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Protest the Microsoft-Novell Patent Agreement

Bruce Perens of Debian and OSI fame has written an open letter to Novell concerning their agreement with Microsoft.

Berry 0.76 Screenshot Walkthrough

Yuichiro Nakada has announced a new unstable release of Berry Linux, version 0.76. According to the changelog, this is the first Berry based on the recently released Fedora Core 6, with most components updated to their upstream versions. Berry Linux 0.76 is based on Linux kernel 2.6.18 with SMP, ndev/udev and bootsplash patches, support for Unionfs 1.4, FUSE file system and proprietary kernel module from NVIDIA, version 1.0-9625. It also includes glibc 2.5, GCC 4.1.1, X.Org 7.1, KDE 3.5.5, 2.0.4, Firefox and Thunderbird, Xgl/AIGLX + Beryl 0.1.2, MPlayer 1.0rc1.

More on China's Open Source Format (and much more)

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Nov 22, 2006 5:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The slides are now available for the Chinese standards/open source conference I wrote about on November 8. The most interesting news I learned there was that China has been activelyl developing its own open document specification, which it calls Uniform Office Format. You can now see the full presentation of WU Zhi-gang here.

Vista's EULA product activation worries

Walking on thin ice? The terms of Microsoft's End User License Agreement (EULA) for its upcoming Vista operating system raises the conflict between two fundamental principles of contract law. The first, and more familiar, is that parties to a contract can generally agree to just about anything, as long as what they agree to doesn't violate the law and isn't "unconscionable".

Ccs Infotech Achieves Linux Certification

CCS Infotech, a Chennai based manufacturer of desktops, laptops, servers and peripherals, announced that it has been awarded Linux certification by Red Hat Enterprise, the corporate Linux standard for its range of advanced PCs.

Red Hat polishes Jems

Red Hat has laid out more plans on how it will use its JBoss acquisition as a jemmy to compete with enterprise stack providers such as IBM, Oracle and Microsoft.

Good karma for Red Hat

There was a time some years ago when Red Hat used to be contemptuously referred to as "the Microsoft of the Linux industry." How the times have changed!

The database abstraction framework strikes back

In my last article, I looked at one of the differences between the C++ and Java communities; the availability of application development frameworks that have a profound effect on programmer productivity. I mentioned specifically the Java example of Hibernate and tried to identify reasons why the Java community is more innovative with this type of code reuse.

Midterm report from the Dunc-Tank

  •; By Christian Pfeiffer Jensen (Posted by cj2003 on Nov 22, 2006 11:41 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian
Steve Langasek have posted the first of his two formal reports to the Dunc-Tank board on the release management funding experiment.

Step-By-Step Configuration of NAT with iptables

  • HowtoForge; By Ganesh Kumar (Posted by falko on Nov 22, 2006 10:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This tutorial shows how to set up network-address-translation (NAT) on a Linux system with iptables rules so that the system can act as a gateway and provide internet access to multiple hosts on a local network using a single public IP address. This is achieved by rewriting the source and/or destination addresses of IP packets as they pass through the NAT system.

Red Hat Doesn't Want Mono

There are a lot of great new programs and innovations expected in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. The Novell-led Mono project isn't one of them.

Turbolinux Wizpy Is First MP3/Linux Player

As if MP3, OGG, WMA, AAC, DivX, and FM radio support wasn't enough, this Turbolinux Wizpy player comes pre-installed with Linux. The OS, Turbolinux FUJI, has Firefox, Thunderbird, and Skype, which makes it easy to just plug the player into any machine and boot directly to Linux.

Fedora Core 6: Beauty or Beast?

  • Enterprise Networking Planet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 22, 2006 8:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Fedora
After the usual new-release downloading frenzy died down a bit, I downloaded the 3.3 gigabyte DVD .iso image, stoked the boiler of my test PC, and put Fedora Core 6 through its paces. My mission: to determine if FC6 is suitable for production systems, or if it's better suited as a bleeding-edge testbed.

Tiny Linux module targets WSNs

SSV Embedded Systems is shipping a tiny, chip-like, Linux-based SBC (single-board computer) that targets "wireless sensor networks" (WSNs). The DIL/NetPC ADNP/9200 is based on an Atmel ARM9 microcontroller, and integrates Ethernet, UART, SPI, SSI/I2C, and USB controllers, among other functions, according to the company.

Microsoft may lodge patent lawsuit test case: Linux specialist

After a week of saber rattling to seed the marketplace with FUD about the dangers of moving away from Microsoft to Linux, look for Microsoft to lodge a lawsuit against a medium sized user that's large enough to be noticed but too small to sustain a defence in court. That's the prediction of a Linux specialist who has been watching Microsoft's actions of the past week.

Tuning Your CPC945 Memory Controller

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Neil Leeder (Posted by IdaAshley on Nov 22, 2006 6:09 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Explore the register-level details of tuning the CPC945's double data rate 2 (DDR2) memory controller for specific hardware implementations. Author Neil Leeder introduces nifty self-calibrating hardware features of the CPC945 to help you learn how to operate reliably with different memory configurations.

German Lotto Company Plays it Safe with MySQL Cluster

MySQL AB, today announced that Toto-Lotto Niedersachsen GmbH has standardized on MySQL for all its appropriate future IT needs. The German lottery company based its selection on the success it has had using MySQL Cluster to run its online business applications.

Anatomy of Postfix

  • Linux Journal; By Ralf Hildebrandt and Patrick Koetter (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 22, 2006 4:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Developed with security and speed in mind, Postfix has become a popular alternative to Sendmail. The Book of Postfix published by No Starch Press is a complete guide to Postfix whether used by the home user, as a mailrelay or virus scanning gateway, or as a company mailserver. Practical examples show how to deal with daily challenges like protecting mail users from SPAM and viruses, managing multiple domains, and offering roaming access. The following is chapter 5 from "The Book of Postfix". Reprinted with permission from No Starch Press, all rights reserved.

So...DRM is harmless, eh?

  •; By Aaron Schohn (Posted by helios on Nov 22, 2006 3:47 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
A recent comment from a reader at the blog of helios gave some advice when it came to DRM and the Linux Community. Chill out. Well, for everyone that is dispensing Chill Pills on this issue, allow me to offer something to wash it down with. A bit bitter is it?

New online class teaches basic Linux for free, an online community devoted to helping people learn to install and run Linux, has announced its second free Linux class. "An Introduction to Linux Basics" aims to instill a basic understanding about Linux for beginners who want to know more about how the system works, according to the site.

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