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Linux News for May 01, 2007

  • Has Open Source Jumped the Shark? (2007-05-01 22:30:53)
    FindTech: "The example that brought this gloomy thought to mind was a recent IBM press release touting a 'new open client solution' as an 'alternative to vendor lock-in.' Wow. Imagine that. An alternative to vendor lock-in..."

  • One More Novellite Leaves the Building (2007-05-01 21:00:23)
    InfoWorld: "...[T]he Novell exodus continues... with Walter Knapp, former GM of SUSE Linux (and effective head of the Novell's Linux Impact Team)...

  • Update: Canonical: Ubuntu the Answer to Dell Question (2007-05-01 20:15:06)
    LinuxPlanet: "'People are always asking us to support Linux on the desktop, but the question is: 'Which Linux are you talking about'?'" Canonical announces Dell to ship Ubuntu-loaded machines. Link to Dell's announcement added within.

  • Car Dealership Uses Asterisk VoIP to Stay on "Cutting Edge" (2007-05-01 19:30:54)
    IT Manager's Journal: "When the company built new headquarters recently, it needed a phone system flexible and cost-effective enough to satisfy the needs of 200 employees at the home office, and hundreds more staff at nine local dealerships in four states..."

  • Review: Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (2007-05-01 18:00:33)
    Linux.com: "The Ubuntu 7.04 release, better known as Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, is another cutting-edge, but not bleeding-edge, release that shows what Linux is capable of on the desktop..."

  • Why Device Developers Prefer Debian (2007-05-01 17:15:04)
    LinuxDevices: "For example, our 2007 survey indicated that Debian was used in device-related projects by 13 percent of the survey's 932 participants, roughly double the score of MontaVista..."

  • Linux: ext4 Development Status (2007-05-01 16:30:10)
    KernelTrap: "Theodore Ts'o posted an update on the ext4 filesystem, 'I've respun the ext4 development patchset, with Amit's updated fallocate patches...'"

  • Cyberinfrastructure and the Public Interest (2007-05-01 15:45:31)
    ConsortiumInfo: "The fact that so many people are meeting in so many venues to discuss standards in non-technical contexts demonstrates the fact that something new and important is at work here..."

  • OpenOffice.org Password Cracker Is What You Make Of It (2007-05-01 15:00:28)
    Linux.com: "What do you do if you forget the password to your OpenOffice.org files? The simplest solution is to download OOo Password Cracker, a macro for opening protected documents in any OpenOffice.org application..."

  • One Man Writes Linux Drivers for 235 USB Webcams (2007-05-01 14:15:03)
    The Inquirer: "A lone hobbyist programmer sitting at his home in France is responsible for adding 235 USB webcams to the list of those supported by Linux..."

  • Toshiba Italy Mulls Pre-Loaded Linux Notebooks (2007-05-01 13:30:12)
    DesktopLinux: "Toshiba's Italian channel sales and marketing operation reportedly is considering offering pre-loaded Linux in its Tecra, Satellite, Portege, and Qosmio notebook lines..."

  • Linux: Merging in 2.6.22 (2007-05-01 12:45:36)
    KernelTrap: "Following the release of the 2.6.21 kernel Andrew Morton posted a list of patches in his -mm kernel, summarizing for each his plans as to whether or not they wil be pushed upstream for inclusion in the upcoming 2.6.22 kernel..."

  • Microsoft Doesn't Own The Web: Mitchell Baker (2007-05-01 11:15:12)
    AAP/ZDNet Australia: "Since its launch three years ago, Mozilla's Firefox Web browser has shown the world that open-source software can challenge the establishment..."

  • Blue Belle: Running PCLinuxOS Test 4 (2007-05-01 10:30:22)
    TuxMachines: In my experience, one thing that stands out about PCLinuxOS is its commitment to making Linux look good. This new version is simply gorgeous..."

  • China's Open Source Software Contest Announces Winners (2007-05-01 09:45:25)
    Linux.com: "At the 2007 China Open Source Software Summit in Beijing on March 27, China's Co-Create Software League (Cosoft) awarded prizes to 25 winners in the second China Open Source Software Contest..."

  • LDAP--Time to Leave Home, Young Man (2007-05-01 09:00:15)
    Linux Journal: "If you have followed my articles on LDAP, you know we began looking at objectClasses in the last installment back in March..."

  • Review: PUD GNU/Linux 0.4.7 (2007-05-01 08:15:08)
    The PC Spy: "PUD is a Chinese distro based on Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty) and the 2.6.20 kernel..."

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 (2007-05-01 07:30:15)
    Phoronix: "However, with Fedora 7 Test 4 now being available, we have finally published our Core 2 Duo E6400 Linux results..."

  • Virtual Hosting With Proftpd And MySQL (Incl. Quota) On Debian Etch (2007-05-01 06:45:59)
    HowtoForge: "This document describes how to install a Proftpd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users..."

  • Dr. Dobb's Journal: What Is Drupal? (2007-05-01 06:00:07)
    "Drupal is used to build web sites. It's a highly modular, open source web content management framework with an emphasis on collaboration..."

  • NVIDIA GeForce 8500GT 256MB (2007-05-01 05:15:28)
    Phoronix: "The GeForce 8500GT is NVIDIA's value-priced contender in the GeForce 8 series..."

  • "I Don't Know What Linux Is But I Don't Like It" (2007-05-01 04:30:27)
    Side Effects May Include: "I, along with millions of other people, have recently fallen in love with Ubuntu Linux..."

  • Free, Open, Eating Its Young (2007-05-01 03:45:33)
    Enterprise Networking Planet: "The FOSS (Free/Open Source Software) world is cram-full of interesting, smart, fun people. It's also full of trolls, jerks, and abusive wastes of time..."

  • Ubuntu vs. Vista, Information Week vs. Ubuntu News (2007-05-01 03:00:38)
    Ubuntu News: "The conclusion: a tie... Now's the time for our side of the story..."

  • Would You Use Windows If It Was GPL? (2007-05-01 02:15:23)
    The Open Source Advocate: "In my last post, several people accused me of being anti-Microsoft. This is not true at all! I believe that Microsoft makes good products..."

  • Mad Dog 21/21: Hearts and Minds (2007-05-01 01:30:01)
    The Four Hundred: "In 1991, Richard Stallman's great project, the GNU operating system, was made whole when Linus Torvalds developed the kernel, Linux, that it had lacked..."

  • Debain WrEtch: Review of an UnAmerican Linux System (2007-05-01 00:45:40)
    Linux.com: "Debain is the only group of software developers who still believe that Richard Stallman invented programming. Everyone else now correctly credits Bill Gates for doing so..." (Humor)

  • When Did I Become Such a Tool? (2007-05-01 00:00:54)
    Making the Switch: "It wasn't that long ago that I always had a pet project going on. Helping on an open source project or helping a non-profit get setup on repurposed systems..."