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The book "Linux Kernel in a Nutshell" available for free download

Written by a leading developer and maintainer of the Linux kernel, Linux Kernel in a Nutshell is a comprehensive overview of kernel configuration and building, a critical task for Linux users and administrators. The book is available for download in either PDF or DocBook format for the entire book, or by the individual chapter.

New Video of Nao, a Linux-based Robot

A French company called Aldebaran Robotics has released several video clips of a new robot they're developing, called Nao. They claim their humanoid robot will include voice recognition, vision, speech synthesis, "emotional expressions", a WiFi connections, and will be based on Linux. Nao stands 22 inches high and has 23 degrees of freedom.

Virtualization begins to materialize in the Linux kernel

Virtualization, the ability to run multiple "virtual" systems on a single host, is nearly as old as solid state computing. But it's been all the rage again in recent years, with more than a dozen large-scale Linux virtualization projects -- and while they require special custom kernels, patches, and software, the first steps toward OS-level virtualization have been implemented in the Linux kernel.

Second Life opens to developers

The viewer application of the online game Second Life has been released as open source.

Open Country Announces Partnership with Turbolinux

Robust Systems Management Suite Maximizes Value for Turbolinux Users in China

Rwanda signs up for one laptop project

President commits Rwanda government to providing each primary school pupil with a Linux-based laptop within five years.

The Free Software Movement and the Future of Freedom

I've just uploaded a transcript of a recent talk by Stallman where he explains why free software is defined the way it is, how the GNU design was chosen, what problems we face, and what's coming, etc.

How To Resize ext3 Partitions Without Losing Data

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jan 9, 2007 5:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This article is about resizing ext3 partitions without losing data. It shows how to shrink and enlarge existing ext3 partitions and how to merge two ext3 partitions. This can be quite useful if you do not use LVM and you realize that your existing partitioning does not meet your actual needs anymore.

Dreamlinux releases v2.2 Multimedia Edition live CD

The Dreamlinux project, a Brazilian distribution based on Debian, Knoppix, and Morphix, last week released its v2.2 Multimedia Edition live CD for free download. Dreamlinux boots directly into an XFce desktop, which provides access to a "substantial" collection of desktop applications and a central control panel for system configuration, according to the project.

Linux-powered whole-house audio system supports WMP11

Sonos has added support for Windows Media formats to its Linux-based whole-house audio distribution system, via a "one-button" firmware upgrade. The new "Sonos System Software 2.1" for the Sonos Digital Music System brings better interoperability with Windows Media Player 11 for Vista and XP users.

Alice in Business

I'm a developer. I spend my time sitting at a computer, working on our IT infrastructure. Contrary to stereotype, I have just a cheapo computer and no fancy gizmos. I take pride in the Apache hat I wear to write this column. But sometimes we need to take a step back, and look at the why of it. As we enter a new year, let's share a glimpse into that question.

Oracle enhances free migration tools

Beset by customer defections to Microsoft Corp. and open-source vendors such as MySQL AB, Oracle Corp. is making a bid to win back users by enhancing its free tools for migrating data and applications from non-Oracle to Oracle systems. The software maker today announced the release of SQL Developer 1.1. This latest version of the free database development tool allows users to browse and manage three non-Oracle databases: Microsoft Access, MySQL and SQL Server.

Column: Linux lets you avoid upgrading computer

The recent release of Windows Vista poses the question of whether it's time to buy a new computer.

A look at the newest Python Metaprogramming

Python made metaprogramming possible, but each Python version has added slightly different -- and not quite compatible -- wrinkles to the way you accomplish metaprogramming tricks. Python has recently grown “decorator,” which are the newest -- and by far the most user-friendly way, so far -- to perform most metaprogramming.

Bi-Directional Multilanguage Fidelity ODF Concerns

The concern raised by a Vendor is yet another statement which is too broad and misleading. This technical commentary will prove conclusively that ODF v1.0 or ISO 26300 clearly supports BiDi (Bi-Directional) Multilanguage fidelity mixed in a paragraph. The source of this concern was due to the fact that the Vendor selectively chose an application which is still in development in the support of the full specification of ISO 26300. We can demonstrate this unfair choice by using a more mature application and can show that true interoperability and fidelity is possible, proving that ISO 26300 has excellent capabilities for multi-lingual usage, and suitable for multi-lingual usage in countries such as Malaysia.

Almost half of users will move to Linux for critical apps in 4 years

A survey of 133 IT executives by Saugatuck Research found that while only 18% were using Linux in critical server deployments presently, almost half these executive said they’ll have their top apps migrating to, or running full steam on, the open source platform in the next four years.

Explore alternative languages for .NET development

You can leverage your existing programming skills to build .NET applications using a number of alternative languages (besides C#, VB.NET, or J#) for the .NET Framework.

[I am learning .NET on the fly at my work, as soon as I get 'some skills' I will see if I can try some of these others. - Scott]

Microsoft, Novell and Unintended Consequences

If Microsoft is willing to make a legal deal with Novell on Linux, why shouldn't it do the same with the global 2000 customers it sells to? Novell might be gone in a few years, but General Electric will still be around. So will Russia, China, Brazil, India and Massachusetts.

db4objects appoints German Viscuso as Global Community Host

HONG KONG, China, Jan. 8, 2007 - At the company's global developer meeting in Hong Kong, db4objects (, creator of the open source object database db4o, today announced the appointment of German Viscuso as Global Community Host. Viscuso manages the db4o Hispanic community (db4oHUG) and has built it into one of the most active non-English user groups. In his new role, he will manage the interface between the db4objects company and the fast growing open source community of the db4o project, which now has more than 18,000 registered users from 120 countries.

Events at PyCon 2007 (Feb. 23-25, Addison, TX)

PyCon 2007 is a conference focusing on the Python programming language that will be held February 23-25 2007 in Addison, Texas.

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