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Ubuntu Lite resurfaces as Ubuntulite

Remember Ubuntu Lite? The lighter-than-Xubuntu, more-graphical-than-Fluxbuntu variant of Ubuntu seemed about to get off the ground last year. Then it disappeared. In that time, Fluxbuntu has floundered, too. And while Xubuntu has never looked better and generally runs pretty well, I'd like to see Ubuntu play in the space occupied by Puppy, Damn Small Linux, DeLi and AntiX.

White Space

Matt LaPlante reported that there's currently 151,809 bytes of trailing white space in the Linux kernel, requiring a 15 megabyte patch to remove it all. Andi Kleen argued that the white space didn't much matter, "you don't actually save anything on disk on most file systems (essentially everything except reiserfs on current Linux) because all files are rounded to block size (normally 4K). Same in page cache. And in tar files bzip2/gzip is very good at compacting them."

KDE e.V. Quarterly Report 2007Q2 Now Available

The KDE e.V. Quarterly Report is now available for Q2 2007, covering April, May and June 2007. Topics covered include the three scheduled developer meetings of the quarter (for Akonadi, ODF, and Oxygen) and reports from the Marketing Working Group, Human Computer Interaction Working Group, and System Administration Team. All long term KDE contributors are welcome to join the KDE e.V.

Open Source Is the Big Disruptor

Gartner declared open-source software the biggest disruptor the software industry has ever seen and postulated it will eventually result in cheaper software and new business models. Open-source products accounted for a 13 percent share of the $92.7 billion software market in 2006, but should account for 27 percent of the market in 2011 when revenue is expected to be $169.2 billion, according to Gartner research.

Develop Powerful XML Applications with DB2

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Vitor Rodrigues and Matthias Nicola (Posted by IdaAshley on Sep 22, 2007 2:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM, Linux
XMLTABLE is one of the most powerful functions in the SQL/XML standard and is available in DB2 9 for Linux, Unix, Windows, and z/OS. In part 1 of this two-part series you learned how to use XMLTABLE to retrieve XML data in relational format, how to deal with repeating or missing XML elements, and how to handle namespaces. Part 2 describes common XMLTABLE usage scenarios, such as shredding XML into relational tables, and producing hybrid XML-relational storage of your XML documents.

Would You Use Proprietary Software Ported to GNU/Linux?

Justas Ingelevičius wrote in about an Autodesk international user group poll about non-Windows ports. Specifically, users want Autodesk Revit (engineering design software) to run on Mac OS X and GNU/Linux.

World's Best Resignation Letter?

  •; By David Blocker ?? (Posted by azerthoth on Sep 22, 2007 12:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor
This has nothing to do with Linux or Open Source, but it does show the hazards of upsetting your network admins. Is it reality or is it humor, sadly I can see it happening, and its downright funny.

Mach Boot: The live CD that supposedly boots in 10 seconds

Catching my eye from this week's Distrowatch Weekly: MACH BOOT - a live CD that boots in 10 seconds. TEN seconds? I'm lucky to get anything to boot in less than three minutes. And I've never heard of Mach Boot. But I am intrigued. When an obscure distro gets mentioned in Distrowatch, it's a recipe for an overloaded server, but I will try to download, burn and boot Mach Boot to see how quickly it, in fact does boot. And whether it works at all.

'Open Minds' want Linux and open source in American schools

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 22, 2007 10:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Many other countries are turning to Linux and open-source for their school-house computer needs, and now there's a conference for those who want to bring it to schools in the U.S.

Man wins damages from Acer over Voleware refund

Offered only €30 from Acer for a refund on Microsoft products bundled with his notebook, a man took the company to court. According to this web site, not only did Antoine Gutzwiller get a full refund on a list of the software bundled his machine, but got €500 extra for what the court dubbed Abusive Resistance. Initially, Acer had offered only €30 if the man returned elements of the install at his own expense.

Apples or oranges? What is JeOS?

Are you planning on juicing anytime soon? How about JeOSing? Confused yet? Here’s a hint: Both those sentences sound exactly the same when you say them aloud. What’s different about them is a case of apples and oranges however, and I’m not talking about Tropicana. I’m not even talking about pro sports figures and questionable performance enhancing tactics that may or or may not lead to asterisks being placed next to stats and failed Hall of Fame bids.

Building a community around your open source project

There are a vast number of fantastic open source projects out there, though for every one that is widely adopted, there are many that remain cloaked in relative obscurity. How can the open source development model best be leveraged to take advantage of community feedback, ideas, and testing, and ultimately gather code contributions? If you are just thinking about open sourcing a new project, what steps can you take to ensure a vibrant community? If you already have an open source project, how can you make your community more active? The community can make any project stronger, but they are not built automatically.

Getting Started With Linux

Linux is hot again. In fact, there's never been a better time for Microsoft Windows users to give Linux a whirl.

The OS is more usable than ever, easier to install, and more compatible with PC hardware. It still helps to be somewhat tech-savvy to get the most out of Linux, but that's no longer a major requirement.

[Pretty nice unbiased review. - Abe]

Largo still loves Linux

This small city on Florida's Gulf Coast runs one of the most cost-effective municipal IT departments around. I last wrote about Largo's Linux-based client-server network in 2002. A lot has changed for Largo's computer-using city employees since then, and even more changes are in the works.

Why Microsoft vs Mankind still matters

For all but three of the past17 years, Microsoft has been involved in antitrust litigation with government agencies. That's enough to wear anyone down. But as the Judge at Europe's Court of Appeals delivered his judgement on Monday, I did notice some ennui - not from dogged old hacks, but from a new generation of pundits.

Disable Your Notebook Touchpad The Easy Way

  • Lockergnome; By Matt Hartley (Posted by extradudeguy on Sep 22, 2007 3:04 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
Boy, this sure looks nice, eh? Simple, GUI goodness that you might think will work just fine. And for most of you, it might, so long as you can meet these requirements.

Gartner: No New Unix Apps to Emerge After 2009

There are unlikely to be any new applications developed solely for Unix after 2009, George Weiss, a Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst, told attendees at Gartner's annual Open Source Summit here Sept. 20. "I expect that, around 2009, we will have seen the last application developed specifically for Unix, after which no applications will be developed just for that operating system, though updates to existing applications will continue for some time to come," Weiss said in an address titled "Planning a Third-Generation Linux Enterprise."

New site aims to cut power bills for Intel-based Linux users

The Open Source Technology Center (OSTC) at Intel has launched a Web site,, to help Linux users maximize power savings. The site hosts several open source projects, and shares tips and tricks to help optimize power consumption on hardware from portable devices running on batteries to large data centers.

Continued Atheros Discussions

"What is going on whenever someone changes a code is that they make a'derivative work'," began Theodore Ts'o."whether or not you can even make a derivative work, and under what terms the derivative work can be licensed, is strictly up to the license of the original. For example, the BSD license says:'redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met....' Note the'with or without modification'. This is what allows people to change BSD licensed code and redistribute said changes." He added,"it is not a relicencing, per se, since the original version of the file is still available under the original copyright; it is only the derived work which is under the more restrictive copyright."

Defending Openness

Things have been going pretty well for open source and open standards recently. First, there was theimplosion of the SCO case, in the wake of which even SCOaccepts that it may not be around much longer. Then we had therejection of Microsoft's request for a fast-track approval of its OOXML rival to ODF. Finally, the European Court of First Instance hasrefused Microsoft's request for an annulment of the terms imposed by the European Commission. All are notable victories that many regarded as unlikely a few years ago. But elsewhere, other open movements are still in the early stages of the struggle against forces pushing closed, proprietary standards.

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