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SA open source game developers' quest for glory

A group of South African game developers is planning to develop an open source computer game, styled on African folklore yet in the spirit of the Sierra classic, Quest for Glory. <i>Tectonic</i> catches up with project leader Henti Smith to find out why.

First Day KDE 4 Multimedia Meeting

In the rainy Netherlands, eighteen KDE hackers have been working in the Annahoeve on Multimedia for the fourth incarnation of KDE. This report outlines the meeting topics, and the results of interesting presentations and explains how KDE developers outbid each others marshmallow records.

Snapshot of the embedded Linux market -- May, 2006

The results of's sixth annual Embedded Linux Market Survey are in! This brief summary outlines our interpretation of a few key data points. Overall, we find the results encouraging for embedded Linux, and for companies in the embedded Linux OS and tools market.

Mark Shuttleworth speaks with The 451 Group

  •; By Nick Selby (Posted by nselby on May 27, 2006 12:21 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu, Linux; Story Type: Interview
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project, spoke with technology analyst firm The 451 Group about Dapper, the open source and free software movement and Ubuntu and Linux in the enterprise.

U.S. PTO Smashes JPEG Patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a patent that Forgent Networks was asserting against the JPEG images standard. (Linux-Watch)

Symantec's Really Bad Year Gains Momentum

  • Email Battles; By BJ Gillette (Posted by zanek on May 26, 2006 10:46 PM EDT)
Symantec started 2006 with its hand caught in the cookie jar, admitting to embedding rootkit-like functionality in Norton SystemWorks. Since then, Symantec LiveUpdate for Macintosh, Symantec Scan Engine and Symantec Gateway Security have all served up steaming plates of embarrassment. And now, Symantec Antivirus and Symantec Client Security allow remote exploits. With Wintel closing in on its a/v franchise and its stock already in the tank, the timing couldn't be worse.

Red Hat Acquires Latin American Distributor

The acquisition delivers "on Red Hat's commitment to continued global expansion into international markets," said Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik.

Interview: Red Hat's open source scholarship challenge

In an email interview, Venkatesh Hariharan, head of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat India and coordinator of the challenge, provides details about the event.

"Elephants Dream" film is an open source success story

Elephants Dream is a new 11-minute animated short film produced by the Orange Blender Project. Described as the first "open movie," Elephants Dream was modeled, animated, rendered, and composited using open source software, and all of the original content and data files have been released under a Creative Commons license. The film premiered last month, and is now available on DVD.

Tools: GCC 4.1.1

Mark Mitchell announced the availability ofGCC 4.1.1 saying, "this release is a bug-fix release for problems in GCC [4.1.0]. GCC 4.1.1 contains changes to correct regressions from previous releases, but no new features." GCC 4.1.0 [story] was released 2 and a half months ago in March of 2006.

GCC is the GNU Compiler Collection which includes C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Java, and Ada compilers. Download GCC 4.1.0 from a gcc.gnu.orgmirror.

Cheap fixes for ailing PCs

It's been said that a mechanic is only as good as his or her tools. In this recipe I'll tell you about little-known freeware and shareware utilities that can help system builders do a faster, better job of diagnosing and repairing ailing computer systems. All of these tools are completely free of any spyware or adware, and none require any registration whatsoever. Together, these tools will equip your toolkit to fix a dozen common PC problems.

Linux Triple Play - Triplex Invaders : Maniadrive : Lost Labyrinth

  • PCBurn; By Chris Bergeron (Posted by Inhibit on May 26, 2006 5:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Triplex Invaders, Maniadrive, and Lost Labyrinth are perfect for some quick gaming before going out to weekend activities. PCBurn takes a look at what these three Linux games have got and why you might want to give them a try.

Mandriva First Linux to Include Operating System-Level Virtualization Technology

Mandriva, the publisher of the popular Mandriva Linux operating system, and the OpenVZ project today announced that the OpenVZ operating system virtualization software will be included as part of the Mandriva Corporate Server 4.0.

Super-speedy KDE keyboard shortcuts

One of the reasons that I prefer using Vim to a word processor or GUI application is that my hands rarely need to leave the keyboard. I can do all my copying and pasting using Vim keybindings. When it comes to my window manager, I try to do the same thing -- work with tools that let me use the keyboard to navigate as much as possible without having to use the mouse. If you use KDE, you can save quite a bit of time by becoming familiar with all of KDE's shortcuts.

Jitterbit 1.0 Released

After a successful Beta period, Jitterbit announced the general release of its first stable edition - Jitterbit 1.0. This release is a major milestone in the development of the Jitterbit open source integration project and is a production-ready end-user version.

The choice between bad and worse might get bigger

In the last several days a flurry of postings about a new company called piled up in my email box.Technorati finds 163 new posts on the subject.Google's Blogsearch finds 329. (As of 4:30am Friday morning, which is when I'm writing this.) The pile will get a lot higher before M2Z gets off the ground. Or buried under it.

Backing Up and Restoring Using the cpio Command in Linux and Unix

Backing Up and Restoring Using the cpio Command in Linux and Unix

Report: Open Source a Judgment Standard

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on May 26, 2006 9:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open Source is changing the way that Gartner Group measures the application development market. The big loser as a result may well be proprietary Java application development tools.

[Here's some news that ought to be fairly well-received - dcparris]

OLPC reaches milestone as OS, hardware comes together

The One Laptop Per Child project achieved what it's referring to as a major milestone this week, combining the hardware and software for the $100 laptop for the first time. It also showed off alternative designs and colour schemes.

MS Assaults Customers with First Wave of Attacks

LXer Feature: 26-May-06

Now, because of your aversion to learning the least little thing about your computer, those that make them operate are taking that ability away from you. Some would say you deserve it. In fact, a good number of them are Linux Users...they say it's the price you pay for staying ignorant. Some have went as far as to say you are stupid, therefore you deserve to be led around by the nose.

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