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CentOS Linux v3.8 debuts

CentOS Distro maintainer Johnny Hughes on Aug. 25 announced the release of the eighth update to the legacy CentOS 3 series, available for both i386 and x86_64 architectures, and featuring a choice of either the GNOME or KDE desktops running on a 2.4.21 kernel.

Final Name for World Laptop

Last week, The One Laptop Per Child initiative put a name on their first laptop device. The new name is “Children’s Machine” or CM1, apparently taken from the title of Seymour Papert’s book of the same name (published in the early 90s.) There isn’t a signficant amount of technical update. I should mention, though, that the team has brought up Forth on the laptop recently. I used Forth at Atari Coin-op and I can attest to its ease of debugging hardware. Redhat is still slated to deliver a “skinny” version of Fedora Core to be shipped on the laptop.

Announcing The APC Chris Nicol FOSS Prize IN 2007

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Ed Dodds (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 25, 2006 8:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
TheAssociation for Progressive Communications (APC) Chris Nicol FOSS Prize [more infohere] recognises initiatives that are making it easy for people to start using free and open source software (FOSS). The prize will be awarded to a person or group doing extraordinary work to make FOSS accessible to ordinary computer users.

IBM Hardware Performance Counter for Linux on Power

Pmcount for Linux on Power Architecture is a Linux tool for configuring, collecting, and printing the performance counter events on IBM Power processors. This tool is necessary for analyzing performance issues and identifying or eliminating possible problems.

Interview with Eric Raymond

Open-source advocate Eric Raymond on winning over the iPod generation, the need for open source to conquer hearts and minds beyond geekdom, and why Linux advocates don’t have much time to beat Microsoft.

Prosilica releases Vision Software for Linux and QNX

Vancouver BC - Prosilica has just released a Linux GigE Vision SDK for their GigE Vision cameras. The Linux GigE Vision SDK provides programmers the means to control, and capture images from, Prosilica gigabit Ethernet cameras. These GigE Vision gigabit Ethernet cameras, which have been used in wide range of Windows-based computer vision applications, can now also be easily used on Linux computers. The SDK also includes sample code to help programmers more easily use Prosilica's cameras into their Linux-based applications.

Flexible ARM9 SBC boots Linux in 1.69 seconds

Technologic Systems is offering a freely downloadable, Debian-based Linux OS image said to boot from an SD card in less than two seconds, on the company's ARM9-based SBC (single-board computer). The TS-7300 SBC targets embedded applications requiring "extreme design security, flexibility, and reliability," according to the company.

Slackware 11.0 RC3 available

Every now and again, someone will loudly proclaim that Slackware is dead. Wrong. While it's not as popular as young whipper-snapper Ubuntu, its long-time competitor the Debians, or the solid SUSE family, Slackware is still alive and well with a healthy user community.

OpenUsability funds student projects

OpenUsability, the organization of software interface usability experts, has begun taking applications for the first in a series of funded student projects. Similar to the Google Summer of Code, selected students will be paired with mentors and set to work on projects to be completed over a three-month period, with a reward of $700 upon success. Students applying now will be competing for the first such position -- an opportunity to do interaction design for the GIMP.

The Resellers' Guide to Free Desktop Linuxes

  • eWEEK Linux; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 25, 2006 3:25 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Here's what you need to know about today's best free Linuxes if you're a reseller.

A Public Service Announcement for Windows NT users

There are a lot of words you can use to describe Novell/SUSE: Solid, dependable, reliable, and so on. Funny hasn't been one of them. Until now. Novell's new "It's All About Choice" website and marketing campaign has me grinning.

Linux vendors' war of words over Xen won't hurt technology's ...

Despite the recent war of words that is raging over the open source hypervisor Xen, the fallout likely to befall the virtual machine monitor will be minimal.

Learning About Linux Commands

Chapter 2 from the Sam's book "Learning About Linux Commands"

It Profile: A Linux Lovin’ IT Manager

As the IT manager for Dynamix, a 60-person engineering firm in Columbus, Ohio, Matt Darby oversees a network that combines Windows and Linux. His servers all run Linux, the Slackware distribution, and his desktops all run Windows XP.

Swiss developers start rolling Your Own Linux Distribution

Ark Linux project developers operate on a "no-frills" policy when it comes to deciding what features will be included in their distribution. They strive to provide only the tools necessary for a typical desktop user, creating a lean, mean Linux. When some users came asking for more features, rather than violate their policy of simplicity, the developers launched a completely new company called YOLD (Your Own Linux Distribution).

Release-critical Bugreport for August 25, 2006

Wanted: New Default K3b Theme for 1.0

K3b 1.0 is in sight and with it I would like to introduce a new default theme. Not because I don't like the current ones, but I just want K3b 1.0 to look different so that people will see the difference, not only feel it.

Liberties Group Claims Patent Rule Hurts Open Source

  • TechNewsWorld; By John P. Mello Jr. (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Aug 25, 2006 10:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
"You can't simply have an expert come in and testify something is obvious to everybody," EFF Staff Attorney Corynne McSherry explained. "What you need to do is find some document -- some kind of piece of paper where someone actually makes the suggestion to combine two technologies. That's too narrow," she contended.

Parallels Releases Workstation 2.2 Beta for Windows and Linux

Parallels announced it is beginning public beta testing for Parallels Workstation 2.2 for Windows and Linux, which delivers faster performance, better OS stability and stronger virtual machine isolation than previous versions.

Is there a future for OpenVZ?

Is the time rapidly approaching when OpenVZ becomes accepted as the second player behind VMware -- or at least, the one that isn't Microsoft? Or is it destined to fall into the gap between two increasingly polarised camps?

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