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Linux ported to Microsoft's Zune PMP?

A commercial Linux bootloader and open source Linux distribution will be offered for Microsoft's Zune multimedia player, according to forum posts at by a "Mys Videl" user. The posts generated considerable discussion, much of it questioning whether the port might be a hoax.

Top four reasons Windows wins and Linux loses

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 4, 2007 10:01 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Today, you can do everything you want with a Linux desktop, except play the latest games. Even there, Linux is catching up. So, why do only a handful of people run Linux instead of Windows? Here are my top-four reasons why Windows wins and Linux loses.

Indian state may shut out Microsoft

The state of Tamil Nadu, home to a population the size of the UK, is in the process of deploying 32,600 Linux desktop systems and training 30,000 government officials. Forty-three open source-based servers are also on the way to support key Government applications.

Real Software Ships REALbasic 2007

REAL Software has said that REALbasic 2007 Release 1 is now shipping. In addition to improved reliability for building Universal Binary applications, REALbasic 2007 Release 1 improves support for MySQL, PostreSQL and ODBC compliant databases, such as Microsoft SQL Server. This release also improves support for QuickTime and making network connections via proxy servers.

Review: openSUSE 10.2 Earns a Seat at the Head of the Table

Columnist Eric A. Hall was looking for a Linux distro that combines stability with the capabilities needed to test bleeding-edge technology. After a long search, he found that openSUSE 10.2 was up to the job.

ImageMagick or GraphicsMagick?

The ImageMagick (IM) suite of command-line graphics tools is a free software staple; Linux, other Unix-like operating systems, and proprietary OSes like Windows have supported IM for close to two decades. But there is also an alternative tool called GraphicsMagick (GM) that covers much of the same functionality. How do you know which one is right for you?

Vote for your favorite Linux products of 2006 has just launched the voting for its 2006 Members' Choice Awards. The awards enable Linux community members to select their favorite products of the year in 21 categories, including distribution, browser, office suite, desktop environment, and database, a spokesman for the website said.

Speaking Unix, Part 6: Automate, automate, automate!

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Martin Streicher (Posted by solrac on Jan 4, 2007 6:34 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Discover how to use shell scripts to mechanize virtually any UNIX personal or system task, and learn more command-line tricks while doing so. Scripts can monitor, archive, update, report, upload, and download. Indeed, no job is too small or too great for a script.

Mysql Falcon Storage Engine Open Sourced

The code for the Falcon Storage Engine for MySQL has been released as open source. Jim Starkey, known as the father of Interbase, is behind its creation; previously he was involved with the Firebird SQL database project. Falcon looks to be the long-awaited open source storage engine that may become the primary choice for MySQL, and along the way offer some innovation and performance improvements over current alternatives.

Firefox Developer Criticizes Google

Firefox and Google have enjoyed a quaint partnership as of late. The search engine giant has helped sponsor the development of the increasingly popular web browser, and in return Firefox has embedded Google as the default search engine and start page in the application.

Puppy 2.13 features full set of kernel drivers

Distro founder and chief maintainer Barry Kauler on Tuesday announced the release of Puppy Linux 2.13, featuring a 2.6.18 kernel and the GNOME desktop environment. The build also includes "the complete suite of kernel drivers," according to Kauler.

Sendmail 8.14.0 beta 4

  • NL:; By Japke Rosink (Posted by dcparris on Jan 4, 2007 3:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Het programma sendmail is een open source mta, ook wel mailserver genoemd, voor Unix en Linux systemen. Sendmail laat zich haast naar alle wensen van de beheerder aanpassen en heeft standaard ondersteuning aan boord voor smtp, esmtp, DECnet's mail11, HylaFax, QuickPage, UUCP en milters. De ontwikkelaars hebben aan het begin van dit jaar de vierde bètaversie van 8.14.0 uitgebracht en voorzien van de volgende aankondiging:~

Looking Ahead at Ruby in 2007

Last week, Ilooked back at Ruby in 2006. This week, it's time to look ahead. Here are 10 Ruby things I think are going to be hot in 2007:

SabayonLinux 3.25 Screenshots

SabayonLinux 3.25 has been released, now with the latest X.Org 7.2, the new Kernel Virtual Machine, Beryl 0.1.4 and other enhancements. From the changelog: "Linux kernel; the first live implementation of the new Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) supporting both Intel and AMD architectures; X.Org 7.2 RC3 with better LCD/CRT display detection, improved Intel graphics cards support and more stable ATI open source drivers; new NetworkManager stack that supports many wireless cards; Beryl 0.1.4 with a nearly perfect OpenGL auto-detection and configuration; NVIDIA drivers 1.0-9631 and latest ATI drivers; new Kicker menu picture and better default cursors...." - DistroWatch. Screenshots of SabayonLinux 3.25 are available at

Mysql Optimization Tips

  • WebProNews; By Pete Freitag (Posted by dcparris on Jan 4, 2007 1:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Every programmer loves to optimize, even when we know we shouldn't.

Towards a more Usable & User Friendly FLOSS

Right now I think that the GNU/Linux kitchen has everything we need to cook some delicious FLOSS meals, we have projects, documentation & source code everywhere, people who to try to offer us freedom, protection and their money; people with creativity, people with enthusiasm, and ever growing & vibrant community

Search Engine X Too Powerful. Just Open Source It?

Skrenta explains what many of you already grasped about Google's growing power.

Free Ryzom loses battle, continues war

The Free Ryzom campaign failed to acquire the rights to the Ryzom Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG), but is refocusing its efforts on developing or acquiring another game. However, what strategy a new campaign will take and what support it will be able to attract remains unclear.

Windows vs. Open Source in 2007

The open souce arena is forming a rather formidable fan following. In the beginning this was a small community known onl to a niche audience but today we see a different pisture. Commercial software and the the open source software seem to be at the same footing.

DSP Group to Demonstrate WiFi Phone & Personal Communicator Platforms at the Upcoming CES

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DSP Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DSPG), a worldwide leader in developing and providing chip-set solutions for residential wireless connectivity, announced today the availability of its new product demonstrations at the upcoming Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas. -- WiFi multimedia enabled dual band 802.11a/b/g solution supporting the following functionalities: Voice over WiFi, Music streaming and Photo sharing from Home Entertainment Center according to DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) standard, Instant Messaging (support for Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo!, ICQ, and GoogleTalk) as well as Internet Radio streaming. All of these features are running under Linux OS, with advanced MMI applications.

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