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First look: version 2.0 beta

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Mar 1, 2005 5:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story has always been conservative with version numbers. Enough minor releases have boasted enough new features that the current release could easily be 3.0 or 4.0 instead of 1.1.4. Given this record, it's hardly surprising that version 2.0, for which beta code was set to be unveiled yesterday, amounts to a major rewrite of the software. Although key functionality remains largely intact, version 2.0 promises dozens, possibly hundreds, of changes. Many times during our testing of the first beta release, we felt we could almost have been looking at an entirely new piece of software.

Basic Tasks for New Linux Developers

  • IBM developerWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 28, 2005 4:15 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Linux systems require you to log in, become the super user (or root) for some tasks, open a terminal or shell window, and mount a CD-ROM. If you are new to Linux, this article will guide you through these tasks and more.

Quantum GIS : Interview with Marco Hugentobler

  • Quantum GIS Community; By Tim Sutton and Gary Sherman (Posted by timlinux on Feb 28, 2005 3:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community
This is the fifth in our series of interviews with QGIS developers and users. This week we travel to Zurich, Switzerland to chat with QGIS developer Marco Hugentobler. Marco works on the vector data model implementation in QGIS. The interview was conducted by Tim Sutton and Gary Sherman.

New FSF Europe fellowship program announced

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Feb 28, 2005 3:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Free Software Foundation Europe has announced a new Fellowship program to defend freedom in the digital age. Loosely modeled on the US-based Free Software Foundation's Associate Membership program, the FSFE hope to attract both more finances and activists to support their work. At a time when the free software movement is under a variety of threats, both legal, political and market-based, the FSFE hope that its Fellowship will be seen as "a call to arms."

Debian Project Leader Election 2005

  • Mailing list; By Debian Project Secretary (Posted by dave on Feb 28, 2005 2:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
The nomination period is at an end, with six candidates standing forth to be counted. We are now in the campaigning period.

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.

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