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KDE at FOSDEM This Weekend

This weekend, the Free and Open Source Developers European Meeting will be held at the Université Libre in Brussels, Belgium. FOSDEM, being one of the biggest European Free Software events usually attracts several thousand people each year. The schedule for the KDE devroom is now published. Highlights this year include talks about the semantic desktop, a workshop on educational software and naturally an overview of the status of KDE 4. For the first time we are running a series of cross desktop talks together with Gnome where you can hear how desktop search engine Strigi works. KDE and friends also make appearances in the Lightening Talks track with topics including CMake, OpenWengo and Amarok. If you are planning to visit FOSDEM, add your name to the FOSDEM 2007 Wiki Page.

NTFS driver for Linux finishes beta phase

Version 1.0 of NTFS-3g, a free NTFS driver for Linux, has been released. Project manager Szabolcs Szakacsits has declared the driver ready for productive use after the release candidate published two weeks ago was not changed. Szakacsits is also the author of the ntfsresize tool used in a number of partitioning tools and Linux installation routines.

Nifty shell tricks for new UNIX users

The objective of this tutorial is to show new users how to use and implement many of the shell's methods for providing automation at various levels.

Yahoo! Pipes creator encourages developer feedback

When Yahoo! released its latest Web-based application, Pipes, earlier this month it was deemed everything from "innovative" to a "milestone in the history of the Internet." According to Pasha Sadri, Technical Yahoo!, Pipes Development, overall feedback on the new tool has been positive, but he says he's particularly interested in what the programming community has to say about it.

Fast and Secure FTP Server with Vsftpd in Debian

  • (Posted by gg234 on Feb 22, 2007 2:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Fast and Secure FTP Server with Vsftpd in Debian

First female Turing Award winner named

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Frances E Allen as the recipient of the 2006 A M Turing Award.

Ps3 available pre-installed with Linux

Linux distributor TerraSoft is accepting pre-orders for Sony Playstation3 gaming devices pre-installed with Linux, alongside the PS3's native gaming OS. Additionally, TerraSoft, IBM, RapidMind, and Vivendi game publisher High Moon Studios are offering seminars to help game developers exploit the PS3's Cell architecture.

OSS apps keep up to date in SA's 11 languages

In celebration of International Mother Tongue Language Day on February 21, the Department of Communications and the CSIR announced that they would fund to update and maintain South African language translations of, Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird for three years.

Haiku: Long Live BeOS

  •; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Feb 22, 2007 12:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
If you were asked to name a few operating systems, the first ones that would fly forth from your lips would probably be Windows, OS X, and possibly even Linux, but unless you’re trying to impress someone with your knowledge of all things related to operating systems, that’s likely about as far as you would go.

Vista vs. Linux software wars - bundled apps

In this fourth episode of a series that pits Microsoft's new Vista OS against SimplyMEPIS Linux, columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols compares the operating systems' bundled games, browsers, and instant communications applications.

Install Songbird Music Player in Ubuntu

  • (Posted by gg234 on Feb 22, 2007 11:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Install Songbird Music Player in Ubuntu

The Perfect Desktop - Part 1: Fedora Core 6

With the release of Microsoft's new Windows operating system (Vista), more and more people are looking for alternatives to Windows for various reasons. This tutorial is the first of a series of articles where I will show people who are willing to switch to Linux how they can set up a Linux desktop (Fedora Core 6 in this article) that fully replaces their Windows desktop, i.e. that has all software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

Damn Small Linux 3.3 RC1 Screenshots

  • (Posted by lqsh on Feb 22, 2007 10:11 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The first release candidate of Damn Small Linux 3.3 is now ready for testing: "Added mouse configuration persistence via .mouse_config; Improved rdesktop - added color depth; ALSA sound autoconfiguration improvement via conflicting audio module; Automated start of rcfirewall upon boot when rcfirewall.unc is in mydsl search path at boot... - DistroWatch. Screenshots of Damn Small Linux 3.3 RC1 are available at

OpenSource medical spelling word list released

OpenMedSpelis a open source medical spelling word list that is released under a GPL license. OpenMedSpel was derived from the word lists complied for MedSpel, a shareware medical spelling tool for Microsoft Word. OpenMedSpel is currently available in USA English. Other languages and localizations may be released in the future. OpenMedSpel has been adapted to work on the Mozilla Tunderbird email client and the office suite. OpenMedSpel can be adapted for many other programs as well. OpenMedSpel can be downloaded from

GPL advocates urgedtold to pay for love

Freedom is just another word for $7,000

sidux 2007-01 Release

After 3 months development we are proud to announce the release of sidux-2007-01 “Χάος” for amd64 and i686 systems, in ≈ 402 MB lite KDE and ≈ 700 MB full KDE flavors of Debian Sid-based liveCDs.

Red Hat to hold its first annual Innovation Awards

Red Hat has launched its first annual Red Hat Innovation Awards to be presented at the Red Hat Summit in San Diego May 9-11. The Red Hat Innovation Awards recognize Red Hat users, customers and partners who stand out for improving processes, overcoming technology challenges and enhancing their bottom line through Red Hat and JBoss solutions. The awards provide an opportunity for Red Hat community members to share their individual stories and receive recognition for innovative and exemplary uses of Red Hat technologies.

R500 Reverse Engineering Information

  •; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Feb 22, 2007 7:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
David Airlie has mentioned to me this week that a new reverse engineering group has begun work on the ATI/AMD R500 series. David is not taking part in this group (due to existing NDAs with ATI), but this project is current led by Jerome Glisse. Jerome was one of the open-source r300 drivers, and he also has another one or two others helping out...

Kingfisher migrates to Red Hat Linux

Kingfisher Group has migrated its 240 Castorama and Brico Dépôt stores on the continent to Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Oracle databases.

The Road to KDE 4: CMake, a New Build System for KDE

When a project with the size and scope of KDE gets to be as big as it is, sometimes changing a decision established almost a decade earlier is very difficult. KDE has relied on autotools to build most of the project since its inception, but for the last year, KDE 4 has been building with CMake, a newer build system that is rapidly becoming a heavyweight contender in the world of buildsystems. Read on for more...

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