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T-Dose Dutch Open Source event taking place this weekend, LXer editors there

This Saturday and Sunday, the Dutch international Open Source event T-Dose will be held for the second time in Eindhoven (40 km from both the German and Belgian border (GoogleMaps). This year, the event is held at the Fontys 'High School' (so not the university this year!) and there are three tracks and several workshops. Topics cover a wide range from KDE(4), debugging and exploiting software, embedded systems and virtualization. This year is the second time I will attend, and I can really advise you to be there if you're interested in open source software, even if you're not a developer (neither am I). Also, Sander Marechal, our other Dutch editor (list) will be there, and we plan to cover the event in one or more articles on LXer.

If you plan to go there, please let us know in a message below. We hope to see you there!

[ Sorry for being late to announce, my planning is bad - hkwint ]

Shuttleworth on Ballmer

Ubuntu's leader has thoughts on Microsoft CEO's latest claims that Linux and open source violate Microsoft's intellectual property.

Meanwhile, Back in Minnesota: Your Chance to Help on Open Formats

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Oct 10, 2007 4:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As you may, "open format" bills were introduced in multiple legislatures in the US earlier this year in states such as California, Connecticut, Oregon, New York and Texas. All of those efforts failed to accomplish their original objectives, with every piece of legislation being defeated, except for the ones introduced in Minnesota and New York, where greatly weakened bills passed that called for the "study" of open formats.

Nginx HTTP Server + PHP5 (With fast-cgi And xcache) On Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

  • HowtoForge (Posted by falko on Oct 10, 2007 3:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This HowTo describes the implementation of Nginx with php5 support (through FastCGI). The fast-cgi process will be initiated via spawn-fcgi. Nginx is a great replacement of Apache with very low memory footprint and contrary to Lighttpd, does not suffer from memory leak over time. You can then use all the memory left to unleash the power of mysql for instance by increasing the default query cache.

Linspire 6.0 desktop Linux released

Ubuntu-based Linspire 6.0 includes CNR service, proprietary software and Microsoft technology. It also bundles in Microsoft patent covenants following a deal with the software giant last year.

How to compile and install compiz-fusion from git on Fedora 7

  •; By axel (Posted by axel on Oct 10, 2007 1:10 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora
This guide describes how to compile and install the latest compiz-fusion from git on Fedora 7. compiz-fusion is the cool cube desktop you see all over the Internet from Linux users. Fedora 7 has packages only for beryl which is considered obsolete. compiz-fusion is the merge of beryl and compiz!

And Ballmer Blathers On

After reading an InformationWeek article about Steve Ballmer suggesting, yet again, that GNU/Linux users - or at least the Red Hat users - owe Microsoft money for violating patents he, yet again, refuses to disclose. But Ballmer is missing something - or maybe I am.

Good-bye NetWare, hello Linux: Novell Open Enterprise 2.0

Novell's long journey from NetWare to Linux is finally complete. On Oct. 8, Novell released Open Enterprise Server 2 to its customers worldwide. Shortly after acquiring SUSE and its enterprise-focused Linux distribution, Novell announced that its follow-on to NetWare 6.5 would ship as a set of network services that could run atop the NetWare and the Linux kernel, OES (Open Enterprise Server) 1.0.

Linux 2.6.23 Kernel Benchmarks

The Linux 2.6.23 kernel has been released today and we have some preliminary benchmarks of the 2.6.23 kernel as we compare it to the past Linux 2.6.22 kernel. We will have more on the Linux 2.6.23 kernel once we have tested it more extensively, but the benchmarks we have ran so far include Quake 4, LAME encoding, Gzip compression, and RAMspeed. If you missed it, among the features for the Linux 2.6.23 kernel include the CFS process scheduler (Completely Fair Scheduler), a variety of virtualization improvements, on-demand read-ahead, and XFS and EXT4 file-system improvements are among the interesting changes.

Photoshop 6 through CS2 on Linux with Wine

  • Wine-Review; By Thomas Wickline (Posted by twickline on Oct 10, 2007 9:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Over this past week end I have posted four Adobe Photoshop on Linux with Wine articles, versions 6 through CS2 are covered.

Installing Cinelerra on Ubuntu Studio

Cinelerra, one of the only serious video editing and compositing tools available for Linux, can cause frustration for users trying to install it on Ubuntu Studio. Fortunately, after several attempts, I found a way to install it easily.

Ballmer: "Number of patents Linux infringes on is declining"

Short patent timeline:

16 May, 1991: "If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today." - Bill Gates, Challenges and Strategy Memo

Aug, 2004: OSDL releases a study saying Linux may infringe 283 patents; Ballmer leaves away the word "may"

May, 2007: Brad Smith claims Linux potentially infringes 235 patents

Oct, 2007: Ballmer claims

Linux potentially infringes 153 patents

Conclusion: Number of Microsoft patents filed at USPTO grows, but number of MS patents Linux potentially infringes on is declining.

Preferred PowerPC-Based Linux Distro.

There is still hope for users of PowerPC-based Macs out there even though Apple has left us. PowerPC-based LInux distribution is our hope even though Gnash, the open source flash is still almost a hit-or-miss application.

2.6.23 Kernel, "Finally"

"Finally. Yeah, it got delayed, not because of any huge issues, but because of various bugfixes trickling in and causing me to reset my 'release clock' all the time. But it's out there now, and hopefully better for the wait,"

KOffice 2 on Windows

While the industry is distracted by the ongoing tussle between Microsoft and over document formats, the KDE project is quietly preparing the next generation of its own office suite, KOffice, for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. KOffice 2.0, to be released sometime in the first half of 2008, will be cross platform like many other applications in the KDE suite built with the Qt4 GUI toolkit.

Ballmer: All open source dev should happen on Windows

While in Britain last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took a swipe at just about everything - from one of the world's largest Linux vendors to a social networking company he may end up buying. He insisted that Red Hat violates MS patents. He compared Facebook to GeoCities. He even accused Google of reading your email.

Last chance to test Fedora 8

The Fedora development team have release Fedora 8 Test 3, the last test release before the development freezes in advance of the distro's general release on November 8.

Brainstorming ideas for the GIMP's next interface

The GIMP image editor is preparing for the start of a new development cycle, and you can have your say in the way the next version looks by submitting a mock-up to the GIMP UI Brainstorm blog. User interface designer Peter Sikking spoke with us about the project and how it fits into the larger work of creating the GIMP's UI.

Get productive with relative tabs

  •; By Alastair Otter (Posted by hkwint on Oct 10, 2007 2:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Do you spend most of your day struggling to organise your Firefox tabs? Then you're a candidate for Tabs Open Relative. Read on for a really cool extension for serious Internet users.

Is Windows Media Player 11 Watching You?

I thought Microsoft stuck to monitoring Vista systems but XP could be under surveillance too. If you have read my previous articles this should come as no surprise.

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