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LinuxConf: Getting the smalltalk on the road

Every year (bar one) since 1999, around 800 people have got together on an annual basis to discuss an operating system that was for a long time deemed to be on the fringes. These days that description does not apply, but the gathering is still as informal as that inaugural session during the tech boom.

Interview with Pamela Jones, Editor of Groklaw

In this Q & A, PJ explains how Groklaw operates, what its purposes include, and where it is likely to head in the future.

A more informative status line for Vim

At the bottom of the Vim editor, you will find two things: the command-line buffer (where you can input commands) and the status line. In the default configuration, Vim has a simple and non-informative status line, but you can make the status line a lot more informative with simple methods.

How To Upgrade Your Desktop From Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) To 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Nov 2, 2007 11:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This guide shows how you can upgrade your desktop from Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) to Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon).

No worries: head of MEPIS Linux is fine

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 2, 2007 10:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Users of the popular Linux distribution MEPIS were getting worried about the distribution's leader, who had been rather quiet lately. Some Linux distributions -- Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Novell, for example -- have thousands of people working on them over the course of a month. Others, like MEPIS, have one developer, and users of the popular Linux desktop distribution were getting worried when Warren Woodford, MEPIS's CEO, had been laying low for the last month.

You can't get Gutsy with only 602 MB of free disk space

I figured I would try to upgrade my Xubuntu 7.04 Feisty setup on the converted Maxspeed Maxterm thin client to Gutsy 7.10. It's no secret that Xubuntu has, in its short life (6.06 was its first release, I believe) never been as polished -- nor has it received as much polishing attention -- as the flagship Ubuntu. But for older hardware, Xubuntu can mean the difference between a good 'Buntu experience and the other kind.

Flock Plugins On Ubuntu

So you just downloaded Flock, fell in love with it and believe this is the browser for you. Previously, you already installed all the preferred plugins for Firefox, yet Flock does not see them on Ubuntu?

OpenBSD 4.2 puffs up

With a typical lack of fanfare the OpenBSD team today released OpenBSD 4.2 and this time around there are not only security improvements (what would you expect?) but also a good selection of speed improvements.

Introduction to Apache Maven 2

Modern software projects are no longer solely monolithic creations of single local project teams Now in its second generation, the Apache Maven build tool -- unlike legacy build tools created before the Internet-enabled era of global software development -- was designed from the ground up to take on these modern challenges. This tutorial gets you started with Maven 2.

Listen Live. PayPal explains that they can do no wrong

It's never PayPal's fault even when they are caught red handed lying to me. They do apologize though.

Ubuntu 7.10 - The Best Version.

Even when you're not the follow-the-crowd type of Linux user, who can resist the plethora of new features on this new incarnation of Ubuntu 7.10 aka Gutsy Gibbon. If my memory serves me right, there were only a few new features in Ubuntu 7.04 aka Feisty Fawn, like the emerg- ence of the Windows migration tool, landmark multimedia support, avahi, etc. My affair with Ubuntu 7.04 was an off-and-on kind of thing. I use Ubuntu 7.04 only when my wife uses it for writing her blog. She had to use the Ubuntu 7.04 on her Shuttle PC with Pentium 4 processor because of the very erratic wireless connection when using Windows XP.

Book review: Fedora 7 Unleashed

Have you ever had deja vu? I re-read books on occasion, because I like them, and every once in a while I’ll re-read a book that I think I’m reading for the first time. Then I’ll sit there with this twisted-up look on my face, wondering why all the words seem so familiar. Then I remember when and where I saw them last.

Capture Rich Media with IBM Personal Presenter

Capture and distribute rich media content consisting of video, audio, and slides from the originator’s computer to multiple clients with IBM Personal Presenter. The graphical user interface is written in Java, and the underlying functionality is implemented in C/C++. This technology runs on Windows and Linux.

HP accelerates server accelerator effort

Not content to rely on the computing muscle supplied by Intel and AMD, HP has upped its focus on server accelerators. The hardware maker today announced a new program aimed right at incorporating things such as floating point boosters into its machines. The fresh HP Accelerator program joins a Multi-Core Optimization Program launched in June. Both efforts charge after similar goals with HP looking to improve the performance of software. Generally speaking, the Accelerator program covers hardware add-ons that can fit into HP servers and speed up specific tasks such as floating point operations. Meanwhile, the Multi-Core push centers on crafting code that can spread well across many-cored boxes.

Wal-Mart back in the Linux business

Say what you will about retail's looming giant, but Wal-Mart's got stones. It's doing what no other mass-market retailer dares to do: offering low-cost PCs with Linux instead of Windows. The company, which has sold Linspire-powered Linux PCs in the past, has gotten back in the Linux-box game with an Everex system that includes the PC itself, along with mouse and keyboard (but no monitor) for $198, as I read in a report from

A survey of existing Linux patents

The Linux world has been all atwitter since Acacia Technologies Group filed a lawsuit against Red Hat and Novell alleging that their versions of Linux infringe on three patents. Just how big is the risk to Linux from patent lawsuits? One indication may come from a look at current US patent publications related to or mentioning Linux. Computer programs, though often protected by copyright or trade secrets, cannot be directly patented unless they are used for something tangible, such as signal processing or hardware control. For example, an operating system could be patented as a business method or a method to control computer hardware. Even though Linux is open source, freeware, companies could hold patents that could be infringed by people using Linux in certain applications.

Avangate, premiere supporter of 2007 ESWC

  • Avangate B.V; By Sorana Kunst (Posted by avangate on Nov 2, 2007 1:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Avangate is happy to announce its participation at European Software Conference ESWC - Germany 2007 and greets the European ISV community.

Asus Eee PC mini-Linux laptop is arrives

The Xandros Linux-powered "ultra-mobile PC" (UMPC) has finally arrived. One of the most eagerly awaited laptops in some time, the tiny Asus Eee PC 4G, is now available. When the news first broke that Taiwanese computer manufacturer Asus was coming out with a less than two pounds mini-laptop for under $200 that would be running Linux, both gadget and Linux desktop fans were thrilled. Now that it's here, the Eee PC 4G's price has doubled, but early reviewers are still finding this Xandros-Linux powered laptop to be worth the price.

Ubuntu laptop clan trapped in hard drive hell

The Ubuntu operating system has been charged with crimes against hard drives. A number of users have complained this week about the OS (7.04/7.10) forcing drives to spin up and down at an unnatural rate due to some very aggressive power management features. According to Ubuntu wizards, however, this is a firmware/BIOS issue and not the OS's fault. A couple of user forums have started fill up with people commenting about their systems going through an unusual number of load cycles while under battery power. This excessive throttling of the hard drive could lead to quicker than expected hardware failures.

In-Depth Roadmap Analysis For Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04

The Hardy Heron Roadmap has over 130 new ideas that have been proposed thus far. I’ve examined each one of these ideas in detail, threw out the ones that weren’t interesting to me, wrote an explanation for each. Of course, the juiciest items have already made headlines, such as the new theme that is being planned… “I for one, welcome our new hopefully non-brown themed overlords!”

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