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Dreamlinux 2.2 Screenshots

The final version of Dreamlinux 2.2 Multimedia Edition has been released. Having many improvements compared with the previous version, Dreamlinux 2.2 Multimedia Edition brings countless new features. The kernel is 2.6.18, and the distro uses Debian 'testing' repositories. A greater number of applications for multimedia have been added, allowing to open and manipulate many different types of audio and video files. Beyond the many updates, other refinements have also been incorporated: upgrade assistant, new control panel, and the 'Easy-Install' application that allows the user to install non-Debian programs like Google Earth, Picasa, Opera, etc. - DistroWatch. Screenshots of Dreamlinux 2.2 are available at LinuxQuestions.org.

The So Cal Linux Expo Fills Up

  • socallinuxexpo.org; By Orv Beach (Posted by w6bi on Jan 7, 2007 2:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
All Speaker and Exhibitor slots have been filled for the Fifth Annual Southern California Linux Expo.

Simple and effective squid content filtering to block MP3 and EXE files

For security and to save bandwidth you may wish to configure Squid proxy server to block content. You do not want users to download files having extension such as MP3, MPEG, MPG, AVG, EXE etc This tutorial explains simple but effect squid content filtering using access control list to block files easily.

NETGEAR(R) Announces 'Digital Entertainer HD,' First Media Receiver With HDMI for Streaming HD Movies, YouTube Videos, iTunes Music and More From PCs, Storage Devices and the Internet to Home Entertai

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on Jan 7, 2007 11:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Product Demo at 2007 CES; Streams BitTorrent Movie Downloads From PCs; Plays Internet Video, News, Weather and Radio Feeds Directly; Controls PC-PVR Recordings Remotely; Accesses iPods(R) and Other Handheld Media Devices

"apple Bug" number six hits Windows, Linux too

The Month of Apple Bugs has turned up another cross-platform issue - this time one that affects Windows, Linux and potentially other operating systems in addition to Mac OS X.

The Best of Firefox Extensions

The major factor differentiating Mozilla from IE is the fact that you can add extensions to Firefox. To add extensions to your browser is the best form of customization available for a browser and there are amazing Firefox extensions out there. Well, this is the first part of an article where we shall bring light to some of the best extensions available for Firefox 2.0.

Firefox use nearly doubled in '06; Safari gained, IE and Netscape lost

January 07, 2007 (Computerworld) -- Propelled by the release of its Version 2.0 in October, the free Firefox Web browser saw almost a 50% increase in use during 2006, according to one Web measurement firm.

How To Use NTFS Drives/Partitions Under Ubuntu Edgy Eft

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jan 7, 2007 7:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Normally Linux systems can only read from Windows NTFS partitions, but not write to them which can be very annoying if you have to work with Linux and Windows systems. This is where ntfs-3g comes into play. ntfs-3g is an open source, freely available NTFS driver for Linux with read and write support. This tutorial shows how to install and use ntfs-3g on an Ubuntu Edgy Eft desktop to read from and write to Windows NTFS drives and partitions. It covers the usage of internal NTFS partitions (e.g. in a dual-boot environment) and of external USB NTFS drives.

Microsoft Firefox “We’ve Made it Better”

The exciting news from Redmond is the release of Microsoft Firefox 2007 Professional Edition. Lot’s of exciting features!

[No, it isn't April 1st yet. Yes, it is still January. 2007. Honest. - dcparris]

AP to forge ties with MIT for open source software

The Andhra Pradesh government is forging ties with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US, for collaboration in the areas of e-governance, data standards and service-oriented architecture. "MIT will provide funding and technological assistance for developing and promoting different software components including an open source platform," said state IT secretary K Ratnaprabha.

ASUS P5B Deluxe Linux Review

The ASUS P5B Deluxe supports Intel's latest Core 2 processors as well as being backwards compatible with the Pentium and Celeron series. This motherboard also features an eight-phase power design, fan-less motherboard cooling, and many more ASUS innovations.

KDE Room at FOSDEM 2007

FOSDEM is yet another one of those catchy acronyms that stands for nothing less than "Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting". KDE will again be hosting a room dedicated to talks and chat about the free desktop. These annual meetings are organised by volunteers, free of charge and generally recognised as one of the most productive gatherings available on the European stage. This year it will be held on the weekend of 24/25th February 2007 on the ULB Campus Solbosh in Brussels, Belgium.

Microcross Releases GNU X-Tools v4.0

Microcross has released GNU X-Tools v4.0 professional embedded development tools for six microprocessor families, including ARM.

Things found on the way to other things.

Many times in life, when you are on road to one place, you find things to help you on other roads you have crossed, or will in the future. Such is the case for me just today. I presently working on a project where I am reviewing several different Linux distributions. The fruits of this labor are to be seen here in some form or fashion in the near future. That project isn't as important as the small bit of information I happened upon in the midst of working on that project.

Fixing the Packaging in Linux

Part two of article from Ian Murdock about the packaging in Linux.

"In part 1, I described the problem of software installation on Linux; in part 2, I’ll describe the solution we came up with at the recent LSB Packaging Summit."

Linux: KVM Paravirtualization

A new feature that will first be availble in the upcoming 2.6.20 kernel is KVM, a Kernel-based Virtual Machine. The project's webpage describes KVM as, "a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware. It consists of a loadable kernel module (kvm.ko) and a userspace component. Using KVM, one can run multiple virtual machines running unmodified Linux or Windows images. Each virtual machine has private virtualized hardware: a network card, disk, graphics adapter, etc." The project's FAQ explains that the functionality requires "an x86 machine running a recent Linux kernel on an Intel processor with VT (virtualization technology) extensions, or an AMD processor with SVM extensions (also called AMD-V)." The userland aspect of KVM is a slighlty modified version of qemu, used to instantiate the virtual machine.

MapGuide Open Source leads service company down new revenue streams

Spatial Integrators is a mapping services company in Spokane, Wash., that acts as a consultant for electric companies, public utilities, and other government entities that want to develop custom mapping solutions. Now that Autodesk has released its MapGuide software under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL), Spatial is offering its clients a completely new solution: open source software.

New Release of a Cool Canadian Distro: Vector Linux 5.8

Once upon a time there was a small, lightweight distribution based on Slackware. It wasn’t all that different from any of a number of small, lightweight distros designed to work on older hardware though it seemed to be well thought out. That was Vector Linux 1.8 six years ago. Since then VL has grown into a full featured distribution available in several different configurations. The latest release, Vector Linux 5.8, appeared on December 18th and it is clearly the most mature yet, in many ways equaling or even surpassing more popular distributions like Ubuntu, Fedora, and Mandriva. If the developers manage to smooth out the few remaining rough edges they may find themselves with a distro that is as popular as any of those.

A sneak preview of the expected features in KDE 4.0

This article takes a good look at what to expect in KDE 4.0 when it is finally released some time this year. Even though the work is still going on and the screenshots shown may not be the final ones, it gives an idea to the end user of the different projects involved which makes KDE 4.0 possible.

Atticware Updates: More Memory, Updated Instructions

Last May I wrote about reviving a pair of ancient laptops using Damn Small Linux. I called them “atticware” (a term I can’t take credit for inventing, BTW) because the attic is where computers that old often end up. My point is that there are current Linux distributions that can allow even decade old hardware to run a current if lightweight OS and software. The uses for this should be obvious: non-profits, the proverbial starving students, anyone of limited means, developing countries, and so on. Various programs to recycle old system and get them into deserving hands have sprung up like weeds though I suspect few if any bother to load Linux on such systems.

[Hmmm... I'm running Debian Etch on a few 450MHz boxes. One of those is using KDE, and is quite snappy. She's apparently referring to the Pentium 133s. Wow! - dcparris]

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