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Jobs And Gates Together - What A Waste

  •; By Aaron Newcomb (Posted by anewcomb on Jun 8, 2007 12:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
I couldn't help approaching the interview from an open source perspective and in the end I walked away thinking "What a waste!".

Optimizing Linux System Performance

Wringing the value out of every processor cycle on your machine required a variety of approaches. Sure, your code has to be efficient, but you also have to have your disks configured correctly, and a multitude of other things.

Linux: Using Acked-by Tags

Andrew Morton submitted some documentation explaining the use of the "Signed-off-by" and "Acked-by" tags added when patches are submitted for conclusion into the Linux kernel. "The Signed-off-by: tag implies that the signer was involved in the development of the patch, or that he/she was in the patch's delivery path," the documentation explains, "if a person was not directly involved in the preparation or handling of a patch but wishes to signify and record their approval of it then they can arrange to have an Acked-by: line added to the patch's changelog."

Kazehakase brings innovation to the browser

Nowadays, half the free software world seems to be building Gecko-based browsers (and the other half writing plugins for them). With so many available, you might think the Kazehakase browser would hardly rate a mention. However, Kazehakase breaks away from the pack by being one of the few browser projects that is actually thinking of new features and ways to enhance old ones. From its interface to its features for bookmarks and tabs to its customization options for keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures, Kazehakase is crammed with nonstandard features. You may not want every new feature offered by Kazehakase, but chances are you'll appreciate some of them.

g77 include files

After upgrading to etch recently, I had a plaintive email from a user saying that some Fortran software she had downloaded now wasn’t compiling any more (when it had been previously). The error message was pretty clear that the problem was with g77 not being able to find the relevant include file - but there it was, right in the directory.

Canonical refines mobile Ubuntu Linux

Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded Edition will permit multimedia and power management on Intel's minitablet PC platform.

The Daily Static

  •; By J.D. "Illiad" Frazer (Posted by dcparris on Jun 7, 2007 7:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor; Groups: Community
Read User Friendly's daily cartoon. After speaking with the "Smiling Man", we thought it would be appropriate to link to User Friendly.

[We look forward to your comments on linking to User Friendly's Daily Static - dcparris]

Mirth 1.5 Released and Free Webinar Announced

We are very excited to announce the release of Mirth 1.5. This new version offers improved performance and reliability. Additionally, Mirth 1.5 delivers useful new features and bug fixes. Mirth now supports several internal databases including MySQL, Oracle, SQLServer, and PostgreSQL to better integrate with your existing systems. Mirth 1.5 also includes a more robust and responsive administration and development environment along with a new utility for managing the Mirth server configurations.

Sourceforge adds wiki functionality

SourceForge has teamed-up with Wikispaces to integrate wikis directly into The addition of wiki functionality into the open source software repository will allow the community to mass-author the documentation needed to support its open source projects.

Virtual Users And Domains With Postfix, Courier And MySQL (Debian Etch)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jun 7, 2007 4:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This document describes how to install a Postfix mail server that is based on virtual users and domains, i.e. users and domains that are in a MySQL database. I will also demonstrate the installation and configuration of Courier (Courier-POP3, Courier-IMAP), so that Courier can authenticate against the same MySQL database Postfix uses.

First look at Dell's Ubuntu box

  •; By Ashton Mills (Posted by danwarne on Jun 7, 2007 3:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Ubuntu
The hardware specs are reasonable (considering it's an XPS) but what's more interesting is whether Dell bundled Ubuntu as-is or tailored the distribution for its kit.

Five scripts that make life easier with Vim

The Vim editor allows you to modify its behavior via scripts, and the Vim community has produced hundreds of scripts that may help you be more productive, or add functions to Vim that you've always wished it would have. Here are five that I find particularly useful.

Open Source may be cheap - but we still want support

OSBC Open source is increasingly driving enterprise development projects and installations, but big customers still rely on start-up software providers for support.

Ubuntu Tribe 1 Released

Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 1, which will in time become Ubuntu 7.10 has just been released. Keep in mind this is a pre-release!

GPLv3 myth#2: You can't mix GPL software with other software

Now that the “Final Draft” of the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3) is out I thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of the least well understood provisions in the license. In part 1, we explored the notion of selling GPL software. This part looks at mixing GPL (v3 and v2) software with software covered by other licenses.

Red Hat, Symantec bundle security offerings

Red Hat and Symantec announced Thursday the bundling of two hosted server security offerings for small and medium-size businesses. The suites, Secure Server Host and Secure Server Host for Applications, are designed to provide pre-configured or custom configured, behavior-based intrusion protection and detection for hosted servers.

Ubuntu for Mobile Internet Devices

Canonical Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced more details on Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded Edition at Computex 2007 in Taipei. Following discussions at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Seville Spain and a great response from the developer community generally, the target specifications and technical milestones for the project have been agreed.

Asus stuns Computex with £100 laptop

Asus chairman Jonney Shih sprang a surprise during Intel's Computex keynote today with the announcement of a $189 laptop. The notebook uses a custom-written Linux operating system, much like the OLPC, though unlike the OLPC, Asus has chosen a more conventional interface. The laptop will be available in all areas of the world, not only developing nations.

Open Letter to Jason Weber

You know things are bad when a company's products are not up to snuff. You know it's ugly when said company is threatening a lawsuit pertaining to software patents and so-called intellectual property. You know it's really screwed up when a Visual Studio developer is threatened with a lawsuit. Mr. Weber, how in the world do you sleep at night?

Sabayon makes managing multiple GNOME user profiles simple

If you have multiple users sharing a single computer, you could probably use an easy way to manage their user profiles. Sabayon can help you create and set up GNOME desktop profiles and assign them to different users. It's similar to Kiosktool for KDE, but for the GNOME environment.

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