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MCNLive VirtualCity RC Screenshots

The first release candidate for the upcoming MCNLive VirtualCity edition is out. What's new? The virtualization software VirtualBox OSE is pre-installed. Create new virtual disk images on a hard disk, run existing images stored on your hard disk. Requirements: enough RAM. Please give us some feedback, test and report bugs, either on or via email. A bunch of packages have been updated from the official Mandriva 2007 update mirrors, including the kernel. Opera updated to version 9.10. - DistroWatch Screenshots of MCNLive VirtualCity RC are available at

CIM Provider Certification Tool on Linux

Save time and Expense with the CIM Provider Certification Tool, facilitating procurement of certified products from global vendors, and the development of CIM-based applications for storage device management. This tool is written in Java and runs on Windows and Linux.

Free software group challenges educational software patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is going to review the patent held by e-learning software maker Blackboard Inc., in the wake of a challenge by a group advocating open source software. The USPTO responded Thursday to a November 2005 request from the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) for the review on behalf of three open source educational software projects. In granting the review, the Patent Office found that prior art cited in SFLC's request raises "a substantial new question of patentability" regarding all 44 claims of Blackboard's patent.

[I used blackboard at ASU and its EULA was several pages long then, but patenting Teacher-to Students communication? That's over the top. - Scott]

Linux Distros Rival Vista

While the eyes of the IT world have spent years squinting to see Microsoft's slowly unfolding vistas, the companies and individuals that drive open source have been steadily building a case for broader adoption of Linux-based operating systems.

Red Hat's Volley on Linux Management Offering

Call it Red Hat's forward spin velocity regarding Linux management tools. With competition such as Oracle offering full Red Hat support on their own products, Red Hat is now expanding and improving its Linux management footprint. The leading Linux distributor told that it is rolling out online monitoring tool this year Red Hat customers.

Lesser known "mini" Linux runs from RAM

Mustang Linux, a fork of Buffalo Linux and a newcomer to the "mini" Linux distribution field, achieved a v2.3.1 release earlier this month. The lightweight distro, which can run entirely from RAM, is based on a 2.6.16 kernel and offers a choice of desktops, the project team said.

Introduction to extending SMIT

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Doug Monroe (Posted by solrac on Jan 26, 2007 2:28 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Discover how to use shell programming to modify the AIX System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) to develop, test, and install extensions safely.

KDE 3.5.6 Released with New Features, Translations and Fixes

The KDE project today announced the immediate availability of KDE 3.5.6, a maintenance release for the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes. Significant features include additional support for Compiz as a window manager with Kicker, session management for browser tabs in Akregator, templating for KMail messages, faster frame rates with video chat in Kopete and new summary menus for Kontact making it easier to work with your appointments and to-dos.

China's Linux industry booms, despite problems

At the 2006 China Linux User Convention, held in Beijing on December 21, Chinese Linux users, producers, press, and analysts discussed recent developments in China's Linux and open source industry.

Expert shares secrets to saving thousands with K12LTSP

The K12 Linux Terminal Server Project (K12LTSP) is a thin client distribution designed for use in schools. Recently, I was invited by Robert Arkiletian, a K12LTSP contributor, to see the software in action in his computer lab at Eric Hamber Secondary School in Vancouver, Canada. We talked about the system requirements for a K12LTSP installation, investigated the available software, and discussed the success of Arkiletian's own lab, which has saved his school thousands of dollars in hardware costs.

A Vista vs. Linux Matchup

In this multi-part series, columnist and operating system curmudgeon Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols pits Microsoft's latest wares -- Vista -- against Linux's fair haired boy -- Ubuntu -- to see how the pinnacle of commercial desktop operating systems stacks up against the free, community developed-Linux upstart.

An overview of the state of dvd authoring on linux

  •; By dmbkiwi (Posted by dmbkiwi on Jan 25, 2007 10:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Following on from the well received article on consumer video editing on linux, linux howtos has another useful article giving an overview of the state of dvd authoring software available on the linux platform. Given the ubiquity of dvd burners on desktops and laptops, the ability to author a nice looking dvd menu is becoming more important.

The Microsoft/Novell Deal: Has It Divided The Linux Community?

When Microsoft and Novell announced that they would work together, Linux enthusiasts were shocked. How has the agreement affected the open-source community, and can it recover?

E-Mail tunes with SoX the Swiss Army knife of sound

This article shows how to create and play back custom sound files based on the content of incoming e-mail messages. SoX -- the Swiss Army knife of sound processing programs -- and simple keyword matching will be used to create custom sound files played back upon receipt of e-mail to give you a heads-up on the who, what, and why of your

Pardus gives Linux a custom lift

Apart from a KDE desktop and applications, the developers of the Pardus 2007 Linux distribution have built an entire distribution from scratch. Pardus, released last month, has its own multilingual installer, custom dependency-resolving package manager, and an INIT system that slashes boot times by several seconds. The distribution has come a long way since its first release in 2005, when it was based on Gentoo and lacked a package manager. Thanks to its custom tools, it's one of the easiest Linux distribution to run and manage.

Macedonia: Employees from 22 Municipalities Trained to Use

74 employees from 22 municipalities were trained to use within the training prepared by Metamorphosis Foundation and USAID’s Make Decentralization Work Project. The training was held in Ohrid, from 15 to 20 January, 2007. Mutual characteristic of the participants was the fact that they were from small municipalities without employed IT expert (system administrator). The trainings were held in Macedonian and Albanian language.

OOXML vs. ODF: What a Week!

What do global wiki projects, assistive technologies announcements, efforts to buy Wikipedia access, major platform announcements, simultaneous competing toolkit releases, and public calls to arms to defend Europe against being "railroaded" all have in common? They're all part of just one week's head-butting between the proponents of ODF and Microsoft, as OOXML embarks on its effort to become an ISO/IEC-adopted standard (a status ODF already enjoys).

Liberty Alliance Seeks Open-source Adoption

Liberty Alliance, the global identity consortium, has unveiled the openLiberty Project, a global initiative formed to provide resources and support to open source developers building identity-based applications, the company said. With today's news, Liberty Alliance has launched a portal where developers can collaborate in the openLiberty Project and access tools and information for 'jump starting' the development of secure and privacy-respecting applications based on the widely deployed Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services standards, the company is quoted to have said.

Open Source Pioneer Alan Dechert To Deliver Keynote at Red Hat Summit

Alan Dechert, one of the pioneers in the open source software movement, will deliver the keynote speech at the Red Hat Summit. The third of the annual events put on by the Raleigh-based Linux software developer and services provider is set for May 9-11 in San Diego.

Mobile Leaders Around the World Launch LiMo Foundation

To support their goal of creating the world's first globally competitive, Linux-based software platform for mobile devices, Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile Communications, Samsung Electronics, and Vodafone announced today the official launch of the LiMo Foundation.

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