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New Release of a Cool Canadian Distro: Vector Linux 5.8

Once upon a time there was a small, lightweight distribution based on Slackware. It wasn’t all that different from any of a number of small, lightweight distros designed to work on older hardware though it seemed to be well thought out. That was Vector Linux 1.8 six years ago. Since then VL has grown into a full featured distribution available in several different configurations. The latest release, Vector Linux 5.8, appeared on December 18th and it is clearly the most mature yet, in many ways equaling or even surpassing more popular distributions like Ubuntu, Fedora, and Mandriva. If the developers manage to smooth out the few remaining rough edges they may find themselves with a distro that is as popular as any of those.

A sneak preview of the expected features in KDE 4.0

This article takes a good look at what to expect in KDE 4.0 when it is finally released some time this year. Even though the work is still going on and the screenshots shown may not be the final ones, it gives an idea to the end user of the different projects involved which makes KDE 4.0 possible.

Atticware Updates: More Memory, Updated Instructions

Last May I wrote about reviving a pair of ancient laptops using Damn Small Linux. I called them “atticware” (a term I can’t take credit for inventing, BTW) because the attic is where computers that old often end up. My point is that there are current Linux distributions that can allow even decade old hardware to run a current if lightweight OS and software. The uses for this should be obvious: non-profits, the proverbial starving students, anyone of limited means, developing countries, and so on. Various programs to recycle old system and get them into deserving hands have sprung up like weeds though I suspect few if any bother to load Linux on such systems.

[Hmmm... I'm running Debian Etch on a few 450MHz boxes. One of those is using KDE, and is quite snappy. She's apparently referring to the Pentium 133s. Wow! - dcparris]

Desktop Data Manager: Promising, but not there yet

  •; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by dcparris on Jan 6, 2007 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNOME, KDE
Being mainly a GNOME user on the desktop, I have been waiting for two main utilities I can find in KDE: a font installer comparable to the one in the KDE Control Center, and a multiple item clipboard comparable to Klipper. I'm still waiting for the font installer, but Desktop Data Manager (DDM) may eventually be a Klipper replacement. In fact, DDM is more than that, since it also includes a screen capture program and provisions for other plugins, but a lack of stability and one or two key features makes it very much a work in progress.

LinuxToday Editor's Note: Not-So Friendly Fire

  •; By Brian Proffitt (Posted by helios on Jan 6, 2007 9:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
A good, level-headed assessment of a Linux Opinion piece and the Journalist who penned it.

Coping with MS-specific hardware

"Microsoft Windows is still unfortunately the most widespread platform which is why most major hardware manufacturers still first and foremost make sure their hardware works well with Windows. Even if Windows Vista is a flop in general compared to previous Windows versions, it is reasonable to assume that hardware manufacturers will prepare their hardware for various novelties that Vista may be offering."

Atto Recieves Novell Certification for Host Apaters

ATTO has revealed that its ATTO Express PCI UL5D SCSI host adapter and Celerity FC-42ES Fibre Channel host adapter have received the Novell YES CERTIFIED compatibility designation with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 and NetWare 6.5. Through the YES CERTIFIED Program, Novell assures customers that ATTO products are compatible with Novell products, ATTO said.

[I hate to knock a fellow on-line publication for their mispelling, but I think someone was in a bit of a hurry. "Apaters" should be "Adapters", I believe. - dcparris]

Developing Countries Breeding Grounds For Open Source

  • WebProNews; By Savio Rodrigues (Posted by dcparris on Jan 6, 2007 6:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Red Herring's Falguni Bhuta predicts "More (Open Source) momentum in developing countries":

How to get a Windows tax refund

If you buy a computer, you often pay for Microsoft Windows even if you didn't ask for it and aren't going to use it. This article shows you how to return your unused Windows license and get your money back, freeing yourself from the Windows tax.

Scale To Host Women in Open Source Mini Conference

The Southern California Linux Expo announces plans to host a 'Women In Open Source' Mini-conference.

The release 1.1 of pragmasuite delayed – free licence model for ...

(openPR) - Cologne, Jan. 3rd, 2006: Release 1,1 of the already announced pragmasuite™ is shifted on in the middle of February 2007. The Cologne/Germany – based technology consultancy mceti AG cites a substantial change of the licence model and a new look-and-feel as the reason for the delay.

Extreme Programmers! Meet up in Leeds

Yes, Ermintrude, there is life up north...eXtreme Programmers are nothing if not clubbable, but the eXtreme Tuesday Club (XtC) is a City thing, as in the City of London, and I'd hate for Reg Dev to seem London-centric. So, as there are also plenty of eXtreme Programmers up North, I was interested to hear of one of them (with some sponsorship from Erudine) trying to get another XP club going....…

No more "Fedora Core"

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Jan 6, 2007 1:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
Red Hat's engineer and Fedora Project board member, Bill Nottingham, announced on the Fedora developer's list on Jan. 4 that, "There will be no more releases of Fedora Core or Fedora Extras." Instead, Core and Extras will be merged together.

DebConf7 registration/sponsorship/CFP deadline

  • Mailing list; By Joerg Jaspert (Posted by dcparris on Jan 6, 2007 12:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
* Deadline for sponsorship: Wednesday 31 January As previously announced, DebConf7 will take place in Edinburgh from Sunday 17 to Saturday 23 June 2007.

Liferay open source portal adds content management, ESB links

Liferay Inc, an open source Java portal company, has just released a new version of its offering that adds new Ajax mashup capabilities, plus links to workflow engines and enterprise service buses.

Building a Sustainable Open Source Business

Why at Terracotta We Open-Sourced All Our Java Clustering Technology

Trixbox 2.0 Eases Route To Open Source VoIP

Open source IP telephony got slightly less geeky today with Fonality's public release of trixbox 2.0. The new version of the free Asterisk-based IP PBX platform is a lot easier to install and use than its predecessor. That should increase its popularity as a foundation for small-business phone systems. But it's still not likely to steal customers from Fonality's PBXtra or similar turnkey products.

Qt Centre Programming Contest

  • KDE Dot News; By Witold Wysota (Posted by dcparris on Jan 5, 2007 9:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
Qt community site Qt Centre is celebrating its first anniversary with a programming contest.

Mysql choses "GPLv2 only" for the time being

In an entry in his weblog, MySQL executive Kaj Arnö said that the free database is to remain under the current LGPL version 2 for the time being.

Google sponsors Linux notebooks for Fijian schools

A substantial grant from Google has enabled notebook computers running Linux and a variety of open source software to be rolled out at rural schools in Fiji.

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