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Book conveys Linux appliance design know-how

No Starch Press has published a book about integrating embedded hardware, Linux-based operating systems, and custom applications to create Linux devices. "Linux Appliance Design," by four authors, is the first book to tackle both the hardware and software components of device design, the publisher claimed.

I dream of Geany

Here's a plug for Geany, the primary text editor in Puppy Linux. I've been using Geany for a few weeks now, and it's really a nice piece of software. For one thing, it's not foreign to someone who primarily uses full-fledged word processors -- and Windows ones, at that.

Device Profile: SysMaster M10 set-top box

SysMaster used embedded Linux to build a set-top box with a dizzying array of audio, video, networking, communications, and data capabilities. The Tornado M10 Digital Media Center runs Linux 2.6.19, and targets phone and IP network operators wishing to offer a wide range of services.

GNUMP3d: A small, portable, MP3/OGG streaming server

Suppose you want to let a friend thousands of miles away listen to a song from your computer. Perhaps you just want to open up the music library on your computer to a select few while you're on another client on your local area network. Enabling file sharing might be overkill. Instead, you can use a streaming server such as GNUMP3d. Streaming servers are useful for more than Internet radio; they can let people choose individual songs from your music library and play them -- no need to configure NFS, SSH, or Samba.

Mandriva sneaks up on Spring 2007 final with RC3

Mandriva this week made available the third release candidate of its Mandriva Linux Spring 2007 distribution, nicknamed "Beijing." It features a kernel, choice of KDE, GNOME 2.18, or Fluxbox desktops, and the distro's usual full feature set, the project team said.

SUSE Linux now available on Sun x64 workstations

It sounds unlikely, but Novell and Sun Microsystems have partnered to bring SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 to Sun's Ultra Workstations: the Sun Ultra 20, Ultra 20 M2, Ultra 40, and Ultra 40 M2.

Intel vs. AMD: Workstation Battle April '07

System Reviews It's been quite a while since I've published a review of the workstation platforms from AMD and Intel, but, with all the changes in both platforms recently, it's high time. This brings us to this review of the Intel Xeon 5300 series processors and the AMD Opteron 2200 series processors. Intel's Xeon line has gone through some major changes that provide us with a new quad-core chip and a refined chipset, designed to maximize many different aspects of the systems' communications. AMD's line has stayed fairly steady, and the biggest change the end user will notice is a move to DDR2 memory and a refined processor core.

Firefox Adds Content-Sharing Tools

  • NewsFactor Network; By Elizabeth Millard (Posted by dcparris on Apr 6, 2007 7:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
As the Web 2.0 model of extreme interactivity gains ground, Mozilla Labs is working on a new prototype called "The Coop," which adds collaboration and social-networking tools directly to Firefox. The Firefox add-on not only will let users keep track of what friends are doing online, but also will let them share content and integrate other Web services.

Another Industry Attorney on GNU GPL v3

  • IT Business Edge; By Lora Bentley (Posted by dcparris on Apr 6, 2007 6:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Mark Radcliffe, an intellectual property attorney and a partner at DLA Piper, also serves as outside counsel to the Open Source Initiative on a pro bono basis. Tuesday, he was a guest blogger for InfoWorld, where he discussed the key changes in the GNU General Public License v3 from the previous draft to the latest.

Red Hat And Exadel Partner To Bring Rich Eveloper Tools

Red Hat today announced a strategic partnership that will add mature, Eclipse-based developer tools for building service-oriented architecture (SOA) and rich, Web 2.0 applications to Red Hat's integrated platform, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Enterprise Middleware. This move marks the first time that a high caliber set of Eclipse-based developer tools will be available in open source.

Mozilla experimenting with social networking

Mozilla, creator of the popular Firefox web browser, has revealed that it is to integrate social networking features into its services.

Virtualization with coLinux

Virtualization with VmWare, Xen, and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) are all the rage these days. But did you know that you can run Linux cooperatively with Microsoft Windows? This article explores Cooperative Linux (coLinux), starting with a quick introduction to virtualization and then looking at the approach taken by coLinux.

Embedded and Real-Time Linux Development Training

Ability to use Linux and associated open-source tools efficiently is key to successful development of the Embedded Linux projects.

How TerraCycle Built a Corporate Network With Discarded Hardware ...

Can you run a business using discarded technology equipment and open-source software? Jon Beyer, the 24-year-old CIO of TerraCycle, does. Beyer was just a freshman at Princeton University when he and his friend Tom Szaky, now CEO, decided to build TerraCycle, which makes fertilizer from worm waste. Products include lawn and garden fertilizers.

Make Firefox full screen even better with Fullerscreen

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by dcparris on Apr 6, 2007 1:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mozilla
Fullerscreen is an extension that gives Web pages in Firefox the full run of your monitor. If you spend much time using Web-based applications like Gmail, Google Notebook, or Backpack, Fullerscreen is a must-have addition to Firefox.

30 Days with Vista

This is an in depth look at Vista. Conclusion: Linux is better and Vista is a lemon

Open Source coders caught stealing Open Source code

Developers of OpenBSD took code from their brethren at Linux, violating the code's licence, the GPL. To the horror of the Linux folk, the OpenBSD license allows proprietary use.

[The Inquirer's link to the mailing list shows only half the discussion. Gmane has the full discussion -- Sander]

Slax KillBill Edition -- first impressions

Slax is a live CD that I've been very anxious to try. Any distro that claims to be light on hardware -- yet features the KDE desktop -- is something I've got to try. I'm beginning to think KDE gets a bad rap. It runs pretty darn well in this distro, as well as in MepisLite. And I think KOffice is a terrific package, with KWrite being one of the best programs out there for writers.

Working for The Man

Jeremy Allison talks about what it takes to be a great programmer. He shares with us gems such as "Proprietary environments are a trap", "Reputation is important" and how to leverage collaborating on open source software to achieve just that.

Mandriva Flash 4GB Released

Mandriva today launches the 4GB version of Mandriva Flash, its live flash drive. Mandriva Flash 2GB, which was released in December 2006, has been a true success for Mandriva. It was sold out in less than two weeks! Mandriva has listen to user feedback and decided to develop a new version of its best seller flash drive.

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