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The coming of a Nigerian Linux distribution

Nigeria's Leapsoft has released a Linux distribution designed to cater for the Nigerian languages Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa. Wazobia Linux is a commercial distribution aimed at corporate desktops, and includes the usual office suite, web and email applications, and media players.

Benchmark clocks TI's OMAP2420 graphics on Linux

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by bstadil on Feb 3, 2006 6:41 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Imagine Technologies has published "certified" 3D benchmark results for a Texas Instruments (TI) SoC (system-on-chip) that incorporates its 2D/3D accelerated graphics coprocessor IP (intellectual property). Imagine claims it is the first company to announce "official and certified performance results" using FutureMark's 3DMarkMobile06 benchmark suite.

'no Hard Drive' Guy @ LinuxAsia 2006

At LinuxAsia 2006, meet the guy who developed Knoppix, a well-known live CD Linux distribution, which can boot practically any PC into Linux.

Introducing KnoppMyth, a user-friendly Linux set-top box distro

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by bstadil on Feb 3, 2006 4:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword: Open source project founder Cecil Watson provides some background on KnoppMyth in this brief project history. The project aims to create an easy-to-install-and-use Linux distribution for set-top boxes. Enjoy .

It's iMac on Steroids

  • Business Week; By Stephen H. Wildstrom (Posted by tadelste on Feb 3, 2006 3:49 AM EDT)
The most remarkable thing about Apple Computer's (AAPL) newest iMac is that, even after using it for a while, it's hard to tell just how different it is from the identical-looking iMac G5 introduced last fall. Don't be deceived by the similarities. Hidden in the new iMac is a processor that will let this line of Macs grow and meet the increasing performance demands of software.

[ed: A good platform for Linux? -tadelste]

Renewed Linux trademark bid in the works

The United States-based body responsible for protecting the "Linux" name appears to be making a renewed push to register it as a trademark in Australia.

Railsconf, the First Ruby on Rails Conference Has Opened for Registration.

  • http://railsconf.org/; By number6x (Sean Lynch) (Posted by number6x on Feb 3, 2006 1:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements
Railsconf is now open for registration. Keynote speakers include Martin Fowler, Paul Graham, David Heinemeier Hansson, and Dave Thomas.

VMware to make server product free

  • CNET News.com (Posted by bstadil on Feb 3, 2006 12:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Software maker expected to give away product that lets multiple OSes run on the same PC, CNET News.com has learned.

Launch of SpreadKDE.org Promotional Community Site

The KDE marketing group is pleased to announce the release of SpreadKDE.org, the new home for KDE's promotional activities. Such a hub for marketing activities has been sorely lacking in KDE until now, and we consider this site a to be a key milestone in establishing a solid foundation in growing KDE's promotional activity.

Mitt Romney Calls the ODF Coin Toss Right

Mitt Romney is betting that supporting ODF will prove to be a smart political move, as he grooms himself for a run for the presidency. It looks like that bet is paying off.

Website user annotations with Ajax

The ability to add notes and comments to your Web site can be a powerful and attractive feature for users. This tutorial demonstrates how to implement an AJAX-based website user annotation system in the form of yellow sticky notes that sit on top of regular Web page content. The only additional, required configuration is a back-end Perl script that stores the annotations.

Open Source: Changing the Enterprise Software Supply Chain for ...

The open source software development model clearly represents a profound and fundamental change from traditional, proprietary development models.

Torvalds versus GPLv3 DRM restrictions

Linus Torvalds, father of the Linux kernel, has fleshed out his unhappiness with GPLv3 in three recent posts on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML).

Help wanted: Contrarian

Here is a suggestion for any CEO interested in improving the performance of his IT department. Consider adding the new position of IT Contrarian. Although some consulting organizations have a similar position (a quality assurance manager), this is likely to be a new concept in many organizations, so let's review of the responsibilities, duties, and qualifications, as well as the rationale associated with proposing the position.

The Two Faces of Bill Gates

  • Linux Online; By Michael J. Jordan (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 2, 2006 5:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Though few would dispute the fact that Bill Gates' role as a philanthropist has done a lot to save lives in developing countries, in his role as Chairman of the Microsoft Corporation, according to the New York Times, he is doing little to enrich these same people's lives.

IT's big dogs team up for Open Ajax

Some of the biggest names in computing – including Google, IBM, Mozilla, Oracle, Redhat and Novell – have teamed up to form Open Ajax, which plans to give Ajax (asynchronous Javascript and XML) tools to the open source community. The alliance intends to “promote Ajax's promise of universal compatibility with any computer device, application, desktop or operating system, and easy incorporation into new and existing software programs”.

Red Hat gears up Indian operations

Linux vendor Red Hat is stepping up its efforts in the potentially huge India market by buying out its joint-venture partner, earmarking an investment of $20 million in the next two to three years, doubling its Pune-based research staff, and signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with an official body to work jointly at modernizing the Indian educational system.

Openbox: A lightweight window manager

Most Linux-based distributions for the masses have either GNOME, KDE, or both desktops, yet the startup times and resources required by both GNOME and KDE make them unsuitable for old or lower-end hardware. My quest for a standards-compliant, fast, lightweight, and extensible window manager led me to Openbox.

Mozilla Releases Firefox Update--On Purpose This Time

The 1.5.0.1 release is part of Mozilla's announced plans to roll out security and "minor polish" updates to Firefox every two months.

Ubuntu founder asks gov't to support open source advocacy

The founder of the new Linux operating flavor called Ubuntu is urging governments to advocate open source technology, not just in a corporate setting but more on the average consumer level.

In the Philippine leg of his Asia-wide tour, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth said government should spearhead the use of open source platforms among ordinary consumers as an alternative method of home computing.

Shuttleworth emphasized consumer reaction to government use of technology as role model to its citizens. He also stressed that open source applications can be made immediately available to consumers who may need more cost-effective alternatives to costlier proprietary applications.

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