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Linux-head runs Doom on iPod

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Gaming

Tech-savvy Linux users are hacking colour-screened versions of the device to explore another kind of Doom - this time from ID Software. Hard-working iPod Linux developer 'Kyle' has reworked Doom so that it will play on the device.

The Hidden Costs of Dual-Core Processors

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Hardware

Enterprise managers are wondering whether there are any potential hidden costs involving the use of dual-core processors. In particular, questions have emerged about power consumption, heat dissipation and software licensing, for example.

Doctors perform surgery over the web

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Sci/Tech

Scientists in Australia have used internet links to successfully perform microsurgery on cells located thousands of miles away in a southern California laboratory.

Students Charged With Computer Trespass

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Legal

They're being called the Kutztown 13 - a group of high schoolers charged with felonies for bypassing security with school-issued laptops, downloading forbidden Internet goodies and using monitoring software to spy on district administrators.

HP's Fink Speaks at Linuxworld

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Linux

HP's Fink offers a challenge to IBM and Sun to drop their open source licensing schemes & adopt the GPL and announces collaboration with universities in an effort to adapt Linux for its NonStop servers.

Man dies after 50 hours of computer games

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A South Korean man who played computer games for 50 hours almost non-stop died of heart failure minutes after finishing his mammoth session in an Internet cafe, authorities said Tuesday.

M$ throwing in the towel?

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Microsoft

Within days of implementing Windows Genuine Advantage, hackers had found and posted 3 ways to by-pass the new anti-piracy program. Now M$ states WGA was not designed to catch counterfeiters or prevent hacks.

CodeWeavers Announces Game Support in Crossover

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Software

In a press release published today, CodeWeavers announced they will be including support for Windows versions of many popular games as well as the MacOS in an upcoming version of Crossover.

New Nvidia Linux Display Driver

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Software

Version: 1.0-7676
Operating System: Linux IA32, AMD64/EM64T
Release Date: August 9, 2005

Dell defection from Intel is a brain twister

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Hardware

TWO THINGS THAT SOME people missed in the Nvidia Dell press release yesterday - but not us - were the fact that it wasn't an Intel chipset in a Dell box and the release of a true 2x 16x PCIe slot motherboard with a single CPU.

Torvalds: How to Keep Linux Kernel on Course

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Linux

"I'm certainly pleased, and judging from the reactions we had at the Linux Kernel Summit in Ottawa a few weeks ago, most everybody else is too," states Linus Torvalds, the founder of the Linux operating system.

Open-Source Database Technologies Flourish

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OSS

Acceptance of the commercial open-source model is more evident than ever. The database is, and will always be, a critical component of the application stack, O'Grady said. And as LinuxWorld shows, options for that stack are viable and vibrant.

Foolproofing Open Source

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OSS

Guess what? In the coming months, your company may very well hear from those involved in updating the GPL. The next version of the license is being drafted now under the direction of the Free Software Foundation. This may be the first time in history that customers themselves have been asked to help define the terms of a software license.

Red Hat bangs security drum

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Linux

Banging the security drum at the Linuxworld tradeshow in San Francisco Red Hat today unveiled an initiative dubbed Security in a Networked World.

U.S. cities focus on spy cameras

The striking images of London subway bombers captured by the city's extensive video surveillance system and a rising sense that similar attacks could happen in the U.S. are renewing interest in expanding police camera surveillance of America's public places.

Open-source needs more women developers

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Only about 2% of the thousands of developers working on open-source software projects are women and that issue was the topic of a panel discussion here on Friday, the last day of the seventh annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention, as they discussed ways to reverse that pattern.

Bush's EU man attacked for Microsoft links

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Misc

The Free Software Foundation Europe has criticised President Bush's decision to nominate a long-time ally of Microsoft as the US representative to the European Union.

Debian Dissension Gets Louder

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Linux

The Debian Common Core Alliance hasn't even been formally announced yet at LinuxWorld in San Francisco this week, and already one of its prospective members, VA Linux Japan, is explaining why it isn't joining.

LinuxWorld outgrows original outfit

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Linux

Now, for many, Linux isn't even on center stage at a show that's expected to attract more than 11,000 attendees and 200 exhibitors to San Francisco. Instead, the open-source operating system acts as a draw for a certain desirable audience.

Google Snubs Tech News Outlet CNET

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Google Inc. is refusing to speak with reporters at CNET's online news site after it ran a story that used Google's chief executive to illustrate how easily the company's search engine finds personal information.

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