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'$100 laptop' consumer launch rumours denied

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OLPC

The organisation working on a low-cost laptop for developing-world education has rushed to deny speculation that the machines may become generally available to the public, following news reports earlier this week.

EditThisPagePHP offers collaboration without the wiki

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Software

If you want to share your knowledge and ideas with others, you set up a blog. If you want to collaboratively edit Web pages and keep track of changes, you use a wiki. If you need a tool that allows you to quickly set up a page that combines blog and wiki features, with some content versioning capabilities thrown in, you need something like EditThisPagePHP, a PHP script that allows you to create Web pages and do some clever things with them.

Today's Howtos, Tips, Tutorials:

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HowTos
  • Creating audio CD compilations on Linux

  • Display Your system Information Using Phpsysinfo
  • libGL error: open DRM failed
  • Installing Rainlendar2 on Ubuntu
  • Migrating from shadow passwords to tcb in Linux
  • Hiding arguments from ps
  • Secure your SSH server with Public/Private key authentification

  • convert-wallpaper-format-and-size-examples

UK schools at risk of Microsoft lock-in

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Microsoft

UK schools and colleges that have signed up to Microsoft Corp's academic licensing programs face the 'significant potential' of being locked in to the company's software, according to an interim review by the UK government agency responsible for technology in education.

Open-source software catalog upsets those snubbed

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OSS

Open-source systems integrator Optaros has released a guide listing and reviewing what it considers the 262 best open-source applications for companies.

Also: Open Source Catalog--interesting but difficult to maintain

Linux: Accessing Files With O_DIRECT

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Linux

A thread on the lkml began with a query about using O_DIRECT when opening a file. An early white paper written by Andrea Arcangeli to describe the O_DIRECT patch before it was merged into the 2.4 kernel explains, "with O_DIRECT the kernel will do DMA directly from/to the physical memory pointed [to] by the userspace buffer passed as [a] parameter to the read/write syscalls. There are better ways to control the page cache than play games and think that a page cache isn't necessary.

Nokia N800 Internet Tablet First Thoughts Review

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Reviews

This week Nokia announced the N800, its second generation Internet Tablet. I was able to put this brand new device through its paces at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Why Microsoft will offer an Open Source OS

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Microsoft

Why on Earth shouldn't Microsoft adopt the Open Source model and produce a Windows compatible OS of its own and give it away for free, charging only for support?

Desktop Virtualization with VMware Player and Workstation

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Software

More and more organizations are consolidating physical hardware using virtualization. But virtualization technology and tools aren't limited to big-dollar corporations. With the free-as-in-beer VMware Player, and the very cheap VMware Workstation, you too can use this fancy technology to utilize the processing horsepower of cheap multi-core hardware available off-the-shelf.

Debian Woody Archived

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Linux

The old stable release Debian GNU/Linux (codename 'woody') has been archived. The official source for this distribution is the dedicated archive host called archive.debian.org. It is no longer available on regular Debian mirror servers.

Free tutorials for Open Office

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Software

With funding from the U.S. Department of Education Inpics has placed several visual tutorials online for popular client software. The idea is that ads on the pages will keep them online.

Finger, face recognition dev kits support Linux

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Linux

A software company in Lithuania is shipping face recognition and fingerprint recognition SDKs (software development kits) for embedded and mobile Linux devices. Neurotechnologija's FaceCell and FingerCell 2.0 SDKs can be used separately, or combined, for "multi-biometrical applications," the company says.

$100 laptop could sell to public

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Hardware

The backers of the One Laptop Per Child project are looking at the possibility of selling the machine to the public. One idea would be for customers to have to buy two laptops at once - with the second going to the developing world.

Opera Has Words For Mozilla

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Software
Security

Opera Software is calling accusations made by Mozilla staffer Asa Dotzler regarding Opera's security disclosure policies, "dangerous and irresponsible."

Whistle while you work

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Linux

Use Linux or Microsoft Windows, the open source sndpeek program, and a simple Perl script to read specific sequences of tonal events -- literally whistling, humming, or singing at your computer -- and run commands based on those tones. Give your computer a short low whistle to check your e-mail or unlock your screensaver with the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

ATI 8.33.6 Display Drivers

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Software

Being released on November 29, 2006 was the Linux 2.6.19 kernel. However, neither the November 8.31.5 or December 8.32.5 display drivers had appended official support for this kernel. Now with 8.33.6 the fglrx drivers should work fine with X.Org 7.2 RC3 and final.

Some unpleasant X.org vulnerabilities

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Security

iDefense Lab security researchers discovered that the expressions computing the parameters for ALLOCATE_LOCAL() in those functions are using client-provided value in an expression that is subject to integer overflows, which could lead to memory corruption. All X.Org X server version implementing the X render and dbe extensions are vulnerable.

The open source patent war

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OSS

The Microsoft/Novell patent agreement and the attempted litigation by SCO with various Linux users underline business concerns about the potential liabilities connected to open source software.

Review: PC-BSD 1.3

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Reviews
BSD

Last week iXsystems announced the release of PC-BSD 1.3. The operating system has made some progress and changed ownership since we reviewed version 1.0 last year, but it still has a way to go.

A switch from Kubuntu to OpenSuse 10.2

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Reviews
SUSE

I’ve tried Redhat 8 and 9, Fedora 5 (which found i far too sluggish). I’ve played with PC-BSD, Gentoo on PPC, FreeBSD, Ubuntu/Xubuntu/Kubuntu 5.10 through 6.10. I needed something new. And i just couldn’t resist all the experiences i’ve heard about opensuse 10.2. And they were right. It’s a beautiful OS.

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