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Vista's long goodbye

Deleting files can take forever. Windows Vista suffers from a bug that causes many machines to stall while deleting, copying and moving files, a flaw that has provoked consternation in online forums.

One Year With ATI X1000 Linux Support

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Mar 27, 2007 6:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
In less than three weeks it will have been a year since ATI Technologies had added it's Radeon X1000 family (R500) support to their Linux binary drivers. When that support was finally added it came about six months after the hardware was actually introduced to the public accompanied by the Windows Catalyst drivers. Even with this six months time that developers had to work on the Linux package, the fglrx v8.24.8 driver (the version that had introduced R500 support) resulted in ATI's flagship GPU series facing a miserable beating by NVIDIA's 7800GTX and even the GeForce 6800GT. However, a year later and what will be twelve driver releases with R500 support, how does the performance now compare? In this article we will be comparing several R500 parts to see how the performance stacks up using the latest driver.

New GPL draft due Wednesday

A new phase of wrangling over the future of the dominant open-source license, the General Public License, is set to begin Wednesday and to end 90 days afterward.

Mandriva and O3Spaces Announce An Alliance

Mandriva will now distribute O3Spaces Workplace as part of the Corporate Server 4 and Mandriva Linux Powerpack+ 2007 Spring editions. The alliance also covers an extensive support agreement.

[O3Spaces isn't Free Software though — Sander]

The JavaScript Diaries: Part 10

There are four objects that provide information about the environment of the user's system. They belong to the window object: navigator, screen, history and location. These objects are used to obtain information such as screen size and resolution, color depth of the monitor, limited information on the browser history, and the URL. In addition, information such as the user's operating system, including the browser type, version and language can also be obtained. In this installment, we'll look at objects, their related properties and methods. We'll delve deeper into them when we use them later in our study.

Programming the SPU in C/C++

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Jonathan Bartlett (Posted by IdaAshley on Mar 27, 2007 3:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM, Linux
In Part 5 of this series about programming on the Cell BE processors, apply your knowledge of the synergistic processing unit (SPU) to programming the Cell BE processor in C/C++. Learn how to use the vector extensions, direct the compiler to do branch prediction, and perform DMA transfers in C/C++.

Access adds Flash player to embedded Linux, browser

Access has licensed Bluestreak Technology's Flash player for mobile phones and set-top boxes, suggesting its Linux-based software stack for mobile phones could be used in phones that receive digital TV. The MachBlue player is said to implement a "large subset" of Adobe Flash 7 functionality.

Here come the RHEL 5 clones

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Red Hat should be flattered. Less than two weeks after the company introduced RHEL 5 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5), StartCom Ltd. released the first RHEL 5 clone, StartCom Enterprise Linux AS-5.0.0.

SIL Open Font License revised

SIL International, a nonprofit organization whose concerns include literacy and the study and preservation of minority languages, has announced the release of version 1.1 of the SIL Open Font License (OFL). The revision, which follows months of discussion and review on several mailing lists, including OFL-Discuss, clarifies the language of the license, especially about embedding fonts and allowing reserved font names.

CELF-con to feature embedded Linux luminaries

The Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF) has attracted a veritable who's who of embedded Linux speakers for its annual conference, set this year for Apr. 17-19 in Santa Clara, Calif. Speakers include Thomas Gleixner, Greg Ungerer, Koen Kooi, and Nicholas McGuire, to name just a few.

Sys Admin magazine Announces First System Administrator Conference

Sys Admin Technical Conference on Security and Scripting in Baltimore May 7-8.

Analyst: Will new Red Hat SLA be followed by price cuts?

When Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 launched, it contained more than just new software. It also offered customers a substantially streamlined service-level agreement (SLA).

Mr. Gates, tear down this wall

In this software cold war, there are two sides. One represents entrepreneurship, cooperation, and the free exchange of ideas and resources. The other is a totalitarian monoculture that does everything in its power to keep customers under its control. This, too, resembles the real Cold War -- and we know how that conflict ended.

Novell Linux Mocks “I’m a Mac” TV Adverts

Novell have done a great collection of spoof ads of Apple’s “I’m a Mac” series, you know, the ones that had a UK launch in January this year. While playing to the same music and video style, it mocks the self congratulatory styles and adds a third character … Linux. Rather than the obvious blokes, it uses a woman to represent Linux.

[I just love the new, 3rd video. -- Sander]

Review: MCSA/MCSE 70-290 Exam Cram

Stop! There's no way in the world that this book alone is going to help you pass the 70-290 exam unless you already know Windows Server 2003 backwards and forwards. The good news is that it isn't supposed to be your one-stop-shopping guide for this exam. Exam Cram books are designed to be what Reader's Digest is to full-length novels. Buy this book but as a backup to other more complete tomes and resources on the subject.

Firefox 3.0 Development Continues in 'Gran' Style

Mozilla developers are keeping up the pace on the development of their next-generation Firefox 3.0 browser with the Alpha 3 release, adding more under-the-hood improvements to security and its offline capabilities. Development began on Firefox 3.0, code-named Gran Paradiso, around October when Firefox 2.0 was released. Gran Paradiso hit its Alpha 2 release in early February.

Quicker open source editor: Emacs

The open source Emacs editor (one of the powerhouses of UNIX computing) is a large, complex application that does everything from editing text to functioning as a complete development environment. Master the Emacs editor and delve into the depths of its most advanced editing commands that have made it famous.

Buying the Best Linux Performance?

Recently the following was posted to the Beowulf Mailing list: I would like to know what server has the best performance for HPC systems between The Dell Poweredge 1950 (Xeon) And 1435SC (Opteron). Please send me suggestions...

The response was probably not what the poster expected. From his specifications, almost certainly the Opteron would work well for a variety of reasons. If you think you know about buying a Linux performance, learn why you should not believe the answer.

Mozilla: Researchers should practice responsible flaw disclosure

Security researchers should make an effort to practice "responsible disclosure," according to Mozilla's security chief, Window Snyder. Her comments were made at a panel discussion during the ShmooCon hacker conference in Washington last week. "The researcher has all the power. They control when they disclose it, and they control the idea whether or not the vendor responds in time," she said during the panel, according to

FOSS Essentials Training conducted in Nepal

  • LocalFOSS; By Subir Pradhanang and Sagun Dhakhwa (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Mar 26, 2007 5:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Over 27 IT professionals and students from different organizations and universities gathered at Yala Maya Kendra, Lalitpur, Nepal for a two-day Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) training called “FOSS Essentials Training 2007” on March 17-18, 2007. It was the first Free/Open Source Software training of its kind in Nepal.

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