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Kurumin 7.0 Light Screenshots

The Kurumin project has announced the release of Kurumin Light 7.0, a mini-CD edition of the Brazilian distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux. Kurumin Light comes on only 182 MB, but includes the full KDE desktop with Konqueror and Kaffeine, the Kurumin-specific magic icons and all the custom scripts. Compared to the standard edition, it lacks some of the larger applications, such as and Java, and it also comes without support for scanners and 3D acceleration. Kurumin Light can be used as a live CD, but a hard disk installation script is also available for those who wish to give it a permanent space on their hard disk. - DistroWatch. Screenshots of Kurumin 7.0 Light are available at

Qtopia installation tips and tricks

Foreword: This article unravels the mysteries of Trolltech's Qtopia development framework, for new users just trying to get it installed. The article includes examples based on GPL-licensed versions of Qtopia and KDevelop. It was written by three employees of Mindfire Solutions, a New Delhi, India-based software development services house.

Fedora 7: The Linux Knight in Shining Armor?

Fedora Core 6 was released on October 24, 2006 and scheduled to come out a half-year later is the seventh major release for the Fedora Project. However, unlike Yarrow, Tettnang, Heidelberg, Stentz, Bordeaux, and Zod, Fedora 7 is shaping up to be the most ambitious release yet. With all the work and reform going into Fedora 7 it poses the question, will Fedora 7 be Linux's knight in shining armor?

Video interview of Linus Torvalds talking about 2.7 kernel

  • ZDNet Australia; By Munir Kotadia and Chris Duckett (Posted by daria42 on Jan 17, 2007 6:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Kernel, Linux
ZDNet Australia has put up a video interview of Linux creator Linus Torvalds talking about the kernel development process, explaining why the unexpected resilience of kernel version 2.6 has delayed the move to kernel version 2.7.

Intel boosts hardware-based Linux virtualization

With Intel Corp. processors supporting the company's Virtualization Technology (VT) becoming more pervasive, Linux kernel developers are writing the code to improve hardware virtualization and hence performance. Speaking at this year's Linux and open-source conference in Sydney, Intel software engineer Jeff Dike spoke about three virtualization methods -- User-Mode Linux (UML), Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) and hardware virtualization.

Real-time Linux flies cameras over NFL games

FSMLabs says its real-time Linux distribution is being used to fly cameras above NFL games, film sets, and other events. RTLinux powers the real-time camera control software used by Cablecam, a provider of video footage to sports broadcasting companies and movie studios.

[Finally, Linux doing some real work ;-) - Scott]

Linux: Automatic Kernel Tunables

Nadia Derbey posted a set of patches to the Linux Kernel Mailing List titledAKT, Automatic Kernel Tunables, explaining,"this is a series of patches that introduces a feature that makes the kernel automatically change the tunables values as it sees resources running out." The kernel portion of the AKT framework is described as providing sysfs interfaces for registering tunables, and for activating the automatic tuning of registered tunables. Nadia explains the second feature,"it can be called during resource allocation to tune up, and during resource freeing to tune down the registered tunable." The userland portion of the framework provides an interface for configuring whether or not a tunable should be set automatically.The default automatic adjustment routine provided by the patches simply allow a tunable to be configured with a minimum and maximum values, as well as a thresholds.

UML maintainer Jeff Dike makes virtualization predictions

SYDNEY -- One of the great things about is the chance to mingle with some of the brightest lights in the open source community. For example, Jeff Dike, author and maintainer of User-Mode Linux is here this week to talk about UML and the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). During one of the breaks on Monday, I sat down with Dike to talk about UML's immediate future, and picked his brain about other virtualization technologies.

So Many Distros, So Little Time

Do we really need a separate distribution like GNewSense strictly for ideological purity? Ubuntu can be made truly free by removing the restricted modules package and leaving the multiverse packages disabled. That’s all you need to do. Not hard, is it? If Feisty Fawn, the next release, includes binary blobs in the kernel as Red Hat/Fedora does then there is exactly one extra step: recompile the kernel leaving out the offending bits. That’s the worst case scenario for ANY Linux distribution.

NEPOMUK-KDE Workshop in Paris

NEPOMUK is the social semantic desktop project which is planned to be integrated into KDE 4. The work is being done by Mandriva programmers Sebastian Trüg (of K3b's fame) and Stephane Lauriere. As the move to kdelibs is planned, there will be a couple of presentations in Paris to clarify the aims of the project and its technical aspects.

Ten big Dutch cities demand open standards

In the beginning of 2003, the Dutch government started a program called Open Standards and Open Source Software (OSSOS) to stimulate Dutch government agencies to use open standards in their software and to inform them about open source software. Last month, 10 big Dutch cities signed a Manifesto of the Open Cities, signaling that the OSOSS program is working.

Penguin Computing gets new sales chief

Charles Wuischpard, an IBM veteran, has 'aggressive revenue goals' for the Linux computer maker.

Proprietary codecs unveiled for open source systems

Spanish software house Fluendo is selling codecs for Windows Media Player, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 to Linux and Solaris users. Although there are open source media players that can work with Windows Media Player, the software can either fail to run or work only in a limited fashion, particularly on websites hosting video.

Skyos Gets Java, Wine, ACPI, More

Kaffe using GNU Classpath (without AWT) is now working fine on SkyOS, just like Wine. Although there is no Wine graphics driver yet, you can already start Windows console applications directly from within SkyOS (once a Wine/SkyGI backend is available Wine should run on SkyOS as good as it does on Linux, and will be available via Software Store). On the driver side there is now an ACPI driver including support for ACPI power/sleep buttons (a SkyOS service, the PowerMonitor, will react on power events with configurable actions like shutdown, reboot, etc.). And finally, the SkyOS LiveCD is shaping together and should soon be available.

Fun and sun down under: Day one at

SYDNEY -- It took more than 17 hours in planes and a trip through customs, but I've made the trek from Denver, Colorado, to Sydney, Australia, for (LCA) 2007. Already it looks like the trip was worthwhile.

Samba share permissions simplified

Samba software, is a free, open source implementation of networking protocols to share files between UNIX/Linux and Windows computers. There are many ways to set permissions to your Samba shares and improve security. This article will cover some of the basic permissions and permission precedence with examples.

Kubuntu 7.04 Herd 2 Screenshots

  • (Posted by lqsh on Jan 16, 2007 9:45 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Feisty Fawn Herd 2 CD release brings with it many new and exciting applications. For this latest release of Kubuntu 7.04, usability looks to be the common theme. Besides usability there have been updates to many common applications as well as a changing in the default database application in Kubuntu. With every new pre-release, updates will be documented allowing you to thoroughly test your Kubuntu 7.04 installation. - Screenshots of Kubuntu 7.04 Herd 2 are available at

Save time with text editing one-liners

Text-editing operations are normally done interactively, inside a text editor application. Some tasks, however, can be accomplished quickly and easily, right from the UNIX command line. What's more, these one-liners can be used in scripts to automate various editing procedures.

Open Source And Career Opportunities

Matt Asay has some good advice for folks asking him for career advice: "Work for an open source company." I'd wholeheartedly agree. I'd like to add "or within the open source group of a traditional software company".

Symbian Woos Open Source Developers with Posix

  • Computer Business Review; By Ric Turner (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 16, 2007 7:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Symbian Ltd will today announce the availability of libraries to support the Posix APIs, with a view to attracting developers of open source apps to port to its smart phone OS.

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