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Review: MediaReady Flyboy

The MediaReady Flyboy is a Linux-based portable media player. It handles video, MP3s, pictures, and doubles as a portable data story device. On paper, it sounds pretty good. In practice, after a few weeks of playing with the Flyboy, I'm not convinced that it's worth the price tag.

Stung by BSA: Council snubs Microsoft by switching to open-source software

Three years ago, the council paid Microsoft R3 million in an out-of-court settlement. The company had demanded R8 million from the metro for the council's computers to be granted full compliance status. As many as 1 000 of the council's computers had been found to be unlicenced. No licence fees will have to be paid for the new programmes.

Enlightenment DR17 on Fedora Core 4

The last time I gave Enlightenment a try was almost a year ago when I was using Fedora Core 3. Before that, I used Enlightenment sometime back in 1999 since Enlightenment was the desktop of choice for Linux. Today, I decided to give it a try and find out what has been done since then. All I can say is just wow! It has come a long way with major changes within the development release itself. Explaining what DR17 is about is beyond the scope of this post, this is like what you get when you put composite + gnome + fancy desktop on steroids.

Rolling your own Debian packages (part 1)

  • Debian Administration; By Bruno De Fraine (Posted by tadelste on Jan 22, 2006 5:12 AM EDT)
This two-part article explains how to make a Debian package of simple piece of software, presumably something you have written yourself. Although building a new package is more complex than rebuilding one or having one generated, the idea is that it is actually surprisingly simple to create basic Debian packages. In fact, if you can make software install into a temporary installation tree, you're already 90% done! This text provides a quick alternative to the more comprehensive Debian New Maintainers' Guide. Only knowledge of Makefiles and the basic Debian package tools is assumed.

MythTV 0.19 and Official Wiki

An official MythTV wiki has been created to form a central knowledgebase on all things Myth. P.S. Good news for the open source PVR based community. It looks like mythtv 0.19 will be released in the next few weeks:

Media Bridge for Gizmos powered by Linux

The first media bridge for gizmos such as PMPs, PSPs, Digital Cameras, Cell Phones and iPods that will free gizmo users from having to use computers to transfer media files is being released by Unicon Systems. Wired transfers can be made using MCopy and MBridge will allow users to transfer files wirelessly.

Both devices run off Unicon System’s Linux kernel and supports a variety of filesystems supporting USB devices. The platform’s windowing system uses Microwindows Nano-X server which includes a full-screen graphical filemanager, a web server, mysql, php, webdav and xml/rdf libraries.

Make asynchronous requests with JavaScript and Ajax

I rarely read an entire article about a single object, especially one that is this simple. However, you will use this object over and over again in each page and application that you write that uses Ajax. This article shows you how to create XMLHttpRequest instances in a cross-browser way, construct and send requests, and respond to the server.

SUSE Linux 10.1 Beta 1 now online and on CD

SUSE 10.1 Beta 1 is now available online and in CD form and is ready for testing, Novell announced Friday. Four Alpha versions of v10.1 have been made available since version 10.0 was released last October.

More Linux In South Korean PSUs

Saturday, January 21, 2006: Windows 98 runs on 13 per cent of the total 27 million personal computers in South Korea, most of which are being used at government agencies, according to industry data.

The adoption of Linux is likely to accelerate in South Korea replacing Microsoft's Windows 98 in the public sector, sources said recently. Six government agencies held a meeting to craft measures in response to Microsoft's recent decision to stop issuing security patches for Windows 98 starting in July.

Finally: Commercial DVD for Linux from Cyberlink

  • eHomeUpgrade; By NEWS RELEASE (Posted by tadelste on Jan 21, 2006 7:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
CyberLink Corp., a leader in Digital Home solutions, today launched PowerCinema Linux, providing an easy means of converting the Linux PC into a feature-rich TV entertainment center ideally suited for PC vendors targeting the CE market.

The new PowerCinema Linux transforms a Linux PC into an entertainment center featuring analog and digital TV, radio, Teletext and electronic program guide browsing. A launch sequence of about 10 seconds and quick shutdown provide CE-like behavior on a notebook or desktop PC. The stylish 3D interface and operation by remote control ensure easy navigation of additional features, including DVD movies, music, pictures, and video modules.

"Linux is not only a great PC and Server operating system it also runs on a wide range of CE devices and with PowerCinema Linux users can enjoy digital entertainment on their Linux PCs," said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink Corp. "PowerCinema also provides CE device manufacturers with a Linux-based alternative for creating amazing Home Entertainment solutions that can scale down to CE devices with very limited resources. As such, CyberLink is allowing PC makers to move from the typical PC environment to the living room and by doing so to enter the Digital Home Entertainment market."

Sqlyog MySQL Manager Released

Webyog has released SQLyog 5 to manage MySQL 5. SQLyog is an easy to use, compact and very fast graphical tool to manage your MySQL database anywhere in the world. SQLyog is FREE for personal and commercial use.

Print.Print Add to Project.Add to Project Bookmark with del.icio.us Simplify PHP Development with WASP

  • OnLamp.com; By Brian Fioca (Posted by tadelste on Jan 21, 2006 5:42 PM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
This article demonstrates how to build a small database-driven application: a simple task list web application. This example is short, however it demonstrates most of the powerful features that WASP has to offer. WASP (Web Application Structure for PHP) is a three-tier framework built on PHP 5.

Linux Should Be Easier To Clone

  • ; By SuperMike (Posted by VISITOR on Jan 21, 2006 4:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: LXer
If grep, tee, cat, man and commands like it are standard issue UNIX and Linux commands, why has it taken all these years and no one has made a command for cloning these systems so popular that one would not even guess of a system having this or not?

Us firm donates free software to Karachi TDM centre

LAHORE: The Tools, Dies and Moulds Center in Karachi will be equipped with 100 seats of UGS’ NX Software for Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) Systems for teaching, training and developing human resources for the rapidly growing engineering industry in Pakistan.

The Google Command List: Data Mining using Google

  • Cyberwyre via Digg; By qwe123 (Posted by tadelste on Jan 21, 2006 12:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Did you know you can search for any phone number with just [phonebook: name here], or can find the weather in any city with just [weather: city name]? Try out the filetype: command with mp3 or avi and see what you get.

Tracing An Email

  • Onimoto; By Raven (Posted by tadelste on Jan 21, 2006 11:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
The purpose of this guide is to show the process involved in tracing an email. The first step required to tracing an email is finding out the headers of the email. What are headers? Email headers are lines added at the top of an email message that are used by servers as the email goes on route to get delivered. Generally email clients only show the standard To, From, and Subject headers, but there are more.

Niti Offers Automated Linux-Based OS

Friday, January 20, 2006: Net Integration Technologies (NITI) has come up with Nitix that offers the users a Linux-based operating system with automatic capabilities. The product’s self-healing and self-maintenance capabilities do away with the need to have a Linux expert to monitor its operation.

DRM: Three dirty letters you won't hear in a CES keynote

Doc Searls pans Paul Otellini's CES presentation of Intel's ViiV for the media cartel it's bound to create:

Some of us (myself included) have been concerned about the DRM capabilities reportedly built into ViiV, but in his presentation Otellini made clear that Viiv has been in development with Microsoft, as a new Wintel platform for home entertainment…It's being presented as the Complete Replacement for TV…."A chance for broadcasters and rights-holders to extend their franchise"…This is an Intel-Microsoft story. All about Windows Media, but barely mentioning it….What about non-OEMs? Good luck. This is a juggernaunt.

"The Austin Project" - a community-driven Linux advertising effort.

  • Digg.com/ Blog of Helios; By Helios (Posted by dave on Jan 21, 2006 8:58 AM EDT)
"The Austin Project" will bring Linux into the light of day for thousands…possibly tens of thousands. Those who believe that Microsoft Windows is their only choice will soon know better. This is the day Microsoft did not want to come. The day the Linux Community took it upon themselves to give the world Linux.

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Wine IS actually being ported to OS X (not a hoax)

  • Digg.com; By trogdoor (Posted by tadelste on Jan 21, 2006 8:52 AM EDT)
This is not a hoax (as the previous post on the front page is) Darwine, as the OS X port is called, currently only compiles for the power PC but they are working on an Intel build and hoping that the new Intel macs will bring more interest to the project.

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