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Developer Linux News for Dec 28, 2009

  • Nouveau: a 2.6.33 surprise (Dec 28, 2009, 21:33)
    Linux Weather Forecast: "But, perhaps, the most interesting addition is one that almost nobody expected: a reverse-engineered driver for NVIDIA graphics chipsets called “Nouveau.”"

  • Happy Birthday, Linus (Dec 28, 2009, 20:33)
    Linux Journal: "As is well known, before he started writing Linux, Linus coded on a Sinclair QL, a brilliant if rather bizarre system that was based on a cut-down version of the Motorola 68000 chip used in the Amiga, Atari ST, Apple Lisa and Macintosh."

  • Miguel di Icaza removes all GPL code from MonoDevelop (Dec 28, 2009, 19:03)
    TechRepublic: "A couple of weeks ago (Dec 12, 2009 to be exact) Miguel di Icaza made a bold move and pulled all GPL code out of MonoDevelop, replacing it with LGPL Of course the open source community had a lot to say about this."

  • Openmoko's WikiReader (Dec 28, 2009, 18:03)
    LWN.net: "Openmoko, the company that first gained attention for its Linux-based phone platform, launched a new pocket-sized open source product in time for this holiday season, the WikiReader. The WikiReader is an inexpensive ($99), low-power, 4-inch square touchscreen LCD display device pre-loaded with the text of three million Wikipedia pages on a microSD card."

  • digiKam 1.1 Splash-screens: call to photographers! (Dec 28, 2009, 15:33)
    digiKam: "Next digiKam 1.1 is planed for end of January 2010, as a bugfixes release, to consolidate code with users feedback after production using... So, time has come to find the ideal splash-screens to go with it. Now is your chance to join the ranks of the precious few who have had their artwork associated with a release of digiKam!"

  • LCA 2010: Getting distros to play together, nicely (Dec 28, 2009, 14:33)
    IT Wire: "For the second time in its 11-year history, Australia's national Linux conference (LCA) has a distro summit on its agenda. The last distro summit was held in 2008, when former Linux Australia president Jonathan Oxer was the organiser."

  • Free Software, Open Data give more opportunities to young Kosovars (Dec 28, 2009, 13:03)
    Stop: "During summer of 2009 I received an invitation to explain how Free Software can help developing countries at SFK09, the first Software Freedom Conference in Kosova. Here is why and how, after SFK09, some people continue to propose "Free as in Freedom" digital technologies as an important tool to solve the serious problem of people in Kosova (or any other country, really)."

  • Getting to Samba 4 (Dec 28, 2009, 12:33)
    Samba Team Blog #3: "The Samba 4 code has been worked on for over five years, and the Active Directory code is reaching a state where it's being run in production at several test sites. When the Samba Team met at the CIFS conference this year, we had a meeting to put together a plan for shipping a production Samba 4 code-base. Here's how we think it might work."

  • VIA's Linux TODO List... Maybe Look Forward To 2011? (Dec 28, 2009, 12:03)
    Phoronix: "Nearly two years ago at the Linux Foundation Summit in Austin was VIA's most recent announcement about becoming serious with open-source support. This was not VIA's first time they claimed to back an open-source strategy, which led a number of open-source developers to immediately call VIA's open-source strategy a bluff."

  • New life for dead software (Dec 28, 2009, 08:03)
    The H Open: "If you yearn for the operating systems or arcade games of the past, and are willing to make the effort to bring them back to life, free and open source software is definitely the way to go"

  • An early look at VLMC (Dec 28, 2009, 04:03)
    Linuxcrunch: "It is OK, if you don't know what is VLMC because it hasn't been released yet. VLMC (VideoLAN Movie Creator) is a free video editing software, offering features to realize semi-professional quality movies, but with the aim to stay simple and user-friendly."