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Libranet's last goodbye

After six months, the Libranet community has learned that its wait for the revival of the distribution was futile. Tal Danzig, Libranet's owner and chief developer, has announced that he is discontinuing the development of Libranet.

This week at LWN: Behavioral standards in the free software community

The GNOME community has recently started a discussion on the adoption of a code of conduct for community members. While a number of people clearly think that such a code makes sense, others are just as clearly uncomfortable with the idea. The free software community is traditionally an open and unregulated group.

[LXer presents this access to LWN's normally subscriber-only content in full cooperation with Jonathan Corbet, Executive editor, LXer hopes you enjoy this free peek at LWN's excellent community magazine and thanks Mr. Corbet for his cooperation.]

Once Upon a Time, in DRM Land

  • Yet Another Linux Blog; By devnet (Posted by devnet on Jun 9, 2006 5:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
When his defense asked,"Which computer has Jon [DVD Jon] trespassed upon?" the answer was: "His own."

SimplyMEPIS, Kubuntu, and ReactOS videos posted to OSVids!

OSVids has posted three new flash/Ogg-Theora videos of SimplyMEPIS, Kubuntu, and the interesting, if a little strange, ReactOS. Check it out!

Soweto’s bug-hunter: Bongani Hlope

  •; By Richard Frank (Posted by grouch on Jun 9, 2006 3:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Open source is alive and well in South Africa's biggest township, Soweto. Bongani Hlope carries the flag high, planning a Tsotsitaal translation for Linux to make it more accessible for his neighbors.

Our future with the next-generation Internet protocol

This article shares the concepts of the next-generation Internet protocol and how we can benefit from it.

Open source for the open road?

  • IT Week; By Lem Bingley (Posted by grouch on Jun 9, 2006 1:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
But Hugo Spowers has other ideas. He believes that an open-source approach to vehicle design is the only way to knock humanity off its current, resource-intensive, car-based transportation treadmill.

[The success of FOSS reduces skepticism in open development outside of software. -- grouch]

Howto: Performance Benchmarks a Web server

First, benchmarking a web server is not an easy thing. To benchmark a web server the time it will take to give a page is not important: you don’t care if a user can have his page in 0.1 ms or in 0.05 ms as nobody can have such delays on the Internet.

What is important is the average time it will take when you have a maximum number of users on your site simultaneously. Another important thing is how much more time it will take when there are 2 times more users: a server that take 2 times more for 2 times more users is better than another that take 4 times more for the same amount of users.

Here are few tips to carry out procedure along with an example.

Tux for open sew-ers

Tux has gone open source in a different way. The Free Penguin Project provides free GPL sewing patterns and advice so that anyone who meets the hardware requirements can create a fluffy stuffed penguin of their own; specifically, would-be Tux tailors need access to a sewing machine and fabric.

Brin says Google compromised principles

  • Yahoo News; By TED BRIDIS (Posted by NoDough on Jun 9, 2006 10:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
WASHINGTON - Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged Tuesday the dominant Internet company has compromised its principles by accommodating Chinese censorship demands. He said Google is wrestling to make the deal work before deciding whether to reverse course.

Freedom Toasters go commercial

Can you make money building Freedom Toasters? Project founder, Jason Hudson, is about to find out. He's starting a small company that will build and manage the open source kiosks, potentially long after the Shuttleworth-funded project wraps up in 2007.

Strategic DEVELOPER: Open source education

It says a lot for Ruby, the dynamic language thats giving Perl and Python a run for their money, as well as for Rails, the application framework that made Ruby famous, that such a savvy software veteran would choose to bet his next business on these open source technologies.

Linux vs. Windows: Fight to the Death

LXer Feature - 9-June-06

Every time someone boots up Windows, god kills a kitten. Bill Gates is the devil. Steve Ballmer is a sweaty gorilla. Linux is better than Windows, cures bad breath, and improves your love life. Linux advocates are foaming religious zealots who want to control everyone's lives.

Linux: Reverse Engineering Wireless Drivers

Following Andrew Morton [interview]'s overview of what will likely be merged into the 2.6.18 kernel [story], several developers discussed the legality of the ACX1xx wireless driver. Jeff Garzik began the discussion, "I've never had technical objections to merging this, just AFAIK it had a highly questionable origin, namely being reverse-engineered in a non-clean-room environment that might leave Linux legally vulnerable."

The implications of Red Hat's JBoss buy

Red Hat's acquisition of JBoss could have significant implications for the enterprise software market

Red Hat Summit: The trials and triumphs of open source

Open source executives used a flurry of facts, figures and testimonials at the Red Hat Summit here last week to make what they believe is a sure-fire case against proprietary software and vendor lock-in.

How To Save Traffic With Apache2's mod_deflate

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by grouch on Jun 9, 2006 3:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
In this tutorial I will describe how to install and configure mod_deflate on an Apache2 web server. mod_deflate allows Apache2 to compress files and deliver them to clients (e.g. browsers) that can handle compressed content which most modern browsers do. With mod_deflate, you can compress HTML, text or XML files to approx. 20 - 30% of their original sizes, thus saving you server traffic and making your modem users happier.

Cyberthriller featuring Linux PDA ships in dead-trees format

Digital Life is the sequel to Z4CK, Milne's first novel, in which intrepid hacker Duncan Steele roamed a brave new world, besting techno-proles and fighting to extricate himself from a bogus murder rap, his trusty Sharp Zaurus by his side.

A Continuing Work in Progress: The State of Linux 2006

  • Tom's Hardware Guide; By Ed Tittel (Posted by grouch on Jun 9, 2006 2:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Today, Linux has a sharper, more refined edge than before, and has branched out into private, public, enterprise and governmental sectors. Linux also spans all manner of hardware platforms, and serves an incredibly wide variety of purposes.

First look: Xara Xtreme LX

  •; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by grouch on Jun 9, 2006 1:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNU
Xara Xtreme LX (Xara LX), the port of Xara's flagship graphics program released under the GNU General Public License, has been developing rapidly since the first code was released in March. The patches have been coming so quickly that any review promised to be obsolete before it was published. That is still true, but, with version 0.5 being treated as a milestone by the company, the time for a first look has finally arrived. Those familiar with the Windows version of Xara Xtreme will know what to expect. Those new to the program will find a highly contextual interface and precision tools that are quick to learn and easy to use, and marred only by the absence of a few key features and extras.

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