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What's wrong with Ubuntu 7.04

It's out love for Ubuntu that I'm being so harsh in this review. Look where we're at -- 7.04, a number of significant releases since 4.10 Warty three years ago -- and it still can't manage the display resolution properly, for example.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 29-Apr-2007

LXer Feature: 29-Apr-2007

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

KDE Commit-Digest for 29th April 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Continued work across kdegames, with the kbattleship-rewrite merged back into trunk/. Start of scalable interface support in Kanagram. Further functionality enhancements implemented in the Konsole refactoring effort. Small refinements in KSysGuard. More work on the KDevelop Subversion plugin. Preparations for RSYNC support in the icecream distributed compilation utility. Progress made in the Amarok-on-Windows porting and generic music store intergration for Amarok 2. Initial milestones reached in the Music Notation Flake shape Summer of Code project in KOffice...

Debian Etch on a Toshiba Satellite A100-159

  •; By Jeroen Lalleman (Posted by hieronymus on Apr 29, 2007 3:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
An overview of some special settings or hardware configurations on a Toshiba Satellite A100-159. The article contains for instance a step-by-step guide to install the ati drivers, the config to make scroll on the synaptics touchpad work and a fix for the low sound bug of the intel-hda soundcard.

LDAP -Time to Leave Home, Young Man

If you have followed my articles on LDAP, you know we began looking at objectClasses in the last installment back in March. Since that time, I haven't written much more about directory servers. I began contemplating whether or not to continue the LDAP series because things have changed. Let me explain:

(IT) Benvenuti in FUSS!

Free Upgrade Southtyrol's Schools (FUSS) è un progetto finanziato dal Fondo Sociale Europeo che ha aggiornato i sistemi informatici di tutte le scuole italiane della Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, sostituendo i software con licenza proprietaria utilizzati nell'attivita' didattica con la distribuzione GNU/Linux FUSS Soledad, sviluppata all'interno del progetto e rilasciata con licenza libera.

[Site is in italian - dcparris]

Virtual Hosting With Proftpd And MySQL (Incl. Quota) On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Apr 29, 2007 12:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This document describes how to install a Proftpd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users. This is much more performant and allows to have thousands of ftp users on a single machine. In addition to that I will show the use of quota with this setup.

Vista - End of the Dream?

Mr Jewell simply can't take it any more...

You've probably heard of “ if not actually read“ that modern-day classic, "Dreaming in Code". The book is subtitled Two dozen programmers, three years, 4,732 bugs and one quest for transcendent software.

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 on Linux

We've been meaning to deliver benchmarks from the Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 for some time now, but with the new site, the upcoming Solaris hardware support, quad/octal core benchmarking, and the variety of different articles we have been working on, things have been quite hectic around here. However, with Fedora 7 Test 4 now being available, we have finally published our Core 2 Duo E6400 Linux results.

How Important for Linux is the composite project (compiz and Beryl)

  • Go2Linux; By ggarron (Posted by ggarron on Apr 29, 2007 9:38 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
How Composite projects are helping Linux, well their most important way to help, is attracting more users to Linux, which will later give more support to it.

Installing Oracle on CentOS 5.0 (x86_64)

  •; By Boris Derzhavets (Posted by dba477 on Apr 29, 2007 8:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Oracle, Red Hat
During OS install both GNOME and KDE desktops were selected as well as all components of all available groups except "Virtualization","Clusters","Clusters Storage" KDE Session has been selected for system login. Firewall and SELINUX have been disabled.

Qt Apps Community Sites Launched

Some days ago the the community around the web sites,, etc launched two new web sites: and Both sites will be a home for presenting Qt based applications like already is for presenting KDE applications. The difference between both new sites is that Qt-Apps will be pure FLOSS only, while Qt-Prop is a home for proprietary software. The launch was done in cooperation with Trolltech.

OLPC: Fading or stronger than ever?

Recent events -- $3 Windows for the developing world, competition from Intel, and a $175.00 pricetag for OLPC's $100.00 laptop -- have some reporters and analysts suggesting the project may be in trouble. But are those dire forecasts credible or are they simply wishful thinking by the Wintel faithful?

KOffice Developers Meet with KDE Core People for ODF Infrastructure

KOffice, the KDE office suite, has always stood behind the OpenDocument Format (ODF) as an industry standard. Now with KOffice 2.0 around the corner, with quickly becoming a new leader, and with Microsoft to release its own so-called "open" format, ODF and the interoperability that it promises is more important than ever. The KOffice developers will meet in Berlin during the weekend of May 12th-13th to do as much ODF-centered development as possible. Read more to find out what this can mean for KDE at large.

NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT 256MB Benchmarked on Linux

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Apr 28, 2007 1:27 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The GeForce 8500GT is NVIDIA's value-priced contender in the GeForce 8 series. The 8500GT has a 450MHz core clock and 400MHz memory clock, but how is this $100 creation able to compete against other graphics cards from ATI and NVIDIA? We have our hands on the passively-cooled Gigabyte GeForce 8500GT 256MB graphics card and have run our usual Linux graphics tests along with some of our first overclocking attempts with this new solution. Without further ado, we present the world's first Linux benchmarks of the NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT.

Linux: Releasing With Known Regressions

Following the release announcement of the 2.6.21 Linux kernel, Adrian Bunk noted that he no longer planned to track regressions. He explained, "if we would take 'no regressions' seriously, it might take 4 or 5 months between releases due to the lack of developer manpower for handling regressions. But that should be considered OK if avoiding regressions was considered more important than getting as quick as possible to the next two week regression-merge window."

Debain WrEtch: review of an UnAmerican Linux system

Debain is the only group of software developers who still believe that Richard Stallman invented programming. Everyone else now correctly credits Bill Gates for doing so. Debain developers hold themselves separate from the rest of the Linux community because of their pride in not stealing from other operating systems to build their version of Linux. All other versions of Linux are based directly on Windows.

[A really funny parody about Open Source - Scott]

Gran Paradiso Alpha 4 Available for Testing

Gran Paradiso Alpha 4 is now available for testing. New features in this development milestone of Mozilla Firefox 3 include the FUEL JavaScript library for extension developers, a redesigned Page Info window, improvements to offline application support and Gecko 1.9 bug fixes. Calc function tools

Once you are comfortable with inputting functions and formulas, the next step is to learn how to automate the processes. Calc includes over half a dozen tools to help you manipulate functions and formulas, ranging from features for copying and reusing data to creating subtotals automatically to ones for varying information to help you find the answers that you need. These tools are divided between the Tools and Data menus, according to no apparent logic.

Text Layout Summit 2007 at Akademy

The aKademy team is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Text Layout Summit 2007 during our week in Glasgow. This is the second Text Layout Summit following the success of the event at Gnome's Boston Summit last year. Experts from the free software world's top text rendering apps and libraries are expected including Qt, Pango and the cross platform effort of HarfBuzz. As previously, register before the end of Monday if you want us to book your accommodation.

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