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Almost perfect

The biweekly german c’t magazine compared several socket 939 mainboards with built-in graphics, and, according to c’t mag, Linux just runs fine on it.

Timesys Webinars to Address Key Embedded Linux Development Issues

Range from a get-started overview for those new to embedded Linux to highly-focused sessions covering advanced topics

Patch testing

Critical to the concept of patch management is testing. When applied indiscriminately, patches can override working drivers, break existing software, and change the links to key files. They may introduce new features that override services on which you rely. Best practices suggest that you test every patch before installing it on production computers. Ideally, you'll have one or more extra computers available for this purpose.

YubNub: A command line for the Web

Tired of dragging your mouse from one Web site to another, trying to get to the best of the Web? Give YubNub a run. Its name means "hooray" in Ewok, and it might just make you jump for joy. Its developer, Jon Aquino, calls YubNub the URL command line of the Web OS. It provides a portal to hundreds of searchable Web sites.

Howto: Recovering grub boot loader password

If you have, a password protected grub boot loader and you forgot both root and grub password, then you can recover grub-boot loader password with the help of Knoppix Live CD.

The Politics of Honest Voting

It's time to replace the politics of secrecy and cover-ups in voting with the politics of open source.

Free software movement heads for Nairobi

Free software developers and advocates from across the African continent will be heading for Nairobi in Kenya this week as they gather for the second Free Sofware and Open Source Foundation for Africa conference. Keynote speakers during the opening day of the conference will include Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth as well representatives of Google.

Ubuntu Linux distros achieve feature-freeze alphas

The fourth alpha release (known as Flight 4) of the upcoming Ubuntu Linux 6.04 "Dapper Drake" is now available for download, the South Africa-based project announced this week. This is the feature-freeze version of Dapper Flight.

Oracle would be smart to love Sleepycat

With the dust settling on Oracle's Sleepycat Software acquisition, attention has focused on the future open source developers and products can expect in the closed source camp.

IBM Subpoenas Microsoft! Sun! Baystar in the SCO case

  • Groklaw; By Pamela Jones (Posted by bstadil on Feb 21, 2006 9:58 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM
Hold on to your hats! IBM has subpoenaed Microsoft! And Sun! At last, we're getting to the core of the matter. We're going to get to find out the whole story. Microsoft need to (show and) tell about Darl's communication in May of 2003 "with Steven Ballmer regarding SCO's rights to the UNIX operating system". Oh, and IBM would like to hear about "Microsoft's business strategy regarding Linux", and they'd like to chat about the Caldera antitrust litigation against Microsoft too. including those shredded documents.

Review: Four Linux Games I Can't Stop Playing

The GNU/Linux operating system isn't exactly known for gaming, but that doesn't mean that there aren't any games on it that are worth playing. LinuxPlanet welcomes new contributor Jem Matzan, who introduces us to games worth your time.

Stallman among keynoters at FOSDEM in Brussels

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Feb 21, 2006 9:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Richard M. Stallman, director of the Free Software Foundation, OpenOffice.org developer Michael Meeks, and Xen Project chief architect Ian Pratt will be among the keynote speakers at the sixth annual Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM), set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26, 2006, in Brussels, Belgium.

eyeOS 0.8.11 Web-enabled Desktop Released

Today, the eyeOS development team released version 0.8.11 of their on-line, web enabled desktop environment, eyeOS.

(De-)Forming Models with SharpConstruct

  • GNOME Journal; By Claus Schwarm (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 21, 2006 7:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNOME
Creating 3D models usually requires abstract imagination; one needs to construct and merge geometric figures together. Claus Schwarm looks at SharpConstruct which uses a different, more visual approach to 3D modelling.

GNOME sliding Linux onto business desktops

GNOME update will include tools designed to make it easier to deploy Linux desktop environment in enterprises.

Open university courseware trend comes to SA

The University of the Western Cape is to make its educational material including lecture notes accessible to all as part of a global free and open courseware movement.

Mysql to adopt Firebird architecture

Today it became generally known that MySQL has acquired a company called Netfrastructure. This company offers a product which is a reimplementation of the Firebird database architecture, combined with a web-based application server front end. It was designed by Jim Starkey in the late nineties and combines a database, a custom java virtual machine and a web server. Jim Starkey is also the principal author of Datatrieve, Rdb/ELN and InterBase, which became Firebird after being open-sourced in 2000.

Sarbanes-Oxley may up the ante for GPL violations

What happens if you violate the GNU General Public License (GPL)? Historically, you'd earn the scorn of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the open source community, and you might have to disclose or rewrite some code. However, the intellectual property disclosure requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 may present an additional threat to companies that violate the GPL.

MEPIS (and Debian) upgrades available now

MEPIS founder Warren Woodford has announced upgrades for SimplyMEPIS 3.4. The upgrade packages, which are now available in the MEPIS apt source pool, enable SimplyMEPIS 3.4-x users to upgrade their systems to the latest SimplyMEPIS version, version 3.4-3.

Tax Prep Open Source Code Effort Reports Promising Start

  • Accountingweb.com; By JC (Posted by tadelste on Feb 21, 2006 3:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A fledgling Internet-based tax preparation platform offering free software to tax preparers and an open source code to that software from which programmers could theoretically build other technologies key to the tax prep process, has attracted a handful of practitioner members and is discussing potential development opportunities with at least one of the tax prep industry’s top five software companies, according to the site’s founder, a CPA.

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