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Novell Reports Financial Results for Second Fiscal Quarter 2007

- Revenue grows year-over-year, driven by continued strength in Linux Platform Products - Improved profitability on a non-GAAP basis

The Road to KDE 4: KWin Composite Brings Bling to KDE

  • KDE Dot News; By Troy Unrau (Posted by dcparris on May 30, 2007 10:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
KWin, KDE's window manager, has been around since KDE 2.0 (replacing KWM in KDE 1.x) and has grown to be a mature and stable window manager over the years. For KDE 4, however, there were a few people rumbling about visual effects, and perhaps KWin was feeling a little envious of its younger cousins Compiz and Beryl.

Customize Your Shell

You can customize the UNIX shell to save time, to save typing, and to adapt to your style of work. Shell startup files capture your preferences and recreate your shell environment session after session, even machine to machine

SCO was Microsoft's patent warm-up act

PJ at Groklaw has uncovered this little gem from an exhibit filed in SCO v. Novell. Fascinating stuff. It's always interesting when you can finally read things that were intended to be private. In this case, it looks like SCO was a definite precursor to Microsoft's patent charade, what with a "right to use" Linux, covenants not to sue, etc. Meager minds think alike?

Sun's Chief Open Source Officer Talks Patents

Q&A: Simon Phipps talks on patent reform and Microsoft's claims that free and open-source software is infringing its patents.

Transform UML model into actual Java source code

IBM Rational Software Delivery Platform gives you a customizable UML 2.1-based visual modeling and design tool that enables architects, systems analysts, designers, and others involved in the development process to clearly document and communicate processes, flows, and designs.

Free Software Shines On

  • eWEEK Linux; By Jason Brooks (Posted by dcparris on May 30, 2007 7:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The future of solar power mirrors the free software debate.

Making Linux "Happen". We Have A Start

Crashing early was a disappointment to say the least, but that is by no means a metaphor for this project. Only those who opposed this effort or those that had no real stake in it find it a handy bludgeoning tool. Fortunately, it has the same impact as most any other foam rubber prop. Most people have realized the important work was done before the green flag ever dropped.

Synopsys Announces the Industry's First Comprehensive SATA AHCI IP Solution

Solution Reduces Integration Effort with Standard Software and Hardware Interfaces

Linux Users Ask for More

  • eWEEK Linux; By Peter Galli (Posted by dcparris on May 30, 2007 5:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
More predictable development road maps are needed, they say.

Carolina Panthers Invest In First Vision Multi-Definition Production Switchers

  • (Posted by SFN on May 30, 2007 5:18 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
"Ross Video has announced the Carolina Panthers have invested in the first Vision 3 multi-definition production switcher for stadium game day applications...A long list of other enhancements including built-in manuals, Linux based OS, and integration with the OverDrive control system makes Vision the most advanced switcher on the market."

Flying Dog to Launch Open Source Beer

Denver’s Flying Dog Brewery today announced plans to release what is believed to be the first “open source” beer to hit the market in the U.S. “Open source” is a term most commonly used in the software industry and refers to any program whose source code is made available for use or modification as users or other developers see fit. In this case, Flying Dog’s Open Source Beer Project will allow beer drinkers and homebrewers to create or recommend modifications to the recipe.

Patents, MSPL, and the Apache 2.0 License

I’ve had software patents on my mind for several years. After listening to my colleage Allison Randal work on the Artistic License 2.0 for several years, I’ve finally noticed that other updated OSI-compatible licenses deal with software patents in two ways.

Gentoo's new Secret Sauce is sweet and sour

  •; By Mayank Sharma (Posted by SamShazaam on May 30, 2007 2:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Gentoo
After several delays, Gentoo finally released version 2007.0, code-named Secret Sauce. Despite the extended period of development, the installable live CD and DVD versions didn't work as they should, thanks to obvious bugs with display drivers. That said, if you discount the live CD and DVD and install Gentoo the manual way it's popular for, the new version is smooth as ice.

Linux sticks it to Windows users

Windows users get a taste of Linux without even realizing it, thanks to the Linux powered computer on a stick that promises to solve many Windows security problems.

Hardware Detection under Linux [For Newbies]

I installed Linux (RedHat) first time in 1996. Naturally I was a Microsoft Windows user then and didn't have much knowledge about Hardware. Without GUI I was just like a Computer Illiterate. As a Newbie I had to face a huge problem to detect Hardware under Linux because then I was not familiar with Linux commands. I had to blindly depend on kudzu. Now a days Fedora, Knoppix use state_of_the_art Hardware detection as well as support very good GUI application to retrieve the Hardware information of the system. But This superior technologies also hide the actual commands on which these detection procedures are based on; from the users. Here I have tried to provide some information, Linux commands based on which a newbie can easily collect information of its Hardware without firing up any GUI tool.

StarOffice, Linux fly high on Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is offering access to Sun's StarOffice 8 office productivity suite free of charge to passengers on its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. StarOffice, Sun's proprietary version of, runs on the aircraft's Linux server and is accessed via a seat-back terminal at each passenger's seat, according to Sun.

Six Ways to Keep Code from Destroying You

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Jeff Vogel (Posted by IdaAshley on May 30, 2007 12:01 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux
As a developer, time is your most valuable resource. These six tips on how to write maintainable code are guaranteed to save you time and frustration: one minute spent writing comments can save you an hour of anguish. In this article discover how to keep your code from destroying you.

Kiosktool locks down KDE users' desktops

Recently I wrote about locking down the GNOME desktop environment with Pessulus. In this article, I'll show you how to do the same for KDE, using Kiosktool, a front end for changing the KDE configuration files in users' home folders and the /etc/kde* folders.

This week at LWN: OSBC: The Microsoft/Novell panel

The 2007 Open Source Business Conference featured a panel discussion on the question of whether the Microsoft/Novell agreement is good for open source or not. Your editor was asked to sit on this panel and try to represent the community's point of view - as if the community has a single point of view. The event is a bit of a blur - only partially caused by the beer your editor sought out to help with the recovery afterward - so this will not be a complete report. Hopefully it will still be useful.

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