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LXer Weekly Roundup for 15-Apr-2007


LXer Feature: 15-Apr-2007

A weekly recap of the big stories concerning Linux and Open Source.

Getting Ready for GPL 3.0: Call the Lawyers

  • IT Business Edge; By Rob Enderle (Posted by dcparris on Apr 15, 2007 9:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
Last week started talking about GPL 3.0 and the fact that folks on both sides don’t seem to want you to read it. In addition, we discussed the basics of software licenses, and how the new model presented by the GPL creates some challenges for companies.

An Outcry For Improved ATI Linux Drivers

When I heard a sharp and continuous beeping sound, I had just grabbed my mug to enjoy my evening tea with the movie I was trying to watch. Without asking any questions to my computer (implicitly or explicitly), I had put down the mug and reached for the reset button on my PC. This was the third time in 45 minutes and it had never happened before. After I had upgraded to a ATI Radeon X1650XT, things started to go awry in a very annoying fashion.

Automatix2 Overview Guide in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn With lots of Screenshots

  • Only Ubuntu (Posted by gg234 on Apr 15, 2007 8:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Automatix2 Overview Guide in Ubuntu Feisty Fawn With lots of Screenshots

Penguin At The Window: Linux As An Alternative To Vista

One thing must be said from the start: Microsoft Vista is a modern operating system that offers a variety of genuine improvements over Windows XP. On top of that, Vista also looks much spiffier than its predecessor. Even so, there are a variety of reasons not to blindly reach for Vista. A consideration of the alternatives is in order, and Linux is at the top of the list.

Installing VirtualBox On Ubuntu

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Apr 15, 2007 12:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This tutorial shows how you can install InnoTek's VirtualBox on a Ubuntu desktop. With VirtualBox you can create and run guest operating systems (virtual machines) such as Linux and Windows under a host operating system. There are two ways of installing VirtualBox: from precompiled binaries that are available for some distributions and come under the PUEL license, and from the sources that are released under the GPL. This article will show both ways.

An Outcry For Improved ATI Linux Drivers

  • Phoronix; By Hakan Bayindir (Posted by phoronix on Apr 14, 2007 11:40 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
When I heard a sharp and continuous beeping sound, I had just grabbed my mug to enjoy my evening tea with the movie I was trying to watch. Without asking any questions to my computer (implicitly or explicitly), I had put down the mug and reached for the reset button on my PC. This was the third time in 45 minutes and it had never happened before. After I had upgraded to a ATI Radeon X1650XT, things started to go awry in a very annoying fashion.

Debian Etch on Toshiba Tecra M5 (Intel Core Duo, NVIDIA Quadro, Wireless)

Detailed guide on installing and configuring Debian Etch on Toshiba Tecra M5. With little bit of effort, looks like everything can be made to work on Tecra M5 (a fairly modern laptop) with Debian Etch. Author is a veteran Debian user and found the current release (4.0) to be uncharacteristically smooth - especially in it's support for laptops.

Book review Linux System Administration

Linux System Administration is a book for a seasoned Linux or UNIX administrator. The book attempts to describe day-to-day administration, maintenance and advanced issues commonly faced by Linux system administrator. Book covers wild verity of topics.

Linux Gurus and the ability of a student to burn them out.

Sometimes a "student" and/or friend can become so dependent on the knowledge base of their teacher/friend that they become not only an annoyance but can drive you away from enjoying your computer time altogether.

[A good article about learning when to stand on your own written by one of our readers. - Scott]

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Install multimedia codecs, libdvdcss in Debian Etch GNU/Linux

  • linuxhelp.blogspot.com; By Ravi (Posted by dsTst on Apr 14, 2007 5:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian, Linux
This guide walks one through the installation of various multimedia codecs and libdvdcss library which allows one to watch movies on commercial CSS DVDs. This guide is relevant specifically to Debian Etch but can also be used for other GNU/Linux distributions as it explains how to achieve it manually too.

Create XML with Google Web Toolkit

  • IBM/developerWorks (Posted by IdaAshley on Apr 14, 2007 4:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups:
Most of Ajax applications use XML to transfer information to and from the server, so your application must be able to parse and create XML data. This tutorial shows you how to manipulate and create XML using the Google Web Toolkit. This toolkit enables you to use Java syntax to create the JavaScript necessary for Ajax user interfaces.

W3C, Accessibility and the Web: A Shared Responsibility

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 14, 2007 3:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
One of the leaders in ensuring Web accessibility has long been the W3C, which has launched accessibility projects of many types for much of its existence. Last week the W3C announced the lastest release in these efforts, and a good example of the quiet but important work that is ongoing at the W3C and a small number of other organizations.

Call for Location of Akademy 2008

While you are booking your travel for Akademy 2007, have a thought about whether you could host Akademy 2008. We are looking for a large institution to host our world summit sometime in the summer of 2008. There needs to be a dedicated local team to organise an event like this who will work in partnership with KDE e.V.

Review: NeoOffice 2.1 makes incremental improvements

NeoOffice, the Mac OS X native-ized port of the OpenOffice.org productivity suite, is now at version 2.1. This release is marked by several key improvements, some inherited from OpenOffice.org, and some native to OS X.

The Internet May Eventually Be Scrapped

  • KUTV; By Anick Jesdanun (Posted by jhansonxi on Apr 14, 2007 1:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
NEW YORK - Although it has already taken nearly four decades to get this far in building the Internet, some university researchers with the federal government's blessing want to scrap all that and start over.

Checking out the OLPC's "Sugar" desktop

As the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project works toward a release this year of its low-cost laptop aimed at children in developing nations, work has continued on the device's Linux-based operating system and on Sugar, the innovative user interface for the radical new laptop design.

Review: A+, Network+, Security+ Exams in a Nutshell

To paraphrase Mr. Rogers, "can you say whirlwind tour?" That's what the latest offering in the "In a Nutshell" series from O'Reilly reads like. That's not a pejorative statement; there's just a ton of information crammed in between the covers of this book. Actually, it is something of an experiment and doesn't quite follow the traditional pattern of this series.

Effective software testing

Learn how to use best practices and tools to keep your testing teams aligned with business priorities.

GPLv3, Linux and GPLv2 Compatibility

The Linux kernel is released under the GPLv2 license, not the "GPL version 2, or any later version", but explicitly GPL version 2. It means that the Linux kernel source won't be available under the GPLv3 unless the kernel developers make an explicit change to allow it. And, it appears the kernel developers aren't planning to make that change. So what's the likely outcome?

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