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Linux OS classes from Oct. 10-12

Northern Marianas College instructor David Rumptz will hold the next series of his Linux OS classes from Oct. 10 to 12 at Room V104 of the campus.

Developers do not exist, Users much less. Part 1: He who owns the code shall rule them all

Have you ever noticed that people external to the world of Free and Open Source Software keep wondering about «the Community»? They seem to be curious to know the phenomenon of the so-called FOSS community. They usually show themselves eager to «know more» about it, sometimes -perhaps unconsciously so- willing to join it, to be be part of that Thing that pertains as much to their own fantasies of hackerdom as to the widespread interest on secret societies (which the FOSS community really is not).

Microsoft did too fund SCO

From the Dept. of Big Duh:
But the kicker was he began to realize that Microsoft, whose senior VP of corporate development and strategy had promised that Microsoft would in some way guarantee the SCO investment, started showing signs it might not do that after all:

"Mr. Emerson and I discussed a variety of investment structures wherein Microsoft would 'backstop,' or guarantee in some way, BayStar's investment.... Microsoft assured me that it would in some way guarantee BayStar's investment in SCO."

[What's that saying about no honor among thieves....Tuxchick]

KDE 3.5.5 will be released next week

KDE will ship the 5th maintenance update to KDE 3.5 next week. This release includes a bunch of bug fixes, improved language support, a new version of kopete and tons more.

Microsoft lets slip Windows Vista RC2

Microsoft today made available a new test build for Windows Vista, the mythical desktop operating system of legend. It's called RC2, or Release Candidate 2 (build number 5744), and it really is only for diehard Vista testaholics. And the stupid.

Movies Go Open Source With Stray Cinema Project

The raw footage from a film shot in London has been made available for the public to download from the Stray Cinema website. The idea is to provide people with the opportunity to create their own version of the film, following the guidelines set by the Open Source movement found in software development and licensing.

MySQL Master Master Replication

This tutorial describes how to set up MySQL master-master replication. We need to replicate MySQL servers to achieve high-availability (HA). In my case I need two masters that are synchronized with each other so that if one of them drops down, other could take over and no data is lost. Similarly when the first one goes up again, it will still be used as slave for the live one.

Special Episode Of "the_source" Released

  •; By Aaron Newcomb (Posted by dave on Oct 7, 2006 11:08 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Novell; Story Type: Interview
A special episode of the video podcast "the_source" has been released with interviews from Ohio Linuxfest.

WinOSSCDRom V 1.3 Available for Immediate Download!

I am proud to announce that version 1.3 of the WinOSSCDRom is available. WinOSSCDRom now contains over 690 Megs of Open Source goodness for Windows. Note: all included software has a Linux version as well available on the software titles home page.

Finding Free Software Online

An excellent source of free offers from many categories -- including software -- is the No. 1 Free Stuff Web site. There, you'll find pointers to free MP3 music files, software, e-mail, services, clothes, games, and even free money for surfing the Web.

Let's do for news what we did for software

There have always been problems with distributing urgent public safety information. These problems show up, over and over, with every hurricane, tornado, flood and wildfire. At this moment in history, problems fall in three areas of responsibility (and, for that matter, responsiveness):

Mentat Technologies ships MySQL Turbo Manager 3.6

Mentat Technologies has announced a new version of MySQL Turbo Manager. Now at version 3.6, the New MySQL Turbo Manager includes the most advanced options for database development and administration.

Free software and my birthday beyond the thunderdome

  • Free Software Magazine; By Rosalyn Hunter (Posted by dcparris on Oct 7, 2006 6:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
I recently had my fourtieth birthday. When I announced it to a group, a woman came up to me to tell me how brave I was to admit to my age. I found it strange. I'm not ashamed to be this old. In fact, I'm glad about it. When I was a teenager, everyone said that the World War III would have happened by now, and I would be living in a post-apocalyptic anarchic civilization like in the movie Road Warrior. I really prefer how things turned out.

[Just a good Saturday read... - dcparris]

Promoting OSS: Show, don't tell

Recently I gave a professional development seminar on effective Internet searching to about 25 colleagues, most of whom have higher degrees in the humanities. The response was overwhelmingly positive and, although it was not the intent of the seminar, they are now enthusiastic about the use of Firefox over Internet Explorer to the point where a number of them asked for my notes to give to friends and family. As the presentation was focused specifically on increasing the productivity of online searching, it was a pleasant surprise to have my co-workers respond so positively to the use of Firefox, to the point where they were even promoting it themselves. There are some lessons for OSS advocacy that can be drawn from this.


London, UK (OPENPRESS) October 7, 200 -- The infamous .Org Village at LinuxWorld 2006 will unveil and showcase some of the latest developments in free Open Source technology. The .Org Village is renowned throughout the Linux world for bringing together trendsetting and trailblazing organisations, campaigns and projects. Joomla!, GNOME and MythTVTalk are just a few of the participants who will introduce new and exciting ways to use Open Source technology in education, at home and in the office.

LXer's Newswire Icon Contest

LXer Announcement 07-Oct-2006

LXer's newswire has an icon that appears next to news stories when readers refresh the page. The current icon is a red circle with an exclamation point. Although we have one or two possible replacements, we invite our readers to submit their own entries for a vote.

Red Hat names Pradhan head of India unit

OCT. 4 10:11 A.M. ET Red Hat Inc., which distributes the open-source Linux operating system, said Wednesday it named Mark Enzweiler to serve as vice president of North American channel sales.

How TO: Run Vista on Linux/XP

  • Australian Personal Computer; By James Bannan (Posted by dcparris on Oct 7, 2006 1:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
One of the downsides of beta testing is that your test machine invariably becomes a splintered mess in a very short of space of time, as your fresh beta build gets pulled apart, tweaked, recovers from crashes and so on.

[For all our alpha testers out there. - dcparris]

Mozilla Firefox 2.0 release candidate 2

  •; By Bart van Klaveren (Posted by dcparris on Oct 7, 2006 12:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
De Mozilla Foundation heeft de tweede release candidate de deur uit gedaan van Firefox 2.0, ook wel 'Bon Echo' genoemd. Deze cross-platform opensource webbrowser voor het internet en bevat een aantal nieuwe features en verbeteringen ten opzichte van de huidige Firefox generatie. Zo heeft bijvoorbeeld elke tab een apart sluitknopje en zijn er beschermende maatregelingen tegen het zogenaamde 'phishing' aanwezig. Wat er precies allemaal veranderd is in deze release kunnen we je helaas niet vertellen, want de release notes zijn identiek aan die van de eerste release candidate en de tweede bètarelease. Voor de volledigheid geven we ze hier toch nog even:

[We also welcome articles in other languages. - dcparris]

Firefox 2 Release Candidate 2

Firefox 2 Release Candidate 2 (RC 2), the latest preview release of the next version of the Firefox browser, is now available for download.

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