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Top 10 Killer Apps For Linux

Nobody wants to use an operating system. They just want it be able to run the software they need. Therefore, its very important for an OS to have killer apps. Here’s a list of software that make Linux worth using.

GParted 0.3.2-0 Screenshot Walkthrough

GParted 0.3.2-0 is released. We added two new features, fixed some bugs and received lots of translation updates and additions. New Features: * read and display volumelabels, * added 'Check' operation so the user can schedule check/repair actions on filesystems. Changes: * some HIG-related changes...

Let's go bust some silos

The Internet Identity Workshop starts tomorrow (Monday, December 4) and runs for the next two days, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Every time we have one of these, progress happens. It's a remarkable thing to watch, and to participate in.But the challenges remain very high. To illustrate how high, I'll start with a conversation I had one year ago, when we were driving back from a Thanksgiving visit to relatives who live 250 miles away.With the kid asleep in the back seat of the car, my wife asked me to fill her in on a subject that had preoccupied me over the last several years, yet had remained opaque to her."Tell me about this whole identity thing", she said.

Declaration of Kenneth Brakebill as text and Exhibits

Here we go. The Declaration of Kenneth Brakebill [PDF] in support of Novell's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment, listing all the exhibits and what they are, as text. Hopefully this will help us to keep them straight.

Open source stacks not answer: analysts

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Eric Lai Framingham (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 3, 2006 11:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Many vendors are offering open source application stacks as an alternative to integrated sets of proprietary applications that have long locked users into the technology of a single supplier. However, some vendors and analysts are quick to criticise the emerging stacks, contending that they could lock in users the same way integrated stacks of a single vendor’s applications do.

The Unwritten Story Of Open Source Java

What Sun finally did this week by releasing Java under GPL was a historic event. Using the GPL instead of yet another Sun license certainly makes adoption that much easier. But why did it take so long and why the change now?

How To Compile A Kernel - The SuSE Way

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Dec 3, 2006 9:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Kernel, SUSE
Each distribution has some specific tools to build a custom kernel from the sources. This article is about compiling a kernel on SuSE systems. It describes how to build a custom kernel using the latest unmodified kernel sources from (vanilla kernel) so that you are independent from the kernels supplied by your distribution. It also shows how to patch the kernel sources if you need features that are not in there.

The Microsoft-Novell Pact: Fish or 'Foul' Posturing

At the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conference the other day in Seattle, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer picked up the biggest, fattest, slitheriest worm out of that can of worms he opened up when he cut that deal with Novell and got Novell to squirming and wishing he hadn't.

University Students to Enhance KDE

A group of students at the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse will be collaborating on the KDE projects KPlato and Umbrello as part of their Institut Universitaire Professionalisé en Ingénierie des Systèmes Informatiques (Professional Institute of Computer Software Engineering) course of study.

Linux Administration Handbook, 2nd Edition

What can I say? The first edition of this book was a best seller. Linus Torvalds wrote the Foreward to the first edition. Most authors would give their eye teeth to have such a successful book on their publications list. Ok, ok...that doesn't mean the second edition absolutely must stack up to the first, but after all, that's what we're here to find out.

Ubuntu Multimedia Center RC1 Screenshot Walkthrough

Ubuntu Multimedia Center is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with community and professional support. Users in countries that don't allow use of mp3 playback or dvd playback should stick to the regular main release of Ubuntu. The actual intended use is to bring multimedia to the linux world. We will soon add applications like MythTV.

Pre-Installed Linux Database Earns High Rating on LOLL

LXer's pre-installed Linux Database was given a top rating on the Loads of Linux Links site.

How To Deploy Mobile AJAX

The true potential of Mobile AJAX applications lies in deploying rich browser-based applications on mobile devices. A lot has changed with Mobile AJAX in the past year. The first mobile AJAX applications are now live and we are seeing an increasing number of mobile devices being deployed with full browser technology (e.g.. JavaScript, CSS, AJAX etc).

Gp2x Adds Linux Flavor to Game Console Mix

You want games? Whoa, Nelly! The GP2X plays straight ports of PC games such as "Quake" and "Doom," plus it can use emulators such as MAME, SNES, Atari, Sega Megadrive, Genesis and GameGear. The GP2X file archive has hundreds of free games, while sites such as ROMNation offer thousands more.

Novell Files Motion for Partial Summary Judgment

This just isn't SCO's week. Here it is, leaning against the ropes in SCO v. IBM, and here comes Novell. It has filed a motion for partial summary judgement, asking the court to rule that the APA gives Novell the right to waive the contract claims SCO has against IBM and Sequent:

Tux's progress, Indian Style

The “Linux vs Windows” debate generally revolves around the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) issue. Decision-makers rely heavily on their assessment of TCO—which includes hardware, software, installation, maintenance and business process costs—when making IT purchases. Fresh fuel has now been added to the debate of which software system to choose, following a Frost & Sullivan study which indicates that high-priced Windows has a lower TCO than the “free” Linux. The problem of course is that this is a Microsoft-commissioned study.

Intalio Releases Workflow Framework As Open Source

Intalio Inc., a maker of open source business process management software, has released its Tempo workflow framework under the Eclipse Public License. Tempo, which is available through an Intalio Web site, is an implementation of business process execution language for people (BPEL4People), jointly drafted by IBM and SAP AG.

Linux Filesystem Creator Pleaded Not Guilty That He Murdered His ...

Linux filesystem creator Hans Reiser pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he murdered his wife, who has been missing now since Labor Day weekend. Although he's lost his high-profile lawyer Daniel Horowitz because he can't afford him, Reiser exercised his right to a preliminary hearing within 10 days.

Linux/qtopia tapped for W-CDMA handset design

NEC will use Trolltech's recently announced Greensuite phone stack in a new 3G W-CDMA handset reference design. The "Medity" design is part of NEC's PlatformOvia family of hardware/software reference designs for handsets, digital audio-visual equipment, and automotive infotainment systems, many of which use Linux along with Trolltech's Qtopia middleware, according to the companies.

The Linux Expo of Southern California opens Registration for the Fifth Annual Southern California Linux Expo.

Effective immediately, registration for SCALE 5X is available at The early bird ticket price is $60 for full admission with a $30 admission for students with valid ID. Prices go up Jan 24th, so don't dawdle; get registered now!

[See you there! - Scott]

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