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Episode 36 - Other Window Managers

In this episode: a brief look at other window managers, including Openbox (more info here and here), Enlightenment (more info here and here), Ratpoison (more info here and here), Windowmaker, FVWM (more info here), Ion (more info here and here), and PekWM; a Listener Tip; listener feedback.

The Linux 101 Required Reading List

So you want to learn Linux? The best way, the only really good way, is to get a distribution, load it on a computer and give it a try. Any of the ones I mentioned recently at DesktopLinux.com in "What's the best Linux for beginners?" will do fine. However, you may need or want to read some materials about Linux to get up to speed. My favorite book is one I've mentioned often: Robin "Roblimo" Miller's book: Point and Click Linux.

BEA chief’s misguided missives on open source

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Neil McAllister (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 22, 2006 11:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You could hear Rob Levy’s teeth chattering all the way from Bangalore. The CTO of BEA Systems must be scared out of his wits. How else to explain the mishmash of half-truths and misleading facts he told the IDG News Service during a tour of BEA’s India-based R&D facility recently?

The Perfect Xen 3.0.3 Setup For Debian Sarge

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Oct 22, 2006 10:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions about how to install Xen (version 3.0.3) on a Debian Sarge (3.1) system. It shows how to compile Xen, dom0 and domU kernels from the sources as well as how to install Xen from precompiled binaries. Creating guest domains from images is also covered by this article.

The unknown soldiers of KDE and Gnome

On thing that the recent KDE-Gnome war has learned me is that the smartest people of all are the "civilians", our users. They just use a mixture of what is there and don't understand what the fuss is all about. They happily shop in the giant bazaar for whatever they need.

Oracle Ubuntu Linux deal speculation grows

On the eve of the OracleWorld user conference, market watchers are divided on whether Oracle intends to make an announcement concerning its Linux plans. However, I believe it's a fair bet that Oracle is working on incorporating Ubuntu Linux into its own product.

Disk Doctors Labs, Inc. Launches Linux Data Recovery Software

Disk Doctors Launches! Linux Data Recovery Software Disk Doctors Linux Data Recovery software is a tool that helps you to recover data from Ext2 & Ext3 File System which may be on any Linux distribution, to name a few Redhat, Suse, Mandriva, Ubuntu, Caldera, Slackware, Gentoo, Kubuntu etc.

Lacie Offers Complete Burning Solution With LightScribe Labeller

LaCie announced it is the first to offer a complete burning and LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling solution for all operating systems. This includes the first-ever LightScribe Labeler software for Linux, a new version of LightScribe Labeler software for Mac, and SureThing LightScribe Labeler for Windows.

Howto: ATI fglrx driver+Xgl+compiz on Debian Sid for KDE users

A how-to on manually installing Xgl and compiz on Debian Sid, for KDE users, with the proprietary ATI graphics driver ("fglrx"). Note: This how-to was done with Kanotix, which is very close to stock Debian Sid. I think it'll work on stock Debian Sid, but since I don't have Sid on my spare partition at the moment, I can't test it. If someone here can, it would be much appreciated.

Consortium to measure open source quality

A consortium consisting of leading European open source projects, consultants and research bodies has secured EU funding to measure the quality of open source software.

Firefox 2 - out on Tuesday

"It's the first update since last November for the browser - used by 11 to 15 percent of people on the Internet, according to independent and company estimates," says The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Firefox Wins Popularity Among Business Users

Firefox is appealing to 44 percent of businesses who allow their employees install Firefox as another web browser.

Adobe Flash 9 Beta Debuts on Linux OS

  • DailyTech; By Michael Hoffman (Posted by dcparris on Oct 21, 2006 10:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Adobe has recently released the beta version of Flash Player 9 for the Linux operating system. The Linux version has most of the same features that users are used to with Windows and Macintosh versions of Flash 9. The beta, which was released on Wednesday, does not support a full-screen mode or support for SSL encryption. Adobe, however, said that both features will be available in the final version of the program. Developers will also be able to use Adobe's Flex 2 software developer kit to help develop new applications.

[Yes, it's the moment we've all been dreading. - dcparris]

Debian internationalisation server is available

During the first Debian Internationalisation meeting Casar de Caceres, Extremadura, Spain. a server, dedicated for the Debian internationalisation activities, was setup.

Managing Xen With Xen-Tools, Xen-Shell, And Argo

This guide describes how to install and use xen-tools, xen-shell, and Argo on a Debian system. Falko Timme use Debian as usual.

Fedora Core 6 Screenshot Walkthrough

TCS has taken some great screenshots of the much anticipated Fedora Core 6. Screenshot walkthroughs are available in 1024x768 and 800x600 resolutions.

A Cliffs Notes guide to the mobile video market

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Larry Loeb (Posted by solrac on Oct 21, 2006 6:33 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Mobile video is moving just a bit faster than the speed of life, these days. Sprint has just announced its intention to test a video-to-the-handset service called VUE, Qualcomm has hopped on board with its MediaFLO transport mechanism, and users are clamoring for peer-to-peer content on the go.

First benchmarks of the ext4 file system

These are the first benchmarks of the upcoming ext4 file system for Linux which promises improved data integrity and performance, among with less limitations. While the ext4 file system is still in the early stages of development, it's already showing some performance improvements.

Experts warn of IE7 flaws

Security firms are already warning that Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 may contain security vulnerabilities. The browser has a stack of new features that will help bring it up to par with Mozilla's Firefox, including tabbed windows, integrated search and an RSS feed manager.

Website to Educate on Dangers of Digital Restrictions Management

Several public interest groups including international library groups, the Free Software Foundation Europe, the Consumer Project on Technology, iCommons and others have created a new website DRM.INFO to educate the public on the use of technological restrictions on digital media.

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