• Question Copyright's "Minute Memes" challenge copyright rhetoric
    How do you deal with an entrenched content industry that tries to pump its twisted values down your throat with ludicrously illogical emotional appeals? Well, one way is to fight fire with fire by making your own emotional appeals, and trust to the viral amplification of free culture distribution to get the message out. This is the essence of the “minute meme” idea from Question Copyright, and animator Nina Paley has fired the first volley with her one-minute animation “Copying Is Not Theft.” Read the full article at Free Software Magazine.
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • Canonical to bundle CodeWeavers CrossOver?
    In a official post on the Ubuntu Forums, user Matthew (a official Canonical employee?) asks users to complete a survey with the applications they would like to see in the upcoming versions of Ubuntu.
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • Report: Linux and USB 3.0
    The newest, fast interface, USB 3.0, is finally out, but only one operating system has native support for it: Linux.
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • Healthcheck: Mono
    Moonlight was written in three weeks in June of 2007 by a group of Mono developers working round the clock to fulfil a promise made by Miguel de Icaza. Despite such heroics Moonlight continues to face resistance from the wider developer community...
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • The Performance Of EXT4 Then & Now
    Over the past week there has been a lot of talk about the EXT4 file-system following the announcement that Google is migrating their EXT2 file-systems to EXT4. Their reasons for this transition to EXT4 are attributed to the easy migration process and Google engineers are pleased with this file-system's performance. However, as we mentioned in that news post last week and in many other articles over the past weeks and months, EXT4 is not as great of a contender as it was in the past, well, for some tests at least. The performance of the EXT4 file-system commonly goes down with new kernel releases and not up, as kernel developers continue to introduce new safeguards to address potential data loss problems that initially plagued some EXT4 users. For our latest EXT4 benchmarks we have numbers that show this file-system's performance using a vanilla 2.6.28 kernel (when EXT4 was marked as stable) and then every major kernel release up through the latest Linux 2.6.33 release candidate.
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • Distributed Replicated Storage Across Four Nodes With GlusterFS On Ubuntu 9.10
    This tutorial shows how to combine four single storage servers (running Ubuntu 9.10) to a distributed replicated storage with GlusterFS. Nodes 1 and 2 (replication1) as well as 3 and 4 (replication2) will mirror each other, and replication1 and replication2 will be combined to one larger storage server (distribution). Basically, this is RAID10 over network. If you lose one server from replication1 and one from replication2, the distributed volume continues to work. The client system (Ubuntu 9.10 as well) will be able to access the storage as if it was a local filesystem. GlusterFS is a clustered file-system capable of scaling to several peta-bytes. It aggregates various storage bricks over Infiniband RDMA or TCP/IP interconnect into one large parallel network file system. Storage bricks can be made of any commodity hardware such as x86_64 servers with SATA-II RAID and Infiniband HBA.
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • ReactOS Arwinss to use more Wine code
    ReactOS was meant as a free and open-source operating system. But after 11 years in development it never reached a satisfactory level of usability. Due to lack of developers, reimplementing the Win32 subsystem proved to be complex. Given the deficiencies in ReactOS developer Aleksey Bragin decided to rewrite it from scratch using Wine source code.
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • Record Your Ubuntu Desktop and Convert to .AVI
    Alot of people ask me the easiest way to record their experiences while using Ubuntu. You can do this several ways but using an application named recordMyDesktop seems to be the most popular method. This video tutorial will show you how to install recordMyDesktop, create a video in .ogv format, and convert it to an .avi.
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • 5 Great OEM Linux Servers
    Linux has long been popular in the datacenter, and various Tier 1 vendors have extensive server product lines mostly based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or SUSE Enterprise Linux. There are more OEM options than ever; here is roundup of 5 distinctly different OEM Linux servers.
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • Firefox juggles plans
    Firefox has dropped version 3.7 from its roadmap and will roll out new features in the next few weeks together with 3.6.
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • Disney releases Ptex texture mapper as open source
    Disney has announced that it has released the Ptex "Per-Face Texture Mapping" library as open source under a BSD license. The code, which was used for "virtually ever surface" on the animated feature film Bolt, has been integrated into Pixar's RenderMan Pro server. Ptex's major feature is that it removes the need to carry out manual assignment when "UV mapping" textures to remove seams and joins, a process which is often regarded as one of the more tedious parts of creating 3D animation.
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • World's smallest COM?
    Via Technologies announced a 2.36 x 2.36-inch computer-on-module (COM) based on its new Mobile-ITX form factor. The Via Epia-T700 is built around a 1GHz Via Eden ULV processor with 512MB soldered DDR2 memory, and supports the development of ultra-compact embedded devices in medical, military, and in-vehicle applications, says the company.
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • Slackware Linux - Less is more
    Slackware is the most stripped down and UNIX-like of Linux distributions and is designed to be a workhorse for developers or sysadmins, who do not want "to be met with GUI greeters, setup wizards, beginner-oriented defaults, and enabled-by-default automatic updates."
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • The Alexandria Project
    This is the first chapter in my new cybersecurity eBook in which...
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • LCA 2010: Wanna kill a FOSS community?
    As free and open source software becomes more and more a part of mainstream computing, it is common to find large commercial organisations taking a big interest in FOSS projects, sometimes to the extent of taking over such projects.
    Published : 2010-01-20 Source : Http://lxer
  • Sahana 2010 Haiti Disaster Relief Portal
    On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti 15 miles from its capital, Port-au-Prince. On January 14th, the Sahana team, based largely in Sri Lanka, launched its Haiti 2010 Disaster Relief Portal, including a Situation Map, an Organizations Registry, and an Activities Report. read more
    Published : 2010-01-19 Source : Http://opensource
  • Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 2 vs. Early Fedora 13 Benchmarks
    Given that early benchmarks of the Lucid Lynx were less than encouraging, Phoronix decided to take the latest alpha out for a spin and has set it side-by-side with an early look at Fedora 13. "Overall, there are both positive and negative performance changes for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Alpha 2 in relation to Ubuntu 9.10. Most of the negative regressions are attributed to the EXT4 file-system losing some of its performance charm. With using a pre-alpha snapshot of Fedora 13 and the benchmark results just being provided for reference purposes, we will hold off on looking into greater detail at this next Red Hat Linux update until it matures."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
    Published : 2010-01-19 Source : Http://rss
  • New Apt-Fast Version, Now With Full Apt-Get Syntax Replacement
    Apt-Fast is a script which uses Axel, a command line application which accelerates HTTP/FTP downloads by using multiple sources for one file, and one can use it instead of "apt-get" on Debian based Linux distributions to get an amazing download speed improvement. Yes, it's not an actual Internet connection speed improvement, just some tweaks which make packages download faster with Axel. The new version of the script includes full apt-get syntax replacement, and it might even be a few milliseconds faster as it has a few less calls to grep.
    Published : 2010-01-19 Source : Http://lxer
  • Internet Explorer vulnerable on Windows 7
    It looks like Windows 7 users could be vulnerable to the same Internet Explorer exploit that was at the heart of the Google China hack.
    Published : 2010-01-19 Source : Http://lxer
  • Installing Apache2 With PHP5 And MySQL Support On Fedora 12 (LAMP)
    LAMP is short for Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. This tutorial shows how you can install an Apache2 webserver on a Fedora 12 server with PHP5 support (mod_php) and MySQL support.
    Published : 2010-01-19 Source : Http://lxer
  • Introducing The Alexandria Project
    Those that know me know that I firmly believe that there is a Monty Python vignette, or at least a catchphrase, for every occasion. And on this occasion, that catchphrase is, “And now for something completely different!”
    Published : 2010-01-19 Source : Http://lxer
  • Why embedded OS's are like mammals
    Embedded software applications are like the mammals of the software industry – while the monolithic dinosaur applications slug it out up in broad daylight, the embedded apps scurry about in the undergrowth doing what they do best, hidden from all but the most observant. While this isn’t an analogy you’d want to push too far, it’s certainly the case that embedded software can be found in the strangest places. Some of the more esoteric examples you gave us in a recent poll were buoys and Bluetooth energy meters, CAT scanners, endoscopes and pulse oximeters, hyperbaric welding systems, web based laundry control systems and our personal favourite – car catapults for crash testing.
    Published : 2010-01-19 Source : Http://lxer
  • Android phones give augmented reality view of Australian Open
    The IBM Seer application for Android mobile phones provides an augmented reality view of Melbourne Park and the Australian Open tennis tournament.
    Published : 2010-01-19 Source : Http://lxer
  • Free and Open Source Encryption Software for Linux
    One of the best ways to protect sensitive computer data like credit card numbers and social security information is to use encryption software. Encryption software executes an algorithm that is designed to encrypt data in such a way that it cannot be recovered (decrypted) without access to the key. It is a main component of all aspects of file protection and computer communication. Files on hard drives and other removable media, email messages, and packets sent over computer networks can be made secure by encryption software.
    Published : 2010-01-19 Source : Http://lxer
  • Many Thanks! - Ubuntu Women Project - Leader Appointed
    Earlier today Lyz Krumbach sent an email to the Ubuntu Women Project mailing list announcing that the Ubuntu Community Council had appointed me as the interim leader of the Project. I was speechless! I appreciate those of you who gave testimonials for not only me but for Melissa Draper and Penelope Stowe as well. Melissa and Penelope both have some amazing goals and vision for the team and I can't wait to see the team adopt and incorporate all these as we update and follow the roadmap to a successful growing Ubuntu Women Project.
    Published : 2010-01-19 Source : Http://lxer
  • Developing Applications with JBoss and Hibernate
    In this article we will introduce Hibernate, which is the de facto standard object-relational mapping framework for Java applications. The Hibernate galaxy is quite large and needs a book of its own to be fully explored. Our mission will be to take over one sector of this galaxy, especially where Hibernate applications are managed by JBoss AS. In this two-part article, we will cover the following topics: * A short introduction to Hibernate * Setting up our proof of concept for the Hibernate project * Reverse engineering a database schema into Hibernate POJOs and mapping files * Deploying the application to JBoss AS * Comparing the Hibernate technology with EJB 3 persistence (JPA)
    Published : 2010-01-19 Source : Http://lxer
  • Day one at Camp KDE 2010
    The first day of Camp KDE is behind us, with the first of the many presentations being well attended. A full summary of the talks lives behind the break, and videos will be online shortly. If you are in the San Diego region, feel free to join us for Camp KDE for talks and training. Saturday, the first day of Camp KDE 2010 in San Diego, started with a short introduction by Jeff Mitchell. Jeff, who was the principal organizer of the conference, introduced us to a bit of history about Camp KDE and then went into some statistics about the KDE community. The conclusion was that if we maintain our current rate of growth we'll have about 6 billion developers by 2050. Continuing with this theme, he spoke about current topics in KDE such as the migration to Git and the upcoming release of KDE SC 4.4. Jeff then introduced the talks to follow, including the work on KDE-on-Windows, KOffice and KDE technology on mobile devices.
    Published : 2010-01-19 Source : Http://lxer
  • Wine Is a Long Shot at Solving the Windows Apps on Linux Problem
    The open-source Wine project is less a solution and more a workaround when it comes to the issue of running Windows applications on Linux.
    Published : 2010-01-19 Source : Http://lxer
  • Chromium OS Builds
    Linux, Mac and Windows install instructions on site.
    Published : 2010-01-19 Source : Http://lxer
  • A Comparison of IRC support between GNU/Linux distributions
    Finding a quick solution for your problems in any distribution is the main reason to make you rely on it. Therefore, the major distributions have many ways to provide support to their users. Among them, IRC support provides a way to communicate quickly and more interactively with users. In this article, I will make a comparison between the popular linux distributions in IRC support. I am not going to talk about how many questions have been answered, or how helpful the answers are; instead, I will focus in two things: how many nicknames each time are in the channel and the channel activity.
    Published : 2010-01-19 Source : Http://lxer
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