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Linux Users - You Have The Right To Remain Silent, Anything You Say...

  •; By helios (Posted by helios on Aug 28, 2007 7:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
What happens when it comes to light that terrorists are using the Linux Operating System to conduct their business. Linux already has a black-hat, bad-boy image. Some of us have learned to create our own style of mis-teek with such's what makes us feel elite. (like purposely mis-spelling a word just to be "special".) Well, it's just that sort of misconception that could find Linux on the opposite side of the law.

FSF links up with environmental groups

Continuing its efforts to connect with social activists, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has released an open letter signed by major environmental organizations. The letter urges activists to reject lockdown technologies in general and Windows Vista in particular as hostile to their ethics and the causes they support, and to support free software instead. The letter is only the first in a series that the FSF plans to release in the coming months, each of which will be crafted to make an ethical or pragmatic appeal to a specific group's concerns.

This week at LWN: timerfd() and system call review

One of the fundamental principles of Linux kernel development is that user-space interfaces are set in stone. Once an API has been made available to user space, it must, for all practical purposes, be supported (without breaking applications) indefinitely. There have been times when this rule has been broken, but, even in the areas known for trouble (sysfs, for example), the number of times that the user-space API has been broken has remained relatively small.

Pencils Down for KOffice Summer of Code Students!

With an avalanche of last-minute commits, the KOffice Google Summer of Code students finished yet another great Summer of Code. We had some very exciting projects this year, and most of them were as great a success as last year.

Review: Mastering Perl

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Aug 28, 2007 3:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups:

I guess I was a tad surprised that O'Reilly's "Mastering Perl" is a first edition. After all, Learning Perl is in it's fourth edition and was published over 2 years ago. I was also surprised (I guess I don't keep up) that O'Reilly had published the first edition of Intermediate Perl over a year ago. Usually for a particular programming language, O'Reilly publishes a "Learning" and a "Mastering" book. I know Perl is no cake walk, but does it really need this much attention? Also, why wait four editions into "Learning Perl" before publishing more advanced texts on this language?

Becoming a Linux OEM: A Roadmap

Linux OEM companies can survive, even flourish. As far as I’m concerned, remains king here in the States. They've proven that a 'Linux only' approach is strong enough to stand on its own without needing to rely on Windows as a backup OS option to be pre-installed. Besides specializing in Linux-only systems, the best Linux OEMs go that extra mile in customer service, in addition to providing extra needed functionality. Especially when the distribution itself falls short in an area of hardware compatibility.

Citrix Makes XenSource a Contender

Opinion: Any company that has managed for more than a decade not only to survive within Microsoft's shadow but also to profit from it clearly knows how to run a business. For what I think will prove to be a cheap $500 million, XenSource has been picked up by Citrix Systems. So what, you ask? One of the truisms of the business is that nobody—and I mean nobody—partners with Microsoft and wins in the long run. There is, however, an exception to that rule: Citrix.

Importance of Grassroots Marketing Efforts for FOSS

Projects like the Tux Project and the Radio Talkshow Blitz are vitally important projects when it comes to helping the Free Software movement grow. First, one might wonder why it is so important to spread Free Software and the ideals of user freedom. For one thing, we want more people to discover the practical benefits of software freedom.

Two open source email virus scanners for Linux

If Linux is hardly affected by viruses, why do system administrators use anti-virus software on their Linux email servers? Because an anti-virus scanner on a mail server can serve as another level of defense for Microsoft Windows desktop users. Linux provides several server-based anti-virus applications, most of which can be configured to interact with a variety of messaging servers. Many use the actively developed ClamAV open source virus toolkit on the back end; others work with proprietary or commercial scanners. In this article we'll compare MailScanner and Anomy Sanitizer on a Sendmail messaging server.

Using a hypervisor to reconcile GPL and proprietary embedded code

Foreword: This guest whitepaper explains how a hypervisor can be used to leverage GPL software while isolating it from proprietary code, in order to ensure compliance with the requirements of the GPL. It was written by a TRANGO Virtual Processors product manager, and uses that company's hypervisor as an example.

Xen 3.1 Binary install on Debian Etch 4.0 (x86_64)

  •; By Boris Derzhavets (Posted by dba477 on Aug 27, 2007 8:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This posting is supposed to respond HowToForge's notice that installing Xen 3.1.0 on Debian Etch AMD64, regardless of the method (Xen source install vs. Xen x86_64 binary install) didn't work. Here is how I installed Xen on my Debian Etch 4.0 (amd64) box assembled with Core 2 Duo E6600, ASUS P5B Deluxe, 2 GB RAM (Kingston non ECC) and a SATA HDD Seagate Barracuda 160 GB x 2.

Report: Moving Closer to 802.11n

Since our previous peek at the state of wireless networking in Linux, which is moving forward in an excellent fashion, the new unified Linux wireless stack (mac80211) has been accepted into the mainline 2.6.22 kernel. This is the new common base for all Linux wireless drivers. There are no drivers yet that use mac80211, but inclusion in the kernel is a huge step forward. Linux developers are hard at work porting old drivers and writing new ones, and this should attract participation from additional developers who now have a nice unified wireless networking stack to build on, instead of the previous mish-mash.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 102

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 102 for the week of August 20th.

Keeping Opera bookmarks in sync with oSync

If you use the Opera browser on multiple machines, you'll inevitably run into the problem of keeping your bookmarks in sync. While you can store your bookmarks using services like, you might want to opt for oSync -- a synchronization utility that has a couple of clever features besides the ability to keep bookmarks and notes in sync.

Kochizz, the free Apache configuration editor, is released !

After several months of development, the SS2L OpenDev publishes a first version of the free project Kochizz. This graphic tool aims at facilitating the configuration of the Apache Web servers.

CPU Frequency Scaling In Ubuntu

  • HowtoForge; By Chris Rowson (Posted by falko on Aug 27, 2007 4:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
So, you have an irritatingly loud CPU fan which is making you consider whether or not launching your laptop through the nearest window is a good idea. Well, before you do that, why not give CPU frequency scaling a go.

The Big Failure of the Free Software Foundation

Explaining what freedom in computing is about, is also talk about the FSF and/or the GNU project; they’re nothing less than the flagship of the free software movement and they’ve made huge steps toward freedom in computing, but they have missed a key point: If the average computer user is not on our side, we’ll get nowhere.

Give time to develop artificial brain

A distributed computing project named "Artificial Intelligence - Reverse engineering the brain" has been launched on Linux. The goal is to use the power of distributed computing to build a large scale artificial intelligence system.

Linux Documentation: Often Ignored For Poor Community Advice

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 27, 2007 1:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
It has long since been my own personal experience that Linux documentation is largely ignored by Linux beginners in exchange for the interactivity of Linux forums. The reasons why will be further explored in this piece; however, today I have located a solid exception to the rule.

Discontent with LiveContent

Perhaps Creative Commons' LiveContent 1.0 CD would work better if more clearly defined. Its Web page enthuses that the project is"an umbrella idea which aims to connect and expand Creative Commons and open source communities," adding that it"works to identify creators and content providers working to share their creations more easily" and"works to support developers and others who build build better technology to distribute these works." In other words, LiveContent is a sampler of free content and free software, but this purpose seems lost in a cloud of rhetoric, even to project members. The CD suffers from lackluster presentation, a mediocre assortment of samplers, and a lack of explanation.

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