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New Linux Kernel 2.4 maintainer

While releasing Linux 2.4.33-rc3 Marcelo Tosatti has announced that in future Willy Tarreau will maintain the Linux kernel series 2.4. Four and a half years ago Mr. Tosatti had at the age of 18 taken over the position of maintainer of the kernel series 2.4 from Version 2.4.15 upwards from Linus Torvalds. However, since the publication of the kernel series 2.6 Linux 2.4 has -- not unexpectedly -- seen its importance diminish. Thus of late Kernel 2.4 has only received minor corrections, with new functions and drivers for up-to-date hardware in short supply. Witness the patches for 2.4.31 and 2.4.32, which were down to 25 and 54 kilobytes (bz2 format) respectively, whereas, for example, the packed patch for upgrading 2.6.16 to 2.6.17 alone came to almost six megabytes.

CLI Magic: Feh for image viewing

  • Linux.com; By Michael Stutz (Posted by dcparris on Jul 31, 2006 12:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
Too many Linux image viewers are tinged with little annoyances -- they take too long to load, are slow to redraw the display, have limited format support, sport inconvenient controls -- so when you want to settle on one, inevitably there's something to make you utter feh! in general discontent. Good call -- feh is the name of a speedy little viewer that packs in a surprising number of features for its size.

New and even better Linux HTPC

Lixsystems (we reported about them already) has answered our questions and now offers a new HTPC based on an Asus AM2 mainboard:

Actel Broadens Support for CoreMP7-Based Designs With New ...

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Actel Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTL) today announced SoftConsole, a free software program development environment for Actel's CoreMP7, the industry's only soft 32-bit ARM7 microprocessor core for field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Based on the widely used, open-source Eclipse Integrated Design Environment (IDE) and ARM7 GNU compiler and debugger, SoftConsole provides a cost-effective, reliable way to write and debug software programs for CoreMP7. The free tool enables designers to quickly and easily develop embedded system applications based on Actel's single-chip, flash-based FPGAs.

[Not sure whether this is really FOSS or not. If so, it might be a good thing for those who use the ARM7 platform. - dcparris]

Socialtext Releases Open Source Wiki

Socialtext (http://www.socialtext.com) has released Socialtext Open for immediate download. The company said that Socialtext Open is the first open source wiki with a commercial venture as its primary contributor. It has all of Socialtext’s enterprise grade code aside from its enterprise management and enterprise integration tools. Socialtext also announced the availability of its Technical Professional Service, a new Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) Application Programming Interface (API) that enables developers to integrate and extend Socialtext Open, and the Socialtext Open Roadmap for the next 3 months.

[Say, is this one of those rat trap schemes - you know, where they give you part of the program under a gratis or libre license, but you have to get the commercial edition for the 'real' features? - dcparris]

Proudly African

  • Tectonic.co.za; By Jason Norwood-Young (Posted by dcparris on Jul 31, 2006 10:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Comments on OSNews bring home Africa's reputation problem. We're certainly undeserving of the rest of the world's scorn.

[Great insights from Jason on an important issue. - dcparris]

Cedega and Linux: Let the Windows games begin

If there's one area where Linux distributions fall behind Windows, it's games. Most PC games are built for Windows. Where does that leave Linux users? With Cedega, a melding of Wine and DirectX developed by TransGaming. Today, Cedega 5.2.3 officially supports about 50 games, though in reality it can run a lot more.

[Note the licensing issues box in the article. It doesn't seem like an ideal project to me, but I'm not addicted to games, either. - dcparris]

Photoshop in Linux

  • Manila Standard Today; By Chin Wong (Posted by dcparris on Jul 31, 2006 9:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
CAN you run Adobe Photoshop on Linux? Many Web designers, graphic artists and bloggers might consider the answer to this question crucial when considering a shift from Windows.

[You might be interested if you must have Photoshop. Frankly, I guess I would need to be a much more serious image editor to "need" this non-free software. - dcparris]

Xen not ready for prime-time, says Red Hat

A senior Red Hat executive today maintained the Xen open source virtualisation environment was not yet ready for enterprise use, despite "unbelievable" customer demand and the fact rival Novell has already started shipping the software.

Google Opens the Hood on Open Source

When the co-founders started-up Google, their main source of funding was their credit cards. Any way they could find to leverage resources was critical. One approach was to use open source software. Basically, this is software that is freely available – so long as all additions to the software is also made free.

Browser wars continue to intensify

Two reports over the past week, plus one in the previous two weeks, add to the growing recognition that the internet browser space is the theatre upon whose stage the battle for IT marketshare will be fought in future.

Linux headed into Boeing anti-sub aircraft

  • ZDNet Australia; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by daria42 on Jul 31, 2006 7:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Boeing has awarded Wind River Systems a contract to embed its version of Linux -- along with a new batch of products built around the open-source operating system -- into a new military aircraft.

Wind River Targets Mobile Handhelds and Telecommunications Equipment With the Latest Release of Its Commercial Grade Linux Platforms

New Release Anticipates Customer Demand in Key Growth Segments of the Device Software Optimization Industry

Lulu.tv's motto: Get played, get paid

Mega-millionaire Bob Young, the red-hat wearing Canadian who brought Linux software to the commercial world and acquired the Hamilton Tiger-Cats football club, has something else on his mind these days: Internet video.

[The above is the only direct connection this story has to GNU/Linux, but I couldn't resist. -- grouch]

Momentum builds for 'revolution' to recycle electronic waste

On a recent sunny Saturday near the banks of the Willamette River, teenagers gathered on a warehouse loading dock called the "smash zone." Before a crowd of cheering onlookers, they took baseball bats to their old computer printers and fax machines, breaking them into hundreds of pieces before the remnants were swept into a giant recycling bin. Welcome to Geek Fair 2006.

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"There are so many computer illiterate people out there who have lots of money," says Clayton Kern, an environmental biology major at Unity College in Unity, Maine, who makes it a habit to pick up and recycle computers left on the curb. "If some small, easily fixable thing breaks on their two-year-old computer, they just chuck it and get a new one."

Boeing Selects Wind River Carrier Grade Linux for the P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft Mission System

Wind River's Unique Build Methodology Enables Use of Standard Open Source Linux for Aerospace and Defense Application

Activestate Previews Komodo 4.0 at O'Reilly Open Source Convention

ActiveState Software Inc., the leading provider of tools and services for dynamic languages, today announced the technical pre-release of Komodo 4.0, introducing advanced support for Web 2.0 technologies to the award-winning IDE for dynamic languages. The release is available for download now.

Top Five Things Microsoft Can Learn from Linux

Last week, I listed the Top five things Linux can learn from Microsoft. Well, it's a two-way street: Microsoft could really stand to learn a few things from Linux, too.

KDE Commit-Digest for 30th July 2006

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Work begins on integrating C# support in KDevelop, as the second phase of the "C# parser for KDevelop" Summer Of Code project, whilst a companion effort concurrently starts to support Java. Eigen, a matrix and vector mathematics library is begun. okular is ported to QGraphicsView. Infrastructure improvements in Solid and Kalzium. "Siox" tool ported to Krita.

How to Install Macromedia Flash Player 7 on Ubuntu Dapper Drake

  • http://www.wiredwriter.net; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Jul 30, 2006 11:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
I've tried this on Debian to no avail. I've tried it on Ubuntu but it didn't work out. However, I made the mistake of trying it from inside of Firefox.

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