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Why supporting Tux500 is worth it

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Nuxified: Ken Starks and Bob Moore are trying to raise money to put the GNU/Linux advertisement on one of the cars that will be participating in the biggest racing event on the planet, Indianapolis 500. However the project has been at least slightly controversial. I will attempt to outline some of the reasons some in the community may have not to support this project.

What Happened To XGI Graphics?

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Phoronix: XGI Technology is still in business, but what has happened to them? We once saw hope in them for providing discrete graphics processors to take on the NVIDIA and ATI duopoly, but they have since discontinued their Volari 8 series.

Kit Out A PC For Free!

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Ubuntu Firstly, you'll need an Operating System (OS). Even if your computer has an old version of Windows, you may find that it's not supported anymore (so you won't be able to get help easily if you run into problems) or it doesn't work well with new technology. One of the best we've found is Ubuntu.

Firefox may scuttle support for older Linux

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computer world: Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox browser will probably abandon support for older distributions of Linux, a company executive has said.

Author rejects Microsoft's use of his report in veiled open source threat

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Microsoft The author of a report used by Microsoft as evidence of open source patent infringement has said that his report means the opposite of what Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said it means.

Also: OIN Statement: "We stand ready to leverage our IP portfolio" - Updated
And: Linus Torvalds Responds To Microsoft Patent Claims

Free Advice for the Litigious...

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Jonathan Schwartz: Years back, Sun was under pressure in the market. Although many users loved our core Solaris operating system, others thought it was built for high end computers, not grid systems. We gave customers one choice - leave Sun. Many did. Where did they go? They went to GNU/Linux.

OpenSuse plans to massively improve boot time

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/home/liquidat: Like other distributions, OpenSuse has a group of people working at a faster boot system. Atm there is no discussion about a new init system but about improvements on all fronts: kernel, init scripts, unnecessary system calls, etc.

Review: Kubuntu 7.04 (Part I)

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techpersona: Well today I took a sip of the magical drink and tried out a new OS (Operating System) on my PC. No, I did not switch to that OS with the fruit on it. No, what I have done is tried out one of the projects from Ubuntu known as Kubuntu.

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu Studio 7.04

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howtoforge: This tutorial shows how you can turn Ubuntu Studio 7.04 into a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

Also: Phoronix has the Screenshots

A Serious Inconsistency Emerges in the Microsoft-Novell Stories

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Groklaw: Did Microsoft detail what patents it thinks Linux infringes when it was negotiating the deal with Novell or not? The parties are telling two different stories, and furthermore, Microsoft has now told two different stories. First it said it didn't, but now it says it did. Let me show you what I noticed.

And: Novell rejects Microsoft’s Linux patent claims

Linux too vanilla? Try this

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the Inquirer: I'VE BEEN TRYING to reinstall my old laptop recently. It's a battered old Thinkpad i1200 series from about 2001. No kernel newer than 2.6.15 will run on it. I've tried FreeBSD before but found it a real trial to get it installed and working. But PC-BSD is a /very/ different beast.

Sun, allies broaden open-source chip push

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ZDNet: Sun Microsystems' open-source chip plan is bearing some early fruit, but the server and software company hopes to increase further involvement by sharing the designs of its forthcoming "Niagara 2" processor.

Crossing the digital divide with

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ITWeek: The productivity suite, whose main modules are the Writer word processor, Calc spreadsheet and Impress presentation package, has extremely good filters for exchanging files. You can use these to open and edit Microsoft Office format documents in and vice versa.

There is only one reason left why Windows exists

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Really Linux: 156 minutes of pain compared with 26 minutes of success. That’s the difference between a Windows installation and a Linux installation. After two and a half hours fiddling with a Windows install on my Toshiba laptop, it became pretty obvious what is one major reason why Windows remains a viable operating system.

Nokia's maemo 3.1 update is an incremental improvement

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Software Nokia has released the first software update for its N800 Internet tablets. Officially dubbed Internet Tablet OS 2007 Edition version 3.2007.10-7, it corresponds to the maemo 3.1 platform. The update fixes several performance and stability problems in the 3.0 release that shipped with the tablet at launch, and offers a few improved features.

Java and Ubuntu

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OSS Watch: A great deal of noise has been made about feisty fawn, the latest version of Ubuntu, and better support for Java and the NetBeans Java development environment. Better support for Java is a good thing, even a very good thing.

Server Monitoring With munin And monit On Debian Etch

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In this article I will describe how you can monitor your Debian Etch server with munin and monit. munin produces nifty little graphics about nearly every aspect of your server (load average, memory usage, CPU usage, MySQL throughput, eth0 traffic, etc.) without much configuration, whereas monit checks the availability of services like Apache, MySQL, Postfix and takes the appropriate action such as a restart if it finds a service is not behaving as expected.

MOC — Console Audio Player for Linux

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polishlinux: MOC is a console-based (build on ncurses library) audio player for Linux/BSD. It’s very easy to use, fast and functional so basically it has all the features of a decent player except for a fancy GUI. What is more — it takes a fraction of system resources consumed by most popular GUI players but still plays all popular formats „out-of-the-box”.

Meeting on Future Mozilla Firefox Support Forums Held

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mozillaZine: The notes from the second meeting on the future of Mozilla Firefox support have been made available online. The telephone conference was organised by the Mozilla Corporation and took place on Thursday.

Also: Real time customization for Firefox with Personas
And: Raising Mozilla on Linux Runtime Requirements Proposed

Windows Vista review

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Software in Review: It's been more than 6 years since the last release of Microsoft's Windows desktop operating system. In that time, the operating system market has changed dramatically. No longer are there simple, standard PCs -- we now have tablets, handhelds, set-top boxes, and network appliances. We have low-end "email and Web" desktops, high-end gaming machines, and superpowered workstations. Having tested Windows Vista Ultimate Edition I have to wonder if the Microsoft software engineers have been paying attention.

Also: No end in sight for Vista's Long Goodbye

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Linux Kernel News

  • Applying the Linus Torvalds “Good Taste” Coding Requirement
    In a recent interview with Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, at approximately 14:20 in the interview, he made a quick point about coding with “good taste”. Good taste? The interviewer prodded him for details and Linus came prepared with illustrations. He presented a code snippet. But this wasn’t “good taste” code. This snippet was an example of poor taste in order to provide some initial contrast.
  • DTrace for Linux 2016
    With the final major capability for BPF tracing (timed sampling) merging in Linux 4.9-rc1, the Linux kernel now has raw capabilities similar to those provided by DTrace, the advanced tracer from Solaris. As a long time DTrace user and expert, this is an exciting milestone! On Linux, you can now analyze the performance of applications and the kernel using production-safe low-overhead custom tracing, with latency histograms, frequency counts, and more.
  • The initial bus1 patch posting

OSS Leftovers

  • Pitt, partners create open source software for cancer genome data
    Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center have created software to help investigators more easily navigate genomic cancer data. The free, open-source software, profiled Thursday in the journal PLOS ONE, processes data generated by The Cancer Genome Atlas project. Funding for the new software was provided by the Institute of Precision Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.
  • Starting a Career as an Open Source Developer
    "Disney, John Deere and Walmart. Any idea what these three companies have in common?" The question was asked on Wednesday by Brandon Keepers, GitHub's head of open source. He was about three minutes into a session he was conducting called "Contributing to Your Career" at the All Things Open conference. "All three of these companies are actually software companies," he answered after taking a moment to tease the audience. "They do other things. They build tractors, protect trademarks and build amusement parks, and sell groceraies and things that you need everyday. But they've also become software companies and they've become really active in open source -- and they're not alone."
  • A look at how retail giant Walmart is becoming open source first
    It’s rare that we speak to large, global enterprises that are redesigning their technology stack and culture around an open source first policy. More often than not companies stick to their legacy vendors of choice, or they shift to ‘reliable’ cloud/digital vendors where similar buying rules apply. However, that’s exactly what Walmart is doing. Since acquiring performance lifecycle management start-up OneOps four years ago, in order to implement a DevOps approach to its e-commerce environment, the retailer is also prioritising open source over everything else – with it having made a big investment in OpenStack for its infrastructure.
  • Open source no longer scares the enterprise
    Open source breaks the rules on corporate procurement, but developers never play by the rules and now open source has sneaked in through the back door A study by Vanson Bourne for Rackspace reports that businesses are making big savings by using open source. In the survey of 300 organisations, three out of five respondents cited cost savings as the top benefit, reducing average cost per project by £30,146.
  • Defining MANO: Open Source vs. Standards
    As service providers are working to deploy NFV-based services, they are finding that management and orchestration (MANO) is a pain point. One of the big questions about MANO is how we go from a high-level architecture diagram to interoperable implementations. Do we take the traditional telco path and work through standards bodies? Or do we take a cloud-centric path and focus on open source development projects?
  • Eclipse Kapua IoT Project Gets Code from Eurotech and Red Hat
    The nascent Eclipse Kapua project got a big boost this week from its chief sponsors, open source solutions provider Red Hat and M2M/IoT platform provider Eurotech. The two companies announced their first official code contributions to the recently approved project, through which they are developing a modular, cloud-based platform for managing IoT gateways and smart edge devices. Red Hat and Eurotech collaborated to propose the project last June.

Red Hat and Fedora

  • ESDS Teams Up With Red Hat On Managed Cloud Hosting Services
    ESDS Software Solution has announced that it has joined hands with Red Hat to bring together the benefits of cloud solutions to legacy applications and enterprise databases. Customers can now avail managed data and cloud hosting services on ESDS eNlight Cloud platform that allows vertical auto scaling of virtual machines. ESDS can now offer needed agility to enterprises that may not otherwise reap the benefits of cloud, given the architecture of their systems. eNlight Cloud is a state-of-the-art cloud hosting solution with a built-in ability to automatically scale CPU and RAM on-the fly. Customers can now access the benefits of automatic load sensing and scaling, pay-per-consumption metered billing, root access to enterprise databases and managed OS, database and network services by using Red Hat Enterprise Linux on patented eNlight Cloud. This solution is targeted at customers across several verticals including aviation, banking, manufacturing, oil & gas, shipping and telecommunications.
  • Swisscom, UKCloud Adopt Red Hat OpenStack Platform
    Red Hat announced today that both Swisscom and UKCloud will be leveraging its OpenStack platform as the companies transition toward cloud computing. Swisscom will use the platform to develop its own cloud platform, and UKCloud will provide its customers with the ability to deliver digital services directly to UK citizens.
  • Red Hat Inc. (RHT) Stake Increased by Rail Splitter Capital Management LLC
  • Bodhi 2.3.0 released
    Bodhi 2.3.0 is a feature and bug fix release.
  • Fedora at Ohio Linuxfest 2016
    We arrived at the our hotel around 1PM on Friday. After checking in we headed over to find the new site in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The first things we noticed was the Columbus Convention Center is doing a major renovation and one of those renovations was they removed the escalators from the food court to the second floor. At first we thought this may be a issue to move the event stuff in but there was an elevator close by. Also no signage for OLF in the Food Court area. After getting off the elevator on the second floor there was a sign pointing around the corner to the Ohio Linuxfest registration table. This year Ohio Linuxfest charged $10 for general attendees (free to students with student ID). We checked in and out our badges (yes insert favorite Blazing Saddles joke here). We walked down to the Vendor Expo hall which this year had a grand total of 28 exhibitors (see website for vendor lists). While the Expo was setup ready for Vendors to move in but the Vendor Expo was not open to the public on Friday.