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Help Lobby Washington To Protect Open Source from Software Patents

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OSS

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property is making another attempt to reform patent law. I need your help to lobby them to add protection from software patent attacks for Open Source software and Open Standards.

Growisofs WRITE Errors

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HowTos

Growisofs is a fairly universal DVD writing program for Unix OSs these days. While we were working on an a quick article explaining a few different uses the following error message came up: WRITE@LBA=10h failed with SK=4h/ASC=08h/ACQ=03h.

Also: Creating Large (>2GB) DVD Backups Under Linux

Ubuntu "Feisty Fawn" a step closer

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu developers are finalising preparations for the release of the next version -- dubbed Feisty Fawn -- of the popular Linux distribution in mid-April.

How to use Inkscape’s new blur filter

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HowTos

The blur filter, one of the most eagerly-awaited Inkscape features, was recently introduced in Inkscape version 0.45. The blur filter opens up a wide range of photo-realistic rendering possibilities. I’ll walk you through some example applications of the blur filter so you can get a feel for what some of those possibilities are.

Trolltech Becomes the First Corporate Patron of KDE

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KDE

Trolltech, the Norwegian company behind the Qt toolkit has become the second Patron of KDE. Being a Patron of KDE is an ideal way to both support the KDE project and become a more active member of the KDE community. Of course, aside from financial matters, sponsors of KDE are a vital part of the vibrant community outreach scheme.

Linux is bad for business, bad for America, and bad for mankind

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Linux

I realized that the $3000 laptop was no longer necessary, and that all the things I wanted to do with a computer I could do with Linux on an older, cheaper machine. I wouldn’t ever buy another $3000 computer, because I know now that the hardware I kept pushing for is unnecessary.

Why Microsoft should never, ever acquire Linux

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OS

It seems that barely a month can go bye without me finding some Linux based content that I object to and it's happened again. An article on CoolTechZone.com was trying to explain Why Microsoft Should Acquire Linux and I couldn't help but think "why not turn water to wine along the way".

Edubuntu: Linux for education

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Ubuntu

Edubuntu is the Ubuntu distribution's educational variant. It provides a software platform that allows educators to spend more time teaching with computers and less time managing them. In addition to Linux and the typical productivity software, Edubuntu provides the organisational package SchoolTool and educational programs for children between preschool and high school, with three age groups within this demographic, each with their own relevant settings.

Firefox 3.0 opens door to Web apps, Mozilla says

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Moz/FF

If the Firefox browser were a car, it would be in the garage right now being souped up by an anxious group of gear heads. When Firefox 3.0 is released later this year, the open-source browser is likely to contain a host of new features.

Knights and Merchants announced

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Gaming

Knights and Merchants recreates a fictitious kingdom in the era of the Middle Ages. All game elements and scenes are based on the Anglo-Saxon period, of around 1200 A.D. Linux Game Publishing announced the release of Knights and Merchants for Linux for the 12th of March.

Open-Xchange Deploys Largest OSS Customer Win in History

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OSS

Open-Xchange Inc. announced today that it has signed a partnership with 1&1 Internet to provide hosted email and collaboration services based upon Open-Xchange's award-winning Smart Collaboration™ technology.

Adjusting MP3s with mp3gain

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HowTos

If you listen to music on CD much, you'll notice that some CDs sound much louder than others. This difference carries over when you rip the CD to MP3, and can be really annoying when you're going from song to song on your MP3 playlists on your computer or portable music player. One way to iron out the differences is to use MP3Gain to adjust your MP3s to have the the same volume.

Also: How to convert MP3s to OGG Vorbis (and more)

We're All Trapped in the Patent Holders' Nets

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Microsoft

The Novell-Microsoft pact has made us all aware that we can be clubbed over the head by a Microsoft intent on protecting what it calls its "intellectual property" Reading between the lines of some statements made by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on February 15, underscores the fact that they may be planning to swing the patent bat against us at some point.

Also: Ballmer Dismisses Linux Threat, Talks Up Intellectual Property

Tips and Tricks for Linux Admins: Keep an Eye On Your Servers

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HowTos

Today's networking grab-bag contains iftop, ApacheTop, and sysctl. iftop is a nice realtime bandwidth monitor, ApacheTop is an almost real-time Apache monitor, and sysctl is used to control hundreds of kernel parameters in a most elite fashion. sysctl comes with all Linux distributions, and iftop and ApacheTop are just a Yum install or apt-get install away.

Uncertifiable Linux

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Linux

I tried hard not to blog this, but the flesh is weak (however willing the spirit Smile. I'm not sure how newsworthy it is that IBM is refusing to certify Oracle's Linux. After all, IBM doesn't necessarily overflow with love for Oracle.

No rush for open source technology

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OSS

Despite open-source technology outshining the proprietary world of Microsoft for more than a decade, it seems that some customers still like to be controlled by their suppliers. Maybe it’s a sadomasochistic thing.

Also: Many Top Open Source Projects Still Lack Enterprise Support

Now playing: The world's first Open Source film

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Movies

A unique community website project that plans to bring thousands of talented minds on the same online platform for the purpose of creating a “complete mainstream film,” was launched today. The project has officially begun building its first film called "The Bomb Within," a story that unfolds in a post 9/11 era, surrounding the discovery of a new biochemical weapon.

floppy0: no floppy controllers found – solution

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HowTos

Why am I getting a ‘no floppy controllers found’ error message - /var/log/messages file on my RedHat (RHEL) HP BL20P Blade server ?

Did Microsoft want to 'whack' Dell over its Linux dealings?

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Linux

Barely a week after a U.S. judge approved a landmark antitrust agreement with Microsoft, company executives were swapping e-mails suggesting Dell deserved a beating for its growing interest in Linux, according to documents filed with a state court.

Also: Dell to Linux users: Not so fast

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