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Eben Moglen: How to change the world

Professor Eben Moglen is a polished speaker, a true orator. It is a real treat to hear him speak, and if you ever get a chance to do so, I heartily recommend that you do. I learned last week that he communicates just as well in one-on-one sessions.

Linux Gazette #139 is out!

  •; By Ben Okopnik (Posted by dave on Jun 2, 2007 9:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Linux Gazette...making Linux just a little more fun!

Linux Gazette is a volunteer-run monthly web magazine dedicated to two simple ideas: making Linux a little more fun, and sharing ideas and discoveries.

I got my Ubuntu pre-installed Dell E520N today!!

I voted with my wallet for pre-installed Linux from Dell. I think this is a good start for having alternatives to Windows for some average users.

Semantic Desktop and KDE 4: State and Plans of NEPOMUK-KDE

Liquidat has posted a nice overview of the technology known as NEPOMUK, a part of KDE 4. An excerpt reads: "Nepomuk-KDE is the basis for the semantic technologies we will see in KDE 4. Sebastian Trüg, the main developer behind Nepomuk-KDE, provided me with some up2date information about the current state and future plans".

FSF Releases "Last Call" Draft of GPLv3

This is an FSF press release that summarizes the changes in the final draft of the GPLv3.

Zenwalk 4.6 mini Linux boasts latest Xfce desktop

The Zenwalk project today released Zenwalk Linux 4.6 (code-named Red Pill). The lightweight distribution utilizes a cutting-edge Linux kernel with KVM support, along with the relatively new Xfce 4.4.1 desktop environment.

PCLinuxOS Magazine June 2007 Issue 10 Released

It is my privilege to announce on behalf of the team members of the PCLinuxOS Magazine Project sponsored by, the June 2007 issue (#10)  is available for download!  Our previous issues can also be downloaded.

Some highlights include:

  1. KDE User Guide Part 3 & 4
  2. Linux Mint - A Review
  3. Top 10 Firefox Extensions
  4. Scroogle and Opera Integration
  5. Linux and the Masses
  6. As always, much more

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Device profile: LearningSoft Indigo assessment system

LearningSoft has used customized Linux-based handheld devices in an "assessment system" aimed at helping classroom school teachers create, administer, and score tests. Aimed primarily at grades three through eight, the "Indigo Learning System" uses Aeronix's $99 Zipit chat device running a custom software stack.

Google: We like the web the way it is

“We feel very strongly about this being an industry effort and being a standard. We want this to be the one way that developers can add offline capabilities to their applications,” says Jeff Huger, Google’s VP of engineering, during the keynote for the company’s global Developer Day.

Linux book chapter: 'Multitasking in Ubuntu'

Another chapter of a new how-to book, Hacking Ubuntu: Serious Hacks, Mods and Customizations, has been published online at The chapter, entitled "Multitasking in Ubuntu," explains how to switch applications, tweak the workplace switcher, customize applications, use buffers, and track projects.

Signing, Encrypting, and Decrypting Atom

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Nicholas Chase (Posted by IdaAshley on Jun 2, 2007 12:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Atom is a great format for relaying information, but what about security concerns? XML Digital Signatures and Encryption can ensure trusted, unaltered, secure data transfer. But how can you use them without destroying Atom structures? This article shows you how easily the digital signatures and encryption can mesh with Atom data using the Apache Abdera API.

Consultant uses OSS to build CaringBridge for the sick

Ten years ago, IT consultant Sona Mehring had a friend who was going through a difficult pregnancy. Mehring wanted to help in some way, so she created a Web site where her friend could post updates throughout the pregnancy and the subsequent premature birth of her child, and visitors could post messages of encouragement and love. It was an efficient way of communicating because it eliminated the need for multiple phone calls and email messages. The family was so impacted by the online support it had received through Mehring's Web site that it donated money to the hospital to provide an onsite computer and Internet access to other families experiencing life-threatening illness and disease. That inspired Mehring to found CaringBridge, a nonprofit company that provides free customizable Web sites built on open source software.

ATI Linux x86 Display Driver 8.37.6 Released

ATI has released version 8.37.6 of their Linux display driver. New features are AMD Catalyst Control Center version 1.0. This version of the Catalyst Control Center provides a 3D aspect page which allows for the adjustments to be made in 3D applications such as graphic-design applications, CAD applications, and games. Logging out of a session to the graphical login manager no longer crashes the Xserver.

Novell's So-So Q2 Results

The Microsoft "boost" seems to be wearing down, but the Linux company has become more efficient.

Access Control with ApacheDS and Acegi

Learn how to write an access control policy and store it in ApacheDS, and then configure Acegi to interact with the directory server for authentication and authorization purposes.

Eben Moglen: Meeting RMS

In this, the fifth and penultimate edition of our weeklong series of video clips taken from our interview with Professor Eben Moglen at the Red Hat Summit in San Diego, the good professor explains how he came to meet and do legal work for Richard Stallman.

Customize RPMs with rpmrebuild

  •; By Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jun 1, 2007 3:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Building packages is usually hard work, and best left to distro developers who have the time and patience to work the appropriate magic. However, if you're an admin or user with a need to rebuild existing packages, rpmrebuild takes the pain out of creating new RPMs from installed packages.

Transfer files securely with SFTP

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) was once the most widely used protocol for transferring files between computers. However, because FTP sends authentication information and file contents over the wire unencrypted, it's not a secure way to communicate. Secure Copy (SCP) and the more robust SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) address this security concern by providing data transfer over a fully encrypted channel. You can use these alternatives for transferring files securely over the Internet or any other untrusted network.

The Truth About ATI/AMD & Linux

Last year when AMD announced their acquisition of ATI it led many to wonder how this would impact the quality of their Linux support and driver. Some had even speculated that AMD would be opening the code to at least a subset of their graphics drivers, and while this issue has come up again more recently, we will cover this particular topic in a different article. In this article we will be exposing what truly consists of the ATI/AMD driver development cycle and ultimately what they are really doing to improve their image in the Linux community. We have been granted unprecedented access to share with you their once unknown driver development model.

Review: Open Source Zenoss Muscles Into Net Monitoring

Obvious quality control and performance distinguish commercial, open source Zenoss from other offerings in the network and service monitoring field.

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