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Clever IT use slashes carbon dioxide output

Switching off your computer at the end of day saves about 75 percent of the electricity it uses which could reduce the amount of carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere by more than 500kg.

[This advice is obviously for people and businesses that do not have mission critical software running and I am not sold on his statistics either. - Scott]

How To Back Up MySQL Databases Without Interrupting MySQL

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on May 14, 2007 6:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: MySQL
This article describes how you can back up MySQL databases without interrupting the MySQL service. Normally, when you want to create a MySQL backup, you either have to stop MySQL or issue a read lock on your MySQL tables in order to get a correct backup; if you do not do it this way, you can end up with an inconsistent backup. To get consistent backups without interrupting MySQL, I use a little trick: I replicate my MySQL database to a second MySQL server, and on the second MySQL server I use a cron job that creates regular backups of the replicated database.

Funding Open Source Projects

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on May 14, 2007 5:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
As you may remember from our first piece from Linuxfest Northwest , the presenters are not just talking heads that are paid to come and speak. These are individuals that truly believe in what they are sharing with the attendees, and more often than not, visitors to the convention will come away smarter from the experience.

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Scared Microsoft just spreading Linux patent FUD

Interesting take on the 235 patent infringements argument, suggesting that Microsoft is running scared of open source and spreading FUD in an attempt to bully people into paying some kind of Microsoft Tax.

Preview websites with Cooliris

Do you suffer from too many pages open on your browser? Do you compulsively open multiple links, just out of curiousity of what might be on the other side? If so, Cooliris Preview may just be the Firefox add-on for you.

DistroWatch Weekly: Fedora 7 updates, Gentoo Linux 2007.0, openSUSE Software Portal

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on May 14, 2007 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 20th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! The intensive development period before the upcoming release of Fedora 7 has been marked by several release updates and further complimented by news from Red Hat Summit in San Diego last week. Will this be the most impressive Fedora release ever? Chances are that it will be indeed. In other news, the openSUSE community launches a software portal, Daniel Robbins comments on the latest Gentoo Linux, Patrick Volkerding drops Pidgin (formerly GAIM) after finding an anti-Slackware comment on the project's developer page, and several distributions, including openSUSE, SabayonLinux, sidux and Skolelinux, announce updated release schedules. In the feature story of the week, your DistroWatch editor describes what can happen when the most important piece of computer hardware suddenly decides to stop working. Happy reading!

Metric equivalent of Microsoft fonts for Linux

Red Hat is going all out to make sure the Open Source remain truly open. And the latest offering from this company is a gift in the form of fonts which are the metric equivalent of most commonly used Microsoft fonts and released under an open licence as this article indicates.

What IP Did Novell License from Microsoft?

Secrecy is unacceptable in an open development model and community, and Novell ’s (in)actions threaten to stall or even destroy the advance of Free Software. It is of vital importance to the community - and especially any projects accepting Novell code and patches - for Novell to publicly and unequivocally state the details of their agreement...

KDE Commit-Digest for 13th May 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: The KOffice ODF weekend sprint takes place in Berlin. KTuberling, the much-loved "potato man" game, is saved for inclusion in kdegames for KDE 4, with the start of porting to SVG and other general improvements. Rewrite of KPoker replaces the previous implementation. Xinerama improvements in the KWin window manager. Continued work on Konsole...

13 Must Do things on new Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn installation

  •; By Ambuj Varshney (Posted by ambuj123 on May 13, 2007 11:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun, Ubuntu
Article describes how to install various multimedia codecs,beryl,dvd playing support , Media Players (VLC,Xine,Mplayer,Real player),audio players, Google applications(Google Earth and Picasa) , Skype , Real player,Macromedia Flash Pkugin and Sun Java Runtime environment and numerous other applications to make your ubuntu desktop rock

Polish KDE Community Announces Web Site

The Polish community of KDE is growing year after year. In association with KDE e.V. we're proud to announce the launch of the web site, with ambitions of becoming the starting point for the KDE element of Poland. Read on for details.

Report: Microsoft says open source violates 235 patents

Microsoft top lawyer Brad Smith alleges in a magazine report that the Linux kernel and violate hundreds of the company's patents.

[Notice that Ballmer doesn't claim that Microsoft actually honors "intellectual property". No, the company that likely violates more copyrights and patents than many companies put together simply lives in a world where people honor copyrights and patents. - dcparris]

AMD Radeon HD 2900XT Preview -- Focusing on Linux

It's late, but it's finally here. This morning AMD will be formally announcing their long-awaited Radeon HD 2000 series, or perhaps better known as the ATI R600 GPU. The AMD Radeon HD 2000 series features DirectX 10.0 (well, for those that use Microsoft products), Avivo HD, a programmable tessellation unit, CrossFire support, and much more. This morning we have our technology preview of ATI/AMD's next generation GPUs along with what's in store for Linux and the R600 series support.

Microsoft takes on the free world

Microsoft claims that free software like Linux, which runs a big chunk of corporate America, violates 235 of its patents. It wants royalties from distributors and users. Users like you, maybe. Fortune's Roger Parloff reports.

[A very good read and a good recap of events. Just one factual error: Not all GPL software copyright belongs to the FSF. — Sander

Copyright law reinforces monopoly, Open Source Society warns MPs

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Rob O'Neill (Posted by d0nk3y on May 13, 2007 3:16 PM EDT)
Technological protection could close PC platforms to open source operating systems

KOffice ODF Sprint Kickoff

The day before the real start of the KOffice meeting in Berlin, most developers had already arrived. After checking in and having dinner, they started hacking away at the KDAB office. Read on to learn about how this went and the plans the developers have for KOffice 2 and the coming weekend!

Debconf 9: Call for bids

So it is that time of the year again: the time of year we see people arguing over why they want to host DebConf in their country.

GIMP tricks: Neon inscription

  • (Posted by michux on May 13, 2007 12:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
In this tutorial we are going to show how to prepare a Neon inscription in GIMP. The article is meant for beginners, but you should know at least the basics of using GIMP in order to succeed. This is the first tutorial in the news series on so stay tuned!

Linux: 2.6.22-rc1, You Name It, It's There

"Ok, the merge window has closed, and 2.6.22-rc1 is out there," Linus Torvalds announced on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. He noted that there were a large number of changes, "almost seven thousand files changed, and that's not double-counting the files that got moved around." As to what was changed, Linus summarized, "architecture updates, drivers, filesystems, networking, security, build scripts, reorganizations, cleanups.. You name it, it's there."

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