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Development Release: Nexenta OS Alpha 6

The sixth development release of the OpenSolaris-based, desktop-oriented Nexenta OS has been released with Zones, BrandZ and SVR4 package management integrated

Nvidia posts graphics code tweaking tool

Could yield to 35 per cent more frames per second, apparentlyNvidia updated its suite of programming tools for graphics-intensive applications running under 32- and 64-bit incarnations of Windows and Linux. The tools target OpenGL and Direct3D apps that will render 3D imagery on the company's GPUs.

Invitation to "Perspektive Open Source" during SYSTEMS

LXer Feature: 21-Oct-2006

Here is an invitation, in German, to a two-day 'Perspektive Open Source' during the SYSTEMS in Munich. This is the first post in German, so please comment in German, should you choose to discuss it.

Three reasons NOT to use Gnome

"Three reasons to use Gnome" shocked me. Sal Cangeloso is free to use what ever he wants and list his reasons for using it. But he is not free to spread FUD and use some very questionable arguments. I've used KDE from the first moment I installed Linux and I've never been disappointed.

LXer To Add Articles In German

LXer Feature: 21-Oct-2006

LXer will begin posting German-language articles to the newswire.

Bigger, longer, uncut: Oracle OpenWorld

Ellison holds hands with Sir Elton JohnAfter two years' buying other people's companies and merging Oracle World and Oracle Apps World, it can safely be said Oracle's annual call to Mecca has outgrown itself.

Organization to pay Debian developers begins work

A month after it was announced, Dunc-Tank, the unofficial organization to fund selected projects in Debian, is on track with its first experiments. The organization has defused active opposition to its experiment within Debian and is now ready to receive donations and to proceed with its plans.

Linux: GPLv3, DRM, and Exceptions

The following editorial was contributed byCiarán O'Riordan ofFSFE. Working for FSFE since April 2005, Ciarán has been raising public awareness and participating in public discussion on GPLv3 since the launch in January 2006 and contributes heavily toFSFE's GPLv3 project. Discussion draft 3 of GPLv3 is due in early November, approximately.

Ubuntu Weekly News #18

In This Issue: Behind Ubuntu: Matt Zimmerman, The Free Desktop turns 10 - KDE celebrates, Topics sought for next development summit, Edgy Changes and more.

Opera Says It Can Still Compete In Browser Battle

Oslo, Norway-based Opera, which develops the same-named browser for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and other desktop platforms, as well as miniature browsers for mobile phones and devices, owns less than one percent of the global browser market, according to Web metrics vendors. But its low numbers doesn't faze the company's chief technology officer, Hakon Wium Lie.

Xen - A GPLed Virtualisation Technology for Linux

This article gives a first hand take on configuring and using Xen to run multiple OSes. The software used for the purpose is the Xen LiveCD which comes with two OS images - CentOS and Debian Etch. It is remarkable that the virtualization can be demonstrated even on a machine running with just 256 MB ram. The article replete with screen shots also lists a couple of practical uses of Xen virtualization technology.

Think3 Unveils free2Design in China

"We are leveling the 2D software playing field in the developing world with proven and supported 2D production tools," said Joe Costello, CEO of think3. "Countries like China, whose low manufacturing cost structure made it virtually impossible to afford the very CAD software they require to do business, now have a free source for licensed and supported software that legitimizes their product development globally -- they are truly now free to design."

China's Sun Wah Linux revs up

After collecting feedback from its users for five months, China's Sun Wah project team on Thursday introduced a revised version of its Debian-based distribution: Sun Wah Linux 1.5r2. The distro employs a 2.6.17 kernel and the GNOME desktop interface.

Free Ubuntu laptops for French students

Five thousand French students now have laptops running Ubuntu, thanks to a local government initiative.

French readers can get the details from here

[O.k., so they dual-boot. At least the students have an option. - dcparris]

Linux desktop vendor Xandros reorganizes

On October 18, Linux distributor Xandros was reorganized, resulting in the loss of at least five jobs and a change in CFOs. The company, which positions its desktop-oriented Linux distribution as an easy migration path from Windows, has never gained significant momentum in the market.

Red Hat Vows Better Instructions for Beta OS

The beta release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 has some "warts," a Red Hat executive said Thursday, adding that the company will improve its documentation for the second beta release, particularly concerning virtualization.

Applied Biosystems simplify DNA methylation with free software

  •; By Wai Lang Chu (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 20, 2006 5:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Applied Biosystems introduces a new software tool that aims to simplify DNA methylation research aiding researchers to further their understanding of this process in the genetic basis of complex diseases, such as cancer.

Core functions of Atom illustrated by example

  • IBM/developerWorks; By James Snell (Posted by solrac on Oct 20, 2006 4:02 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The Atom Publishing Protocol is an important new standard for content publishing and management. It has been deployed to millions of Web sites and is supported by every major syndication platform on the market. In this article, explore a high-level overview of the protocol and its basic operation and capabilities. It illustrates, through example, all of its core functions.

League of Technical Voters codeathon raises visibility

Silona Bonewald, the founder of the League of Technical Voters, wants to get technical people more engaged in civic processes. She also wants politicians and governmental agencies to appreciate the impact of technology on their activities and the valuable resource technical experts offer them. To help achieve these twin goals, Bonewald organized a codeathon last weekend in Austin, Texas.

Debian and the Creative Commons

Terry Hancock at FreeSoftware Magazine have blogged long and good about the issues between Debian and Creative Commons

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