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How To Compile A Kernel - The Ubuntu Way

Each distribution has some specific tools to build a custom kernel from the sources. This article is about compiling a kernel on Ubuntu systems. It describes how to build a custom kernel using the latest unmodified kernel sources from (vanilla kernel) so that you are independent from the kernels supplied by your distribution. It also shows how to patch the kernel sources if you need features that are not in there.

The “Real” Secret Behind Windows' Success: Part II

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 8, 2006 11:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Have you ever wondered why a company with the size, power and resources of Microsoft can't seem to get a handle on the never ending security fixes? Have you ever considered the insanity of offering "patches" to some security holes so obvious that not seeing them until later is suspicious at best?

VIA goes binary only.

  •; By Luc Verhaegen. (Posted by libv on Nov 8, 2006 10:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
VIA has been providing source for its unichrome IGP since 2003. Despite this, they managed to receive a lot of criticism for pulling several stunts with respect to this code. Their latest stunt is to stop providing source completely. XF40070 is now only available as a binary.

Chapter 8: Setting Up a Game Server with BZFlag

Excerpt from Linux Toys II by Christopher Negus. All-new toys in this edition include a MythTV entertainment center, eMoviX bootable home movies, a BZFlag game client and server, and an Icecast Internet radio station, plus five more. Companion Web site,, provides information for further enhancing the projects.

AUSTRUMI 1.3.0 Screenshot Walkthrough

Version 1.3.0. Added front-end for Apache, vsftpd and Ample; updated AbiWord, Bash, Enlightenment, Ghostscript, Firefox, LILO, Linphone, OpenSSH, QEMU, Squashfs, XChat, X.Org; updated libraries: Freetype, glibc, GTK+, OpenSSL, Pango; removed Deco, Airsnort, gcrontab, gFTP; added NTFS write support; updated kernel to version

Who Dictates The Future of XML?

We are on the brink of a very exciting time. The buzzword-friendly "Web 2.0" is here, and it's most punctuated by three terms: social networking, AJAX, and RSS. Nothing about these things is inherently new - AJAX existed as an ActiveX control present in Microsoft's Outlook Web Access long ago, social networking has existed for some time via sites like Friendster, and RSS is just a style of XML, which has been floating around in mainstream tech circles for about 10 years. But Web 2.0 is here, like it or not.

Truva 1.0 Screenshot Walkthrough

Announcing the release of Truva Linux 1.0, a Turkish desktop distribution based on Slackware Linux. The most notable features of the release include: integration of GParted for disk partitioning tasks during installation; MPlayer with support for playing encrypted DVDs and many popular media formats; introduction of udev for device management; support for Turkish and English languages. Truva Linux 1.0 is based on Linux kernel 2.6.17 and ships with X.Org 6.9.0, KDE 3.5.4, Mozilla Firefox, MPlayer 1.0pre8, and the usual range of open source software applications.

IBM IDE for Cell BE SDK on Linux

A set of Eclipse plug-ins that integrate the Cell BE tool chain and enable rapid, more user-friendly, building of Cell BE applications on Linux. Elements in the design of the cell chip are expected in IBM’s future server chips, and could end up inside the PlayStation 3. See the SDK step-by-step instructions on how to create, build, and run POWER processing Unit (PPU)- and Synergistic Processor Unit (SPU) – managed make projects.

Who's playing whom?

It's entirely possible that Novell is about to get fleeced, and that GNU/Linux will take a hit in the process, and Microsoft has a history of playing the Big Bad. But are we really being smart to always assume that Microsoft will win every battle it enters?

Interview with Free Culture Canada's Justin Barca

A growing movement, Free Culture started at Swathmore College in Pennsylvania during 2004 after two students sued voting-machine manufacturer Diebold for abusing copyright law. Now spread to thirty campuses in the US and branching into other countries, Free Culture's mission is "to build a bottom-up, participatory structure to society and culture, rather than a top-down, closed, proprietary structure."

OLPC taps 2.6.19 kernel for first Linux laptop build

The One Laptop Per Child project has decided to utilize a Linux 2.6.19 OLPC kernel with a Red Hat Fedora Core 6 "run-time environment" for the first build of its giveaway portable notebook computer, the Cambridge, Mass.-based project's president for software and content said Sunday.

Downloading bliss with Metalink

Getting popular software off the Internet can sometimes be a struggle, even with all the mirrors and BitTorrent Samaritans out there. When the Fedora project released Fedora Core 6 last month, for instance, even several dozen mirrors weren't enough to serve everyone, and torrent speeds weren't good enough because of a scarcity of seeders. But thanks to Metalink I was able to sleep while my FC6 ISOs were downloading.

Review: A Diehard SUSE User Tries Ubuntu 6.10

Unless you are living under a rock, you probably know production Ubuntu 6.10 was released on October 26. I'd heard that it was a nice package, but really haven't spent much time with it. SUSE Linux and I have been together for quite a while and when you have something that works, you stick with it. Many readers are probably in the same boat.

The Future of the Free Desktop in 1997

I can't find the original GNOME announcement from August 1997 in comp.os.linux.advocacy, but I did find an interesting thread on Desktop Options. My, the changes since then..

Open source software offers Armenian options in cyberspace

Being open to all and for free – these two properties make open source computer software popular in the West. These systems are highly useful in Armenia because, unlike Microsoft programs which rely on closed software, open source enables users to make changes, for example by converting them into the Armenian language. However, they are not in widespread use here and many ordinary computer users are not familiar with such software. Instead, unlicensed, pirate copies of Microsoft programs are used. In an effort to spread awareness, the Internews’ Center for Information Law and Policy (ICILP) conducted a two-day international seminar in Yerevan on the subject of the “Role of Open Source Software in the Development of E-Society”.

Building customized financial documents with free spreadsheets

Spreadsheets are the do-it-yourself version of financial software. They have all the power of other financial software, but in a less finished package. Instead of wizards and ready-made forms, they offer the raw material of hundreds of functions, only some of which are relevant to personal or business finance, and leave you to arrange them in a meaningful fashion.

LAMP vs. LAMP Rematch

  • Linux Box Admin; By Keith Winston (Posted by slippery on Nov 7, 2006 11:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Two very popular and widely used languages for building dynamic web sites are Perl and PHP. They make up two thirds of the "P" in the Linux Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP/Python (LAMP) stack. How does their performance, using mod_perl and mod_php, compare for everyday web programming? I attempted to find out, throwing in a dash of CGI for comparison.

Microsoft denies Novell deal is breach of GPL

Microsoft Corp has denied that its patent deal with Novell Inc is in breach of the GNU General Public License or will automatically spread Microsoft's patent protection to other Linux distributions.

Can open source methodology make a movie?

We all know that open source is being used to help make movies. Linux and open source software have been used in rendering farms for major pictures like Shrek, Lord of the Rings, and many others. Earlier this year the Blender project released Elephants Dream, the first movie made entirely with open source graphics software. But can the open source methodology be used to create a movie? The folks behind The Digital Tipping Point (DTP) are betting it can.

Adobe opens Flash to Firefox

Adobe Systems is prying open its ubiquitous Flash media player to improve interoperability with the increasingly popular Firefox browser. Adobe announced Tuesday it has released source code for the ActonScript Virtual Machine scripting language engine used in Flash Player to the Mozilla Foundation under Project Tamarin. Mozilla is to administer the project.

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