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Linspire founder Robertson seeks publicity from Tour de France winner

Linspire founder and entrepreneur extraordinaire Michael Robertson is at it again. No stranger to PR stunts, he's scooped out a big one this time. In the latest installment of his blog Michael's Minute, Robertson begs embattled Tour de France winner Floyd Landis to prove he's not a "cheater" by taking a polygraph test stating he did not take banned medication leading up to and during the Tour. To sweeten the pot, Robertson offers to pay Landis $100,000.

Yum configuration for Fedora Core 4

[Here is a Yum configuration for all you Fedora Core 4 lovers. - Scott]

Open source gains ground in UK education

Open source software (OSS) is gaining ground in UK education, reveals a report from OSS Watch, the national OSS advisory service run out of Oxford University, with over three quarters of colleges and universities considering open source options in IT procurement exercises.

Take a closer look at the most secure Unix OS OpenBSD

  • IBMdeveloperWorks; By Tim McIntire (Posted by solrac on Aug 12, 2006 10:53 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
This article gives you a close look at the operating system so secure that it was once banned for use in a DEF CON competition, where crackers go after each other's systems.

openSUSE 10.2 Alpha 3 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - I'm glad to announce the third alpha release of our 10.2 product. Compared with Alpha2, we've made a number of significant changes: we switched to kernel 2.6.18rc4; openSUSE 10.2 contains KDE 3.5.4; we started the switch to GNOME 2.16 beta and have now the base packages in; the new branding 'openSUSE' is shown in places but there's still some existing 'SUSE Linux' 10.1 branding... OSDir has some great shots of this fresh openSUSE alpha in the openSUSE 10.2 Alpha 3 Screenshot Tour.

Ubuntu 6.06.1 Screenshot Tour

DistroWatch reports - Colin Watson has announced the release of Ubuntu 6.06.1, an updated version of Ubuntu with more than 300 bug and security fixes over the original Dapper Drake: The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS, the first maintenance release of 'Dapper Drake'. This release includes both installable Desktop CDs and alternate text-mode installation CDs for several architectures, for Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu. Xubuntu is also included, although commercial support for it is not available from Canonical Ltd. OSDir has some sweet screenshots of Ubuntu 6.06.1 in the Ubuntu 6.06.1 Screenshot Tour.

What Microsoft has that Linux doesn't

Microsoft has seven "Microsoft Across America" trucks crusing the country, visiting Microsoft Partners at their request to show off the latest Windows wonders. At last count, there were exactly zero (0) "Linux Across America" trucks.

[What GNU/Linux gives, but which Microsoft takes from users is freedom. Even if Microsoft somehow, magically matched the stability, security and rapid advance of GNU/Linux, the freedom to help yourself and your friends without fear of the BSA kicking down your door is a powerful thing. Word of mouth advertising of such a feature is priceless. -- grouch]

Building Your Professional Career

As the landscape of IT careers continues to change, the process of targeting the necessary skills and experience to get ahead grows ever more challenging. While the demand for IT personnel is increasing, it certainly doesn’t touch the hiring boom witnessed in the late ’90s.

LinuxWorld San Francisco unfolds next week

Desktop Linux vendors will be prominent among companies showcasing their new wares at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2006, to be held Aug. 15 through 18 in San Francisco. Some 15,000 participants are expected to fill the Moscone Convention Center for the event.

LinuxWorld: less fun, more biz

Opinion -- What are you going to find, if you're determined enough to make your way through airport security over the next few days to get to the August LinuxWorld in San Francisco?

Nine from IBM: GLPK, text utils, Eclipse, Cell BE, LPI, mashups...

IBM has published the following new technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its DeveloperWorks website. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics, primarily related to Linux and open source system development. Some require free registration. Enjoy . . . !

[I think many, if not all, of these have already been on the LXer Newswire, thanks to the efforts of IdaAshley and solrac. Here they are collected onto one convenient page, for any who missed them on the Newswire. -- grouch]

How to install jEdit Programming Text Editor on Ubuntu (and Debian)

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Aug 12, 2006 3:16 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
jEdit's official site describes this product as "a mature programmer's text editor with hundreds...of person-years of development behind it". No doubt you will want to review the features of jEdit before deciding if it's right for you.

Untwisting Python Network Programming

This article introduces basic client-side networking using both core Python modules and the Twisted framework. For its example, I will show how to send, receive, and delete emails, and conduct Telnet sessions. I have written two functionally equivalent examples, one using the core modules ( and another using Twisted (, with both start, stop, and interact with a server to process emails. These programs work with any standard-compliant SMTP and POP3 servers in sending and retrieving of emails. The starting and stopping of server are specific to the Apache James mail server, which I choose as a local testing server due to its ease of installation and its shutdown procedure in a Telnet session.

Spikesource Announces New Open-Source Server

SpikeSource, a vendor of business-ready open source products, has announced the addition of Open-Xchange Server to the company's applications lineup, targeted to both small and medium size enterprises and larger companies through authorized channel partners.

Red Hat's chief executives gets accolade

Computer Business Review has ranked Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik as the second-most influential mover and shaker in information technology over the past 12 months.

The trouble with rounding floating point numbers

  • Reg Developer; By Dan Clarke (Posted by grouch on Aug 12, 2006 10:39 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
So, Prudence, computers do make mistakes…We all know of floating point numbers, so much so that we reach for them each time we write code that does math. But do we ever stop to think what goes on inside that floating point unit and whether we can really trust it?

Linux powers unusual multicore machine

  • CNET; By Stephen Shankland (Posted by grouch on Aug 12, 2006 9:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Start-up Movidis uses 16-core MIPS processor originally designed for networking gear to take a crack at Linux server market.

Red Hat Readies Linux Desktop Upgrade To Vie With Novell

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop, which is expected to ship later this year, will compete head-on with the recently released Novell Suse Linux 10.

[Let me know when it gets here. Futureware doesn't run well on my computers. Other distros have always been desktop-friendly. -- grouch]

Ubuntu's new conquest: California freeways

Living in California's Silicon Valley has many benefits, not least of which is exposure to the "next big thing" on a near-daily basis. Yesterday, we discovered that Ubuntu Linux, not content to target first desktops and then servers, is now getting installed on billboards!

Top 11 Programs for Microsoft Windows Under $0.01

This collection of software for Microsoft Windows fills the basic needs for Internet, work, and security. If the price seems low, that's because this is all free software you can download from the Internet. This is not piracy, this is good free software.

How good is it? The software is as good, or better, than most commercial software sold for the same purpose.

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