A few readers may recall that after my disappointing visit to Microsoft in early December, I promised to pass the Zune music player they gave me on to a worthy developer who would either modify it to run Linux or work on making the thing usable with Linux. Entries ranged from amusing to serious.
Mozilla, Adobe, and Novell made some major news in desktop Linux this year, and smaller developers introduced interesting innovations. But on the whole, 2006 was just about as memorable for what didn't happen on the Linux desktop as what did happen, with interoperability issues of various sorts playing big roles on both sides of that stage.
For those of you who've just unboxed (or already snagged) a Nintendo Wii, and are more interested in casing out the innards or hacking it up, we've got yet another challenge for you and your console. While we've seen how to control the functions of your home with a PSP, there's just something special about flinging your Wiimote up and down to lower and raise the lighting conditions around your crib. Aside from a Wii, Wiimote, and a good bit of spare time, you'll also need the Smarthome Insteon lights w/ ControlLinc, an Aurora Multimedia WACI NX, a Linux-based PC, and if you wish, an optional AXIS PTZ IP Security Camera and Proliphix IP Thermostat.
Synapse EMR port to Linux has now gone beta. Download from http://www.compkarori.com/emr/linux/ Almost all of the non-Windows specific functionality is now available for the Linux client.
SIMchronise is a mobile synchronization provider based in Dublin, Ireland. Users of the company's products can synchronize contacts, calendars, appointments, tasks, and notes across a wide range of devices, including mobile phones, PCs, Palm PDAs, and even iPods. After using proprietary software and finding it lacking, all of its products are now based on Funambol's open source data synchronization software.
Examine key parts of the Z shell (zsh) and how to use its features to ease your UNIX system administration tasks. zsh is a popular alternative to the original Bourne and Korn shells.
Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz published Scrooge and intellectual property rights in the British Medical Journal. In it he attacks the fundamental justification for drug patents, the supposed encouragement of private investment in high risk drugs. It is enough to say that his arguments go double for medical software patents which have all of the drawbacks of drug patents, except that they do not require a significant investment at all, so there is no justification whatsoever. The next time you hear a medical software company talk about an "innovation" they have patented you should cringe at the theft of a simple idea from the FOSS world.
Fine Tune your battery usage. Using the GNOME Power Management options will provide better use of your laptop battery life. Knowing the difference between suspend and hibernate may save you a loss of data. This article will explore your best use of power on a lapto
Virtualization is a good practice for servers, since it makes things more secure, scalable, replacable, and replicable, all this at the cost of little added complexity. This guide was written during an install of a Supermicro machine with two dual-core opterons (64-bit), two identical disks (for RAID) and a load of memory. Why OpenVZ and not XEN or the recent KVM kernel module? Well, XEN is not very stable for 64-bit architectures (yet), and it comes with quite a bit of overhead (every VM runs its own kernel) due to its complexity. KVM is very simple but restricts you to run a kernel as one process, so the VM cannot benefit from multi core systems.
Users of BasKet Note Pads, an advanced notepad application for the KDE desktop, are called to participate in a usability survey. The survey is carried out by the recently launched BasKet Usability Project, a sponsored student project in the "Season of Usability" of OpenUsability.org.
A large number of very useful Free templates have been created by third parties and individuals alike for use in OpenOffice.org office suite, with worldlabel - a label manufacturing company being in the forefront of it.This article takes a look at one of the ways by which one can easily import third party templates into OpenOffice.org.
A physician and medical imaging specialistspeaks out on VistA content protection or digital rights management in a medical environment:'...the field of medical imaging either bans outright or strongly frowns on any form of lossy compression because artifacts introduced by the compression process can cause mis-diagnoses and in extreme cases even become life-threatening. Consider a medical IT worker who's using a medical imaging PC while listening to audio/video played back by the computer (the CDROM drives installed in workplace PCs inevitably spend most of their working lives playing music or MP3 CDs to drown out workplace noise). If there's any premium content present in there, the image will be subtly altered by Vista's content protection, potentially creating exactly the life-threatening situation that the medical industry has worked so hard to avoid.
Red Hat Inc. shares climbed as much as 19% Friday after the No. 1 provider of Linux software reported a quarterly profit and outlook that topped Wall Street forecasts.
Oracle said during its Q2 conference call that people downloaded 9,000 copies of its freebie indemnified Unbreakable Linux
2.4 kernel maintainer Willy Tarreau [story] announced the release of the 2.4.34 stable Linux kernel, "2.4.34 brings the usual bunch of security fixes, bugfixes, and adds support for gcc 4 to x86, x86-64 and sparc64, thanks to Mikael Pettersson's work." Willy also released the 220.127.116.11 kernel with a security fix added in 2.4.34-rc3. He went on to note some caveats:"One user reported regular panics with aacraid since 2.4.32, so there's no regression here. I will seek for some help to get this fixed in 2.4.35. I also get reports of people getting trapped by NIC vendors who suddenly change their ethernet chips with no big warning notice. The i82546GB chip which replaced the i82546EB in e1000 cards come to mind. It is not supported by the driver in 2.4.34 but I will try to solve this in 2.4.35 (right now, you have to download the vendor's drivers when you replace a NIC). Another driver should get some lifting : skge. I have got a few reports of problems with the vendor's sk98lin driver and I noticed the same problems at work (UDP becoming silent on NFS server)."
QuickSec 4.1 Enables Carrier-Grade Security Gateways to Support Next-Generation Mobile VPN Devices
Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks: A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook
A new blog,All Scrubbed Up is discussing using Ubuntu GNU/Linux as the base for a FOSS EHR network in South Africa. They are tentatively calling the projectMedical Ubuntu. Its a good idea, and I hope they follow through. -FT
Nouveau is a community project that is working on producing open-source 3D display drivers for NVIDIA's graphics cards. Nouveau is not affiliated with NVIDIA Corporation and is an X.Org Foundation project. While this project is still far from being completed, for this holiday special we are sharing some of our first thoughts on this project from our experience thus far. We would like to make it very clear, however, that the Nouveau driver is no where near completed and still has a great deal of work ahead for the 3D component. This article today will also hopefully shed some light on the advancements of this project so far.
How many times do people confuse the opinion of the whole site with the opinion of one of its members? This has happened to Libervis.com enough times. It's a discussion site, with respect to freedom of speech, not a propaganda publication!