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Global Summit of Open Source Leaders Releases Free Online Report on State of Commercial Open Source

Think Tank 2007 publishes 14-page Executive Summary Report with highlights of latest trends in commercial open source from more than 35 CEOs, 16 CIOs/CTOs of Global 2000 organizations, and leading attorneys and venture capitalists

Zimbra to offer Ubuntu Linux support

The e-mail and calendar server software start-up adds support for the up-and-coming version of Linux.

Comodo Releases Free Zero Touch Linux Server Suite

Comodo today the launch of Red Hat- and CentOS-based versions of their back office server suite, Zero Touch Linux (ZTL). ZTL is a complete suite of Linux server applications centrally controlled by a user friendly web-based interface. The new versions compatible with Red Hat and CentOS, join the existing Trustix Secure Linux based version - providing administrators with greater flexibility and choice.

Linux: Revisiting 2.6.22 Merge Plans

Following up to feedback on his merge plans, Andrew Morton [interview] posted an updated summary of what he is pushing upstream for inclusion in the upcoming 2.6.22 kernel. His list included, "a few serial bits, a few pcmcia bits, one little security patch, the blackfin architecture, small h8300 update, small alpha update, swsusp updates, m68k bits, and lots of UML updates." He also noted that he'll push some of the memory management queue including, "an enhancement to /proc/pid/smaps to permit monitoring of a running program's working set. The SLUB allocator, it's pretty green but I do want to push ahead with this pretty aggressively with a view to replacing slab altogether. Generic pagetable quicklist management. We have x86_64 and ia64 and sparc64 implementations, but I'll only include David's sparc64 implementation here. I'll send the x86_64 and ia64 implementations through maintainers."

Qt Jambi Released Under GPL

Yesterday Trolltech released the second beta of Qt Jambi, the Qt API for Java. With this release we also released the source code including the Generator under GPL, opening the option for making KDE libs accessible to Java. Though it does not work together with gcj, it does work together with the open source Harmony Virtual machine and runtime.

Advanced Emacs text operations

You get a hands-on demonstration of advanced editing techniques, including how to perform a recursive edit, mark and use rectangles of text, and handle complex selection techniques using the kill ring and the secondary selection.

Presentations from the 2007 CELF conference

Most presentations from the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) conference held Apr. 17-19, 2007 in Santa Clara, Calif. are now available at the CELF WiKi. The event featured 52 deeply technical presentations, many describing original kernel development projects aimed at improving Linux for use in devices.

Digipup: A Linux live CD for amateur radio

  •; By Joe Barr (Posted by dcparris on May 4, 2007 12:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Puppy Linux is a lightweight live Linux distribution that you can boot and run from a CD, USB stick, or DVD. One of its features is the ability to create specialized "pups" -- new versions of Puppy Linux geared toward a specific purpose. Digipup is one such example, with a focus on amateur radio. I spun it up, and found Digipup to be a great way to check out amateur radio utilities for Linux.

Sound problems

A couple of times I’ve encountered problems with the sound card on Debian boxes. Some notes I’ve found that may help others having difficulties: Check the permissions on /dev/dsp, and make sure that the relevant user(s) are in the audio group in /etc/group. You may need to log out & back in again for this to take effect. If using the alsa sound daemon, install the alsa-utils package and run alsaconf. This should pick up your sound card. You may need to run alsamixer to check the volume levels are correctly set afterwards. Blindingly Obvious (but easy to overlook) Note: make sure that the volume control on xmms (or other media player of choice), and on your headphones/speakers is sufficiently up. (I once spent ages prodding at a user’s sound config before realising that the headphones had their own volume control which I hadn’t noticed, and it was all the way down.) With KDE, I found recently that to get sound running it was necessary to run the KDE sound control utility, turn off KDE’s sound management and click Apply, close the utility down, reopen it, turn the sound management back on, & click Apply again. Then it worked.

German government plans to use open document formats in its administration

The German government says that its "Advancing eGovernment" conference held at the end of February in Berlin also provided impetus for greater use of open standards in information technology both in industry and in public administration. As a result of this conference, the German government plans to implement open document formats in its administration.

Abit AB9 Linux/Solaris Compatibility

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on May 3, 2007 9:48 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
It was back in February that we originally looked at the AB9 motherboard from Abit; however, this P965 motherboard had a few problems that had prevented this motherboard from functioning well with Linux. But have things since improved for this motherboard? We now have our compatibility report for the Abit AB9 as we see if things have changed for the better or worse under Linux and Solaris.

OLPC project clarifies: no plans for Windows support

I kept coming across these claims that Microsoft and OLPC had partnered to put Windows XP Starter Edition on the OLPC, and according to one report, this was being done to get the XO laptop into US schools. None of this jibed with what I had been hearing from sources, so I decided to look into it further. As it turns out, a number of new outlets, including the AP and Reuters, mischaracterized the situation.

Fedora Core 5 End of Life

Several months ago, the Fedora Board (in consultation with Red Hat Engineering) decided to increase the length of time that Fedora releases are supported, in terms of updates. This decision was retroactively applied to Fedora Core 5, allowing it to remain a fully maintained release for several months longer than it would have under the old policy. Fedora Core 5 will reach its End of Life for updates on Friday June 29th, 2007.

Review: Professional XML

I know it's probably just a matter of timing and deadlines, but it's kind of interesting that Professional XML was released a full month before Wrox's Beginning XML. After all, being a linear sort of fellow, reviewing "beginning" before "professional" makes more sense to me...particularly since this book suggests reading Beginning XML if you are totally unfamiliar with this markup language.

Core GNU/Linux 2.0 Released

  • Core GNU/Linux; By James Linden (Posted by kode on May 3, 2007 6:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Linux
Core is a minimal distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system designed to be the basis for a complete system constructed by the end user. A fresh installation of Core (which will take approximately 15 minutes) will boot into a console and provide the user with the tools needed to download, compile and install other applications.

Introduction to UML

When you're designing and developing new software systems, it is often hard to see how all the pieces are suppose to fit together. Unified Modeling Language (UML) is one tool that allow developers and architects to ease the process and create a big picture before committing to a particular technology.

140 Digital Doorways to connect rural communities

The Digital Doorway project, aimed at bridging the digital divide by supplying remote rural communities with access to computer and Internet technology is well on its way to connecting 140 communities to the Internet. Thanks to additional funding, applications are open for 40 more of these robust open source systems.

Pre-installed Linux PCs Celebrate 3rd Year Anniversary At

Linspire & Mirus Continue Partnership Expansion Of Linux-Only Product Line To The Consumer Market

Greening technology

With an estimated 50 million tons of electronic waste generated globally every year, e-waste and its disposal is a growing problem. Sangonet and the Information Technology Association will run a one-day conference alongside the Futurex show in May to bash out the issues.

Encrypted home partition in Linux

  •; By Marcin Lipiec (Posted by michux on May 3, 2007 3:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Have you ever wondered what would have happened if all the important data have been stolen from your mobile PC? For example the information about a confidential project you have been working on for the last 2 years in your company ... A horrifying vision, isn't it? If you don't want it come true, please consider encrypting your home drive. Here is how to do this in Linux.

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