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Xen With Graphical User Interface On A Fedora 7 Desktop

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HowTos

This document describes how to set up Xen on Fedora 7. Xen enables the paravirtualization of your hardware for its virtual machines if you have a CPU with Vanderpool (Intel) or Pacifica (AMD) technology.

Commercial Software Will Include Open Source, Gartner Says

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OSS

eWeek: At least 80 percent of all commercial software products will include elements of open-source code by 2010, according to Mark Driver, vice president of research at Gartner. IT organizations will have to manage open-source software along with commercial software.

Forking Linux: Shoot the Messenger?

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Linux

infoworld blogs: As a professional journalist for over 20 years, I’ve taken my share of below-the-belt hits and personal attacks. After all, when you write about a topic – OS design and implementation – that’s near and dear to so many, you’re bound to bring out the zealots from time to time. However, nothing prepared me for the degree of vitriol hurled my way by the true believers in the Linux community.

Stretch your battery life with Powertop

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HowTos

tectonic: Getting longer battery life out laptop PCs is the holy grail of mobile computing. Powertop is a Linux tool to eek out those precious minutes of battery life by eliminating unnecessary power wasting processes.

Adding a basket tool to OpenOffice.org

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OOo

linux.com: No matter whether you are working on an article, an academic paper, or a novel, research is a crucial part of the writing process. And as with any research, you need a place to save your notes, ideas, relevant links, and text snippets. While there are tools like Basket Note Pads and the Zotero Firefox extension, wouldn't it be nice if you could store and manage your stuff directly from within OpenOffice.org?

Groklaw continues its bad old ways

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Web

blogbeebe: I'm no friend of Pamela Jones, owner and proprietress of Groklaw. From time to time over the years I've stumbled upon the odd post and thread that, for whatever reason, would disappear over time, expunged by She Who Must Be Obeyed.

Internecine Envy in Linuxland?

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Linux

networkworld: Reacting to what must be nothing short of unbridled envy at the recent uptick in the fortunes of other Linux distros such as SLED and Ubuntu, M. Spevack is asking why Red RHAT’s version wasn’t chosen instead in surveys taken by the hardware manufacturers Dell and Lenovo.

Linux Browser Review Roundup

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Software

OSWeekly: Many of you may not realize this if you are new to the Linux world, but there are other browsers out there beside Firefox. It's a powerful browser, yet with it becoming more and more popular, exploits are sure to begin turning up. Today, we will be looking at alternative browsers that are for Linux only.

OLPC machine may cause an education revolution

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OLPC

computerworld: If the One Laptop Project keeps its promises, the small green US$100 laptop could very well revolutionise teaching in developing nations. Computerworld Denmark asked Jan Soelberg, an expert from the school of education at the University of Aarhus, to try the computer.

Also: Danish school kid's verdict on the OLPC laptop: It's cool!

Linux Community Issues Lead Beginners Back to Windows

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Linux

OSWeekly: In the last hour, I have read two completely different articles on Windows users, why they use Windows and how Linux could prevent further piracy. Each piece had its merits, but I still believe that most Linux users simply do not get what Windows users are looking for in an OS.

GPRename: GTK2-Perl Batch Renamer

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Software

DPofD: GPRename has been around since 2001, is quite stable and still very much alive today. At the start of 2007, it was ported from the deprecated GTK-Perl to the new GTK2-Perl and in mid 2007 the new 2.4 release is now GPL-3.

Linux 2.6.23-rc7, Traditional 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' Release

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Linux

kernelTRAP: "Ahoy me laddies (and beauties)," Linux creator Linus Torvalds began, announcing the seventh release candidate for the upcoming 2.6.23 kernel, "time for the traditional 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' kernel release!"

Also: -mm Instability
And: Improving fsck Speeds in ext4

Intel: Why Open-Source Drivers Work

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OSS

phoronix: This afternoon Intel's Chief Linux and Open-Source Technologist, Dirk Hohndel, talked about why Intel's commitment to open-source drivers creates a difference and advantage for Intel's architecture platforms. We have included some of Dirk's slides.

Also: Itanium to gain Red Hat VM support and more

Reiser jurors quizzed on feelings about murder case with no body

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Reiser

sfgate.com: Attorneys asked prospective Alameda County jurors in the murder trial of computer programmer Hans Reiser today whether they were comfortable hearing a circumstantial-evidence case in which the body of Reiser's alleged victim - his wife - has never been found.

Ignoring open source is costing us dear

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OSS

The Guardian: Firefox, the browser that dared to challenge the supremacy of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, now claims a market share of nearly 20% in the UK and 30% in Germany. All of which makes it scandalous that the open source movement has not taken off in the UK as it has in other countries.

Moore's Law: No more

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Sci/Tech

BBC: Speaking to BBC News, Dr Gordon Moore said that he expected the proposition that bears his name should continue "for at least another decade. Eventually, however, we're down approaching the dimensions of individual atoms and that's clearly as far as we can go down the path of shrinking dimensions."

GP2X F-200 Handheld Launches

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Linux
Gaming

IGN: The Korean GamePark GP2 handheld gaming platform has, over the years, developed a pretty sizable following of homebrew and emulation fanatics that appreciate the Linux-based handheld's openness and easy development environment. A new incarnation of the handheld was expected this fall, but today the news is out that the device will be launching a bit early.

Hypocrisy off the port bow!

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Misc

jem report: I be Robert Wales, notoriously known as Bob The Burner, privateer in mine own good service, Captain of the famous galleon Asus Core II, proud member of the brotherhood o' pirates. This official document'll be servin' as your confession. Thou'rt a pirate. Sack up, ye cowards, and admit thy crimes!

Remember when men were men and wrote their own device drivers?

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OSS

infoworld blogs: If you have the chops, your open source software project should lead and inform your commercial product. Red Hat and Ubuntu have done this brilliantly. Success with this strategy is twofold.

Some Howtos

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HowTos
  • MythTV on Ubuntu plus IRman

  • Howto list just directories
  • Simple Trick for Video Playback on Compiz with Intel and GStreamer
  • HOWTO: Installing Highpoint Rocketraid 222x on Ubuntu Dapper (6.06 LTS)
  • NTP Server and Client Configuration in debian
  • How to Sync Hydrogen with Ardour
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