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Amarok 1.4.6 Released

The Amarok team released version 1.4.6 of their player. The newest release includes a new icon set, faster SQLite and many bugfixes. Release notes can be found at on the Amarok website and packages are available for download for Kubuntu, SUSE, Fedora, Gentoo and others. Their website announces that "next week the annual KDE conference, Akademy, in Glasgow is starting, keep an eye on the developer blogs to follow the happenings there. Thanks to your continued donations and support from KDE e.V, 7 Amarok developers will be present They are looking forward to a very productive week hacking on exciting new Amarok features."

Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth: Prepare for the Shared Software Tidal Wave

"I was poor. I was desperate. I wanted to be on this bandwagon of this Internet thing, and I wanted to find a business that wouldn't require large amounts of bandwidth or large amounts of capital. The key was Linux. It was Linux that let me connect to the Net so I could start soaking up this knowledge," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux.

Linux: Kernel Documentation and Translations

Following a recent patch that translated Documentation/HOWTO into Japanese, a new patch offered a translation of the same document into Chinese. Li Yang noted, "currently Chinese involvement in Linux kernel is very low, especially compared to China's large population base. Language could be the main obstacle. Hopefully this document will help more Chinese to contribute to Linux kernel."

How to Access Your Ubuntu Remotely

When I was using Windows XP I would use UltraVNC to access my desktop remotely, then when I “upgraded” to Vista I did not take to the time to do that, instead I used the built in Remote Desktop feature. Now that I have truly upgraded to Ubuntu, I want to be able to access my machine remotely. This blog post describes two methods.

Setting Up Postfix As A Backup MX

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jun 24, 2007 11:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
In this tutorial I will show how you can set up a Postfix mailserver as a backup mail exchanger for a domain so that it accepts mails for this domain in case the primary mail exchanger is down or unreachable, and passes the mails on to the primary MX once that one is up again.

NVIDIA Graphics: Linux v. Solaris

At Phoronix we are constantly exploring the different display drivers under Linux, and while we have reviewed Sun's Check Tool and test motherboards with Solaris in addition to covering a few other areas, we have yet to perform a graphics driver comparison between Linux and Solaris. That is until today. With interest in Solaris on the rise thanks to Project Indiana, we have decided to finally offer our first quantitative graphics comparison between Linux and Solaris with the NVIDIA proprietary drivers.

Ubuntu: The Switch (6 of 6) - Conclusion

Now that the Vista to Ubuntu switch is complete and I have had some time to use Ubuntu in a productive environment... I can say that I love Ubunutu (I have had experience with Red Hat, Mandrake, Suse, QNX and Debian in the past)! Even running Windows XP under VMware is great. I was doing some Photoshop editing under VMware on some large files and it seemed faster than when I was running Photoshop natively on Vista.

Mandriva 2007.1 Spring Review

  •; By Paulina Budzoń (Posted by michux on Jun 24, 2007 6:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mandriva
This April Mandriva presented its new distribution called Spring. Despite the fact that it is “only” 2007.1 it has changed a lot since 2007.0. Changes can be seen everywhere — starting from installation through chosen applications till the 3D desktops.

After 10 years: What is Open Source?

"So, considering what we have seen and what the OSI is currently doing, the question begs to be asked. After 10 years, do we really need Open Source or can we get back to the real issues at stake, that being software freedom?"

Microsoft sponsors FOSS event in Sri Lanka

Despite the resent FUD campaign that Micro$oft has launched against Free and Open Source Software they seem to be supporting FOSS at the same time by sponsoring FOSS advocacy events such as FOSS-ed, look for the "Gold Sponsors" at the end of the page.

LXer Weekly Roundup for 24-Jun-2007

LXer Feature: 24-Jun-2007

The big stories this week include Bolivarian Computers made in Venezuela, an illuminating comparison of ODF and OOXML, Mandriva's CEO says publicly that they will not sign a cross licensing deal with Microsoft, Miguel de Icaza shows off Microsoft's Flash replacement and an "expert" on Innovation vacillates on his own definition in reference to Open Source software. All these stories and more for your reading enlightenment.

Goldman Sachs: Linux Will Dominate in the Corporate Data Center - and a Tip for Them

There's a very interesting paper published by Goldman Sachs and posted by Hewlett Packard, Fear the Penguin [PDF]. You will recall that both companies sent representatives to join Steve Ballmer and Ron Hovsepian on the stage and to speak about how wonderful it all was on the day Microsoft and Novell announced their deal. According to the paper, Linux is going to take over the corporate data center.

[The report is a few months old, it will be interesting to see how accurate its predictions turn out to be. - Scott]

No More Mr. Open-Source Nice Guy

For many years, the term "open source" has been subject to abuse. Despite efforts by the OSI (Open Source Initiative) to trademark the phrase, the USPTO (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) claimed the phrase was too generic to be trademarked, thereby weakening efforts to guard against its improper usage, according to Danese Cooper, secretary and treasurer of the OSI board.

Deployment Seam Application against Oracle 10g database to Jboss 4.0.5

To tune Jboss 4.0.5 instance as advised in HP Manual and make it connects to Oracle Server, perform the following steps on the JBoss Application Server.

Podcast delves deeper into Linux boot speedups

TimeSys has published a second podcast on achieving rapid boots on Linux devices. "Fast boots -- the sequel" discusses the relationship of footprint and boot time, post-2.6.15 kernels' CONFIG_EMBEDDED option, application pre-linking and profiling, filesystem selection, execute-in-place (XIP), and initramfs, among other interesting techniques.

Why Red Hat doesn't need a deal with Microsoft

The trade press reported a lot of rumors this past week about the chances for a patent protection pact between Red Hat and Microsoft similar to the agreements Microsoft negotiated with Novell, Xandros, and Linspire. Red Hat doesn't appear to be interested in the least. Here's why.


  •; By Landy DeField (land0) (Posted by land0 on Jun 23, 2007 2:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
After having a meeting with a medium sized business owner about his need for a website it became painfully clear to me that "we" as the FOSS "community" need to do a much better job at making what it is we are offering more visible. We need something that communicates what FOSS is and what benefits there are for using FOSS applications. To communicate in simple terms that by using FOSS you are in fact staking a claim to reliability, usability and security. It is time to get your work done the way you choose to do it. One size fits all is cr@p! But that is what many businesses owners are sold and that is what they buy and then try to sell themselves. There is nothing else! Right? Well we know differently. Now how do we communicate what FOSS is in simple terms. The answers may be easier than you think. Podcast - 06.22.07

The latest Podcast. Topics include turns seven, the LQ HCL backlog has been cleared, Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit updates, more Microsoft Patent dealings and will the real Open Source CRM please stand up.

Linux computer fits in USB key

A start-up located in the French Alps near Grenoble is readying a tiny ARM-based Linux single-board computer (SBC) in a USB key form-factor. Calao, based in Sant Martin le Vinoux, is also readying a tiny Linux SBC designed to plug into QIL (quad in-line) IC sockets.

Open Source is Not Innovative

Quick -- name an open source product that's innovative. If you said "Linux," you failed the test. Linux -- the darling of counter-culture programmers, for its "free software" advocacy and for providing an alternative to Microsoft Windows -- is not an innovation. It's essentially a copy of another operating system, called Unix, that has been around since the 1970s. Making a copy of existing product? No one that I know would call that "innovation."

[Contradictions abound in this article. - Scott]

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