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Motorola leaves Linux users in the lurch with its Linux smartphone

  • Kie's bitter experience.; By Kie (Posted by kie on Sep 18, 2007 7:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
When Motorola released its smartphone running linux, I thought that it was a great match for my requirements. I later found that the synch. options were Microsoft only, so I contacted Motorola...

Performance Technologies Announces Availability of AMC121 High-Performance Compute Module

Performance Technologies today announced the availability of another member of its AdvancedMC(TM) compute module product line -- the AMC121. The AMC121 features a 1.5 GHz Intel Core Duo processor with enhanced Intel SpeedStep(R) technology for more efficient power use, 64-bit memory to 2GB, USB2.0, and support for both AMC.1 (PCI Express) and AMC.2 (Ethernet) at the card edge. It is fully integrated with the company's NexusWare(R) carrier-grade, Linux(R)-based operating system and development environment. NexusWare is built on the 2.6.20 Linux kernel, and is CGL 3.2 registered (4.0 ready) as well as POSIX compliant.

Naval Surface Warfare Center Selects SGI Altix for Modeling of Warhead Impact

When scientists and engineers at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Indian Head, Maryland needed to ensure they could make reliable, qualitative predictions regarding the vulnerability and survivability of targets for U.S. Navy warheads, they turned to SGI for a new Altix system, capable to handle the data intensive application's demanding computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element requirements. Running on industry standard SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Server 10 fro Novell(R), the new system also features 28TB of RAID storage in two SGI InfiniteStorage 220 direct attached systems for data consolidation.

Sparse v0.4 Released

Josh Triplettannounced the release ofSparse v0.04. Originally written by Linux creator Linus Torvalds, Sparse has been maintained by Josh since 2006. Highlights of the new release include a new automated test suite invoked via'make check', a new utility named'c2xml' for generating an XML representation of C files, man pages for'sparse' and'cgcc', improved graphing, and numerous bug fixes.

Why do we use Linux as Home Users?

A few weeks back I wrote a post on my blog page about this topic, and put some questions to my readers to know what everybody thought about it. I received a number of good responses, and so rewrote that post as an article (this one) so everyone can know more clearly what lies at the back of our minds when we use GNU/Linux as a home user.

Are You Serious? (Sun Partnering with Microsoft)

  • Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog; By Jonathan Schwartz (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Sep 18, 2007 3:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: SCO
Last week, we signed a deal with Microsoft. Remain calm. The good news is everyone paid attention. The bad news is it spawned a lot of questions - which I thought I'd answer here. The announcement was this: Microsoft will be supporting Project Virginia, Sun's soon-to-be-announced hypervisor platform - meaning we can consolidate and manage Windows (alongside Linux and Solaris). Secondly, Sun will support Windows virtualization - allowing Windows to do the same for Solaris. And finally, Sun agreed to package and support (or 'OEM') Windows for customers and partners that want to buy direct from Sun.

SCO Blames Linux For Bankruptcy Filing

SCO Group CEO Darl McBride says competition from the open source Linux operating system was a major reason why the company was forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday. In a court filing in support of SCO's bankruptcy petition, McBride noted that SCO's sales of Unix-based products "have been declining over the past several years." The slump, McBride said, "has been primarily attributable to significant competition from alternative operating systems, including Linux." McBride listedIBM ( IBM), Red Hat, Microsoft (MSFT), and Sun Microsystems (SUNW) as distributors of Linux or other software that is "aggressively taking market share away from Unix."

Is Linux still too geeky?

The word for today is disappointment. The New York Times says Apple is blowing its desktop opportunity, ignoring the channel, despite its incredible awesomeness. As to Linux, it’s still too geeky. This final verdict, issued by Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal concerning a Dell laptop he reviewed with Ubuntu, has been spreading like wildfire on the Internets, even hitting some political blogs. Trouble is, Mossberg admits in his story that he talked to Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth who admits the current version of the software is not really aimed at mainstream users. He found it’s not something it admits it’s not, and somehow that’s a headline. Zonbu, which Mossberg did not review, is aimed at mainstream users. And early reviews on Zonbu are quite promising.

BSD Licensed PCC Compiler Imported

Anders Magnusson's BSD-licensed pcc compiler has been imported into CVS. He wrote to NetBSD's tech-toolchain list: "It is not yet bug-free, but it can compile the i386 userspace. The big benefit of it (apart from that it's BSD licensed, for license geeks :-) is that it is fast, 5-10 times faster than gcc, while still producing reasonable code. The only optimization added so far is a multiple-register-class graph-coloring register allocator, which may be one of the best register allocators today. Conversion to SSA format is also implemented, but not yet the phi function. Not too difficult though, after that strength reduction is high on the list."

HP Users Look to Linux

Hewlett-Packard Co.'s decision last month to sell desktop PCs with Linux installed on them in Australia is giving hope to Linux advocates at the Encompass HP user group that a similar system may be on its way in the U.S. Steve Illgen heads the Linux special interest group within Encompass, an independent user group in Chicago and has about 15,000 members. He thinks that small and midsize businesses in the U.S. also need a Linux desktop to give them a less expensive alternative to systems running Windows Vista.

Bluetooth Improvements

It used to be that taking advantage of Bluetooth on your system could be fiddly, and for the non-power user pretty intimidating; Fedora 8 hopes to change this with improvements to the interface and better integration of existing systems. To find out a bit more I spoke to Bastien Nocera, and had a play with the packages in Fedora 8 Test 2: read on to find out more and find a screencast of Bluetooth done right in Fedora!

Toying With gNewSense-KDE

I gave gNewSense a spin this weekend. It's mostly a good experience, but I am sticking with Debian for now. Here's why.

Plasma backgrounds

Whenever the topics of background wallpapers for plasma comes up, 99% of the time first question is: can they be animated? Animated backgrounds would be cool, but the consistency with which people ask that is pretty impressive. So before I continue on let me just get that question out of the way: "Yes, background wallpapers can be animated." Whew! Now on to what I've been doing with backgrounds since yesterday

ReviewLinux.Com: TinyME Packs a Big Punch

  • ReviewLinux.Com; By M. Perks (Posted by ReviewLinux on Sep 17, 2007 9:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
TinyME Test 6 was announced today on Distrowatch.Com and we thought we would take a quick look at it. This little distro packs a big punch and we enjoyed the ride. Take a short look at our Flash Video of TinyME Linux based on the user friendly PCLinuxOS.

JackLab Project Announces its First Public Release

The technical manager of the JackLab project, Oliver Bengs, released the final 1.0 version of the JackLab Audio Distribution (JAD) today after a development period of over eight months. JAD 1.0 is based upon openSUSE 10.2 with the addition of a real-time Kernel for fast audio processing with the professional audio server JACK. JackLab 1.0 is the most comprehensive selection of open source audio and multimedia software to date. The Enlightenment D17 window manager (with ‘KDE-lite’ tweaks) is used by default, with the option of using the full KDE 3.5.7 instead.

Introducing The RadeonHD Linux Driver

Not only is AMD providing the open-source community with their ATI GPU specifications, but they have also been partnering with Novell on the development of a new open-source display driver. We've been telling you about AMD's open-source work all month, and today the new driver is finally available for download. It is still very much a work in progress and isn't much further along than the open-source R500 Avivo driver. However, this new driver does support the Radeon HD 2000 (R600) family. This new X.Org driver is called RadeonHD and in this article we have some initial information to share with additional articles coming later in the day.

EU Court Holds the Antitrust Line Against Microsoft, but May Not Stemed its Dominance Tide

In what the New York Times is calling a "stinging rebuke," the European Court of First Instance issued a much-awaited judgment at 9:30 AM today in Brussels, Belgium, affirming almost all of the March 23, 2004 holdings by the European Commission that Microsoft had abused its dominant position to further expand its market share. But while the victory is a significant one for the European Commission, how great a defeat is this in fact for Microsoft? Perhaps less than first meets the eye, on which more below.

Cuba is preparing to quit Windows and avoid Microsoft

Cuban authorities are seriously preparing to quit the Windows operating system and use the GNU/Linux free software instead, thus avoiding any sanctions for using this computer system by the Windows´ owner, the giant Microsoft Corporation.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 57

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #57 for the week September 9th - September 15th, 2007. In this issue we cover Dell's remastered Ubuntu 7.04 ISO, Andrea Veri becomes a MOTU, Ubuntu Finland delivers Ubuntu to Finnish parliament representatives, and, as always, much much more!

Modifying PDF Files With PDFedit On Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Sep 17, 2007 5:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This article shows how you can install and use PDFedit on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn desktop. PDFedit is a free and open-source editor for manipulating PDF documents.

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