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2008: Year of the Linux Desktop

When Evans Data released its survey on Tuesday showing a sharp shift toward Linux (and away from Windows) among developers in North America, the Linux world went wild. Wistful penguin heads heralded the coming Open Source Age. There are several signs that the coming year could bring a sea-change among end users, making 2008 the year of the Linux desktop.

Apache Foundation Co-Founder Likes GPLv3

One of the unsung features of GPLv3 is its grant of compatibility to the Apache and Eclipse open source licenses. Apache or Eclipse licensed code can now be combined with GPL code without creating a violation of the GPL. That wasn't possible in the past, or at least, not sanctioned by the Free Software Foundation. GLPv3, wrote Brian Behlendorf, "is good news, from my perspective."

KDE and a periodic release cycle

I just watched Mark Shuttleworth’s Keynote on aKademy. The discussion afterwards was mainly dominated by his suggestion to switch KDE’s development cycle to a 6 month release cycle. Here is a closer look at what Mark said - and what KDE did in the past.

Compact SBC expands via PC/104, mini PCI

Aewin has announced a highly integrated 3.5-inch form-factor single-board computer (SBC) that accepts either Pentium M or Celeron M processors. The EM-7302 runs Linux, offers modular PC/104 and optional mini PCI expansion, and targets embedded applications such as interactive kiosks, parking gate control, and medical equipment.

Florida Linux Show 2008 comes to Jacksonville, Florida

  • Linux PR; By Rod Sharp (Posted by alc on Jul 5, 2007 10:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Linux
The board members of the Florida Linux Show 2008 have elected Jacksonville, Florida as the city to hold the 2008 Conference and Exhibition. This year's show will focus on moving from IPv4 to IPv6, Greener PCs, Linux and your desktop, Linux Certification, and much more.

Promote your Open Source project, group or campaign FREE in the .ORG village @ LinuxWorld London.

Thanks to generous sponsorship you can promote your Open Source project, group or campaign FREE in the .ORG village (sponsored by at LinuxWorld Expo 2007 (London Olympia 2, 23rd & 24th October 2007). Closing date for applying for space in the .ORG village is 31st July 2007.

Improve Your Memory Programming

Do you find yourself constantly being bogged down in programs that leak memory, violate memory bounds, use uninitialized data, and devote an excessive amount of run time to memory management? Use this article to help you conquer these pesky memory defects.

Solutions from the road: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Rescue Mode over PXE (part I)

One of the many uses of having a Red Hat Consultant on site is to provide “best practices” in regard to using or deploying Red Hat Linux or any of Red Hat’s applications. These best practices come from the way a product was written as well as how the product was originally intended to be used. Although we lean towards sticking to these best practices and procedures, sometimes they need to be modified and adjusted to meet the special needs of a client. Knowing how to make a product work within a customer’s specialized environment is also a great use of a Red Hat Consultant.

The Reason for All These Patent Deals?

Red Hat wants to talk interoperability, but Microsoft's reluctance says much about real objectives behind recent patent agreements. Microsoft's childlike "that's mine" attitude about intellectual property and patent violation claims against open source doesn't explain the company's resistance to Red Hat. The question to ask: Whose intellectual property rights is Microsoft seeking to protect?

FUSE on the Mac

Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE) has long been one of my favorite features on Linux systems. Using FUSE modules, you can mount all sorts of innovative resources -- Gmail, your Flickr photos, a remote SSH server -- directly into your local machine's filesystem and use their contents exactly as if they were normal files. Now you can do the same thing on Mac OS X, courtesy of MacFUSE.

Linux robots descend on Atlanta

Linux-powered robots are flocking to Atlanta this week to compete in the Robocup scientific competition. The eleventh annual event has attracted at least two Linux-based designs aiming to replace Sony's Aibo as the de facto hardware platform for standard Robocup league play.

Linux: LibATA PATA Status

Alan Cox posted an updated LibATA PATA (IDE) status report on the lkml. Improved from a previous status report [story] he noted, "current kernels now support HPA (Host Protected Area) but default to honouring it. Probably a wrong default for PATA but we need to decide the right way to expose it nicely." He went on to note, "no PATA hotplug support yet. Need warmplug helpers for some chipsets (eg some intel ICH) to avoid risk of hangs."

Microsoft Says It Is Not Bound by GPLv3

Microsoft cleared the air July 5 on its obligations to GNU General Public License Version 3 support, declaring it will not provide support or updates for GPLv3 under the deal it penned in November with Novell to administer certificates for the Linux distribution. Microsoft also said July 5 that its agreement with Novell, as well as those with Linux rivals Xandros and Linspire, were unaffected by the release June 29 of GPLv3 by the Free Software Foundation.

Tiny ARM9 CPU module comes with Linux

A small company near Torino, Italy is shipping a tiny ARM9-based processor module designed for use with low-cost carrier boards. Elpa's RD129 comes pre-installed with the latest Linux kernel (currently, and is available with a handy development board.

Report: Bring Order to Your Open Source

There's probably more open source in your organization than you think, which makes it critical to put some governance standards in place.

Five Questions: Robert Szeleney, SkyOS

After interviewing Axel Dorfler yesterday, in this second installment of Five Questions, we interview Robert Szeleney, the main driving force behind SkyOS. SkyOS has been in development since the late '90s, but for the past few years, it has seen rapid development.

Is Red Hat doing its part to win the 'open source' war?

Should you believe Red Hat's claims that its new Exchange marketplace for "open source business applications" contains nothing butopen source business applications? We say "no" - since not even Red Hat appears to have a good answer for this question. charts undergo cosmetic surgery suffers from a wildly inconsistent user interface (UI) that combines unique elements with borrowings from Microsoft Office. Now, in the upcoming version 2.3, it is finally having some of the cosmetic procedures it so badly needs -- at least in the charts subsystem. The changes include a new default color scheme and a heavily revamped wizard, but only small changes in functionality, making this revision a case study in UI design for both better and worse.

/dev/hello_world: A Simple Introduction to Device Drivers under Linux

For many seasoned Linux developers, device drivers still remain a bit of a mysterious black art practiced by a select few. While no single article could possibly attempt to covered everything there is to know about writing drivers, Valerie Henson gives us a brief taste of what's involved, by implementing a device to return "Hello World" using all the major driver frameworks.

Installing Google Desktop On PCLinuxOS 2007 And Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jul 5, 2007 10:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This article shows how you can install the Linux version of Google Desktop on a PCLinuxOS 2007 desktop and an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (Ubuntu 7.04) desktop. Although the program is still marked as beta, Linux users can already search for text inside documents, local email messages, their Web history, and their Gmail accounts.

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