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Nominations open for second annual Mellon Foundation technology awards

  •; By Nathan Willis (Posted by dcparris on Mar 16, 2007 3:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Research in Information Technology (RIT) program has opened nominations for the 2007 Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration (MATC). Prizes of $50,000 to $100,000 will be awarded to the winners in December. Any open source software project that assists educational or not-for-profit ventures is eligible to be nominated, and self-nominations are allowed. Last year's inaugural MATC awards awarded more than half a million dollars to winning projects.

Novell Adds Virtuozzo Virtualization to SLES

SWsoft, with Novell, has brought its Virtuozzo virtulization software to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

ATI R200 Linux Misconceptions

  •; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Mar 16, 2007 1:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
On the ATI/AMD section of the forums there continues to be confusion among some readers and contributors over the legacy drivers along with Beryl support by ATI/AMD. Beyond what I have said in the forums, below are some additional statements.

How to create a command-line password locker

Like many people, I have too many passwords to remember. To keep them straight, I wrote a simple password locker script using dialog and GnuPG (GNU Privacy Guard). The script prompts the user for a master password using a dialog box, unencrypts a file that holds a list of passwords, and opens the file in a text editor. When the editor is closed, the script re-encrypts the password file.

Qt 4.2.3 and 3.3.8 Released

Trolltech has released version 4.2.3 of Qt. This is mainly a bug-fix release, with updates to numerous classes across all platforms. Changes include a new unofficial Portuguese translation, three fixes to lupdate including one which brings a 400x speed increase, and a fix to a bug in QTextEdit which caused the bottom lines to become unreachable after adding the scroll bar. Meanwhile Qt 3.3.8 has been released, quite possibly the penultimate in the Qt 3 line with support for Qt 3 ending in July. Get them from the Qt download page; both qt-copy trunk and branch have been updated in KDE's repository.

The Visual History of Ubuntu

While Debian has been around for over a decade, Gentoo for five years, and Mandriva/Mandrake for nearly nine years, in less than three years of existence Ubuntu has received the most attention and generated the greatest amount of publicity in the Linux limelight. Why is that? In this article we will be taking a look back at all of the Ubuntu releases to date and exploring how this Linux distribution has evolved so quickly over its short lifespan.

Sabayon Linux x86/x86-64 3.3 released

  •; By SabayonLinux project manager (Posted by hkwint on Mar 16, 2007 9:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Gentoo
This new release, is firstly dedicated to someone that is not beside me anymore, my dad. The Beta testing team, Luca, our developers and me, agree that is the most perfect, complete and stable version ever released. It's faster, smarter, lightier and comes with a ton of exciting and highly awaited features. It's a tank and you can't do much against it.
[For those who don't know the rather new but very popular (9th on DistroWatch!) distribution SabayonLinux: Sabayon is to Gentoo like Ubuntu is to Debian: Even more bleeding edge than Gentoo, faster, looks better, as first main-distro includes new experimental technologies, like einit. Also, far easier to install than Gentoo. Be sure to keep an eye on this distro, or better, try the LiveDVD. Really a lot is changing at an incredible pace in this distro, and of the main distro's this one is probably the most innovative - hkwint]

People Behind KDE: Pino Toscano

For the next interview in the fortnightly People Behind KDE series we travel back to Europe, visiting Italy to meet someone who wants to enable you to read your documents and help you to do the math, who's "fiery" passion for KDE may be linked to his location - tonight's star of People Behind KDE is Pino Toscano.

Kubuntu-based Pioneer Linux turns 2.0

Techalign has released version 2.0 of its Kubuntu-based Pioneer Linux desktop. The new version features a 2.6.17 kernel and the KDE 3.5.4 desktop, extensive support for multimedia, and Automatix, which automates the installation and uninstallation of many popular applications.

OpenMRS to Participate in Google Summer of Code 2007

TheOpenMRS organization isannouncing they they are participating in the 2007 Google Summer of Code:"Computer science students, need a summer job? Have you ever imagined that writing code could save lives? Why not apply to OpenMRS for the Google Summer of Code 2007?..." Read On for the complete announcement and how to apply.

Google SoC 2007 - we're in, sign up quickly!

We've been notified today that Debian has been accepted again as one of the mentoring organisations for the Google Summer of Code[1]. There's now just over a week for students and mentors to find each other and work out the projects that will be worked on this summer. If you want to get involved as a mentor or a student, you don't have very long. We're also still actively looking for more project ideas - what would you like somebody to spend several months on, working full-time to help improve Debian?

New MA Governor Proposes New – and Smaller – IT Bond Bill

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 16, 2007 4:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type:
Deval Patrick, the Commonwealth's new governor, yesterday introduced a $1.47 billion "emergency" bonding bill, intended to cover a broad range of local and statewide projects, including a measure of funding for upgrading the state's IT infrastructure. This is the funding that State CIOs Peter Quinn and Louis Gutierrez resigned over - and that the legislature failed to provide last year. But the new bill would only restore a fraction of what is needed.

Lightning Fast Programs with the SPU of Cell BE

Write optimal code for Cell BE processor’s synergistic processing unit (SPU) and have your programs running lightning fast. This installment of the Cell BE processor series covers SIMD vector programming, branch elimination and hinting techniques, loop unrolling, and instruction scheduling. Part 1 gives an introduction to Linux on the PLAYSTATION 3, while Part 2 shows you how to program the SPE’s of Sony PS3, and Part 3 dives further into the SPE’s of Cell BE.

Analysis: Why EABI matters

  •; By Andres Calderon and Nelson Castillo (Posted by dcparris on Mar 16, 2007 2:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Debian
Foreword: -- This article describes the floating point performance benefits of the ARM EABI (embedded application binary interface), which now has its own Debian port. The authors use an open source floating point benchmark to compare how compiling with EABI support can improve floating point performance.

Report: Symantec Takes On Virtualization Management Across Environments

With its announcements this week around virtualization and Red Hat Linux, Symantec is moving beyond a past strategy of providing tools for multiple OS to a new vision of managing multiple virtualization environments. In this emerging area of heterogenuous virtualization management, Symantec is also bound to face plenty of competition from companies ranging from Microsoft to VMware and XenSource. But Symantec is well up to the challenge, according to some analysts who are deeply steeped in virtualization technologies.

Ubuntu 5.10 reaches end-of-life

  •; By Christian Pfeiffer Jensen (Posted by cj2003 on Mar 16, 2007 12:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu announced the release of 5.10 almost 18 months ago, on October 13th. The support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 5.10 will reach end of life on Friday April 13th 2007.

Libervis Network joins the open mobile revolution

"This announcement marks the official launch of the third web site being added to Libervis Network,, a project of promoting Free Software and Free Standards in the world of mobile devices, from phones to mp3 (and ogg) players to various other mobile gadgets."

Novell-Microsoft agreement delays GPLv3

The November 2006 agreement between Microsoft and Novell is delaying the release of the final draft of the third version of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3), says Peter Brown, the executive director of the Free Software Foundation (FSF).

Early Bird Ends March 22 for Gelato ICE

Register now for Gelato ICE: Itanium(r) Conference & Expo, which will take place April 15-18, 2007, at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, California.

Open source video editing still has a long way to go

  •; By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 15, 2007 8:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Once or twice a year I look at FOSS video editing tools to see if they're ready for everyday use by advanced amateur and low-end professional video makers, which is where I classify myself in the video production hierarchy. There have been several notable improvements recently that have moved FOSS video editing tools a little closer to practicality, but FOSS desktop video editing still has a long way to go before it can be taken seriously by people who need to turn out high-quality video productions on tight deadlines.

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