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Microsoft admits Vista failure

WITH TWO OVERLAPPING events, Microsoft admitted what we have been saying all along, Vista, aka Windows Me Two (Me II), is a joke that no one wants. It did two unprecedented things this week that frankly stunned us.

openModeller 1.0.5 Released

  •; By Tim Sutton (Posted by timlinux on Apr 23, 2007 12:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
It is our great pleasure to announce the immediate availability of openModeller Desktop Version 1.0.5 openModeller is a generic framework for carrying out fundamental niche modelling experiments - typically used to predict species distribution given a set of environmental raster layers. The openModeller Desktop application builds on the openModeller library by providing a user friendly graphical user interface for carrying out niche modelling experiments.

Microsoft Fanbois Challenge Linux Tux500 Project

Now it means that we are going to be called by Microsoft itself. As of Sunday night, a decision had not been made but calls had been placed. It is being seriously discussed and at the highest levels. Their message will be loud and clear to each and every one of us: Put Up Or Shut Up.

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Beryl: The Cool Linux UI Reviewed

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Apr 23, 2007 10:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
To this day, I still have to smile when new Linux users decide to take the plunge because they want the cool looking visual effects that Beryl offers. To some limited degree, I can understand the motivation. The stunning videos on YouTube are certainly compelling to those who have never tried to use the setup themselves. Unfortunately, there are still some valid reasons for sticking with the alternatives for the time being. Let's explore some of the issues that I have found with using Beryl.

Governments slammed for anti-competitive software tendering practices

The Queensland, Victorian, South Australian and Federal Governments, all exclusive Microsoft sites, were noticeably absent of any representation at the Government Day seminar at the inaugural LinuxWorld Expo held in Sydney in 2006.

How To Set Up suPHP On A Debian Etch Based ISPConfig Server

This tutorial shows how to install and use suPHP with the ISPConfig control panel on a Debian Etch server. When you have set up suPHP on your ISPConfig server, you are able to run the PHP scripts under the admin user of the website instead of the Apache user.

IBM will support x86 Linux apps on System p servers

Today, IBM announced a public beta trial of a virtual Linux environment that will let x86 applications run on its System p Unix servers without modification. The new IBM System p Application Virtual Environment (AVE) technology will allow x86 binaries to run as well without modification, removing the biggest barrier against effective virtualization for some companies. As a result, customers will be able to consolidate dozens, if not hundreds, of servers into one virtual environment.

Gnome initiative to push mobile boundaries

Foundation forms mobile and embedded initiative to market, co-ordinate and grow Gnome platform on mobile devices. Jeff Waugh to head up new initiative.

Uncertainty over Microsoft schools deal

The current agreement for the provision of free software to schools that was made between the Department of Education and Microsoft is soon coming up for renewal. Whether the deal will be renewed and what the details of the deal will be, still remain uncertain.

Audicity 1.3.2 Beta Reviewed for Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Apr 23, 2007 5:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
I’m thrilled to report that the latest beta of Audacity is indeed, just what the doctor ordered. If you have been an Audacity fan with your favorite distribution, you likely remember the headache of doing something as simple as assigning the proper sound device settings when working with something like a USB headset. Seriously, with the exception of higher end equipment, who is going to use that lousy mic jack built into their sound card when I can enjoy the noise canceling goodness of my USB headset?

Linux aids the hunt for red tide in Sarasota

Almost every autumn the beaches of Southwest Florida fill with stinking piles of dead fish, thanks to a tiny algae called Karenia brevis, better known as red tide. Researchers at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla., are tallying red tide blooms with an arsenal that includes Linux and open source software.

DistroWatch Weekly: Overview of Gentoo Linux and FreeBSD, release of "Feisty Fawn"

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Apr 23, 2007 3:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 17th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The week belonged to Ubuntu, whose new version 7.04 was made available as planned despite the skipped release candidate a week earlier. The hype surrounding the new release of the popular operating system completely eclipsed that of another desktop-oriented distribution - Mandriva Linux 2007.1, which was also made available last week, but which generated little excitement in comparison. Also in the news: a new openSUSE-based live CD featuring the latest KDE 4 snapshot, a link to an interview with Novell's Nat Friedman, and an update on the development of PC-BSD. Finally, don't miss our fifth and final part of the overview of top ten distributions, featuring Gentoo Linux and FreeBSD. Happy reading!

OpenOffice gets business intelligence boost

Business intelligence software from Pentaho is to be integrated into the next version of OpenOffice, the open-source application suite.

CryptoPP - The cryptographic library for C++

  •; By Pandu Rao (Posted by raopm on Apr 22, 2007 8:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian, Linux
CryptoPP is a powerful, cross-platform, public-domain licensed, encryption library for C++. It provides symmetric and public key cryptographic algorithms and utilities for programmers who wish to add encryption functions to their applications. This tutorial shows how to integrate this library into your application. Examples include functional file-encryption applications.

Mobile GNU/Linux support forum now open

Right after the launch of we have asked the community whether it would be a good idea to open a support forum for open mobile devices. The question was posted over at and on the OpenMoko mailing list. After holding the poll up for a while the results were positive. New open mobile support forum is now available in form of a Mobile GNU/Linux subforum at

KDE Commit-Digest for 22nd April 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: A week-long Phonon/Solid developer sprint redefines and strengthens their API's. The start of a command-line client for Strigi. Continued improvements in the Konsole refactoring work. More work on visual effects in the KWin window manager composite support branch. Experiments to utilise Solid for connection management in Mailody. Initial support for the Jamendo music service in Amarok. A KDE frontend for Marble is begun, to complement the Qt-based original interface. LSkat, KLines and KLettres get support for scalable graphics. SuperKaramba now supports widgets written in Python and Ruby using Kross - Kross is now the default scripting engine for SuperKaramba. Kiriki is moved from playground/games to the kdegames module. The Guidance utility suite is moved to the extragear module, becoming the first non-C++ application in KDE SVN.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Debian 4.0

The newest version of the Linux distro is still conservative, but with a bit of an edge.

Zenwalk Live 4.4.1 Screenshots

  • Phoronix; By Phoronix (Posted by phoronix on Apr 22, 2007 2:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Making up Zenwalk Live 4.4.1 is the new ZenPanel utility for system administration, a complete development suite, and a variety of new games such as Mega Mario, Frozen Bubble, and LBreakout. Zenwalk Live is a LiveCD distribution that ships with Xfce 4 so that you may try out Zenwalk without even touching your hard drive.

Linux goes to Wall Street, puts on a show

The 5th annual Linux on Wall Street conference takes place in New York City on Monday, April 23. Organizers say the slated presentations will reinforce what bank, investment firms, and other financial institutions and others in the financial market have already learned: that Wall Street is ready for open source solutions.

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