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Why supporting Tux500 is worth it

This article addresses reasons some in the community may have not to support the Tux500 project and explains why supporting it may be worth it.

Windows Vista breaks atleast 50 IBM patents

I did go through the public database that exist over patents. Did a search for all IBM patents. I did find a wopping 98000 patents. Did slowly read a page and think if i could connect Microsoft windows vista and XP to any of them. About two hours later 50 is connected and thats just the start.

LXer 'classics': 101 patents Microsoft may infringe

LXer Feature: 15-May-2007

A new database ("counterFUD") was released in 2005 at LXer showing patent numbers where parts of Microsoft might infringe upon.

[Note: This is an old LXer story, but I posted it again, since the topic is hot again, and included some new comments - hkwint ]

"If people had understood how patents would be granted when most of today's ideas were invented, and had taken out patents, the industry would be at a complete standstill today." - Bill Gates, Challenges and Strategy Memo. 16 May 1991, almost forecasting 'patent armageddon'

MOC — Console Audio Player for Linux

  •; By Roman Tworkowski (Posted by michux on May 15, 2007 3:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews, Tutorial; Groups: Linux
MOC is a console-based (build on ncurses library) audio player for Linux/BSD. It’s very easy to use, fast and functional so basically it has all the features of a decent player except for a fancy GUI. What is more — it takes a fraction of system resources consumed by most popular GUI players but still plays all popular formats „out-of-the-box”.

The Problem With Penguin Pete

It truly is fascinating when you read about an accusation of anybody being a thief and a scam artist. An individual blogger who calls himself Penguin Pete believes that the TUX500 Project is a scam. This rhetoric unfortunately borders not only on the absurd, but crosses the line into libel territory.

How to Increase ext3 and ReiserFS filesystems Performance in Linux

How to Increase ext3 and ReiserFS filesystems Performance in Linux

Raising Mozilla on Linux Runtime Requirements Proposed

Mike Connor has written a weblog post proposing raising the runtime requirements for Mozilla applications on Linux. Historically, Mozilla on Linux has had fairly conservative requirements, employing runtime checks and workarounds to support older libraries or work around known bugs. While this means that Mozilla applications will run on older Linux distributions, it has led to some compromises and ugly hacks in the Mozilla code, making it harder to maintain.

Nokia's maemo 3.1 update is an incremental improvement

Nokia has released the first software update for its N800 Internet tablets. Officially dubbed Internet Tablet OS 2007 Edition version 3.2007.10-7, it corresponds to the maemo 3.1 platform. The update fixes several performance and stability problems in the 3.0 release that shipped with the tablet at launch, and offers a few improved features.

Server Monitoring With munin And monit On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on May 15, 2007 10:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
In this article I will describe how you can monitor your Debian Etch server with munin and monit. munin produces nifty little graphics about nearly every aspect of your server (load average, memory usage, CPU usage, MySQL throughput, eth0 traffic, etc.) without much configuration, whereas monit checks the availability of services like Apache, MySQL, Postfix and takes the appropriate action such as a restart if it finds a service is not behaving as expected. The combination of the two gives you full monitoring: graphics that let you recognize current or upcoming problems (like "We need a bigger server soon, our load average is increasing rapidly."), and a watchdog that ensures the availability of the monitored services.

Ubuntu 7.04(Feisty Fawn) Screenshots Tour

  • (Posted by gg234 on May 15, 2007 10:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu 7.04(Feisty Fawn) Screenshot Tour

Norway edges toward ODF

orway on May 11 became the latest European country to gravitate toward mandatory government use of the Open Document Format (ODF). According to a press release from Minister of Renewal Heidi Grande Roys, Norway joins Belgium, Finland, and France to move another step toward a final decision to require ODF.

To the Naysayers: What Have you Done Lately?

  • The *Nixed Report; By Thomas Holbrook II (Posted by thenixedreport on May 15, 2007 8:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
When somebody tries to do something to promote Free and Open Source Software, one of three things happen. It is either ignored, moderately to fully supported, or outright opposed. Those who oppose it are often not developers and they are merely using FOSS, to which I pose the question: What have you done lately?

Deadline for OOoCon 2007 papers is June 1

A call for papers for's annual conference, OOoCon 2007, has been issued, and people are invited to submit proposals by June 1. OOoCon this year will take place in Barcelona from Sept. 19 through 21.

Dell's Ubuntu Deal Still On

LXer Feature: 15-May-2007

A missing post on Direct2Dell site, especially viewed against the backdrop of their latest arrangements with Microsoft and Novell, prompts questions about the Dell's Ubuntu deal. The deal is definitely still "on".

Linux: Understanding the Completely Fair Scheduler

"As I understand, fair_clock is a monotonously increasing clock which advances at a pace inversely proportional to the load on the run queue," Srivatsa Vaddagiri explained in a review of Ingo Molnar's CFS CPU scheduler, "if load = 1 (task), it will advance at same pace as wall clock, as load increases it advances slower than wall clock."

No end in sight for Vista's Long Goodbye

Looking for yet another reason to hold off buying Vista? Seven weeks ago, when we first reported Vista was causing many machines to stall indefinitely while deleting, copying and moving files, we were sure the problem was caused by a bug that would be fixed relatively quickly. After all, Vista is Microsoft's flagship product. It's also an operating system. And everyone knows deleting, copying and moving files are among the most basic tasks any operating system can set out to do.

[I have run across this already with the one vista host machine I installed and service. - Scott]

Letter to the Mozilla Corporation

  • *Nixedblog; By Jan Dykstra (posted in blog by: Thomas Holbrook II) (Posted by thenixedreport on May 15, 2007 5:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Mozilla
A nice lady has seen what the TUX500 Project is all about and she loved what she saw. She also remembers being asked for help from the Mozilla Community when the evangelizing of Firefox. This is what she has to say to them now....

How Google translates without understanding

Column After just a couple years of practice, Google can claim to produce the best computer-generated language translations in the world - in languages their boffin creators don't even understand.

A month on the command line, Day 12: Mutt barks!

After days and days of being able to receive IMAP mail but not send it with mutt, I finally cracked the problem. What took me a little while to understand -- that mutt needed a separate SMTP client to send Internet e-mail -- took a lot longer to actually get working.

Large Linux Cluster Storage Backend

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Graham White and Mandie Quartly (Posted by IdaAshley on May 15, 2007 3:27 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Create a working Linux cluster from many separate pieces of hardware and software, including System x and IBM TotalStorage systems. Part 3 provides the first half of the instructions you need to set up the storage backend, including details on storage architecture, needed hardware, and the Storage Area Network.

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