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Debian Weekly News - July 3rd, 2007

Welcome to this year's 6th issue of DWN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Ulrich Hansen created a set of nice looking CD and DVD covers for the just released Debian GNU/Linux 4.0. Roland Mas announced that Alioth has been upgrade to etch. Kurt Gramlich announced a Skolelinux Youngster Meeting on July 20th to 26th in Chemnitz, Germany.

GIMP tricks: Rotating Sphere with GAP

  •; By noss (Posted by michux on Jul 4, 2007 3:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This article shows how to create an rotating sphere in GIMP with GAP plugin. Basic knowledge of this graphics manipulation suite will be required to successfully follow the tutorial. This is the second article in our “GIMP Tricks” series. Stay tuned!

GConf — GNOME under the hood

  •; By Mikolaj Smal (Posted by michux on Jul 4, 2007 2:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNOME
To put things short, Gconf is a system built in GNOME 2 which stores applications’ preferable configuration data as well as graphical environment variables in its own files (think: GNOME registry). I’d like you to get familiar with the Gconf tool’s functions, engineering, and usage with this article.

Video: The source code of democracy

Here in the States, Independence Day is tomorrow. No better time, we thought, to question the systems we trust to tally and track our votes come election season. If you missed the Red Hat Summit, you missed Alan Dechert of the Open Voting Consortium. Dechert contends that voter confidence is crucial to encouraging voter participation–a hot issue in America where voter apathy is bad and seems to be getting worse.

Red Hat, Microsoft Talk Tux

We knew that last year Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik held talks with Microsoft concerning a patent deal. Once Microsoft and Novell signed an agreement with Novell, those talks were history. In fact, Red Hat made a point of spitting on the Microsoft/Novell deal.

Red Hat to MS: Let's Talk Interoperability

Even though patent talks between Microsoft and Red Hat broke down last year before Microsoft went on to sign a technical collaboration and patent indemnity deal with Novell, Red Hat is still willing to work with the Redmond software maker on the interoperability front.

Developers shifting target from Windows

A dramatic decline in the number of developers targeting Windows is mirrored by a corresponding rise in those wanting to develop on Linux, analysts say.

Damn Small Linux 3.4 live CD goes gold

The Damn Small Linux (DSL) team today released DSL 3.4, a live CD featuring a 2.4.26 kernel and lightweight Fluxbox window manager. "I took a little side trip while working on 4.0 to make a much asked-for version of DSL," chief maintainer Robert Shingledecker said.

Palm delays Linux smartphone

Palm will not ship its Linux smartphone until next year, the company's chief executive Ed Colligan disclosed during an earnings call. The maker of the Treo smartphone revealed in April that it is developing a Linux-based operating system for its mobile phones.

French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Choose Mandriva

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries chose to migrate its local servers from Windows NT Server to Mandriva

Novell's comparison of AppArmor and SELinux

"After my previous two posts about SELinux and AppArmor, "Stupid advice and some of my own ideas" and Rusty AppArmor?, another post of the same topic. I had another look around for information on AppArmor and of course also followed a link leading directly to Novell where I found a Novell's AppArmor and SELinux comparison. Well, it was clear that they would present a shiny AppArmor and that SELinux wouldn't come out very good, but what I've read there wasn't only surprising, in my oppinion it was even ridiculous."

Qyoto C#/Mono Bindings for Qt4, New QtRuby release and PHP Bindings Coming Soon

After the recent final release of QtJambi, Trolltech's Java bindings, I'm pleased to announce another new member of the Qt bindings family, the Qyoto C#/Mono bindings for Qt 4.3, which are available for download on the Qyoto/Kimono site, where there is also a help forum for your Qyoto programming questions. Big thanks to David Canar for setting up the site, and organizing the release.

Linux: Suspend2 Becomes TuxOnIce

The 'Suspend2' project has been renamed to 'TuxOnIce' Nigel Cunningham announced on the lkml, "this is for a couple of reasons: In recent discussions on LKML, the point was made that the word 'Suspend' is confusing. It is used to refer to both suspending to disk and suspending to ram. Life will be simpler if we more clearly differentiate the two. The name Suspend2 came about a couple of years ago when we made the 2.0 release and started self-hosting. If we ever get to a 3.0 release, the name could become even more confusing! (And there are already problems with people confusing the name with swsusp and talking about uswsusp as version 3!)."

Slackware 12.0 Released!

According to Patrick Volkerding on, Slackware 12.0 has been officially released.

Burning Debian packages and repositories to disc with APTonCD and apt-mirror

Have you ever wished you had access to your Linux distribution's online package repositories when you didn't have access to the Internet, or when your access was slow and unreliable? The recently released APTonCD utility allows users of Debian-based distributions to create backup CDs and DVDs of as many Debian packages as they can download. Used in conjunction with the apt-mirror utility, APTonCD can back up an entire package repository, spanning several CDs or DVDs.

Palm's Linux OS delayed until 2008

Plans to switch the company's ageing Garnet operating system to a new Linux core taking longer than expected, according to Palm.

Install Songbird on Ubuntu

Songbird is a media player built on Mozilla and often described as the Firefox of media players. Installing it on Ubuntu is a breeze using a hand little script available on the Internet.

A new, improved Nero Linux 3

Last month, Nero released version 3.0 of Nero Linux. Since we tested version 2.1 last year, the software has come a long way. Nero Linux 3 supports not just CD and DVD burning but claims to be the first Linux application to support Blue-Ray and HD DVD recorders as well.

Linux: 2.6.22 Coming Soon

Linux creator Linus Torvalds released the 2.6.22-rc7 kernel saying, "it's hopefully (almost certainly) the last -rc before the final 2.6.22 release, and we should be in pretty good shape. The flow of patches has really slowed down and the regression list has shrunk a lot." Hhe briefly summarized the changes in this latest release candidate, "the patches are mostly trivial fixes, a few new device ID's, and the appended shortlog really does pretty much explain it," adding, "final testing always appreciated, of course".

Installing Beryl Or Compiz Fusion On A Fedora 7 Desktop

This tutorial shows how you can install and use Beryl or Compiz Fusion on a Fedora 7 desktop (the system must have a 3D-capable graphics card). With both Beryl and Compiz Fusion, you can make your desktop use beautiful 3D effects like wobbly windows or a desktop cube.

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