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Proposal: How to do DRM

"The customer needs to experience the software first-hand without reduced functionality during the trial" is a phrase that Microsoft uses on several marketing sheets. What that means is that trials should only be limited by time, not in WHAT you can do during that time. That got me thinking....

Tux enters the Indy 500

You might think if someone were to mention Linux at the Indianapolis 500, they would be talking about Linux in an embedded system or powering a server tracking information about the race. You'd be wrong. Instead, there's a group seeking to fund an Indy racer in the name of Linux. The group was started by Ken Starks, also known as Helios, the founder of Linux marketing site and author of the well-known Linux opinion site Blog of Helios. With the Tux 500 program, Starks, Bob Moore, and Ted Woerner aim to see to it that when the flag drops on the 2007 Indianapolis 500, a race car emblazoned with Linux decals will be roaring down the track.

[I think that is already having its its intended effect and as the race gets watch! - Scott]

SA student's project accepted by Google

A South African student's project has been accepted by the Google Summer of Code. Charl Van Niekerk will spend his 'winter' of coding standardising output by the Joomla content management system so that it can be better viewed by software for the disabled, among other things.

Ubuntu's commercial sponsor joins GNOME advisory board

Canonical Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, will announce on April 18 that it has joined the GNOME Foundation's advisory board. The GNOME Foundation advisory board is made up of representatives from free software-friendly companies in industry -- from large industry players, to smaller companies that have emerged from the free software community. The advisory board provides a vehicle for its members to communicate with the board of directors and help the directors guide the overall direction of GNOME.

Beginners Linux: "Forget Laymans terms, DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?"

Ever wonder what the heck someone means when they tell you you need to open a Konsole and "su to root"? Or "All you need to do is JED that file."? Here are some explanations to and locations of some useful items.

A Linux for the rest of us?

Zero config distro tailored for newbies. Serial entrepreneur Peter Dawe, who helped bring the internet to the UK, is launching a "safe" Linux distro tailored for the technophobe.

Intel to unveil "mobile internet devices" -- Red Flag Linux with iPhone-style interface

Intel will shortly announce that its future "Mobile Internet Devices" and UMPCs will be Linux-powered, using a custom version of the Chinese Red Flag distribution.

Sun's McNealy Calls for Merger of OASIS/ISO's ODF and China's UOF

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 17, 2007 11:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Beijing, April 17, 2007 - Sun Microsystem's Chairman Scott McNealy delivered the keynote at a standards conference sponsored by Chinese government ministries, councils and commissions (and Sun) today. In his address, McNealy characterized the Chinese-developed Uniform Document Format (UOF) as "one of the three main document formats in existence today," the other two being Microsoft Office and the OASIS/ISO standard known as Open Document Format (ODF). He also called for the merger of UOF and ODF into a single standard.

tux500 is a pump-and-dump scam

If it sounds too fishy that $350,000 dollars is needed to put a sticker on a racecar in the Indy 500, that's because there's no car, no sticker, no Indy connection, but a couple of crooks.

[ a Scam? Maybe the Author didn't read about it on The Indianapolis 500 Website. I don't think they put scammers on that website. - Scott]

Comparing and merging files with Meld

When you're editing text, you may find yourself with two or three similar versions of a file. Often you are not sure which file has what content, what was deleted in one, what was added in another, and where exactly. You know what content your file should contain, but you are not sure which version to start from. It's one of those moments you wish your computer were smart enough to understand your problem and fix it for you. Well, that's not going to happen, but there is an open source application that you can run to help. Meet Meld, a visual diff and merge tool.

Forget Windows and OS X: Just Try Linux

  •; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Apr 17, 2007 9:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
A number of readers have called me a Linux hater due to some straightforward points that I’ve made in previous articles. In reality, I’m not a Linux hater, and I try to make that clear as much as I can because the operating system is getting better all the time.

Back Up (And Restore) LVM Partitions With LVM Snapshots

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Apr 17, 2007 8:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This tutorial shows how you can create backups of LVM partitions with an LVM feature called LVM snapshots. An LVM snapshot is an exact copy of an LVM partition that has all the data from the LVM volume from the time the snapshot was created. The big advantage of LVM snapshots is that you do not have to worry about open files and database connections, and you do not have to interrupt/halt services on the live partition because a snapshot is usually created in fractions of a second, so your users will not notice any disruption, and your snapshot holds consistent data.

Open Source Centre's head to talk at Open Tuesday

Nhlanhla Mabaso will talk on government's implementation plan for open source at tonight's Open Tuesday event in Sandton. All who are interested are welcome to intend.

Azereus BitTorrent Client Review for Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Apr 17, 2007 6:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
If there is one constant thing between the different platforms, it’s the abundance of BitTorrent clients for each of them. But there is one application that has quite literally redefined how we look at this method of file transfer. Did you know that some people are using it to watch television shows that they may have missed in their how country? As crazy as it sounds, it's true. Check this out.

Microsoft's 'Men in Black' kill Florida open standards legislation

It was just a bit of text advocating open data formats that was slipped into a Florida State Senate bill at the last minute with no fanfare, but within 24 hours three Microsoft-paid lobbyists, all wearing black suits, were pressuring members of the Senate Committee on Governmental Operations (COGO) to remove the words they didn't like from Senate bill 1974.

New Book on KDevelop

If you are able to read German and use or plan to use KDevelop, it is now possible to get the help of a newly published book. In "KDevelop - Einführung in die Entwicklungsumgebung" KDevelop contributors Jonas Jacobi and Robert Gruber will not explain in great length that "The 'New File' menu entry opens a new file", but concentrate on less self-explatory topics like advanced code navigation, documentation with Doxygen or using Valgrind with KDevelop. The book, published by Munich-based publisher Open Source Press, uses KDevelop 3.4 as a reference.

KDE-Forum Romania Launched

After the rise of, and, Romanians wanted a forum of their own, and KDE-Forum Romania was born. Destined to unite all Romanians under one roof, KDE-Forum Romania is going to join its brothers on the boat for the upcoming KDE 4 release.

Puppy Linux 2.15CE has a few new tricks

Given how similar Puppy 2.14 was to 2.13, I was wholly unprepared for how different the latest Puppy release, 2.15CE (community edition), is from its predecessors. First of all, it looks completely different. That's because IceWM is the default window manager for Puppy 2.15, although the old standby JWM (Joe's Window Manager) is still available. And aside from the radical change in GUI, the desktop background is darker (and less "puppy" themed) than in distros past. Still, the Menu key on the bottom left does have a paw print.

KDE App of the Month is Back with kdesvn

After one year of silence we are back with another issue of App of the Month. This time we selected a developer tool, kdesvn. It is a well integrated KDE client for subversion. The overview takes a look at some basic functions. We also have an interview with kdesvn's developer Rajko Albrecht, covering the development process and much more.

IRC Linux Support, through burnout and beyond.

I've been doing support on IRC for more than three years now. Overall, it's been a rewarding experience, and, an important learning experience for me as well.

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