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DistroWatch Weekly: Fedora 7 updates, Gentoo Linux 2007.0, openSUSE Software Portal

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on May 14, 2007 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 20th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The intensive development period before the upcoming release of Fedora 7 has been marked by several release updates and further complimented by news from Red Hat Summit in San Diego last week. Will this be the most impressive Fedora release ever? Chances are that it will be indeed. In other news, the openSUSE community launches a software portal, Daniel Robbins comments on the latest Gentoo Linux, Patrick Volkerding drops Pidgin (formerly GAIM) after finding an anti-Slackware comment on the project's developer page, and several distributions, including openSUSE, SabayonLinux, sidux and Skolelinux, announce updated release schedules. In the feature story of the week, your DistroWatch editor describes what can happen when the most important piece of computer hardware suddenly decides to stop working. Happy reading!

Metric equivalent of Microsoft fonts for Linux

Red Hat is going all out to make sure the Open Source remain truly open. And the latest offering from this company is a gift in the form of fonts which are the metric equivalent of most commonly used Microsoft fonts and released under an open licence as this article indicates.

What IP Did Novell License from Microsoft?

Secrecy is unacceptable in an open development model and community, and Novell ’s (in)actions threaten to stall or even destroy the advance of Free Software. It is of vital importance to the community - and especially any projects accepting Novell code and patches - for Novell to publicly and unequivocally state the details of their agreement...

KDE Commit-Digest for 13th May 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: The KOffice ODF weekend sprint takes place in Berlin. KTuberling, the much-loved "potato man" game, is saved for inclusion in kdegames for KDE 4, with the start of porting to SVG and other general improvements. Rewrite of KPoker replaces the previous implementation. Xinerama improvements in the KWin window manager. Continued work on Konsole...

13 Must Do things on new Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn installation

  •; By Ambuj Varshney (Posted by ambuj123 on May 13, 2007 11:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun, Ubuntu
Article describes how to install various multimedia codecs,beryl,dvd playing support , Media Players (VLC,Xine,Mplayer,Real player),audio players, Google applications(Google Earth and Picasa) , Skype , Real player,Macromedia Flash Pkugin and Sun Java Runtime environment and numerous other applications to make your ubuntu desktop rock

Polish KDE Community Announces Web Site

The Polish community of KDE is growing year after year. In association with KDE e.V. we're proud to announce the launch of the web site, with ambitions of becoming the starting point for the KDE element of Poland. Read on for details.

Report: Microsoft says open source violates 235 patents

Microsoft top lawyer Brad Smith alleges in a magazine report that the Linux kernel and violate hundreds of the company's patents.

[Notice that Ballmer doesn't claim that Microsoft actually honors "intellectual property". No, the company that likely violates more copyrights and patents than many companies put together simply lives in a world where people honor copyrights and patents. - dcparris]

AMD Radeon HD 2900XT Preview -- Focusing on Linux

It's late, but it's finally here. This morning AMD will be formally announcing their long-awaited Radeon HD 2000 series, or perhaps better known as the ATI R600 GPU. The AMD Radeon HD 2000 series features DirectX 10.0 (well, for those that use Microsoft products), Avivo HD, a programmable tessellation unit, CrossFire support, and much more. This morning we have our technology preview of ATI/AMD's next generation GPUs along with what's in store for Linux and the R600 series support.

Microsoft takes on the free world

Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents. It wants royalties from distributors and users. Users like you, maybe. Fortune's Roger Parloff reports.

[A very good read and a good recap of events. Just one factual error: Not all GPL software copyright belongs to the FSF. — Sander

Copyright law reinforces monopoly, Open Source Society warns MPs

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Rob O'Neill (Posted by d0nk3y on May 13, 2007 3:16 PM EDT)
Technological protection could close PC platforms to open source operating systems

KOffice ODF Sprint Kickoff

The day before the real start of the KOffice meeting in Berlin, most developers had already arrived. After checking in and having dinner, they started hacking away at the KDAB office. Read on to learn about how this went and the plans the developers have for KOffice 2 and the coming weekend!

Debconf 9: Call for bids

So it is that time of the year again: the time of year we see people arguing over why they want to host DebConf in their country.

GIMP tricks: Neon inscription

  • (Posted by michux on May 13, 2007 12:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
In this tutorial we are going to show how to prepare a Neon inscription in GIMP. The article is meant for beginners, but you should know at least the basics of using GIMP in order to succeed. This is the first tutorial in the news series on so stay tuned!

Linux: 2.6.22-rc1, You Name It, It's There

"Ok, the merge window has closed, and 2.6.22-rc1 is out there," Linus Torvalds announced on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. He noted that there were a large number of changes, "almost seven thousand files changed, and that's not double-counting the files that got moved around." As to what was changed, Linus summarized, "architecture updates, drivers, filesystems, networking, security, build scripts, reorganizations, cleanups.. You name it, it's there."

Official Mozilla Corporation Weblog in the Works

A post on Spread Firefox has announced that an official Mozilla Corporation weblog will soon be launched. A project of the Mozilla marketing team, the new weblog will present the official Mozilla Corporation line on news and developments in the Mozilla ecosystem. The target audience for the weblog will be broad, encompassing users, community members, journalists and weblog authors. It is expected to launch by the end of May.

Howto install a content filtering and virus checking proxy (Part II)

  •; By Frank Neugebauer (Posted by fneagle on May 13, 2007 9:48 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Commercial filters are often expensive, especially when used on a large number of computers, as would be the case in a school computer lab or in small or medium companies with computer networks. In contrast, open source filters are generally freely available for download. In addition, since commercial filters are proprietary, in many cases the system administrator does not have the opportunity to modify or even view the lists of blocked sites. 

LXer Weekly Roundup for 13-May-2007

LXer Feature: 13-May-2007

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

Installing Ubuntu Studio 7.04 - Linux For The Creative

Ubuntu Studio is a multimedia editing/creation flavour of Ubuntu, built for the GNU/Linux audio, video, and graphic enthusiast or professional. It is an official derivative of the Ubuntu open source operating system and comes with applications such as Ardour2, Wired, Hydrogen, Blender, Inkscape, Pitivi, and many more, as well as a beautiful dark theme. This walkthrough shows how to install it.

Battle of the botnets

An interesting look at the emerging turf war to control the mega botnets that are rented out to spammers, and which provide a lucrative income to organised crime gangs online.

AMD will deliver open graphics drivers

AMD will soon deliver open graphics drivers, said Henri Richard just a few minutes ago, and the audience at the opening keynote of the Red Hat Summit broke into applause and cheers. Richard, AMD’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, promised: “I’m here to commit to you that it’s going to get done.” He also promised that AMD is “going to be very proactive in changing way we interface with the Linux community.”

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