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RPM "relaunched" at

The RPM Package Manager (RPM), fundamental to an array of Linux distributions and the Linux Standard Base specification, has been on uncertain ground as a project in recent years. The versions of the utility shipped by the various RPM-based distros have slowly branched off in different directions, leading in some cases to stagnation. Longtime RPM maintainer Jeff Johnson took a big step this month toward revitalizing the application by relaunching, a site dedicated to reassembling the divergent RPM developer community and putting together a unified plan for future development.

Linux: Linus on the GPL, BSD, Tivo and the FSF

A lengthy debate that began with a suggestion to dual license the Linux kernel under the GPLv2 and the GPLv3 [story] continues on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. Throughout the ongoing thread Linux creator Linus Torvalds has spoken out on the GPLv2, the upcoming GPLv3, the BSD license, Tivo, the Free Software Foundation, and much more. During the discussion, he was asked we he chose the GPLv2 over the BSD license when he's obviously not a big fan of the FSF.

Microsoft's next Linux partner is...?

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. -- Believe it or not, on my way to the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit at the Googolplex this week, I realized that I knew at least one more Linux distributor would form a partnership with Microsoft, and that the most likely one was Linspire....... ................ So, who's next? Well, that same morning, I was thinking about Ubuntu as another possible candidate. Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical Ltd., the company behind Ubuntu, had never been as hostile towards Microsoft as some Linux leaders. I mean, this is the Linux leader who's recently said "I'd love to work with Microsoft..."

Controlling your Linux system processes

All modern operating systems are able to run many programs at the same time. For example, a typical Linux server might include a Web server, an email server, and probably a database service. Each of these programs runs as a separate process. What do you do if one of your services stops working? Here are some handy command-line tools for managing processes.

10 useful Firefox extensions for the Workplace

  • A Division by Zer0; By Db0 (Posted by db0 on Jun 15, 2007 11:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mozilla
We've seen a lot of top lists of extensions for the popular browser but all of them are focused on the home desktop and most of them mention the same extensions just because they're so good. Well, I've decided to create a short review of the 10 extensions I've found more useful for use within a MS oriented enterprise. If you are locked within the same environment, hopefully you'll discover something you've overlooked.

Lessons from a Community Fundraising Project

Financial report and lessons from the Tux500 campaign

Converting All Your MS Outlook PST Files To Maildir Format

One of the challenges you may face when converting an office from Microsoft Windows to Linux is that many people archive their emails in PST files. There are PST tools available, but most of them are commercial, since the PST file format is closed and protected by Microsoft. There are several non-commercial methods to achieve roughly the same goal, and in this tutorial we use IMAP (more specifically, courier-imap) to convert all our emails from PST to the Maildir format. The advantage of this approach is that you also lay the foundation for a new mail system, with all your old emails already imported the day you switch over.

Opinion: Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony spins his Microsoft deal

In his Linspire Letter, CEO Kevin Carmony talks about why he decided to make a deal with Microsoft, trading some technological info for an assurance from Microsoft that the Redmond giant won't sue Linspire's Linux customers for "intellectual property" infringement ... comparing himself to Steve Jobs in the process. Nice ... get yourself neck-deep, then compare yourself to Steve Jobs. Even Steve Jobs knows he's a crazy (expletive of your choice). Or should know. Rich, cunning, possessing uncanny instinct, etc. ... but still kind of crazy.

Linux Foundation discusses Microsoft threat after Linspire deal

Another one bites the dust. After Novell and Xandros, Linspire has signed away their future as well for a wad of cash in the short term. The reaction of the Linspire community isn't as negative as the Xandrosians but that should be no surprise. The effects of these deals and Microsoft's patent protection racket will be discussed this week at the Linux Foundation summit at Google's Mountain view headquarters.

VMWare brings Windows apps to the Mac

  • ZDNet Asia Latest Tech News; By Brett Winterford, ZDNet Australia (Posted by dcparris on Jun 15, 2007 7:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Virtualization vendor's product allows users to run Windows, Linux, NetWare and Solaris-based applications on the Mac.

Dillo in Ubuntu

If running Damn Small Linux and Puppy Linux have taught me anything, it's the value of Dillo, the little Web browser that could. It loads wicked fast on my older systems, and while it doesn't do CSS or Java, what it does do -- display Web pages and the images on them -- it does quickly and well.

Baylor neuroimaging lab has open source on the brain

The Baylor College Human Neuroimaging Lab (HNL) uses Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to record and research brain activity. The fMRI scans human brains at work, detecting areas of greater blood flow that indicate which part of the brain is active as subjects perform a variety of activities. The data flows from the scanners to a high-performance 32-node CentOS cluster to be analyzed and returned to researchers in statistical form. HNL Systems Administrator Justin King is a big fan of open source software and frequently writes his own applications when he can't find what he needs in the community. King also takes advantage of commercial open source projects.

OpenOffice 2.2 touts all-around improvements

  • eWEEK Linux; By Tiffany Maleshefski (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jun 15, 2007 12:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Going head to head with Microsoft 2007, the latest version of the free-for-all touts across-the-board improvements in the software's word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation applications.

Quad-boot overshoot

In my geeky haze, I forgot to blog about my triumph last week: I set up the $15 Laptop, a Compaq Armada 7770dmt (233 MHZ Pentium II with a whopping 64 MB RAM) to triple-boot Windows 2000, Puppy Linux 2.14 and Damn Small Linux 3.3. So yesterday I figure I can perform the same magic on the Maxspeed Maxterm thin client, the 1 GHz VIA C3 processor/256 MB RAM box that I use to test distros.

Podcast: Help for the camera klutz is on the way

What Kodak's camera breakthrough means to you, behind Microsoft's Linux love affair, and the "greening" of the friendly skies.

Linux leaders plot counterattack on Microsoft

The high priests of free software have congregated at Google Inc. headquarters this week to debate the future of the movement and face down recent patent threats by Microsoft Corp. Leading names of Linux, the world's biggest grassroots software phenomenon, are spending three days to Friday debating whether an increasingly commercial open source community should fight or ignore the world's largest software maker.

They're fallin' like dominoes: Linspire makes a deal with Microsoft

Today it's Linspire agreeing to a Linux technology deal with Microsoft that includes "IP protection" for customers, with IP standing for "intellectual property," and Microsoft basically agreeing not to sue users of Linspire's Linux distro. Curiously, Freespire -- Linspire's "free" version -- isn't included in the IP protection deal but will benefit from greater integration between Open Office and MS Office.

Intuit Tests the Linux Waters with QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions

Intuit said it is making this move in response to users' requests for an open-source option.

Open-Xchange Gives Feature Boost to Collaboration Server

Comprehensive Upgrade Improves Performance and Extends Usability for Leading Open Source Alternative to Microsoft Exchange

How To Compile A Kernel - Debian Etch

Each distribution has some specific tools to build a custom kernel from the sources. This article is about compiling a kernel on a Debian Etch system. 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.

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