What's all the FUSS?

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Free Upgrade Southtyrol's Schools (FUSS) is a project aimed at providing a system of only free software to it's teachers, students, and parents. It may emphasize educational programs, but it is also a full distro based on morphix and featuring the gnome desktop environment. Soledad-live-1.0, was released on Dec. 22, 2005 and is currently on Distrowatch's waiting list. Today Tuxmachines took Soledad 1.0 for a spin and here is a summary of what we found.

Why Some Vendors Refuse to Open Source Drivers

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OSS

Some vendors refuse to open source their drivers. Some refuse to even provide a driver. The most distinguished of these are NVIDIA, ATI and Broadcom. Wireless drivers are a big problem today and gave rise to NDIS support under Linux.

Gentoo Weekly Newsletter

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Gentoo

Entering its fourth year of publication, this week's Gentoo Weekly Newsletter shows what's to be expected from next month's Gentoo presence at the FOSDEM conference in Brussels, and calls for Lithuanian translators to help with the Gentoo documentation. A portrait of Andrea Barisani in the dev-of-the-week column, international news and press clippings are included this week, with reports from the community that had time to mature over the GWN's extended hibernation period during the holidays and into the new year.

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Linux News from sys-con

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Linux

From 'The Linux Standard Base Achieves ISO Approval as International Standard' to 'OSDL Targets Next-Generation Handsets with Mobile Linux Initiative,' here's several interesting tidbits from Sys-Con.

AMD's and Intel's CES booth tour

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Hardware

It's Intel inside at the chipmaker's massive booth — even if the company has dropped that slogan for the new one and, of course, it's Intel inside tons of devices on display, from PCs connected to massive displays ... AMD may not have had a massive booth with giant gaming rigs and colored tentacles hanging from the ceiling like Intel, but the company did still manage to highlight some of its partners.

Switching to Windows: Not as easy as you think

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It was Red Hat Linux all the way, until Ubuntu walked itself onto my desktop nearly a year ago... and there things should have ended.

I noticed the Windows XP OEM license key stuck to the side of a nearly empty chassis, and had a better idea! "Oh ho!" I thought to myself, "Why not use this opportunity to try a fresh install of this 'Windows XP' I keep hearing so much about." I rooted through the trash pile until I found a Windows XP OEM CD, and we were all set for this grand electronic experiment!

Debate Looms for GPL 3 Draft

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OSS

The first draft of GNU General Public License Version 3 will be unveiled next week at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., but that milestone is likely to be more of a beginning than an ending.

Google confronts Microsoft mastery

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Sci/Tech

GOOGLE has stepped up its challenge to Microsoft, announcing plans for a video and television internet service and a package of programs that could break Bill Gates's stranglehold on the world's personal computers.

Microsoft's censorship in China violates trust

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Misc

An Internet that has thrived in part because of minimal governmental supervision is at risk because Microsoft and other mega-corporations can't keep their hands off it.

Partition images with Partimage and Partimaged

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HowTos

This is a guide to create or restore images of your partitions using the great open source tool Partimage. It provides information on how to do this locally or across the network, by setting up a Partimaged Server.

Installing OpenOffice.org 2.0 for Debian

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In this introductory article, Jon Watson provides an easy guide to installing the new Open Office source on non-rpm Linux systems. The emphasis is on the use of alien to help convert rpm packages for quick installation to the latest Debian releases.

Fud alert: Winning the Linux Wars

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Microsoft

It was the kind of scenario that used to strike fear into Microsoft partners' hearts, and Tim Marshall remembers it well. A midsize business was evaluating collaboration solutions, recalls Marshall, vice president of technology at Neudesic LLC, an Irvine, Calif.-based solution provider and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.

Homegrown and Open Source to Get Last Laugh

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OSS

As 2005 was drawing to a close, there was a lot of activity surrounding a new twist on a very old idea: the compute utility. Well, to be more precise, utilities are an old idea that were perfected during that industrial revolution for water distribution (and other related public water works such as sewage disposal), transportation, energy distribution, and communications.

Strong growth for Debian

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Linux

Debian is currently the fastest growing Linux distribution for web servers, with more than 1.2 million active sites in December. Debian 3.1 was declared stable in July and it appears that both the anticipation of this release becoming stable, and the release itself, have generated new interest in Debian.

Driver education for Linux novices

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Linux

Last week's column on DSL Linux generated so many letters and loose ends that we're going to have to play catch-up this week. I left out the first rule of DSL Linux as it pertains to inexperienced computer users: It may not work with your hardware.

Fearless predictions from Propeller Heads

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Misc

Dear Propeller Heads: So, what will I have to buy, subscribe to, or learn about in 2006 to keep up with my Propeller Head friends?

Open Source for the Enterprise

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Reviews

For managers faced with the task of coming up with a corporate policy on open source – and then being faced with a welter of different licenses, competing products and different business models – this book might just be the guidebook to help. It aims to make sense of the different types of products, levels of maturity, support options and licenses that are essential factors in any kind of software policy.

Join the KDE Developers at FOSDEM 2006

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KDE

FOSDEM, the sixth Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting will be held on 25 and 26 February 2006 in Brussels. KDE will be present there to socialise, hack and take part in the wider Free Software community.

Power Color X800XL 256MB (ATI)

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Hardware

ATI Linux users seeking the ultimate in desktop performance are presently limited to the X850 series or FireGL V7100 for the workstation arena. We have an X800XL 256MB caressing our systems. The X800XL core packs in approximately 160 million transistors, 16 pixel pipelines, 6 vertex processors, 110nm manufacturing process, 256MB 256-bit video memory, 400MHz core, and 980MHz memory clock. Will this be enough to do justice to NVIDIA's GeForce 6800GT 256MB part under Linux?

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