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Puppy more feisty than Xubuntu

My task today was a simple one: Pull four Quicktime videos from an SD card and burn them on a CD. I booted Xubuntu Feisty, and after a few minutes found xfburn, which came standard with 7.10. I had a couple of Thunar windows open, that was it, but xfburn pretty much crashed on launch. I went into the process manager, killed it, then closed my Thunar windows and restarted xfburn.

Create a Java Web app with Rational Business Developer Ext.

Learn how to build a simple dynamic Web site using Rational Business Developer Extension and Enterprise Generation Language (EGL).

Dell to sell at Wal-Mart ... and Ubuntu Linux makes its debut on

Today's debut of Dell PCs with Linux preinstalled threatened to be eclipsed by another Dell bombshell -- the Round Rock, Texas, PC giant will supplement it's direct-to-you sales method with a heaping helping of Middle American retail through Wal-Mart.

KDE 3.5.7 enhances PIM apps, fixes bugs

  •; By Chris Preimesberger (Posted by dcparris on May 24, 2007 10:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
The KDE project this week released KDE 3.5.7, a maintenance release of the popular free desktop for GNU/Linux and other UNIXes. This version brings a renewed focus to KDE-PIM (personal information management) applications.

Java: Database Refactoring with db4o

Refactoring Java code is far simpler than refactoring a relational database, but fortunately that isn't so much the case with object databases. Learn another advantage to this favorite object database.

Running Solaris 10 (11/06) Virtual Machine on CentOS 5.0 (VMWare Server 1.0.3)

CentOS 5.0 and VMWare Server 1.0.3 have been installed on the box been assembled utilizing following hardware :- CPU Core2Duo E6600 2.40GHz/1066MHz/4Mb, board ASUS P5B Deluxe, 2GB RAM (2xDDR2 1GB PC 5300 Kingston),2x160 GB SATA HDDs Seagate Barracuda 160 GB. Host Controllers Intel ICH8R and Jmicron JMB 363 both running in AHCI mode, what prevents from straightforward installation Solaris 10 on mentioned box. Solaris 10 (11/06) has been installed as VMWare Server Virtual Macine configured as ..

Unveiling the Art of Illusion

Blender gets the lion's share of press among free 3-D modeling applications, but it is not the only player in the field. Art of Illusion (AOI) is a mature, GPL-licensed 3-D modeler with robust editing, animation, and rendering features, and it's a lot easier to use than Blender. If you haven't tried it, it's time you took a look at this recent Product of the Month.

KDE to be Present at LUGRadio Live 2007

KDE will be exhibiting at LUGRadio Live 2007 which is back in Wolverhampton, England on July 7th and 8th. The event, now in its third year, is the largest gathering of Free Software projects in the UK. LUGRadio Live overlaps with the end of Akademy in Glasgow so you may want to stop by on your way home.

Five days with the Classmate PC and Mandriva

Some say the Classmate PC is Intel's answer to (or competition with) the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) effort. Intel is hawking the lilliputian laptop in "emerging markets" like Nigeria, India, and Mexico as a solution for worldwide education of primary and secondary students. It's to be officially released and shipped en masse to schools in Africa and South and Central America by the end of June. Recently my children and I borrowed a Classmate PC loaded with a custom version of Mandriva Linux. Most of us had fun.

Tutorial: Point-and-Click Linux LVM Filesystem Workstation Backup, Part 1

How would you like an easy way to set up a point-and-click Linux image backup that always makes perfect copies if the physical system is OK? That will point and click to a mirror drive or a multiple DVD backup set as you wish? New LinuxPlanet contributor A. Lizard details how to get this done.

Compelling Linux server slithers into the open

The Linksys NSLU2 is a cheap and compact Network Attached Storage (NAS) device with an Ethernet connection and two USB ports for connecting hard drives and/or USB flash disks to a LAN. It sports a simple web-based interface that is used to configure the device, format any attached disks, set up disk shares and so on.

Linux: CFS Group Level Fairness

Following a review of Ingo Molnar's Completely Fair Scheduler, Srivatsa Vaddagiri posted a patch allowing the new scheduler to provide fairness at a per-group level rather than at a per-process level. He described the changes that he made and noted,"I have used'uid' as the basis of grouping for timebeing (since that grouping concept is already in mainline today). The patch can be adapted to a moregeneric process grouping mechanism later."Ingo reacted to the patch favorably,"yeah, i like this alot." He went on to comment,"the'struct sched_entity' abstraction looks very clean, and that's the main thing that matters: it allows for a design that will only cost us performance if group scheduling is desired."

Linux: Compiler Warnings

"In no case is it ok to just 'shut up the warning'," Linus Torvalds exclaimed in response to a patch that stifled a compiler warning. Reminiscent of a thread on the lkml last year, Linus pointed out that it is very important to understand and properly fix compiler warnings..

Ubuntu-powered Dell desktops and notebook arrive

On May 24, the rumors and speculation came to an end. Dell officially unveiled its three consumer systems -- the XPS 410n and Dimension E520n desktops, and the Inspiron E1505n notebook -- that come with the Ubuntu 7.04 Linux distribution factory installed.

The economics of hosting MMOGs and performance issues

  • IBM/developerWorks; By George Dolbier (Posted by solrac on May 24, 2007 4:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
This article, the second in a series of articles covering MMOGs, looks at some of the economic factors involved in hosting an online games.

ASUS P5N-E SLI on Linux

The ASUS P5N-E SLI motherboard rings in at about $130 USD, which makes it substantially cheaper than many of the NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI motherboards on the market and even some of the nForce 650i motherboards. While this motherboard may be affordable, does it deliver upon the ASUS quality and innovations that enthusiasts have come to expect from their cutting edge products? Well, some of its many features include Intel Quad-Core support, NVIDIA SLI, and HD Azalia Audio.

Breakin' It Down

There has been some strong negativity in some of the articles and more than a few responses lately. With Dell tilting and twirling on the Linux machine line of products and Microsoft playing the ever-present boogie man, there has been much on the minus side of the ledger for us to chew on. At times there seemed little for which to be content. Until Dave talked to me.

Photos: Linux penguin to race in the Indy 500

Penguins, start your engines. If you watch the Indianapolis 500 on TV this Sunday, look closely at the blue car No. 77 and you might see a penguin running over 250 mph.

You cannot advertise an iGasm, says Apple

  • IT Pro; By Davey Winder (Posted by popstarviolet on May 24, 2007 2:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor
Looks like Apple cannot see the funny side of an iGasm sex toy that plugs into an iPod to provide a new meaning to getting down to the beat.

Eternal Vigilance Is the Price of Linux

  • Linux Online; By Michael J. Jordan (Posted by h00pla on May 24, 2007 2:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Regardless of who's being paid how much to say what, we need to be extremely vigilant and monitor closely what is published out there against Linux, Free Software and Open Source. We need to expose shills, FUDsters and frauds for what they really are. But simply defending ourselves is not enough. We also need to go on the counter attack. We need to de-legitimize both messenger and the message.

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