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UML maintainer Jeff Dike makes virtualization predictions

SYDNEY -- One of the great things about is the chance to mingle with some of the brightest lights in the open source community. For example, Jeff Dike, author and maintainer of User-Mode Linux is here this week to talk about UML and the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). During one of the breaks on Monday, I sat down with Dike to talk about UML's immediate future, and picked his brain about other virtualization technologies.

So Many Distros, So Little Time

Do we really need a separate distribution like GNewSense strictly for ideological purity? Ubuntu can be made truly free by removing the restricted modules package and leaving the multiverse packages disabled. That’s all you need to do. Not hard, is it? If Feisty Fawn, the next release, includes binary blobs in the kernel as Red Hat/Fedora does then there is exactly one extra step: recompile the kernel leaving out the offending bits. That’s the worst case scenario for ANY Linux distribution.

NEPOMUK-KDE Workshop in Paris

NEPOMUK is the social semantic desktop project which is planned to be integrated into KDE 4. The work is being done by Mandriva programmers Sebastian Trüg (of K3b's fame) and Stephane Lauriere. As the move to kdelibs is planned, there will be a couple of presentations in Paris to clarify the aims of the project and its technical aspects.

Ten big Dutch cities demand open standards

In the beginning of 2003, the Dutch government started a program called Open Standards and Open Source Software (OSSOS) to stimulate Dutch government agencies to use open standards in their software and to inform them about open source software. Last month, 10 big Dutch cities signed a Manifesto of the Open Cities, signaling that the OSOSS program is working.

Penguin Computing gets new sales chief

Charles Wuischpard, an IBM veteran, has 'aggressive revenue goals' for the Linux computer maker.

Proprietary codecs unveiled for open source systems

Spanish software house Fluendo is selling codecs for Windows Media Player, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 to Linux and Solaris users. Although there are open source media players that can work with Windows Media Player, the software can either fail to run or work only in a limited fashion, particularly on websites hosting video.

Skyos Gets Java, Wine, ACPI, More

Kaffe using GNU Classpath (without AWT) is now working fine on SkyOS, just like Wine. Although there is no Wine graphics driver yet, you can already start Windows console applications directly from within SkyOS (once a Wine/SkyGI backend is available Wine should run on SkyOS as good as it does on Linux, and will be available via Software Store). On the driver side there is now an ACPI driver including support for ACPI power/sleep buttons (a SkyOS service, the PowerMonitor, will react on power events with configurable actions like shutdown, reboot, etc.). And finally, the SkyOS LiveCD is shaping together and should soon be available.

Fun and sun down under: Day one at

SYDNEY -- It took more than 17 hours in planes and a trip through customs, but I've made the trek from Denver, Colorado, to Sydney, Australia, for (LCA) 2007. Already it looks like the trip was worthwhile.

Samba share permissions simplified

Samba software, is a free, open source implementation of networking protocols to share files between UNIX/Linux and Windows computers. There are many ways to set permissions to your Samba shares and improve security. This article will cover some of the basic permissions and permission precedence with examples.

Kubuntu 7.04 Herd 2 Screenshots

  • (Posted by lqsh on Jan 16, 2007 9:45 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Feisty Fawn Herd 2 CD release brings with it many new and exciting applications. For this latest release of Kubuntu 7.04, usability looks to be the common theme. Besides usability there have been updates to many common applications as well as a changing in the default database application in Kubuntu. With every new pre-release, updates will be documented allowing you to thoroughly test your Kubuntu 7.04 installation. - Screenshots of Kubuntu 7.04 Herd 2 are available at

Save time with text editing one-liners

Text-editing operations are normally done interactively, inside a text editor application. Some tasks, however, can be accomplished quickly and easily, right from the UNIX command line. What's more, these one-liners can be used in scripts to automate various editing procedures.

Open Source And Career Opportunities

Matt Asay has some good advice for folks asking him for career advice: "Work for an open source company." I'd wholeheartedly agree. I'd like to add "or within the open source group of a traditional software company".

Symbian Woos Open Source Developers with Posix

  • Computer Business Review; By Ric Turner (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 16, 2007 7:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Symbian Ltd will today announce the availability of libraries to support the Posix APIs, with a view to attracting developers of open source apps to port to its smart phone OS.

Columbitech Adds Support for Suse Linux Enterprise Server

There is a growing recognition of Linux in the retail sector, as retailers are starting to see the advantages and cost savings of a Linux system, Columbitech said. "We are continuously expanding our product portfolio to stay ahead of market demands and meet customer requirements," said Asa Holmstrom, the company's president.

Forum for Open Source Initiatives in India Formed

The Forum for Open Source Initiatives in India (FOSII) has been formed by a group of individuals from the Linux/Open Source to accelerate the adoption of Open Source by fostering innovation and development within the country. The FOSII is comprised of senior industry professionals, technology journalists, enthusiasts, mediapersons and others from the Open Source community. Sandeep Menon, convener of FOSII and director of Linux business for Novell West Asia, said, "FOSII members belong to various facets of the Linux/OSS (Open Source Software) ecosystem, which includes the industry, academia, government and the community. introduces a social bookmarking section

Among other improvements, now has a link sharing section allowing FOSS and Free Culture people to share important "digital freedom" related links for each other.

A Beginner's Guide To LVM

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jan 16, 2007 4:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This guide shows how to work with LVM (Logical Volume Management) on Linux. It also describes how to use LVM together with RAID1 in an extra chapter. As LVM is a rather abstract topic, this article comes with a Debian Etch VMware image that you can download and start, and on that Debian Etch system you can run all the commands I execute here and compare your results with mine. Through this practical approach you should get used to LVM very fast.

Leo Brincat’s missionary zeal

Austin Gatt is a lawyer, member of Malta's Nationalist Party and currently the country's Minister for Investments, Industry and IT. He hasn't got a clue about software. That doesn't stop him making clueless remarks about Free Software in order to diss a competing party. Not lxer material normally, but keep your friends close...

Unisys Broadens Oasis Open Source Software Stacks for Linux

Server maker Unisys wants a bigger piece of the action in the open source software game and also wants to tap into the move by some companies away from mainframe and Unix servers and toward Linux platforms. Which is why the company will today expand its Open and Secure Integrated Solutions, or Oasis, product line.

Linux: Users Follow the Developers

  •; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Jan 16, 2007 2:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I know I’m not the only person who doesn’t like to feel like a beginner whenever I use a computer. There are those of us who only like to use something that they can easily master within a few minutes, and then there are people who are always up for a challenge. If you tell them that they can’t do something, then you can count on them to do whatever it takes to accomplish it and prove you wrong.

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