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Linus blesses 2.6.14, opens 2-week window on 2.6.15 merges

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Linus Torvalds has given his blessing at last to kernel 2.6.14, following delays caused by "false alarms," the Linux creator said in a message to the Linux kernel mailing list today. Torvalds plans to accept code merges for two weeks only, before freezing features for a 2.6.15 release candidate phase.

UPDATE: Wireless Wings For Linux Kernel

Linux Kernel 2.6.14 Released

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2.6.14 was delayed twice due to some last-minute bug-reports, some of which ended up being false alarms, got us to look at the code and fix some other bugs instead. So it's all good.

Mobile Linux computing coding contest underway

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A contest to create applications and find bugs in a mobile "Linux desktop server" is underway. Realm Systems will award $50,000 for the best of show.

Where do business decisions end and blackmail begin?

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Microsoft is again, treading on thin ice. It may just give way this time. The weight of this pending action may prove to be too much.

The vendor mafia's Linux vendetta

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For all the arguments against Microsoft and its anti-competitive practices, the one thing that really holds Linux back is the complete, embarrassing and possibly negligent support for it by vendors.

New Linux with an Old Laptop: Fedora Core 4

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Guest Editor Apostasy has decided to take a look at current distributions and how they perform and install on an older laptop. This article is the first in a series of many that will look at distributions such as Suse 10, Fedora Core 5, Mandriva, and other desktop-centric distributions.

Act 3: Symphony OS Beta 1 PR1

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Symphony OS Beta 1 PR1 was released today and each time I visit the site, I notice the number of downloads is increasing at an amazing rate. Interest is high in this innovative desktop system and Mezzo is probably the reason. This release brings some new features, bug fixes, and improved performance and stability. The following is what Tuxmachines found upon booting the new Symphony OS Beta One Preview One.

Dapper Drake takes first steps

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With Breezy Badger out the door, the next version of Ubuntu, titled Dapper Drake, went into production today. Top of the high-level goals for Dapper is for it to be a "polished" distribution.

Why customers are flocking to Linux

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When a technology goes from a student project in 1991 to being part of Charles Schwab's solution to reduce processing times by 90 percent in 2004-something is working. It might be time to look beyond the numbers to the advantages Linux provides its practitioners to understand Linux growth.

Sun gives desktop Linux another push

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Sun Microsystems plans to make its Java Desktop System (JDS) available for any Linux distribution through the new JDS Partner Programme.

Music Notation Software For Linux

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When I was an untutored rock musician, I envied my colleagues who could read and write music notation. Linux-based musicians will be pleased to discover that their favorite OS supports some excellent music notation packages.

Migrating apps is challenge for Munich Linux project

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"We knew from the start that migrating our many city administration-specific applications would not be easy."

Dine In Geek Heaven With Dyne:BolicII

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Multimedia producers and artists will have the power to fully customise their own tailored GNU/Linux environment on a bootable CD with the release of Dyne:bolicII by the end of the year.

NZ Inland Revenue testing Linux

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New Zealand's Inland Revenue is testing Linux on a handful of its 7000 personal computers and expects to decide next year whether to become the first government department to take a big punt on open source desktop software.

Q&A: Which Linux OS is best?

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Recently, I have decided to ditch Windows and move to an open source (Linux) operating system, especially now that the software available for open source covers my needs. However, before taking the leap, I would like to ask a few questions.

Review: Ubuntu 5.10 "Breezy Badger"

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In the short time that I've spent using Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger), I've really come to like it. The installation was painless, all my hardware was detected and configured correctly, package management was easy, and the clean-cut GNOME desktop is terrific.

LG3D-Livecd 2.3

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A new concept is amongst us and lg3d is its name. I test drove the livecd this evening and I've never experienced anything quite like it before. I think this is an extremely bold and ambitious project. I hope they continue to improve this desktop because it is truly a one-of-a-kind. In a time when most distros follow a very similar formula, Looking Glass is going its own way.

When is Debian not Debian?

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There are times when I just want to crack some open-source heads together.

Take, please take, for example, the current fit in Debian circles over whether the DCC Alliance can use the Debian name or trademark.

Newbie's Top Ten Commands

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Desktoplinux.com has dug up this useful and hilarious Newbie's Top 10 Commands List. It's about 5 years old now and was written by a once-upon-a-time good friend of mine. Although the author has dropped off the radar, his Top 10 List is forever.

Debian Pure 0.4

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At the request of a reader, Tuxmachines agreed to take a look at Debian Pure. Debian Pure 0.4 was released on October 1, 2005, so we have a recent version with which to work. The Pure site says "this project is not about creating an additional distribution, rather, a CD that will help newer users with installing a Debian proper system along with common plug-ins (DVD,
Flash, Java, and Mplayer)." We have all heard of the chore Debian can be to install. I did it once myself, but don't really recall it being that bad. However, it must be true or Pure would have no purpose. But how new-user friendly is it?

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