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Developers free to work on open-source Atheros Wi-Fi

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 2, 2007 10:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While Linux desktop users have long been able to use Wi-Fi cards based on Atheros chip sets, they haven't been able to do so without using proprietary Atheros code. Now, the Software Freedom Law Center has given the green light to developers working on an open-source substitution for the closed-source code.

Video tip from RHCEs: Firewalls

We bring the advice of experts straight from San Diego to your desktop. Red Hat Summit 2007 collected hundreds of Linux users all in one place–many of them experienced Red Hat Certified Engineers® (RHCE). And somewhere between all those smart people walking around–and our video crew shooting footage–the idea for some video tips was born.

Red Hat launches Enterprise Linux 5.1 beta

Red Hat has released Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.1 beta this week, a minor upgrade that includes a laundry list of tweaks and improvements for virtualization, laptops and desktops, storage, networking, interoperability, serviceability, security and storage.

Linux Gazette #141 is out!

Linux Gazette...making Linux just a little more fun!

rPath’s Billy Marshall and Erik Troan to Speak at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

During this panel, Marshall and Troan will provide insight on virtualization's impact on the software industry, as well as discuss why they think the general purpose operating system will soon be a thing of the past -- giving way to virtual appliances.

Mass. Gives Open XML the Official Green Light

The commonwealth of Massachusetts has officially thrown its weight behind Microsoft's Office Open XML format along with the OASIS Open Document Format. In July, the commonwealth added Microsoft's format, also known as Ecma-376 or Open XML, to the list of approved standards in a draft of the Massachusetts ETRM (Enterprise Technical Reference Model), an architectural framework used to identify the standards, specifications and technologies that support Massachusetts' computing environment.

KDE 4.0 Beta 1 Release Announcement

The KDE Community is happy to announce the immediate availability of the first Beta release for KDE 4.0. This release marks the beginning of the integration process which will bring the powerful new technologies included in the now frozen KDE 4 libraries to the applications.

Massachusetts Falls to OOXML as ITD Punts

In a not anticipated move, Massachusetts announced today that Microsoft's OOXML formats have made the grade. The announcement was made even as it appears more questionable whether the National Body members of ISO/IEC JTC1 will conclude that the formats are good enough to be granted global standards status, and despite the fact that the ITD receive comments from 460 individuals and organizations during the brief comment period announced on July 5 - most of them relating to the inclusion of OOXML.

Introducing OWB, an open-source browser for CE devices

  •; By Jean-Charles Verdie (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 2, 2007 3:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword: This article by Jean-Charles Verdie, CTO of software development firm Pleyo, introduces the Origyn Web Browser, a new open-source browser that targets consumer electronics (CE) devices such as mobile phones, PMPs (portable media players), and STBs (set-top boxes). announces the first end-to-end GPLv3 messaging/collaboration platform

Citadel remains the only messaging and collaboration system offering end-to-end GPL across the entire code base, and continues to lead in this area by being the first to adopt GPLv3. Furthermore, when compared with other systems in its category, Citadel remains the only one that is comprised of end-to-end free software at all.

DE: Der THG-Solar-PC: Desktop-Leistung ohne Steckdose

  • LXer Linux News (in German); By wjl (Posted by wjl on Aug 2, 2007 1:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Die deutsche Ausgabe von Tom's Hardware Guide stellt einen in Eigenregie aufgebauten Stromspar-PC vor, der inklusive Display weniger als 60W Strom verbraucht. Die Solaranlage bauten sie gleich mit.

A Look at Sourceforge Enterprise Edition

Did you know you can download SourceforgeEE for 15 users for free. You'll find it on and it comes in a VMWare appliance. That version will accommodate 50 users if you want to pay for more than 15 seats. From an enterprise point of view, the cost is quite reasonable.

Acer Aspire 5710Z features Ubuntu preinstalled

Linux has always been pretty easy to get your hands on. You just pick out your favorite distro, download it and install. Piece of cake, right? Until recently, it has been much more difficult to get Linux preinstalled on a machine, unless it was a server. Dell has already begun offering systems that include Ubuntu rather than Windows, for a decent savings. It appears that Acer is now following in their footsteps.

Review: Network Warrior

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Aug 1, 2007 10:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups:
The subtitle of Donahue's book immediately caught my eye; Everything You Need to Know That Wasn't on the CCNA Exam. Since most CCNA certification books advertise themselves as containing everything you need to know for the exam, why do you need to know information not relevant for the test? Perhaps because after having earned your CCNA, you still might not be in much of a position to administer Cisco-based networks. How could that be?

What I learned at OSCON

Another O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) has come and gone. In many ways, OSCON is summer camp for geeks. A bunch of geeks from different parts of the world gather together each year in Portland, Ore., to learn, socialize, network, and get away from the workaday doldrums of our regular lives. Like summer vacation, it's over far too soon, but we pack a lot in just a short time.

Black Hat begins

The Black Hat USA 2007 Briefings got underway this morning at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Founder Jeff Moss opened the proceedings with a few brief remarks and statistics about the show. Officially, there are more than 4,000 attendees from more than 50 countries, Moss said, and that number would have been higher if Halvar Flake been admitted to the country instead of returned to Germany by immigration officials.

The 2007 SourceForge Community Choice Awards Party (video)

It was a blast. The 2007 SourceForge Community Choice Awards Party was held last Thursday evening in Portland, Ore., during OSCON. You should have been there, cheering along with everyone else when the winners were announced.

IBM consolidates 3,900 own servers to Linux mainframes

In one of the most significant transformations of its worldwide data centers in a generation, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it will consolidate about 3,900 computer servers onto about 30 System z mainframes running the Linux operating system. The company anticipates that the new server environment will consume approximately 80 percent less energy than the current set up and expects significant savings over five years in energy, software and system support costs.

Control the Duration of Scheduled Jobs in Linux

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Ian Shields (Posted by IdaAshley on Aug 1, 2007 6:20 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
Say you need to debug a pesky problem by running some traces for 30 minutes at midnight, or you would just like to use your Linux system as an alarm clock. This tip helps you stop jobs, such as those started with the cron and at capabilities, after the jobs have run for a certain time, or when some other criteria are met.

Tutorial: Power Saving for the Workstation, Part 2

In part 1, you were shown how to set up hibernate and modify the configuration scripts to make it possible to suspend your desktop to RAM. In part 2, you'll step through how to implement your changes.

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