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AMD 8.34.8 Display Driver

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Feb 22, 2007 12:07 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
Last month with the 8.33.6 release we had seen the first signs of Radeon X2000 (R600) product support. The AMD Radeon Xpress 1250 IGP (both Intel and AMD processor models) are supported by today's driver. Additional work has gone into the 8.34.8 drivers with this release to prepare for the Radeon X2000 launch shortly. More information will be available shortly.

Puppy 2.14 Screenshots

  • (Posted by lqsh on Feb 21, 2007 11:20 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
This new Puppy has major improvements in the underlying architecture as well as the applications, and some new applets created by Puppy enthusiasts. Finally we have embraced the XDG menu system, our new PET package management system is further refined. New applets are Pfind (file finder), and Grafburn (CD/DVD burner). Upgrades are many, including Pupctorrent (torrent download client), Network Wizard, Pbcdripper (CD ripper), PuppyBackup, SoxGui (audio file 'Swiss army knife'), mtPaint, elscpi. Plus lots more - DistroWatch. Screenshots of Puppy 2.14 are available at

Protech Beta Screenshots

Protech is an Ubuntu-based distribution made for security professionals and programmers. - DistroWatch. Screenshots of Protech Beta are available at

SATA Framework Overview

  •; By Pawel Wojcik (Posted by dba477 on Feb 21, 2007 9:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Sun
As many of you noticed, Solaris now supports SATA controllers and devices. To simplify writing SATA HBA drivers the new module and a set of interfaces was created, referred to as either SATA Framework or SATA module.

InstallJammer, a self-executing installer for Linux

In the crowded Linux packaging landscape, it would be easy to overlook Damon Courtney's InstallJammer. However, InstallJammer, which provides self-executing installers for Linux and other operating systems is well worth a look. Version 1.1 was released recently with a number of new features, including support for RPM and Debian package databases, console-based installs, new platforms, and much more.

Opening up an open-source roadblock

If the FSF succeeds in blocking a landmark deal, the biggest losers will be software consumers, policy analyst James DeLong says.

Tidy URL Rewrites with PHP

Tim Bromhead, in a new entry over the blog, talks about writing neat and tidy URLs with PHP. He says, to do this you have to set up URL rewrites in Apache to send all page requests through a single PHP script. In this post he shows you, how to make the URLs with spaces easy to type for users.

NetServer Adventures

So I got this machine, and decided to set it up as an Icecast server to play with...

HP NetServer 4d/66 LM
2 x AHA-2740 offboard SCSI controllers
1 x AIC-7770 onboard SCSI controller
2 x 9GB SCSI hdd
1 x Intel EtherExpress 16 offboard NIC

Read on for the adventure!

Digital Doorways open communities to technology

Digital Doorways, a joint project between the Department of Science and Technology and the Meraka Institute, will provide rural communities with access to the various open source projects in a bid to improve South Africa's computer literacy.

ESR gives up on Fedora

The following letter is shown verbatim, as received from ESR, who has sent it to a number of Linux-related publications and mailing lists.

Bounty out on spammers

Spammers beware! A new programme launched by the Internet Society of South Africa has placed bounties on the heads of spammers. Bounty hunters could receive as much as R30 000 for a spammer's conviction.

FOSDEM conference: three days to go

The last interviews have been published for the FOSDEM conference, which starts in just three days. The list of interviewees is impressive this time around, with Simon Phipps from Sun Microsystems, Jeremy Allison from Samba, Keith Packard from, Miguel De Icaza (Mono/Novell), Paul Everitt (Plone and Zope), and Pete Herzog (Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual).

How To Search For Missing Packages With apt-file On Debian and Ubuntu

This short article describes how you can search for missing packages with apt-file on Debian and Ubuntu systems. apt-file allows you to search for a file name, and it gives back the name(s) of the package(s) containing that file so that you can install the appropriate package.

Open Source Mono Gets Visual Basic

Mono has long tried to provide an open source alternative implementation of Microsoft's .Net framework. It has succeeded in some respects, and in others it has been lacking, especially when it come to Visual Basic. That is no longer the case. As of Mono version 1.2.3, the Novell led project now includes new Visual Basic capabilities allowing development and deployment of Visual Basic for Mono on Linux platforms. The 1.2.3 release is the third point release in the 1.2.x series which was first released in November of 2006.

9 Tips to diagnose remote GNU/Linux server network connectivity issues

Many new admin or Linux users get frustrated when their remote Linux box is not accessible dues to network connectivity. In this article I will try to provide tools and information about how to diagnose network configurations. You can try these tips/tools to diagnose an issue of Linux network connectivity to remote or local servers.

High-integrity software is key topic at 2007 Military Technologies ...

High-integrity software is key topic at 2007 Military Technologies Conference

Cuba and Venezuela - Unlikely Good Examples of Open Source Preference

A recent headline in my local paper, the San Jose Mercury News, attracted my attention: “Cuba moving to ditch Microsoft, its products” (see link). While many would tend to chalk this up to anti-US security paranoia, in my opinion this would be the wrong conclusion.

Nxp, Purple Labs take Linux to 3G handsets

  • (subscription) (Posted by dcparris on Feb 21, 2007 12:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
In collaboration with French design company Purple Labs, NXP has launched the Nexperia cellular system solution 7210 with Linux open-source OS for 3G handsets. With this new solution, manufacturers will be able to achieve time-to-market advantages with a high-level OS without the additional cost and complexity of integrating a dedicated application processor. Operators will also be able to provide a stable and powerful yet cost-effective platform for new connected services.

[Source says subscription, but I was able to see the article without one. - dcparris]

Embedded Linux, wireless connects 50 schools

Using a combination of wireless and embedded Linux the tuXlabs school laboratory project is halfway to completing a 100 school wireless network in the Western Cape.

Cuba and Open Source: A Touchy Subject

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Feb 21, 2007 10:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Unless you have been living under a rock in the media sense, surely by now you have heard the news of Cuba embracing open source and all that it has to offer. Unfortunately, much of the mainstream press is likely to once again point to open source and claim that it is anti-free enterprise, which could be a problem.

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