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How to give Linux Away

  LXer Feature: 16-Jan-06

As a community we would like to see a large computer manufacturer sell PC's with Linux already on them. Is this the only option?

How your IT department is breaking data protection laws

Comment Grid-tools a dream in a compliance nightmare

Novell Launches Next-Generation SUSE Linux Desktop

Novell Inc. unveiled their new Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 today at CeBit, hoping to spark companies into migrating their desktop systesm from Windows to Linux. Considered the first version of the product powerful enough to truly challenge Windows' desktop advantage, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 features a number of updates, including Xgl and Banshee.

Phoronix: NVIDIA Linux GeForce 7900GTX 256MB

  • LinuxHardware.org (Posted by tadelste on Mar 14, 2006 10:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Video Card Reviews Phoronix writes "The speculations flying around the Internet in recent months in regards to the GeForce 7900 series can now come to a close. This morning NVIDIA is unveiling the new GeForce 7900 series GPUs that packs a fair amount of improvements over the existing flagship 7800 GPUs, and we have already taken this new unit for a spin at our facilities.

KOffice ships v1.5 final beta

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Mar 14, 2006 9:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The project team is being a bit more deliberate about this important 1.5 release. The dates for the first release candidate and final stable versions have been pushed out by about a month; the first final v1.5 RC1 is now set for March 27 availability, with the final version of KOffice 1.5 now set for an April 11 release, the team said.

SSH Announces Future Plans for Enhanced File Transfer

SSH Tectia(TM) to Deliver Security and Simplicity for Automated File Transfers

[ED: Security and Linux should always be seen with coincident interests - HC]

BAMBIOS: BIOS emulator for EFI

  • SX 86 Project; By Amit Singh (Posted by tadelste on Mar 14, 2006 7:53 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
A few researchers from IBM are working on a new BIOS emulator for EFI based on the Boch's x86 emulator.

Some Good News from New Zealand - Updated

[Ed.: New Zealand's State Services Commission responds positively to feedback from Open Source advocates regarding the commissioned document "Guide to Legal Issues in Using Open Source Software".]

My desktop OS: Kanotix

I expect both ease of use and advanced capabilities in any Linux distro. I am therefore hard to please when using a live CD-based distro, which is necessarily limited to about 2GB of software compressed onto a 700MB CD. I have tested more than a dozen live CD distros. Of all of them, Kanotix comes closet to being the "perfect distro."

Asterisk Users to Get Free Call Management Application From Fonality

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 14, 2006 6:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Businesses Improve Communications With Drag-Drop Calling and Call Control, Call Monitoring and More

Linux a lovely little earner for IBM

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Randal Jackson (Posted by Herschel_Cohen on Mar 14, 2006 5:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM’s business built around Linux was worth US$16 billion last year and is projected to be worth more than US$50 billion, says the company’s global head of public sector Linux sales, Mary Ann Fisher.

“Governments worldwide are spending more than US$3 billion a year on Linux hardware, software and services, and this is growing at 35% a year,” she says. “But it’s the US military that is spending the most..."

[ED: IBM luxurating in cash from littl' ol Linux - had to censor the quote, had that innovation word. - HC]

The Macintosh through Linux eyes

  • Linux Box Admin; By Keith Winston (Posted by slippery on Mar 14, 2006 5:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
I've been using Linux for almost 10 years, and it has been my primary desktop for more than four years. So why am I writing about a Macintosh? Because during a recent exercise in curiosity, I discovered a few unexpected things -- about the Mac and about how I use my desktop.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 37

Issue number 37 of Fedora Weekly News is out.

Red Hat OS update goes to 64 CPUs and beyond

Penguin put on steroid regimen

KernelTrap: Power Outage, Back Online

KernelTrap.org experienced some unexpected downtime today as the data center housing the KernelTrap server suffered a prolongedpower outage. The ever-helpful Oregon State UniversityOpen Source Lab [story] explains, "this morning the OSL data center suffered a power outage with the generator eventually failing," going on to note, "we will be meeting to find out what failed and how to prevent it in the future." All systems are returned to normal, and we should not see any further problems.

Better code testing with JUnit and FIT

The beauty of Framework for Integrated Tests (FIT) is that it enables the customer or business side of an organization to get involved in the testing process early (i.e., during development). Whereas JUnit's strength lies in unit testing during the coding process. This article shows you how to combine the best of FIT and JUnit for better teamwork and effective end-to-end testing.

Debian decides on GNU Free Documentation License

In a surprise decision, the developers of Debian have voted that materials released under the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL) are compatible with the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG) -- but only if they contain no invariant sections. The decision settles a longstanding dispute within the project about the GFDL. Although the decision continues to separate Debian from other free and open source software (FOSS) projects, most of which accepts the GFDL without reservations, the possibility remains that future revisions to the license could allow Debian accept it fully.

[ED: As the freest of the free(dom) software movement, the concerns of this group must be taken seriously. Note too that some Wikies had to develop monitoring methods to catch flagrant misuse of (too) interested parties in blatant skewing of the meaning of the contents. See for example, the actions of U.S. Congressionial staffs to burnish the image of their local icon. - HC]

CLI Magic: Monitoring bandwidth from the command line

Volker Gropp's enhanced bandwidth monitor -- called bwm-ng, or Bandwidth Monitor Next Generation -- is a rewrite of an earlier bwm. It's simple to install and use, and I recently found it to be very helpful in getting data I needed for a story. You might find it useful, User Level: Intermediate

Review: Dyne:bolic 1.4.1 live CD

Dyne:bolic is a multimedia-centric Linux distribution on live CD. Recording, mixing, streaming, and broadcasting audio and video content is its stock in trade. It has been nearly two years since NewsForge first reviewed the Dyne:bolic 1.0 alpha release. The distro has matured considerably in the intervening time. This is a look at the 1.4.1 release.

India interested in state's open source developments

  • Portland Business Journal (Posted by tadelste on Mar 13, 2006 10:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Indian commercial interests want to do more business with Oregon, especially in the open source software arena.

But those who expected to hear a bid for more software and business-process outsourcing contracts might have been surprised. The 13 representatives of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce want to buy more products and services from Oregon companies, as well as sell more to them.

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