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This week at LWN: OLS: Three talks on power management

Len Brown can only be a glutton for punishment; he is, after all, the maintainer of the Linux ACPI subsystem. That is a difficult position to be in: ACPI involves getting into the BIOS layer, an area of system software which is not always known for careful, high-quality work. Supporting ACPI is a complex task which, among other things, requires the embedding of a specialized interpreter within the kernel, a hard sell at best. Even with that background in mind, one must wonder just how much masochism is required to lead one to deliver three separate talks at the 2007 Ottawa Linux Symposium. That is just what Len did, however; the end result was a good view into several aspects of the power management problem.

10 minutes to run every Windows app on your Ubuntu desktop

This simple guide will bring up the Windows start menu inside GNOME and allow you to run, use and install any Windows app (that can run in a VM) inside your existing desktop. It takes about 10 minutes to setup, minus the time to install Windows, and involves one command in total.

Get to Know JsonML

  • IBM/DeveloperWorks; By Martin Brown (Posted by IdaAshley on Jul 4, 2007 5:49 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The rise of JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) has gone hand-in-hand with the rise of Ajax. JsonML is an extension of JSON that enables you to map XML data using JSON type markup, and this in turn enables you to easily create XML or XHTML data based on JSON markup and to build and exchange user interface (UI) elements.

The Real Meaning of GNU GPLv3

Now that the final version of the GNU General Public Licence version 3 has been released, the in-depth analysis of its implications can begin.Two of the first commentaries to be published have come from the legal world, and there are doubtless many more being prepared for purely internal use within software companies wondering whether to adopt the new licence. But important as both the legal and commercial details are, I believe the true significance of the GPLv3 lies elsewhere.

The State of ATI Linux 2007

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jul 4, 2007 3:59 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
It was on July 20, 2006 that I had issued The State of ATI Linux while ending off the ATI Redblog, which was a fifty-day experiment for using the ATI fglrx driver under Linux exclusively to see how well the driver really could compare to that of NVIDIA's binary competition. It's going on a year later and it's now time for this year's address as far as what I have seen from the driver in the past year and where I hope and believe the driver is going in the near future.

Secure web browsing through Live Linux distros

There are many good reasons to be concerned about security and privacy online. For example, Internet banking can be at risk if there is any possibility of malicious software on your computer's hard drive. Banks even expressly warn that before using their systems you should ensure you have taken steps to ensure your personal security.

Incoming EPO president reopens software patent debate

New head of the European Patent Office (EPO), Alison Brimelow, has signalled her intentions early, calling a public meeting to discuss the policy vacuum left by the rejection of the Directive on Computer Implemented Inventions.

Open Letter to Red Hat

I think what Red Hat has done in making alternative operating systems more visible (Linux becoming a household name) is wonderful. However, with the potential of new talks with Microsoft, I have an urgent warning for them: don't do it. Please, don't talk to them. They don't care about their customers nor third party developers.

TrueCrypt Tutorial: Truly Portable Data Encryption

  • HowtoForge (Posted by falko on Jul 4, 2007 1:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
TrueCrypt is a free software that encrypts data on-the-fly. Right now the newest version released is version 4.3. You can create an encrypted hard drive, a separate partition or a directory with TrueCrypt. It does not simply encrypt the content of files, but their names and the names of the directories they are in as well. Moreover there is no way to check the size of the encrypted directory/HDD/partition. TrueCrypt is available for Windows and Linux.

The politics of open source

In February Rob Enderle suggested that Cuba's adoption of Linux would make it a political issue and that no US politician could now dare be associated with open source software.

KDE 4.0 Alpha 2 is out

KDE Alpha 2 is out and we have lots of info and some screenshots available for you to check out.

Mandriva adds a semantic layer to the KDE 4 desktop

On the occasion of aKademy 2007, the annual conference of KDE developers and users, Mandriva is proud to announce together with the NEPOMUK partners and the KDE community that the NEPOMUK-KDE project it leads is poised to deliver a sea change in the Linux desktop experience.

Joint releases to jolt open source: Shuttleworth

Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth has declared more publicity would be generated for open source software if the three large desktop projects of KDE, GNOME, and OpenOffice.org agreed on a common and regular release cycle.

FlightLinux blasts off again

Patrick Stakem wants everyone to know that the newest iteration of FlightLinux is not just for NASA rocket scientists. The special hardened distribution that earlier this century orbited the Earth on an unmanned satellite is set to move into active duty again, this time as a civilian project.

The ticking time bomb of old file formats.

The National Archive in the UK has issued a statement expressing concern over the amount of data locked up in proprietary file formats. Microsoft have stepped up to the plate to take advantage of the situation, created largely by their own policy.

Checking out SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP1

Sometimes, a service pack comes along that really makes a big difference. Take NT. Before SP3, it was garbage; afterwards Microsoft had its first server operating system that was worth anything. XP before SP2 was so-so, but after SP2, it became Microsoft's best desktop operating system ever (sorry, Vista).

WPA In Ubuntu - Sputnik, Inc - Are You Listening?

What is the single biggest hassle when taking a Linux compatible wifi card and attempting to connect to your router? Anyone? If you said getting it to work with WPA, you would be right. Access to WPA is the single biggest hassle when trying to get people to take their notebook PCs and switch to Ubuntu.

The Mass. OOXML Announcement: What the Scribes Say

As you can imagine, yesterday's news that the Massachusetts Information Technology Division (ITD) may endorse Microsoft's OOXML (now Ecma 376) spread like wild fire among the journalists that have been covering the ODF/OOXML competition. As of nightfall the same day, a Google News search turned up 59 articles (many of which were reprints of the same, syndicated text).

Debian Weekly News - July 3rd, 2007

Welcome to this year's 6th issue of DWN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Ulrich Hansen created a set of nice looking CD and DVD covers for the just released Debian GNU/Linux 4.0. Roland Mas announced that Alioth has been upgrade to etch. Kurt Gramlich announced a Skolelinux Youngster Meeting on July 20th to 26th in Chemnitz, Germany.

GIMP tricks: Rotating Sphere with GAP

  • PolishLinux.org; By noss (Posted by michux on Jul 4, 2007 3:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This article shows how to create an rotating sphere in GIMP with GAP plugin. Basic knowledge of this graphics manipulation suite will be required to successfully follow the tutorial. This is the second article in our “GIMP Tricks” series. Stay tuned!

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