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SoCal Linux Expo makes final preparations

Final preparations are being completed for the Fifth Annual SoCal Linux Expo (SCALE 5X), to be held Feb. 9-11 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel. All speaker slots are full, and all exhibitor booths have been filled, according to the event's organizers.

gNewSense KDE 1.1 Screenshots

I am pleased to announce the 1.1 release of the gNewSense distribution and tools. This release brings a number of improvements: support for arbitrary meta packages; added optional support for updates and backports; added support for multiple live CDs; produce torrent files for live CDs; support for tracking mirror freshness; KDE variant live CD; fixed NTPL issue; enabled eepro100 driver (e100 was non-free); recompiled and rebranded Firefox so we could disable the offering of non-free plugins; new artwork; various other minor fixes and improvements. - DistroWatch. Screenshots of gNewSense KDE 1.1 are available at

On a Happy Feet fantasy

Final preparations are being completed for the Fifth Annual SoCal Linux Expo (SCALE 5X), to be held Feb. 9-11 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel. All speaker slots are full, and all exhibitor booths have been filled, according to the event's organizers.

[Nothing whatsoever to do with Linux, but who can resist a little info about penguins? And Gentoo fans will be delighted! - dcparris]

Microsoft Hires Programmer to edit Wikipedia Entry For OOXML

Microsoft is paying Rick Jelliffe to "correct errors" in Wikipedia's entry for OOXML

Cisco Responds to iPhone GPL Clusterlovemaking...

Yes, Cisco/Linksys has had problems with GPL before. From what we heard from the tech industry when that scandal hit (2003-ish), Linksys was borrowing freely from GPL and but not attributing it, a definite no-no. When Cisco purchased Linksys in 2003, they had a source code review and discovered the "oversight". After the obligatory "WTF do we do" meetings, Cisco decided to release the firmware into the open source community. This is why Linux hackers latched on and upgraded their router into a $600 beast.

Liberty Alliance courts open-source projects

The industry organization has created the "OpenLiberty Project" to provide tools and information for developing applications that use the Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services standards, it announced Monday at the "Liberty 2.0" event here. Liberty Alliance was formed in 2001 to develop standards for online verification of identity.

OLPC details low-cost laptop Build 2 mods

The One Laptop Per Child project, which demonstrated the first build of the self-powered laptop to a roomful of reporters Jan. 8 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is now into its second build of the new green machine.

SoCs Enable Digital Content Revolution

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Sam Siewert (Posted by IdaAshley on Jan 23, 2007 7:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
In this article learn how SoC architectures could significantly accelerate digital video processing and enable the digital video revolution. In addition Sam Siewert shows how SoCs can uniquely accelerate processing.

SUNY Linux Learning Collaborative Offers Training

The SUNY Linux Learning Collaborative, a partnership between Millard Fillmore College (MFC) at the University at Buffalo and Just-in-Time Resources of Calgary, Alberta, is offering online Linux training leading to the Linux Professional Institute first level (LPIC-1) certification. LPIC-1 certification, administered by the Linux Professional Institute, is considered to be the industry standard for excellence in Linux skills and knowledge for information technology professionals.

Microsoft's After The Lotus Notes Crowd

The Redmond, Wash., company today introduced more free software tools to make it easier for customers of IBM's Lotus collaboration software to move to and work with Microsoft's competing SharePoint Services 3.0 suite. Microsoft Transporter Suite for Lotus Notes, role-based templates for SharePoint My Sites and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 application templates, come as IBM kicks off Lotusphere 2007 in Orlando, Fla. The software tools are Microsoft's latest shot across Big Blue's bows in what has become a spirited, protracted competition for signing up the most corporate users to use their collaboration services, which include e-mail, instant messaging, calendaring and Web conferencing.

Embedded Linux stack vendor acquired

A UK-based provider of digital pay-TV technology and services has acquired an Israeli specialist in embedded PCI/USB device-driver toolkits and Linux software stacks targeting residential and business edge routers. The NDS Group says its $107.5 million cash acquisition of Jungo Ltd. will help it compete in the converging broadcast/broadband market.

The Future of WebOS

  •; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Jan 23, 2007 5:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Today, we’re using the Internet for more things than we ever really expected to use it for. When it first became popularized, the idea of sending simple text messages back and forth to one another was all the rage, but beyond that, it would have been very difficult to accurately predict where the Internet would lead us right up to the current day.

An overview of the state of consumer video editing on linux

  •; By dmbkiwi (Posted by dmbkiwi on Jan 23, 2007 5:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
With the advancement in digital video technology (with digital cameras that can create video, as well as video cameras that record direct to dvd), video editing is fast becoming a core function of the desktop. This is an overview of the state of consumer video editing software on linux.

MIPS32 SoCs target PMPs and PNDs, run Linux

Raza Microelectronics Inc. (RMI) will sample two low-powered, MIPS32-based media processors this quarter. The Au1250 and Au1210 respectively target multi-function portable media players (PMPs) and portable navigation devices (PNDs), and are the first new Alchemy chips since RMI acquired the line from AMD six months ago.

China making own PCs running with Linux but...

On January 20 we told the world that China is about to put on sale its own computers running with its own processor and Linux. We told the exact truth.

Forum for Open Source bring back LinuxAsia '07

To accelerate the adoption of Open Source (OS) by fostering innovation and development within the country, a group of individuals from the Linux/Open Source community have come together to constitute the Forum for Open Source Initiatives in India (FOSII). Senior industry professionals, technology journalists, enthusiasts, mediapersons and others from the OS community comprise the membership of the FOSII.

Open-source software offers affordable option

Reducing the widespread use of pirated software in Viet Nam will be an uphill struggle because of the high costs of legal software products, according to industry experts. But if shop owners, government offices and local consumers adopt open-source software – which is essentially free – piracy could fall dramatically, they added.

5 Eclipse plugins for discovering bad code

What if you were able to discover potential problems in your code prior to building it? Interestingly enough, there are 5 Eclipse plugins that will help you do just that!

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5: All about Xen

Experts, users and authors agree: When Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 launches in February, it will succeed or fail on the merits of Xen. Forget the FUD, said Andy Hudson, a RHEL5 beta tester and author of Fedora Core 6 Unleashed living in the U.K. Forget the deep support discounts offered by Oracle for its Unbreakable Linux, and definitely forget about the claims coming from the Microsoft-Novell camp about interoperability. They're all moot points.

Vista copy protection is defended

Microsoft has defended the digital rights management systems integrated into its new Vista operating system.

(A partial response to Peter Gutmanns' article -Azerthoth)

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