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IBM: Symphony downloaded 100,000 times in first week

People apparently are already tuning in to IBM's Symphony. The company reported Wednesday that its free rival to Microsoft's Office suite was downloaded 100,000 times in the first week of release. "To be honest, we were surprised at the speed with which people jumped on this," said Mike Rhodin, general manager of both IBM Collaboration and Lotus Software, in an interview Wednesday. To keep up with the number of people interested in downloading Symphony, IBM tripled the number of download servers it had for the suite of productivity applications in the first few days of its release, he said.

Review of Ubuntu 7.10 (gutsy) new features and changes

This review is a summary of practically all the features and changes in the latest version of Ubuntu. It covers such stuff as: major improvements on a desktop; compiz fusion overview; screen, graphics and driver preferences improvements; new default desktop search instrument; changes on printing service and Firefox 3 features. As always, new version of Ubuntu is better than previous. But probably this version did the most powerful step forward than any other.

Interview: Clement Lefebvre of Linux Mint by Tony Mobily

This is the first in what I hope will be a series of interviews with major GNU/Linux distribution lead developers. This interview is with Clement Lefebvre the lead developer of Linux Mint and he talks with me about his project, development, the community, and his views on free vs open source software.

Making a backup reminder script

I like to back up the data on my laptop computer as often as possible, just in case I have trouble with it. I have some large files on the laptop that prevent me from scheduling an Internet backup to my home machine, so I have written a script that reminds me to periodically plug in an external USB drive; then upon clicking continue, the reminder script runs my custom backup script.

GNU Herds: The Job Site With a Free Software Focus

People interested in offering and seeking jobs specifically related to Free Software might find the GNU Herds project interesting...

Getting more comfortable with Zenwalk ... and a touchy touchpad

Remember yesterday, when I was railing against -- in no particular order -- Gateway, Ubuntu, Puppy, the Alps touchpad and Vector? A cooler head prevailed today. I stuck with Zenwalk 4.6.1. I may even install the 4.8 release candidate.

Open source to help quell ICT trade deficit: Waugh

  • Computerworld Australia; By Rodney Gedda (Posted by jdub on Sep 27, 2007 10:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Australia's $21 billion ICT trade deficit could be dramatically reduced if the local industry played to its strengths and exported services using open source software, according to industry analyst Jeff Waugh.

Linspire adds paid support option to Freespire

Linspire, the company behind the Linspire commercial and Freespire community desktop Linux operating systems and, a free Linux software delivery service, has announced the immediate availability of its first commercial paid support offerings for Freespire 2.0 users.

This week at LWN: Large pages, large blocks, and large problems

Most of the core virtual memory subsystem developers met for a mini-summit just before the 2007 Kernel Summit in Cambridge. They came away feeling that they had resolved a number of VM scalability problems. Subsequent discussions have made it clear that, perhaps, this conclusion was a bit premature. They may well have resolved things, but it is not clear that everybody came to the same resolution.

System Emulation with QEMU on Linux

Today, googling the word virtualization results in around 22 million hits. In this article, learn about QEMU, an interesting virtualization applications not headlining the news today. QEMU is an open source emulator for complete PC systems you can use on a number of settings. Explore QEMU and its architecture and how to emulate a guest operating system on a Linux host.

Sun packs out Solaris developer support

Users running Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system are getting something a little extra thrown into their contracts: developer support. Sun is wrapping extended support for its Solaris Express Developer Edition, previously only available to application developers, into existing and new Solaris customers' contracts without charging extra, the company said.

Looking for the next Net business

The Internet most of us experience is not the World of Ends suggested by the end-to-end system design concepts around which the Net was originally architected and built. Instead we have something that is faster-than-dialup, and faster-than-it-used-to-be; but is not The Net. Instead it is the part of the Net that's left in a pipe that's optimized for television, for one-way few-to-many "content delivery" and for locking users into client roles, while servers labor somewhere else.

MMC Flash Memory Card Support

Noting the approaching 2.6.24 merge window which will follow the upcoming release of the 2.6.23 kernel, MultiMedia Card (MMC) subsystem maintainer Pierre Ossman described what he plans to push upstream, "this release will probably be one of the biggest ones for the MMC layer so far. The major pieces are SDIO and SPI support, but there are several small nuggets as well." Regarding the new Secure Digital Input Output (SDIO) stack he noted, "gone are the days of having to rely on proprietary stacks for SDIO support in Linux. So no more spotty support for hosts and possible GPL problems. SDIO will now be a standard feature of Linux." He also described three working drivers already ported to the new stack.

NVIDIA SLI: Linux vs. Windows

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Sep 27, 2007 5:09 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
It is going on two years since support for Scalable Link Interface (SLI) was introduced into NVIDIA's Linux binary display driver. This support had come a year after it was officially launched and supported by the Windows ForceWare display driver. As we had seen at the end of 2005 with two GeForce 6 graphics cards in SLI, its performance was very sluggish, and there were a number of problems to be found with Linux SLI. While we have routinely tested new NVIDIA graphics cards under Linux SLI internally, there hasn't been much to report on as the experience has been very foul. However, things have changed recently and with the recent NVIDIA 100.14.19 display driver release using GeForce 8 hardware -- we finally have some modest numbers to report on in a Linux SLI configuration. Linux SLI is still far from perfect, but in this article we've used two GeForce 8600GT graphics cards in an SLI configuration under both Linux and Windows to compare the single and dual GPU performance under both operating systems.

Don’t read this

Hans ‘The Beez’ Bezemer, a fellow sysadmin and consultant from the Netherlands, came up with a great story. He asked himself why watching Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ on DVD has to burn additional CPU cycles for decrypting, when the topic and author of what he’s watching are all against wasting energy. And he discovered that the crypto chain of HD-DVD has already been broken!

Women in Technology: Hear Us Roar

O’Reilly is running an interesting series of articles written by a number of different women in tech, about how they got to where they are and their adventures along the way. It’s a good read with a lot of different experiences and viewpoints.

The trouble with artwork and free software licenses

Are you a crafter of icons, sounds, backgrounds and splash screens, or even window manager themes? Selecting the right license for your artwork to coexist with free software is no trivial task. Creative Commons (CC) and Free Software Foundation (FSF) licenses each have their advantages, but they are mutually incompatible. The two groups are beginning to move toward simplifying the situation, but in the meantime there are several things you can do to make license compatibility easier.

Linux to Finally Kill Windows in Europe?

In the future, Linux might very well have a fighting chance on European soil, against Windows. Following Microsoft’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Brad Smith did not rush to anticipate a worry free outcome for the Redmond company over the pond. Although the dismissal of the company’s appeal by the Court of First Instance of Luxembourg, was a clear indication of the full support of both the European Commission’s 2004 antitrust ruling against Microsoft, and of the €497 million financial penalty, Smith argued that additional third-party claims could follow.

Autodesk geography tool goes open source

Autodesk on Tuesday announced it will release as open-source software a tool that can convert geographic coordinate data from one format to another. If you're not a map nut, that's the challenge one might encounter switching, for example, from latitude and longitude to Universal Transverse Mercator--or from geocentric latitude to geodetic latitude, for that matter.

My Fabulous Geek Career

I consider myself to be a born geek. Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to do cool geek things: woodworking, auto mechanics, gunsmithing, electronics—you name it; if it involved building things or taking them apart and putting them back together, that was my heart's desire. I drooled over Shopsmiths, Heathkits, and all the neat stuff in Radio Shack. The most fun in the world to me is understanding how things work and then changing or fixing them.

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