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Ever since the release of Ubuntu Feisty, there has been much happiness going around about the improvements made to the beginner friendly Linux distribution. And as I fully predicted, things were definitely not looking too solid with respect to some of the new functionality built into this release.
Welcome to this year's 22nd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Fedora 7, the latest and arguably most ambitious release from the increasingly community-friendly Fedora Project, will hit the download mirrors later this week. With its installable live CDs, merged package repositories and much improved artwork, the new Fedora should prove a major attraction on the 2nd quarter release calendar. But will it be able to regain some of the market share it lost in recent years to the more aggressive desktop Linux distributions? We'll have to wait and see. In other major news of the week, Dell has fulfilled its promise and started shipping the first desktop computers with Ubuntu pre-installed. Finally, don't miss our first look review of PCLinuxOS 2007 by Chris Smart and check out the list of four new Linux distributions that have been added to the DistroWatch database: BeaFanatIX, Granular Linux, Openfiler and Parted Magic. Happy reading!
Are you irritated by huge graphical ads smack in the middle of an article? Or maybe you don't want to waste bandwidth viewing the dozens of images in a review, or user icons in forum boards? You can remove them for good with a single click by using Firefox's RIP extension, which zaps anything out of a Web page, permanently.
Are we seeking "love" in all the wrong places? I don't think so. I think everyone deserves a chance to take a look at Free and Open Source Software. Before moving on from TUX500, I am asking everyone here and other places to do one thing: don't ever forget where it all came from!
Popular Social Network Envisions All-Purpose Web Site, Seeks Companies to Write Software, Sell Products
[Not specifically related to GNU/Linux, but makes an interesting side note - dcparris]
Bill Gates famously missed the internet revolution and then innovated the web browser, several years after Netscape
Gentoo has issued a security advisory with a high impact rating affecting users of PHP <5.2.2.
The Mozilla Foundation is looking for a new Executive Director to lead and manage the organisation. The successful candidate will take over from Frank Hecker, who declared his intention to resign as Executive Director last month. At that time, Mitchell Baker, Chair of the Mozilla Foundation Board of Directors, announced that recruiter Eunice Azzani has been engaged to help identify potential Executive Director candidates.
The startup says its upcoming dual-licensed virtual Linux machine will run Linux applications under different operating systems, with a look and feel native to each.
With an almost total dominance of the desktop and server operating system market, you'd think that Microsoft Windows was the only choice. In actual fact, there's never been a better time to buy an alternative OS.
Lionel Menchaca, Dell's digital media manager, said that 30,000 people had weighed in to push Dell to offer Linux, and noted that the three Linux-based computers released on Thursday would not be the last. Dell's decision to offer Ubuntu is a breakthrough for enthusiasts of Linux, the most popular variant of open-source software.
Compatibility issues always exist with any new release of an operating system, said Steve Gillmer, Microsoft's business manager of collaborative technologies. He added that Microsoft works with software developers to reduce incompatibilities and with customers to manage the movement to new operating systems.
A recent posting by George Ou about Windows Home Server brought out a lot of responses from the Linux community. I think that Microsoft deserves to get some competition.
[Hmmm... Anyone interested in this? - dcparris]
Are you fed up with cryptic error messages you don't understand? Then get involved! This week's target of the HIG Hunting Season is warnings and error messages.
We thought it was already clear what graphics processors and drivers work and don't work with Linux desktop eye candy such as Beryl and Compiz, but it seems based upon the number of e-mails we have been receiving along with messages in community bulletin boards that the line isn't so clear after all. For those that have never tried out Beryl, it is a compositing window manager branched from Compiz (though Beryl will merge back with Compiz soon) that provides a variety of window decorations and other desktop "eye candy" for X.Org users. In this article we hope to make it clear for you what GPUs will make your Linux desktop look the most pleasurable and what ones just sweat thinking about these desktop effects.
LXer Feature: 27-May-2007
A weekly recap of the big stories concerning Linux and Open Source.
This tutorial shows how you can set up a PCLinuxOS 2007 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. I found that PCLinuxOS is really easy to install and use, and it is a real alternative.
A lot has happened since I debunked Alan MacCormack's research. First, a very clever attack from some "Rufus". I have contacted Rufus through email, but have not received any response yet. Maybe what "DB" wrote isn't too far from the truth: "Looks like Microsoft are reading this too. And if this was an exploratory survey they wouldn't be trumpeting it as the real thing." Of course, I tried to comment on the eWeek article, only to find that I was banned.
FoxyBetty writes: "Firefox 2 is a finalist on the Webware 100 list! Now it's up to voters to pick the winners. Webware is a site where computer users can learn about new and useful Web applications. The Webware 100 will serve as a guide of new and innovative Web applications.
Focused on populating, validating, and querying XML content pertinent to a specific industry, the pureXML industry bundles
illustrate access to stored XML content through small script or Java-based applications. In this article, you'll learn about the industry-specific XML exchange formats
, and how you can easily get started with implementing these solutions.
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