• Btrfs Battles EXT4 With The Linux 2.6.33 Kernel
    Earlier this week we published extensive benchmarks of EXT4 that looked at the performance of this Linux file-system under every major kernel release since it was declared stable in the Linux 2.6.28 release. EXT4 has encountered many significant performance losses over time as its developers batten up the data security, but there have been some improvements too. At the same time though the developers working on the still-experimental Btrfs file-system continue to move along and push forward changes with each kernel cycle. Just last month we delivered Btrfs comparative benchmarks using the Linux 2.6.32 kernel, but already out of our own personal interest and requests from readers, we have new tests atop the latest Linux 2.6.33 kernel.
    Published : 2010-01-22 Source : Http://lxer
  • The Open-PC: one step closer to open-hardware
    At the Gran Canaria Open Desktop Summit in July 2009, the Open-PC project was announced. The statement said the project aimed to “cooperatively design a Free Software based computer by and for the community”. Further this PC would use only hardware for which there are free software drivers available. This would be a PC with the minimal compromise required for running a free desktop. In January 2010 the project announced the launch of its first product. Read the full article at Free Software Magazine.
    Published : 2010-01-22 Source : Http://lxer
  • Bordeaux 2.0.0 for Solaris and OpenSolaris Released
    The Bordeaux Technology Group released Bordeaux 2.0.0 for Solaris today. Bordeaux 2.0.0 marks major progress over older releases. With version 2.0.0 and onward we bundle our own Wine build and many tools and libraries that Wine depends upon.
    Published : 2010-01-22 Source : Http://lxer
  • Next Linux Kernel Due Early March
    swandives writes "The Linux.conf.au is in full-swing in Wellington, New Zealand, and Computerworld Australia has an interview with Jon Corbet in the leadup to his Kernel Report. The latest kernel release is due early March and will include reversed-engineered drivers for Nvidia chipsets."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://rss
  • 100% Free Software Compatible PC Launches
    crimperman writes "The Open-PC project has announced that its first PC will be available at the end of February for €359. They claim the mini-ITX desktop machine is energy efficient, consumer ready, easy to upgrade, and — significantly — uses only hardware that has free software drivers available. As youd expect, it comes with GNU/Linux which is running KDE (a €10 donation to the KDE project in included in the price). Interestingly all the key decisions on design, pricing etc. have been made by the community via online polls. The spec of the machine is pretty reasonable for the price: Atom 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 3GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Intel 950 graphics."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://rss
  • Open Source House Launches Design Competition
    Architectural Web site Arch Daily points to a design competition at Open Source House for individuals or teams to create a eco-friendly sustainable single-family house for a specifically designated spot in Ghana. The contest, which runs until May 15, 2010, encourages designers to "think big" and come up with ways their initial designs can be implemented on a larger scale.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • European approval for Oracle acquisition of Sun expected this week
    According to the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital blog, Oracle and Sun expect that the European Commission will approve the acquisition of Sun Microsystems some time this week. The report which cites sources close to both companies, comes as the 27th of January deadline for the Commission's decision approaches and suggests that the official announcement of the successful acquisition will be issued in early February.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • Try The New Terminator 0.90 (Alpha 1)
    Terminator 0.90 (branch named Epic Refactor) work is still in progress, but I've tried the latest bzr today (alpha 1) and except some limitations (see below), everything seems to be working fine.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) Explained
    "The fundamental purpose of the ICMP protocol is to report problems with the delivery of IP datagrams", says networking expert Swayam Prakasha. Join him in his latest article designed to help you discover more about one of the most popular protocols in the TPCG/IP suite…
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • Autonomous Linux Sailboat to Research Whales
    The ASV Roboat has made a name for itself in many robotic sailboat competitions, and now a real research project is in store for the Linux-powered vessel.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • Bespin, Mozilla's editor for the cloud, gets a reboot
    Mozilla Labs has rolled out a major update to Bespin, an open source text editing engine that is built with standards-based Web technologies. The project has undergone a "reboot" with the aim of improving the ease with which it can be used and enhanced. Bespin 0.6, codenamed Ash, reflects the significant effort that went into the architectural overhaul. The code is more modular and is designed so that virtually all of the core functionality is implemented in plugins. The developers have also made it considerably easier to embed Bespin in webpages, an improvement that will lower the barriers to adoption.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • Jobs.Linux.Com: When Job Boards Go Bad
    Linux.com launched a Linux job board with lots of non-Linux jobs on it. What up with that?
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • This week at LWN: GSM encryption crack made public
    The schemes commonly used to encrypt GSM telephone calls, SMS messages, and data transmissions have been theoretically broken for years at both the protocol and cipher levels, but results presented in Berlin at the 26th Chaos Communication Congress (26C3) on December 27 demonstrate that a practical attack can be easily implemented. Researchers unveiled cracking tables requiring just two terabytes of disk space that can be used to look up a GSM encryption key and decrypt a transmission. The tables were computed on 40 commodity hardware PC nodes in just a few months' time, and are shared through Bittorrent. Furthermore, the presentation explains that the more difficult practical task of intercepting and capturing GSM calls can already be done with inexpensive radio equipment and open source software.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • Open Source Expert Joins CompTIA's Board
    CompTIA — a large association serving the IT channel — has longstanding relationships with Microsoft and the traditional software industry. But one of CompTIA’s new board members could help to drive open source solutions across the IT channel. Here’s the scoop.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.6 and Its Multiple Personas
    Customizing and theming, or "skinning", your open source browser is about to get easier, thanks to the integration of Personas in the upcoming Mozilla Firefox 3.6 release. The Personas engine, which enables users to easily change the way the browser looks, had previously been available as a Firefox add-on, but will soon become part of the default browser itself. Other popular Firefox add-ons, including Weave and Prism might one day follow suit, as well as a new technology for add-ons called Jetpacks, Mozilla said.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • Web code is already open - why not make it free as well
    Oh dear. After the debacle with Microsoft Poland’s apparent racist photoshopping, Microsoft China went and got the company in hot water for allegedly “stealing” code. Yes you read that right: Microsoft and wholesale “theft” of code from another website. Of course it’s not “theft” it’s copyright infringement but tomayto/tomarto. Microsoft confessed blaming a vendor they had worked with. No surprise really but the damage to their name may have already been done. There’s more to discuss here than Microsoft’s already tarnished reputation though. The issue raises some important points in favour of free software and points to why more if not all code should benefit from free licencing. Read the full article at Free Software Magazine.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • Microsoft's web-app browser
    Web applications are going to be big in 2010 and Microsoft is working on a new browser to run them.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • Google hurts own foot kicking China in the Android nuts
    Having already arrived pretty late to the 'freedom is important party' to make threats it cannot actually follow through without committing commercial suicide, Google now discovers that kicking China in the Android nuts is a Steve Martin/Iron Balls McGinty scenario.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • A no-cost Windows killer: On Sale Now, only $26!
    You just can't make this stuff up. This alleged news article at Technology Marketing Corporation (there is a clue in the site name) makes grandiose, breathless claims about Ubuntu:
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • Ex-JBoss chief attacks Monty's 'dangerous' MySQL crusade
    Former JBoss chief Marc Fleury has weighed in on MySQL co-founder Monty Widenius' campaign to stop Oracle's ownership of the open-source database. Fleury has reprimanded Widenius publicly in his blog, calling the MySQL "situation" a "disgrace" that's hurting Sun and could damage the future of open source software.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • Setting Up ProFTPd + TLS On Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)
    FTP is a very insecure protocol because all passwords and all data are transferred in clear text. By using TLS, the whole communication can be encrypted, thus making FTP much more secure. This article explains how to set up ProFTPd with TLS on an Ubuntu 9.10 server.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • Google talks Chrome OS, HTML5, and the future of software
    On the last day of November, 2009, after the initial rush of excitement around Google's Chrome OS launch had quieted a bit, Ryan Paul and I sat down with Matthew Papakipos, the engineering director for the Chrome OS project, and Eitan Bencuya, from Google PR. I had done my best to sort out the why's and wherefore's of Google's first consumer OS effort in my initial launch coverage but I still had many questions about the past, present, and future of the project.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • A Monument to Bruno
    We're losing a friend. Last week, I was notified that a long-time Linux Advocate is dying. His name is Bruno Knaapen and he has brain cancer.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • Google patents Map/Reduce
    Google has received a patent for the technique known as MapReduce. The patent, number 7,650,331 applied for in 2004, is entitled "System and method for efficient large-scale data processing" and covers the process of mapping work to multiple processors and then reducing the intermediate results from these processors to a final result. The technique is used widely by data mining companies, for example, in Yahoo's search infrastructure, Amazon's Elastic MapReduce service and IBM's M2 platform. The Apache Hadoop project is the most prominent open source implementation of the technique.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • Beginner’s Guide to Fluxbox Configuration
    On any list of lightweight Linux window managers, you’ll find Fluxbox. Originally a fork of Blackbox, Flux is well known as a fast, light, highly configurable desktop. Unfortunately, Fluxbox’s emphasis on text files for nearly all configuration often acts as a roadblock for those first trying it out. There is a GUI which provides some of the basic config options, but the bulk of it (menus, colors, keybindings) is found in text files. In this article, we’ll go over most of Fluxbox’s config files and how to tweak them to your needs.
    Published : 2010-01-21 Source : Http://lxer
  • LXer Weekly Roundup for 17-Jan-2010
    LXer Feature: 18-Jan-2010
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • Crowdsourcing the KDE Web Site
    The KDE Project is taking a smart approach to reworking the KDE Website. Lydia Pintscher put out the call Sunday for contributors to pitch in with content and screenshots for one or more KDE programs by January 23rd. KDE apps are broken down into three batches on the wiki. Contributors are asked to pick one (or more) apps and submit a screenshot, and basic information about a project such as its homepage, features, IRC channels, and so forth.
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • GNOME 3.0: Fear Not!
    Does GNOME 3.0 necessarily need 3D acceleration? Do GNOME 2.0 apps run under 3.0? A website tries to provide answers to some unsettling questions.
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • The Limits of Linux's 'Live Free or Die'
    Linux’s main merit, as a kernel and an ecosystem, is its open source nature. That means the software that runs on it has little choice but to be open source. This doesn’t mean closed-source software is unavailable on Linux—just that it’s got the deck stacked strongly against it. Because of this, software companies who don’t primarily deal in open source have shunned Linux. It’s something of a chicken-and-egg argument to say who shunned whom first. And perhaps it’s academic: does it matter who took the first step away from the table? Still, here’s the key problem: There’ll always be a big gap between Linux advocacy and Linux reality as long as it remains biased toward the near-complete exclusion of binary-only / closed-source / proprietary software on Linux.
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • Chromium OS Zero - First screenshots and .vmdk (Virtual image) download link
    I compiled a VMware image of Chromium OS Zero for testing out in your virtual machine environment, this is a Chromium OS Zero image converted to VMware .vmdk file. Find also our first screenshots of Chromium OS Zero.
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
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