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Fedora Weekly News Issue 63

Welcome to our issue number 63 of Fedora Weekly News.

New release of OSS laboratory software

South Africa-developed laboratory information system, Bika Lims 1.2, has been released. The new release is also ready for ISO 17025 accreditation and at least one accreditation using the software has been achieved.

The Twisted Definition of Open Source

Open source software is a software license that allows the user to take a look under the hood, make any tweaks and adjustments that they might like to see, and then freely redistribute that same software to anyone they wish.

UbuntuWorld 2007 in the USA?

Now we’re thinking of having a “user and business” conference, aimed at bringing together the people who deploy and manage Ubuntu in the real world (well, in the USA in particular, but let’s think globally) with those who help to produce it. The big question is - who would want to come? In order to run such an event we would need about 500 people to attend. It would be a 2-day conference (with additional days of workshops and tutorials separately, probably) and would likely be run in close proximity to another big event.

CLI Magic: Salvage lost partitions with gpart

Messing up your hard disk's partition table doesn't take much effort, especially when you're preparing a dual-boot machine. Even a mistimed fdisk /mbr can spell disaster, erasing the master boot record (MBR) and making the disk unusable. But victims of damaged MBRs rejoice -- gpart can save your day. This utility scans a hard disk and prepares a partition table of areas that resemble a partition, which you can use to make the disk bootable again.

DistroWatch Weekly: New releases from Fedora and Ubuntu, Xandros reorganisation, Xen Demo CD

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Oct 23, 2006 4:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 43rd issue of DistroWatch Weekly! On the eve of several major new releases, such as Firefox 2.0, Fedora Core 6 and Ubuntu 6.10, this week's DistroWatch Weekly takes a brief look at some of the new products, comments on the new Fedora 6 release, and asks whether Firefox has lost some of its former glory. In the meantime, Xandros Corporation is rumoured to be under a "reorganisation", while Munich continues its march towards a successful switch of thousands of its desktop and server computers to LiMux, a Debian-based distribution that recently reached version 1.0. Also in this issue: a reader recommends BeaFanatIX, a light-weight and user-friendly distribution that attempts to revive the concepts of the BeatrIX project, while the "First Looks" section introduces the new Xen Demo CD 3.0.3. Happy reading!

Free AVG 7.1 for Linux is a must have

Much less Linux viruses exist when one compares the numbers to ones on the ubiquitous Windows, but with compatibility libraries like WINE to run windows software on Linux, and and "windows-on-Linux" virtualisation products like Win4Lin an antivirus on Linux is essential.

LinuxQuestions.org Podcast - 10.22.06

The latest LinuxQuestions.org Podcast. Topics include the LQ Job Marketplace, LinuxWorld UK, the Microsoft exec exodus continues, McAfee and Symantec think Vista unfair update, Flash 9 Linux beta is live, IE7 final released, The truth about the SCOX/EV1 SCOsource deal and why has Microsoft abandoned the power user.

Linux needs file-scanning API on kernel like it's 1996

The talk lately has centred about Vista's security APIs, but Linux certainly needs improvements in this area, because AV vendors still rely on an external kernel module to implement "real time" file scanning.

KDE Commit-Digest for 22nd October 2006

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: the location for aKademy 2007 is Glasgow, Scotland. The KDE backbone of the NEPOMUK research project has been imported into KDE SVN. A GUI editor for database lookup columns has been added in Kexi. More SVG card sets are added to the resurgent KDE games for KDE 4. User interface enhancements in Kst and Kalzium. Multimedia file tag handling improvements in Amarok (.wav) and Strigi (.mp3).

With Vista in sight, people are finally waking up

It is, ironically, as if one of the most significant effects of "Vista" (meaning sight) may end up being the "awakening" of the masses rather than whatever the MS marketing team wanted the name to represent. In effect, people are being literally chased away from Microsoft to alternative Free Software options such as GNU/Linux.

Red Hat targets telecoms, joins EC delivery platform project

Red Hat Inc has joined a European Commission project to create telecommunication service delivery platform standards, as it looks to further its position in the telecoms market.

Converting .rpm Packages To Debian/Ubuntu .deb

This article shows how you can convert .rpm packages to .deb packages with a tool called alien so that you can easily install them on Debian and Ubuntu systems.

Recent SOA announcements and SOA developer resources

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Patrick Flanders (Posted by solrac on Oct 22, 2006 4:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
This article offers a variety of resources that address some of the main issues that are part of SOA development. It outlines specific resources to help you understand SOA and deliver your own solutions. It also highlighted products that are specifically related to creating SOA solutions.

Episode 36 - Other Window Managers

In this episode: a brief look at other window managers, including Openbox (more info here and here), Enlightenment (more info here and here), Ratpoison (more info here and here), Windowmaker, FVWM (more info here), Ion (more info here and here), and PekWM; a Listener Tip; listener feedback.

The Linux 101 Required Reading List

So you want to learn Linux? The best way, the only really good way, is to get a distribution, load it on a computer and give it a try. Any of the ones I mentioned recently at DesktopLinux.com in "What's the best Linux for beginners?" will do fine. However, you may need or want to read some materials about Linux to get up to speed. My favorite book is one I've mentioned often: Robin "Roblimo" Miller's book: Point and Click Linux.

BEA chief’s misguided missives on open source

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Neil McAllister (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 22, 2006 11:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
You could hear Rob Levy’s teeth chattering all the way from Bangalore. The CTO of BEA Systems must be scared out of his wits. How else to explain the mishmash of half-truths and misleading facts he told the IDG News Service during a tour of BEA’s India-based R&D facility recently?

The Perfect Xen 3.0.3 Setup For Debian Sarge

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Oct 22, 2006 10:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions about how to install Xen (version 3.0.3) on a Debian Sarge (3.1) system. It shows how to compile Xen, dom0 and domU kernels from the sources as well as how to install Xen from precompiled binaries. Creating guest domains from images is also covered by this article.

The unknown soldiers of KDE and Gnome

On thing that the recent KDE-Gnome war has learned me is that the smartest people of all are the "civilians", our users. They just use a mixture of what is there and don't understand what the fuss is all about. They happily shop in the giant bazaar for whatever they need.

Oracle Ubuntu Linux deal speculation grows

On the eve of the OracleWorld user conference, market watchers are divided on whether Oracle intends to make an announcement concerning its Linux plans. However, I believe it's a fair bet that Oracle is working on incorporating Ubuntu Linux into its own product.

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