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Open Tuesday: developers' tax incentives

This month Open Tuesday will take a look at how a government tax incentive scheme can be used to the benefit of open source developers and companies. Representatives from the department of science and technology, will present on the research and development (R&D) tax incentive programme at November's Open Tuesday, with a particular reference to how this can be used to assist in funding research and development in information technology.

Eee PC Tips: A crash course in Linux

If you've got a bit of Linux experience under your belt, it's pretty simple to add some programs, enable an advanced desktop, and tweak the Eee PC to your heart's content. But it turns out that even if you're a Linux noob, the learning curve isn't that steep. Here are some of the most useful Eee hacks/tweaks we've discovered in our first half week of playing with it. Thanks to the Eee User community for helping inspire our hacking.

Anatomy of Linux Synchronization Methods

In your Linux® education, you may have learned about concurrency, critical sections, and locking, but how do you use these concepts within the kernel? This article reviews the locking mechanisms available within the 2.6 kernel, including atomic operators, spinlocks, reader/writer locks, and kernel semaphores. It also explores where each mechanism is most applicable for building safe and efficient kernel code.

Paragraph and Page Spacing in Writer

Document design is all about space -- the space allotted to an element, and the space between and around elements. This concern is especially obvious when you are setting up paragraphs and page more

Dell To Ship PCs With SLED 10 Linux In China

The slow, toe-in-the-water approach by PC makers to the Linux desktop continued on Wednesday, with Dell (NSDQ:Dell) and Novell (NSDQ:NOVL) formalizing a deal to ship Dell OptiPlex 330 and 755 desktops preloaded with Novell's SLED 10, to commercial accounts in China. The move in the Chinese market also expands Novell's footprint for SLED 10 among Tier 1 vendors; earlier this year Lenovo said it would pre-load some models of ThinkPads with SLED 10.

Open Document Format gains more support

The first international workshop of Open Document Format (ODF) public sector users took place in Berlin on 29-30 October 2007, hosted by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany. The position of the German Foreign Office, as host of the event, was made very clear. The Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in his opening word, called ODF "a completely open and ISO-standardized format", considering it an "excellent basis" for "a free exchange of knowledge and information in a time of globalization". The Foreign Office has already linked its foreign missions in a network using open-source programs and shifted to OpenOffice and Linux operation systems on their laptops and has in view to extend this program to all diplomatic workstations by the middle of 2008.

Announcing the Werewolf

It's close to midnight and something cool is coming through the "tubes"
It's looking real tight, a distro for the experts and the n00bs
With Live CDs so you can try it out before installing
Or DVDs so you can have the packages you choose
No way to lose

Linux Game Company Opens Doors

Sixth Floor Labs LLC, a Linux game development company, has launched their business today. Founded by Ethan Glasser-Camp and Carl Li, the company aims to improve Linux's desktop feasibility through the creation of high-quality games. Games are "sold" to the Internet community through the "ransom model" -- for one large payment, the product is released under the GPL and freed forever.

LINFO Project Is Vital Starting Point For GNU/Linux Newcomers

If you are new to the GNU/Linux world, and need to know where to begin, you might find the LINFO project very useful.

Tutorial: Linux Backups For Real People, Part 2

Last week we got our backup hardware in order, so today we're going into detail on backing up our data to a locally-attached backup device. We'll learn how to configure which files to backup, and create an easy one-word-command backup.

Live version of OpenSuse 10.3 is out

Looking for a cool, green, Linux distro but still not ready to format you hard drive? OpenSuse has released a 10.3 "live" version of the community-driven Linux OS. Nice things in this release include a install-to-disk option for the first time and a choice of KDE or Gnome interface.

VoiceXML Interpreter for Firefox Tadpole Extension

VoiceXML library enables the Firefox Tadpole X+V Extension, bringing the benefits of web programming to the design of interactive voice response systems. Learn how VoiceXML allows you to write applications that interact with the user through audio dialogs, employing synthesized speech, pre-recorded audio, and automatic speech recognition of the users' spoken input.

Updating your system the Smart way

All Linux distributions have things in common, but many differ in software installation and updating. Gentoo Linux is based on Portage, SUSE uses YaST, Red Hat and Fedora opt for yum, Linspire prefers CNR.... Oh, and don't forget the different package options: RPM, Debian, source, and more esoteric options. Smart Package Manager works with all major distributions, replacing native tools and installing different types of packages. As an openSUSE user, I've tried YaST, Zen, zypper, apt-get, and Synaptic, but I finally settled down with Smart. My first step after every installation and update is to install it and getting rid of all alternatives. Smart is currently at version 0.52 and is available under the General Public License (GPL).

Ars Technica's newish open-source journal

Ars Technica is one of the best Web sites out there in the technology space. Period. Their Apple, Microsoft and gaming "journals," as they call them, are of high quality. I refer to them often. OK, not the gaming one, but the other two, definitely. I've said for awhile that they need to get a Linux journal. Now they have.

Build Java projects with Raven

Say “nevermore” to inexpressiveness and use Raven, a build platform built on top of Ruby, to build your Java applications. Learn about the other installments of Automation for the people for other Java technology techniques.

Red Hat Releases RHEL 5.1 with Greatly Improved Virtualization

Red Hat announced Nov. 7 the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1, with integrated virtualization. In claims that Red Hat representatives were well aware are extremely broad reaching, they said the new release will provides the most compelling platform for customers and software developers ever, with its industry-leading virtualization capabilities complementing Red Hat's newly announced Linux Automation strategy. It offers the industry's broadest deployment ecosystem, covering stand-alone systems, virtualized systems, appliances and Web-scale "cloud" computing environments.

Babbling Babel Fish sparks international incident

A word of advice: Never use Babel Fish to communicate with the Dutch Foreign Minister. Last weekend, a group of Israeli journalists used the popular online translation site in sending an email message to the Dutch Consulate in Tel Aviv. They wanted to discuss an upcoming visit to The Netherlands for a seminar on Dutch politics, but they ended up asking the minister several nonsensical questions about his mother.

Red Hat has massive Linux fluidity moment

Red Had has answered the virtualization bandwagon's call in a major way by ushering in a new era that could be described as "Linux on the move." A cavalcade of company officials held a press conference today to detail various plans for letting customers run the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system in a more fluid way. Buzzwords? Grand promises? Talk of things in clouds? Yes, they were all present during the conference call, but they are some concrete plans afoot to complement the marketing speak.

What's up at the OpenDocument Foundation?

The OpenDocument Foundation, founded five years ago by Gary Edwards, Sam Hiser, and Paul "Buck" Martin (marbux) with the express purpose of representing the OpenDocument format in the "open standards process," has reversed course. It now supports the W3C's Compound Document Format instead of its namesake ODF. Yet why this change of course has occurred is something of a mystery.

I am Fedora, and so can you!

I am writing this article on a Windows laptop borrowed from a friend. But fear not, dear reader, for I have not abandoned my free software principles. For while the hard disk of this laptop contains the Windows operating system, I have used a USB key as the boot device, and the laptop is currently running Fedora 8, codenamed “Werewolf.”

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