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In-fighting sparks in the Kubuntu camp

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Despite tomorrow being Ubuntu Hug Day (a bug-finding day where testers get a hug for finding a bug), there'll be little love between the German Kubuntu developers and the rest of the Ubuntu team.

The Perfect Setup - Fedora Core 5 (64-bit)

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This is a detailed description how to set up a Fedora Core 5 based server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters (web server (SSL-capable), mail server (with SMTP-AUTH and TLS!), DNS server, FTP server, MySQL server, POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.). This tutorial is written for the 64-bit version of Fedora Core 5, but should apply to the 32-bit version with very little modifications as well.

Also: The Perfect Setup - CentOS 4.3 (64-bit) at Linux Tag 2006

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This year Linux-Gamers.Net will be present for the first time at Linux Tag from 3rd to 6th May in Wiesbaden (Germany).

PR: rPath Builds Momentum With Multiple Industry Awards

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rPath today announced that rBuilder, rPath's flagship product, received the LinuxWorld Product Excellence Award for 'Best Systems Management Tool' at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. Additionally, rPath has been named as one of the finalists in the "Red Herring 100 North America" awards as well as "One to Watch" by the Open Source Business ConferenceT (OSBCR).

PR: Scali Strengthens Board of Directors with Fortune 50 Executives

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Scali, the leader in high performance clustering solutions for Linux datacenters, today announced that Klaus-Dieter Laidig and Richard Seibt have joined its Board of Directors. Both Laidig and Seibt bring extensive leadership experience and have held senior executive and supervisory board positions with organizations such as IBM, Novell, SAP, SUSE and HP.

New Site focuses on Open Standards

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Please welcome the newest addition to tuxmachines' Favorite websites list: is devoted to furthering the cause and case for Open Standards (ODF). They are just getting started but already it seems very interesting. I'm sure they'd appreciate any link submissions on the subject and even welcome authors or bloggers sharing their content. Please visit often to keep apprised of the developments in ODF, Microsoft cases etc.

Next round of Firefox videos hit the Web

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Mozilla released on Wednesday the first round of amateur videos produced by supporters of the Firefox open source browser.

QuaNext Flat Panel TV Running Embedded Linux

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Hong Kong-based systems integrator Quataris is shipping a flat-panel PC/TV that runs a multimedia OS based on SUSE Linux. The QuaNext PC is based on a Pentium 4, and has a built-in, widescreen 19-inch LCD flat-panel display, along with a PAL-format (European) TV receiver.

Getting started with Nagios 2.1

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Nagios, the premier open source network monitoring program, is celebrating its 2.1 release. With four years of development under its belt, Nagios is powerful enough to replace expensive proprietary monitoring products and become a tool your organization can't live without.

Open source movement alive and kicking in Asia

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The seventh Asian Open Source Symposium held in Kuala Lumpur last month signalled a new milestone for the open source movement in Asia. One of the chief outcomes of the three-day event was the issue of the “Kuala Lumpur Statement”, which essentially outlines the establishment of an OSS ecosystem.

Apple Discussion Board Users List Boot Camp Woes

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Apple Computer's new software for installing Windows XP on an Intel Mac could leave the computer unable to boot back into OS X, users reported.

Linux device driver design

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This tutorial presents the author’s practical experience with writing Linux device drivers to control custom-designed hardware. The tutorial starts by providing an overview of the driver writing process, and describes several example drivers provided with this tutorial.

Package management meets version control in rPath

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rPath is a young company that is rapidly becoming a leader in package management innovation. At a time when traditional package management systems such as APT and dpkg or Yum and RPM are adding elements such as signed packages and plugins, and projects such as Autopackage and Zero Install are focusing on easy-to-use interfaces and giving ordinary users the ability to install desktop applications, rPath takes a top-down approach and focuses on simplifying release management.

LinuxWorld Boston 2006 Wrap-Up

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Many people who attended last week's LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in Boston are able to provide a comparison of it to previous years' shows. But I'm not one of them, as it was my first LinuxWorld--although I'm sure I wasn't the only first-timer there.

Ushering in a new era of angst at Microsoft

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Microsoft eventually dusted the competition by offering good enough technology, superior pricing and attractive bundling. At its recent Brainshare conference, Novell demonstrated a beta version of its latest Linux release. This new Linux rips a page out of Microsoft's good-enough playbook.

Smoke, mirrors, SCO

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I always thought that SCO would have something to show the court with its claims that IBM, or its subsidiary Sequent, violated its Unix licensing contracts in 217 separate areas.

I was wrong.

KOffice 1.5 Released

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The KOffice team is proud to announce KOffice version 1.5. With this release, KOffice starts its ascent into the office suite hall of fame. This version sports OpenDocument as the default file format, accessibility, a new project planning tool KPlato, professional color support and adjustment layers in Krita and the long awaited Kexi 1.0.

Fedora Core 5: Shape Shifter

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Red Hat's Fedora Core 5, which hit the Internet late last month, shines in the server and developer roles with which Linux has come to be identified. In addition, for many scenarios, Fedora has matured enough to perform well as a mainstream corporate desktop.

Linux Grows Among The Lupins In WA

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Linux is growing along with the wheat, barley, chickpeas, and lupins in Perenjori, a small shire in Western Australia, thanks to a man named Barry Kauler (the man behind Puppy).

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Graphics: VC4 and AMDVLK Driver

  • VC4 display, VC5 kernel submitted
    For VC5, I renamed the kernel driver to “v3d” and submitted it to the kernel. Daniel Vetter came back right away with a bunch of useful feedback, and next week I’m resolving that feedback and continuing to work on the GMP support. On the vc4 front, I did the investigation of the HDL to determine that the OLED matrix applies before the gamma tables, so we can expose it in the DRM for Android’s color correction. Stefan was also interested in reworking his fencing patches to use syncobjs, so hopefully we can merge those and get DRM HWC support in mainline soon. I also pushed Gustavo’s patch for using the new core DRM infrastructure for async cursor updates. This doesn’t simplify our code much yet, but Boris has a series he’s working on that gets rid of a lot of custom vc4 display code by switching more code over to the new async support.
  • V3D DRM Driver Revised As It Works To Get Into The Mainline Kernel
    Eric Anholt of Broadcom has sent out his revised patches for the "V3D" DRM driver, which up until last week was known as the VC5 DRM driver. As explained last week, the VC5 driver components are being renamed to V3D since it ends up supporting more than just VC5 with Broadcom VC6 hardware already being supported too. Eric is making preparations to get this VideoCore driver into the mainline Linux kernel and he will then also rename the VC5 Gallium3D driver to V3D Gallium3D.
  • AMDVLK Driver Gets Fixed For Rise of the Tomb Raider Using Application Profiles
    With last week's release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Linux ported by Feral Interactive, when it came to Radeon GPU support for this Vulkan-only Linux game port the Mesa RADV driver was supported while the official AMDVLK driver would lead to GPU hangs. That's now been fixed. With the latest AMDVLK/XGL source code as of today, the GPU hang issue for Rise of the Tomb Raider should now be resolved.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Linux Performance Boosted By Updated BIOS/AGESA

With last week's initial launch-day Linux benchmarks of the Ryzen 5 2600X / Ryzen 7 2700X some found the Linux performance to be lower than Windows. While the root cause is undetermined, a BIOS/AGESA update does appear to help the Linux performance significantly at least with the motherboard where I've been doing most of my tests with the Ryzen 7 2700X. Here are the latest benchmark numbers. Read more

GNU: The GNU C Library 2.28 and Guix on Android

  • Glibc 2.28 Upstream Will Build/Run Cleanly On GNU Hurd
    While Linux distributions are still migrating to Glibc 2.27, in the two months since the release changes have continued building up for what will eventually become the GNU C Library 2.28. The Glibc 2.28 work queued thus far isn't nearly as exciting as all the performance optimizations and more introduced with Glibc 2.27, but it's a start. Most notable at this point for Glibc 2.28 is that it will now build and run cleanly on GNU/Hurd without requiring any out-of-tree patches. There has been a ton of Hurd-related commits to Glibc over the past month.
  • Guix on Android!
    Last year I thought to myself: since my phone is just a computer running an operating system called Android (or Replicant!), and that Android is based on a Linux kernel, it's just another foreign distribution I could install GNU Guix on, right? It turned out it was absolutely the case. Today I was reminded on IRC of my attempt last year at installing GNU Guix on my phone. Hence this blog post. I'll try to give you all the knowledge and commands required to install it on your own Android device.
  • GNU Guix Wrangled To Run On Android
    The GNU Guix transactional package manager can be made to run on Android smartphones/tablets, but not without lots of hoops to jump through first.