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Debian Weekly News - January 23rd, 2007

Welcome to this year's 1st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Erinn Clark, co-founder and leader of Debian Women is selected one of the top 10 girl geeks who are influential in Open Source. Linux-Watch posted Chris Fearnley's rebuttal to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols argument that Debian is in trouble.

Linux servers join with Active Directory

Centeris Corp., a Bellevue, Wash.-based vendor specializing in Linux server management tools for Windows administrators, has launched a new product that allows Linux servers to take part in an Active Directory (AD) environment.

Review: Inside the Machine

I started out my career in the technical arena as basically a mechanic. As a freelance technician, I found myself taking jobs that involved installing PCs, Servers, Switches, and Routers. Most of these jobs were heavily scripted so it was just a matter of following the directions. If I ran into problems, I'd ask the crew chief (if I was working with a team) or I'd call the NOC (if I was working alone). I've replaced SCSI drives, upgraded RAM and installed CPUs like a kid putting together a bunch of Legos. I could do my job very competently without ever knowing how any of those components worked electronically or programmatically. These days I work with a bunch of software engineers so my understanding of computing has taken a completely different direction. That's where Jon Stokes' Inside the Machine comes in.

Intel: Open source drew us to Solaris

Under a new partnership inked with Intel, Sun Microsystems will optimize the Solaris operating system (OS) for the Intel platform, and begin shipping Xeon-based systems in the first half of 2007. Sun and Intel will also collaborate in joint marketing, design and engineering efforts.

Modify Your Partitions With GParted Without Losing Data

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Jan 23, 2007 11:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
This article shows how you can modify the partitioning of your Linux system with GParted (Gnome Partition Editor) without losing data. This includes resizing partitions (enlarging and shrinking), moving partitions on the hard drive, creating and deleting partitions, and even modifying filesystem types. GParted is a free partition editor available as a desktop program and also as a Live-CD. It supports the following filesystems: ext2, ext3, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, reiserfs, reiser4, ufs, xfs, and even ntfs (Windows).

Linux Australia honours IP lawyer

Law professor and intellectual property expert Kimberlee Weatherall was honoured with an award for service to the open source community at last Friday night. The annual award, known as the "Rusty Wrench" is presented to the person who has made the most positive impact on the Australian open source community, as judged by Linux Australia.

Apache Guru In India

Last time when people got a chance to get face to face with Brian Behlendorf, they were all attracted towards that pony-tailed guy's charismatic personality and his manner of delivering speech. This year, you can once again brush shoulders with one of the Linux knights in your own city Delhi.

Demo features POSIX-compliant separation kernel, Linux

LynuxWorks will demonstrate a simulated aircraft environment based on embedded Linux, a proprietary separation kernel, and Intel Virtualization Technology, at the Open Group's Enterprise Architecture Conference (EAC) next week in San Diego. The demonstration shows Linux failing without affecting real-time POSIX applications running directly under the company's LynxSecure separation kernel.

Video Editing: From Windows to Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jan 23, 2007 7:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Without a doubt, one of the biggest problems that I had when I was transitioning from Windows to Linux was losing immediate access to Adobe Premiere Elements. To the video beginner, it can present a little bit of a learning curve, but for someone like me, it’s irreplaceable. Short of buying an Adobe Premiere, I could not have been happier.

Will OLPC change Linux?

During a tutorial that Chris Blizzard gave at, there were quite a few interesting ideas and concepts raised that presented an interesting blueprint for Linux in the future. The OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project is in the enviable position at the moment of being able to change technologies and directions as they choose, with no rollouts and a lot of the work still to be done software wise. Free of the inertia that an existing product presents, OLPC can be fresh in its thinking and be a trend setter.

SeaMonkey web application suite turns 1.1

Mozilla on Jan. 18 released version 1.1 of its SeaMonkey web application suite. Like the old Mozilla application suite that it replaced a year ago, SeaMonkey combines browser, email, newsgroups, IRC chat, and HTML editing capabilities within a single program.

UK ISP devotes profits to foster OSS development

In 2003, Jason Clifford started an Internet service provider (ISP) in Hertfordshire, England, called UK Free Software Network. What sets UKFSN apart from other ISPs is the fact that it gives away its profits to fund students working on free and open source software (FOSS) projects.

Linux and The Desperate Need for Tax Apps

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jan 23, 2007 4:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
There is no question about it, Linux and tax software have not been the best fit over the years. As expected, the usual excuses were being used: there are not enough Linux users to warrant a Linux version, or if people want, there is always the online options made readily available to those who chose not to.

Damn Small Linux steps up to v3.2

The final iteration of Damn Small Linux 3.2 was released by the U.S.-based project team on Jan. 18. Version 3.2 squeezes a 2.4.26 kernel and the Fluxbox window manager in a compact, 49.7 MB package. Damn Small Linux is a thumb-drive-sized mini desktop Linux distro that, despite its minuscule size, strives to be functional and easy-to-use.

The Software Ecology Of Rui Nuno Capela

Rui Capela's software has appeared in this column many times. I've written about it directly (seeAt the Sounding Edge: Using QSynth and QJackCtl andHDRs and DAWs For Linux: The New Breed) and it shows up in almost every article I write. I'm not exaggerating when I state that Rui's programs have become indispensable components here at Studio Dave, so naturally I'm interested in the man behind it all. In this entry I'll recap the nature and state of Rui's software, after which we'll meet the man himself in another lively interview here at the sounding edge.

Battle of the operating systems

Microsoft launches its new operating system Vista on 30 January to consumers, promising the "wow starts now". As part of our launch coverage we are looking for a committed Vista user - you are probably someone who has been trialling Vista in beta or using it for your business - as well as a passionate Mac OS X user and a devotee of Linux. Tell us in 100 words or less, why you are such a supporter of your chosen operating system and what features you love about it. We will select three of you to go head-to-head-to-head on the subject of your favourite operating system and will be contacting you with further instructions - so don't forget to include your e-mail address in the form below.

PC-BSD vs. Linux Distributions: A Mega Battle

  •; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Jan 23, 2007 1:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
If you haven't heard of PC-BSD by now, then you must be living in a box. PC-BSD is perhaps the best thing to come to the desktop BSD world in a very long time. But unfortunately, it looks as if this fantastic distribution is following the rest of the pack and will be trying to locate funds by competing with Linux for business customers. Why should this matter? Check this out...

Linspire Standardizes Software Installation Across Linux Distributions

Linspire Standardizes Software Installation Across Linux Distributions

Top tech firms back Linux over Vista

San Francisco (dpa) - A week before the launch of Microsoft's new Vista operating system, its open-source competitor Linux received a giant boost Monday as prominent high-tech companies announced they were forming a consortium to promote the free challenger.

Cisco Fixing Non-Compliant iPhone

Company had not published all of the source code for the Linux-based phone.

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