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Comment of the Day - February 6, 2006 - I use Xandros 3.0.2

When we asked the question: What Linux Distribution do you use as a desktop? We received an overwhelming response. In a short time, a question posed to LXer readers generated unparalleled activity on our site and on other sites around the globe. We now have several hundred replies we can use to create a statistical model to project Linux desktop use.

We also will feature comments from the forum posts such as Rajiv's. He makes a compelling case for his favorite distribution. You can find all the posts in our Linux Meta Forum. Thank you.

DistroWatch Weekly: NLD 10, Ubuntu distro sprint, smart-urpmi, Gentoo at E-Trade, "Goomours"

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Feb 6, 2006 3:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's sixth issue of DistroWatch Weekly! With all eyes on the final stages of development of Fedora Core 5 and SUSE Linux 10.1, other distributions are not resting either; we bring you interesting information about the upcoming releases of Novell Linux Desktop 10 and Kubuntu 6.04. Interested in network security and penetration testing? The brand new BackTrack live CD provides an amazing collection of tools just for this purpose; we'll take a quick look at the first beta released over the weekend. Also in this issue: try the new smart-urpmi for Mandriva and read how a vice president of a large financial firm fell in love with Gentoo. Finally, our January donation, the largest has ever made, goes to Gambas and Krusader. Happy reading! Join us at #distrowatch

Software promises open source management

The OpenQRM project is being hosted on and distributed under a modified Mozilla Public License. The software is available for free download. Qlusters will generate revenue by offering support packages, starting at US$750 per server, per year. Add-ons, such as support for VMware, will bump the cost of OpenQRM to about $1,250 per server, per year, says Ofer Shoshan, founder and CEO of Qlusters.

French Police Moving From Internet Explorer to Mozilla's Firefox

Paris, France (AHN) - In a move that stunned those supportive of open sourcing for computers, officials announced that French police will convert their 70,000 desktops to Mozilla's Firefox browser, abandoning Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

IBM Offers Free Software, Technical Resources to Russian Developers

IBM has announced free software and educational resources to help developers in Russia build and deploy innovative applications based on open standards and open source. The company is giving software developers, architects and students in Russia free access to software and hundreds of new tools and technical and educational resources that will enable them to easily build open standards-based applications.

Do-It Yourself Computing 2: Packages

  • Open for Business; By Ed Hurst (Posted by dcparris on Feb 6, 2006 12:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
In Linux Land, distributions are often divided into categories based on how they manage software. It's more than just keeping track of what is installed, but what version. The obvious issue is security updates. Software is usually offered in packages. Sometimes they are all self-contained; often there are packages which depend on others. These dependencies usually make sense, but not always.

Centeris wants VARs to sell cross-platform suite

  • IT Week UK; By Trevor Treharne (Posted by tadelste on Feb 6, 2006 12:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Server management vendor Centeris is looking for UK channel partners keen to make Linux and Windows work together. Centeris provides a cross-platform suite for managing Linux and Windows servers and hopes to boost business for resellers working with either vendor.

World Cup sparks new technology

  • LinuxWorld AU; By John Blau, IDG News Service (Posted by tadelste on Feb 5, 2006 11:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The antennas are linked to a high-speed fiber optic ring, which routes data to a cluster of Linux-based servers.

Universities switch on high-power computing projects

  • LinuxWorld AU; By Todd R. Weiss (Posted by tadelste on Feb 5, 2006 10:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
After doing research for years using computer clusters, Iowa State University has a high-performance supercomputer running to decipher the corn genome. Meanwhile, Georgia Institute of Technology deepened its high-performance computing relationship with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Buffalo Technology TeraStation Pro 1.0 TB

  • TrustedReviews (Posted by tadelste on Feb 5, 2006 9:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Buffalo Technology set the entry-level NAS world alight when it launched the TeraStation last year. This smart little box stuffed everything else on the market by delivering a full Terabyte (TB) of network storage at a price no-one else could even come close to. Well, it’s done it again with the TeraStation Pro. This desktop appliance also delivers masses of low-cost storage but goes one step beyond its predecessor by adding improved hard disk swap capabilities.

Xara gives Adobe a run for its money

  • News&Observer; By Paul Gilster (Posted by tadelste on Feb 5, 2006 8:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Because I like small, gutsy companies that are willing to take on the big guys, a graphics outfit Xara caught my eye....But it goes toe to toe against Adobe Illustrator, the $500 heavyweight widely considered a standard. You compete against industry titans on two obvious levels, one of them being price. Xara Xtreme sells for $79 yet offers composition and editing tools that stand out in the rapidly growing vector graphics field. And if low price can improve its market share, Xara is getting more aggressive still with the announcement that it will convert its products to an open source format and make them freely available to Linux developers (a Mac OS X version also looms).

Nokia 770 Internet Tablet discussion forum launched has launched a discussion forum specifically focused on the exciting new Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. We believe the 770 has lots of potential, and we expect it to evolve rapidly as more and more of the tablets get into Linux enthusiasts' hands. We therefore want to encourage our readers to ask -- and answer -- questions about the device.

French gendarmerie abandons IE for Firefox

PARIS: Supporters of open sourcing for computers have been given a shot in the arm by news the French police is abandoning Microsofts Internet Explorer for the Mozilla Foundations browser Firefox.

The gendarmerie's 70,000 desktops were being converted to Firefox and its email client Thunderbird because of the navigator's "reliability, security and inter-operability with other state services," said General Christian Brachet, IT director of the police force.

Google, Skype to back Wi-Fi hotspot linker

  • Fairfax Digitial AU (Posted by tadelste on Feb 5, 2006 5:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Google and eBay's Skype are investing in a startup that plans to help hotspot owners charge for Wi-Fi access, a plan that could face significant opposition from internet service providers (ISPs). The Internet heavyweights were joined by venture capital firms Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital in making a $US22 million investment in FON, the Spanish startup.

GoblinX Linux Project Releases GoblinX Premium 2006.1

Rochester, NY – The GoblinX Linux Project (, today, released GoblinX Premium 2006.1 edition, exclusively at 

GoblinX is a bootable live CD distribution based on Slackware Linux. The primary goal for GoblinX is to create a more pleasant and functional desktop, standardizing all icons and themes to make it easy for novice users to learn about available applications.

Novell showcases Linux Desktop 10

A demonstration of the next release of Novell's Linux for desktops drew cheers, although the final version of the software is not expected for some months.

Nat Friedman, the company's VP of Linux desktop engineering, showed Novell Linux Desktop 10 playing videos and MP3 music files, and exchanging music and photos with an iPod and a digital camera, in a keynote presentation at the Solutions Linux conference and trade show on the outskirts of Paris.

[Ed: Previously covered in an earlier article. tadelste]

Desktop Linux Summit adds Red Hat, Novell

Red Hat Inc. has for the first time signed on as a platinum sponsor of the Desktop Linux Summit, to be held April 24 and 25 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in downtown San Diego, Calif., event host Linspire Inc. announced Thursday. Novell Inc. will again be a platinum sponsor of the show, which bills itself as the only event to focus exclusively on Linux and open source software for the desktop.

MyDNSConfig 1.0.0 released: Management Of DNS Records Through A Web Interface

  •; By Falko Timme (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 5, 2006 1:12 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: PHP
MyDNSConfig is a free web-interface written in PHP that allows to administrate/create/delete DNS records easily. All data is stored in a MySQL database, and this MySQL database is used by the MyDNS name server to retrieve the DNS records which means: no zone files, no server reloads.

IE 7 and Firefox: Who Wins Now?

I downloaded the Internet Explorer 7 public beta this week and installed it on a couple of my Windows XP machines. Here's the short review: IE7 is a superb piece of software. If Mozilla hadn't caught Microsoft sitting complacently on its corporate butt, Firefox would [may] never have had a chance against this product.

Even so, Firefox still has one advantage, achieved with the help of its high profile and market momentum during the past 15 months, that will keep Internet Explorer stuck on the B-team.

[Ed: anything in brackets is mine. tadelste]

Africa Source II

The Africa Source II (AS II) conference, an eight-day hands-on workshop aimed at building the technical skills of those working with and within non-governmental organizations (NGO) on the continent, was held in Kalangala, Uganda, last month. The focus of the conference, held on one of the most beautiful islands of Lake Victoria, was on how free and open source software (FOSS) could be integrated into the projects of NGOs. More than 130 IT professionals and NGO staff from across the region, along with field leaders from Africa, Europe, North America, and Asia, were in attendance this year.

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