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2.6.23-rc7, Traditional Talk Like a Pirate Day Release

"Ahoy me laddies (and beauties)," Linux creator Linus Torvalds began,announcing the seventh release candidate for the upcoming 2.6.23 kernel,"time for the traditional'Talk Like a Pirate Day' kernel release!" He noted,"now, last year we had a full release (2.6.18 was immortalized on TLAP-2006), but this year I'm chickening out, and we're just doing what is hopefully going to be the last -rc release for the 2.6.23 series." Full source changes can be viewed via thegitweb interface. Linus also offered a brief summary of the changes:"I'm not including the diffstat, because it got blown up by the resurrection of the sk98lin driver - because skge that is supposed to supplant it doesn't handle some of the hardware. Oh well."Apart from that, we had some mips, powerpc and xtense updates, and various driver tweaks. Things like the USB autosuspend revert should make people happier, and some more clockevents fixes should help suspend/restore on i386."read more | - Secure Offsite Data

I tried to sell Linux Laptops with Paypal but they refuse to protect me!

  •; By Justin Breithaupt (Posted by usacomputertec on Sep 20, 2007 3:59 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Paypal decided not to protect me against online Fraud when I sold Linux Laptops. I need legal help.

Internet services entrepreneur uses OSS to"decouple" software and hardware

BinHost, a Web hosting and Internet services company, launched in 2000, "a time when discussion and email lists were not particularly easy to find a home for," says Justin Newman, BinHost's founder. Even back then, Newman built all of his infrastructure and services on open source software. As Newman has expanded his venture into telephony services, he still believes that open source saves business owners time, energy, and money.

Advance HIE: Getting Beyond Economics

The August print edition of Advance for Health Information Executives has a tour-de-force article by Bruce Wilder, MD, MPH, JD page 49 entitled 'Getting Beyond Economics' that is simply pure champagne. In addition to espousing the virtues of FOSS and WorldVistA EHR it contains such gems as: 'The move toward a universal EHR is much more than the introduction of a new technology in medical care. Universal implementation of proprietary EHR systems has the potential to wrest control of the doctor-patient relationship from doctors and their patients. Unfortunately, most doctors and their patients don't have a clue that this could happen -- and already is happening -- right under their noses. And, they will be paying for it!

Atmel and TimeSys Announce Free Linux Board Support

Atmel Corporation and TimeSys announced today a free Linux Board Support Package (BSP) for Atmel's ARM9-based AT91SAM9 Microcontrollers.

Foresight Linux 1.4 Released

Foresight Linux is a Linux distribution for your desktop that features a rolling release schedule that always keeps your desktop up to date; a revolutionary package manager, Conary; the latest GNOME desktop environment and an innovative set of excellent, up to date packages. Foresight is proud to be the first distribution to ship with GNOME 2.20 and be the basis for the GNOME Live Media available at

Mozilla patches QuickTime/Firefox flaw

Mozilla, on Sept. 19, ditched the ability to run arbitrary script from the Firefox command line, a quick fix for a year-old QuickTime bug that could be used to take over user systems. Security researcher Petko D. Petkov on Sept. 12 posted proof-of-concept code showing that the low-risk, year-old QuickTime bug could easily be turned into a high-risk attack on Firefox, Internet Explorer, Skype and other programs.

Broadcom joins Linux Mobile Foundation

Leading fabless chip supplier Broadcom Corp has joined the LiMo (Linux Mobile) Foundation as an associate member.

Porting C/C++ sources from Windows to UNIX

Software programs are often made to run on systems that are completely different from the system in which the program is coded or developed. This process of adapting software across systems is known as porting. This article shows you how to port your software from one environment to another.

Taming the GIMP with KDE window-specific settings

KDE's window-specific settings feature gives you a fine level of control over the way windows behave. It lets you change settings such as minimum/maximum size, position, overlay, and transparency. The GIMP uses multiple windows to select tools, tool options, and other items used in the process of image editing. By changing the default behavior of the various windows used by GIMP with KDE's window-specific settings, you can improve the GIMP interface.

Book Review: Foundations of Qt Development

A few weeks ago the APress title Foundations of Qt Development left the printing presses. The book introduces Qt in a step by step fashion, but also delves into most areas of the toolkit. The highlights include an in-depth look at the model/view classes, as well as introductions to all the tools and widgets needed to get started.

Hoist your applications with petardfs

The petard filesystem is designed to produce only errors -- but you can stipulate what conditions generate the errors and what those errors should be. That makes petardfs useful for system and unit testing -- for example, making sure that an application gives a sane error message if it fails to open a file, or if there is a read error at byte 5000 of a file.

Parley is the new KVocTrain

  • Blue GNU; By D.C. Parris (Posted by dcparris on Sep 19, 2007 7:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: KDE
Blue GNU interviewed Frederik Gladhorn, of the KVocTrain Project. Frederik tells us about taking over the project and about KVocTrain's name change for KDE 4.

Linux picks up pace on cellphones

There has been growing talk of Linux's adoption on cellphone platforms. Yesterday Trolltech announced the release of its application platform under the GPL as well as a partnership with OpenMoko to do development on the Neo1973, the potential iPhone killer. A the same time Broadcom joined the Linux Mobile Foundation.

How To Compile rTorrent From SVN In Ubuntu Feisty Fawn / Gutsy

  • HowtoForge; By Stephan Jau (Posted by falko on Sep 19, 2007 6:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Torrent is a great way to transfer large files very quickly. However most torrent clients are gui based and have quite some impact on system resources (e.g. Azureus). rTorrent is a lightweight client running from the terminal. Being able to run it in a screen session (also upon boot) makes it ideal to also control it from a remote location.

LINA Source Code Released Under GPL v2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux Developers

Today, Lina Software released the source code for LINA under the GPL v2. LINA enables Linux binaries to run with native look and feel on Windows, Mac, and Linux, without recompiling. This release, along with the launch of our community website,, invites developers worldwide to participate in the growth of this important technology.

Applying Mount Namespaces in Linux

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Serge E. Hallyn and Ram Pai (Posted by IdaAshley on Sep 19, 2007 4:32 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
What if you could allow users to craft their own filesystem setup without being constrained by the sysadmin-dictated structure? Well now you can with mount propagation. This article provides a step-by-step guide for Linux system administrators to allow users to export part of their own filesystem tree and import other users' exported filesystem trees into their tree.

A first run with IBM's free office suite

Computer giant IBM yesterday released a free office suite for Windows and Linux machines called Lotus Symphony. Symphony is available from the Symphony website which requires users to register and be logged on to download the software.

Nine Hundred Swedish Pharmacies Switch to Linux

Nine hundred Swedish Pharmacies are switching to Redhat Linux on Intel according to this article: '...When you are dealing with people's health, you really do need an IT system that both the pharmacy and patients can rely on, said Anders Persson, IT manager at Apoteket. We put high demands on the quality of applications, availability and cost efficiency. The switch to Red Hat Enterprise Linux is part of a strategy to offer our customers the best possible access and service, while cutting costs and modernizing our IT infrastructure...'

Linux And Hand-Me-Down Computing

My father recently retired a 1-Ghz AMD (AMD) computer with 1 Gbyte of RAM that he'd built from mail-ordered parts. He'd dropped the cash for a new Dell (Dell) with Vista, which he likes quite a lot (no grousing, please, it happens), and let me have the old machine. My first move: Wipe it clean, install Linux, and prepare it for an exercise in "hand-me-down computing."

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