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Cutting The Velvet Chain

Microsoft is a well-crafted and well-maintained machine designed to do one thing. Produce profit. If you research the writings of a young Bill Gates, you will see the ruthless intent from the earliest ink. His communications on the message boards and between some now-famous FOSS Folks find him squarely at odds with the FOSS concept and model. Gates built his company...his machine to be the Borg.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 101

Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 101 for the week of August 13th. In Ask Fedora, we have "Location For Menu Entries And Customization" and "64-bit Java Plugin". In Daily Package, we have "Fedora Daily Package Articles in Chinese", "MediaWiki - Collaborative publishing", "RenRot - Rename and rotate photos", "Wednesday Why: Logins and Sessions", "GKrellM - System monitoring tool", "TaxiPilot - Drive a Space Taxi" and "Fedora Daily Package Weekly Video Summary".

Tips and tricks: How do I use the "xm block-attach" command to attach additional storage (like USB drive) to my running para-virtualized Xen guests?

The xm block-attach command can be used to add additional storage to a running para-virtualized Xen guest. To ensure this succeeds, use the xvd device as the frontend device, and NOT sd or hd.

P2V: How To Make a Physical Linux Box Into a Virtual Machine

Over the last four days, I’ve been exploring how to convert physical Linux boxes into virtual machines. VMWare has a tool for doing P2V conversions, as they’re called, but as far as I can tell it only works for Windows physical machines and for converting various flavors of virtual machines into others. I could have just rebuilt the whole machine from scratch on a new virtual machine, but that takes a lot of time and the old build isn’t that out of date (one year) and works fine. So, I set out to discover how to transfer a physical machine to a virtual machine.

Review: Puppy Linux 2.16 -- our Puppy's growing up

I liked what I saw in the Puppy 2.15CE "Community Edition," but felt it strayed too far from the traditional Puppy, and I was glad to be back in familiar territory with 2.16. I know that Puppy 2.17 is already out, but the crew behind Puppy is releasing new versions quicker than I can evaluate them.

Interview With GNUe's Reinhard Mueller

  • Blue GNU; By D.C. Parris (Charlotte, USA) (Posted by dcparris on Aug 20, 2007 7:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Community
Blue GNU caught up with GNUe' Reinhard Mueller to learn more about the ERP project. Mueller points out the project's shift in focus, thus highlighting the need for project developers to remain flexible.

Frankly Speaking: Grokking SCO's Demise

The SCO Group’s $5 billion threat against Linux is effectively finished. On Friday, Aug. 10, U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball ruled that SCO doesn’t actually own the copyrights that it was using to threaten — and in some cases, sue — Linux users. Of course, you already got that news, thanks to everyone from The Wall Street Journal to IT news sources. And they all got it thanks to Groklaw. [...] And we need it. It’s tough enough to make IT decisions based on vendor claims, technology promises and user requirements. Lawsuits just muddy the waters more. Anything that helps provide a little more clarity is good news.

Open Source Security, Part 2: 10 Great Apps

Open source security products do not generally carry the same following as their business suite and operating system brethren. However, the same reasons for supporting open source products in general also apply to open source security applications. Open source security applications are free, or at least much less costly than their proprietary counterparts. Even when the cost of paid support is factored in, they provide much more bang for the buck. Having many more eyes watching the code and a community of developers backing up users, open source security applications provide a wide range of options and made-to-order uses.

Embedded Linux World Tour 2007 Demonstrates How to Shorten Time-to-Revenue for Developers in 23 Cities in 9 Countries

MontaVista® Software, Inc., the leading provider of Linux® for intelligent devices and communications infrastructure, together with Freescale Semiconductor, Avnet, and EBV Elektronik today announced the Embedded Linux World Tour 2007, a series of live seminars for device designers and developers across North America and Europe. Embedded Linux World Tour seminars will be presented in 23 cities in 9 countries between September 4 and November 15, 2007.

ASUS Radeon HD 2600PRO Linux Preview

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Aug 20, 2007 4:12 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Two weeks ago we looked at the Radeon HD 2900XT 512MB from Sapphire Technology and in preparation for the new ATI/AMD Linux display driver coming soon, today we are previewing the ASUS EAH2600PRO 256MB graphics card. This PCI Express graphics card has HDMI output support with HDCP compliance, OpenGL 2.0 support, and its core runs at 600MHz with a 1000MHz memory clock. Distinguishing this graphics card from the reference ATI Radeon HD 2600PRO is claims that this ASUS cooling solution is 20 degrees Celsius cooler than the reference model.

Open source: Innovation through recombination

Today's software business model isn't about writing software; it's about the enablement and servicing of software. And that just happens to be what the open source movement is all about. So far, the open source movement has tended to develop software that mimics commercial products. We will soon see it graduate to creating entirely new solutions. One of the great freedoms of open source is the ability to take just the bits we need and recombine them into new applications, accelerating innovation and time to market.

Keeping your Linux clock on time

  • Linux operating system (Posted by ggarron on Aug 20, 2007 2:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Lots of the task your Linux machine are controlled by the time, things like cron jobs, emails' Date, file's dates, so it is really important to have your computer's clock on time.

Obsidian now official SA Zimbra reseller

Obsidian has been appointed as an official South African value-add reseller for Zimbra, the award-winning open source messaging and collaboration platform. "Zimbra is a highly original product," says Muggie van Staden, managing director for Obsidian. "It is not based on any existing collaboration server and does not try to emulate what is already available in the market. Instead, Zimbra offers a new and refreshing approach to messaging and collaboration."

User-friendly Ark Linux 2007.1 sails out

The Ark Linux team have announced the release of Ark Linux 2007.1, the latest version of its multi-purpose desktop operating system. Ark Linux is an end user-friendly Linux operating system suitable for office and school work, desktop publishing, graphics, multimedia entertainment. This latest release of Ark Linux includes a number of application upgrades, an imporoved integration of the Wine Windows emulator and better hardware detection, according to the development team.

Dealing with upstream: how KDE and the distros manage to keep things together

What defines upstream? KDE, GNOME, Apache, even the Linux kernel are upstream for a Linux distribution, and even a totally different distribution altogether may be considered upstream (for example, Debian is considered upstream for Ubuntu). These upstream projects are the ones that write most of the code that goes into powering your free software operating systems, and to a distribution, they are what makes the whole thing possible. What do you do with the changes you make to the upstream packages? After you've made changes to help fix some bugs, add or change some features, you end up with quite a large set of patches that you need to maintain.

Mobile Linux: The Desktop Developer Killer

  • Mad Penguin; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 20, 2007 11:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Unless you have been living under a tree, you are aware of the fact that money in the Linux market by and large appears to be coming from the mobile market. Despite efforts from developers and various companies alike, the fact remains that it is the mobile development world that is gaining the bulk of the Linux developers out there. But have you ever wondered why mobile is beating the pants off of desktop Linux in the bank accounts of developers. After doing some research, I believe I have figured out why this is happening. The mobile carriers themselves.

Freespire aspires, but fails to inspire

Freespire, the free as in beer version of the Linspire Linux distribution, this month released Freespire 2.0, the first version of the operating system based on the popular Ubuntu distribution, and the first to contain proprietary codecs and drivers. Despite its attractive appearance, it left me with mixed feelings.

Windows Tech Writers Wrong About Linux

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Aug 20, 2007 9:54 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
At least we are making some progress in the field of Windows using tech writers speaking with any level of clarity about Linux as a viable alternative. Yet as good as the article linked above is, its writer is wrong with one seriously flawed statement. Vendor support remains far and few between. Some companies like HP and IBM have been great, while many others have lived so far up Microsoft's backside that they believe that Linux is merely a fad. I would also agree that there is a glass ceiling in place, thanks to a lack of vendor support.

Building a modern IT infrastructure for a small company (10 clients) with a sub-$3,000 budget

“No way! That’s impossible.” Well, actually it’s not. Using Open Source technology, it’s actually possible to create a competitive IT infrastructure for very low costs. Not only does Open Source software enable you to create more customized solutions to better fit your needs, but it also means that you can spend your budget on hardware - not software.

KDE Commit-Digest for 19th August 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: The Summer of Code for 2007 nears its end. Implementation of more features in the Step physics simulation package. More graphical game themes in KMahjongg, KWin4 KShisen, KGoldRunner and KJumpingCube. The start of a new game, KDiplomacy. More development in the Blitz graphics library. Lyrics Plasma applet and other interface work for Amarok 2. The start of the implementation of panels, and a clipboard engine in Plasma. More features in the ODBC Data Sources KControl module. Animation support in the Raptor menu. KCacheGrind is ported to QGraphicsView. MusicXML import function in KOffice.

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