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Now, if you haven't played a decent game of computer chess lately, it's time to check out this month's Linux game over at UnixReview.com. In the article, I'll tell you about eboard, a great chess-playing program that lets you play against your own system, play against another player remotely, or join an online game using the FICS protocol (Free Internet Chess Server). You can read all about it at UnixReview.com
Ever since Linux came to the fore in the late '90s, people have had widely differing opinions about which distribution makes the best Windows desktop replacement. To his credit, DesktopLinux.com editor and inveterate operating system tester Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols isn't ducking this sticky question.
Users who signed up for the beta of Version 1.5 a few months ago are automatically receiving upgrades to the 18.104.22.168 beta. The rest of us get it later this month.
Some industries (such as financial services and health care) have regulations which require permanent retention of all email. The Citadel.org groupware server is now among the first to support message journaling, making regulatory compliance easy to configure.
Niels Provos' Systrace is a utility that monitors and controls what an application can access on a system by creating and enforcing access policies for system calls. For the Linux crowd, it's something like the US National Security Agency's SE Linux, but it's more flexible and, if used properly, it can improve a system's overall security by "sandboxing" untrusted applications and users.
Pertec Inc. last week introduced UbuntUSB, touted as an easy way to install Ubuntu Linux on a portable USB hard drive, letting any PC boot Ubuntu Linux without requiring either BIOS or system reconfiguration.
John Battelle spotted a post from Chris Marino at Tumbling Duke that has the worrisome suggestion that Google is allowing third parties to set cookies based on searches people do. But I dropped an IM to Dave Naylor, who immediately spotted this being due to Firefox prefetching.
A Taiwanese software company specializing in DVD software and other home computing software is shipping a packaged Linux-based entertainment OS. PowerCinema Linux, which targets device makers and PC integrators, can turn resource-constrained embedded devices into powerful multimedia devices, according to the company.
[Ed: This is a repeat from another publication posted for the benefit of anyone who missed it previously. -tadelste]
The CEI-430 is the Industry's First ARINC 429/717 Interface for PC/104-Plus
John "Maddog" Hall will consider parallels between open source software and music, addressing the risk that patents "kill off ideas instead of promoting them" at this year's Australasian Linux conference, to be held in Dunedin this week. "Odd things about business in the large corporate world will (hopefully) be explained," he says, including "companies who really want to do the right thing, but cannot. "The talk will, of course, partly be tongue-in-cheek, partly be around my collection of automated musical instruments, and partly have a real message," he says.
The image filter GREYCstoration may not have a name that rolls off the tongue, but it can tackle a variety of image problems -- including noise reduction, compression artifact removal, and inpainting -- with a quality that outperforms its commercial software competitors.
While most of these "real time" products achieve their scorching performance by moving data into memory, one high-performance product -- the StreamBase "stream-processing engine" from StreamBase Systems Inc. in Lexington, Mass. -- just grabs incoming data and analyzes it as it flies by.
How fast is fast enough? Novell's SUSE Linux is getting a boost up to real-time speed thanks to a new partnership with Concurrent. Concurrent Real-Time Extensions Powered By SUSE Linux is an optimized version of SUSE Linux that provides guaranteed interrupt response times of fewer than 30 microseconds.
The open source browser Firefox has been rated alongside Google, Apple and Starbucks as one of the most powerful brands in the world in 2005, according to a study published on Monday.
Samba 4 is the ambitious next version of the Samba suite that is being developed in parallel to the stable 3.0 series. The main emphasis in this branch is support for the Active Directory logon protocols used by Windows 2000 and above.
Firefox 1.5 has been downloaded more than 20 million times since its late November release, Mozilla Corp. announced Tuesday.
LinClips has a nice screencast
of the fresh SUSE 10.1 Beta 1 release. From DistroWatch
- SUSE Linux 10.1 Beta1, code name 'Agama Lizard', is ready for testing.
Things were pretty quiet last week on the OpenDocument Format front last week, but this week began with a bang. Here's an update on the latest news
Text to speech synthesis softwares are far and in between in Linux even though there are excellent options for windows. But here is a review of a good software which helps in filling this gap in Linux. Festival is a text-to-speech synthesiser developed by the Centre for Speech Technology Research at the University of Edinburgh. It is shipped with most Linux distributions and has been released under an X11-type licence allowing unrestricted commercial and non-commercial use alike.
Dianne Ursini, CEO and founder of Technalign, wants to capture the desktop Linux market, and she believes MEPIS is the distribution that will catapult her company to the top. Technalign is the official distributor of the boxed retail version of MEPIS, and while the company hasn't turned a profit selling Linux yet, Ursini says it is "turning around."
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