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AMD 8.36.5 Display Driver

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Apr 18, 2007 6:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While not marked in the official release notes, there have been some "under the hood" changes with the fglrx 8.36 driver. In this driver are two new files: esut.a and These are new X.Org modules for the fglrx driver and specifically involve TexturedVideo and OpenGL ES. The changes that stem from this should be very interesting and when the time comes for its implementation we will be sure to share all of the details.

Tux500: Where Are We Now?

Most people understand that an event watched by this many people for a month's time WILL generate interest and curiosity. The location of the event is it's not even that it's...third-ary..? Well, you get what I mean. Now...if we could just put our politics aside for long enough to get this done, I am sure we can proceed beating the crap out of each other once we have secured ourselves a firm place in the market.

National FOSS conference scheduled for Romania in May

eLiberatica, the first national Romanian conference on free and open source software (FOSS), is scheduled for May 18-19 in the city of Braşov. The conference is the result of 18 months of planning by Lucian Savlac, a Romanian immigrant to Canada, assisted by FOSS licensing consultant Zak Greant. The goal is nothing less than unifying FOSS promotion throughout Romania and encouraging its adoption by business through grassroots organization. The goal, says Greant, "is to help build a broad, sustainable, effective free and open source movement in Romania that includes programmers, university students, and business people."

Linux: The Completely Fair Scheduler

Ingo Molnar released a new patchset titled the "Modular Scheduler Core and Completely Fair Scheduler". He explained, "this project is a complete rewrite of the Linux task scheduler. My goal is to address various feature requests and to fix deficiencies in the vanilla scheduler that were suggested/found in the past few years, both for desktop scheduling and for server scheduling workloads." The patchset introduces Scheduling Classes, "an extensible hierarchy of scheduler modules. These modules encapsulate scheduling policy details and are handled by the scheduler core without the core code assuming about them too much."

Pawfaliki: A one-file wiki

While there are many contenders for the title of simplest wiki or easiest to use, Pawfaliki beats them all for two reasons: the entire wiki consists of just one PHP file, and it can be configured by anyone with little or no experience with PHP. This makes Pawfaliki a perfect tool for users who want to set up a personal wiki with minimum fuss, or small workgroups looking for a quick and easy way to share knowledge and collaborate.

Linux-Based Nokia N800 Internet Tablet Reviewed

  •; By Gundeep Hora (Posted by gsh on Apr 18, 2007 2:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Nokia’s latest device, the N800 Internet Tablet, is unique, to say the least. It’s not a smartphone, yet it can send and receive e-mail messages; it’s not a phone, yet it can make phone calls; it’s not a portable multimedia player; yet it can playback audio/video files; and it’s not a notebook, yet it can browser the web.

CentOS 5 is a solid enterprise OS

Last week, two years since its last major release, the CentOS project released version 5 of its enterprise-focused Linux distribution. I downloaded it and put it to the test, and found that CentOS 5 has maintained its tradition of robustness and reliability while adding new features like virtualization.

Track bugs and support queries with Eventum 2.0

MySQL's support tracking system, Eventum 2.0, has been released for free download.

GIMP 2.2.14 Released

Version 2.2.14 of the GNU Image Manipulation Program is a bug-fix release in the stable 2.2 series. The source code is available from Binary packages for the various supported platforms should become available soon. GIMP 2.2.14 Released.

Windows Vista: Welcome to Your Worst Nightmare

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Apr 18, 2007 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Just when I thought I had seen it all, I discover another issue that could, at some point down the line, spell trouble for those who are interested in keeping their Vista machines safe from malware. But for the time being, it is more of a potential threat than anything immediate.

Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring Released

Mandriva is proud to announce the release of its brand new distribution that provides up-to-date and freshly released open source software: Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring.

Tux 500: Linux Sponsors Indianapolis 500

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Apr 18, 2007 9:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I have seen my fair share of attempts at getting Linux into the mainstream, but the latest marketing ploy nearly raced right by me. What makes this so unique, so different is that this is an endeavor that is set to promote Linux as a concept, a collective mission even.

Digital Freedom Expo starts tomorrow

The first Digital Freedom Expo will open tomorrow at the University of the Western Cape with some of the biggest names in free culture heading up the bill, including Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig

Linux, not only a Desktop Operating System

There are a lot of articles out there talking about how user friendly Linux is, in fact it is, there you have automatix for Ubuntu, Xandros with it's out of the box good Desktop (XP look alike), Ulteo , and the list can grow and grow! But we should not only see Linux as a windows replacement, as it is more than that.

Open Solutions Alliance publishes roadmap to promote interoperability

The Open Solutions Alliance (OSA) has released its Interoperability Roadmap, including its first major project: The Common Customer View Prototype. OSA also introduced its first board of directors, consisting of executives from Unisys, CentricCRM, JasperSoft, Openbravo, and SpikeSource.

How to secure WebDAV with SSL and Two-Factor Authentication

  • HowtoForge; By Nick Owen (Posted by falko on Apr 18, 2007 6:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This guide documents how to configure a WebDAV resource using SSL and two-factor authentication and how to access that resource from Windows, Linux and Mac.

ClearHealth 2.0 Feature Sludge

Over at theClearHealth Forum David [Uhlman] has announced that ClearHealth 2.0 is now in the freezing process. He includes a brief list of new features as well as features that are slated for late-inclusion (which I am happy to say includesone of my own patches. Watch LMN for a new MirrorMed-sponsored testing push, once an offical RC is out.Trotter

Linux Mint issues second KDE version test

The Linux Mint team this week made available the second release candidate of its Ubuntu-based Linux Mint 2.2, KDE edition. The release carries a 2.6.17 kernel (same as the most recent GNOME desktop version, which came out a week ago) along with several important improvements, according to the project.

Open source rising in New Zealand education

  • Open Source Reporter; By Penny Leach (Posted by lcafiero on Apr 18, 2007 2:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A dramatic rise of open source in New Zealand's education sector over the last three years provides an example of how Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) can both make a difference in society and provide a model for FOSS in business.

How Microsoft and Apple are screwing users on multimedia, how to avoid getting screwed ... and what Ogg files are and how to play them on your system

Sorry about the long title, but some things just piss me off so much. In this case, I want to make it clear that Microsoft isn't 100 percent to blame -- maybe 80 percent, since half the times that Microsoft tries to add value to their operating system, software companies that make money downstream by selling you stuff that would be made obsolete by that added value start bitching about it -- and the feds tell MS to back off. And while I'm no Microsoft apologist, the consumer often gets screwed in the process. But that doesn't have to happen. ... So now on to my point -- and I do have one. The state of multimedia -- audio and video -- on the Internet is a big hot mess.

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