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Almost every autumn the beaches of Southwest Florida fill with stinking piles of dead fish, thanks to a tiny algae called Karenia brevis, better known as red tide. Researchers at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., are tallying red tide blooms with an arsenal that includes Linux and open source software.
Welcome to this year's 17th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The week belonged to Ubuntu, whose new version 7.04 was made available as planned despite the skipped release candidate a week earlier. The hype surrounding the new release of the popular operating system completely eclipsed that of another desktop-oriented distribution - Mandriva Linux 2007.1, which was also made available last week, but which generated little excitement in comparison. Also in the news: a new openSUSE-based live CD featuring the latest KDE 4 snapshot, a link to an interview with Novell's Nat Friedman, and an update on the development of PC-BSD. Finally, don't miss our fifth and final part of the overview of top ten distributions, featuring Gentoo Linux and FreeBSD. Happy reading!
Business intelligence software from Pentaho is to be integrated into the next version of OpenOffice, the open-source application suite.
CryptoPP is a powerful, cross-platform, public-domain licensed, encryption library for C++. It provides symmetric and public key cryptographic algorithms and utilities for programmers who wish to add encryption functions to their applications. This tutorial shows how to integrate this library into your application. Examples include functional file-encryption applications.
Right after the launch of MobiLiberty.com we have asked the community whether it would be a good idea to open a support forum for open mobile devices. The question was posted over at Nuxified.org and on the OpenMoko mailing list. After holding the poll up for a while the results were positive. New open mobile support forum is now available in form of a Mobile GNU/Linux subforum at Nuxified.org.
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: A week-long Phonon/Solid developer sprint redefines and strengthens their API's. The start of a command-line client for Strigi. Continued improvements in the Konsole refactoring work. More work on visual effects in the KWin window manager composite support branch. Experiments to utilise Solid for connection management in Mailody. Initial support for the Jamendo music service in Amarok. A KDE frontend for Marble is begun, to complement the Qt-based original interface. LSkat, KLines and KLettres get support for scalable graphics. SuperKaramba now supports widgets written in Python and Ruby using Kross - Kross is now the default scripting engine for SuperKaramba. Kiriki is moved from playground/games to the kdegames module. The Guidance utility suite is moved to the extragear module, becoming the first non-C++ application in KDE SVN.
The newest version of the Linux distro is still conservative, but with a bit of an edge.
Making up Zenwalk Live 4.4.1 is the new ZenPanel utility for system administration, a complete development suite, and a variety of new games such as Mega Mario, Frozen Bubble, and LBreakout. Zenwalk Live is a LiveCD distribution that ships with Xfce 4 so that you may try out Zenwalk without even touching your hard drive.
The 5th annual Linux on Wall Street conference takes place in New York City on Monday, April 23. Organizers say the slated presentations will reinforce what bank, investment firms, and other financial institutions and others in the financial market have already learned: that Wall Street is ready for open source solutions.
2.4 kernel maintainer Willy Tarreau ran some tests to compare Con Kolivas's Staircase Deadline CPU scheduler with Ingo Molnar's new Completely Fair Scheduler. He summarized his experiences:
So, I switched from Debian Etch 4.0 to Ubuntu Feisty Fawn 7.04 to see what's new. I've been using Linux since 2001 trying various distros like Suse, Gentoo, Debian and Ubuntu. I guess that ubuntu is one of the best distros, mainly because the development is fast, the installation is smooth and the hardware support is great. Also it is very stable, not the most stable distro but you have to pay the price of living on the cutting edge of linux development at some point. Ok, let's cut the crap and take a look at the distro. First I'll say something about my system before I continue about the installation, hardware support and my subjective view on Ubuntu.
LXer Feature: 15-Apr-2007
A weekly recap of the big stories concerning Linux and Open Source.
The much talked about One Laptop Per Child, a low-cost laptop computer for the developing world, was finally on show at the Digital Freedom Expo in Cape Town this past week.
LXer Feature: 22-Apr-2007
OK, that's it. You had it. When running a CAD-application, it takes more than 330 msec to move 30 000 polylines, compiling OpenOffice from scratch takes more than half an hour, Firefox won't open all existing 86 010 LXer stories at once in seperate tabs anymore, you can't run all OpenBSD versions from 2.2 to 3.9 in VMware at the same time anymore to look for differences, TuxRacer only makes 2 frames per day... And worst, your neigbour running Windows98 does his job fine using his i1/2-86, an ancient predecessor of the i286. You're all fed up with it.
But your desktop/server/laptop, whatever it is because it doesn't matter, still looks brand new. Now, what to do to convince your non-tech savvy boss, which would be beaten by your death grandma in a nerd-quiz, that you really need that quadcore dual Opteron SLI triple---whell-everything dual system?
This tutorial explains the installation of a Samba file server on Debian Etch and how to configure it to share files over the SMB protocol as well as adding users. Samba is configured as a standalone server, not as a domain controller. In the resulting setup, every user has its own home directory that is accessible via SMB protocol and all users have a shared directory with read/write access.
At mean time many people are experiencing problems with installing Solaris Express on PCs with boards based on Marvell Yukon Gigabit PCI-X Ethernet adapter.Version for download from : syskonnect.de may be installed but actually doesn’t work. Workaround for this issue follows bellow.
As I was trying to find an easy way to backup a MySQL database with no ssh access to the server, there should be better ways, but i found this easy one. You will need a Shell script, a .php script.
WorldVistA has won the 2007Wired News Rave Award. This is in the latest print edition of Wired on page 147 (not on the website yet) featuring a picture of K.S. Bhaskar, Joseph Dal Molin and Maury Pepper. Bhaskar is quoted as saying"nothing short of world domination" regarding VistA. Shameless Linux Medical News plug: Bhaskar and Joseph Dal Molin are past recipients of the coveted Linux Medical News Freedom Award.
We have been waiting and waiting for NVIDIA to release their new Linux display drivers and today we can report that they finally did. Sneaking out of the NVIDIA camp on Friday night was the 100.14.03 Beta driver for Linux. However, at this time there is no 100.14.03 equivalent for FreeBSD or Solaris users.
The JBoss division of Red Hat is slated to move to a model in which its source code control system will be public and backward compatibility is not guaranteed, sources say.
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