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Ars Technica reviews KDE 4.0 (ars technica)

ars technica has posted a detailed review of KDE 4.0. "The KDE development team controversially decided to release 4.0 in a premature state in order to stimulate user interest and promote accelerated development. The result is that KDE 4.0 is, in many ways, like a preview for developers and technical enthusiasts rather than a release for enterprise desktops and production environments. My extensive testing shows that KDE 4.0 can be used on a day-to-day basis, but there are many inconveniences posed by the software's current limitations. In this article, I will try to provide a balance of forward-looking analysis and detailed descriptions of the software's current state."

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LILO and GRUB: Boot Loaders Made Simple (O'ReillyNet)

O'ReillyNet compares LILO and GRUB. "LILO (Linux Loader) and GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader) are both configured as a primary boot loader (installed on the MBR) or secondary boot loader (installed onto a bootable partition). Both work with supporting operating systems such as Linux, FreeBSD, Net BSD, and OpenBSD. They can work with unsupported operating system, such as Microsoft Windows XP, in the configuration file. Both allow users—root users—to boot into single-user-mode."

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Trade Shows and Conferences

Closing Day at the Release Event (KDE.News)

KDE.news wraps up its coverage of the KDE 4.0 release event with a summary of the talks and demos from the final day. Some of the topics covered were KDE on Windows and Mac, KStars, KNetworkManager, Open Document Format, and more. "There were also big name visitors from the Linux community including Andrew Morton and developers with NVidia and AMD, as well as many from within our hosts, Google. This event has not only been a successful celebration of the start of our KDE 4 series, it has also been an excellent opportunity to meet and talk with a section of our community who have been unable to get to our European conferences."

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Companies

Linux developer switches to Microsoft's Windows Security Team (Heise Security)

Heise Security reports that Crispin Cowan, creator of AppArmor, has joined the Windows Security Team. "In October of last year, Novell parted with Cowan and five other AppArmor developers, who had been brought on board in mid-2005 following the company's acquisition of Immunix, which included AppArmor."

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Red Hat at the crossroads (ITPro)

ITPro looks at Red Hat's history and current state. "As the biggest open source company in the world, Red Hat stands at a significant crossroads between its open source roots and significant growth in enterprise demand for its products, as underlined by changes made to its management, discontent within its user community and a sharp rise in profits."

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Linux Adoption

Federal Employment Office switches to Linux (Heise Online)

Heise Online reports that the German Federal Employment Office (BA) has switched to Linux. "The BA is using the OpenSuse 10.1 Remastered distribution and the latest version of the Firefox web browser. The software was installed on the server as a repository and the clients can access it via PXE Boot. The BA told heise online that the switch, concluded at the end of last year, lasted some nine months including planning and did not involve any external service providers - it carried no additional costs."

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Can Linux finally unite Korea? (Guardian Unlimited)

Guardian Unlimited examines a collaborative Linux effort between North and South Korea. "Under the banner of "Hana Linux" - literally "One" Linux - the two countries have agreed to work on a groundbreaking IT development project that might shatter the final Cold War boundary. South Korea is one of Linux's biggest converts. Since discovering the free operating system in 2003, officials have unveiled plans to switch all government-run offices to Linux. Now under the terms of the agreement signed between the two states, South Korea will set up Linux training centres in North Korea."

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Legal

ODF Alliance refutes Burton Group report (Groklaw)

Groklaw analyzes an Open Document Format Alliance paper that finds a number of problems with the recent Burton Group Report on ODF and MSOOXML. "6. Burton calls ODF "somewhat simple" compared to OOXML. Smile. Being simpler than Microsoft's 6,000-page initial offering is probably not hard to accomplish. Nor is it a bad thing in a standard. Call it a feature, not a bug. You want people to be able to use the standard, after all. Many of the comments that the National Bodies' technical committees offered had to do with the sheer impossibility of even evaluating something so long and complicated in a short space of time."

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Resources

How To Roll Your Own Linux Distro (InformationWeek)

InformationWeek offers advice to those who would create their own distribution. "Remastering, or respinning, involves installing a given distribution, customizing it, and then recompiling the distribution, modifications and all, back into an image file (typically an .ISO). In the last couple of years this approach has become much easier thanks to collections of community-created tools and scripts to automate the process, so it's something that is rapidly becoming a native function for many distributions. If you're just getting your feet wet with Linux and want to try your hand at creating a modified distribution, this is the best place to start."

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