Welcome to this year's 40th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. We are at the start of an exciting week, with Mandriva Linux 2006, SUSE Linux 10.0 and Ubuntu Linux 5.10 RC all expected within the next few days. Fans of certain other distributions might not be so lucky, though, as last week's announcement about Libranet's "restructuring" leaves many wondering about the future of this once popular Debian-based project. Our featured distribution of the week is Puppy Linux, but we also introduce amaroK Live, a PCLinuxOS-based live CD that combines the power of the amaroK media player with Free Music. Enjoy! Join us at irc.freenode.net #distrowatch
lxnaydesign.net states - Gentoo RR4 and RR64 are special DVD images that can transform your computer in a powerful Gentoo box and it was nearly the first Graphical GNU/Linux environment that supports Reiser4 Filesystem. In these images, one for 32bit computers and the other one for AMD64, you can touch with your hand the powerful of free software. X.Org, KDE, XFCE, Fluxbox, Koffice, OpenOffice, FreeNX and other beautiful pieces of software are yours. Fabio sent in to OSDir some excellent shots of Gentoo RR4 2.60.
Univa's Commercial Release of Globus Software to Support IBM Operating Platforms in Multi-Year Deal
How To: If all you want to do is be 99.9999 percent sure that there's no data left on your drives, DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke) is for you.
LiveLAMP is a bootable (i.e Live) CD that turns a spare computer in the classrom into a Linux development server for students to practice and publish programming exercises in over a dozen computer languages.
Logical partitioning provides POWER processor-based servers with the capability to do server consolidation and optimize system resources. Dynamic logical partitioning enhances this capability by providing control of the allocation of the resources without impacting the logical partitions availability. Linux on POWER supports dynamic LPAR for changes to physical I/O, virtual I/O, and processor resources.
I've covered different ways to get your Music off of your iPod before, but now that I am going all nano all the time, and preparing to get rid of my 60GB iPod, I wanted a nice, quick, and easy way to get all those songs off of my old iPod. After conferring with Jay, who is much more the Unix geek than I, we figured out a method that would work. As with most things, it was happenstance that brought about the discovery. I was quizzing Jay on all the intricacies of the cp command, and had started running a basic command string to copy all the files from my iPod's invisible Music folder over to a 100GB external hard drive. I launched the Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities/). And then I used the following command (all on one line; the break here is caused by a space in the command between the source and destination folders):
Open source software isn't a craze and won't be a short-lived fad in the corporate IT environment. More importantly, OSS isn't being put on the back burner by the corporate world. For every wait-and-see CIO, there are dozens who are eager to leverage the value of OSS in their organizations.
F-Prot (www.f-prot.com) is a free antivirus for Linux and BSD, but the Frisk Software people, who are based in Iceland, also have a version of F-Prot for Windows. Finally, for our friends running Mac OS X, there is ClamXAv (http://clamxav.com/), courtesy of British systems analyst and software developer Mark Allan.
It’s been a few months since I’ve had a good look at some of the newer Firefox extensions, but there are two that have really grabbed my fancy lately.
Interesting interview/discussion about the Mac on Intel with tidbits about Vista. Worth a read.
AmaroK Live version 1.3 is a unique collaboration between open music and free software. This cd has been developed as a way to demonstrate the features of the amaroK music player. The amaroK Team is very proud of this release and hope you enjoy the music that they have selected. There's a party in the CD.
This week's CLI Magic comes from Mayank Sharma. While some might think that Logrotate is strictly a tool for system administrators, Mayank disagrees. He argues that even those as far down on the food chain as ordinary Linux desktop users -- not just system admins -- can benefit from the tool.
The Sun Microsystems-led NetBeans developer community last week released a beta version of the NetBeans 5.0 open source IDE, with enhancements for client development based on Java.
One of the things that the most recent top executives in charge of the iSeries Division promised to do when they came into power last year was get the word out that with analyst reports concerning the technical and economic advantages of the iSeries platform. A few weeks ago, these IBM executives were talking up the fact that there are now 19 analyst reports out there in the field concerning the iSeries. (I sure have not been able to locate that many, but the Web is a big place.) One of them comes from IDC, which IBM usually turns to in order to make the economic case for the iSeries.
If artists can assemble operating systems and computer hardware via an open source model why can t artists assemble open source movies?
School's in full swing and that means one thing — homework. Fortunately, the Internet is loaded with free programs and sites to help students and parents.
Linux Gazette is a volunteer-run monthly web magazine dedicated to two simple ideas: making Linux a little more fun, and sharing ideas and discoveries.
The Bus Project and the Portland Open Source Software Entrepreneurs (POSSE) partnered to lead the pilgrimage to the OSU lab in Corvallis. For the activists of Jefferson Smith's Bus Project, the trip was an introduction to the three mantras of open source in Oregon: good jobs, good government and good software.
News is unusually slow this weekend, so here is a roundup of miscellaneous tidbits from the Linux distribution world. Ubuntu is in the headlines once again, featured in this article by CNET; In the meantime, the openSUSE web site was cracked earlier today and defaced with a message arguing in favour of Iran's right to resume its uranium enrichment programme.