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Public Meetings on Future of Mozilla Customer Support Announced

Starting next week, the Mozilla Corporation will be hosting twice-weekly meetings to discuss the future of customer support for Mozilla products. Several different support mediums will be discussed in the conferences, including knowledge bases, forums and real-time chat. The meetings, which are open to all, will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the next three weeks. Notes will be published afterwards for those unable to make it.

Linux: 2.6.21-ck1, Performance Patchset

Con Kolivas continues to maintain the performance oriented -ck patchset that he started in early 2004, "this patchset is designed to improve system responsiveness and interactivity. It is configurable to any workload but the default -ck patch is aimed at the desktop and -cks is available with more emphasis on serverspace." In Con's latest release, 2.6.21-ck1, he notes that he has updated the patchset to include his improved SD cpu scheduler, "the staircase-deadline cpu scheduler has replaced the old staircase design in this version."

Reiser Prosecution Jolt: Victim's Ex-Lover Confesses to Eight Killings

A former lover of the missing wife of Linux programmer and accused spouse killer Hans Reiser has confessed to killing eight people unrelated to the case, prosecutors informed the defense last week.

[jimf brought this to my attention and I thought it might be of interest to others. - Scott]

Review: Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on May 5, 2007 5:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: PHP
The book assumes a few things about the reader, which is good. If you aren't part of the "assumed" group, this book won't be very interesting or at least not very useful. Here they are...there are only two: The first assumption is that you know how to program. There are no details about to what degree, so I'll assume that basic programming skills will be sufficient. The second assumption is a little more specific. You'll need to have at least a basic understanding of PHP. If you need help in these areas, try reading books like Beginning PHP5, Learning PHP5, and perhaps some other beginner's programming book.

ATI Has Open-Source Drivers Too

Since late last year the open-source Linux community has been ecstatic about the growing progress made by the Nouveau developers. Nouveau is an X.Org and project for developing an open-source 2D/3D display driver for NVIDIA graphics cards. With NVIDIA Corporation not providing hardware specifications, this driver is being written through reverse-engineering NVIDIA's binary display driver. While the developers of Nouveau are making great strides and this driver is taking shape, the open-source ATI driver must not be forgotten.

Push for Indy 500's first TeamLinux car stirs controversy

At first glance, the story of the Tux500 project doesn't look too unusual. A couple of devoted Linux advocates were looking for a cool way to promote the operating system they love. Advertising on a race car is a great way to get open source noticed, says Ken "helios" Starks, one of the men working to raise enough money to enter a Linux-sponsored car in the 2007 Indianapolis 500 race. It's the kind of grass-roots effort for which the open source community is known: grab a domain name, put up a site, and submit the link to Digg. But Starks and IT consultant Bob Moore, the organizers of the Tux500 effort, added an extra step that is raising some eyebrows in the community: they opened a PayPal account and are asking Linux fans for more than a quarter of a million dollars.

KDE Games Taking Shape for KDE 4.0

On May 1st, the KDE games developer community held its monthly IRC meeting. This time the major topic was discussing which games would stay in the kdegames module for KDE 4 and which ones would have to be removed because they don't meet our self-imposed quality standards.

Dell To Fix Misleading Advertising Links

LXer Feature: 05-May-2007

In some Google searches for Linux computers, Dell advertisements have cropped up in the advertising links, leading unsuspecting users to Windows-only computers at Dell's website. After initially being ignored, LXer finally gets a response from Dell.

Real-time garbage collection with Real-time Java

Metronome GC -- part of IBM WebSphere Real Time -- provides deterministic GC behavior that, when combined with other features, enables developers to write hard RT applications in the Java language.

GoblinX Linux Standard edition goes 2.0

The GoblinX team earlier this week released its Standard 2.0 (2007.1) edition, a bootable live CD based on Slackware Linux that features a 2.6.18 kernel and a default Xfce desktop. This release kicks off the second generation of the GoblinX distro for i486 machines, a team member said.

One man writes Linux drivers for 235 USB webcams

A lone hobbyist programmer sitting at his home in France is responsible for adding 235 USB webcams to the list of those supported by Linux. He tells the INQUIRER about this often unknown and unrecognized achievement.

OpenEMR + CK-ERP Demo

I have just completed a preliminary version of an (OpenEMR + CK-ERP) connector. A demo of CK-ERP operating within OpenEMR 2.8.2 is availablehere.

Build Google Gadgets

  • IBM/developerWorks; By John Muchow (Posted by IdaAshley on May 5, 2007 4:16 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Learn how to develop Google gadgets, small applications you can add to most any Web page as a means to offer dynamic and rich content. You can write them for your own use and then publish them on Google, where other developers can integrate your work into their Web projects.

Middle-aged myopia

In hindsight, it was correct of the US administration not to pursue plans to break up Microsoft for past anticompetitive behaviour. The company is slowly losing its monopoly of desktop software and on the Web it is foundering against Google.

Dell's Linux Plans Shine Light On Free Potential

  • eWEEK Linux; By Jason Brooks (Posted by dcparris on May 5, 2007 2:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Opinion: With Linux traveling to its desktops and notebooks, Dell is treading new but exciting ground.

Pidgin (aka Gaim) 2.0 finally arrives

After years of both technical and legal delays, the popular open-source Pidgin IM (instant messaging) client, formerly known as GAIM, has finally arrived.

Laptop Irony

From Christopher Blizzard on one laptop per child and open source: For once Microsoft is getting the reverse Linux laptop experience: little support and little documentation for the hardware. The result will be a platform that doesn’t include any of the really novel features that we’re building in, bad power management, no systems management via the firmware and apps that will randomly crash because they can’t fix the virtual memory problem in the same way we’re approaching it. A second class citizen, to be sure.

4 OpenSource Groupware Tools

  • Toms Hardware Guide; By Marcel Binder (Posted by theboomboomcars on May 4, 2007 9:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Are you happy with the way your team is able to organize and exchange office data? Maybe Horde, phpGroupWare, PHProject or moregroupware will help you all become better team players.

Ubuntu Founder: No Emulation Software for Dell Systems

Dell won't include open-source software such as Wine with its Ubuntu Linux machines, according to Mark Shuttleworth.

Skype unleashes an early alpha v1.4 for Linux

Skype, the well-known VoIP (voice over IP) software provider, has never been known for its quickness in getting Linux releases out, but about a year after the company started work on Skype 1.3, it has announced the release of the alpha for Skype 1.4.

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