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MythTV: Easy personal video recording with Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 12, 2005 7:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A few months ago, I started looking for an alternative to Windows Media Center Edition 2005, a personal video recorder (PVR) or digital video recorder (DVR) system. While other complete hardware/software combos, such as the popular TiVo, solve many of the headaches of having to build your own system and find out which hardware works and which doesn't, they also lack a level of customization and user freedom; with TiVo, for instance, you have join one of the company's monthly subscription plans. I decided to build my own system using open source software and carefully picked hardware. This proved to be much easier than I expected, thanks to MythTV.

Inside Google Firefox Extensions

  • Search Engine Journal; By Michael Nguyen (Posted by tadelste on Jul 12, 2005 5:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
With the release of several Firefox extensions by Google - we can take a look at how Google officially implements PageRank queries.

LQ Radio Show - Episode #2

Episode #2 of the LQ Radio Show has been posted. The show is hosted by jeremy and includes a panel of LQ moderators. Topics include Linux on the desktop, beagle, Apple moving to Intel, blogging, Linux appliances, broadcom, Google’s Linux app, the Vienna Linux migration and much much more. Total running time is 1:29. A Bittorrent is available. You can also download the show directly (in mp3 and ogg format) or as a Podcast.

DistroWatch Weekly: Fedora Core 4, Debian security, Ubuntu Foundation, Jean-Philippe Guillemin of Minislack

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Jul 12, 2005 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 28th issue of DistroWatch Weekly. The recently released Fedora Core 4 has been getting some bad press lately - what are the reasons? The security problems plaguing Debian sarge in recent weeks have been solved, while Ubuntu's increasing impact on the world of Linux distribution has received more momentum by the launch of a US$10 million Ubuntu Foundation. Also in this issue - we interview Jean-Philippe Guillemin, the lead developer of Minislack and introduce three new Asian distributions - AsianLinux, OpenLX (both from India) and Niigata Linux (from Japan). Happy reading!

Command-line animations using ImageMagick

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 12, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If the success of the "Shrek," "Toy Story," "Stuart Little," "The Incredibles," and many other Hollywood hits is any indication, animations add glitz to the mundane. While animation in the movies still requires professional animation packages like Blender, you can make simple animations using the command-line wizardry of ImageMagick.

Brazil: the hearth of FOSS

  • Open for business Blog; By Omar Tazi (Posted by bstadil on Jul 11, 2005 6:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the first developing countries to clearly stand behind OSS was Brazil. For the last five years Brazil’s government lead by President Lula is abandoning proprietary software (mainly Windows) in favor of OSS. The National Institute for Information Technology estimates a $500 saving in software for every machine owned/operated by the government which saves Brazil overall $150M a year

Open-source Exuberance

  • InformationWeek (Posted by dave on Jul 11, 2005 4:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Hot-shot entrepreneurs, VC money, even 'paradigm shifts.' Dot-coms revisited? No, it's today's flood of open-source startups.

Linux Gets High Marks For Security

  • InformationWeek / Securitypipeline; By Larry Greenemeier (Posted by bstadil on Jul 11, 2005 3:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The IT world may be an insecure place, but don't blame Linux. In fact, very few IT pros participating in InformationWeek Research's Linux and open-source survey say Linux has introduced security problems into their IT environments

TheOpenCD 3.0 released, now with Ubuntu LiveCD

TheOpenCD team is pleased to announce the release of TheOpenCD 3.0, now featuring a live CD based on Ubuntu. TheOpenCD traditionally provides a handy collection of quality FOSS applications for Windows, professionally presented in an elegant CD browser. This latest edition also lets you boot into a highly polished desktop based on Ubuntu for a taste of the world of free operating systems!

Scientists go back to school to learn about free software

Scientists from around Africa will gather in Cape Town from today to learn more about the benefits of open source software in science and maths research. They'll start off by installing their own copy of Ubuntu Linux and a collection of maths and science tools which they'll learn more about over the next month.

July '05: Battle of the High-End CPUs

  •; By Augustus (Posted by bstadil on Jul 11, 2005 1:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With all of the different processors available today from both AMD and Intel, it can be a tough decision to choose even a high-end CPU from the choices available. After all, with both single-core and dual-core CPUs available today, what constitutes the top processor may be different for the gamer versus the software developer

Tested using Gentoo Linux 64-bit (AMD64)

OSDL boss hints at Microsoft collaboration

The head of Open Source Development Labs, Stuart Cohen, has added weight to rumours of greater collaboration between Microsoft and the open source community. Microsoft software designed specifically to run on open source platforms such as Linux could be closer to reality than previously thought, according to comments made by the head of Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) on Monday.

PHP 4.4.0 Released!

  • Mailing list; By Derick Rethans (Posted by dave on Jul 11, 2005 12:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
The PHP Development Team would like to announce the immediate release of PHP 4.4.0.

Visit Linux-based kiosk, get cash

Amstar Systems manufactures and sells "automatic cashiers," cash dispensing machines that run on a modified Red Hat Linux. These super ATMs allow those without bank accounts access to financial transactions that previously only bank customers could access.

Open-source ERP? One Company Takes The Leap

  • InformationWeek (Posted by dave on Jul 11, 2005 11:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The quality of OpenMFG code is at least as good as commercial-grade software, Holowka says. Open-source programmers 'are doing this for notoriety, so they don't want to put garbage out there.'

SA at free software carnival in Austria

  • Tectonic (Posted by dave on Jul 11, 2005 8:12 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Thotyelwa Mcongwane of the Meraka Institute's open source centre will give international delegates insight into Southern African free software progress during this week's Eclectic Tech Carnival in Austria.

Open-source, not Microsoft, best suited to Indonesia

As governments overseas are switching over to Linux -- the city of Vienna, Austria being the latest convert -- Indonesia should back away from a relationship with a costly piece of software that offers little benefit over viable open-source alternatives. Our minds and data files should be open to new innovations and changes in the future, and not be dictated by a single company lead by the richest man in the world.

People Behind KDE: New Series Starts With Antonio Larrosa

  • KDE Dot News (Posted by dave on Jul 11, 2005 5:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
The People Behind KDE interviews are back with a new series. First in the hot seat is aKademy organiser Antonio Larrosa. For the new series the original interviewer Tink has handed over management to KDE-NL. The People Behind KDE interviews take a look at the human side of KDE development by asking the important questions to our team of coders, artists, translators and everyone else who helps KDE.

Social Bookmarking for Linux and Open Source is proud to announce a new addition to its network of sites - LQ Bookmarks. LQ Bookmarks allows you to bookmark, tag, annotate and share links to Open Source and Linux related sites. It also allows you to access your bookmarks from any browser on any machine. The ability to share and see what others are sharing is called social bookmarking. You can view links in the order they were added, by tag, by user or by popularity. RSS feeds are available for all queries. All content on the site is available under a Creative Commons license.

Review: Plextor ConvertX PX-TV402U personal video recorder

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Jul 11, 2005 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Plextor ConvertX, even at an early stage in its Linux support cycle, is a legitimate alternative to the Hauppage video capture cards that so many Linux users are using these days. Last March, Plextor announced the availability of a Linux software development kit for two of their personal video recorders: the ConvertX PVR model PX-TV402U and the ConvertX PX-M402U. I chose to evaluate the ConvertX PVR-PX-TV402U product because I wanted to find a suitable piece of hardware to use in a system that functions as a personal video recorder.

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