Linux in the news
Matthew Garrett talks about power saving strategy
in his unique manner. "Some people write software that lets you choose different power profiles depending on whether you're on AC or battery. Typically, one of the choices lets you reduce the speed of your processor when you're on battery. This is bad. It is wrong. The people who implement these programs are dangerous. Do not listen to them. Do not endorse their product and/or newsletter. Do not allow your eldest child to engage in conjugal acts with them. Doing this will reduce your battery life. It will heat up your home. It will kill baby seals. The sea will rise and your car will float away. If you are already running it, make sure that it always sets your cpufreq governor to ondemand and does not limit the frequencies in use. Failure to do so will result in me setting you on fire.
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Ivan Krstić has a strongly worded essay about OLPC, education, and free software
. He has a great deal to say about the history and future of the project that could only come from an insider. "The whole 'we're investing into Sugar, it'll just run on Windows' gambit is sheer nonsense. Nicholas knows quite well that Sugar won't magically become better simply by virtue of running on Windows rather than Linux. In reality, Nicholas wants to ship plain XP desktops. He's told me so. That he might possibly fund a Sugar effort to the side and pay lip service to the notion of its 'availability' as an option to purchasing countries is at best a tepid effort to avert a PR disaster.
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Microsoft is offering reduced prices on Windows XP to combat the threat of Linux on low-cost ultra-mobile PCs, according to this ars technica article
. "According to IDG, which obtained details about the price cuts from hardware vendors, Microsoft will offer Windows XP licenses for $26 for developing countries and $32 for the rest of the world. In order to qualify for these deep discounts, products will have to be limited to a maximum of 1GB of RAM, 10.2 inch screens, and single-core processors clocked no higher than 1GHz (though there are apparently some exceptions). Products must also not have hard drives exceeding 80 GB in capacity and cannot have touch-screen technology.
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Red Hat's release of the JBoss Operations Network 2.0 management platform.
"Made generally available during this week's JavaOne conference, JBoss ON 2.0 is designed for managing cross-platform application development, testing, deployment and monitoring. Its modular architecture includes components for inventory, administration, and software updates, plus an optional monitoring module.
Although some developers find that the JBoss ON Software Update feature works in a similar way to Microsoft's Windows Update service, the feature is used for distributing patches and other updates to JBoss Enterprise Platform software.
But the inventory module enables cataloging of IT assets spanning Windows, Linux, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, and IBM AIX, along with a range of middleware services and servers.
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Red Hat Magazine has an
with the AbiWord team. "AbiWord just had a great 2.6
release and the developers took several hours of their spare time over a
few weeks period answering questions and providing information. Thanks to
the team and especially MarcMaurer for his time and patience. We present
you a detailed interview with the AbiWord team on a broad range of
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with Ian Murdock
at JavaOne. "What do you do at Sun? I
see the OpenSolaris project seems to fall onto your plate. Initially, I was
working on OpenSolaris and started Project Indiana, which culminated this
week [with] the first version of the OpenSolaris binary distribution. These
days, I am running the developer and community marketing organization, so I
am responsible for marketing Sun's developer tools, the developer programs
like Sun Developer Network and Tech Days Events, our open-source projects
and communities. [Also, I do marketing for] StarOffice, OpenOffice,
Network.com. So basically anything that relates to the developer community
in some way, I run the marketing piece of that.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick had a
chance to talk to Neil Young
at the JavaOne conference in San
Francisco. "Here at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco Neil
Young just announced that his whole life's work will be made available on
in a dynamically updating collection delivered on Blu-ray disk. After his
Keynote announcement I was fortunate enough to participate in a small group
interview with a handful of other bloggers. Young offered interesting
replies to questions about Trent Reznor and music piracy, about MP3 sound
quality and about the way the web enables his extensive work on electric
" (Thanks to Norman Gaywood)
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DesktopLinux has an article
guest author Howard Fosdick. "This paper surveys Linux's suitability
for use by owners of very small businesses and the self-employed. It was
written by Howard Fosdick, a self-employed database consultant who finds
Linux fairly well-suited to his needs, and reckons it has saved him
thousands of dollars in recent years.
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Red Hat Magazine reviews KDE 4
as seen on Fedora 9. "Those who remember the days of KDE or GNOME 2.0 wont be disappointed at the current state. Todays new audience might have different expectations, and it is unlikely the majority has the patience to deal with a major rewrite like this one. Even the Linux kernel has moved towards incremental progress over major rewrites in a development branch. The KDE project has taken a big risk, hoping to jump-start innovation. I hope they get it right. Along with the interesting acquisition of Trolltech by Nokia, the future is exciting and uncertain
and thats just the way I like it.
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the increasing popularity of Mirth in the health care world.
"Mirth, an open source middleware solution, is gaining ground among health information exchanges. WebReach, a health information technology consultancy in Irvine, Calif., rolled out Mirth 1.0 as HL7-supporting messaging middleware in July 2006.
Jon Teichrow, president of WebReach, refers to Mirth as a standards-based interface engine for transferring information among systems. The list of supported standards now includes HL7 v2 and v3, X12, EDI, XML, and the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs.
" (Found on
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