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Linux: Kexec Hibernation Performance

Ying Huang continues to work on his kexec-based hibernation patches. Currently only supporting the i386 architecture, Ying notes, "the setup of hibernation/restore is fairly complex. I will continue working on simplifying." Following up to the latest round of kexec-based hibernation patches posted to the Linux Kernel mailing list it was asked how performance would compare to other hibernation solutions. Ying suggested that with not-yet implemented optimizations it should offer comparable performance.

The Joy of OOXML

For most of us, file formats are right up there with printer drivers in terms of fun. Certainly, they're important, but not something you'd look to for excitement. And yet that is precisely what thebattle between the OpenDocument Format and Microsoft's OOXML is providing. And I'm not just talking about the dry, intellectual excitement derived from comparing well-formed XML tags: this is a no holds barred, down-and-dirtymano a manofight over the soul of document standards.

Troubleshooting Linux Audio, Part 3b

In this final section I'll present some MIDI-specific troubleshooting tips, along with a brief description of the setup here at StudioDave, a few closing remarks, and of course some links to the Linux music-maker du jour.

The ATI R500 On Linux: Then & Now

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Aug 30, 2007 10:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Back in April of 2006, a proprietary driver from ATI that had supported the Radeon X1000 "R500" product family had finally greeted Linux users. This driver, v8.24.8, had supported the entire desktop and mobile Radeon X1000 lineup with 3D support and even Avivo video playback capabilities. For the six months prior, Linux users were stuck in the dark without any Linux support for the R500 series while the ATI Windows Catalyst customers had support that was continually improved. Of course, back in 2006 there was no open-source R500 driver either. Over the past 16 months with R500 support in the fglrx driver, the features have continually improved with an AMD Catalyst Control Center for Linux, support for the newer R500 graphics cards, and there are far less bugs in the driver now then there was in the past.

Get a daily dose of comics

When I first started learning to read, my primary motivation was to gain the ability to read the comics in my local paper. I had no idea at that time that there were so many comics in the world. Now I know that there are comics all over the Web, but who has time to go to each site each day and read the latest strip? Thanks to the world of open source software, you can gather all your favorite comics on one page automatically, ready for you to read each morning.

How SCO helped Linux

By drawing so much attention to Linux, and failing so spectacularly to find any legal flaw in it, SCO has actually helped Linux's business acceptance. In 2003, Linux was an important operating system... if you were in love with technology. Most of the business world was keeping its distance. SCO's attack on Linux, however, had two immediate effects that would work to Linux's long term benefit: It reunified the Linux community and businesses against a common enemy and Linux was once more in the public spotlight.

Some Hardy Heron Thoughts – A Business Perspective

My general feeling is that as the second LTS release the Hardy Heron should be on the fast track to wider corporate adoption. Corporate users are understandably cautious using new technologies and while Dapper has seen a great deal of success in business environments it was the first LTS release and as such business owners were intrigued but cautious. I feel this second LTS release is going to add to the growing mountain of hard evidence that Ubuntu is a stable operating system that is here to stay.

KDE4: Revolution or Hype?

Yesterday, in a press inquiry which ended up in my mailbox (as most KDE press inquiries do), I got asked wether KDE4 will be a revolution, or if it's just a hype. While there certainly is quite a hype around KDE4, the answer is not quite so simple. Let me try to explain. The Free Desktop and KDE have come a long way during the last years. There have been various huge changes in KDE's social structure, in it's infrastructure and of course in the sourcecode itself. I've split this into three different areas where I think a shift in paradigm has taken place.

HU: Hungarian Standards Institution to reconsider its vote on OOXML

Mr János Kóka, Minister of Economy and Transport, has sent a mail to György Pónyai, General Director of Hungarian Standards Institution (HSI), about its the Hungarian vote on OOXML issue. In this mail the minister informed the director, that the IBM Magyarországi Kft (the Hungarian subsidiary of IBM) signed concerns about the way how the Hungarian vote was decided on the OOXML issue (draft of ISO/IEC DIS 25900 standard) on the meeting of the Committee on 25th June 2007.

Novell Reports Financial Results for Third Fiscal Quarter 2007

Novell, Inc. today announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2007. For the quarter, Novell reported net revenue of $243 million, compared to net revenue of $236 million for the third fiscal quarter 2006. Linux Platform Products revenue grew 77 percent year-over-year - Operating results improved year-over-year.

Mozilla launches Firefox for campuses

Mozilla, responsible for Thunderbird and Firefox, this week released a campus edition of Firefox, specifically geared towards students' needs.

HP launches Linux desktop in Australia

Hewlett-Packard and Red Hat have started selling a new Linux-based desktop PC targeting small and medium businesses. The dx2250 HP desktop ships with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop pre-loaded, which includes Firefox, OpenOffice and the Evolution e-mail client. Red Hat will handle technical support for the system.

FastScale Extends Software Management to VMware

Back in April, a startup company called FastScale Technology came out of stealth mode with a different twist on the virtualization game. Rather than virtualize a whole software stack, FastScale Composer Suite builds a stack from the actual bits of software used by applications and puts it in a container; if an application doesn't use a library or application, it doesn't go into the DAB container. An Apache software stack running on Linux takes about 3 GB, including application code as well as Linux, drivers, and Apache. In a DAB, this Linux-Apache stack shrinks down to 20 MB.

Optical Character Recognition With Tesseract OCR On Ubuntu 7.04

  • HowtoForge; By Oliver Meyer (Posted by falko on Aug 30, 2007 2:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This guide describes how to set up Tesseract OCR on Ubuntu 7.04. OCR means "Optical Character Recognition". The resulting system will be able to convert images with embedded text to text files. Tesseract is licensed under the Apache License v2.0.

Red Hat Posts Command Center

Red Hat has launched an online version of Command Center, its integrated server and application monitoring service. It also brings new features and a free evaluation version. Red Hat Command Center is a Software as a Service offering that monitors the availability and performance of IT infrastructures around the clock, said Red Hat (RH). Command Center monitors Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss, as well as a range of IT infrastructure components including network devices, servers, business applications and websites, the company claimed.

Tiny motherboard fits small budgets

Via's first motherboard in the tiny, 3.8 x 2.8-inch pico-ITX format appears to be available, and priced to appeal to device-builders with limited budgets. The PX10000G supports Linux and other x86 OSes, and ships with a reasonable complement of pin-header I/O cabling. Despite the form-factor having just been introduced in January of this year, the first pico-ITX motherboards are already showing up in the Web-stores of several board suppliers, priced below $300.

Linux: Hasta la Vista, Microsoft!

It's faster than Windows, it fights viruses – and it's free. (Ok, Ok, I know some of you are already reaching for the keyboard to rattle off a correction. Stay thine hand a little longer and read on...)

SCO Likely To Appeal Novell Ruling, CEO Darl McBride Says

McBride says he was caught off guard by the judge's decision because SCO's position was backed by nine witnesses. "We believe this is a very appealable case," McBride said. McBride said he believes that U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball missed the mark when he ruled that Novell, and not SCO, holds copyrights over the widely used computer operating system. "We thought we had a pretty legitimate story," said McBride. Kimball ruled on Aug. 10 that a 1995 asset transfer agreement from Novell to SCO did not include Unix copyrights.

AWFFULL: Bringing Web Analytics to the Masses

  • Blue GNU; By D.C. Parris (Charlotte, USA) (Posted by dcparris on Aug 30, 2007 10:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community
If your boss is awfully analytical, you'll be glad to know about AWFULL's web analytics capabilities. Blue GNU interviewed Steve McInerney, to find out how the project came about and what AWFFULL (A Webalizer Fork FULL of features) offers to the modern-day webmaster.

Looking Ahead: GNOME Desktop a Windows Implementation for the Linux Kernel?

I sometimes think that certain people are either paid directly or ‘compensated’ (indirect payment) by Microsoft for sidling with a malicious and monopolistic agenda. Two individual examples would be the ZDNet bloggers George Ou and Ed Bought. Sometimes, however, a long-term strategy requires exploration. Yesterday, published an article that contained another ‘red flag’ statement from de Icaza. Can you see it? Building a desktop that revolves around the Microsoft API was a goal since inception.

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