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A low-cost Linux laptop for every child

  • Christian Science Monitor; By David A. Fahrenthold (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 16, 2005 12:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In Cambridge, Mass., Nicholas Negroponte and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been chipping away at a long-held dream: producing a laptop so cheap that governments could afford to link every child in the world to the Internet.

Patents database posted for developers

  • The Register; By Gavin Clarke (Posted by ralph on Nov 16, 2005 12:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) has launched its Patent Commons Project with backing from IBM - the industry's largest holder of technology patents - Computer Associates International (CA), Novell, Red Hat, Intel and Sun Microsystems.

Condor: Building a Linux cluster on a budget

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 16, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
So you need a lot of computing power but don't want to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a commercial cluster? Or maybe you just have a lot of machines sitting idle that you would like to put to good use? You can build a powerful and scalable Linux cluster using only free software and off-the-shelf components. Here's how.

Oxygen Icons Website Launched

David Vignoni, Kenneth Wimer and Nuno Pinheiro, 3 of KDE's finest artists, are very proud to present the Oxygen website, explaining what Oxygen is and the direction it is going in.

Gp2x - Open source games console

  • (Posted by bstadil on Nov 15, 2005 11:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It can play games. It can play your Movies. It can play your music. It can view photos. It can read Ebooks. It runs on just 2 AA batteries - And it can do all this in the palm of your hand or on your TV screen.

[ED- Anybody know more about this console? Please post a comment if it is not just vapor and /or any good bstadil]

Platform Solutions: Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop

  • IT Jungle; By Hesh Wiener (Posted by ralph on Nov 15, 2005 10:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Will L. L. Bean give its IBM mainframes the boot? Platform Solutions sure hopes so. Platform Solutions' software and firmware product turns Itanium servers into mainframes. It's had an HP Superdome running this code inside Bean for about a year, since December 2004.

Red Hat falls on analyst's downgrade

Bank of America analyst Kirk Materne cut his rating on Red Hat's shares (RHAT:22.99, -1.37, -5.6%) to neutral from a buy, saying the stock's march upward leaves only moderate room for upside in the intermediate term. While Red Hat's long-term growth prospects are intact, the shares are less compelling for the near-term, he said.

Kalango Linux 3.2 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - Kalango Linux is a nicely designed Brazilian distribution based on Debian and Kurumin. After some seven months in development, version 3.2 was announced yesterday. The new release includes Linux kernel 2.6.11, 2.0, KDE 3.4.3, GNOME 2.10, as well as a number of popular applications, such as the amaroK media player, K3b CD/DVD burning utility, Azureus BitTorrent client, GIMP graphics manipulation software, Inkscape vector drawing application, Firefox web browser and Thunderbird email client.

OSDir has some sweet screenshots of Kalango Linux 3.2.

Ark Linux 2005.2 RC3 Review

  •; By Capnkirby (Posted by capnkirby on Nov 15, 2005 8:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Ark is a Distro well worth trying. While aimed at the new user I believe the experienced user will find it a comfortable and easy change of pace. Everything basically works, the Mission Control Center is a paragon of simplicity, KDE 3.5 is surprisingly stable here and works well. I can easily recommend Ark for both the new and experienced user.

Read more Here

Microsoft vs. the world

James E. Gaskin writes: "I planned to spend more time playing with the recent Linux distribution from Xandros, Version 3 of Business Edition, but Microsoft caused so many headlines recently I moved this column up. Since the state of Massachusetts and the country of South Korea are pushing Microsoft away, or at least demanding open source document formats, should you dump Microsoft? No, but you should at least take some time and consider alternatives such as Linux and OpenOffice 2.0, especially if saving money matters to you."

[Ed. Aside from being confused about open standards, he at least is willing to point out the cost benefits of Xandros Desktop over Windows. - dcparris]

Novell to continue Linux desktop options

Novell has backed down on a decision to end support for the KDE desktop on the SUSE Linux distribution, following an outcry from users.

Storage heavyweights to build open management platform

Eight storage industry heavyweights have joined forces with the intention of creating an open standards storage management platform. The new management platform will be released free of charge and the individual organisations are expected to release their existing storage code to the open source community.

Comment of the Day - November 15, 2005 - What's not to like?

One of our editors, Don Parris asked : "I'm curious to know what brings you here? If you have recently made us your primary news site, perhaps you'd share your reasons?" Here's an interesting response.

Related to:
Survey: What Brings You to LXer?

China rejects free Mac software

  • C/Net News; By Alorie Gilbert (Posted by tadelste on Nov 15, 2005 5:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, MIT's Media Lab turned down millions of free copies of Apple's OS X operating system, an offer extended by Apple Chief Steve Jobs himself. The proposal was Apple's attempt to support theuniversity's effort to supply children in developing nations with cheap laptops, the paper reported. The university decided to use free, open-source software instead because designers can freely tinker with it, the paper said.

But in a note to CNET News "clarifying" the Jounral story, Media Labs co-founder Nicholas Negroponte said Jobs' offer applied only to China and that officials in China actually rejected it last year.

"I took (Jobs') offer and mentioned it to the Minister of Education (of China)," Negroponte said in an email relayed by a Media Labs spokeswoman. "He said: 'No thank you,' that they preferred Linux and Open Source."


Be your own Certificate Authority (CA)

  • Raoul's Land; By Raoul (Posted by tadelste on Nov 15, 2005 5:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This article describes how to become your own Certificate Authority (CA) and issue your own server certificates. Be advised that noone else, apart from you, your internal network’s people or your friends, will or should trust this kind of certificates. These are intended only for providing secure communication with your own services.

Setup the SSH server to use keys for authentication

  • Raoul's Land; By Raoul (Posted by tadelste on Nov 15, 2005 5:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
An SSH server can be set up in various ways, but in this document I’ll describe how it can be configured to:

* only support connections through the 2nd version of the SSH protocol (SSH-2)
* use 2048-bit DSA keys for user authentication, without permitting authentication with passwords
* allow only a specific group of users to authenticate


O'Reilly's Classic Shell Scripting Reviewed

  •; By lakerdonald (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 15, 2005 5:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
No matter how much Linux moves toward the desktop, GUI-based environment, there are still many things that are much more easily accomplished with a command line and a couple shell commands or scripts. Classic Shell Scripting, an O'Reilly publication, brings some of the most common and versatile shell tools to the table and shows the reader how to use them. LinuxForumsDOTorg's Content Development crew has written an excellent review on the book. Read it here.

Open SpeedShop Now Available to Linux Developers

Culminating a year of joint development, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and Silicon Graphics (OTC Bulletin Board: SGID) today announced that an open-source version of the SGI(R) SpeedShop(TM) performance analysis tool is now available to developers.

who wants to go to africasource2?

The GNU General Public License - An Overview

  • OSS Watch; By Rowan Wilson (Posted by dcparris on Nov 15, 2005 3:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: GNU
Rowan Wilson writes: "The GNU General Public License (GPL for short) is the most commonly used open source licence. Over two thirds of the open source-licensed projects on software repository Sourceforge use the GPL. This document attempts to draw together the main features of the GNU General Public License into a friendly and comprehensible digest, and in addition to note some details about its history and usage."

[Ed: This is an excellent overview, and is an excellent introduction for IT executives. If you don't understand the GPL, or just think you do, this is a must read. - dcparris]

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