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Mobile Linux is not about free software

Linux is by far the software most commonly associated with (and often mis-identified with) open source and free software, where free refers to liberty, not costs. However, access to source code, ability to modify or redistribute, and the royalty-free nature of Linux are hardly the reasons why four out of five handset OEMs have adopted Linux. In other words, mobile Linux has not been adopted because of its "free software" qualities.

Red Hat Profit Rises on Sales of New Linux Products

Red Hat Inc., the world's biggest seller of Linux operating-system programs, said profit rose 64 percent after sales of new products topped analysts' estimates. The shares rose 5.1 percent in extended trading. Net income climbed to $18.2 million, or 9 cents a share, from $11 million, or 5 cents, a year earlier, Raleigh, North Carolina-based Red Hat said today in a statement. Sales rose 28 percent to $127.3 million for the quarter ended Aug. 31, beating analysts' estimates in a Bloomberg survey. The company also gave an earnings forecast that matched estimates.

Top 21 Linux Games Of 2007

Below are addictive 3d games for linux users to fill their time with. These games are really good and some have won awards or have been featured on magazines. Most of it is cross platform and free. You don’t have to use ‘Wine’ to be able to play as they come with Linux installers.

[And 2007 isn't even over yet... :-)   – Sander]

How to Quit Windows and cope with Windows Withdrawal Syndrome

Windows Addiction is an unperceived phenomenon which has gotten a hold of us, and we get upset when we don’t do Windows anymore. But what is the Windows Addiction? I think there is no proper working definition for it as yet but I feel it is an obsessive compulsive use of the Windows Operating System despite the fact the we don’t want to use it anymore and we feel miserable using it but we can’t stop using it due to various fears, false beliefs and myths. Now what is so bad about Microsoft Windows and if one is hooked on using them in an obsessively compulsive manor?

Revised WinXP policy dooms Linux desktop prospects without real OEM marketing efforts

Microsoft continues to virtually own the desktop operating system and Office suite desktop market. Still, its recent market behavior signals that it is not taking any chances when it comes to Linux, or any other threat, on its prized desktop. Microsoft’s revised Windows XP downgrade rights policy that quietly went into effect this summer, for example, is designed to kill two birds with one stone: jumpstart PC sales and prevent Linux desktop vendors from exploiting its Vista headaches.

Ubuntu Gutsy readies for beta

The Ubuntu Linux team is planning to release Gutsy Gibbon, the latest version of its OS, tomorrow.

OpenOffice TIFF flaw affects Windows, Linux and Mac

Security experts have discovered TIFF-based buffer overflow vulnerabilities in OpenOffice, which could allow attackers to remotely execute code on Linux, Windows or Apple Mac-based computers.

FOSS Bridge pairs companies in EU and Vietnam

Free and open source software (FOSS) is well-known for promoting new development methods. Now, a European nonprofit organization known as FOSS Bridge hopes that FOSS can be equally innovative in promoting cooperation between companies and in fostering investment in developing nations. The organization is currently working to help pair European and Vietnamese companies for joint development and business ventures.

Desktop deliverance: an overview of GNOME 2.20

GNOME 2.20 was officially released last week after six months of development. The new version includes strong incremental improvements that contribute to a better user experience and provide more flexibility and integration opportunities for third-party software developers. This article explores some of the new features in GNOME 2.20 and GTK 2.12. In particular, we will look at how some of the most significant changes impact the GNOME user experience, examine some of the architectural improvements that are of interest to open-source software developers, and shed some light on the GNOME development process to see how some of these features came into existence.

First U.S. GPL lawsuit heads for quick settlement

The first U.S. GPL-related lawsuit appears to be headed for a quick out-of-court settlement. Monsoon Multimedia admitted today that it had violated the GPLv2 (GNU General Public License version 2), and said it will release its modified BusyBox code in full compliance with the license. This matter came to the public attention when the SFLC (Software Freedom Law Center) announced on Sept. 20 that it had just filed the first-ever U.S. copyright infringement lawsuit based on a violation of the GPL on behalf of its clients, BusyBox's two principal developers

[Oops. Beaten to it by Scott Ruecker. See this article. – Sander]

HP to expand Linux PC offerings to other countries; US a "real possibility"

Late last month, hardware vendor HP announced plans to offer desktop computers in Australia with Red Hat Linux,, and Firefox installed. Now the company has confirmed that it is expanding this program to other parts of the world. Moreover, sources close to the company tell Ars Technica that expanded Linux offerings will also be coming to the US. Our source says that it is a "real possibility" that HP will counter Dell's limited embrace of Linux "sooner rather than later," so long as pilot programs proceed as planned.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 58

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #58 for the week September 16th - September 22th, 2007. In this issue we cover the Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 beta release, new MOTU members, new Launchpad release, Software Freedom Day organized by the Ubuntu Nicaragua Team, and, as always, much much more!

o3 magazine :: issue 9 on Open Source Publishing is out

Issue 9 looks at Open Source Publishing, using o3 magazine as a case study. This issue looks at creating documents with Scribus, collaborative document editing with OpenOffice, creating graphics for publication with the GIMP and creating newsletters with OpenOffice.

KDE 4 Beta 3 delayed one week

Again, I'm acting as messenger of the Release Team. It has just been decided that the Beta 3 will be out one week latet than originally planned. This is mainly due to some changes in how plasma work that we'd like to see in the new Beta. Highlights of that will be a working panel implementation. In other news, Robert Knight is working on kickoff, which will probably also be part of the next Beta.

The Coming Electronic Health Record Software Disaster

The conventional wisdom seems to be that the United States as a nation needs to 'financially incentivize the adoption of Electronic Health Record technology'. While the intentions are good, what this seems to translate into is a rush in the next few years to get EHR software installed at all costs. If this is done in an uncontrolled fashion with proprietary EHR software the long term consequences will be disastrous and expensive.

Create COBOL programs and Web services without writing code

Explore a new feature in Version 7 of WebSphere Developer for System z: z/OS Database Application Generator. z/OS Database Application Generator automatically generates CICS COBOL programs that can access DB2.

First US GPL case is not settled

Contrary to yesterday's report, the lawsuit against Monsoon Multimedia for violating the GNU General Public License (GPL) in its distribution of BusyBox may not be headed for a quick settlement. Nor will the settlement necessarily be out-of-court. Yesterday, Monsoon issued a news release that announced that the company was in "settlement negotiations with BusyBox." Graham Radstone, Monsoon chairman and chief operating officer, said, "Since we intend to and always intended to comply with all open source software license requirements, we are confident that the matter will be quickly resolved."

ReviewLinux.Com: Linux Mint 3.1 Celena

Linux Mint is fast becoming the best alternative for your desktop computing. With many Linux Distributions on the market to choose from Linux Mint feel they have a great operating system that is ready to tackle the Linux marketplace. I have done a short tour of the new Linux Mint 3.1 Celena. Screenshots and Flash video make up this article.

Kernel Markers Aiming for 2.6.24

Mathieu Desnoyers posted an updated version of his Linux Kernel Markers patchset explaining, "following Christoph Hellwig's suggestion, aiming at a Linux Kernel Markers inclusion for 2.6.24, I made a simplified version of the Linux Kernel Markers. There are no more dependencies on any other patchset." He continued, "the modification only involved turning the immediate values into static variables and adapting the documentation accordingly. It will have a little more data cache impact when disabled than the version based on the immediate values, but it is far less complex."

Linux DDR3 Synthetic Benchmarks

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Sep 25, 2007 3:50 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
We have several DDR3 related articles in the works, but in this article we will be looking just at the DDR3 system memory performance in the RAMspeed synthetic benchmark under Linux. The DDR3 memory we'll be using is the OCZ DDR3-1333 2GB Gold Kit with a part number of OCZ3G13332GK.

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