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DistroWatch Weekly: Free Click 'N Run, Ubuntu updates, NetBSD controversy

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Sep 4, 2006 4:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 35th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! Following a new release of Gentoo Linux last week, another popular "geek" project is likely to announce a major new version this week. Slackware Linux, the world's oldest surviving Linux distribution, has been through no fewer than four release candidates, so the final version can't be far away. Also expected later this week - GNOME 2.16. In other news, Linspire scraps the annual fee for its software repository, Ubuntu contributors keep enhancing their favourite distribution with extra software, services and even a new start-up script, and the NetBSD world is rocked by accusations of mismanagement by one of the project's founders. We also have the pleasure to announce that DistroWatch has once again been voted one of the "Top 101" web sites by PC Magazine and that the August 2006 donation of US$350 goes to the Puppy Linux project. Happy reading!

Windows vs. OS X: Stop the Silly Rivalry

  •; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Sep 4, 2006 3:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Unlike some people, I'm not a Mac or a PC guy - I'm a Mac and a PC guy. There's room for both options in this world, and there doesn't have to be a bitter rivalry between both sets of users. In fact, I think you're only firing on all creative and productive cylinders if you use both (or all three, if you include Linux).

Startup Pushes Open Source Document Collaboration

Zimbra is lobbying for an Ajax standard that lets several users simultaneously alter dynamic content--spreadsheets, charts, texts, or Web site information--through an online interface.

Google tools aim at corporate desktop

Google last week released in beta a bundle of online communications tools that corporate users can customize for their domains. They include e-mail, instant messaging and calendars.

[Might be of peripheral interest to our readers - dcparris]

Red Hat, Novell and some words said about virtualisation

What does Red Hat really think about virtualisation? The good news is that Novell is now competing with a company whose marketing savvy is even worse than its own.

The “everything-proof” PDA

What do you give the GI Joe that has everything? The Recon-X military grade Pocket PC. Apparently intended for those who work in industries like construction, the new series will withstand drops, heavy vibrations, extreme temperatures, dust and water - conditions that would turn your average PDA into an expensive paperweight.

KDE Commit-Digest for 3rd September 2006

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Kickoff, the experimental application menu alternative developed by SuSE, is imported into KDE SVN. Import of the work to support SVG scalable tilesets in KMahjongg. KViewShell gets support for LZW compressed fax files. Strigi gets support for the D-Bus Inter-Process Communication service, KBFX, a prospective element of Plasma, gets full support for Strigi. Kaffeine gets DVB plugin support. Amarok sees fundamental changes in a key statistics technology, along with a name change of the technology to "Amarok File Tracking (AFT)". Development of SafeSite, a network-aware phishing protection service proceeds. Interface changes in KTorrent.

cdrkit (fork of cdrtools) uploaded to Debian, please test

We, the Debian maintainers of cdrtools, the cdrecord/mkisofs/cdda2wav program suite, just uploaded cdrkit into the Debian archive. It will hit your unstable box with the next run of dinstall, please help us and test it.

Proprietary file format lock in

This I feel is the greatest problem for people, especially academics when wanting to switch to GNU/Linux. Many people in my family work at universities in the UK. These people would happily switch to GNU/Linux tomorrow if it could run their .doc and other proprietary file formats properly.

Howto: build Linux kernel module against installed kernel w/o full kernel source tree

To be frank you do not need a new full source tree in order to just compile or build module against the running kernel i.e an exploded source tree is not required to build kernel driver or module. This is essential because if you just want to compile and install driver for new hardware such as Wireless card or SCSI device etc. With following method, you will save the time, as you are not going to compile entire Linux kernel.

Bi-directional Linux debugger

Undo Software unveiled UndoDB, a bidirectional debugger for compiled programs, which allows a program to be run backwards in time as well as forwards. The program can be stepped back line-by-line, or rewound to any point in its history. Programmers can also play the program forwards and backwards in a totally repeatable fashion, "homing in" on the cause of a bug.

The next generation of Open Platforms for communications

The requirements for new packet-based triple play and other enhanced services are driving the need for improved infrastructure throughout the world. In order to satisfy that need, telecom and networking equipment suppliers are also looking to utilise flexible platforms that enable them to reduce cost while speeding time to market. For many equipment providers, this means a move away from in-house proprietary systems toward open platforms.

Changing the Report, After the Vote

Except for David Ward, president of the American Council on Education, every member of the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education found enough to endorse in the draft the panel produced last month to support it over all. All of them, certainly, also found some aspects of the report objectionable, yet swallowed those objections and agreed, at a public meeting August 10, to sign the report.

[How is it that Microsoft gets a seat on an education commision? - Scott]

Sharing Software Rather Than Building Walls

Linux has a cult-like following among enthusiasts and believers in the open source movement, who brush off the underlying philosophy of locked source code and consider it a hindrance to the progress of software development.

[This is one of the better articles I have seen on the subject. - dcparris]

Storage market faces open-source revolution

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Chris Mellor (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 3, 2006 12:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The storage market has become the latest to face the open-source revolution, with a new product from Cleversafe claiming to offer secure, economical and private storage using a dispersed storage grid technology.

More schools take to Open Source

In a paper delivered at an academic forum Thursday, Emmanuel Lallana, a commissioner of the Commission on Information and Communications Technology said efforts to promote free and open source software in education have focused on three aspects: 1) getting more people to use it; 2) developing content and electronic learning applications using the technology; and 3) developing experts who can support its wider use.

Novell and Red Hat: a lesson in styling contrasts

Enterprise Linux customers typically pick from just two options. Although HP’s decision to support Debian could widen the playing field, the choice really comes down to Novell and Red Hat. It’s worth comparing the two in terms of product offerings and overall style.

Wells Denies SCO's Motion for In Camera Review of Allegedly Privileged Documents

This is a nice start of the week-end, Judge Brooke Wells' Order denying SCO's Motion for In Camera Review of Allegedly Privileged Documents (here's the memo in support [PDF]). This is the final paragraph, and it tells the story -- this judge can't be intimidated:

LDAP Authentication In Linux

  • HowtoForge (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 3, 2006 8:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: ; Groups:
This howto will show you howto store your users in LDAP and authenticate some of the services against it. I will not show howto install particular packages, as it is distribution/system dependant. I will focus on "pure" configuration of all componenets needed to have LDAP authentication/storage of users.

A bit about BitTorrent

  • Free Software Magazine; By Terry Hancock (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 3, 2006 7:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I’ve been hearing about BitTorrent for at least a year. It’s an exciting technology in principle, because it solves traditional central repository file distribution problems, uses peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing technology, and is written in my favorite programming language, Python.

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