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CLI Magic: Porting DVDs with HandBrake

  •; By Mayank Sharma (Posted by dcparris on Apr 24, 2006 12:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
The multimedia capabilities of the handheld electronic devices we carry has increased over the last few years. Devices such as the iPod and even several cell phones have become music-oozing gadgets for people on the go. While you can copy your favourite MP3s directly into a handheld device, DVDs (if you have the right to copy them) take some effort, due to the fact that the devices have tiny screens and lack the processing power needed for playing high-quality DVDs. HandBrake, designed initially for BeOS and then ported to Linux and Mac OS, helps encode DVDs for your portable device. User Level: Beginner

Windows to Linux, and vice versa

In this extended article, ZDNet Australia examines three enterprises that migrated from Windows to Linux for back end server systems. Two ended up going back.

[We do take issue with the idea that GNU/Linux is not being used to make coffee. The Linux Documentation Project has a How-To just for this purpose. We won't mention the MooBella icecream machine that recently hit our newswire. ;-) - dcparris]

Death of the apps installer?

  • Reg Developer; By Martin Banks (Posted by dcparris on Apr 24, 2006 11:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Look mama, no apps

Has open source changed the game?

A panel of open source CEOs took the stage at the recent LinuxWorld conference for a panel called "The death of the enterprise software business model." While one-sided, the discussion provided insight into the opportunities and challenges facing the community.

Microsoft vs. EC: Day one

MS v EU: Day one Microsoft is back in court today to try and get the Court of First Instance to overturn the record fine imposed on it by the Competition Commission.

Novell Steers Clear of Open Source with Latest Acquisition

Novell has bought e-Security Inc for $72 million, a move it figures will make it a pioneer in delivering a single view of security and compliance activities across the entire enterprise.

Iomega debuts larger network storage

Iomega today announced the release of two new StorCenter network storage products: the StorCenter Wireless Network Storage 1TB, and the StorCenter Network Hard Drive 500GB.

Ibm to Oracle: you can't buy open source

Contrary to Larry Ellison's apparent desire to control Linux, IBM prefers to have at least two independent Linux distributors serving corporate customers, an IBM executive said on Wednesday.

Google Funding Firefox Sabotage

Last night I spent an hour or two visiting unfamiliar websites while researching a topic for an upcoming column. In the process, I discovered a new and exceedingly obnoxious trend: Some members of the Firefox community have decided that you shouldn’t be allowed to view their sites correctly – or, in some cases, at all – unless you’re using the One True Browser.

[I think a better approach than what is mentioned in this article is to just use proper CSS and let readers know that they should use a web browser that renders proper CSS. - dcparris]

Easier Management For Linux Blades

HP has made it easier to manage Linux blades with the release of Control Tower. It acquired the technology last year when it bout RLX.

Migration to Oracle on Linux Reduces Hardware Costs by 40 Percent ...

COCC, Financial services company is relying on Oracle Financial Management, a part of the Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Database running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell, to provide community banks and credit unions with advanced financial management services at their desktops.

DistroWatch Weekly: Edgy Eft, Fedora reviews, CCux Linux, Xubuntu

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Apr 24, 2006 2:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 17th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. A flurry of distribution releases and related announcements were the highlights of the past week. The Ubuntu project has released the complete set of betas of all their derivatives, including the newly added Xubuntu, and also made an initial announcement concerning the development of Edgy Eft, the code name of its next release. Similarly, the Fedora project has announced an estimated release schedule for the development of Fedora Core 6. Also in this issue: updates on the status of Mandriva's Cooker repository, new minor release by Linspire, a comparison of journalled files system on Debian, and an interesting interview with the lead developer of Elive. In the First Look series we share our first impressions of CCux Linux 0.9.8. Finally, a little statistical titbit: with the recent addition of Xubuntu, the DistroWatch database now contains exactly 500 distributions. Happy reading! Join us at #distrowatch

Red Hat beats Suse in Linux brand recognition: poll

The results are in of the first iTWire Poll and Red Hat gets the clear nod from readers as the Linux brand with the greater recognition in the marketplace.

World's Smallest Linux System on View

The Picotux 100 Module is being touted as the world's smallest linux computer, coming in at about the size of an RJ45 connector. Its manufacturer, Kleinhenz Elektronik, says it's equipped with a processor cranking along at 55 megahertz.

Src Turns Geocoder Open Source: Three Takes

SRC this morning announced it would make its Explorer geocoder technology available under an open source license. Directions Media editors offer their interpretation of the move.

Open source meets business intelligence

  • CNET; By Martin LaMonica (Posted by dcparris on Apr 23, 2006 11:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Looking to crack into the business intelligence field, open-source challengers JasperSoft and Pentaho expand their product suites.

Fedora Project Board meeting summary

  • Mailing list; By Max Spevack <> (Posted by dcparris on Apr 23, 2006 10:41 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora; Story Type: News Story

A Window into Microsoft's Battle

The case revolves around two separate issues: Microsoft's bundling of its Media Player into Windows, and whether the company must disclose secret software protocols to rivals that dictate how programs interact with Windows network servers. Here's a look at the arguments both sides are likely to use to advance their positions.

Linux on Mac Could Spike Attackers' Interest

  • MacNewsWorld; By Erika Morphy (Posted by dcparris on Apr 23, 2006 8:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Running Linux does not render the user immune to virus or malware infiltration. "If you are running Linux as the primary OS and are using the Internet, you are still open to security-based holes that Unix systems have," Mike Romo, Symantec product manager for the Macintosh, told

[In light of this article, how worried should we be? Not that one should ignore sound security practices, of course. - dcparris]

Fry's Electronics thinks Linux is better than Windows

While shopping at Fry's electronics in Chicago, I came across this display that really "tells it like it is".

[A picture is worth a thousand words! - dcparris]

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