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Ubuntu Developer Summit report: X.org improvements, driver controversy, and bling

X.org received a lot of attention and discussion at UDS, which is appropriate for such a desktop-focused distro. Binary drivers were a hot topic at the summit. Ubuntu developers also discussed how to provide a more robust configuration system for X.org, and what to do when problems arise with X.

How To Compile A Kernel - The Fedora Way

Each distribution has some specific tools to build a custom kernel from the sources. This article is about compiling a kernel on Fedora systems. It describes how to build a custom kernel using the latest unmodified kernel sources from http://www.kernel.org (vanilla kernel) so that you are independent from the kernels supplied by your distribution. It also shows how to patch the kernel sources if you need features that are not in there.

Third International Conference on Open Source Systems

The Third International Conference on Open Source Systems will be held in Limerick, Ireland 11-14 June 2007. The goal of the conference is intended to"provide an international forum where a diverse community of professionals from academia, industry and public administration can come together to share research findings and practical experiences. The conference is also meant to provide information and education to practitioners, identify directions for further research, and to be an ongoing platform for technology transfer. The conference general chair is Dr. Walt Scacchi at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine

How to keep a detailed audit trail of what's being done on your Linux systems

Intrusions can take place from both authorized and unauthorized users. My personal experience shows that unhappy user can damage the system, especially if they have a shell access. Some users are little smart and removes history file (such as ~/.bash_history) but you can monitor all user executed commands.

Is Free Software the future of India? Steve Ballmer CEO of Microsoft answers...

  • linuxhelp.blogspot.com; By Ravi (Posted by dsTst on Nov 14, 2006 8:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
On a recent visit to India, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer was posed this question in a talk show hosted by a premier cable TV news channel on whether "Free Software is indeed the future of India". And he ended up responding in a round about way bypassing the word Free Software ....

C# pulling ahead of Java

C# has come a long way since it emerged from Microsoft's mythical "Project Cool" back in 2000. It is the primary language of Microsoft .NET, and has pulled ahead of Visual Basic among professional Windows programmers. At last week's Tech-Ed conference in Barcelona, C#'s lead architect Anders Hejlsberg drew large audiences for his sessions on the future of the language.

D-Bus 1.0 offers desktop Linux app interoperability

D-Bus 1.0 seems at the same time to be both such a simple and such an esoteric thing. On the one hand, it's simply another IPC (interprocess communication) system. On the other, it may prove as important for Linux desktop developers as ActiveX has been for Windows programmers.

OLPC nears low-cost Linux laptop production

The One Laptop Per Child project's onsite supervisor, Mark Foster, reported from Shanghai on Sunday that the first 10 prototypes of the Linux-powered OLPC XO-1 are up and running. This marks a key milestone toward an upcoming build of 900 units.

Work the APP in Deployed Applications

  • IBM/developerWorks; By James Snell (Posted by IdaAshley on Nov 14, 2006 5:46 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Continue learning about the new important standard for content publishing in Part 2 of the Atom Publishing Protocol (APP). In Part 1 you are presented with a brief walk-through of APP, and this article allows you to interact with a number of real-world deployed applications, by demonstrating how you can use it to.

Sabayonlinux 3.2 Screenshot Tour

It has not passed a lot of time since SabayonLinux 3.1 release and we're already starting to test a "draft" of the next minor release: SabayonLinux 3.2. In these weeks I worked a lot on better hardware support and boot time, implementing some new drivers and fixing genkernel (the Gentoo kernel build tool) adding to it a nicer UnionFS support.

KMyMoney: Coming along, but still not there

KMyMoney is KDE's personal financial management program. If you don't have complex needs and a lot of history to import, KMyMoney lets you set up accounts, enter transactions, and generate reports easily, and other features are doable with some help from the generous amounts of documentation. However, KMyMoney is not a good choice for small business owners, who need more functionality than it can provide.

Out with OpenView, in with Groundwork

  • IT Managers Journal; By Tina Gasperson (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 14, 2006 3:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you manage your finances online, there's a good chance that Yodlee provides the processing power for your transactions. Yodlee's clients, including e*trade, America Online, Merrill Lynch, and Bank of America, use the Yodlee Data Engine to power bill-paying applications and personal financial management software, including online banking. Needless to say, network security and uptime are crucial to Yodlee's success. That's why the company switched from a proprietary network monitoring product to Groundwork's Monitor.

STUX 0.9.2 Screenshot Walkthrough

Based on Slackware current as at 8 October 2006 (Slackware 11.0); Linux kernel upgraded to 2.6.17 from KNOPPIX CD 5.0.1; KDE, and all programs executed from KDE, now run as unprivileged user; user management, also when running from live CD, is more sophisticated; various services have been hardened; added udev, Tor, 3D-Desktop, MPlayer, Icecast, lm_sensors, Lopster, wpa_supplicant; now using wireless and network initialization scripts from Alien BOB; all STUX utilities reviewed and enhanced; faster boot; enhanced wireless networking support; many other changes, fixes and enhancements.

Red Hat Picks San Diego For Next ‘Summit’

Red Hat will host its third annual “Summit” in San Diego, Calif., the company announced Monday. The conference, which will focus on the latest developments in Red Hat Linux and open source software, is set for May 9-11 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina.

Embedded Linux best practices

In this informative and highly detailed whitepaper, veteran embedded systems design consultant James Chapman looks at the factors that help some embedded Linux projects succeed, while others fail. The paper could be especially useful to developers interesting in understanding how Linux is different from proprietary RTOSes.

Top six questions about running WebSphere on Linux

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Steve Wehr (Posted by solrac on Nov 13, 2006 11:37 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
This article offers answers to questions not covered anywhere else to help you develop and deploy WebSphere applications for Linux, including updates for the current product versions. These technical questions and answers address 64-bit Linux distributions, JDBC drivers, heap sizes, and CPU.

Microfinance and open source: natural partners

A Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization has sparked the creation of an open source project to help build technology infrastructures for non-profit microfinance institutions. In developing countries around the world, these institutions loan small amounts of money to women who want to start businesses and create a better life for themselves and their families. The Mifos Software Initiative debuts this week at the Global Micro-Credit Summit in Halifax.

Simula Launches Open Source Marketplace for Enterprise IT

Part incubator, part commercial services provider, Simula Labs is all set to debut a bundle of software and services that industry watchers say could help enterprise IT shops shore up their open source deployments. The company is combining three open source software products with deployment, engineering support, and maintenance services to create its Community-oriented Real-time Engineering (CoRE) Network platform.

Open source in plain English

Much of the debate about open source has been in technical terms, or increasingly in political terms. I'm not criticising either approach, but I suspect many potential open source converts are left cold by discussions that border on the religious in their fervour. What many companies really need is a direct and clear discussion about the tangible benefits of open source, without the political baggage.

[His opening sentence proves he didn't do his homework. Open Source is not about cost at all. It's about freedom. Period. Cost is a potential result, not a catalyst. What is so hard about that? - dcparris]

Firebird Project Releases Firebird 2.0 Final

The Firebird Project today officially releases the much-anticipated version 2.0 of its open source Firebird relational database software during the opening session of the fourth international Firebird Conference in Prague, Czech Republic.

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