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GNOME 2.20 shows significant improvement

GNOME 2.20 was released yesterday. Even though I use GNOME regularly, I normally don't get excited over new releases, because most seem to offer little more substance than previous versions, with most of the work being done under the hood. This time, though, GNOME has a solid list of new features and upgrades. It's worth taking a look at even if you aren't a fan of this desktop environment.

Xen With Graphical User Interface On A Fedora 7 Desktop

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Sep 20, 2007 6:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Fedora
This document describes how to set up Xen on Fedora 7. Xen enables the paravirtualization of your hardware for its virtual machines if you have a CPU with Vanderpool (Intel) or Pacifica (AMD) technology. The paravirtualization provides high performance to your virtual machines. Fedora's virt-manager provides an easy to use GUI for setting up and managing your virtual machines. It does not have the extensive features like VMware Server, but the basics are in place.

Enlightenment Channel at LXer

The enlightenment window manager has gone from pushing the limits on graphics to a now all encompassing e environment with supporting libaraies, APIs of all sorts, and a rapidly growing feature rich window manager in e17.

Software internship programme pushes OSS

Lulatech, a software development consortium, are in the process of accepting applications for an internship and training programme. Students will receive training and practical experience in a variety of IT-related fields. All software used in the course will be open source.

Linux Community Issues Lead Beginners Back to Windows

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 20, 2007 5:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
In the last hour, I have read two completely different articles on Windows users, why they use Windows and how Linux could prevent further piracy.

[I'm not sure how he does it but he publishes articles from both sides of the fence..on the same day. - Scott]

Discontinuation of SUSE Linux 10.0

SUSE Security announces that SUSE Linux 10.0 will be discontinued soon. Having provided security-relevant fixes for more than two years, vulnerabilities found in SUSE Linux 10.0 after November 15th 2007 will not be fixed any more for this product. Expect the last updates around November 30th 2007.

Vista Pushes Linux Into Primetime

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 20, 2007 3:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
It is hardly a fluke that Ubuntu really began to attract former Windows users roughly around the same time as Windows Vista came out. Despite the number of Windows migrants who eventually floated back to Windows XP, the fact is that projects like Wubi make it really easy to slide into a Linux mindset.

Snowed By SCO

  • Forbes online; By Daniel Lyons (Posted by dinotrac on Sep 20, 2007 3:26 PM EDT)
  • Groups: SCO; Story Type: News Story
Forbes writer does post-mortem on his SCO coverage: "Online publications don't typically ask for follow-throughs. But I need to write one. ... I got it wrong. The nerds got it right." A nice read and, oddly, not for "I told you so" reasons. Lyons is fessing up to being suckered. Gotta like that in a journalist. Wish we saw more of it.

Adding a basket tool to

No matter whether you are working on an article, an academic paper, or a novel, research is a crucial part of the writing process. And as with any research, you need a place to save your notes, ideas, relevant links, and text snippets. While there are tools like Basket Note Pads and the Zotero Firefox extension, wouldn't it be nice if you could store and manage your stuff directly from within This is not only doable, but also easy to implement using just a Base database and a macro.

Toward An Effective "Anti-Piracy" Policy

Ars Technica's Ken Fisher suggested in his article, WGA failure highlights major flaw in Microsoft's anti-piracy strategy, that Microsoft needs a new "anti-piracy" strategy. I not only agree that they need a new strategy, I'll even go so far as to help them craft it.

Want to meet four men who dared to fight MS -- and won?

Right after the Court of First Instance announced its verdict Monday upholding the EU Commission's finding that Microsoft abused its monopoly, our own Sean Daly did an interview with the following: Georg Greve of FSFE, Jeremy Allison and Volker Lendecke of Samba, and Carlo Piana, their lawyer of record in the case. It's a delight. Here's the audio [Ogg and MP3], and we have a transcript too, thanks to the tireless Ciaran O'Riordan, who did three-quarters of it, and Sean, who did the rest.

Linux users could face European patent threat

Linux users in the United Kingdom could face a greater threat from Microsoft than previously thought, but experts agree that British open source users are in far less danger than US users from Microsoft's claim that open source software infringes its patents.

We Are Vendor Neutral Until We are Not

When I talk to organization X (fill in your favorite health care entity, government or medical society) they never fail to utter the dreaded statement:"We are vendor neutral." followed by a dramatic long pause.

Commercial Software Will Include Open Source, Gartner Says

At least 80 percent of all commercial software products will include elements of open-source code by 2010, according to Mark Driver, vice president of research at Gartner. In his opening keynote at the third annual Gartner Open Source Summit here Sept. 19, titled "The Gartner Open Source Scenario for 2007: The risks and rewards for mainstream IT," Driver said the research firm believes "open source is defined by the license, period. Almost all of our customers are scrambling to create an open-source policy, as almost none of them have one as yet."

FreeBSD Summer of Code Summary

Congratulations to the successful students and their FreeBSD Project mentors for participating in another productive Google Summer of Code. This program encourages students to contribute to an open source project over the summer break with generous funding from Google. We have had a total of over 50 successful students working on FreeBSD as part of this program in 2005, 2006, and 2007. These student projects included security research, improved installation tools, filesystems work, new utilities, and more. Many of the students have continued working on their FreeBSD projects even after the official close of the program. We have gained many new FreeBSD committers from previous summer of code projects already, and more are in the process.

The Artist's Guide to GIMP Effects

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Sep 20, 2007 9:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNU, Linux
I've played around with GIMP for awhile now but it was basically just playing around. I didn't really have a lot of time to try and "trial-and-error" my way through actually learning it so I stuck with what I already knew and did the best I could. Then Michael Hammel's book was delivered to my door. Wow! Move over PhotoShop. The GIMP has entered the building.

Ontario Linux Fest Update

Folks, I thought that I had a lot to report last time. The week since then leads me to believe that I won't need any more sleep before the 'fest. This week has been THAT exciting. Allow me to share my excitement.

Consider A New Issue Tracker - Volo Milestone

It's a new issue tracker for multiple workgroups, designed in PHP and PostgreSQL, and has far less dependencies and installation steps than other comparable products.

SCO Receives Nasdaq Notice Letter, Gives Tibbitts Raise and Bonus Day Before Filing for Bankruptcy

Here's the press release. They still call themselves "a leading provider of UNIX® software technology and mobile services". That isn't what they just told the bankruptcy court, but who's counting? So they say they got a delisting letter saying they'll be delisted as of September 27.

Amarok's Summer of Code Review

This year, Amarok had two summer of code projects under the KDE umbrella. Both of these projects have finished while remaining in continued development and were extremely successful. Read on to learn about two innovative additions to the Amarok project.

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