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OLPC to reach $100 laptop mark next year

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OLPC

The OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project has whittled down the cost of the green and white computer it hopes to deliver to schoolchildren in developing countries to about $130 (£67) so far, and hopes to reach the target price of $100 (£52) in 2008, according to an OLPC project leader.

Linux: Upcoming 2.6.20 Kernel, Tracking Regressions

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Linux

Adrian Bunk posted a list of known regressions in the latest 2.6.20-rc4 Linux kernel compared to the previous 2.6.19 stable release. In another email thread, Linux creator Linus Torvalds noted that his goal for 2.6.20 is to focus primarily on stability.

Going blank: Life without xscreensaver

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HowTos

I don’t use xscreensaver, but the default X timeouts under Edgy are way too long. I think the screen times out at 10 minutes, and the backlight is powered down at 30. If you want to set them to something shorter, you can use xset dpms.

A Week with PC-BSD, Days 1, 2, & 3

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Reviews
BSD

PC-BSD 1.3 was released last week, which is perfect timing: I have often wanted to try BSD, but frankly, the install is pretty straight forward, but the configuration is somewhat arcane to me. Projects like DesktopBSD and PC-BSD are perfect for the likes of me: someone that wants to get a BSD desktop running, but doesn't want to spend alot of time doing it.

Conference encourages Linux in the bathroom

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Linux

Australia's biggest Linux conference will kick off next week and the organiser has promised that attendees will get a lesson in how to control and monitor everyday objects -- including a toilet flush -- using the open source operating system.

kubuntu edgy eft experiences

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Ubuntu

So finally I decided to do a completely fresh install on my notebook, a Dell C640. If you are looking for a notebook which is good supported by Linux and FreeBSD, I can really recommend it, everything works out-of-the-box. also under FreeBSD, also the external VGA connector, useful when giving talks etc.

Also: Ubuntu Rocks (call it ubuntued)

Foil Wireless Poachers and Have Fun Doing It

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HowTos

A lot of folks have an unhealthily casual attitude towards securing their wireless networks. "Oh, it's nice to share" some say. Others think "I have nothing to interest a cracker, so why bother?" Both attitudes are inviting trouble.

Nouveau pledge successful: 1k donators

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Misc

Just saw that the attempt to collect money for the free nvidia driver project is a success: over 1k people signed the promise. Together with the already existing free 3D drivers for the ATI and Intel cards and the upcoming X.Org 7.3 this could give a massive boost to graphics in general in Linux. I cross my fingers.

Open Source: Moving On Up The Stack

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OSS

Open source should be on the short list when it comes to application-buying decisions in 2007, industry experts say.

Mozilla Takes Aim at Opera Security

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Software
Security

Opera Software may well be putting its browser users at risk by not properly disclosing security vulnerabilities to vulnerable users. At least that's the allegation made by Mozilla Corp.'s Asa Dotzler.

Linux on BOM's radar

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Linux

THE AU Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is beefing up its research and development capabilities with a Linux cluster that will support the weather agency's meteorological, oceanographic and space divisions.

Virtualization begins to materialize in the Linux kernel

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Linux

Virtualization, the ability to run multiple "virtual" systems on a single host, is nearly as old as solid state computing. But it's been all the rage again in recent years, with more than a dozen large-scale Linux virtualization projects -- and while they require special custom kernels, patches, and software, the first steps toward OS-level virtualization have been implemented in the Linux kernel.

The coming Linux storm

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Linux

The Linux community is heading for a clash between three disparate groups with very different goals and agendas. We've already seen some light skirmishes between them already. Sometimes these groups will align for the purposes of advancing their own views, but for the most part, these three groups will destroy Linux as we know it.

A Close Look at the OLPC

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OLPC

I have seen it, touched it, and played with it. The final industrial design prototype for the XO, the device that the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Initiative is going to start shipping to countries across the world this summer. AMD hosted a luncheon on Monday to give the press an update on the project, and to unveil the completed design.

Ubuntu guru on power management hacks

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Interviews

It was while watching fellow Linux users having to shutdown their laptops in between talks at open source conferences some years ago that Matthew Garrett, now head of the Ubuntu laptop team, was initially alerted to power management issues in Linux systems. Aside from working on improving hardware driver issues, Cambridge, U.K.-based Garrett has also worked extensively in Linux development. Garrett speaks with Liz Tay about working in the open source community, Debian, Ubuntu, and linux.conf.au.

Upgrading Ubuntu Dapper to Edgy? I Don't Think So!

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Ubuntu

I have installed Ubuntu Dapper 6.06 and started installing all the programs I need. There are now several add-ons and themes that don't work with Firefox 1.5, so I decided to upgrade Firefox. Months ago I wrote about how stupid it was that Ubuntu 6.06 didn't have any packages for Firefox 2 in the repositories. The official line from Ubuntu is to upgrade from Dapper to Edgy.

Tab Effects - Xgl kinda effect for Firefox tabs

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Moz/FF

Tab Effect is a Firefox extension that provides transitional effect (similar to Xgl) when switching the tabs (Check the screenshot). It’s a cool idea and could open the door for the development of more 3D effects in the browser.

BitTyrant questions assumptions about BitTorrent

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Software

Conventional wisdom says that BitTorrent achieves superior download performance over competing peer-to-peer (P2P) systems because the protocol discourages those who download without uploading in turn, creating an environment where all participants act fairly. A University of Washington (UW) research paper says otherwise, and its authors have a BitTorrent client to prove it.

Open Source Software Closer To Commercial Enterprise Software

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OSS

The odds are good that the LAMP stack is running somewhere inside your company. The acronym refers to the foundational foursome of the open-source movement: the Linux operating system, Apache Web server, MySQL database and, collectively, the Perl, PHP and Python programming languages.

Legends: Free multiplayer game

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Gaming

Legends is an online multiplayer game with a strong emphasis on teamwork. Similar in style to the game Tribes. Legends is available for both Windows and Linux.

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