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In-depth Fedora 7 Review

If you're a Fedora user the end of May means one thing...time for a new release! This year was no different as the Fedora project continued its aggressive six month release schedule. Fedora 7, code named “Moonshine”, is the latest version of the Red Hat influenced Linux distribution. Fedora regulars will note the absence of the word “Core” in the new name. This isn't the only change with this release. We'll delve into what's new in 7 as well as review Fedora from a desktop standpoint.

Still no Linux at Dell's

  • wolfgang.lonien.de; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Aug 9, 2007 1:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
If you followed the news, then you may have seen that yesterday, lots of European sites were full of praise for Dell, who announced that they will offer preinstalled Linux systems here in Europe as well.

Why We Need a $200 Linux Notebook in the US

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 9, 2007 12:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Without a question, having access to a truly entry level notebook like this one running Linux is going to make a lot of lower income families very happy. Ringing in at $189 USD, this provides users looking for a click and type workstation for a very reasonable cost.

New Firefox support site targets your mom

The alpha version of Mozilla's community-driven Firefox support site offers how-to and troubleshooting documents directed toward new users -- a crucial audience if the browser is to capture and maintain additional market share.

Qt 4.3.1 Allows for More Free Software Licences

Trolltech have announced the release of Qt 4.3.1. This release adds bug fixes and performance optimisations. More significant however is the new licence exceptions added to their Free Software edition. This means Qt software can be used along with a larger range of other Free Software libraries and dependencies. The Trolltech blog is celebrating the release with photos of the Trolltech support teams.

CNR is Coming: Linux May Never be the Same

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 8, 2007 10:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linspire
A while back, I wrote about CNR coming out for other distributions of Linux, such as Ubuntu. And while so many people pointed to the fact that we already have apt-get, YaST, among other application installation solutions, no one seems to have an answer to the legality of using restricted codecs and fonts here in the States. This is where Linspire will come in.

Microsoft is Using OSI Endorsement and Linux Deals to Promote Lock-ins

Remember that the whole thing is a just publicity stunt. It is a shame that OSI board members such as Matt Asay are too blind to see this, let alone react responsibly.

OpenSUSE 10.3 Beta 1 released

The OpenSUSE project celebrated its second birthday on Aug. 7 by making the first beta of OpenSUSE 10.3 available at the LinuxWorld trade show here. OpenSUSE 10.3 is a bleeding-edge Linux operating system based on Linux kernel 2.6.22.1 with a large variety of the latest open-source applications for desktops, servers and application development. Novell is OpenSUSE's corporate backer, and uses OpenSUSE as the foundation for its SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) line.

Lenovo to launch preloaded Linux laptop

Lenovo announced that it will be preloading Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 operating system on select ThinkPad notebooks. Although exact dates could not be confirmed for South Africa, these machines are due to be released worldwide in the last quarter of the year.

Open Video Contest: We've got a winner!

It seems, the editor team at LXer missed the announcement of the winner in the Open Video Contest a while ago. The Open Video Contest is a contest organized by Creative Commons and Fedora, to promote the use of free media formats (ogg-theora is used), flexible copyright, and the Fedora Project.

Six videos came in, all of them are worthwile to watch, and the one from Maurizio Bertoldi(shortcut) from Italy finally won. It's a very good video relating freedom to Linux (and even to Dell?!) so be sure to check it out.

Smolt profiles distro hardware use

When Fedora 7 was released, one of its standout features was Smolt, an opt-in program for collecting data about users' hardware. Since then, Smolt has provided a publicly available snapshot of systems running Fedora, and is in the process of being ported to other distributions. With features being rapidly added, Smolt has the potential to offer an unprecedented wealth of information, and to aid in quality assurance, tech support, and advocacy, not only for Fedora, but for GNU/Linux in general.

Big Green Linux

IBM has announced what it is calling the Big Green Linux initiative in order to spark further interest in getting Linux firmly integrated into the enterprise, this time by going on the cost reduction and energy consumption attack.

Open News Podcast Episode 22 Released

This week on Open News Microsoft Submits "Open Source" Licenses, Carmony Calls it Quits, and MA Adopts OpenXML.

FCC Gives Virtual Finger to Open Source Wireless

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Aug 8, 2007 3:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
It's proof once again that proprietary projects are seen as more secure by those who are still seeking a clue. Frankly, we have enough challenges with chipset vendors that having the FCC provide their 'expert' opinion is simply not that helpful to further wireless development on the Linux front. Nonetheless, there it is.

Advocacy 101: Don't Preach, Ask Questions

  • Blue GNU; By D.C. Parris (Charlotte, USA) (Posted by dcparris on Aug 8, 2007 3:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
Some people take the wrong approach to advocacy. They preach. Why not ask questions instead? Let them draw their own conclusions.

Howto Set Flickr images as Ubuntu desktop wallpaper

  • only Ubuntu (Posted by gg234 on Aug 8, 2007 2:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Howto Set Flickr images as Ubuntu desktop wallpaper

Dell launches Linux PCs in the UK

  • ZDNet Asia Latest Tech News; By Richard Thurston (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 8, 2007 1:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The PC maker has finally released desktops with pre-installed Linux in the United Kingdom, but users will have to pay a premium compared with the United States.

Multisite CVS Drupal Installation on Ubuntu

  • HowtoForge; By Sonia Hamilton (Posted by falko on Aug 8, 2007 12:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: PHP, Ubuntu
This howto shows you how to do a multi-site Drupal install on Ubuntu. It also covers how to layout your directories for ease of maintenance, and how to ensure that you can update Drupal easily from CVS.

Linux as a Tool for Windows Hardware Errors

  • Reallylinux; By Mark Rais (Posted by andreac on Aug 8, 2007 12:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
In this article, Rais offers insights why Windows hardware failures may be causing some to update or replace devices that are still operational. Instead, he shows how powerful a tool Linux can be in tracking down hardware problems and validating some inherent issues with Windows device support.

Editing music scores with free software

Not everyone needs to work with music scores on their computers, but if you're someone who does enter, edit, or store sheet music electronically, you can choose among many free software options.

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