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First OLPC Linux laptops arrive from factory

The One Laptop Per Child project yesterday received its first shipment of the low-cost Linux laptops that are intended for children in emerging-economy nations, project member Chris Blizzard reports on his blog.

Nominate SA's top sites now!

Nominations close at the end of November for the first South African E-Commerce Awards. Members of the public are invited to nominate their favourite South African e-commerce websites.

Goodbye Razr, hello Linux-based Motofone

Motorola is shipping the first model in its Scpl ("scalpel") line of Linux-based phones set to replace the ubiquitous Razr. The Motofone F3, available today in India, is an extremely low-end phone featuring an "electronic paper" display, breakthrough battery life, and usability features for the illiterate.

Step-by-Step IPP based Print Server using CUPS

  • HowtoForge; By Ganesh Kumar (Posted by falko on Nov 29, 2006 10:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This tutorial describes how to install a Linux print server with CUPS. It also covers the installation and configuration of printer drivers on the print server as well as the printer setup on a Windows 2000 client.

Let's reward corporations that embrace Free Software

We need to loudly reward corporations for doing the right thing, so as to encourage others to do the same.

Kino: Video Editing for Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 29, 2006 9:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
It has long been believed that video editing with desktop Linux was not as "consumer friendly" as most people would like it be. Thankfully, one application has come along to help change this perception - Kino.

LPI creates voucher contest for LPIC-3 volunteers

  • Linux Professional Institute (Posted by scottl on Nov 29, 2006 9:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux, LPI
The Linux Professional Institute invites all Linux professionals to participate in the creation of LPI's enterprise level LPIC-3 certification. The contest asks for IT professionals to complete a Job Task Analysis survey which will assist in the creation of a psychometrically-valid certification program.

MA Governor-Elect Names MS Anti-ODF Lobbyist to Technology Advisory Group

Massachusetts Governor-elect Deval Patrick last week announced 15 transition team working groups, including one intended to advise the governor on the technology needs of the state government. Seven appointees on this group make sense. And then there's the Microsoft lobbyist that has been working to defeat ODF for the last two years.

Fedora Core 6: Beauty or Beast? (Part 2)

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 29, 2006 8:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Fedora
Last week I left off with installing Fedora Core 6 and actually booting it up on my test PC. It was a heroic struggle, and I persevered and triumphed. Today I'll review some of FC6's enterprise-worthy features.

Linux: GCC, Useful versus Useless Warnings

Linux creator Linus Torvalds proclaimed, "friends don't let friends use '-W'," in a thread discussing GCC's handling of warnings. scoops ICT award scooped up the African ICT Achiever 2006 Award for "Top civil society/NGO to bridge the digital divide in Africa" for their work in overcoming South Africa's languages barriers.

SCALE Call for papers

SCALE, (Southern California Linux Exposition) has recently released acall for papers for its healthcare day. Generally we are interested in seeing solid presentations of the application of Free and Open Source Software to the healthcare environment. If you are doing something innovative that the world needs to know about, this is your opportunity! Read on for more information regarding the type of topics that would be welcome!Fred Trotter

Tip of the Trade: TestDisk and PhotoRec

Murphy's Law dictates that you can always count on Bad Things happening. That probably explains why the software world has so many different recovery utilities for accidentally (or purposely) deleted files. These vary in ease of use, though typically "easy" is not a word that applies. Except for a pair of excellent data recovery tools, TestDisk and PhotoRec. (That's "rec" as in "recovery," not "wreck".)

MochiKit feels like Python but delivers high-level JavaScript

  • IBM/developerWorks; By David Mertz (Posted by solrac on Nov 29, 2006 5:19 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
MochiKit takes its main inspiration from Python, and from the many conveniences the Python standard library offers; but on the side it also smooths over the inconsistencies among browser versions.

Quick and dirty Samba setup

Samba is an open source project that allows Windows users to connect to a Linux server from which to share data. If you are looking for a simple, affordable home file server, or need more disk space on your office network, a Linux server with Samba is the way to go. Linux along with Samba offers a stable, secure environment that is available at no cost, along with features such as remote administration, immunity to Windows viruses, and the ability to run on low-end machines. Here's how you can set up a simple Samba server on Slackware for SOHO use.

OLPC Screenshot Walkthrough

Introducing the children's laptop from One Laptop per Child—a potent learning tool created expressly for the world's poorest children living in its most remote environments. The laptop was designed collaboratively by experts from both academia and industry, bringing to bear both extraordinary talent and many decades of collective field experience in every aspect of this non-profit humanitarian project. The result is a unique harmony of form and function; a flexible, ultra low-cost, power-efficient, responsive, and durable machine with which nations of the emerging world can leapfrog decades of development—immediately transforming the content and quality of their children's learning.

Adapt Web Apps to Work with Multiple Browsers

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Hong Guang (Posted by IdaAshley on Nov 29, 2006 3:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
The features of different Web browsers, such as language settings and JavaScript support, can cause Web applications to work differently from one browser to another. Learn some useful tips to help you make your Web applications more adaptable to all environments and avoid application breaks.

Bad SuSE experiences

LXer Feature: 29-Nov-2006

Recently, LXer asked you: Which Linux distribution is the best? SuSE Linux came along several times. I have tried to work with SuSE Linux, but I only had bad experiences. Nonetheless, I'm not sure if it's SuSE / Novell who I should blame, there are more factors. I am only an amateur / hobbyist, so I could be the one to blame. On the other hand, I have experience with Open/Net/FreeBSD, Slackware, Debian, Ubuntu, Knoppix, a lot of it with Gentoo, and I hold an LPIC 1, so you can't say I don't have experience. I don't know anyone else in my neighbourhood who's good with SuSE, so there's no hands-on support. Moreover, I ran Suse on Microsoft Virtual PC (R), so we could also blame Microsoft (as usual). Or didn't I try hard enough? Fact is, I am dissastified with SuSE to such a level, I won't use it for the coming few months probably.

Skolelinux 3.0 Test 2 Screenshot Walkthrough

After two months of continuous improving and bug fixing the Debian-Edu/Skolelinux project is pleased to announce that the next test release of Debian-Edu/Skolelinux 3.0 codename 'terra' is ready. Highlights: installer support encrypting disks and partitions; added Flash web plugin support using Gnash; added the Adept graphical package manager; added much used package KTuberling; added site summary system to make it easier to keep track of a lot of machines in the network; fixed the NTP configuration; KDE upgraded to 3.5.5; new artwork; audio device access should work out of the box; X.Org upgraded to 7.1.

Debian Weekly News - November 28th, 2006

Welcome to this year's 41st issue of DWN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Due to unfortunate circumstances the weekly newsletter stopped being released weekly and will only be finalised when enough people have contributed. Thanks to Sebastian Feltel for nearly writing this issue alone. Bill Allombert began to evaluate package set upgrades from sarge to etch to find out how smooth the upgrade goes.

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