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Slackware ditches GNOME service

There's no place for GNOME in the standard build of the Linux distro, but lovers of the desktop environment can still get their fix in other ways.

Linux system stuffed in a network jack?

  • Softpedia (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 7:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Kleinhenz German company achieved a more unusual performance: a Linux system connected to a local area network which is not bigger than RJ-45 Ethernet jack. “Picotux” is based on the DigiConnect ME module produced by NetSilicon and includes a 2.4.27 uClinux port produced by the FS Forth Systeme company specialized in integrated systems.

Musings on Java and 2.0

  •; By Charles Schulz (Posted by Libervis on Mar 30, 2005 7:18 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
In the mean time, I would also like to remind a very important point on the licensing scheme: although a jre has to be used to run some features, 2.0 is STILL FREE SOFTWARE and complies with free software ideals and legal requirements. Java is a separate software platform that doesn't belong to OOo itself, and is only used to run some selected features. Of course, what I, and apparently many others, find cumbersome is that this list of features tends to grow rather than to diminish.

The case for open source software

  • Bangkok Post (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 7:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While open source software (OSS) is gaining a higher profile in Thailand, many experts claim that the government sector here has not been doing enough to seriously spearhead its adoption. To counter that view, the Software Industry Promotion Agency (Sipa) on Monday held a seminar _ "Open Source Software Promotion in Thailand" _ to emphasise the government's role in this area.

Intel Does Not Reject Open Source

  • LinuxElectrons (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 6:59 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
General News Intel has recently made a request to withdraw its "Intel Open Source License" from OSI. They still fully support Open Source. The OSI email from Intel legal is below. Intel basically asks that the Intel Open Source License be removed because its not being used. They are just tidying up some legal loose ends.

Review: External USB sound card from Hercules

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 6:00 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
External peripherals are not all that common, and external sound devices are even less so. We're so used to having competent sound capabilities built into our systems that most of us don't give it any thought. The Hercules GameSurround Muse Pocket USB is a unique external sound card that communicates through a USB port. It doesn't work as well with GNU/Linux as we'd like it to, but it still may be useful if you have a need for a portable sound card.

Gentoo 2005.0 All About Security

  • (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 5:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Gentoo
Red Monk Analyst Stephen O'Grady said the security updates in Gentoo 2005.0 are a key improvement. "The most important facet of the 2005.0 release to me is the attention that has been paid to securing the release out of the box; this emphasis on security is time well-invested," O'Grady told

German bloke earns $2,500 with Firefox bugs

Mozilla said it coughed up $2,500 to German bloke Michael Krax after he found five bugs in its Firefox browser. The payment comprises five 'bug bounties' that the Foundation offers to users who report bugs in its software so that they can be fixed.

Giving Microsoft the Boot: Part II

The path to a Microsoft-free home requires many steps. Our blueprints for a home file server and basic client PC will guide your first steps.

The Next Wave for Open Source: IT Management

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 5:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A look at why open source is a good fit for companies needing IT management solutions and what kinds of companies are making the switch.

Linux: Benchmarking 2.6

In their benchmarks, 2.6.9 performed 6% slower than their baseline in database transaction testing, 2.6.8 performed 23% slower, and 2.6.2 only 1% slower. Kenneth noted that going forward the plan is to benchmark each officially released kernel.

Xilinx free development system supports Linux

  • EE Times Online (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 4:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Highlighting the growing popularity of the Linux operating system among designers, Xilinx Inc. has for the first time included Linux support on its free, downloadable development system.

Debian Weekly News - March 29th, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze <> (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 4:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 13th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. James Troup announced the addition of two developers to the ftpmaster team, who will work on new packages in particular. Rob Bradford eventually announced the founding of a an Debian UK society that will deal with donations in the UK.

Adobe 7.0 Reader for Linux Becomes Available

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 4:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Linux version of the PDF reader, now with increased security and collaboration features, can be downloaded from the company's Web site.

Open-Source Fans Often Miss Business Basics

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 4:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Too many advocates of open source don't understand that business support trumps technical excellence every time.

Building an Internet radio recorder with VLC Player

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Mar 30, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's nice to be able to listen to a net radio station directly on your computer. But wouldn't it be great if you could record it on your hard disk? Better yet, what if you could schedule recordings, so you don't miss your favourite programmes? Using VLC Player and a simple batch file you can turn your computer into a radio recorder.

Googgun's gung ho focus on Linux finally paying off

  • Ottawa Business Journal (Posted by dave on Mar 29, 2005 3:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ahmed Masud encountered Linux for the first time 15 years ago and immediately thought the open source technology would soon be a useful tool in providing services for his government clients.

Novell Users Eye Linux for Kernel Swap

Two weeks after Novell Inc. released software that lets users run its stack of computing services on either the NetWare or Linux kernel, members of the NetWare faithful cited widely varying plans for migrating their servers to Linux.

Intel withdraws open source license, receives applause

In a message posted to the OSI license-discuss email list on March 29, Intel attorney McCoy Smith wrote, "Intel has been studying internally the issue of license proliferation. One step Intel would like to take to reduce license proliferation (both internally, and externally, to Intel) is to have the "Intel Open Source License" (aka "BSD License with Export Notice") removed from future use as an approved OSI open source license."

Opteron Memory Timings Tested

  • (Posted by dave on Mar 29, 2005 11:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Memory Reviews When building any modern computer, the choice of which memory to use is a major consideration. After all, why spend a mint on the latest CPU and motherboard, only to slow it down a bit with anything but the best memory available? This was definitely a big consideration when we began work on our Ultimate Linux Workstation. So, the question before us was, “Which memory should we buy and would the expense of the lower latency memory be worth it?” To answer this question, we went in search of the three standard CAS latencies that you will find for DDR memory and we put them to the test on our new Opteron testbed.

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