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KDE Commit-Digest for 12th August 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Significant progress in Colour Mixing in Krita. A new sidebar for okular. International Date Line support, and the merge of Summer of Code work in Marble. Solid is used for hardware detection in Digikam. KRunner uses Strigi for filename-based searches. The ability to switch cursor themes without restarting KDE. Timelines for multiple timezones, rich-text support and other journal improvements in KOrganizer. Support for storing bookmarks in Akonadi. Initial porting of the Kollision game to QGraphicsView. Support for KNewStuff2 in KWordQuiz and KVocTrain; KNewStuff2 support (and the spectrum viewer) removed in Kalzium until KDE 4.1. Initial import of Blitz, an improved graphical effect and filter library for KDE 4.0.

Ubuntu Kills Linux, Then Self, Dell Suspected of Foul Play.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ... DELL Ubuntu Linux? Just one problem though...This is Linux-fever journalism at its worst, and an example of a simple lie being easier for people to swallow than the complex truth. Now I want you to take a deep breath at this point, because you’re about the get a sick feeling in your stomach. That feeling of utter hopelessness. And it’s going to come in shock waves, one after the other, over and over...

Community vs. Corporate Linux: The Coming Divide

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 13, 2007 9:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
There is in fact a coming divide that will hit the Linux community like a freight train. The battle lines have already been drawn, and companies that support Linux, such as Canonical, will eventually find themselves fiercely pitted against companies like Linspire, who only a short time ago, entered into an agreement of cooperation. A clash between the different versions of the GPL have already begun to show their roots , and luckily, thus far, has been pretty much transparent. What I want to know is how all of this is going to go down when it comes time for the enforcement of such things.

Citrix set to snatch XenSource

Analysts at Credit Suisse last week issued a research note saying that Citrix is - or at least should be - in the market for hypervisor software key to virtualizing both PCs and servers. Either XenSource or Virtual Iron - developers of the open source Xen hypervisor - would stand as attractive buys for Citrix, according to the analysts. They reckon such software could help Citrix as it looks to expand a software empire based on the flexible use of server-side code.

Novell's Victory Over SCO Could Have Downside For Linux Users

Linux backers are reacting with glee to all of this news. An anonymous blogger who goes by the name 'Pamela Jones' on the anti-SCO Web site Groklaw said over the weekend that he or she would "eat chocolate" to celebrate Novell's victory. But hold the Godiva and Toblerone for a moment. If I'm a Linux user, do I really want SCO v. IBM to be called off without a definitive ruling on SCO's claims?

[An article that is wrong on many levels, but asks an interesting question ~Az]

AMD 8.40.4 Linux Display Driver

Last month marked the introduction of Fedora 7 support with the fglrx 8.39.4 ATI/AMD driver but not much more than that was to be found aside from an undocumented XML file. This driver did also present watermark problems that led to the driver being recalled and a corrected driver being pushed out. Today the fglrx 8.40.4 driver has been released and while many had speculated the 8.40 series would mark the introduction of the new Linux driver code-base, that's not the case for 8.40.4 driver. What changes does the 8.40.4 driver hold in store for Linux users? We'll tell you today but there isn't much.

o3 magazine issue #6 now available

Open Source Global Server Load Balancing is the focus of the latest issue of o3 magazine. o3 is a FREE digital open source / business magazine. Web Acceleration, Rails / Mongrel and more.

Sco stock down 71% in first day of trading since the verdict

  •; By hackmeister (Posted by hackmeister on Aug 13, 2007 5:24 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux, SCO
Sco stock is down 71% today:
This is the first day of trading since the verdict. They'll probably get de-listed by the end of the month. The end is near for them.

Tutorial: More Than HPLIP Service for Linux

HP's Linux Imaging and Printing subsystem brings parity to the penguin where previous printer purveyors have punted. Hewlett-Packard has the most extensive line of well-supported Linux printers, scanners, and multi-function devices of any printer manufacturer. It even make it easy to find them (unlike the others).

Planet SysAdmin - aggregated SysAdmin Blogs

  • LXer Linux News; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Aug 13, 2007 4:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Warren Guy, a sysadmin from Perth, Western Australia, just set up a great resource for sysadmins: Planet SysAdmin

Aiken High School Deploying Moodle

Midland Valley High School, in Aiken, SC, received a grant allowing it to deploy Moodle and offer students laptops.

Site for Chilean users of Fedora

I have the privilege to communicate that Chile already has a site for the community of Fedora users. This site tries to give information to local users, as well as to make available a local Yum mirror of Updates. You can enter the site

PatientOS Free Healthcare Information System v0.11 released

PatientOS is a free open source Healthcare Information System designed for hospitals and physician offices worldwide. Version 1.0 is slated for October 31, 2008. PatientOS v0.11 demonstrates database independence by porting from PostgreSQL to an embedded database. The orders interface has been refined to increase navigation speed and usability. Screenshots, video footage and further information can be foundhere.

Oracle contributes to enterprise Linux

Oracle last week announced new projects and code contributions designed to add to the enterprise-class capabilities of Linux and to help ensure Linux's success within the enterprises market. Oracle last week also announced six new configurations, now available on Oracle Enterprise Linux, as part of the Oracle Validated Configurations program.

Compiz Fusion first development release

After a long time reorganizing, the people at the old Compiz and Beryl projects are releasing their first development release of the new Compiz Fusion. This is the first development release of Compiz Fusion, the result of more than six months of work and polish. The first stable release, 0.6.0, will follow after the Compiz 0.6.0 release.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 100

In this week's issue, we have announcements on Virtual FudCon8, Announcing Fedora 8 Test 1. In Ask Fedora, we have a few good questions on Intel IP2200 Wireless In Fedora 7, Distribution Upgrades And Peripherals, Yum Reverse Dependency Removal. In Daily Package, we have a few good reviews on Qcad - Simple 2D CAD program, Gscan2pdf - Frontend for scanning utilities, Xephyr - New nested X server and Really Slick screensavers. To celebrate our 100th issue, one lucky winner will receive "Fedora 7 Bible" by Christopher Negus. See Extras Extras section for more information.

Malaysia formally embraces open doc format

  • ZDNet Asia Latest Tech News; By Lynn Tan (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 13, 2007 8:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Government calls for tender to conduct nine-month study to evaluate the usage of open standards, including Open Document Format, in the country's public sector ICT deployment.

Aptitude v.s. apt-get

Being an Ubuntu/Debian user (yes, I use and advocate both), I have fallen in love with the Advanced Packaging Tool, also known as apt. Before Ubuntu, I played in the world of RPM hell, with distros such as Red Hat itself, Mandrake (as it was called back then), and even SuSE. But if any of you have noticed, apt is 16 different tools that you need to become familiar with, if you are to start learning about your Debian-based distro. I don’t know about you, but doesn’t that seem a bit bass-ackwards?

OpenSUSE 10.3 beta and build service app

To mark the second birthday of the openSUSE project, the community program last week celebrated with two announcements – the availability of the first beta of openSUSE 10.3 and the growth of the openSUSE Build Service with a new end-user interface. The openSUSE Build Service is a framework that provides an infrastructure for software developers to create and compile packages for multiple Linux distributions. It addresses the problem that developers have in providing their software across multiple Linux platforms.

How to Install Tor to Surf Anonymously in Ubuntu Feisty with Firefox

  • Ubuntu Geek (Posted by gg234 on Aug 13, 2007 5:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Tor is a toolset for a wide range of organizations and people that want to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Tor can help you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and other applications that use the TCP protocol. Tor also provides a platform on which software developers can build new applications with built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy features. This article explains how to set up Tor in Feisty based on my own experience (with Gnome interface).

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