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Outside The Box: A very short guide to multimedia for Linux

In a circle of non-geeks, when one brings up the name " Linux ," some might think you are referring to a particular cartoon character. Others may have heard the name associated with computers. Still others will know that it's an operating system, but think it's one that's only used by programmers. Finally, you may, possibly, encounter one who has actually seen or used a computer with Linux . But that's all beginning to change. Linux is moving into the main stream.

Hacking the Linux Desktop, Part 2

In Part 1 of this two-part excerpt from Linux Desktop Hacks, we offered hacks on controlling desktop access. In this second installment, learn how to view Microsoft Word documents in a terminal and how to create an internet phone.

This week in gadgets

  • CNET; By Steven Musil (Posted by dave on May 27, 2005 9:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nokia unveils a pocket-size Web browser for wireless broadband networks--its first Linux-based device. Also: Scooba on the way.

Open Source in Nordic varieties

  • Heise Online (Posted by dave on May 27, 2005 8:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At Gartner's Symposium ITxpo 2005, Nokia threw the biggest party, called "JazzMania". Maybe the style -- let's just call it a sort of Dixieland jazz with a Spanish touch -- may not have been to everyone's taste, but it did go well with the warm Wednesday evening on which Nokia opened up its treasure chest and explained its patent policy for Linux. But Nokia not only declared it would work with the "good guys"; in doing so, the company also kicked the "bad guys" in the shin -- firms who press charges for patent violations concerning the Linux kernel or who support other companies (third parties) who want to press charges concerning Linux. In other words, Nokia is ruling out the SCO Group and those that SCO supports. For instance, Nokia's Internet Tablet PC, a small device that runs on Linux, is intended as an affront both to Microsoft and its large Tablet PC.

A4Tech NB-50: Batteryless and wireless mouse

When I first saw the press release for the A4Tech "battery-free" wireless optical mouse, I figured there was some kind of marketing wizardry involved. Maybe there weren't "batteries," per se, but it was rechargeable through some other means? Or did it contain some revolutionary new mouse technology, like harnessing the kinetic energy of mouse movements? Or something more esoteric, like powering the mouse with my own sense of self-satisfaction? Turns out it's actually powered by RFID -- and it ended up being a great mouse, especially considering the $20 pricetag.

SCO and Novell Get Their Day in Court

Who really owns Unix's copyrights, Novell or SCO? The U.S. District Court hears arguments over issues connected with this question.

Big-business technologists keep talking up Linux

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on May 27, 2005 6:51 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Several IT executives reinforced the idea that Linux now has the technical brawn and industry support to hold up the most demanding business applications in such environments as finance, airline reservations and stock trading.

Penguin/Scyld show off cluster wares for researchers

  • Network World on Linux (Posted by dave on May 27, 2005 6:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Attendees at the BioIT World conference last week got a first look at a powerful new Linux clustering package for supercomputing environments.

My Workstation OS: Scientific Linux

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on May 27, 2005 1:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Scientific Linux (SL) might seem a strange choice as a desktop operating system for someone who is retired, disabled, and elderly, and who has relatively little scientific or programming knowledge, but I get great excitement from exploring the art of Linux distributions, and with Scientific Linux, that excitement is amplified by knowing I'm using the same operating system that is being used by many of the world's leading scientists.

India's Upcoming Free Software, Free Society Conference

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on May 27, 2005 12:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Free software advocates and IT delegates from around the world will be in Kerala, India, this week in the hopes of building free software collaborations for the future.

Nokia unveils Linux-based tablet

  • Sydney Morning Herald (subscription) (Posted by dave on May 26, 2005 11:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nokia is introducing a Linux-based handheld tablet for web-browsing over a wireless broadband connection. It is the company's first non-phone mobile device and the latest in a long line of attempts to create a so-called "internet appliance" for quick online access around the home.

An End to Free Linux Support

  • Red Herring (Posted by dave on May 26, 2005 11:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux developers could find themselves with a peculiar choice this July: either build an open-source replacement for a proprietary software tool that has become critical to product development, or pay for the commercial version.

The Open Source Heretic

  • Forbes (Posted by dave on May 26, 2005 10:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Since 1993, Larry McVoy has been one of the closest allies to Linus Torvalds, creator of the open source Linux operating system.

Interview with the Guru of Python

  •; By (Posted by VISITOR on May 26, 2005 10:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
An italian web magazine interviewed Guido Van Rossum, the guru of Python. An interesting interview has been created.

SIPFoundry pushes open source for VoIP

  • (Posted by dave on May 26, 2005 9:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
VoIP is finally becoming a mainstream application for small and large business -- but with IP telephony at the high end, and Skype cleaning up in homes and home offices, there's a gap in the market. If your connectivity is based on Frame Relay or metro Ethernet, you're most likely a big enterprise with hundreds if not thousands of employees on several sites, and you use probably those connections to provide Internet access, as well as inter-office or branch office connectivity.

LinuxWorld: Big Changes Coming from Open-Source Licensing, Developers

  • eWEEK Linux (Posted by dave on May 26, 2005 8:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The move away from one-size-fits-all licensing is a hot topic at the LinuxWorld show. However, analysts say that the real changes in open-source software development may be coming from the enterprise businesses that support it.

Is Linux the Itanium's saviour?

Has the Itanium got a future? It's question that many people have asked in recent years, as the development and sales pace of Intel's most powerful -- but also slowest-selling -- processor continue to dribble along in a most unIntel-like manner. We asked the question we asked back in September but things have moved on since then -- not least HP's acquisition of a new leader.

Basic Guide to Dial-up Fedora & SuSe HOWTO

This beginner article summarizes my experiences using a dial-up internet connection using SuSe and Fedora. It's intended as a review for the many people who are still using dial-up all around the world and need basic help getting started. In my desire to help everyone switch to Linux I did not want to leave out the dial-up crowd!

Vendor Support Key To Big-Business Adoption Of Open Source

  • InformationWeek (Posted by dave on May 26, 2005 6:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At LinuxWorld, Cendant, Citigroup, and E-Trade talk about what swayed them to open source, and what it'll take for them to expand its use.

The Future of Free Software Lies in The Past

  • (Posted by dave on May 26, 2005 6:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Eben Moglen is convinced the software industry is returning to being about a free exchange of ideas and code. The lawyer for the Free Software Foundation said during a keynote at the LinuxWorld Summit that the IT world will return to a time before large businesses co-opted freely licensable software for proprietary products.

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