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World's Smallest Linux System on View

The Picotux 100 Module is being touted as the world's smallest linux computer, coming in at about the size of an RJ45 connector. Its manufacturer, Kleinhenz Elektronik, says it's equipped with a processor cranking along at 55 megahertz.

Src Turns Geocoder Open Source: Three Takes

SRC this morning announced it would make its Explorer geocoder technology available under an open source license. Directions Media editors offer their interpretation of the move.

Open source meets business intelligence

  • CNET; By Martin LaMonica (Posted by dcparris on Apr 23, 2006 11:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Looking to crack into the business intelligence field, open-source challengers JasperSoft and Pentaho expand their product suites.

Fedora Project Board meeting summary

  • Mailing list; By Max Spevack <> (Posted by dcparris on Apr 23, 2006 10:41 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora; Story Type: News Story

A Window into Microsoft's Battle

The case revolves around two separate issues: Microsoft's bundling of its Media Player into Windows, and whether the company must disclose secret software protocols to rivals that dictate how programs interact with Windows network servers. Here's a look at the arguments both sides are likely to use to advance their positions.

Linux on Mac Could Spike Attackers' Interest

  • MacNewsWorld; By Erika Morphy (Posted by dcparris on Apr 23, 2006 8:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Running Linux does not render the user immune to virus or malware infiltration. "If you are running Linux as the primary OS and are using the Internet, you are still open to security-based holes that Unix systems have," Mike Romo, Symantec product manager for the Macintosh, told

[In light of this article, how worried should we be? Not that one should ignore sound security practices, of course. - dcparris]

Fry's Electronics thinks Linux is better than Windows

While shopping at Fry's electronics in Chicago, I came across this display that really "tells it like it is".

[A picture is worth a thousand words! - dcparris]

Larry a big Linux fan, says Oracle exec

A senior Oracle executive has backed the reasoning behind the software vendor's mooted move into the operating system sphere and illustrated the depth of chief executive Larry Ellison's allegiance to Linux.

LSB 3.1 unifies Linux desktop standards

The Free Standards Group (FSG) will unveil Linux Standard Base 3.1, the first LSB version to include explicit Linux desktop application support, April 25 at the Desktop Linux Summit in San Diego. The standard has already been endorsed by Linux leaders Red Hat and Novell, along with other major Linux players such as AMD, Asianux, CA, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Mandriva, RealNetworks, Red Flag, and Turbolinux, according to the FSG.

Picotux - the smallest Linux Computer in the World

The picotux 100 is the world's smallest Linux computer, only slightly larger (35mm×19mm×19mm) than an RJ45 connector.

Ajax and the Ken Burns Effect

  • developerWorks; By IBM (Posted by solrac on Apr 23, 2006 1:30 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
If the Web 2.0 revolution has one buzzword, it's Ajax. Learn to create an Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (Ajax) client-side slide show that's animated using Ken Burns Effects. It shows you how to build XML data sources for Ajax, request XML data from the client, and then dynamically create and animate HTML elements with that XML.

Mac, Windows, lock in, Linux, freedom, got it?

The Windows on a Mac story just seems to be one that refuses to go away. It seems that the whole world is going cock-a-hoop and doing back flips over the new-found ability of the Intel Mac to run Windows natively. What few seem to be saying is that it’s a crock.

KDE Commit-Digest for 23rd April 2006

KDE 4 porting continues at great pace, with more applications able to be compiled with CMake daily. Portability fixes for non-X11 platforms. KDiskManager, a KDE 4 application for disk management - based on Solid - is imported into KDE SVN. Andreas Nicolai, the maintainer and lead programmer of KTouch, a touch-typing tutoring application in kde-edu, starts a consultation regarding the future of KTouch:

Mysql Falcon an Efficieny Play

The new transactional database engine, code-named Falcon, is being developed by Jim Starkey, whose firm Netfrastructure was acquired by MySQL in February.

Where Ubuntu LiveCD Both Succeeds and Fails

I mentioned yesterday that I was trying out the beta LiveCD of Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake to its friends). First, the good news: Ubuntu LiveCD is a technological marvel, a fabulous achievement. The ability to boot from a single CD into a GNOME-fronted Linux system (packed with productivity apps), and then browse the files on your Windows box, is a tremendous feat.

Bits from the DPL

How To Set Up A Load-Balanced MySQL Cluster

This tutorial shows how to configure a MySQL 5 cluster with three nodes: two storage nodes and one management node. This cluster is load-balanced by a high-availability load balancer.

AMD cuddles with Linux

AMD apparently wants to set up a research group in Dresden not only to optimize Linux for its own processors, but also to integrate the requirements of the open operating system in the development process for future processor generations. At least, that's what three ads for the Fab 36 would seem to suggest: the company is looking for a Linux kernel developer, a developer for the virtualization of operating systems, and a developer of operating system tools for the "Operating System Research Center" in Dresden.

Oracle's New Enemy: Red Hat

Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) was a fairly harmless company, insofar as Oracle was concerned. Its Linux operating system was mostly a threat to Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT).

People Behind KDE: Frans Englich

Tonight the People Behind KDE interview series brings to you a half-interview with Frans Englich, only half because he could not find a photo to submit. This man is a KDE developer whose most recent work is on KDOM and XSLT. Because the Commit Digest is back at the weekend, People Behind KDE will be moving to a new mid-week slot from now on.

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