary

  • Blue GNU; By D.C. Parris (Posted by dcparris on Sep 16, 2007 12:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: KDE
I decided to take up learning a little German, and yes, primarily for the fun of it. I got one of those CD-based audio courses, which is pretty helpful. Still, sometimes you just need a simple way to practice your vocabulary to augment the audio course. Introducing KVocTrain, the KDE vocabulary trainer, which is useful for more than just learning another language.

The Big SMB Problem: Dropping Microsoft Office

The greatest hindrance to the adoption of Linux and Open Source software stacks in Small and Medium-sized Businesses are the employees, and it's almost entirely due to their dependence on Microsoft Office. How do we solve this problem?

Email Clients and Patches

Randy Dunlap sent a patch to the Linux kernel mailing list described as adding "info about various email clients and their applicability in being used to send Linux kernel patches." The first revision generated quite a bit of discussion, quickly resulting in a second version, and eventually a third version that Andrew Morton referred to as "soon to be merged". In addition to some general suggestions about emailing patches, it also offers some specific configuration suggestions for a number of popular email clients.

Should your firm be FLOSSing?

  • (Posted by beirwin on Sep 15, 2007 9:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) had no problem going against the grain when it decided to forgo the widely used Microsoft Office suite of business applications. Instead, it chose to replace its aging WordPerfect installations with – for free.

[Some mistakes in FUD, but essentially a good news story - Barbara]

Texas Doc Brews Up funding for Houston RHIO

Modern Healthcare's Joseph Conn has aninterview about the Harris County Health Information (HCHIC) in Houston putting on aninaugural fundraiser at St. Arnold's Brewery for a city-wide EHR:'After hearing a talk by Stephen Foreman, a Robert Morris associate professor of healthcare administration and economics, Valdes said he gained the"intellectual firepower to do this now.""He gave this chat on why (proprietary) electronic medical software is not going to work and probably never will," Valdes recalled."It's a public good and not a private good. People are going at this like it is a piece of furniture when it is really like a lighthouse. What he said was, according to economic theory and practice, you need to treat it like a public good, and free and open source shifts it toward a public good."

ClearHealth 2.0 final released

From theClearHealth forum the announcement has just been made,ClearHealth 2.0 final has been released.. It looks like there will be more information about new features coming in the next week. Congratulations to theClearHealth team!

Discussing the x86 Merge

Sam Ravnborg took a look at the x86 unification patches and commented, "from the mails and discussions I expected it be be obvious what was i386 only, what was shared and what was x86_64 only." He listed 16 files in x86/pci and noted, "in the filename there is NOTHING for most of the non-shared code that tell that this file is used by only i386 or x86_64." Andi Kleen concurred, "exactly my point from KS. The big mash-up will not really make much difference in terms of Makefile clarity or whatever Thomas' point was. Apparently he wanted to eliminate a few lines of code from the Makefile and merge the header files completely?"

Open-Source Developers Talk About AMD

AMD started delivering on their word of providing GPU specifications to the open-source community without a Non-Disclosure Agreement, and now with the 2007 X Developer Summit having come to a close, we asked several key members of the X.Org community on how they judge AMD's recent move. They were also asked if they believe NVIDIA will follow suit in helping the open-source community. Those that responded were David Airlie, Daniel Stone, Jerome Glisse, Stephane Marchesin, and Oliver McFadden. Mark Shuttleworth had also previously commented on AMD's efforts.

Cross-Distro Collaboration

Lucas Nussbaum suggests that Linux distributions should have a place to collaborate more effectively than just with upstream projects: I am both a Debian and an Ubuntu developer, and I’m sometimes amazed that Ubuntu discusses technical choices that were discussed (and solved) a few weeks earlier in Debian. And it’s even worse with the other big distros out there. Couldn’t we try to improve this ?

PC World Linux laptop warranty saga gets even more bizarre

Just when you thought the tale of the man whose laptop hardware warranty was invalidated after he installed Linux could not get any stranger, it goes and gets a lot stranger.

On GPG and data retention

  •; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Sep 15, 2007 2:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Peter Enseleit wrote a summary about using GNU Privacy Guard (GPG) on He mentions several tools for the Gnome and KDE desktops, as well as plugins for free and proprietary operating systems. And I explain - again - why this is important.

This week at LWN: Relicensing: what's legal and what's right

The ath5k driver has been through more than the usual amount of legal trouble. This driver, for Atheros wireless chipsets, was originally reverse engineered and developed in the BSD community. It was reputed by some to have been improperly copied from proprietary Atheros code, requiring two different studies by the Software Freedom Legal Center before Linux developers were willing to believe that it was safe to use. This driver should be the cause of great joy - it will make it possible for vast numbers of laptop owners to run Linux with free drivers for the first time. But, first, there would appear to be one more set of legal hassles to overcome.

Visually Assemble Web Apps with WebRB-PE

This technology is a browser-based visual editor and run-time environment that enables developers to visually assemble Web applications without adding any imperative code. IBM Web Relational Blocks Software, Personal Edition (WebRB-PE) is a downloadable version of alphaWorks service, Web Relational Blocks.

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