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This week in DistroWatch Weekly:
- Reviews: First look at PC-BSD 1.4
- News: openSUSE 10.3 ready for download, Mandriva closes "Club", interview with Clement Lefebvre, Sabayon Linux updates, Ubuntu "Gutsy" new features
- Released last week: Linux Mint 3.1, Red Flag Linux 6.0
- Upcoming releases: openSUSE 10.3, Mandriva Linux 2008
- Site news: Meet Jim Putman, the DistroWatch Podcast guy
- Donations: Damn Small Linux receives US$350
- New additions: Ubuntu Muslim Edition
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cyberorg: The packages in home:cyberorg repository are now synced to 30 Sep git checkout. 3D plugin is back, thanks to maniac and onestone, it is much better now.
labs.adobe.com: A new version of Flash Player 9 Update was released on October 1, 2007. This update, codenamed “Moviestar,” includes new features, enhancements and bug fixes for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux versions of Flash Player 9.
linux.com: In proprietary software, Web page design is dominated by Adobe's Dreamweaver and Microsoft's FrontPage. Free software users have witnessed the rise and fall of several Web design apps, but it has been a while since a new one debuted. Now the next new release is here -- KompoZer, heir to the Mozilla Composer legacy and updated for today's technology.
zdnet: Randy Hergett, HP's director of engineering for Open Source and Linux Organization, told ZDNet Asia at the Gelato Itanium Conference and Expo held here today that Linux is ready to be used in some mission-critical applications, despite a perception that there are gaps in areas such as manageability.
computerworld: Many people now believe that Linux represents a viable alternative. Unfortunately, despite major strides in recent years — notably the Ubuntu release — Linux still isn’t viable for most end users or organizations.
matt asay: It's almost shameful how paltry Justin Steinman's understanding of open source is. I don't say this to denigrate Justin personally, but when I read things like this from Groklaw I just can't understand how Novell manages to say "open source" with a straight face.
kernelTRAP: "Smack is the Simplified Mandatory Access Control Kernel," Casey Schaufler said posting the third version of his patchest. He explained, "Smack implements mandatory access control (MAC) using labels attached to tasks and data containers, including files, SVIPC, and other tasks. Smack is a kernel based scheme that requires an absolute minimum of application support and a very small amount of configuration data."
kernelTRAP: "This version brings a number of new checks, and a number of bug fixes," Andy Whitcroft noted in his announcement for version 0.10 of checkpatch.pl, used by Linux kernel developers to scan their code for common mistakes. Ingo Molnar expressed concern, "your checkpatch patch itself produces 22 warnings."
In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: Beginnings of a list view, and an applet browser integrated into Plasma. Optimisations in Konqueror. More work, including image practice support in Parley. XMP metadata support in Digikam, with new splashscreens announced.
Matt Asay: On the one hand, you have the free software purists (of which I'm increasingly part) who demand strict adherence to The Law (of open source). On the other, you have a growing "gentile" body of open-source converts, some of which don't want to have to live by old-school "ordinances" of open source.
oneandoneis2: There's an interesting article linked from places like Linux Devices and Linux Watch on the whole GPL v2 / GPL v3 thing. But it reminded my of something I wondered about a while ago: Namely, if software companies had had more faith in copyright in the early days, would GNU or Linux ever have happened?
linuxgeeksunited.blogspot: One of the most common conversations when people discuss Linux is the freedom it brings. One thing that doesn't get discussed a lot though, when talking about Linux is community.
mintlinux.blogspot: A Linux distribution, often simply distribution or distro, is a member of the Linux family of Unix-like operating systems comprising the Linux kernel, the non-kernel parts of the GNU operating system, and assorted other software. Because most (if not all) of the kernel and software packages are free and open source, Linux distributions have taken a wide variety of forms.
itp.net: The regional Linux market has received a major boost after open source leader Red Hat committed itself to opening a regional support centre for the Middle East before the end of the year.
Also: Red Hat Changes Marketing Chief
webologist.co.uk: I have installed several new applications on my Ubuntu system this weekend, but only now it struck me that it now actually seems easier to install application on Linux than on Windows.
Linux Journal: In this second and final part I'll demonstrate some of the loop-specific tools I've found in Ardour, Reaper, and Audacity. Tutorials and links to project demos are included, so warm up your headphones and let's get loopy.
fareast.linuxdiary.com: If you are interested in getting that really old machine up and running again, with as little as ~32MB of ram, then there is a shiny new competitor to PuppyLinux and Damn Small Linux: TinyMe.
tectonic: Kick-start your week with four easy (but still cool) tricks on your Linux desktop. Install the media server you've always wanted but never got around to doing, or fine-tune your hardware to squeeze out a few more hours of battery power ... All this an more in this week's How To Roundup.