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Ubuntu Linux Just Keeps Getting Better

We liked this version of Ubuntu, with its very fast, new graphical installer based on the Live CD Faster system startup and login, simplified menu organization, graphical shutdown process, easy access to power management settings with GNOME Power Manager It also now includes GNOME 2.14.1, 2.0.2, 7.0 and a plethora of included application choices, but there's still no VPN wizard, and playing DVDs should be simpler.

[The author describes the act of installing: "After clicking on the Install icon, I followed the prompts until the installation was complete." Sounds like a real nightmare, doesn't it? Seriously, the author presents a very good review, complete with screenshots and "warts". One of the "warts" the author points out, DVD playing, is a problem in the U.S. due to the lobbying of the movie cartel. -- grouch]

Fedora Core 4 Transferred to Fedora Legacy

New stable series of the Linux kernel on the launch pad

As announced at the end of last year, Adrian Bunk has now taken over support of Linux kernel 2.6.16.x. Thus, a stable kernel series based on kernel 2.6 should be available for the long term. Greg Kroah-Hartman, one of the two administrators of the stable kernel series, officially handed over administration to Bunk a few days ago.

Fedora Core 6 Test 2 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - The Fedora Project announces the second release of the Fedora Core 6 development cycle, available for the i386, x86_64, and ppc/ppc64 architectures, including Intel based Macintosh computers. Among the notable features are the ability to install packages from additional yum repositories during system install, functional Java applet plugin for Firefox, new default font (DejaVu), and many package updates. OSDir has some great shots of this fresh Fedora Core 6 Test release in the Fedora Core 6 Test 2 Screenshot Tour.

Centeris CEO: Managing Linux servers in a Windows world

As Linux servers continue to pervade data centers at increasing rates, one of the biggest challenges to strike IT managers is getting those servers to work well with their existing Windows systems.

As a result, technologies like Samba have made a market out of getting the two operating systems to play nice. However, Samba can be a bit complex for the everyday administrator, so companies like Centeris Corp., a Bellevue, Wash.-based startup, have spring up with products to minimize the confusion. Centeris and others produce software tools specifically designed to make interoperability as painless as possible.

Recently, Centeris CEO Barry Crist sat down with to talk about why the landscape for cross-platform server management is improving with the integration of Windows and Linux servers and how virtualization is already emerging as the next big technology in the space.

32-bit plugins under 64 bits

In the present state of 64-bit architecture, the lack of 64-bit plugins can cause difficulties while browsing the internet. A new initiative makes the use of the existing 32-bit plugins possible in 64-bit Mozilla browsers.

Learn how to join tables in MySQL

Format: PDF
Size: 188KB

Overview: This sample chapter, taken from MySQL Crash Course, discusses what joins are and how you can use them to create SELECT statements.

change of the default python version (status)

In the past weeks more than 90% of the first batch of bug reports filed by Pierre Habouzit for the Python transition are currently solved. These reports were filed mainly for packages providing public python modules.

Open source videos capture a new way to do tech support

An enterprising young computer scientist in Belgium has come up with a new twist on the old help desk. Instead of the tedium of step-by-step instructions over the phone or through instant messaging, tech support people can now show clients how to solve their computer problems using Bram Biesbrouck's ScreenKast software and to create and share screen capture videos.

Fedora usability was born!

The Fedora Usability project aims to provide coherence, accessibility and intuivity for all people using Fedora Core and its associated resources. Fedora must be easy and making things simple and coherent for a pleasant use is my objectif with this project.

Melbourne to host 2008

  • ZDNet Australia; By Renai LeMay (Posted by daria42 on Aug 8, 2006 9:53 AM EDT)
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Melbourne will host the conference in 2008, the event's organisers announced today.

Three in four UK colleges consider open-source

Open-source software is advancing in UK education, with more than three-quarters of colleges and universities considering this model when making IT decisions.

Linuxworld experts: Securing Web-based applications on Linux

This is the first in a series of newsletters, where we talk with Linux experts who will be speaking at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, which runs Aug. 14-17 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.

Commodity PC morphs into mobile Linux robot

A small Canadian company is taking orders for a mobile robot that runs Linux, and is based on standard, modular PC components, interfaces, and bays -- sort of a PC on motorized wheels. WhiteBox Robotics says its 914 PC-Bot "does everything a PC does," with the added capability of mobility.

Grep Farstone FOSSBiz

LXer Feature: 8-Aug-2006

I am sure that like me, you have all had your, “My system went down and took everything with it” event, or events. Now if I had just had a back-up program that had all of my files in it already..Hmmm.

Why Binary-Only Linux Kernel Modules are Illegal

Rick Moen’s knowledgebase has some great information. I ran across a series of postings the other day that clarified the problem with loadable Linux kernel modules at the GPL. As usual, the dividing line between legal and illegal (or permitted and infringing) rests on the legal definition of a derivative work. The usual “is it linking?” question brought up by the GPL is sort of misleading here. As well, Linus’ policy during the early years of the kernel can be a little confusing.


I look forward to a Linux kernel copyright holder contacting a blob vendor with this argument. Companies that desire so strongly to “protect [their] valuable intellectual property” might consider respecting the copyright of everyrone who has contributed to the kernel; their argument wears thin by their hypocrisy.

Devs to include OpenVZ suite inside Debian

Debian is one of the most popular Linux distros available, and is very often used in enterprise environments where reliability is key.

Open source scores in higher education

A report shows widespread enthusiasm for open source software in colleges and universities but a lack of clear support from the top

Interview: PortableApps brings open source to USB

For most people, mobile computing means a laptop. Some make do with a Linux live CD distribution such as Knoppix and a USB pen drive to save their data, or one of the newer live CD distros that run off a rewritable CD or USB drive, but if you can't restart the box where you end up, those won't help you. Now, thanks to John T. Haller's PortableApps project, you get to use your favorite open source productivity applications from a USB drive without restarting a Windows-based host computer.

Court stops resale of software licenses in Germany

Oracle wins infringement suitA German court has upheld adecision by a lower court in Munich which banned the resale of used software licenses.…

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