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Launchpad PPA: Service: Software Development the Ubuntu Way

During the Ubuntu Live Conference in Portland, Ore., Canonical announced the beta release of its Launchpad PPA (Personal Package Archive) service, a new way for developers to build and publish packages of their code, documentation, artwork, themes and other contributions to free software.

Linux Foundation names new CTO

The Linux Foundation today announced Markus Rex will become its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and lead its Linux Standard Base (LSB) initiative and other standardization and technical initiatives for the foundation.

Linux powered OLPC unable to hit $100 target price

Unfortunately, it looks as if the dream ticket price tag of $100 will not be reached during the initial production run. Despite using open source software and a back to basics Linux powered OS, the Taiwan produced machine will actually cost $175 it would appear.

Mandriva 2007 Spring Version Review: Part I

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 25, 2007 5:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mandriva
Considering the fact that everyone has Ubuntu-fever, with PCLinuxOS as a close second, I thought it might be fun to check in on Mandriva (once known as Mandrake), to see how their latest beginner-friendly distribution is doing.

Linux most prefered than Windows

LONDON, UK: Alfresco Software, Inc., provider of open source enterprise content management has announced the immediate availability of its first-ever global survey of trends in the use of open source software in the enterprise. The Alfresco open source barometer survey, conducted April through June 2007 using opt-in data provided by 10,000 of the 15,000 Alfresco community members, showed that Windows is increasingly a popular evaluation platform for open source software but most enterprises use Linux when they go into production. “The survey shows there is a clear leader at each level of the open source stack but also indicates an increasing trend for organizations to adopt a mixed stack, combining both open source and proprietary software, to enable use of best of breed components,” said Ian Howells, CMO, Alfresco Software Inc.

Next major PC company to go Linux will be HP

People used to think the very idea that a major PC vendor would offer desktop Linux was beyond a joke. It was, as Vizzini from The Princess Bride would have said, "Inconceivable!" But, as events turned out, to quote Inigo Montoya from the same movie, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." HP will soon be joining Dell in offering at least one Linux desktop line in its SKU sales listing. Here's why I believe this.

Convert .flv (Google Videos) to .mpg using ffmpeg

  • (Posted by gg234 on Jul 25, 2007 3:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
FFmpeg is a complete solution to record, convert and stream audio and video. It includes libavcodec, the leading audio/video codec library. FFmpeg is developed under Linux, but it can compiled under most operating systems, including Windows. In ubuntu This package contains the ffplay multimedia player, the ffserver streaming server and the ffmpeg audio and video encoder.

UK 'lags behind' in open source adoption

UK firms are lagging behind in the adoption of open source software, suggesting less government emphasis compared with other European countries such as France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Alfresco Software, an open source enterprise content management firm, made the claim in its barometer survey conducted between April and June 2007 using opt-in data provided by 10,000 of the 15,000 Alfresco community members.

Mozilla begets WebRunner, a site-specific browser

Nowadays, people are turning to Web-based applications as replacements for desktop applications. Web-based office suites, mail clients, multimedia apps, and general productivity tools are all extremely useful now, but standard Web browsers aren't always the best option for running applications. To provide a more suitable tool for Web-based apps, Mozilla Platform Evangelist Mark Finkle has been working on WebRunner, a site-specific browser (SSB) that's designed to work exclusively with one application at a time. It's not finished yet, but it's already showing promise.

Linux Tip: Job Scheduling with Cron and At

You need to run a job at midnight, daily, or weekly, but you would rather be sleeping, or enjoying life some other way. This tip helps you use the cron and at capabilities to schedule jobs periodically or at a single future time, so you can sit back and let routine tasks happen automatically and consistently while you enjoy life.

Sabayon Linux x86/x86-64 3.4 [Stable Release]

a.k.a. "You can't even imagine how good it is" "Sabayon is an Italian dessert made with egg yolks, sugar, a sweet liquor (usually Marsala wine), and sometimes cream or whole eggs. It is a very light custard, which has been whipped to incorporate a large amount of air." Source: Wikipedia.

Linux: Poetry in Documentation

"Lguest is an adventure, with you, the reader, as Hero," began some documentation for lguest recently submitted by Rusty Russell. The documentation continued,"but be warned; this is an arduous journey of several hours or more! And as we know, all true Heroes are driven by a Noble Goal. Thus I offer a Beer (or equivalent) to anyone I meet who has completed this documentation. So get comfortable and keep your wits about you (both quick and humorous).

Monitoring Debian Servers Using Monit

  • (Posted by gg234 on Jul 24, 2007 9:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Monit is a utility for managing and monitoring, processes, files, directories and devices on a UNIX system. Monit conducts automatic maintenance and repair and can execute meaningful causal actions in error situations.

Intel Open-Sources Threading Building Blocks Software

The software will be available as an open-source project under the GNU General Public License Version 2.

'Classmate PC' showcased running Mandriva Linux

The Classmate PC, a low-cost notebook targeting emerging markets, was jointly demonstrated by Mandriva and Intel earlier this month at the KDE-sponsored aKademy 2007 conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Featuring an educational interface, Mandriva's Discovery 2007 Linux is based on an Intel Mobile Processor ULV900.

Why Linux has failed on the desktop: kernel developer Con Kolivas

Prominent Linux kernel developer Con Kolivas recently quit and left it all behind. According to Kolivas, Linux is burdened with "enterprise cr@p" and the kernel developers are oblivious to the performance problems of Linux on the desktop. In this interview, he talks about what pushed him to quit and how Microsoft has succeeded in crushing innovation in personal computing.

Survey shows Linux deployment preference

A global survey conducted by Alfresco has found some interesting trends within the use of open source software among enterprise users that show promise for the future of open source. It was found that there was a strong preference for deployment on Linux over Windows. It also found that Red Hat use has grown much faster than that of Novell SUSE following Novell's Microsoft patents deal.

Intel PR honcho puts spin on OLPC relationship

Earlier this month, Intel and the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project announced that Intel has joined the OLPC board -- a surprise given the previously reported acrimonious relationship between the two organizations. We spoke with Will Swope, Intel's vice president of corporate affairs, about the reconciliation and what it means.

Sun exec accuses Microsoft of 'patent terrorism'

The efforts of Microsoft to pressure the Linux community over alleged and unspecified patents is akin to "patent terrorism", according to a local executive for Sun Microsystems.

Eben Moglen challenges Tim O'Reilly to "join the conversation"

At the O'Reilly Open Source Convention today, Software Freedom Law Center director Eben Moglen threw down the gauntlet to O'Reilly founder and CEO Tim O'Reilly. Saying that O'Reilly had spent 10 years making money and building the O'Reilly name, Moglen invited O'Reilly to stop being "frivolous" and to join the conversation about software freedom.

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