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Oracle Signs License Agreement With Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to spur innovation and protect the Linux System, has said that Oracle, the world's largest enterprise software company, has become a licensee. By becoming a licensee, Oracle is demonstrating its commitment to a secure, fertile Linux ecosystem, ensuring choice in the marketplace.

OpenOffice 2.2 RC4 resolves security problems

The OpenOffice.org project team said today that three security vulnerabilities, which had been reported in the last week, have been fully addressed in OpenOffice.org 2.2. The latest release candidate (RC4) of v2.2 -- including all the security fixes -- is now available for download.

Case study: Clustering the penguins

The humble personal computer has a well-deserved reputation as a giant-killer. After all, it was the virus-like spread of PCs which spelled the beginning of the end for the mainframe dinosaurs. Because the first low-cost servers emerged from high-end PCs being asked to look after more than one user at once, it took quite a few of the diminutive workhorses to match the capacity of the mini-computers they were slowly but surely replacing.

Second call for votes for the debian project leader election 2007

At the time of writing, half an week into the second week of the vote, we have the the following statistics gathered at the beginning of the week..

Product: Open Source OGRE Engine Gets 1.4.0 Release

OGRE Team, the developers behind the Object-Oriented Graphics Rendering Engine (OGRE), have announced the latest release of OGRE, codenamed 'Eihort,' including improved advanced lighting and shadowing techniques and more. According to the engine's official website, OGRE is “a scene-oriented, flexible 3D engine written in C++ designed to make it easier and more intuitive for developers to produce applications utilising hardware-accelerated 3D graphics.”

Tech Tip 118 - Test Driving Linux Using a Live CD

So you've heard about Linux, and you’re itching to try it out. Why? Maybe you want to breathe some life into an older computer that can't run Windows XP or Vista. Maybe you want to stretch your technical skills a bit. Or, maybe you're just tired of Windows and need a change.

Vista's long goodbye

Deleting files can take forever. Windows Vista suffers from a bug that causes many machines to stall while deleting, copying and moving files, a flaw that has provoked consternation in online forums.

One Year With ATI X1000 Linux Support

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Mar 27, 2007 6:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
In less than three weeks it will have been a year since ATI Technologies had added it's Radeon X1000 family (R500) support to their Linux binary drivers. When that support was finally added it came about six months after the hardware was actually introduced to the public accompanied by the Windows Catalyst drivers. Even with this six months time that developers had to work on the Linux package, the fglrx v8.24.8 driver (the version that had introduced R500 support) resulted in ATI's flagship GPU series facing a miserable beating by NVIDIA's 7800GTX and even the GeForce 6800GT. However, a year later and what will be twelve driver releases with R500 support, how does the performance now compare? In this article we will be comparing several R500 parts to see how the performance stacks up using the latest driver.

New GPL draft due Wednesday

A new phase of wrangling over the future of the dominant open-source license, the General Public License, is set to begin Wednesday and to end 90 days afterward.

Mandriva and O3Spaces Announce An Alliance

Mandriva will now distribute O3Spaces Workplace as part of the Corporate Server 4 and Mandriva Linux Powerpack+ 2007 Spring editions. The alliance also covers an extensive support agreement.

[O3Spaces isn't Free Software though — Sander]

The JavaScript Diaries: Part 10

There are four objects that provide information about the environment of the user's system. They belong to the window object: navigator, screen, history and location. These objects are used to obtain information such as screen size and resolution, color depth of the monitor, limited information on the browser history, and the URL. In addition, information such as the user's operating system, including the browser type, version and language can also be obtained. In this installment, we'll look at objects, their related properties and methods. We'll delve deeper into them when we use them later in our study.

Programming the SPU in C/C++

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Jonathan Bartlett (Posted by IdaAshley on Mar 27, 2007 3:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM, Linux
In Part 5 of this series about programming on the Cell BE processors, apply your knowledge of the synergistic processing unit (SPU) to programming the Cell BE processor in C/C++. Learn how to use the vector extensions, direct the compiler to do branch prediction, and perform DMA transfers in C/C++.

Access adds Flash player to embedded Linux, browser

Access has licensed Bluestreak Technology's Flash player for mobile phones and set-top boxes, suggesting its Linux-based software stack for mobile phones could be used in phones that receive digital TV. The MachBlue player is said to implement a "large subset" of Adobe Flash 7 functionality.

Here come the RHEL 5 clones

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Red Hat should be flattered. Less than two weeks after the company introduced RHEL 5 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5), StartCom Ltd. released the first RHEL 5 clone, StartCom Enterprise Linux AS-5.0.0.

SIL Open Font License revised

SIL International, a nonprofit organization whose concerns include literacy and the study and preservation of minority languages, has announced the release of version 1.1 of the SIL Open Font License (OFL). The revision, which follows months of discussion and review on several mailing lists, including OFL-Discuss, clarifies the language of the license, especially about embedding fonts and allowing reserved font names.

CELF-con to feature embedded Linux luminaries

The Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) has attracted a veritable who's who of embedded Linux speakers for its annual conference, set this year for Apr. 17-19 in Santa Clara, Calif. Speakers include Thomas Gleixner, Greg Ungerer, Koen Kooi, and Nicholas McGuire, to name just a few.

Sys Admin magazine Announces First System Administrator Conference

Sys Admin Technical Conference on Security and Scripting in Baltimore May 7-8.

Analyst: Will new Red Hat SLA be followed by price cuts?

When Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 launched, it contained more than just new software. It also offered customers a substantially streamlined service-level agreement (SLA).

Mr. Gates, tear down this wall

In this software cold war, there are two sides. One represents entrepreneurship, cooperation, and the free exchange of ideas and resources. The other is a totalitarian monoculture that does everything in its power to keep customers under its control. This, too, resembles the real Cold War -- and we know how that conflict ended.

Novell Linux Mocks “I’m a Mac” TV Adverts

Novell have done a great collection of spoof ads of Apple’s “I’m a Mac” series, you know, the ones that had a UK launch in January this year. While playing to the same music and video style, it mocks the self congratulatory styles and adds a third character … Linux. Rather than the obvious blokes, it uses a woman to represent Linux.

[I just love the new, 3rd video. -- Sander]

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