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IRC Linux Support, through burnout and beyond.

I've been doing support on IRC for more than three years now. Overall, it's been a rewarding experience, and, an important learning experience for me as well.

OpenOffice.org Calc functions, part 2: Working with formulas

A formula is a spreadsheet function entered in a cell, complete with its arguments. They're one of the two or three major applications that first spearheaded the acceptance of the personal computer in the 1980s, and the main tools of advanced spreadsheet use.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 83

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 83 for the week of April 8th through April 14th, 2007.

KDE Commit-Digest for 15th April 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: The Summer of Code begins, with 40 KDE projects. Registration opens for Akademy 2007. Hosting proposals invited for Akademy 2008. Further progress in the KBattleship rewrite with sounds and network play integrated, and theming support added to the Bovo game. More work on Strigi file analysers. Drag-and-drop and porting work in Mailody. A new CVS plugin for KDevelop 4. KSquares moves to kdegames. A new game, Kollision, is imported into playground/games.

Greenphone Developer Challenge

Trolltech today announced the start of the Qtopia Greenphone Developer Challenge, a global contest for innovative development of Linux-based mobile phone applications. Entrants can create their applications using either the community or commercial version of Qtopia Phone Edition.

Transfer files to your Gmail account with Gspace

One thing that's made Google's free Gmail online messaging service popular is its multiple gigabytes of storage space. There are several tools that let you use the more than 2GB of space as a virtual Internet drive, the most popular being GmailFS. If you'd prefer to use software that's independent of your base operating system, try Gspace instead. It's a Firefox extension that's easy to install and use.

Pardus 2007.1 — Almost Perfect

  • PolishLinux.org; By Piotr Maliński (Posted by michux on Apr 16, 2007 7:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Pardus is a unique distribution which has its own solutions which work very well. I think that the distribution deserves far greater renown than it has currently and if it keeps up such innovation and quality, it’ll be an important player in the category of extensive desktop distributions.

Is a closed-source version of Ubuntu practical?

While announcing the name of Ubuntu's next release for October, 2007, founder Mark Shuttleworth spoke of a new version of the Ubuntu distribution to be released alongside Gutsy Gibbon. This release, he says, will not include any firmware, drivers, applications, and even sounds and imagery which are not completely open-source and include full rights of modification and redistribution. This ultra-orthodox version of open-source sounds very attractive to open-source supporters, but is it practical?

An open letter to Corporate Linux

It was decided by a few that I can say with assurance that this letter represents millions of Linux Users.

Configuring Debian/etch on a Dell Latitude D520

A new job brings new toys :-) My new employer has supplied me with a Dell Latitude D520 laptop for programming. It came loaded with Windows XP professional which—ofcourse—had to go. After installing Debian/etch I found a few small problems though. I'll describe them here, and what I did to fix it, so I can hopefully save other people the headaches.

When GPL software goes bad

Users of a popular open-source accounting system may have just updated to a license they would never have agreed to had the author actually told them it had changed. What's more, the author is actively censoring attempts to advise the userbase of the license change, and appears to be making an attempt to retrospectively re-license all prior versions as well.

When Flex met Apex

Following hard on heels of last week's move intocontent management, Salesforce.com has joined forces with Adobe to offer a Flex Tool kit for its Apex development platform. Launched today at Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, the two vendors say the new toolkit enables developers to build so-called ‘rich Internet’ applications using Flex features and deliver them as on-demand applications through Apex.

Is the relational database now a commodity?

For those of us who were around in the industry during the mid to late 80s, it is interesting to think back to a time when vendors of relational database management systems (RDBMS) were struggling to be taken seriously.

Using the Java language for real-time systems

This article, the first in a five-part series on real-time Java, describes the key challenges to using the Java language to develop systems that meet real-time performance requirements.

Focus to Folly in 3.6 pages - A Microcosm of the Linux Community?

It started out well, someone agreed with it, someone didn't, the first someone defended his position, the second someone did the same. And on it went. However I noticed a phenomenon that is not uncommon in Linux forums. By the end of the discussion and at that point in time, it ran just short of 4 pages. The conversation had went from the topic at hand to the subject of zebras and virgins. Now you tell me how that happened.

Learn the essential modes and editing features of Emacs

This tutorial introduces you to some of the essential concept of modes, shows you some of the powerful text manipulation functions available, and teaches you how to use the built-in search, replace, and spell check facilities of Emacs.

KDE at CeBIT 2007 Report

  • KDE Dot News; By Daniel Molkentin and Alexander Neundorf (Posted by dcparris on Apr 16, 2007 11:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
KDE was present at Cebit 2007 in Hannover, the world's largest IT fair. The booth was located inside the LinuxPark in Hall 5, where Linux New Media had given us and other open source projects the opportunity to present their work. Alexander Neundorf, KDE buildsystem maintainer and the booth manager in charge for large parts of the event, considers this year's CeBIT "a very successful event for KDE". Read on for his report.

Ubuntu community magazine hits the 'streets'

Full Circle, the Ubuntu community magazine, has just released its first issue. The first of what will be a regular monthly feature, the April issue covers the history of Ubuntu, details changes to upcoming Fiesty Fawn and includes an installation guide.

One Laptop Per Child Linux software released

  • Tectonic.co.za; By Alastair Otter (Posted by dcparris on Apr 16, 2007 9:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OLPC
Low-cost computer maker releases LiveCD version of Linux operating system software that will be run on PCs destined for developing world.

Stuart Cohen launches Collaborative Software Initiative

  • Linux.com; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by dcparris on Apr 16, 2007 8:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: OSDL
Stuart Cohen stepped down from his role as CEO of the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) in in December, saying that he was going to "explore open source joint development using best practices in collaboration and building communities." Today, Cohen has announced what's he's been up to since then. He has formed the Collaborative Software Initiative, a for-profit company that will try to bring companies together to use open source methodology to develop software for vertical industries.

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