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openSUSE Forums Launched

  • openSUSE News; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by jzb on Jun 10, 2008 6:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: SUSE
The openSUSE Project is proud to announce the launch of forums.opensuse.org, a merger of the openSUSE Novell support forums, suseforums.net, and suselinuxsupport.de - the three largest English-language dedicated support forums for openSUSE. The merged forums at forums.opensuse.org will provide a single forum for the openSUSE community to find support and discuss openSUSE.

ISO puts OOXML standardization on hold

After member states filed four complaints against the standardisation of Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) document format, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in Geneva have responded by postponing publication of the revised specification. As the ISO announced, the planned ISO/IEC DIS 29500 cannot be published until these complaints have been heard. Procedure requires that they be dealt with by the end of June, when the ISO and IEC have to hand over their comments on the complaints to two management committees for a final decision.

Linux Mint 5.0 Builds Upon Ubuntu Hardy

Linux Mint, one of the popular desktop distributions that's based off Ubuntu, has come out with version 5.0 "Elyssa" that builds upon the 8.04 Hardy Heron release. Linux Mint 5.0 brings updates to the unique Mint Tools, GNOME 2.22, performance improvements, and other features that come because of rebasing against this latest Ubuntu release. In this article we are taking a brief look at some of the Linux Mint features, for those that have never explored this fast-growing distribution.

Violate the GPL at your own risk

  • Practical Technology; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jun 10, 2008 4:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
It used to be that companies could get away with stealing GPLed open-source code into their own software and no one would be the wiser. Those days are done. Oh, it still happens, but the SFLC’s (Software Freedom Law Center) recent legal actions on behalf of BusyBox’s principal developers have been putting the fear of open-source violations into unscrupulous software companies. In the latest chapter, SFLC has sued Bell Microproducts Inc. and Super Micro Computer Inc. for using BusyBox’s open-source software without honoring its open-source license.

Stallman attacks Oyster's 'unethical' use of Linux

Free-software advocate Richard Stallman has spoken out against the association of open-source software with London's "unethical" Oyster-card system. In an email sent to ZDNet.co.uk on Monday, Stallman criticised the use of open-source software, such as Red Hat Linux, JBoss middleware and Apache web-server software, in the online payment system for the Oyster contactless cards used on London's underground rail network.

EU takes swipe at Microsoft

The European Union competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, took a swipe at Microsoft on Tuesday by recommending that businesses and governments use software based on internationally accepted standards. Kroes has fought bitterly with Microsoft during the past four years, accusing the U.S. company of defying her orders and fining it nearly €1.7 billion, or $2.7 billion, for violating European competition rules. She did not mention Microsoft by name Tuesday, but encouraged computer users to avoid formats that, like many Microsoft products, are based on proprietary standards.

Boy Scouts of America look to open-source community for help

Scouts honor — the 98-year-old Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization is adopting open-source software as a path to building better software to support the almost 3 million scouts and 1.1 million adults who make up the group. Faced with the need for a streamlined, organized way for its more than 121,000 local scout troops to find and use software for fundraisers, event registration, facilities maintenance and more, the Irving, Texas-based BSA last month launched a Web site to begin its BSA Open Source Initiative.

How To Get Started With Logical Volume Management In Linux

  • The Linux And Unix Menagerie; By Mike Tremell (Posted by eggi on Jun 10, 2008 2:28 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
A simple how to on getting started with LVM for Linux.

Why Do Venture Capitalists Invest in Open Source?

  • Computerworld UK; By Glyn Moody (Posted by glynmoody on Jun 10, 2008 1:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Bernard Dalle explains what the attraction is, how his company Index Ventures sees no shortage of top-flight open source startups following investments in MySQL, TrollTech and Zend, and why he, too, hates software patents.

Installing mod_geoip For Apache2 On Fedora 9

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jun 10, 2008 1:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
This guide explains how to set up mod_geoip with Apache2 on a Fedora 9 system. mod_geoip looks up the IP address of the client end user. This allows you to redirect or block users based on their country. You can also use this technology for your OpenX (formerly known as OpenAds or phpAdsNew) ad server to allow geo targeting.

Save disk space - use compFUSEd to transparently compress filesystems

The Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE) project allows you install new filesystems without touching your Linux kernel. The filesystems run as regular programs, allowing them to use shared libraries and perform tasks that would be difficult from inside the Linux kernel. FUSE filesystems look just like regular filesystems to other applications on the machine. In this article I'll look at compFUSEd, which is a compressed FUSE filesystem. Using compFUSEd can save a significant amount of disk space for files that are highly compressible, such as many text documents and executable files.

IBM, Los Alamos smash petaflop barrier, triple supercomputer speed record

IBM and Los Alamos National Laboratory have built the world's first petaflop machine, a supercomputer named Roadrunner designed to ensure the safety and reliability of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile, IBM said Monday. A petaflop is equal to one thousand trillion calculations per second, and was a highly sought-after goal in the world of supercomputing. Scheduled for installation at Los Alamos in August, IBM says Roadrunner represents a breakthrough in hybrid computing, combining AMD microprocessors found in standard laptops and servers with the IBM Cell Broadband Engine chips that power Sony's PS3 gaming console.

Only a Few Could Dream of This!

The main post in the article is simply a rehash of what helios stated his blog about a certain school in California. Christian Einfeldt himself clarifies what he needs in order to convince the school in question to adopt a FOSS platform by commenting below the post.

FreeBSD 7.0: Not Yet

  • OFB.biz: Open for Business; By Ed Hurst (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jun 10, 2008 10:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Those of you who have enjoyed our series on theFreeBSD Desktop are due an update on the situation with the 7.0release. I recommend against it, for now.

Hands On With the Ubuntu's Netbook Remix

Phoronix has more details about the much-anticipated Ubuntu Netbook Remix, a version of Ubuntu designed for UMCPs, that Canonical recently announced.

Multi-finger gesture support for Linux Laptops

Hardware on Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows allows for gestures beyond point and click that create more-efficient navigation. Discover the tools needed to add this gesture support on Linux-enabled hardware. In this article, learn to enable swipe and pinch gestures for Linux applications by analyzing synclient program output for a Synaptics TouchPad.

Installing and using OpenVZ on CentOS 5

OpenVZ is operating system-level virtualization based on a modified Linux kernel that allows a physical server to run multiple isolated instances known as containers, virtual private servers (VPS), or virtual environments (VE). The preferred term these days is container. Containers are sometimes compared to chroot or jail type environments but containers are really much better in terms of isolation, security, functionality, and resource management.

3 Reasons Why Your System Might Be Slow

Computer users expect their systems to work well at all times, but unfortunately this isn’t always the case. If your system becomes slow, there certainly is something you can do about it. This article will help you understand what’s happening on the system, whether it’s the computer in front of you or a system you’re accessing remotely. Naturally, I presume you’re running Linux, and the tools described here are Linux tools. If you’re on some other weird system ( ;) ), your mileage may vary.

Microsoft's standards bid stalled

Four countries have appealed a decision to fast-track the international standardisation of a Microsoft document format, called OpenXML. Brazil, India, South Africa and Venezuela have complained that there was not enough time given to discuss improvements to the format. The format is used for spreadsheets, charts, presentations and word processing documents. Critics claim it is not fully compatible with other document formats.

Rock star Linux: remixed, unplugged and live

Ubuntu is on the verge of enhancing its already good name as the most end-user friendly Linux distribution by coming out with its own mobile-optimised release, Ubuntu Netbook Remix. We're on the tip of a revolution and here's why.

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