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Ballmer: All open source dev should happen on Windows

While in Britain last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took a swipe at just about everything - from one of the world's largest Linux vendors to a social networking company he may end up buying. He insisted that Red Hat violates MS patents. He compared Facebook to GeoCities. He even accused Google of reading your email.

Last chance to test Fedora 8

The Fedora development team have release Fedora 8 Test 3, the last test release before the development freezes in advance of the distro's general release on November 8.

Brainstorming ideas for the GIMP's next interface

The GIMP image editor is preparing for the start of a new development cycle, and you can have your say in the way the next version looks by submitting a mock-up to the GIMP UI Brainstorm blog. User interface designer Peter Sikking spoke with us about the project and how it fits into the larger work of creating the GIMP's UI.

Get productive with relative tabs

  •; By Alastair Otter (Posted by hkwint on Oct 10, 2007 2:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Do you spend most of your day struggling to organise your Firefox tabs? Then you're a candidate for Tabs Open Relative. Read on for a really cool extension for serious Internet users.

Is Windows Media Player 11 Watching You?

I thought Microsoft stuck to monitoring Vista systems but XP could be under surveillance too. If you have read my previous articles this should come as no surprise.

MIPS 2.6.24 Merge Plans

Ralf Baechle posted the Linux/MIPS architecture merge plans for the upcoming 2.6.24 kernel. The diffstat for all changes showed, "435 files changed, 14274 insertions(+), 10196 deletions(-)", about which Ralf noted, "the number of patch lines and files is inflated by two large whitespace cleanup patches."

The FOSS Project Marketing HowTo: Start At Home

At the Recent Ohio (GNU)LinuxFest, I talked about the importance of promoting your FOSS projects, covering some of the tasks project teams need to engage in, working with the press, and handling negative publicity. This is the first in a series of articles aimed at helping project teams by going into more details. Here we consider how your home page figures into your marketing process.

ReviewLinux.Com: Mandriva Linux 2008 Free First Look

We look at the newly released Mandriva Linux 2008 Free i586 from Mandriva! Short image tour plus a video showing the os in action. We loaded the KDE desktop for this quick look at Mandriva 2008 Free!

Microsoft is dead - even if they don’t know it yet

Watch out, parents - close the windows, and protect your kids. Ballmer is on the move again, this time to put the final nail into his own coffin.

EnGarde Secure Linux 3.0.17 Released

Launched by Guardian Digital with: brand new daemon control functionality, improved password shadowing, load balancing improvements and much more. EnGarde Secure Linux is a fully-functional platform engineered from the ground up for high levels of security explicitly for server operations.

Uli Drepper part 4:

Uli Drepper is a Red Hat developer and the lead contributor and maintainer of the GNU C Library (glibc). Watch the first , second , and third videos in this series as well.

A label printer for Linux

When Seiko Instruments said it is now offering Linux drivers for its Smart Label Printer 450 and offered to send me one to test, I was happy to hear it, because it seemed like an example of how Linux is being recognized for even non-mass-market hardware devices. While the printer does work as advertised, it is clear that Linux support is a work in progress.

WestPoint.ORG Fund Drive 22

  •; By Members of WP-ORG: (Posted by Abe on Oct 9, 2007 5:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Linux

Our growth to almost 30,000 users has put some strain on our aging systems, though. For over a year, we've been planning and executing a migration to new hardware and software, the goal of which is a more reliable and stable platform on which to grow. We're moving away from commercial packages, in favor of open-source applications, to help reduce costs and standardizing our hardware and software so the systems are easier to maintain.

[I encourage everyone to donate and make this effort very successful. Go Army. - Abe]

Sun's T-2 (Niagara 2) servers launch to an enthusiastic reception

Sun's magic with UltraSPARC T2 is Chip MultiThreading (CMT), allowing a single-socket server or blade to outperform competing solutions, even scoring a win in SPEC''s demanding floating point benchmarks.

Building a market for FLOSS: The OSOSS project in the Netherlands

Urging public administrations to use Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) and open standards is one thing. Getting them to really take the jump is quite another. In the Netherlands, the OSOSS programme is helping ministries and municipalities to make their IT strategies more open. Its goal is to create a level playing field for FLOSS solutions, and to boost the local economy and the Netherlands' capability for IT innovation.

[Interesting read, the 'federal' Dutch government seems to have ignored open source a lot, but at the same time it is used more and more at the municipal level, thanks to OSSOS amongst others. - hkwint ]

Mandriva Linux 2008 now available

We’re proud to announce that Mandriva Linux 2008 is now available for download on the official site, and on the network of public mirror servers. The result of six months of heavy development and testing, 2008 includes all the latest software and many enhancements over previous Mandriva Linux releases. You will find KDE 3.5.7 and the new GNOME 2.20 already integrated, a solid kernel with fair scheduling support, 2.2.1, cutting-edge 3D-accelerated desktop courtesy of Compiz Fusion 0.5.2, Mozilla Firefox, and everything else you’ve come to expect from the latest Mandriva Linux release.

Control multimedia applications with ReMoot

You can manage most of today's multimedia applications easily with ReMoot, a universal remote control program. ReMoot even provides an esoteric way of controlling your PC remotely from your cell phone or PDA, earning it top geek points. Start by going to the ReMoot site and clicking on Source Download to get the latest version, 0.4. The software consists of Perl and Ruby scripts.

Oracle Contributes Breakthrough PHP Code to Open Source Community

New PHP Driver Brings Enterprise-Class Scalability, High Availability to Web 2.0 Applications

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 On Linux

From the reviews we have published featuring Intel's P35 "Bearlake" Chipset on such motherboards as the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P and ASUS Blitz Extreme, this chipset has functioned very well under Linux with no real problems and the performance has been great. While the P35 works wonders on Linux, how does Intel's soon-to-be-shipped X38 work with Linux? Well, in this article we will tell you how this new Intel Chipset, which supports two PCI Express 2.0 slots and other improvements, is able to function on a Linux desktop and Solaris. At hand we have the Gigabyte X38-DQ6 motherboard as we explore its alternative OS compatibility and performance.

The Perfect Desktop - OpenSUSE 10.3 (GNOME)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Oct 9, 2007 12:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: SUSE
This tutorial shows how you can set up an OpenSUSE 10.3 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

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