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Wall Street Journal Unfairly Reviews Ubuntu

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Oct 18, 2007 1:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Ubuntu
I have been watching the buzz surrounding this recent WSJ piece on the usability of Ubuntu by the common user. As per critics of the reviewers, they fail to actually hear what the man is saying.

Open News Episode 29 Released

This week on Open News Ballmer Predicts Patent Lawsuits, Novell And Redhat GET Sued, and The OSI Approved MS Patents.

The Perfect Server - OpenSUSE 10.3 (32-bit)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Oct 18, 2007 11:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: SUSE
This is a detailed description about how to set up an OpenSUSE 10.3 server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Dovecot POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of OpenSUSE 10.3, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

Interview with Google's Chris DiBona

  •; By Glyn Moody (Posted by glynmoody on Oct 18, 2007 10:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Chris DiBona joined Google in August 2004, and is Open Source Programs Manager there. He explains why open source is good for Google's business – and its soul.

The patent infringement suit: A playbook

Last week's announcement of a patent infringement suit against Red Hat and Novell set in motion speculation about motives, theories, agendas, and behind-the-scenes players. If you've been feeling like you need a scorecard to keep up, then you're in luck.

Tom Calthrop: Barnraiser Collaboration Software Born Out of Amish Tradition

One of the things I thoroughly enjoy about the Free Software community is the creative names developers give to their projects. Tom Calthrop's AroundMe and Barnraiser projects definitely fit the mold. Barnraiser was born out of Tom's experience in Kosovo and is a small, scrappy little project that just might surprise you.

Adobe: friend or enemy of open source, open standards?

I’m sitting in a session at Adobe Max Europe listening to Senior Product Manager Laurel Reitman talking about what a great open platform Adobe is creating. She refers to the open sourcing of the Flex SDK; the open bug database for Flex; the ISO standardization programme for PDF; the donation of source code to Tamarin, the Mozilla Foundation ECMAScript 4.0 runtime project, and the use of open source projects such as SQLite and Webkit within AIR, the Adobe Integrated Runtime which lets you run Flash applications on the desktop, and the fact that AIR will run in due course on Linux, though the initial release will be Mac and Windows only.

KDE 4 Beta 3"Cicker" Ready for Testing

The KDE Community is happy to release the third beta for KDE 4.0. This beta, aimed at further polishing of the KDE codebase, also marks the freeze of the KDE Development Platform. We are joined in this release by the KOffice project which releases its 4th alpha release, bringing many improvements in OpenDocument support, a KChart Flake shape and much more to those willing to test.

Using uShare in Gentoo: Part 1

Looking at uShare and discussing an rc-script for Gentoo to automate service. uShare can share media with UPnP devices such as game consoles. This article is beginning of a series on how to package the application for Gentoo's Portage.

Sun tries to flex R&D muscle with homegrown package manager

By the end of this month Sun Microsystems will release the first developer version of OpenSolaris in its "Project Indiana" incarnation.

Ubuntu vs. Debian on the $0 Laptop

So far, Ubuntu is outpacing Debian on the $0 Laptop, a Gateway Solo 1450 that I resurrected from the dead by replacing its shattered power plug. While both Debian Etch 4.0 and Ubuntu 7.04 are doing fine in the power-management department, Ubuntu is pulling ahead when it comes to touchpad and mouse configuration.

Spread Root Powers to More Users with POSIX

Linux recently acquired POSIX file capabilities, which split root user powers into smaller privileges such as reading files or tracing processes owned by another user. In this article, learn how to program using capabilities and how to switch on the ability of your system setuid root binaries to use file capabilities.

Options Parsing and Keywords

  •; By Jason R Fink (Posted by jayrfink on Oct 18, 2007 1:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
The traditional Unix utility uses options and arguments to parse command line parms that dictate how the utility should work. Long options is one way to make a utility's usage somewhat natural; for example: util --version. Some utilities use keywords and command/sub-command syntax. It is possible to combine the two without causing too much confusion.

New Version of Zenoss' Open Source IT Management Software

Latest Release includes Network Visualization, J2EE Application Management and Personalized Dashboards

Scheduler Merge for 2.6.24

"It contains lots of scheduler updates from lots of people - hopefully the last big one for quite some time," began Ingo Molnar,describing his merge request for thelinux-2.6-sched git tree. He continued,"most of the focus was on performance (both micro-performance and scalability/balancing), but there's the fair-scheduling feature now Kconfig selectable too. Find the shortlog below." Ingo noted,"code that is touched outside of the scheduler: the KVM bits were acked by Avi, the net/unix change is trivial and only affects sync wakeups, ditto the fs/pipe.c changes - but i can push those separately if it needs an ack from David first."

Finding the right software code snippets quickly

The developerWorks website, with the help of the Krugle search engine has made available over 33,000 individual code files. This reflects over 4.6 million lines of code from over 35 programming languages including C, XML, Java, AJAX, ADA, C++, Perl, Ruby, Cobol, Fortran and many others.

Creative Commons Artist Spotlight: Philippe Mangold

In this week’s Creative Commons Artist Spotlight, we interview French artist Philippe Mangold about his CC-licensed work available at

Pay Pal is lying on the internet in their agreement. I have a Live Recording!

  •; By Justin Breithaupt (Posted by usacomputertec on Oct 17, 2007 8:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Yes that's right I caught PayPal in a direct lie. (Listen Live Here) First of all let me give a brief summary of my agony.

Yes, Boss, You Can Distribute Free Software Commercially

Dvorak recently claimed that the Free Software Foundation spearheads the non-commercial use group that believes "nobody should ever make any money selling or using software." Boy, did he ever miss the boat. But the fact is that some people in the community seem to believe exactly that.

Ex-Linspire chief defects to Ubuntu

Former Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony has shown all the loyalty of a free agent athlete. Just a few months after resigning from Linspire, Carmony has traded in his old company's Linux operating system for Ubuntu.

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