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  • Fedora 17 Has More Features: GIMP 2.8, GCC 4.7, oVirt, Etc

    01/10/2012 11:55:21 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 32 replies
    Phoronix ^ | January 10th | Michael Larabel
    The Beefy Miracle already has a beefy list of possible changes like maybe the Btrfs file-system by default, multi-touch advancements, GNOME Shell software rendering, and many other features, but now there's even more. At the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo) meeting on Monday (9 January), several more Fedora 17 features were approved. Here's the features that were just approved to be part of the Beefy Miracle:
  • Fedora 16 Released

    11/23/2011 6:26:25 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies
    OSNews ^ | November 8th | Hiev
    "The following are major features for Fedora 16: enhanced cloud support including Aeolus Conductor, Condor Cloud, HekaFS, OpenStack and pacemaker-cloud; KDE Plasma workspaces 4.7; GNOME 3.2; a number of core system improvements including GRUB 2 and the removal of HAL; an updated libvirtd, trusted boot, guest inspection, virtual lock manager and a pvops based kernel for Xen all improve virtualization support."
  • An Intro to Linux Distros and Live CDs

    10/24/2011 8:47:39 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 45 replies
    Linuxaria ^ | 23 October 2011 | linuxari
    With over 600 GNU/Linux distributions available, 300 of which are under active development, what’s the best? How do you choose? It would be nice if there was a Linux Store, like the Apple Stores, where you could actually walk in and “testdrive” a Distro (short for Distribution). Unfortunately, there aren’t any “Linux Stores”. Money’s just not there. Apple products are premium products with premium price tags. Leasing a store, stocking it with “testdrive systems” and having Geeky Guru’s on the payroll just won’t work with a FREE product. Why are there so many Distros anyway? Makes it difficult to find...
  • Without Dennis Ritchie, there would be no Jobs

    10/17/2011 7:21:53 AM PDT · by fremont_steve · 28 replies
    ZDNet ^ | October 14, 2011 | Jason Perlow
    In the last two weeks, we have lost two people who had immense influence on our industry. It is undeniable that Steve Jobs brought us innovation and iconic products like the world had never seen, as well as a cult following of consumers and end users that mythicized him. The likes of which will probably be never seen again. I too, like many in this industry, despite my documented differences with the man and his company, paid my respects, and have acknowledged his influence. But the “magical” products that Apple and Steve Jobs — as well as many other companies...
  • India launches Aakash tablet computer priced at $35

    10/05/2011 10:17:09 AM PDT · by MBT ARJUN · 26 replies
    India has launched what it says is the world's cheapest touch-screen tablet computer, priced at just $35 (£23). Costing a fraction of Apple's iPad, the subsidised Aakash is aimed at students. It supports web browsing and video conferencing, has a three-hour battery life and two USB ports, but questions remain over how it will perform. Officials hope the computer will give digital access to students in small towns and villages across India, which lags behind its rivals in connectivity. At the launch in the Indian capital, Delhi, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal handed out 500 Aakash (meaning sky) tablets...
  • Introducing the Tizen Project ( Intel sponsored follow on to MeeGo)

    09/28/2011 12:07:14 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach
    Anandtech ^ | 9/28/2011 1:00:00 AM | Anand Lal Shimpi
    Posted in smartphones , MeeGo , Tizen , Intel , Samsung When Intel first announced its intentions to enter the smartphone space it needed an OS that demanded the additional silicon Intel was willing to invest in this market. With PCs Intel had Microsoft Windows, an OS that could seemingly always use more processing power. Newer versions of Windows helped Intel sell newer versions of its processors. There was no analog to that in the smartphone market when Intel first started making noise. It was software and styling, not SoCs that differentiated most Android smartphones early on. Obviously times are...
  • AMD To Support Coreboot On All Future CPUs

    09/28/2011 8:32:36 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 3 replies
    Phoronix ^ | May 9th | Michael Larabel
    Here's one non-UDS announcement hitting the web right now that's also very significant for open-source and Linux: Advanced Micro Devices has announced today they will support Coreboot on all future processors. Coreboot, formerly known as LinuxBIOS, is an open-source Linux-based BIOS implementation. AMD has long been a supporter of the Coreboot project with releasing code for Coreboot and supporting documentation in their products: both chipsets and servers.
  • Red Hat engineer renews attack on Windows 8-certified secure boot

    09/27/2011 8:25:02 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 31 replies · 1+ views
    The Register ^ | 26 September 2011 | John Leyden
    A senior Red Hat engineer has lashed back at Microsoft's attempt to downplay concerns that upcoming secure boot features will make it impossible to install Linux on Windows 8 certified systems. Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specifications are designed to offer faster boot times and improved security over current BIOS ROM systems. The secure boot feature of the specification is designed so that only digitally signed OS loaders will load, a security feature that would prevent the installation of generic copies of Linux or FreeBSD as well as preventing rootkits and other boot-time malware from running. A digitally signed build...
  • Microsoft explains Windows 8 boot to quell Linux fears

    09/23/2011 10:00:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies · 4+ views
    ZDNet UK ^ | 09/23/2011 | Ben Woods
    Microsoft has become locked in a dispute over whether the boot process in Windows 8 will block Linux from running on hardware designed for the next version of its flagship platform. Windows 8 secure boot uses pre-OS boot checks, as well as third-party software checks, to ensure that users PCs remain healthy. Photo credit: Microsoft Matthew Garrett, a power management and mobile Linux developer at Red Hat, raised questions in a blog post on Tuesday about dual-booting of Linux in Windows 8. He argued the use of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)-based secure boot means either Windows 8 will be signed...
  • Windows 8 secure boot would 'exclude' Linux - Microsoft wants firmware to only start authorised OSes

    09/21/2011 5:57:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    The Register ^ | 9/21/11 | John Leyden
    Computer scientists warn that proposed changes in firmware specifications may make it impossible to run “unauthorised” operating systems such as Linux and FreeBSD on PCs. Proposed changes to the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) firmware specifications would mean PCs would only boot from a digitally signed image derived from a keychain rooted in keys built into the PC. Microsoft is pushing to make this mandatory in a move that could not be overridden by users and would effectively exclude alternative operating systems, according to Professor Ross Anderson of Cambridge University and other observers. UEFI is a successor to the BIOS...
  • Windows 8, Metro, and the Linux Desktop

    09/21/2011 5:02:12 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 19 replies
    Datamation ^ | 20 September 2011 | Bruce Byfield
    What does the Windows 8 Developer Preview have to do with the Linux desktop? Not much, you might think at first, especially since the final version is likely to be vastly different than the preview. But as I explored the preview, I couldn't help asking myself: is this the first hint of how major desktops will look in the future on all operating systems? It's a distinct and -- for a Linux desktop user -- an alarming possibility.If you haven't already downloaded the Windows 8 Developer Preview, then Jason Perlow's informal video will give you the general idea (as well...
  • Tech Question: Best OCR software for (ubuntu) Linux?

    09/13/2011 12:08:14 PM PDT · by cc2k · 11 replies · 5+ views
    OK. I've answerd my share of Tech questions over the years. Now, I'm faced with a project and looking for words of experience from others. Any recommendations (either positive, or to avoid) for OCR software for Linux. I run Ubuntu 10.04LTS on my desktop and laptop. I have 100+ pages, some typewritten, some from wordprocessing where the electronic versions are no longer available, which I need to convert to something that can be published on the web (probably on a WordPress site). Other than typing from the source pages, what are good options for OCR software for Linux. Are there...
  • FreeBSD: A Faster Platform For Linux Gaming Than Linux?

    09/11/2011 8:47:53 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 35 replies
    Phoronix ^ | September 7th | Michael Larabel
    FreeBSD provides a Linux binary compatibility layer that allows 32-bit Linux binaries to be natively executed on this BSD operating system. Linux binary compatibility on FreeBSD allows Linux-only applications to be executed in a near seamless manner on this alternative platform, even for games. New tests have revealed that the modern FreeBSD operating system (via PC-BSD 8.2) can actually outperform Linux when it comes to running OpenGL Linux game binaries. This Linux binary compatibility support for FreeBSD is commonly referred to as "Linux emulation", but it is not emulating Linux in a traditional sense nor is it acting like Wine...
  • Windows 8 to include secure boot using UEFI 2.3.1 (And locking out linux?

    09/06/2011 3:38:15 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 31 replies · 1+ views
    H-Online ^ | September 2nd
    Secure boot only works in UEFI mode, thus preventing legacy booting in 16-bit mode. The Linux community has been quick to point out that generating signed bootloaders may be problematic for open source operating systems.
  • GIMP 2.7.3 adds Single Window Mode

    09/02/2011 11:11:41 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 25 replies
    Linux Journal ^ | August 30th | Michael Reed
    GIMP 2.7.3 has added one of the most requested features in the program’s history: a single window mode. Version 2.7 is part of the development branch, so unfortunately, the feature won't hit most distro repositories for a while. As I said, because 2.7 is a development branch, most distributions won’t add it to their repositories, and this means that you’ll have to build it yourself. It’s a shame, in a way, because the new window mode might be viewed as a ease of use feature that less advanced users would appreciate. According to this(link) page, it looks like version 2.8...
  • Kernel.org Linux repository rooted in hack attack

    09/01/2011 4:51:32 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | September 1st | Dan Goodin
    Multiple servers used to maintain and distribute the Linux operating system were infected with malware that gained root access, modified system software, and logged passwords and transactions of the people who used them, the official Linux Kernel Organization has confirmed. The infection occurred no later than August 12 and wasn't detected for another 17 days, according to an email John "'Warthog9" Hawley, the chief administrator of kernel.org, sent to developers on Monday. It said a trojan was found on the personal machine of kernel developer H Peter Anvin and later on the kernel.org servers known as Hera and Odin1. A...
  • Linux at 20: New challenges, new opportunities

    09/01/2011 5:00:58 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 25 replies · 1+ views
    InfoWorld ^ | 29 August 2011 | Neil McAllister
    Twenty years ago, when Linus Torvalds first announced his new operating system project to a Usenet discussion group, he had no way of knowing that his creation would one day conquer the world."Just a hobby, [it] won't be big and professional," Torvalds wrote on Aug. 25, 1991. In a follow-up post, he added, "Simply, I'd say that porting [the OS to a different CPU] is impossible." Torvalds had begun the project as a fun way to teach himself about the Intel 80386 processor and nothing more. His greatest ambition was merely to see it work.It has done far better than...
  • SCO Loses Again, Original Verdict Upheld

    08/31/2011 5:08:08 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 10 replies
    Internet News ^ | 30 August 2011 | Sean Michael Kerner
    From the 'What? They're Still at It?!' files: I really had thought that we'd heard the last of SCO, which is is why I was surprised today.SCO was defeated again this week, this time it was an appeal (likely the final appeal) in the Novell vs. SCO case over who owns the Unix copyrights. This was the appeal of the verdict issued over year ago that confirmed Novell's ownership.The wheels of justice in the U.S. sure do seem to move in slow motion at times. While this case has been on the appeals docket for such a long time, we...
  • At 20, Linux is invisible, ubiquitous

    08/29/2011 9:16:27 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | August 26, 2011 12:58 p.m. EDT | Mark Milian
    Linux-powered software is growing quickly in emerging industries, as depicted in this CNN infographic from MBAOnline.com ************************EXCERPT*****************************************************STORY HIGHLIGHTS Linux, the free software platform, was conceived 20 years ago In phones, ATMs, airplane consoles and other machines, Linux is pervasive Linux, the brand and the desktop operating system, failed to go mainstream
  • Linux is 20 years old today

    08/26/2011 8:39:07 PM PDT · by allmost · 33 replies
    The Enquirer ^ | Thu Aug 25 2011, 00:09 | Egan Orion
    ONE MIDSUMMER'S NIGHT, a student at the University of Helsinki posted a query to the newsgroup comp.os.minix asking, "What would you like to see most in minix?" The student's name was Linus Torvalds, and that Usenet post was the beginning of the Linux operating system (OS). The date was 25 August 1991, exactly 20 years ago today. Pictured-used-and-licensed-under-the-GNU-Free-Distribution-License-by-linuxmag-com-Martin-StreicherIn 1991 Unix had existed for about 20 years since the early 1970s, Apple had come out with its Mac OS in 1984, and Microsoft had been flogging Windows since 1985. Torvalds' ambitions for his "new (free) operating system" were modest. It was...
  • What would you like to see most in minix?

    08/25/2011 7:11:46 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 16 replies
    Usenet comp.os.minix ^ | 25 August 2011/1991 | Linus Torvalds
    Editors' Note: 20 years ago today, it all began. "From: torvalds@klaava.Helsinki.FI (Linus Benedict Torvalds) Newsgroups: comp.os.minix Subject: What would you like to see most in minix? Summary: small poll for my new operating system Message-ID: <1991Aug25.205708.9541@klaava.Helsinki.FI> Date: 25 Aug 91 20:57:08 GMT Organization: University of Helsinki Hello everybody out there using minix - I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback onthings people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat...
  • Is the Linux Desktop "On Par" With Mac and Windows? No Way!

    08/17/2011 5:00:18 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 121 replies
    Linux.com ^ | 14 August 2011 | Carla Schroder
    Where is the Linux desktop going, and where should it go? This is a hot topic, and an important one. Unfortunately the discussion usually starts from the wrong premise, that the Linux desktop has only recently achieved parity with its Mac OS X and Windows cousins. Not so! The Linux desktop has been superior since its early days, and would have to go backwards to achieve parity. Now which Linux desktop are we talking about? That's a good question, and that is superior item #1: multiple desktop environments and window managers to choose from.A Mighty Power Tool The PC has...
  • Microsoft disregards Linux as threat. Big mistake.

    08/15/2011 6:06:08 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 98 replies
    IT World ^ | 12 August 2011 | Brian Proffitt
    It seems Matt Rosoff is having a little bit of snark over Microsoft apparently disregarding Linux as a threat to its desktop business. The schadenfreude stems from a tweet from Wes Miller, Research VP at Directions on Microsoft, which points out that Microsoft's boilerplate from its last two annual SEC filings has some interesting revisions, as seen here.  Predictably, Rosoff pours salt on the wound by off-handedly cackling about Jim Zemlin's comments earlier this year that taking on Microsoft would be like "kicking a puppy."To be fair, Rosoff did a little digging in the same SEC filings and discovered that Linux...
  • Does Loving Linux Make Us Dislike Windows?

    08/11/2011 5:48:55 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 44 replies
    Datamation ^ | 8 August 2011 | Matt Hart
    Years ago, I was a reasonably content Windows desktop user. Then something remarkable took place that changed everything: I began stumbling upon various open source projects that I found to be nothing short of amazing.The first open source application I happened upon was a project called "Firebird." Destined to become what we today refer to as the Firefox Web browser, Firebird offered me a whole new way to look at software.Even back in the early days of the Firebird/Firefox browser, I knew it was going to take off like crazy as development began to pickup. As time went on, I...
  • Linux creator calls for GNOME fork

    08/09/2011 6:31:33 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 44 replies
    Eweek Linux Devices ^ | August 4th | Eric Brown
    Long before the leading Linux desktop environment GNOME arrived in a 3.0 version in April, long-time GNOME users have been grumbling about the radical changes. The dissatisfaction only increased since GNOME 3.0's debut in the beta of Fedora 15 and continued with the Fedora 15 final. We mention Fedora because no other major Linux distro has yet to make the switch. To avoid it, Canonical gambled on its own controversial Unity UI layer in Ubuntu 11.04, and the Ubuntu-flavored Linux Mint 11 opted for the earlier GNOME 2.32.1. Now Linux creator and kernel overseer Linus Torvalds (pictured), has stepped in...
  • Illustrated: Apple's Fear of Android

    07/28/2011 1:08:56 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 7 replies
    OS News ^ | July 27th | Thom Holwerda
    Two different graphs. Both happen to be published at Ars Technica, with one of them coming from a different source. Seemingly completely unrelated, but when you ponder the waterfall of recent lawsuit-related news, these two graphs suddenly tell all there is to tell. These two innocent little graphs illustrate why Apple is attacking Android so ferociously. Let's start with the first graph. Based on Apple's recent quarterly results, it shows where, exactly, Apple's revenue is coming from. It's not iPods, it's not iTunes, it's not even Macs; no, 68% of Apple's revenue in the past quarter has come from the...
  • The Unholy Trinity: SCO, SUN, MS

    09/12/2003 5:04:11 PM PDT · by Coral Snake · 3 replies · 212+ views
    OpenSource.Org ^ | 9-12-2003 | Raving Luni, aka Ron (Screen name)
    Raving Luni, aka Ron of Linux-Universe has contributed this interesting analysis of the current battle raging against Open Source, and by extension, Freedom in general. Sun is behind it too, very much. The Unholy Trinity shares one common issue: "Open Source software is eating into their profits". So they all support this action in a desperate attempt to save their business model. Here are the patients: SCO is in critical condition, so they go first. Sun is in serious condition, they will come too, more forcefully if they don't find a successful business arround OSS first. So they play both...
  • Linux 3.0 release

    07/22/2011 7:32:23 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 21 replies
    LKML ^ | 21 July 2011 | Linus Torvalds
    So there it is. Gone are the 2.6.<bignum> days, and 3.0 is out. This obviously also opens the merge window for the next kernel, whichwill be 3.1. The stable team will take the third digit, so 3.0.1 willbe the first stable release based on 3.0. As already mentioned several times, there are no special landmarkfeatures or incompatibilities related to the version number change,it's simply a way to drop an inconvenient numbering system in honor oftwenty years of Linux. In fact, the 3.0 merge window was calmer thanmost, and apart from some excitement from RCU I'd have called itreally smooth. Which...
  • Facebook trapped in MySQL ‘fate worse than death’

    07/07/2011 8:55:49 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 126 replies
    Giga OM ^ | July 7, 2011 | Derrick Harris
    According to database pioneer Michael Stonebraker, Facebook is operating a huge, complex MySQL implementation equivalent to “a fate worse than death,” and the only way out is “bite the bullet and rewrite everything.” Not that it’s necessarily Facebook’s fault, though. Stonebraker says the social network’s predicament is all too common among web startups that start small and grow to epic proportions. During an interview this week, Stonebraker explained to me that Facebook has split its MySQL database into 4,000 shards in order to handle the site’s massive data volume, and is running 9,000 instances of memcached in order to keep...
  • 20 Linux Alternatives for Common Windows Applications

    07/06/2011 4:42:51 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Datamation ^ | 5 July 2011 | Matt Hartley
    Looking for Linux alternatives to Windows software? Here are twenty choice Linux apps you might want to consider.  1- LibreOffice: Some might point out that Oracle's own Open Office is still very much an option, but the fact is that Linux distributions are or have already migrated to LibreOffice in its stead. Unlike the proprietary-friendly Microsoft Office, LibreOffice offers the end-user much of the same functionality without the added cost of proprietary licensing. However, the biggest downside to LibreOffice has to be the lack of proper formatting support when opening a Microsoft docx document. While the document may be supported,...
  • Mozilla cranks out Firefox 5 with cross-platform 'Do Not Track' feature

    06/21/2011 10:28:24 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 20 replies
    The Register ^ | 21 June 2011 | Kelly Fiveash
    Just three months after Mozilla pushed out what was its final big beast of a browser release in the form of the long-awaited Firefox 4, the next iteration of its popular surfing tool is now available online. Firefox 5, as it has been sensibly named, can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android platforms. Few major tweaks have been slotted into this release, which is hardly surprising given the fast, splatter-gun style of updating Mozilla code. The iterate-big-or-die cultural shift inside the open source browser outfit's Towers comes in clear acknowledgement of Google's Chrome schedule. It may be mirroring...
  • Linus Torvalds Doesn’t Understand User Space Storage

    06/29/2011 6:16:30 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 41 replies
    Gluster ^ | 28 June 2011 | Anand Babu
    I was directed to a recent mailing list post by Linus Torvalds on linux-fsdevel in which he derided the concept of user-space filesystems. Not a particular implementation, mind you, but the very concept of it. Jeff Darcy, of Red Hat and CloudFS fame, wrote a wonderful response, which you should read first before continuing further.From my perspective, as the creator of GlusterFS, Linus is rather blinkered on this issue. The fact is, user space advantages far outweigh kernel space advantages. You’ll notice that Linus pointed to no benchmarks or studies confirming his opinion, he merely presented his bias as if...
  • The end of the Linux desktop wars

    06/02/2011 5:51:46 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 37 replies
    IT World ^ | 1 June 2011 | Brian Proffitt
    The desktop wars may be finally ending, but not quite the way we may have expected. Take the GNOME Shell interface, which reviewers admire for its general direction but have some issues with the actual execution within GNOME 3. Meanwhile, Ubuntu's Unity continues to be a strong influencer in the interface arena, seeking that mobile device sweet spot. Over on the KDE side of the house, the interface is doing just fine, but everyone is wondering what the fate of the Qt libraries will be given Nokia's ever-growing commitment to Microsoft Windows Phone 7. This guy thinks that with the...
  • Shouldn't Linux embrace DRM?

    06/01/2011 5:54:22 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 39 replies
    TechRepublic ^ | 31 May 2011 | Jack Wallen
    I want to preface this entry by stating something very important to me and my world. I am a writer. Not just a writer of technical documentation, how-tos, and other sundry articles, but a writer of fiction. I currently have three published books (you can find them in both paperback and ebook format on Amazon and Barnes & Noble) and, I get the argument on both sides of the DRM fence. What’s DRM? Simple. Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a term for access control technologies that are used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders to limit the use of digital content and devices. In other...
  • Say Hello To Linux 3.0

    05/30/2011 10:08:42 AM PDT · by zeugma · 34 replies
    Phorinx ^ | May 29, 2011 | Michael Larabel
    Say Hello To Linux 3.0; Linus Just Tagged 3.0-rc1 Posted by Michael Larabel on May 29, 2011 For anyone that was doubting Linus Torvalds would finally part ways with the Linux 2.6 kernel series, you lost your bets. On the eve of Memorial Day in the United States and his departure to Japan for LinuxCon, Linus Torvalds just tagged Linux 3.0-rc1 in Git. It was just one week ago that Linus Torvalds brought up the matter of whether its time to end the Linux 2.6 kernel series with there already being 39 major releases and its development period having lasted...
  • Fedora 15 "Lovelock" Has Been Released

    05/25/2011 7:46:07 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 18 replies
    Phoronix ^ | May 24th | Michael Larabel
    Fedora 15 has just been released! Fedora 15 is the first major Linux distribution shipping with the GNOME 3.0 Shell by default, and as usual, has a host of other Linux innovations. Some of the other "fun stuff" about Fedora 15 is support for Btrfs as a file-system installation option (without needing any extra parameters or special settings), better crash reporting, higher compression of live images using XZ compression, improved power management, and much more.
  • Raspberry Pi Foundation

    05/06/2011 10:58:31 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 9 replies
    Raspberry Pi ^ | 24 January 2011 | Web site
    π Raspberry Pi Foundation The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK registered charity (Registration Number 1129409) which exists to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing. We plan to develop, manufacture and distribute an ultra-low-cost computer, for use in teaching computer programming to children. We expect this computer to have many other applications both in the developed and the developing world. Our first product is about the size of a USB key, and is designed to plug into a TV or be combined with a...
  • Patent verdict no reason to worry about Linux

    04/26/2011 5:35:02 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 9 replies
    IT World ^ | 25 April 2011 | Brian Proffitt
    I was on the road in Boston late last week, and thus was unable to easily write something up on the April 15 jury finding in the case of Bedrock Computer Technologies, LLC v. Softlayer Technologies, Inc. et al. That's the catchy name for the patent infringement lawsuit launched in 2009 by Tyler, Texas-based Bedrock against Softlayer and CitiWare Technology Solutions, LLC, two Texas-based software companies, and a few firms that are decidedly not from Texas: Google Inc., Yahoo! Inc., MySpace Inc., Amazon.com Inc., PayPal Inc., Match.com, Inc., AOL LLC and CME Group Inc. The suit alleges that a patent...
  • Groklaw Articles Ending on May 16th

    04/11/2011 5:07:19 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    Groklaw ^ | 09 April 2011 | Pamela Jones
    I have decided that Groklaw will stop publishing new articles on our anniversary, May 16. I know a lot of you will be unhappy to hear it, so let me briefly explain, because my decision is made and it's firm. In a simple sentence, the reason is this: the crisis SCO initiated over Linux is over, and Linux won. SCO as we knew it is no more. There will be other battles, and there already are, because the same people that propped SCO up are still going to try to destroy Linux, but the battlefield has shifted, and I don't...
  • 3 Good Reasons To Buy an Open-PC (Linux)

    03/05/2011 4:32:42 AM PST · by decimon · 49 replies
    PC World ^ | March 4, 2011 | Katherine Noyes
    For many small business users, all the rational arguments for using open source software like Linux make a great deal of sense: It's free, customizable, compatible, and it's free of vendor lock-in, to name just a few. When it comes down to the wire at purchase time, however, many fall prey to one or more of the frequently perpetuated myths out there, and vague fears of incompatibility or a lack of support or something else drive them right back into Redmond's waiting arms. One way to make the notion of a Linux-based computer less worrisome for such users is to...
  • Switching to Linux (For the Right Reasons)

    01/06/2011 8:31:18 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 28 replies · 2+ views
    Datamation ^ | 5 January 2011 | Matt Hartley
    Why are you using Linux on your desktop? Before answering this question, consider the advantages and disadvantages and then come back full circle to your own motivation for using Linux. Nearly every week, I find my news feeds filled with the usual generic articles describing rather vanilla reasons for using Linux on the desktop. Why do I have a problem with this? Perhaps because the reasons often being shared are just echoes of other opinions that clearly aren't that of the author. Instead, we are reading the thoughts and ideas of many articles since past. Great platform for the wrong...
  • 5 Reasons to Try Zorin OS Linux

    12/31/2010 5:24:42 PM PST · by decimon · 45 replies
    PC World ^ | December 31, 2010 | Katherine Noyes
    One of the best features of the open source Linux operating system is that there are so many distributions to choose from. Ubuntu gets by far the lion's share of the media's attention, it's true--largely by virtue of its top ranking at the top of DistroWatch's popularity list--but there are hundreds of other options out there as well, many tailored to particular kinds of users and situations. I've already looked briefly at several of the Ubuntu derivatives that are available and more specifically at Linux Mint, which is currently third in popularity. Today, however, I'd like to make a pitch...
  • So. What Now?

    12/27/2010 8:39:03 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 8 replies
    Groklaw ^ | 25 December 2010 | Pamela Jones
    I took a few days off from writing any articles, partly to try to make a serious dent in transcribing the Comes v. Microsoft exhibits. We're in the home stretch, and a quiet weekend, marking on a curve, is perfect. I know there's lots going on, other than work. I also needed to take some time to think about the recent discovery about Novell taking money from Microsoft and contractually agreeing to show up at Open XML standards meetings and events. Should Groklaw stop helping people like that, I asked? Is it time to shut Groklaw down? If not, is...
  • Linux/ubutu---VANITY

    12/24/2010 6:24:00 PM PST · by Charlespg · 44 replies · 4+ views
    na ^ | dec 25 2010 | charles
    VANITY
  • Software tip: How to save yourself at least $250 -- Dia Diagram Editor

    12/15/2010 12:22:42 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies · 2+ views
    Watts Up With That? ^ | Dec 15, 2010 | Anthony Watts
    Yesterday I had a request from a client for a network diagram for a system I’m designing, and normally I create such drawings as a PNG file. But this client said “no, I need it in Visio, or similar style so we can edit it”. I have avoided Microsoft Visio in the past, mainly because of its price tag: $249.99 for the basic version, and a whopping $999.99 for the premium version!**********************************snip********************************************* So I want to share “Dia”, short for “Diagram”. Its detailed, open source, and most importantly, free. It also has a community springing up that is adding shape...
  • Calling all System Administrators: Google Apps lost an email account! (VANITY)

    12/06/2010 11:42:12 AM PST · by ROTB · 3 replies
    ROTB | 12/06/2010 | ROTB
    I'm working at a company where our email is handled by Google Apps the usual way. Where we open browsers to http://mail.OURDOMAIN.com and then we type in usernames (tied to our domain) and passwords. My non-technical supervisor came to me and asked me why he can no longer log into the account with the username of "sysadmin", which has important info we need. After confirming that the username and password did not fail as a result of a typing error, I then sent email from INSIDE our domain to the administrator account at sysadmin@OURDOMAIN.com. I got the first "hard bounce"...
  • A history of viruses on Linux

    11/29/2010 5:35:05 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    Neowin ^ | 27 November 2010 | Brandon Boyce
    We recently gave you a brief history of viruses on the Mac and as requested by a user we wanted to give you a history of viruses on Linux. Given the tight security integrated into Linux, it is difficult to take advantage of a vulnerability on the computer, but some programmers have found ways around the security measures. There are several free options for anti-virus on Linux that you really should use, even if it isn't always running - a weekly or monthly scan doesn't hurt. Free anti-virus solutions include: ClamAV, AVG, Avast and F-Prot. 1996: The cracker group VLAD...
  • Techie question (Vanity)

    11/18/2010 3:53:34 PM PST · by West Texas Chuck · 41 replies
    me
    I'm about to start learning Fedora Linux and I'd like to build up an older Dell Dimension I have into a box to play on. I was able to get an old copy of Red Hat to load and boot but it's useless because I can't figure out how to get it on my wireless network and besides, I never could figure out anything useful to do with it. I tried PCLinux and Ubuntu but could never get either to boot. I've been told I can boot Linux from a thumb drive and this might be an interesting option so...
  • Linux life savers for paranoid penguins ( RE: Data Backups )

    11/08/2010 9:31:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    The Register ^ | 8th November 2010 04:00 GMT | Scott Gilbertson
    Best of Linux So far, in my look at Linux compared to Mac and Windows, I've covered music players, photo organizers, and video editors. But all those apps – and all the documents they create – are lost if your hard drive crashes, your laptop takes a spill, or some other catastrophe strikes. If you have documents, you must have a backup solution - Mac users at least have the option of Time Machine and Windows offers Live Drive. In this final installment of my look at the Linux desktop, I'll assess how Linux stacks up against backup solutions for...
  • Linux: Does Being Competitive with Windows Matter?

    11/08/2010 8:24:37 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 22 replies
    Datamation ^ | 8 November 2010 | Matt Hartley
    How many times have you heard this statement: "It's the year of the Linux desktop." Not recently? Then how about "Linux is making gains on the Windows desktop"? Still leaving a bad taste in your mouth? Bet I know why. For years, both the statements above have been over-used to the point that either idea is now completely meaningless. Not due to anything negative with the Linux desktop, mind you, rather due to inherent differences in how Linux is marketed to the world, who its intended audience is and whether mainstream adoption even matters in the first place. Let's blame...