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GPL advocates urgedtold to pay for love

Freedom is just another word for $7,000

sidux 2007-01 Release

After 3 months development we are proud to announce the release of sidux-2007-01 “Χάος” for amd64 and i686 systems, in ≈ 402 MB lite KDE and ≈ 700 MB full KDE flavors of Debian Sid-based liveCDs.

Red Hat to hold its first annual Innovation Awards

Red Hat has launched its first annual Red Hat Innovation Awards to be presented at the Red Hat Summit in San Diego May 9-11. The Red Hat Innovation Awards recognize Red Hat users, customers and partners who stand out for improving processes, overcoming technology challenges and enhancing their bottom line through Red Hat and JBoss solutions. The awards provide an opportunity for Red Hat community members to share their individual stories and receive recognition for innovative and exemplary uses of Red Hat technologies.

R500 Reverse Engineering Information

  •; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Feb 22, 2007 7:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
David Airlie has mentioned to me this week that a new reverse engineering group has begun work on the ATI/AMD R500 series. David is not taking part in this group (due to existing NDAs with ATI), but this project is current led by Jerome Glisse. Jerome was one of the open-source r300 drivers, and he also has another one or two others helping out...

Kingfisher migrates to Red Hat Linux

Kingfisher Group has migrated its 240 Castorama and Brico Dépôt stores on the continent to Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Oracle databases.

The Road to KDE 4: CMake, a New Build System for KDE

When a project with the size and scope of KDE gets to be as big as it is, sometimes changing a decision established almost a decade earlier is very difficult. KDE has relied on autotools to build most of the project since its inception, but for the last year, KDE 4 has been building with CMake, a newer build system that is rapidly becoming a heavyweight contender in the world of buildsystems. Read on for more...

Microsoft releases list of verified Vista applications

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday released a list of 800 applications it has officially verified so far to run bug-free on Windows Vista. The list is notable for both its brevity and the absence of many applications popular on Windows XP, although Microsoft and analysts said that the majority of XP software can run, albeit with hiccups, on Vista.

[800 huh? I got 8000 - Scott]

Find out what XML is really good for

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Brett D. McLaughlin, Sr. (Posted by solrac on Feb 22, 2007 5:21 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
It's no secret that XML continues to be one of the most popular technologies that's shown up in the last ten years. But what is XML really good for?

Demystify Linux Bash Test and Comparison Functions

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Ian Shields (Posted by IdaAshley on Feb 22, 2007 4:34 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux
Are you confused by the plethora of testing and comparison options in the Bash shell? This tip helps you demystify the various types of file, arithmetic, and string tests so you will always know when to use test, [ ], [[ ]], (( )), or if-then-else constructs.

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A Good Week or So for Linux

Scot Finnie, Microsoft Windows advocate and known best for his award-winning Scot's Newsletter, smacked Vista around the room a bit. When he was done there, he decided Microsoft itself needed a bit of dusting-up as well.

Linux: 2.6.21-rc1, Dynticks Merged

Linus Torvalds announced the first release candidate for the upcoming 2.6.21 kernel, ending the two-week merge window, "there's a lot of changes, as is usual for an -rc1 thing, but at least so far it would seem that 2.6.20 has been a good base, and I don't think we have anything *really* scary here." Linus noted that the tickless kernel patch was finally merged into the mainline kernel, "the most interesting core change may be the dyntick/nohz one, where timer ticks will only happen when needed. It's been brewing for a _loong_ time, but it's in the standard kernel now as an option." Thomas Gleixner explained a year ago how this could result in cooler CPUs and power savings, "the tickless kernel feature (CONFIG_NO_HZ) enables 'on-demand' timer interrupts: if there is no timer to be expired for say 1.5 seconds when the system goes idle, then the system will stay totally idle for 1.5 seconds."

Cybernetics Oriented Programming (CYBOP) Book

After five years, I finally managed to put my ideas into a book, which I would like to announce to the developers of the medical software community, because I was greatly influenced by their discussions. More information about the book can be foundhere

Ballmer impugns the character of the free/open source world

At a recent news conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sought to impugn the character of the free/open source world by implying that it had no respect for the intellectual property rights of others. It's not just the enormous ignorance embodied by this duplicitous braggadocio that caught my eye, it's the fact that the claim is coming from a man associated with Microsoft, which is far and away the most notorious IP thief of all time.

KOffice 1.6.2 Released

The KOffice team today released KOffice 1.6.2, the second bug-fix release in their 1.6 series. Although this is a maintenance release, there are some new features in Krita (new filters and a smudge paint operation) and Kexi (a new User Mode to deploy Kexi applications). Many bugs were fixed, thanks to the helpful input of our users. We also have updated languages packs with no less than 4 new languages. You can read more about it in the announcement, and the release notes. A full changelog is also available. Currently, you can download binary packages for Kubuntu and SUSE.

AMD 8.34.8 Display Driver

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Feb 22, 2007 12:07 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
Last month with the 8.33.6 release we had seen the first signs of Radeon X2000 (R600) product support. The AMD Radeon Xpress 1250 IGP (both Intel and AMD processor models) are supported by today's driver. Additional work has gone into the 8.34.8 drivers with this release to prepare for the Radeon X2000 launch shortly. More information will be available shortly.

Puppy 2.14 Screenshots

  • (Posted by lqsh on Feb 21, 2007 11:20 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
This new Puppy has major improvements in the underlying architecture as well as the applications, and some new applets created by Puppy enthusiasts. Finally we have embraced the XDG menu system, our new PET package management system is further refined. New applets are Pfind (file finder), and Grafburn (CD/DVD burner). Upgrades are many, including Pupctorrent (torrent download client), Network Wizard, Pbcdripper (CD ripper), PuppyBackup, SoxGui (audio file 'Swiss army knife'), mtPaint, elscpi. Plus lots more - DistroWatch. Screenshots of Puppy 2.14 are available at

Protech Beta Screenshots

Protech is an Ubuntu-based distribution made for security professionals and programmers. - DistroWatch. Screenshots of Protech Beta are available at

SATA Framework Overview

  •; By Pawel Wojcik (Posted by dba477 on Feb 21, 2007 9:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Sun
As many of you noticed, Solaris now supports SATA controllers and devices. To simplify writing SATA HBA drivers the new module and a set of interfaces was created, referred to as either SATA Framework or SATA module.

InstallJammer, a self-executing installer for Linux

In the crowded Linux packaging landscape, it would be easy to overlook Damon Courtney's InstallJammer. However, InstallJammer, which provides self-executing installers for Linux and other operating systems is well worth a look. Version 1.1 was released recently with a number of new features, including support for RPM and Debian package databases, console-based installs, new platforms, and much more.

Opening up an open-source roadblock

If the FSF succeeds in blocking a landmark deal, the biggest losers will be software consumers, policy analyst James DeLong says.

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