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2006 Italian Linux Day: A nationwide success

The 2006 edition of Italian Linux Day on October 28 was the first in the six-year history of the event to be celebrated in more than 100 cities in every corner of the country. The prime-time news program on the main national TV channel TG1 spent almost two minutes on a story about the event ("and they didn't even make mistakes!", a LUG activist said).

Unicode 5.0 continues toppling of Tower of Babel

The ultimate goal of the Unicode Consortium is to define all human languages for use with computers. That goal is still some ways off, but, with the release of version 5.0 of the Unicode standard after nearly three years of work, the consortium has taken a step toward it, according to Mark Davis, president of the Unicode council and one of the founders of the standard. With the publication due shortly, Davis recently took the time to explain Unicode, how it is developing, and some of the challenges it faces.

Knoppix 5.0.1: A solid live DVD

  •; By Stefan Vrabie (Posted by SamShazaam on Nov 2, 2006 6:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Debian-based live CD distribution Knoppix is widely known as a distro with excellent hardware detection. The latest 5.0.1 version, released in June, builds upon its legacy and continues to improve.

Linux Gazette #132 is out!

  • (Posted by dave on Nov 2, 2006 5:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Linux Gazette...making Linux just a little more fun!

Microsoft gets closer to open source, but not too close.

Earlier this week, Microsoft teamed with Zend Technologies. It is the latest in a series of partnerships with open source vendors that began in September 2005 with JBoss.

Moving Away From WIMP Interfaces One Step at a Time

While the capabilities of operating systems have improved over the last years, the improvements have largely focused on under the hood changes. New functionality is reaching the user via additional applications which allow her to write a DVD, connect to her mp3 player, download streaming video locally and other tasks which were not present before. But the graphical interface of the computer itself is keeping the same concepts introduced with its appearance.

Gartner suggests Ellison is the cat in Red Hat

Research giant Gartner has come out strongly in favour of Oracle’s cut-price support for Red Hat Linux by urging Red Hat customers to renegotiate contracts.

Intel Introduces First Quad Core Processor

  •; By Augustus (Posted by dcparris on Nov 2, 2006 3:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Intel
So now that you've got your shiny new dual-core processor, you think you have the most power a single processor can offer. Well Intel today has changed the rules again with the first quad-core desktop processor. The Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 brings server-level processor performance to the desktop for all of your compiling, gaming, and encoding needs. What's new with this processor and how did Intel pull off this leap? Read on for all the details.

Second KDE 4 Developers Snapshot Available

  • KDE Dot News; By Jonathan Riddell (Posted by dcparris on Nov 2, 2006 2:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
The second KDE 4 developers snapshot is now available. This 3.80.2 release includes source from all the KDE modules.

Userscape Announces Launch Of Open Source Help Desk Software ...

UserScape, creators of HelpSpot, have launched The directory is a strategic marketing move that addresses an informational gap by promoting open source help desk software.

Righteous Software Releases Linux-based Backup Server

Includes continuous backups; also offers 10x data compression allowing administrators to store 10 complete disk images.

Open Source activist criticizes device manufacturers

In his latest blog entry, Open Source activist Harald Welte provides an overview of the work he has done to date as the operator of the initiative, which prosecutes breaches of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Legally, he believes that his efforts have been a success and have the potential to help prevent future violations of the GPL, especially as the software industry comes to understand the license better.

Exploring filesystems with Explore2fs

  •; By Mayank Sharma (Posted by linuxlala on Nov 2, 2006 12:19 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Juggling files between Windows FAT filesystem and Linux's EXT2 filesystem was especially time consuming as Windows failed to recognize my Linux partitions. That's when I discovered Explore2fs (, a little utility that enables one to easily locate and transfer files from an EXT2/3 partition into Windows. In a chat with Packt Columnist, Mayank Sharma, John Newbigin shares the status of Explore2fs and his other hacks, talks about his involvement with the CentOS project, and gives some good advice to budding FLOSS hackers.

90 minute interview with Richard Stallman discussing GPLv3 & other topics

Richard Stallman talks about the GPLv3 and why Free Software and Open Source don't always have the same goals:
Some of the topics discussed are DRM, leverage with hardware vendors and dealing with a Linux kernel released under GPLv2.

Dell Won't Support Linux On The Client; Points To "Community" ...

Dell may be ready to broaden the line of processing platforms it uses in its desktops and notebooks, but it isn't ready to do the same with operating software platforms. On the Dell corporate web log, Matt Domsch, Dell Linux software architect, said the company remains ready to back up its hardware warranties for those who buy PCs and load Linux on them but it won't go a lot further..

OSS call centres the next big thing

Datapro subsidiary BizCall plugs VoIP and open source software for government call centres. Now we've just got to get decision makers to understand what open source is.

Giving Google a licence to code

Google's open source chief talks about the joys of Linux, the cost of Windows and his concerns about the new version of the GPL

Make up your mind on ICT, Shuttleworth tells government

Mark Shuttleworth yesterday urged the South African government to decide on an ICT strategy for the country and deliver on it. For anyone who has heard him speak in the last year this is not exactly a new line of argument. Lets hope this time that someone is listening.

Piracy creates jobs, FOSS creates opportunities

APC director slams the anti-piracy campaign during the Internet Governance Forum in Athens. Spend money on fighting real crimes, not prosecuting software pirates, she says.

Microsoft opens full Windows CE kernel source

In its most tacit acknowledgment yet of the power of open source, Microsoft is distributing complete kernel sources to all recipients of its Windows CE 6.0 SDK, released today. Developers need only acknowledge Microsoft's "shared source" license, using Microsoft's IDE (integrated development tool), after which requested sourcecode components are installed, according to an article at WindowsForDevices

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