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It looks like it was a busy week in Open Source News. Carla Schroder continues her series on digital photography with part 5, Microsoft concedes in European antitrust case, Where are the American Linux desktop users?, GIMP 2.4.0 is released, a NY investment company offers to buy SCO for $36M, a Battle For Wesnoth game review and ripping and encoding audio files in Linux. In our funny article of the week we have, The World’s toughest jobs: Microsoft’s interoperability chief, funny stuff.

Linux Will Be Worth $1 Billion In First 100 Days of 2009: What’s Linux worth? The question has been a favorite of technology groups and cocktail party conversations ever since a character named Jeff V. Merkey offered $50,000 for a copy of Linux. The offer was a ploy. Merkey wanted it under the BSD license, which would have undermined the terms of the GPL. So he didn’t get it. But we know, at least, that $50,000 proved to be a low bid.

Adventures in Digital Photography With Linux, part 5: Aperture, Shutter Speeds, and ISO: Our own Carla Schroder continues her series on digital photography with Linux and she gets down to brass tacks on understanding aperture, shutter speeds, and ISO’s. Be sure to read all the previous parts, 1, 2, 3 and 4 for anything you might have missed.

Microsoft Concedes in European Antitrust Case: With its legal options running out, Microsoft bowed today to pressure from the European Commission and agreed for the first time to sell some confidential computer code to rivals at nominal cost, ending a 32-year-old practice of designing closed systems to bolster its competitive advantage.

Oracle Linux Is No Longer an RHEL Clone: Oracle is taking its Unbreakable Linux down a slightly different path from Red Hat Enterprise Linux. First, let’s make this clear. Oracle Unbreakable Linux was, is now and is for the foreseeable future going to be based on Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux codebase. It is not, however, going to be simply RHEL’s twin in every way. When Oracle first announced the release of Unbreakable Linux, many people saw it as a purely anti-Red Hat move. Larry Ellison, Oracle’s CEO, doesn’t like competition. What he likes is winning.

Ballmer: Microsoft will power the mobile revolution: Steve Ballmer believes that Microsoft is the only company with “the wherewithal” to dominate the world of mobile computing. Appearing at CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment, a massive mobile tradeshow underway in downtown San Francisco, the Microsoft supremo told show goers that the company has the upper-hand on the likes of Apple and Blackberry-maker Research in Motion because its Windows Mobile platform is so darn versatile. Windows Mobile plays nicely with both enterprise and entertainment applications, he explained, and it’s open to third party developers.

Sometimes 330,000 employees makes life easier!: The company I work for is HUGE and has more business segments than I will ever know. Being a company this big means there is, more often than not, has its fare share of of bureaucracy and red tape. Sometimes the easiest things in life become major accomplishments. So, I figured I was in for a headache trying to use Ubuntu – especially when the official company Linux distribution is Redhat. So it was a big (and welcome) surprise to find not one but two groups within the company putting together distributions of the IBM desktop products for Ubuntu.

Where are the American Linux desktop users?: Linux users from around the world are filling out the Linux Foundation’s desktop survey. But what John Cherry, the foundation’s director of global Linux workgroups, wants to know is, “Where are the responses from the North America?” About midway through the survey, there have been what Cherry calls “extraordinary numbers. With over 10,000 respondents in so far, the survey has been taken by 6,206 English speakers; 3,684 Russian speakers; 1,198 French speakers; but only 118 Spanish and 51 Japanese speakers. The curious thing about the English language users is that 63 percent of the English responses have come from Europe, with only 22.9 percent from North America.”

GIMP 2.4.0 Released: We’ve been covering the development of GIMP 2.4.0 for a number of months, and GIMP 2.4.0 is finally available! GIMP 2.4.0 is so new that their website hasn’t been updated yet, but if you check out the GIMP FTP it is available for download as of October 23. We have some screenshots from an earlier GIMP 2.4 testing build.

Explanation of Ubuntu Hard Drive Wear and Tear: A recent bug report for Ubuntu Linux has confirmed that both the Feisty and Gutsy versions of Ubuntu cause some unnecessary wear and tear on a hard drive. The bug report reads: “I run feisty (beta) on a Dell Inspiron 9400 with a Hitachi HTS541616J9SA00 hard drive. After booting, the drive’s power management settings are such that it spins down A LOT. At this rate the drive will be dead after 2.5 years, and I don’t even use this computer for more than a couple of hours each day.” Definitely an interesting sounding find. But what exactly does it mean? That’s what I thought when I read it, so I did a little research. Feel free to comment and correct me if I’ve gotten anything wrong.

Why open standards matter: Hasannudin Saidin, director of the government programmes from IBM Malaysia has written a very good article about open standards, and why they are important. I pointed to and thanked him for his article – and asked him for a job.

How To: Switch From Windows to Linux: Are you geek enough for Linux? Though it first earned a reputation as a platform for hobbyists and hackers, Linux has come a long way since Linus Torvalds cobbled together the first kernel as a student project. A modern Linux desktop is a sophisticated, user-friendly GUI environment, with features and applications to rival any proprietary OS. In fact, when compared to the mainstream alternatives, there are lots of compelling reasons to give Linux a try.

HOW TO: Set-up a Web-based BitTorrent Client: How many times have you been stuck at work when the latest episode of a podcast such as LugRadio has become available for download, or the latest version of your favourite Linux distribution has been released? Wouldn’t it be really useful if you could access a server at home through your web browser and order it to download that file, so that it’s waiting for you when you get there? Or, if you like to sleep in peace with your desktop off, wouldn’t it be great if you could remotely access a BitTorrent client on the home server in your attic and tell it to run the downloads while you sleep? — Here’s how.

NY investment management company offers to buy SCO for $36M: The SCO Group is seeking U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval to sell its Unix business to a New York investment management firm for $36 million, according to documents filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Lindon company said it sought court approval on Tuesday for an agreement it entered into with JGD Management Corp. doing business as New York-based investment firm York Capital Management LLC, to sell “substantially all assets used by (SCO) in connection with its Unix business and certain related claims in litigation.” The offer also includes up to $10 million in funding for SCO’s litigation expenses.

Install multimedia codecs in Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon in 2 easy steps: This article explains how you can install all the multimedia codecs to play any music or video file in Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon.

Ubuntu trend slowly overcomes XP: After noticing the Google Trends from a lifehacker post, I decided to check out how well Linux is faring against windows. Initially I compared Linux and Windows which gave a huge difference for windows. This is understandable since Linux is not the main environment but rather the core. I then decided to check the actual desktop that someone might use, and the result were interesting.

Tutorial: Font Management In Linux, Part 2: Last week we learned some useful tips about font management in Linux. Today we’re going to learn a few more ways to preview fonts, how to view font character maps, how to manage console fonts, and how to design your own fonts.

Ripping and Encoding Audio Files in Linux: Listening to the music played back from original audio CDs on a home computer creates clear discomfort — the CD drive is being blocked and the CDs have to be changed again and again (unless you have a home jukebox). Now it’s time we learn to rip (grab) our own audio collection and save it to a hard disk in the form of .mp3, .ogg, or .flack files.

Should we really be *happy* about AMD’s release of specs?: AMD did not release free drivers for GNU/Linux. AMD did not release any new source code. They merely released specifications based on which Free Software developers can create drivers without the cost of reverse engineering. While this is progress compared to where we were, I am really thinking it is not a reason to be really happy and feeling all warm about AMD all of a sudden. Not if we believe that when we buy a piece of hardware we are entitled to everything that will make it work including everything that will show us how it works.

The Battle For Wesnoth Game Review: The Battle for Wesnoth is not your typical run-of-the-mill TBS game. The genre turn-based strategy, or TBS, is very self-explanatory. It is, simply put, a game where-as the game flow is broken down into turns or rounds and the game plays from there on. Although there are many other fantasy-themed titles floating around the Internet, this one does stand out of the crowd with its many intriguing features. For starters, the game offers nearly 200 forms of units along with 16 variations of races and six factions to choose from. The game allows the users to become creative and embark on their own personalized journeys. From conceiving your own units and characters to forging the worlds you dream of being in, the Battle for Wesnoth is a must-have download for any gamer out there.

How Can Linux Market Share Be Accurately Measured?: eWeek ran an article yesterday titled Linux Losing Market Share to Windows Server. The article quoted IDC sales figures. There is a real problem counting this way.

Celebrating Microsoft’s 88 Million Copies of Vista: The Free Software community ought to share in celebrating with Microsoft their wondrous success in selling 88 million copies of Windows Vista… albeit from a different perspective.

Is Linux losing its way?: Is Linux really in as much trouble as some people are saying, following the negative US server shipments growth reported by IDC?

A Letter to the Gnome Foundation: It appears that the Gnome Foundation is participating in ECMA TC 451 regarding resolving comments and contradictions for MS OOXML DIS 29500. Gnome’s participation in this activity is to the detriment of interoperability among office suits and a disservice to FOSS and everyone who has worked on Open Standards.

World’s toughest jobs: Microsoft’s interoperability chief: In our funny article of the week, He’s faced with the unenviable task of convincing the world that Microsoft wants to play nicely with competitors – and also convincing the troops and top management that it’s worth it. “It’s a mixed bag,” said Tom Robertson, general manager of interoperability and standards at Microsoft, when asked after his keynote at Interop 2007 in New York how company employees feel about his mission. “Everyone has to recognize … that there is a cultural shift going on.”

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Some of the big stories this week include Linux vs. Windows Power Usage, Microsoft gets two licences approved by the OSI, Kevin Carmony switches to Ubuntu and on top of all that we have a slew of LXer features including a couple of reports from T-DOSE, Carla Schroder continues her series on Digital Photography and a reader submitted article with some advice for those trying to decide between Windows or Linux.

Day one at T-DOSE and Day two at T-DOSE: In its second year, T-Dose, the Dutch Open Source event aimed at developers takes place in Eindhoven. Your two LXer editors went there to find out what’s happening and what’s new in open-source land. Todays topics include QTopia for PDA’s and smartphones, open source software in the iLiad digital paper device, KDE4 application programming, the Lodel publishing tool, efficient data structures and how to overtake proprietary software without writing code.

Our Present-Day Frankenstein: The parallels are there. At least enough of them to bring forward a comparison and force us to ask the tough questions. Questions not only between us, but questions that should be posed to the world….a world by the way that really doesn’t see what we do. We’ve created a creature that now rules the Master. How do we stop it? And even if we decide we should…how do you fight a monster of this stature and strength?

The GNU Hurd: Most Linux users out there, think that their whole system is named just “Linux” (or perhaps the distribution name). For a large number of reasons, which I do not intend to analyze in this post, this is not, and should not be the case. The actual name is GNU/Linux since only the Linux Kernel is “Linux” and the rest of the system (including some vital parts such as glibc or GCC) are parts of the GNU Operating System. Linux was chosen as the kernel for the GNU system at a time when the GNU project had a nearly working operating system, which however lacked a working kernel (although an initial implementation of the Hurd existed).

Adventures in Digital Photography With Linux, part 4: Fundamentals: Carla Schroder continues her series on Digital Photography “So far in this randomly-appearing series I haven’t talked all that much about Linux, but mostly camera gear. Today I’m going to talk about photography fundamentals. Because a skilled person can use an image editor to doctor any photo to look like anything, but for me that is not the point.”

Choosing Windows vs. Linux – Which One & Why & What Lies Ahead!: An article submitted by one of our readers, they explain “With the arrival of Windows Vista , lots of people are looking for alternatives. And Linux has emerged as the best contender. As I have used Windows XP and Linux for last 5 years, and Vista since its release. I thought why not write an article for the people who may want to know/use/switch to Linux from Windows.”

Document Format Standards Committee “Grinds to a Halt” after OOXML: As you may recall, Microsoft’s OOXML did not get enough votes to be approved the first time around in ISO/IEC – notwithstanding the fact that many countries joined the Document Format and Languages committee in the months before voting closed, almost all of whom voted to approve OOXML. Unfortunately, many of these countries also traded up to “P” level membership at the last minute to get more influence. And that’s turning out to be a real problem.

Linux vs. Windows Power Usage: It seems the the Phoronix guys have been getting a ton of requests to do a power consumption comparison between Linux and Windows. Here they compare the power consumption of Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Fedora 7, and Ubuntu 7.10.

13 reasons why Linux should be on your desktop: Technology marketing consultant Kim Brebach, who last month published an essay titled “13 Reasons why Linux won’t make it to a desktop near you,” discovers why desktop Linux has thrived despite what he terms its “troubled childhood.”

Microsoft licenses get open source nod: In a surprising announcement, which will no doubt stir up the open source community, the Open Source Initiative said that it had approved two of Microsoft’s licences as being fit for open source software.

Ex-Linspire chief defects to Ubuntu: Former Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony has shown all the loyalty of a free agent athlete. Just a few months after resigning from Linspire, Carmony has traded in his old company’s Linux operating system for Ubuntu.

Ubuntu vs. Debian on the $0 Laptop: So far, Ubuntu is outpacing Debian on the $0 Laptop, a Gateway Solo 1450 that I resurrected from the dead by replacing its shattered power plug. While both Debian Etch 4.0 and Ubuntu 7.04 are doing fine in the power-management department, Ubuntu is pulling ahead when it comes to touchpad and mouse configuration.

Fallout from Office Open XML vote continues: The fallout from the events leading up to the recent vote on whether or not to approve Microsoft’s Office Open XML documents format as an ISO standard continues unabated, more than a month after the software maker conceded it had lost that vote.

(Mis)understandings of the words “intellectual property”: The author, Ruth Suehle Recently had a bad experience using her camera “Last month I was threatened with police intervention after taking pictures of my two-year-old. Why? We were in what you might think of as analogous to an outdoor mall. It’s a former industrial complex that’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Today the area has been revitalized with restaurants and office space, a large greenspace in the middle, and an attractive manmade river and waterfall.”

Where does Linux go from here?: Linux is now mainstream — so mainstream, in fact, that two of the top three Linux distributions are commercially successful operations, and the third aims to be. Every day, more and more old-school IT firms shake off their initial doubts, get in line behind their customers, and try Linux and other free software projects. In the face of such success, will Linux remain true to its free software ideals and to the community which created it? Or will it morph into a corporate byproduct, driven by the bottom line, and complacent with all forms of predatory intellectual property (IP), including software patents and closed, proprietary standards which are standard fare in the IT industry.

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I have a lot of big stories for you this week. Linus gets mad, Amsterdam’s open source test is successful, Red Hat and Novell get sued, with a little help from Microsoft, 12 tips for KDE users, an article on how to protect your Linux system during startup, a review of KOffice and our own Sander Marechal interviews John Hull of Dell. All this and more in the LXer Weekly Roundup.

Torvalds irate over Linux Smack: Linus Torvalds has launched a blistering attack on security programmers who object to adding the Smack application to the upcoming 2.6.24 Linux kernel. In an often heated exchange, Torvalds accused security programmers of being too concerned with theoretical problems and not enough with practical applications. Smack uses Linux Security Modules (LSM) which some researchers believe could be used to aid attacks on systems using the code.

Why the Unbundling Windows Sceptics are Wrong: If nothing else seems to convince you that the personal computer market needs a competition boost, then all you need to consider is that one company, Microsoft, has had a 90-95% market share position for perhaps 20 years. What other large, hugely lucrative and business-critical markets do you know where one incumbent has that size of market share for that length of time?

“Novell is not forking OpenOffice”: From recent media reports, casual readers could easily believe that OpenOffice.org, the popular free office suite, is fragmenting. Slashdot reported last week that Novell is backing an official fork, while Ars Technica suggested that if what was happening fell short of a fork, then it was still “serious fragmentation” and “not a good thing for the OpenOffice.org community.” However, a closer look at the situation shows that what is happening is less of a dramatic split than the airing of long-time grievances and the media’s discovery of a long-established institution.

Tutorial: Basic Linux Tips and Tricks, Part 2: In Part 2 of this three-part series, you will learn what the best systematic approach should be to start solving any problems you might have in Linux.

UserFriendly’s Illiad Discovers Enderlemium: JD Frazer, Illiad of UserFriendly fame, has made a scientific discovery! A new element. I know you always wanted to know what 117 would turn out to be on the periodic table of elements.

Open source test successful: A test with open source software has been successful and there are no technical impediments to introducing such software in the entire municipal organisation, Amsterdam announced this week at a meeting organised by the Ministry of the Interior.

Microsoft aims patent guns at Red Hat: “People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to compensate us,” Ballmer said last week at a company event in London discussing online services in the UK.

Ballmer: “Number of patents Linux infringes on is declining”: The number of Microsoft patents filed at USPTO grows, but number of MS patents Linux potentially infringes on is declining.

12 Tips for KDE Users: Back in the late 1990s,when the KDE and GNOME desktops were getting started, KDE had the reputation of being the most suitable choice for new GNU/Linux users, especially those migrating from Windows. Whether this generality is still true is debatable (personally, I could never see much difference between the two desktops), but KDE remains one of GNU/Linux’s most popular graphical interfaces, as well as one of the most easy to learn.

Microsoft is dead – even if they don’t know it yet: Watch out, parents – close the windows, and protect your kids. Ballmer is on the move again, this time to put the final nail into his own coffin.

The new office suite that runs on Linux, BSD, Windows and OS X: The new KOffice 2.0, sometime in the first half of next year, according to reports, will run on Linux, BSD and — for the first time — Windows and Macintosh platforms. For those who don’t know, KOffice is the office suite meant to complement the KDE desktop environment used in many Linux and BSD distributions. Well, KOffice isn’t new, per se, but it’s new to non-Linux/BSD users.

URGENT! You, your relatives, and friends are in grave danger!: People, churches, and businesses have been getting viruses that turn their computer (without their knowledge) into a file sharing server that shares illegal copies of music, movies, etc to people all over the world. One of these entities who were prosecuted against was a lady for having downloaded 14 songs. She explained she had no idea what was going on but that did not stop the court from deciding to sue her -$25,000.00 for the music and because all piracy cases also charge the guilty party for the prosecuting lawyer fees she also owed -$250,000.00. The court decided they would garnish 25% of her paychecks for life.

Insecure by Default: Guess what, I can walk up to your Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, Debian, etc desktop installation and take complete control over it without needing a single password. Thats right, root access simply by sitting down at your computer. Why is it nearly every single distro by default leaves this gaping security hole open?

Geubuntu: When a Gnome marry Enlightenment: The power and flexibility of Ubuntu and Gnome. The magnificence and beauty of E17. Perfect and fast even for a Virtual Machine. Finally a fully functional Enlightenment Desktop. Geubuntu is a complete and fully functional operative system, available as a Live CD, based on the popular Linux Distribution Ubuntu. Geubuntu, a project started and designed by the Italian artist Luca D.M. (aka TheDarkMaster) is perfect for any Desktop, Laptop PC or even for a Virtual Machine.

Patent Infringement Lawsuit Filed Against Red Hat & Novell – Just Like Ballmer Predicted: IP Innovation LLC has just filed a patent infringement claim against Red Hat and Novell. It was filed October 9, case no. 2:2007cv00447, IP Innovation, LLC et al v. Red Hat Inc. et al, in Texas. Where else? The patent troll magnet state. The first ever patent infringement litigation involving Linux.

The LXer Interview: John Hull of Dell: It has been over four months since Dell started shipping computers preloaded with Ubuntu GNU/Linux to home consumers in the United States. Lets take a moment to look at the progress that has been made so far. John Hull, manager of the Linux Engineering team in Austin was kind enough to let me interview him by e-mail. Besides commenting on the current state of affairs with Ubuntu on Dell machines, he also offers some insight in how the Linux team at Dell works and opens a small window into the future of Linux at Dell.

eBay using Tux as a symbol for Internet fraud: eBay Australia has a fraud awareness page and a related flash game, both of which feature a depiction of a fraudster as a balding, bespectacled man with Tux, the Linux mascot, prominently displayed on his shirt. The big question is: why? Why such a gratuitous smear against the Linux community? Is it something we said?

Dutch Consumer Association declares war on Vista: The Dutch Consumers Association has called for a boycott of Windows Vista, after the software giant refused to offer free copies of Windows XP to users who are having problems with Vista. A spokesman for the Consumentenbond says that the product has many teething problems, and “is just not ready”. The association claims it received over 5000 complaints about Vista. Many printers and other hardware failed to work, the association says, computers crash frequently and peripherals are very slow.

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Some of the big articles this week include Mono becomes a trap, are computers sold with no OS profitable?, an editorial by Carla Schroder, Swedish police save 400 cars by using MySQL, Is Ubuntu losing its crown to PCLinuxOS?, The Next Leap for Linux and a tribute to Ken Starks. All this and more in the LXer Weekly Roundup.

KompoZer revives Mozilla WYSIWYG Web editing software: In proprietary software, Web page design is dominated by Adobe’s Dreamweaver and Microsoft’s FrontPage. Free software users have witnessed the rise and fall of several Web design apps, but it has been a while since a new one debuted. Now the next new release is here — KompoZer, heir to the Mozilla Composer legacy and updated for today’s technology.

Tutorial: Basic Linux Tips and Tricks, Part 1: In Part 1 of a three-part series, A. Lizard dives into his notes for resources and methods he’s found useful in the last three years in keeping his systems running, to give novices some idea what to do once one gets “under the hood” of one’s computer at a application/OS level.

Linux Journal: How Not To Run A Business: Our own Carla Schroder writes, “I have to wonder- where on Earth did Ms. Fairchild get the idea that alienating her customers is a good business practice? So what if she finds sexist, demeaning humor funny? It doesn’t belong in Linux Journal. I paid my subscription money in good faith for many years, trusting to receive good Linux articles. If I want to read about blowjobs or read about how helpless and stupid women are, I don’t expect to find it in Linux Journal. There are abundant sources for that elsewhere.”

Build ’em Right, Build ’em Strong, Build ’em Linux: perseis writes, “This is presented to you as dictated from helios. Ken is away having medical needs met and this is being typed as I listen to the playback. I will assure you that I present it literally and without personal input.”

Are ‘naked PCs’ good for businesses?: The European think tank; The Globalisation Institute made a submission to the EC proposing that all PCs and laptops should be sold without an OS in order to foster competition and bring down prices, saying the current practice “imposes an extra cost on virtually every EU business.” Three-quarters of silicon.com’s 12-strong CIO Jury IT director panel have now backed that call for naked PCs, although the argument is far from straightforward.

The Mono Project: You Might Expect the Unexpected: Back in February, Ralph Green asked me to speak at the North Texas Linux Users’ Group. I discussed Linux administration and then took questions. Some one in the audience asked me about Mono. I gave a cavalier answer having a bias against it. Then someone else in the audience said that I needed to get my facts straight.

Backing up and restoring your DSL configuration: Damn Small Linux (DSL) is primarily a live CD, or emulation thereof, which means that the base system is read-only. So how do you save your settings? Mastering DSL’s backup and restore method is essential to enjoying DSL without using a traditional hard drive install. Here’s how to back up your DSL settings, files, and applications to a single archive file on a local medium (such as a floppy disk, pen drive, or hard disk).

Swedish police saves 400 cars by using MySQL: The world of a penguin writes about that the Swedish police will use MySQL and that they save the amount of 400 fully equipped police cars in the period of five years.

Is Ubuntu losing its crown to PCLinuxOS?: Asked to name the most popular Linux distribution today most users would probably point to Ubuntu, Mandriva or SuSE. But there is a dark horse that appears to making big waves.

Novell punts world’s most expensive Linux distro: You could get 18.4 copies of Vista Home Premium for that. One of the favourite public refrains of the FOSS movement is that Windows is too expensive, and that Microsoft swindles consumers, governments, taxpayers, penguins, and orphans.

Microsoft’s Open-Source Trap for Mono: Microsoft is claiming that releasing the .NET Framework reference source code under the Microsoft Reference License will give developers the opportunity to understand more about .NET. That sounds good for open source, doesn’t it? Wrong! Microsoft’s so-called opening up of .NET Framework is setting a trap for open-source programmers. Open-source developers should avoid this code at all costs. If you ever, and I mean ever, want to write open-source code, I recommend you not come within a mile of Microsoft’s .NET Framework code or any other similar projects that the boys from Redmond “open” up.

Can Linux save the UMPC from extinction?: Maybe because nobody knows what the UMPC actually is. Is it the Microsoft/Intel defined, Windows Tablet PC powered device with a touchscreen of less than 7″ in size? Is it one of those bizarre Nokia Internet tablet things which have made such an impact that I am struggling to recall the name, N800 is the one I think? Or maybe it is because nobody knows what to use it for. Not that any of this is stopping Arm, Mozilla, Texas Instruments and Samsung from getting together and looking to build a Linux UMPC platform.

Puppy 3.00 runs on the $0 Laptop: After being disappointed by Puppy 2.16 and Damn Small Linux 3.3’s lack of ability to run on the $0 Laptop — a Gateway Solo 1450 — and then being able to run Zenwalk 4.6.1 but neither Vector 5.8 nor Slackware 12, I didn’t hold out much hope that the new Puppy 3.00 — said to be compatible with the current release of Slackware — would run at all.

Tales from responsivenessland: why Linux feels slow, and how to fix that: Desktop performance on Linux computers has been a hot-button issue of late, and a source of longstanding fights among the Linux developers. Today, I want to show you how I boosted (and you can boost) desktop performance dramatically.

The Next Leap for Linux: LINUX runs the Google servers that manage billions of searches each day. It also runs the TiVo digital video recorder, the Motorola Razr cellphone and countless other electronic devices. But why would anyone want to use Linux, an open-source operating system, to run a PC? “For a lot of people,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, “Linux is a political idea — an idea of freedom. They don’t want to be tied to Microsoft or Apple. They want choice. To them it’s a greater cause.”

The Little Engine That Could: As some of you may remember, 2 distros signed pacts with Microsoft in a short time. Those were Linspire and Xandros. Since 2004 I have been a Linspire Insider. I was as upset about this deal as many others were. I even had a phone call with Kevin Carmony regarding the matter. Well, at one point on the forums, Kevin Carmony told some upset members that if they did not like the way things were, they can start their own distro and see how it goes. So, former Freespire Leadership Board member Chris Medico assembled a team, of which I was honored to be asked to be a part of, which he lovingly calls Freedom Force. Within weeks, this new project, based on Kubuntu, had an Alpha. The project is called KlikIt Linux.

Heroes of Linux and FOSS: Ken Starks, AKA Helios: Our last article this week is a tribute to Helios written by Carla Schroder, “This was originally going to be a comment attached to Build ’em Right, Build ’em Strong, Build ’em Linux. Then it grew and grew, and I decided that Ken deserved his own feature. And then I realized that there are a lot of unsung heroes of FOSS, so watch this space for future installments. I encourage all of you fine LXers to write your own “Heroes” features- there are a lot of people out there who deserve some recognition.”

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