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Installing iPodLinux on the iPod Nano

I recently received an iPod Nano as a gift. My Nano is amazingly small, contains a gigabyte of storage, and sounds very good through its ear buds. It didn't take long for me to learn that folks have been putting Linux on iPods for a couple of years now, courtesy of the iPodLinux Project. Granted, the software for the Nano and most fourth- and fifth-generation versions of the iPod is experimental -- we're talking the bleeding edge -- but, well, you know me -- Linux on my desktop, workstation, laptop, Tivo, and router. I had to have it on the Nano, too. Here's my report how I converted my stock iPod Nano into a dual-booting, sweet MP3-singing, iDoom-playing monster.

Linux Inches Toward KDE/Gnome Compatibility

KDE and Gnome both support the plans for these new APIs that will also give desktop PC vendors like Dell and HP, and enterprise application companies, such as SAP an incentive to support desktop Linux.

AT&T Forwards ALL Internet Traffic Into NSA Says EFF

"The evidence that we are filing supports our claim that AT&T is diverting Internet traffic into the hands of the NSA wholesale, in violation of federal wiretapping laws and the Fourth Amendment," said EFF Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston.

Gutenberg 2.0: the birth of open content

  •; By Glyn Moody (Posted by glynmoody on Apr 6, 2006 7:00 AM EDT)
The roots of the open content movement go back to 1971, before free software, before even the Internet existed, when Michael Hart was given an operator's account worth $100 million on a Xerox Sigma V mainframe at the University of Illinois.

Ubuntu Certification Announced

This in an interesting move by LPI since they have long been established as providing "vendor-neutral" Linux certifications. I suppose with the success of the various vendor-affiliated certifications (Linux and otherwise) on the market, that they saw a way to attract more people to take their exams.

KDE Interacting With the Browser Community

Recently I've been on a mission to raise awareness of KDE and Konqueror in the wider Internet community as well as prepare to make the KDE 4 web browser a top-tier secure application. As part of those ongoing efforts, I have been attending and participating in various workshops and conferences. Recently I had the opportunity to participate in the W3C Workshop on Transparency and Usability of Web Authentication in New York City. Read on for the report.

Linux World 2006 Day 2 Coverage

Linux World 2006 Boston is in full swing, and PCBurn is updating our coverage of the event to bring you some of the happenings from the showroom floor and what's being said at the keynotes.

Understanding Linux File Permissions

The seasoned linux power user or admin won't need to read this article but for those of you who are Linux newbies, you'll want to have a look. The Linux file structure and file permissions are very different than those you'll find on a Windows computer.

Red Hat Ends Fedora Foundation

At FUDCon Boston on Friday, the members will discuss the dismantling of their Foundation

Linspire 5.1.365 (Italian) Screenshot Tour

OSNews reports - Normally only paid members get to beta test future Linspire releases, but the Italian branch of Linspire has opened the Italian beta program for Linspire 5.1 for everyone. Now, the catch obviously is that, well, everything's Italian, but with some guesswork and a dictionary you'll get there. Italian has a good one-to-one correspondence between vowels/consonants and sounds, so pronunciation shouldn't be too hard.

OSDir gives us an idea of what the next Linspire might look like in the Linspire 5.1.365 (Italian) Screenshot Tour.

nUbuntu FOTP Alpha Screenshot Tour reports - The main goal of nUbuntu is to create a distribution which is derived from the Ubuntu distribution, and add packages related to security testing, and remove unneeded packages, such as Gnome,, and Evolution.

OSDir took this nUbuntu release through its paces in the nUbuntu FOTP Alpha Screenshot Tour.

Wyse Technology Extends Thin-Computing Leadership With New Linux Solutions

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Apr 5, 2006 11:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
More Than 10,000 LinuxWorld Attendees Will Register on Wyse Thin Clients for Second Consecutive Year

Bill Introduced in Minnesota to Require Use of "Open Data Formats"

A bill has been introduced in Minnesota that would require all Executive branch agencies to "use open standards in situations where the other requirements of a project do not make it technically impossible to do this."

The text of the bill is focused specifically on "open data formats." While the amendment does not refer to open source software, the definition of "open standards" that it contains would be conducive to open source implementations of open standards. The fact that such a bill has been introduced is significant in a number of respects. First, the debate over open formats will now be ongoing in two U.S. states rather than one. Second, if the bill is successful, the Minnesota CIO will be required to enforce a law requiring the use of open formats, rather than be forced to justify his or her authority to do so. Third, the size of the market share that can be won (or lost) depending upon a vendor's compliance with open standards will increase. And finally, if two states successfully adopt and implement open data format policies, other states will be more inclined to follow.

Open source coders' speed astounds Coverity

  •; By Joris Evers (Posted by henke54 on Apr 5, 2006 9:56 AM EDT)
"My impression is that the open source community is producing software defect patches at an extremely fast rate," Ben Chelf, the chief technology officer at Coverity, said in the statement.

Removing A User From A Linux System

  • HowtoForge; By Tom Adelstein and Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Apr 5, 2006 9:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux

Employee turnover in most organizations runs high. So unless you run a small shop with a stable user base, you need to learn how to clean up after an employee leaves. Too many so-called system administrators do not understand the stakes involved when they manage users.

Wind River's Linux Platform to Support Intel's Family of Next Generation Application Processors for Handheld Devices

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Apr 5, 2006 8:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Wind River Enhances Commercial Grade Quality Linux Consumer Device Software Platform with Support for Intel's New Monahans Processor Family

Firefox prowls the mainstream

The news comes as Microsoft developers announced yesterday that to encourage consistency between browsers, IE7 will be using the Firefox RSS icon to represent RSS and RSS-related features.

Harley-Davidson, Pep Boys go Linux

Pep Boys, Harley-Davidson, Magna Steyr Illustrate Value of IBM-Based SOA Entry Points to Improve Customer Service, Boost Productivity and Help Reduce Supply Chain Cycles

FOSS primer gets users up to speed

UNDP-intitiative International Open Source Network has released a series of free and open source primer publications. Frederick Noronha takes a look at the first in the series.

The Gemcutter's Workshop: Many Developments in the Ruby Community

Recapping two busy weeks' worth of news, events and releases in the Ruby world.

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