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Open-source Renewable Energy Project

An open-source engineering project is currently under development in Canada. The project aims to create a new power plant design that will use a combination of solar and geothermal energy for use in more distant locations without polluting the environment. Comprehensive coverage appears here for the first time.

Dell, Red Hat: Discussing Desktop Deal?

The VAR Guy is choosing his words carefully for this blog entry. He doesn’t know for certain if Dell plans to pre-load Red Hat Linux on desktop PCs. But circumstantial evidence pointing to that possibility is mounting. Here are the facts.

The Road to KDE 4: Solid Brings Hardware Configuration and Control to KDE

  • KDE Dot News; By Troy Unrau (Posted by dcparris on Apr 24, 2007 8:34 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
One of the many new technologies for KDE 4 is the often mentioned, but seldom explained Solid Hardware API. Hardware has always been a bit of an annoying element of using Linux and other Unix [like] operating systems, but Solid hopes to fix that for KDE 4. In many ways, Solid is like Phonon, in that it's a Qt/KDE style API around already existing components at the lower level, such as's HAL. It is already quite functional in the backend, and it's already affecting visible KDE components. Read on for more...

China says U.S. piracy case will 'badly damage' ties

U.S. complaints to the WTO over commercial piracy in China will "badly damage" cooperation, China's vice premier warns.

Wrestling with Xubuntu Feisty

I spent the day upgrading my new Xubuntu 6.10 (Edgy) installation to Xubuntu 7.04 (Feisty), and since Xubuntu is derived from Ubuntu, far and away the most popular Linux distribution for the desktop, I expected -- and still expect -- a lot more from it.

Installing CentOS 4.4 - Short-n-Sweet

LXer Feature: 24-Apr-2007

Don Parris walks you through a basic CentOS 4.4 installation.

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Hardware Virtualization Scenario Set to Play Out Soon

Virtualization, both on the software and hardware side, took center stage at the Linux/Open Source on Wall Street conference.

Discover the Linux Kernel Virtual Machine

Recently a change in the Linux virtualization landscape has appeared with the introduction of the Kernel virtual Machine (KVM). KVM supports the virtualization of Linux guest operating systems -- even Windows with hardware that is virtualization-aware. Learn about the architecture of the Linux KVM as well as why its tight integration with the kernel may change the way you use Linux.

IBM Powerizes Linux on Intel apps

IBM has announced a beta version of a Linux environment that allows applications developed on Intel boxes to run on Power processor-based servers.

Linux Kernel Reaps the Fruits of Real-Time Technology

More than half of the 1.2 million lines of code for the real-time kernel technology have been moved into the mainline Linux kernel over the past year.

Microsoft to EC: define 'unreasonable'

Microsoft just barely beat the clock today, responding to the European Commission's allegations it overcharges rivals for licensing its Work Group Server technology.

CentOS 5 as a Desktop System

  •; By Piotr Malińśki (Posted by michux on Apr 23, 2007 11:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Red Hat
CentOS is an enterprise class GNU/Linux distribution based on the publicly available source packages of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Just like RHEL or Debian stable, CentOS focuses on stability and security, sacrificing the “latest and greatest” packages. Is CentOS 5 really that stable? And does it fit on the average Joe’s desktop? This is what I’m gonna find out.

Boost your blogging with ScribeFire

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Apr 23, 2007 10:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Web is littered with blogs that are updated infrequently, at best, or completely abandoned. If you want to show your blog a little love, install ScribeFire for Firefox and get busy posting. ScribeFire puts your blog right at your fingertips in Firefox, and makes it much easier to go from thought to post.

Tools and open standards through Open Source development

Compare Apache Derby and Geronimo open source solutions with the IBM open source based commercial offerings of WebSphere Application Server Community Edition and IBM Cloudscape.

Debian etch

So Debian etch (4.0) has finally been released (not sure how late they were in the end… although I seem to remember seeing “late 2006″ on the Debian website). I’m therefore starting to go through the process of upgrading from sarge on desktop machines.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 84

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 84 for the week of April 15th through April 21st, 2007.

Recoll: A search engine for the Linux desktop

Desktop search engines are all the rage these days. While Beagle may be the most popular desktop search engine for Linux, there are alternatives. If you are looking for a lightweight and easy-to-use yet powerful desktop search engine, you might want to try Recoll Recoll. Unlike Beagle, Recoll doesn't require Mono, it's fast, and it's highly configurable. Recoll is based on Xapian, a mature open source search engine library that supports advanced features such as phrase and proximity search, relevance feedback, document categorization, boolean queries, and wildcard search.

Proprietary software an anomaly

Free and open source software researcher Rishab Ayer Ghosh says that just 16 percent of software spend is on pre-packaged software and the majority of programmers work outside the pre-packaged software sector. "Proprietary software is an anomaly," says Ghosh.

Book Review: Best Care Anywhere

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News (Posted by dcparris on Apr 23, 2007 5:08 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Phillip Longman's Book 'Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care is Better Than Yours' is a narrative of the transformation of the Veterans Affairs hospital system from the worst in the nation to arguably the best in the world, becoming the 'Toyota of Healthcare'. Longman attributes the VA's success in large part to the VistA electronic health record system, application of quality metrics system wide made possible by VistA, and alignment of economic incentives. The author contrasts this with the private sector in which poor quality and disorganization are rewarded. He warns of the consequences of retaining the private sector status quo. He ends with a proposal for private sector change.

Microsoft's Coupon Dayz

Microsoft's contention that Linux infringes unspecified Microsoft patents has always reminded of Richard Nixon's campaign pledge to end the Viet Nam war: "I have a secret plan, but I can't tell you what it is." If Steve Ballmer can say that Linux violates secret MS patents, why stop there?

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