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March 2006

The LinuxWorld Rumor Mill

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Linux

I could tell you what you will see at LinuxWorld Boston this coming week, but what's the fun in that? Instead, here are some of the rumors I've been hearing about that may come up at the show.

Linux growth 'to outstrip Windows by a factor of 3'

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Linux

Linux adoptions are to grow in the next three to five years at nearly triple the rate of Windows, according to Oracle.

MINIX Gets (X) Windows

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OS

"With X Windows and over 400 UNIX programs, including emacs, vi, cc, gcc, perl, python, ssh, and many more, it is on the way to becoming a serious system," Tanenbaum said.

Microsoft claims breakthrough at EU antitrust hearing

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Microsoft

Microsoft left a two-day antitrust hearing in Brussels Friday claiming it had reached a breakthrough with European regulators. But the claim of a breakthrough was exaggerated, according to two other people involved in the closed-door hearing.

SuSE 10.1 b9 RPMlist Alphabetically

3ddiag-0.731-3.i586.rpm
844-ksc-pcf-19990207-602.noarch.rpm
855resolution-0.4-13.i586.rpm
BitTorrent-4.0.3-12.i586.rpm
CID-keyed-fonts-Munhwa-20021114-211.noarch.rpm
CID-keyed-fonts-Wada-20021114-211.noarch.rpm
CID-keyed-fonts-WadaH-20021114-211.noarch.rpm
CheckHardware-0.1-983.i586.rpm
Crystalcursors-0.5-34.noarch.rpm
DirectFB-0.9.24-11.i586.rpm
ElectricFence-2.2.2-538.i586.rpm
FA_clalsadrv-1.0.3-8.i586.rpm
FA_clthreads-1.0.2-8.i586.rpm
FA_clxclient-1.0.2-10.i586.rpm
FreeNX-0.4.4-12.i586.rpm
ImageMagick-6.2.5-11.i586.rpm
ImageMagick-Magick++-6.2.5-11.i586.rpm
ImageMagick-Magick++-devel-6.2.5-11.i586.rpm

SuSE 10.1 b9 RPMlist by CD

CD1
ziptool-1.4.0-119.i586.rpm
libmspack-0.0.20040308alpha-13.i586.rpm
i4l-isdnlog-2006.2.28-6.i586.rpm
ghostscript-fonts-std-8.15.2rc1-15.i586.rpm
wordcut-0.5.1b2-13.i586.rpm
postfix-2.2.9-3.i586.rpm
libicu-3.4-11.i586.rpm
855resolution-0.4-13.i586.rpm
device-mapper-1.02.03-3.i586.rpm
make-3.80-197.i586.rpm
psmisc-22.1-9.i586.rpm
strace-4.5.14-4.i586.rpm
dos2unix-3.1-311.i586.rpm
lukemftp-1.5-593.i586.rpm
dhcpcd-1.3.22pl4-218.i586.rpm
ethtool-3-10.i586.rpm
gpg2-1.9.18-12.i586.rpm
startup-notification-0.8-15.i586.rpm
elilo-3.6-8.i586.rpm
libgcrypt-1.2.2-8.i586.rpm

Changelog: SuSE 10.1 b9

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--- Changelog.i386 ---------- Thu Mar 30 18:35:48 CEST 2006 ------
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++++ libzypp-zmd-backend:

- let the target fill the pool.
- rev 2792.
- add resolvable kind to output of query-pool.
- move the zsources table to separate database (#161318)
- rev 2786

It's a Linux World

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Linux

Yours truly and other Linux aficionados will be in Boston next week for the love fest known as Linux World Conference and Expo.

This year's show is gearing up to represent the year of the ecosystem, as there won't be any major distribution announcements from the Linux heavies.

TUX Issue Preview: April 2006

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Linux

TUX's Editor in Chief offers a peek at what you can expect in the next issue. A distribution smackdown is going on, and it looks to be a no-rules brawl. That's right, TUX is cooking up something special for its first anniversary issue.

More in Tux Machines

Android Leftovers

cmus – free terminal-based audio player

It took me a few years to appreciate console-based software. Repairing a broken system using the ubiquitous vi text editor was a turning point in my Linux journey. Now I spend a lot of time at the terminal, and listening to music. Best combine the two! When it comes to console-based music software, I really admire musikcube, a wonderful audio engine, library, player and server written in C++. This review looks at an alternative to musikcube. It’s called cmus. It shares many similarities with musikcube. Both are designed to run on a text-only user interface, reducing the resources required to run the application. cmus is written in C. Read more Also: Rclone Browser Fork With Fixes And Enhancements

Android Leftovers

GNU Linux-libre 5.3-gnu

GNU Linux-libre 5.3-gnu sources and tarballs are now available at
<http://www.fsfla.org/selibre/linux-libre/download/releases/5.3-gnu/>.
It didn't require any deblobbing changes since -rc7-gnu, the first
published rc-gnu.  Freesh binaries are already available!, thanks to
Jason Self; others are on the way.


Besides recognizing new false positives (sequences that our blob hunter
would report as suspicious, but that are neither blobs nor requests for
blobs), updating the deblobbing scripts for 5.3 required adjusting
cleaned up drivers for updated blob names, recognizing one new Free
piece of firmware with binary and corresponding sources embedded in the
kernel sources, and disabling blob loading introduced in a few drivers:
QCOM, DRM (HDCP), Allegro-DVT, and Meson-VDEC.

This last one was particularly disappointing: the firmware sources were
supposed to be available from LibreELEC, and though the link to the
alleged sources there is broken, I managed to find the "source" repo
containing them, only to find out the "source" was just a binary blob
encoded in C as an array of char, just like Linux used to do back when I
got involved with Linux-libre.  Oh well...  Request disabled...

If anyone can find Freely-licensed actual source code for that, or for
any other file whose loading we disable, please let us know, so that we
can refrain from disabling its loading.


For up-to-the-minute news, join us on #linux-libre of irc.gnu.org
(Freenode), or follow me (@lxoliva) on Twister <http://twister.net.co/>,
Secure Scuttlebutt, GNU social at social.libreplanet.org, Diaspora* at
pod.libreplanetbr.org or pump.io at identi.ca.  Check my web page (link
in the signature) for direct links.


Be Free! with GNU Linux-libre.
Read more Also: GNU Linux-Libre 5.3 Kernel Arrives for Those Seeking 100% Freedom for Their PCs GNU Linux-libre 5.3 Continues Deblobbing & Dealing With Firmware Trickery