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Codec Buddy in Fedora 8

Working with patented and non-free codecs is a sticky issue for all GNU/Linux distributions. In an effort to try and improve on the current situation, Fedora 8 will ship with Codec Buddy by default, providing users with a simple click-through GUI for enabling playback of various kinds of media. Read on for an interview with ThomasVanderStichele, Fluendo developer and Fedora contributor, and BastienNocera, Red Hat employee and Fedora contributor.

Ubuntu: Just how popular is it?

There is no doubt that Ubuntu’s popularity has grown dramatically over the past few years, but just how popular is Ubuntu? How many people have ever heard of Ubuntu?

ATI Open vs. Closed AIGLX Performance

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Nov 3, 2007 4:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For those that may have missed it, the ATI/AMD fglrx 8.42 display driver that was released last month had introduced AIGLX support. The open-source "Radeon" driver for ATI graphics cards going up to the R400 generation has supported AIGLX for quite some time, but the ATI binary display driver hadn't until last month. However, one of the complaints about the fglrx implementation of AIGLX is that in the 8.42.3 driver, some are encountering slow performance in Compiz / Compiz Fusion. We have taken an ATI Radeon X800XL 256MB PCI-E graphics card, which is supported by both the Radeon and fglrx drivers, and have compared their Compiz performance in a few different scenarios.

Having fun with live Linux CDs

As one of the ways to keep track of my journey through the world of Linux and BSD distributions, on every CD, I try to write the date I burned it. I can't remember how I found out about my first Linux live CD, Knoppix 5.1.1 (some Web story must've gone on about how great it was to run a full Linux without doing a hard-drive install), but the date I wrote on the case is Jan. 29, 2007 -- soon after the 5.1.1 release came out. And it wasn't just my first live CD, it was also the first Linux CD of any kind I made -- and my first experience with a Unix-like operating system since leaving adm3a and VT-100 terminals behind after my college days in the 1980s.

Key KOffice Developers Talk About KOffice 2 and Open Standards

KOffice, the office suite built on KDE technology and in the KDE Communtiy has recently gotten a lot of press, but is still often underrepresented. In this interview, some key KOffice developers tell us about the recent progress of KDE's Office suite, about Open Standards and how KOffice plays an active role in bringing Freedom to users. We have talked to Boudewijn Rempt, developer of Krita, core KOffice contributor and KOffice release manager, as well as to David Faure who has been taking part in the OASIS, the organization that is responsible for advancing the OpenDocument (ODF) standard.

ArsGeek reviews the Neuros OSD

There are a few things that are fundamentally different about this video recorder which may take a little getting used to. First, this product is open. Not open as in the wind blows through it, but open as in anyone can hack around with the firmware, making changes and if they are for the better, giving them to the community. The second change is that this recorder really doesn’t have any storage of it’s own to record to. You’ll need to provide storage in the form of one of the many popular memory cards (complete list below), a USB drive or your networked share.

Canadian Greens add FOSS to election platform

Thanks to a founding member of Free Geek Vancouver, the Green Party of Canada has quietly become the first major political party to make support for free and open source software (FOSS) part of its election platform. Like officials in the Green Party of England and Wales, deputy leader Adriane Carr sees the move as compatible with basic Green ideas, but IT consultant Neil Adair also points out the move serves the practical purpose of helping the party match the technical resources of more established parties.

Key-enabling kernel extensions for AIX version 6.1

Diagnose and service memory overlays and address errors more efficiently with POWER6 processors and AIX Version 6.1. In the AIX operating system, software components share the kernel address, creating a serviceability issue for the AIX kernel and kernel extensions.

10 Reasons To Dump Windows

Microsoft's Top 10 Reasons to use Vista are also the Top 10 Reasons to dump Windows!

Get the facts about sagging Linux server sales

I felt bad for Linux vendors after reading Peter Galli's eWeek article, which claims that Linux server sales on X86 hardware have run into a stone wall, going from a 53 percent growth rate to four percent decline over the past six quarters -- until I did a little research that easily refuted that claim.

openSUSE 10.3 Live version available

  • linuxlookup (Posted by linuxlookup on Nov 2, 2007 8:38 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE
From today on the live version of openSUSE 10.3 is available as GNOME or KDE Live CD. Both contain the same software as the 1 CD installation versions from launch time - just as live system. The live system can be used as a productive system or rescue system. Or you just check out how openSUSE 10.3 runs on your computer without touching your hard drive.

Telling the Truth About Software Patents and Innovation

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Nov 2, 2007 7:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
How often have you heard it said that "patents foster innovation?" That phrase rings true in pharmaceuticals, where investment requirements are enormous and failure common. But does it also apply in areas such as software? Does it really take the promise of a legal monopoly to motivate a typical founder or CTO to innovate?

Lotus Symphony Linux Beta Review

Recently I’ve laid my hands on the new IBM’s child — Lotus Symphony (beta version). It is an office suite based on OpenOffice.org. Lotus Symphony includes text editor, spreadsheet and presentation tool. I’ve, decided to try this new IBM wonder.

Why you should care about PulseAudio (and how to start doing it)

The sound server PulseAudio is a relative newcomer to the Linux audio arena, but since it has been selected as the default setup in the next releases of at least two major distributions (Fedora and Ubuntu), it's probably time to start looking into it.

HP Backs Red Hat in Government Biz Bid

When it comes to big enterprise IT deployments in the U.S., there is no enterprise bigger than the federal government itself. Linux vendor Red Hat is hoping for a larger portion of the government's multi-billion dollar IT spending with its widest-ever array of security certifications, thanks to assistance from HP. HP today released new Multi-Level Security (MLS) Services for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 in support of the open source OS vendor's government push.

Big win for open source in IT management

Notch it up as a victory for open source over enterprise software. Zenoss, a provider of open source IT management software, has beaten off competition from four leading commercial software providers to land a deal at global technology firm UTStarcom.

Linux Gazette Issue 144

Linuz Gazette Issue 144 for Noveber 2007 is out. In this issue: Virtualization made Easy by Edgar Howell, 3D programming with Vpython by Maxin B. John, Slow Receivers in a Distributed Data Management System by Sudhir Menon, FlickOff: Escaping the Clutches of Web 2.0 by Ben Okopnik, Ecol by Javier Malonda and The Linux Launderette.

LinuxConf: Getting the smalltalk on the road

Every year (bar one) since 1999, around 800 people have got together on an annual basis to discuss an operating system that was for a long time deemed to be on the fringes. These days that description does not apply, but the gathering is still as informal as that inaugural session during the tech boom.

Interview with Pamela Jones, Editor of Groklaw

In this Q & A, PJ explains how Groklaw operates, what its purposes include, and where it is likely to head in the future.

A more informative status line for Vim

At the bottom of the Vim editor, you will find two things: the command-line buffer (where you can input commands) and the status line. In the default configuration, Vim has a simple and non-informative status line, but you can make the status line a lot more informative with simple methods.

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