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The day Dell refused to sell a computer

I had a surreal experience with Dell today. Wanting to support Dell in their decision to sell computers with Ubuntu installed, I decided to order one for our small, non-profit business. Stargely, they REFUSED MY MONEY because I was buying it to use for a business. What business model does that fall under?

Linux Foundation charts distros' future

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jun 20, 2007 6:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Last week, more than 230 Linux leaders converged on Google's Mountain View, Calif. campus to discuss the most pressing issues for Linux, at the first-ever Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit. Today, the Linux Foundation released a statement summarizing the event's main accomplishments, and declared the event a success.

RT and email

I use RT as a problem-ticketing system (or at least, I encourage people to use it). Since I don’t manage my own mail server, I’ve been putting off the mail gateway part of this for a while, but finally got it working yesterday.

Network World names Zenoss Clear Choice for Network Management

Zenoss Core wins award for best open source network monitoring and management tool.

Mail applications vs. Web mail

  • Click; By Steven Rosenberg (Posted by Steven_Rosenber on Jun 20, 2007 4:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups: Linux
For some reason, testing and using Linux got me interested in trying to read and manage my e-mail with traditional mail clients, even though it was contrary to my experience, habit and nature. From almost the first time I had access to Internet e-mail, I've sent and received it via an online interface, going all the way back to AOL.

Tiny, modular Linux system targets embedded apps

Canadian single-board computer (SBC) startup Virtual Cogs has started shipping its first product: a miniature, modular, embeddable, Linux-based computer. The VC21 is comprised of a Freescale i.MX21-powered processor module, along with a dozen stackable, "Cog"-branded daughterboards that add cameras, touchscreens, sound cards, and so on.

Barloworld builds on open source, Drupal

South Africa technology company, Barloworld CVT Technologies, switches to open source software and Drupal content management system to roll out online presence.

Open News Podcast Episode 17 Released

This week on Open News Linus Likes GPLv3 If Sun Does Too, MacOS Will Use ZFS ... No They Won't ... Yes They Will, and Ubuntu Does Not Negotiate With MS.

Six Key Porting Practices to Know

In this article, learn best practices for porting a JPEG compression application to the Cell/B.E. Synergistic Processor Engine (SPE), and see how to take advantage of the processor's unique architecture and avoid its shortcomings.

Create your own CA with TinyCA2 (Part 1)

  • The world of a penguin; By Magnus Runesson (Posted by magru on Jun 19, 2007 11:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, Ubuntu
Certificates is the way to secure the access to your web site.TinyCA2 is a good tool that makes it easy to create your own CA structure and certificates. This article teach you how to.

Re: 32-bits, CLAM, and TAPESTREA

During the construction of my 64-bit box I collected enough spare parts to build another machine, one destined for a 32-bit Linux system. Last week I finally got that machine built and running with a sparkling new version of the Jacklab Audio Distribution (JAD). I've been using JAD in its alpha releases, but the new box is running the first beta version.

The Road to KDE 4: KDE PIM Libraries and Related Technologies

KDE has a number of sub-projects that have blossomed into enormous projects of their own. A number of them, such as KOffice, or KDE-Edu get a lot of press in the open source world, while the KDE PIM project has been quietly gaining corporate acceptance as a suitable enterprise suite. Today's feature are the libraries that power the KDE PIM project, and specifically, what changes have taken place since KDE 3.5.x, wherein the KDE PIM project is one of the most successful and stable components of KDE.

Portrait: Dr. Alain Empain helps grow open source

Twice a week, Dr. Alain Empain drives his car away from his solar-paneled home in the Belgian countryside, then parks and boards a train that an hour and 10 minutes later will take him to a bus, which half an hour later will take him a small village called Meise and to his job as a botanist with Belgium's National Botanic Garden, where since the early 1990s he has been a persistent pioneer of open source software.

Managing Volatility in the Java World

In this installment of Java theory and practice, Brian Goetz explores some patterns for using volatile variables correctly and offers some warnings about the limits of its applicability.

The Open-Source ATI R500 Driver

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jun 19, 2007 6:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last week the first open-source ATI R500 (Radeon X1000 series) driver had entered the world. This new driver (named the xf86-video-avivo) is very early into development, but a small set of developers have been working on reverse engineering this GPU class for the past couple of months. This driver does not yet contain any 3D functionality or support for features that most end-users expect. At this point, the driver just contains very basic initialization and set video mode support for a portion of the Radeon X1000 family. Even with this very basic R500 driver, we couldn't help but to explore the Avivo driver for the past few days.

Interview with Fedora's Max Spevack

An interview with Fedora's Project Leader about how Fedora and Red Hat work together to create the code used in both Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases.

Ubuntu, Red Hat reject Microsoft patent deal

Red Hat, the largest Linux vendor, and Ubuntu-maker Canonical have both rejected calls from Microsoft to forge a deal similar to the one the Redmond giant signed with Linux distributors Novell, Xandros, and Linspire.

Dual Monitors With Ubuntu

Learn how to set up dual monitors the simple way with Envy and a couple of LCD monitors.

New LinuxCOE helps admins customize distros

Hewlett-Packard released version 4 of its Linux Common Operating Environment (LinuxCOE) software this month. LinuxCOE is a front end to a set of Perl scripts that helps administrators by building customized install images for various Linux distributions. The idea is to simplify the process of installing and maintaining several Linux systems irrespective of the distribution on any one particular system. The new version streamlines the process of maintaining Linux installations created using LinuxCOE.

Splitting Apache Logs With vlogger

Vlogger is a little tool with which you can write Apache logs broken down by virtual hosts and days. With vlogger, we need to put just one CustomLog directive into our global Apache configuration, and it will write access logs for each virtual host and day. Therefore, you do not have to split Apache's overall access log into access logs for each virtual host each day, and you do not have to configure Apache to write one access log per virtual host (which could make you run out of file descriptors very fast).

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