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Matthew Garrett on the race to idle

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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Sic Transit Gloria Laptopi

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 vies for budget laptop market with XP price cuts (ars technica)

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 releases software for Windows, Linux management (BetaNews)

BetaNews covers 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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AbiWord team interview (Red Hat Magazine)

Red Hat Magazine has an interview 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 topics."

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Q&A: Sun exec ponders OpenSolaris, Linux (ComputerWorld)

Computerworld talks 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, So basically anything that relates to the developer community in some way, I run the marketing piece of that."

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Interview with Neil Young on Music Piracy, MP3 Hell and Finding Freaks on the Web (ReadWriteWeb)

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 cars." (Thanks to Norman Gaywood)

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Running a small business on desktop Linux (DesktopLinux)

DesktopLinux has an article by 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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Fedora 9 and the road to KDE4 (Red Hat Magazine)

Red Hat Magazine reviews KDE 4 as seen on Fedora 9. "Those who remember the days of KDE or GNOME 2.0 won’t be disappointed at the current state. Today’s 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 that’s just the way I like it."

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HIEs consider move to Mirth (HealthIT)

HealthIT looks at 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 LinuxMedNews).

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