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How To Compile A Kernel - The Fedora Way

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Each distribution has some specific tools to build a custom kernel from the sources. This article is about compiling a kernel on Fedora systems. It describes how to build a custom kernel using the latest unmodified kernel sources from (vanilla kernel) so that you are independent from the kernels supplied by your distribution. It also shows how to patch the kernel sources if you need features that are not in there.

'Doom' creator turned rocket pioneer

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Best known for creating two of the world's most ground-breaking video games, Doom and Quake, John Carmack is quietly breaking ground in another nascent field: commercial rocketry.

Novell and Microsoft’s deal - A Call to Action

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Novell bit the hand that feeds it. The Novell/Microsoft announcement reminds me of the saying, “Communism is a great concept, on paper”. This deal sounds nice, especially to the uninformed. Novell really has helped out the community with this deal!

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 177

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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:

  • News: Samba denounces Novell, openSUSE 10.2, F vs U, Debian etch kernels, Slackware changelog

  • Competition: Winners of Mandriva Linux 2007 PowerPack
  • Released last week: Debian GNU/Linux 3.1r4, NetBSD Live! 2007
  • Upcoming releases: Ubuntu 7.04, Yellow Dog Linux 5.0
  • Site news: PHR topics
  • New additions: DiscoverStation, Olive, paldo
  • New distributions: Absolute, Omaemona 2ch/Linux, LearnTux
  • Reader comments

Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....

Edgy pushed me over the edge

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Today I am running a year-old version of Ubuntu Linux. In the world of Ubuntu Linux, where new releases are issued every six months, year-old Breezy is distinctly old.

Sun's Historic Java Announcement

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This is an historic day. Let's share it together. Sun believes deeply in creating communities and sharing innovations and technologies to foster more participation. Today in a historic move, Sun is opening the door to greater innovation by open sourcing key Java implementations.

Also: Download sun java GPL’d source code

Is Free Software the future of India? Steve Ballmer CEO of Microsoft answers...

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The solemn occasion was the talk show hosted by NDTV 24x7 - a premier cable television news channel in India. The very first question that was asked off Steve Ballmer was the following: Is Free Software the future of India?

Why I finally switched to Ubuntu

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My first two months of using Ubuntu were pretty... difficult. Installing Linux on a laptop (for complete beginners) was supposedly a relatively complex task (specially if, like me, you don't like asking questions on forums). So I basically ended up with a pretty buggy installation (less buggy than my Windows partition, even though my laptop is only three months old). But still, other than my original ideological motivations, what could possibly warrant a definitive switch to Ubuntu?

KMyMoney: Coming along, but still not there

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KMyMoney is KDE's personal financial management program. If you don't have complex needs and a lot of history to import, KMyMoney lets you set up accounts, enter transactions, and generate reports easily, and other features are doable with some help from the generous amounts of documentation. However, KMyMoney is not a good choice for small business owners, who need more functionality than it can provide.

Open source rival takes on Google Maps

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Volunteer "citizen cartographers" are aiming to take on the likes of Google Maps and Ordnance Survey by creating a free open source wiki-style map of the planet.

Large public-sector Linux project flops

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A publicly funded Linux project which cost UK taxpayers half-a-million pounds has flopped. Birmingham City Council began the project — one of the largest public-sector Linux projects in the UK — in May 2005 to evaluate the potential of open-source software. The council, the largest local authority in the UK, intended to deploy open-source software on 1,500 PCs in libraries across the city.

UNIX tips and tricks for a new user, Part 2: The vi text editor

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The vi text editor might seem counterintuitive to new users but, make no mistake, there is a good reason this 30-year old tool is still widely used by many of the best developers in the world. The vi text editor separates operations into insert mode and command mode, which gives you ultrafast access to key commands that can edit, insert, and move text in on-the-fly, user-defined segments.

Microsoft patent pledge an 'empty promise'

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The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) has dismissed Microsoft's patent pledge to open source developers as "meaningless" and warned that it could provide a false sense of security.

CLI Magic: Enhancing the shell with fish

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The Friendly Interactive Shell (fish) is an alternative command line that is designed to be easy to learn and use. fish turns on by default options that are available in shells such as Bash or tcsh and develops them far beyond other shells. The result is a command line that can go a long way toward curing the phobia that many GNU/Linux users nurse from their experience with the DOS command line.

PS3 is nifty, but it's a bit too pricey

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After spending time with Sony's new PlayStation 3 game console last week, I understand why Microsoft's Xbox team has been strutting lately. Don't get me wrong. The PS3 is an amazing machine. I'd love to have one sitting beneath my TV. But not for $500 or $600.

Also: Playstation 3 dissected and analysed

Can Novell Make the Sale?

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Recently, Novell made a statement that could’ve given them some grief. In an online publication Computer Business Review Online, Novell was apparently quoted as stating that Vista would cost $300 more than their SuSE option. What Novell appears to have missed is a seemingly long list of Vista licenses with a number of price ranges. To add insult to injury, it appears the page containing the quote has since been pulled down.

The four most trendy Linux developments

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The buzz over Linux is hardly new. Vendors of every ilk have tripped over themselves to announce Linux-related products. But even in the deafening noise surrounding Linux, four topics stand out : the duel for the desktop, 3-D desktop tools, isolated virtual environments (also known as containerization or virtualization), and mobile Linux devices.

Analysis - Sun GPLs Java

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First, Sun Microsystems Inc. wouldn't do it. Then Sun teased us with it. Now, on Nov. 13, Sun will finally open-source its implementations of Java under the GNU GPLv2. On Monday, Sun released the first pieces of source code for Sun's implementation of JSE and a buildable implementation of JME.

Quick Look at Urli OS 6.10

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Urli 6.10 is an Debian/Ubuntu derived Linux OS developed in Argentina. It was recently added to distrowatch's waiting list and sounded a bit interesting given that their motto seems to be "Linux like never before!" Well, this I had to see.

Is Ubuntu set to become non-free?

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Last week at the Ubuntu Developer Summit the release goals for Feisty Fawn—scheduled to appear April 2007—were discussed and drawn up. Ubuntu's next version is aiming for some pretty good features such as a bullet proof and network roaming. There's one change that bothers me to no end though: composite by default.

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