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A Patent Is Worth Having, Right? Well, Maybe Not

Patents are supposed to give inventors an incentive to create things that spur economic growth. For some companies, especially in the pharmaceutical business, patents do just that by allowing them to pull in billions in profits from brand-name, blockbuster drugs. But for most public companies, patents don’t pay off, say a couple of researchers who have crunched the numbers.

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD amd64 development machine

The Debian GNU/kFreeBSD porters are pleased to announce that there is now a Debian GNU/kFreeBSD amd64 machine available to the Debian developers. It is kindly hosted by "ETH Zürich, Department of Physics". We would like to thank them for their contribution to the GNU/kFreeBSD development.

Visual Diff Tools in Linux

Running the regular diff between two text files to see the differences is not so elegant for the human eye to decode. Luckily there are plenty of tools out there to make this easy.

Screen: Tips & Tricks

In this article I will describe a very useful program: GNU Screen. Usually this program is used by people who have a shell account on a Unix server. But it can be also helpful to people who haven’t yet started to use a terminal or even Linux/Unix at all. Screen — simply — is a program which enables users to create more system shells without the need of logging in multiple times. Moreover it allows to leave programs running after you’ve logged out. What can it be useful for?

Linux: Rewriting the x86 Setup Code

H. Peter Anvin submitted a series of patches rewriting the x86 setup code, "this patch set replaces the x86 setup code, which is currently all in assembly, with a version written in C, using the '.code16gcc' feature of binutils (which has been present since at least 2001.)" He went on to explain why he did this, "the new code is vastly easier to read, and, I hope, debug. It should be noted that I found a fair number of minor bugs while going through this code, and have attempted to correct them."

Foray into Feisty Fawn helped me take back my MIPS

I am software developer, and I write software for the .NET Framework / Windows platform. A short while ago I noticed that I was no longer doing development from home, so I didn't really need Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, Internet Information Services, etc. etc. Enter Linux.

[Nice story of a Microsoft MVP who tried Vista but went Linux instead. — Sander]

5 Things Windows Does Better Than Linux (Or Apple!)

Everyone loves to bash Windows, and for the most part, there’s good reason to. With questionable business practices and a massive amount of bugs found inside the OS, sometimes it’s a wonder that Windows is as popular as it is. With that being said, in any honest debate, you have to give credit where credit is due, and with over 90% of the market share, Microsoft is surely due a little credit.

[The week has just begun and already there's a candidate for next week's FUD of the week. Happy deFUDding! — Sander]

Block browse and edit utility (BBED) for Oracle 10g R2 on Linux

  • bderzhavets.blogspot.com; By Boris Derzhavets (Posted by dba477 on Jul 15, 2007 12:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, Oracle
The target of this technical exercise is linking "bbed" on Linux to perform block corruption followed by rman block recovery.

And now, for something completely different: Linux gaming

One of the major disadvantages of Linux is that it won’t let you play most Windows games. On the other hand, lots of great free Linux games have been developed over the last couple of years. Here’s a list of some entertaining Linux games I’ve come across so far.

Poll: Will the Firefox gain a market share of 50% by 2009?

Popular Science runs an online game called PopSci Predictions Exchange (a game where you bet - with virtual money - on the future of science and technology). An IPO I saw today caught my eye: Will the Firefox Web browser gain a market share of 50 percent by January 1, 2009? Interesting - ideal for a quick poll.

Installing SugarCRM OpenSource Edition On Debian 4.0 (Etch)

  • HowtoForge; By Till Brehm (Posted by falko on Jul 15, 2007 9:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian, PHP
SugarCRM is a webbased CRM solution written in PHP. SugarCRM is available as an OpenSource edition and a ClosedSource version. In this tutorial I will describe the installation of the OpenSource edition on Debian 4.0. With the modules My Portal, Calendar, Activities, Contacts, Accounts, Leads, Opportunities, Cases, Bugtracker, Documents and Email, SugarCRM OpenSource Edition offers everything that can be expected from a CRM solution.

Pardus 2007.2 Unrivalled Wifi Support.

I have tried many Linux distributions, only a few has good wifi support for notebooks. However, Pardus 2007.2 has done it out-of-the-box even with the Broadcom's chipset.

OpenMoko Neo1973 - an open source Linux based iPhone killer in the making ?

OpenMoko is a GNU/Linux based open software development platform. What this means for the lay person is that using OpenMoko software development kit, phone manufacturers will be able to bring out mobile phones which have more or less the same features of the now widely known iPhone from Apple and much more - all this under an Open license powered by GNU. This also means that for the first time there is potential for you to be completely free from being tied up with one mobile carrier or even a single phone manufacturer (read Apple) for want of anything better.

Very easy installation of Apache subversion and Active Directory

  • Opensourcedevelopment.net (Posted by mic_linux_usa on Jul 15, 2007 6:15 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
Everyone is facing the problem of integration of apache/Subversion with Active directory. I found the document with complete package and it takes only 5-10 mins to install. You can also use the same and if any problem, Logon to http://forum.opensourcedevelopment.net, It is really very good.

Nettest 2.1

New release of nettest is available. Nettest is a network testing tool originally developed by SGI which I am maintaining out of need.

OLPC official challenges Michael Dell

Walter Bender, the One Laptop Per Child program's director of software, told DesktopLinux.com on July 13 that he invites Dell Computer founder and CEO Michael Dell to help figure out how to better use 125 million computers that are discarded annually because they are archaic.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 15-Jul-2007


LXer Feature: 15-Jul-2007

In the latest LXer Weekly Roundup we have, Mark Shuttleworth announcing that Gobuntu is a go, Confessions of a Linux Fan, a review of Siag Office, Turbolinux signs a deal with Microsoft, IBM Pledges Free Access to Patents for use in Open Standards, my interview with Sebastian Kügler of KDE, 16,000 Linux computers delivered for free and Paul McDougall tries to put words in Linus Torvalds mouth. All this and more, plus the FUD article of the week.

Linux: Real Time Kernel Patch Queue

Ingo Molnar announced that the real time patchset that he and Thomas Gleixner maintain is now available as a series of 374 broken out patches, "from now on (as of 2.6.22.1-rt2) it will be part of every upstream -rt release and it is available from the -rt download site". Regarding the patches, he notes that it's responsible for, "698 files changed, 27920 insertions(+), 9603 deletions(-)", going on to note, "which is impressive as we moved a huge chunk of -rt into mainline already ;-)

Misleading InformationWeek GPLv3 article

  • Free Software Magazine; By Ciaran O’Riordan (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jul 15, 2007 1:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
LINUS CALLS GPLv3 "A FINE CHOICE" - is a title that InformationWeek could have used for their article. It would have been very selective quoting, but that doesn't seem to be a problem for InformationWeek. Nor does pretending that old emails are new emails, or misrepresenting people. In reality, there is no news. Their article contains nothing at all that is new since GPLv3's June 29th release. I thought this clarification was worthwhile because Slashdot has now featured that article, and from looking at the comments, it seems that most readers have been fooled into thinking this is some new statement from Linus.

Installing Sidux (Debian Sid) on Lenovo/IBM Thinkpad X61s

Author chose Sidux since it is a nice current distro (also because of the support for current hardware), and also gets more support and testing done on it than just plain Debian Sid. Sidux is probably one of the quickest booting and running distro's available at the moment. Package management is easy and updates are frequently available. Works well on X61s.

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