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SAM Linux revs up

A new version of the PCLinuxOS-based SAM Linux Desktop was released on Sept. 25. SAM 2006-3 includes a kernel and the XFce desktop, and comes as a combination live and installation CD.

Red Hat, IIT Delhi hold knowledge symposium

Red Hat has shared the proceedings of their recently held Knowledge Symposium titled, " Owning the Future: Ideas and their role in the digital age". The event organized jointly by IIT Delhi and Red Hat was held in New Delhi and was supported by the Software Freedom Law Center, CII and Creative Commons.

ReviewLinux.Com: First Look Christian Ubuntu

  • ReviewLinux.Com; By Michael Perks (Posted by ReviewLinux on Sep 27, 2006 4:57 AM EDT)
ReviewLinux.Com shows a short screenshot tour of the new Ubuntu Christian Edition 1.3 Linux. There is also a short video of Ubuntu Christian 1.3.

Open-source guru Eric Raymond joins Freespire board

In a move that some may have sensed was coming, Eric S. Raymond -- one of the co-founders of the open-source movement -- will become the newest member of the Freespire Leadership Board on Sept. 27.

Taking OpenPower for a Spin: Exploring 64-bit Linux on POWER5

The OpenPower program offers free remote access to servers running 64-bit Linux on POWER5 processors. In Part 1 of the series, learn the process of getting access to a system and compiling applications for it, focusing on issues unique to "guest" software development without root privileges. In Part 2, he reviews code and data portability issues providing concrete examples to answer why porting is even hard. In Part 3 look at types of issues involved with portability from one architecture to another and contrast APIs with hardware interfaces.

One Laptop Per Child Update

Christopher Blizzard who leads the OLPC effort in Red Hat has a long update on the interesting changes and progress in the OLPC project

Indian schools to use homebrew Debian distro

Earlier this month we learned via an AP story that the southern Indian state of Kerela is in the process of migrating all computers in its 12,500 high schools from Windows to Linux. Today, learned what distribution they plan to use: a homegrown, Debian-offshoot dubbed "IT@School GNU/Linux."

GPLv3: What is an alternative solution?

Kernel developers criticize GPLv3, FSF responds to "misleading information" and Linus Torvalds praises GPLv2. But certain questions remain unasnwered. If GPLv2 is so great and GPLv3 is so bad, how do we address DRM and software patents, and prevent GPLv2 "quid pro quo" from being circumvented?

U.S. 'lobbied' the EC over Micro$oft fine

  • zdnet; By Richard Thurston (Posted by henke54 on Sep 27, 2006 1:42 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft
The U.S. government sought to influence the European Commission over Microsoft's antitrust case, according to Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes. Kroes said the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, had asked her to be "nicer" to Microsoft ahead of her decision to fine the software giant 280 million euros ($357 million) in July. The commissioner criticized the approach. "This is of course an intervention which is not possible," Kroes told Dutch newspaper Financieele Dagblad this week.

Mandriva Linux 2007 Released

Mandriva is out with their latest Mandriva Linux release, 2007. They're touting AIGLX and Xgl as this releases main feature along with a newly updated theme. In addition to superficial enhancements they've also included a round of updates to KDE, Firefox, OpenOffice, and the Linux kernel. Audiocast: PostgreSQL 8.2 beta released

The PostgreSQL project released the first beta for PostgreSQL 8.2 for widespread testing on Monday. According to PostgreSQL core team member Josh Berkus, the 8.2 beta includes a number of new features, better support for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) SQL:2003 standard, and numerous performance improvements.

Debian Weekly News - September 26th, 2006

Welcome to this year's 39th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Jeroen van Wolffelaar announced a bug squashing party to be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from September 29th to October 1st. Manoj Srivastava announced that the general resolution on asset handling has passed. As Debian experiments with funding, the author of DWN is going to experiment with spending less time on Debian. Please understand that due to this there may be no future issues of DWN in the current form or that they will only be released less frequently.

US politicians go to bat for Microsoft

Microsoft's lobbying of the Bush Administration to intervene on its behalf in its antitrust battle with the EU, is bearing fruit. Yesterday, European competition commissioner Neelie Kroes said that representatives of the US government contacted her before she fined Microsoft $357.3m in July for non-compliance with the EU's landmark 2004 antitrust ruling. The unnamed officials, from the US embassy in Brussels, asked Kroes to be "nicer" to Microsoft.

Michigan State University open source project fuels bottom-up ...

The rise of always-on, high speed Internet connections represents new teaching opportunities for high school and college instructors, many of whom daily face classrooms full of Web-savvy students. But with schools strapped for resources, it’s frequently difficult to scrape together funds to first buy the right hardware and software and then find teachers with the right skills to make the most of the technology.

Turn your SOHO router into a powerhouse with DD-WRT

Linksys makes some fine wireless broadband routers, but one of the best things about these devices is that their firmware is based on Linux and can be replaced with third-party software, allowing anyone to have the functionality of an expensive, professional-grade router for less than $100. The GPL-licensed DD-WRT package offers lots of enhancements over the stock Linksys firmware and supports a wide range of hardware, including models from Buffalo, Belkin, and other vendors.

Python: Thinking differently

  •; By Jason Norwood-Young (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 26, 2006 9:53 PM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
For those who followed Jason's PHP tutorials earlier this year it is fairly obvious that he is a PHP fan at heart. But now he has started to learn Python and is fast becoming a fan as it opens up new an unimagined possibilities. Here he outlines why he finds Python so compelling.

OSS document management for small businesses

South Africa-developed KnowledgeTree, an open source document management application, is now available in two additional versions catering to enterprise and small business users.

FSF Clarifies 'Inaccurate' Information About GPLv3

The Free Software Foundation has moved to clarify what it says is inaccurate information being presented about the second discussion draft of the next version of the GNU General Public License.

First look: Scalix 11 Community Edition messaging server

While the release of the new open source Scalix 11 Community Edition messaging server is still a few months away, the binaries have been brought out in a preview package that is, according to the license that comes with it, "pre-release software with known issues and is not suitable for production use." We tried it out, just to see where Scalix is heading. The good news -- it's heading in the right direction for small and medium-sized businesses.

Notes from aKadamy 2006

Notes from the aKadamy 2006 Conference.

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