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The LiveCD List Updated

Since last year's release, The LiveCD List has more than doubled to a total of 220 LiveCDs. Today an updated version of The LiveCD List is being released on its own domain name, It includes not only Linux x86 and PPC LiveCDs, but also 9 other architectures, BSD, Windows, LiveDVDs, and it links directly to the projects' download pages.

Pie Box Enterprise Linux 4 AS Launched

PixExcel today released version 4 of its Pie Box Enterprise Linux product. Pie Box Enterprise Linux 4 AS is built from the source RPMs of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 AS. It is fully compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and features the Linux 2.6 kernel, SELinux, GNOME 2.8, Samba 3.0, Logical Volume Manager 2, PCI Express support and NFSv.4.

KDE 3.4 Release Candidate 1

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Feb 28, 2005 12:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
On February 26th 2005, the KDE Project announced the first release candidate of KDE 3.4. Compile the sources (KDE 3.4 requirements list, "Konstruct" build script), download the "Klax" i486 GNU/Linux Live-CD (375 MB) or the first contributed binary packages. More packages may follow later. Please test the new features and report all bugs so that we can identify the show-stoppers to be fixed before the final release planned for 16th March. is the first to have screenshots of KDE 3.4 RC 1 and shows how customizable its look is.

Linux: Improving Multiprocessor CPU Scheduling

Nick Piggin uploaded a series of patches for the 2.6 Linux kernel CPU scheduler aimed at improving multiprocessor support. Specifically, the patches focus on improving SMT (Symmetric MultiThreading), CMP (Cellular MultiProcessing), and NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory Architecture) scheduling behavior.

Timing release schedules to maximize publicity

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 28, 2005 9:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Two or three times each year, Macintosh enthusiasts go nuts over Apple's new product launches, and the company rides a wave of publicity from the resulting media attention. Open source projects would do well to study how Apple orchestrates this, because publicity is the key to attracting new users -- and new users are the lifeblood of the development model.

Gentoo Linux Is Coming into Its Own

Too raw for enterprise use now, but the distribution's worth watching.

Microsoft's C++ compiler has violated the ISO language standard for at least the last three versions

...I think that Microsoft's C++ compiler has violated the ISO language standard at least for the last three versions, and they are now fixing the bug in their C# compiler. Think of all that MS code out there that is broken!

UFT Gives Lesson in Open Source

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Feb 28, 2005 8:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Teachers' union trades paper forms for Web services and online transactions.

Linux Isn't for Everyone—Yet

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Feb 28, 2005 8:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The drive to Linux and other open-source platforms presents a host of benefits.

Jeff Waugh announces KDE Ubuntu

Jeff Waugh announces Kubuntu, Sven de Marothy talks free Java and we discuss Hula, in the latest LugRadio.

Solaris 10 heads for Linux territory

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Feb 28, 2005 7:16 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
We found that Solaris 10 has been torn from its SPARC-only roots now runs very quickly and very easily on generic 32-bit x86 Intel- and 64-bit Advanced Micro Devices-based servers. It also has new security features and supports a range of Linux applications. And it's free.

Linux Threat Posed by Microsoft and Sun: In Your Dreams

Writers and analysts love to sensationalize OS Wars. But Linux keeps building momentum.

Open source getting APLAWs in the UK

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 28, 2005 5:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The United Kingdom is working to move all its local government services online by the end of 2005, because of an initiative spearheaded by Prime Minister Tony Blair called the Local Authorities Website National Projects (LAWs). In the process, APLAWs (sounds like "applause"), a huge open source content management project, has sprung up, and for UK local authorities, it appears to have risen head and shoulders above its proprietary competition.

Digital Information Rights Need Tech-Savvy Courts

  •; By Bruce Schneier (Posted by incinerator on Feb 28, 2005 3:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Opinion: The courts need to recognize that in the information age, virtual privacy and physical privacy don't have the same boundaries.

Linux in Government: Linux System Administrators

  • Linux Journal; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by dave on Feb 28, 2005 3:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you're looking to hire a Linux sysadmin, you might need to rethink your hiring guidelines and practices.

Open source XML editors examined

The eXtensible Markup Language (XML) provides a flexible and efficient way to store, transmit, and express data. Many applications have adopted it as their sole data format, and the availability of comprehensive XML development libraries makes it easy to add support for XML to new and existing applications. The open source community has produced an impressive lineup of XML editing utilities. In this article we'll take a look at some of the most useful.

Mozilla 1.8 Beta 1 Released

The Mozilla Foundation today released Mozilla 1.8 Beta 1, the first beta of the 1.8 cycle after a record-breaking six alphas.

WebSideStory: Mozilla Firefox Growth Slowing, IE Below 90 Percent

WebSideStory has published some February 2005 United States browser usage figures as part of its latest Data Spotlight. According to the statistics, Mozilla Firefox's growth is slowing.

JBoss upgrades object-relational technology

  • InfoWorld: Platforms (Posted by dave on Feb 26, 2005 9:55 AM EDT)
  • Groups: JBoss; Story Type: News Story
JBoss at its JBoss World 2005 conference in Atlanta next week will upgrade its Hibernate object-relational mapping software and debut service programs for open source projects and users of the vendor?s middleware.

Storage options for Linux

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on Feb 26, 2005 8:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
An increasing number of storage players are showing up at Linux-related trade shows, which certainly makes sense as Linux transitions from being an operating system for wonks, hackers (in the old, good sense), scientists and aficionados, and becomes an operating environment for mainstream commercial computing.

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