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Red Hat Summit 2007: Day 1 - desktops and licenses

The first full day of the Red Hat Summit flew by at furious pace. After the opening keynotes, which I reported on yesterday, I attended a session on GPLv3 by Eben Moglen, met one-on-one with Chris Blizzard, the man in charge of developing Red Hat Linux for the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, and attended two press conferences.

HIG Hunting Season Now Open

In the scope of the KDE 4 Usability Review Cycle that started on May 9, the KDE Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Working Group hereby announces the HIG Hunting Season to be open. Read on for more details.

Backups: a note

For those of you who (like me) separate the root partition & user data, and don’t bother backing up the former because it’s a standard install & therefore easy to recreate: note that whilst this is in general true, it may not be in the case of /root.

OpenVZ on Live CD

For the First Time OpenVZ Virtualization Software Available On 'Live CD' Without Requiring Hard Disk Installation

VMware Adds Linux's Paravirt-ops Virtualization

VMware 6 implements native Linux virtualization technologies and improves its overall Linux compatibility.

Linux System Auditing by Example

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Emily Ratliff (Posted by IdaAshley on May 10, 2007 8:56 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
Think you have a secure Linux system? Following best practices during installation and setup is a must, but if you haven't set up regular system auditing, you've only won half the battle. This article discusses some existing tools and offers a couple of sample scripts to automate the process in a real-world environment.

Extending OpenOffice.org: Checking grammar with LanguageTool

One of the features that many users dearly miss in OpenOffice.org is a grammar checker. Fortunately, LanguageTool fills the void, adding grammar-checking capabilities to OpenOffice.org.

More details on Red Hat's Global Desktop

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on May 10, 2007 6:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
Analysis -- We now know more details about Red Hat's forthcoming Global Desktop, but there's still no download. In fact, the company doesn't plan to push this new Linux desktop online; instead, you're more likely to see it pre-installed on Intel's white box partners' PCs.

Gentoo Linux Rolls Its Secret Sauce

The first Gentoo Linux release of the year is now available, featuring an improved installer and updated packages. The release, which Gentoo developers have code-named Secret Sauce comes after several delays and revisions by developers to iron out security flaws.

13 Things to do on a New Mandriva Free 2007 Linux Installation

Here is a list of 13 things to do on a new Mandriva Free 2007 making transition from Windows to Mandriva Linux easy , including installing Multimedia Codecs,VLC player,Google Applications(Picasa & Google Earth) , Skype , Fonts ,DVD Playing support, using Linux drives in Windows , Installing Flash Player , P2P Applications,Java Environment and more

Linux Breaks New Ground At Sports Business Daily

Being on the Front page of the Business section of The Indianapolis Star was a big deal for Linux. Not just the story of Tux500...that's not the story that's being told. It's the story of a community working together to accomplish a common goal that is capturing the imagination of Hundreds of Thousands. Now, can we officially make that "millions"?

Two Thoughts on Interoperability

If you define the problem as “A product 100% binary, bug for bug, compatible with Excel that releases new versions at the same time as Excel” you kinda stop even the hope of migrating someday in the future, because that ain’t possible. — jmorris2 on LWN’s “A think tank’s view of free software” Proprietary software companies such as Microsoft have their own source code and they have unencumbered access to read any free software source code they wish—without incurring any legal obligation to distribute their source code. If they truly wanted interoperability, they could pursue it anytime.

Bugzilla 3.0 let loose upon the world

Nine years after version 2.0 of the popular open source bug-tracking system was launched, Bugzilla 3.0 has been released with the same statement as its predecessor, "We like the new version much better, and hope you will too."

Students to make technology Xhosa-literate

Rhodes University Students will this weekend join a day-long Translate@thon to translate the open source Horde webmail application into the indigenous Xhosa language.

Can the Concordia Project Bring Coherence to Federated Identity?

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on May 10, 2007 1:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Robin Cover's XML Daily Newslink yesterday included a note on the formation of the Concordia Working Group by the Liberty Alliance Project (LAP). The story caught my eye for three reasons: it addresses a real problem, it's using an increasingly common approach to do so, and it's advancing the state of the art at the same time in a new and interesting way. I'd like to look at each of those reasons in greater detail.

Linuxfest Northwest 2007 Report

Linuxfest Northwest has been an annual event since 1999 held at Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham Washington which is approximately 90 miles North of Seattle. To allow for the largest participation, it is held on a weekend. Linuxfest Northwest 2007 was held on April 28-29th and was attended by approximately 900 people.

Enchanting Pictures with ImageMagick

  • PolishLinux.org; By Tomasz Łuczak (Posted by michux on May 10, 2007 12:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Hundreds of photos, most of them requiring post-processing before they can be published online. Tedious task often taking up hours, especially when you need to normalize the colors, brightness and contrast… Luckily there are some free magicians available. I’d like to proudly present ImageMagick – a set of command-line tools for easy and quick processing of bitmap images.

IBM and Red Hat announce Enterprise Linux-on-Mainframe programme

It seems that everyone and their uncle are doing a Linux deal at the moment, and the latest to hop into the same commercial bed are IBM and Red Hat. Today the companies have announced an initiative to encourage the dramatic growth of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM System Z mainframes.

The Perfect Desktop - Mandriva 2007 Spring Free (Mandriva 2007.1)

This tutorial shows how you can set up a Mandriva 2007 Spring Free (Mandriva 2007.1) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

One small step onto planet Mongo

After years of writing about open source software Jason Norwood-Young decides to start creating his own open source applications. Now that he's built it will they come?

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