MCNLive is a 179MB livecd based upon Mandriva Linux, and latest release Jordaan is built from a recent freeze of Mandriva Cooker, which is the development branch. Its main features are the Xfce4 desktop environment and uses ad-free Opera 8.5 as its browser. This distro can be burnt onto a regular cdr/cdrw or even booted from a USB memory stick. Due to motherboard limitations I couldn't test the USB option, but I did take a look at the system on cdr. What did I find?
Taprobane GNU/Linux 0.4.1 was recently released as announced on DistroWatch. It was stated that "Taprobane is an ancient name for the Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka and a Debian-based Linux live CD built by a group of developers at the Lanka Linux User Group (LKLUG). The new version 0.4.1 is the project's first public release. What's in it? "X.Org 6.8.2; official NVIDIA driver support out of the box; KDE 3.4.1; OpenOffice.org 2; Linux 188.8.131.52; SquashFS and Unionfs; Apache, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Zope, started and stopped from the K-menu; excellent hotplug support; saving data to persistent media; educational software such as Stellarium and Octave."" Tuxmachines took a look and unfortunately can only report mixed results.
The Auditor security collection is a GPL-licensed live CD based on Knoppix, with more than 300 security software tools. Auditor gives you easy access to a broad range of tools in almost no time.
The Linux Mark Institute, set up by Linus Torvalds in 2002 to protect the Linux trademark, has denied reports that it has "failed" to register the Linux trademark in Australia and clarified its position on Linux trademark licensing.
The newly revamped Linux Standards Base has got three new supporters this week.
Some of us still need to use Windows desktops. And that’s OK. But there are situations when you need Linux when you’re running Windows. CoLinux is an open source project that allows you to run a specially-modified Linux kernel as a Windows application without having to use virtualization software.
We caught up with Richard Petersen to talk about his view of Fedora Core 4. Some standard concerns still remain, and there is the ever present competition with that other OS.
Computer systems that are required to respond immediately to specific events, such as control systems in cars, airplanes, or home security systems, are based on platforms that are often referred to as "real-time operating systems" (RTOSs).
This is a perfect job for Linux. A simple script, the bash shell and free Linux applications can fix him up nicely.
The leader of the Debian Linux distribution has called for changes to be made to the open source project's trademark policy, to ensure it has the appropriate level of protection against legal challenges.
MEPISLite 3.3.1-2, a late beta version, is designed from the ground-up to be a fully functional Linux system that will run on a Windows 98 class machine. It is reported to run on as little as a Pentium II system with 128MB of RAM and a 2GB hard drive.
I believe it.
But it's not all good news for Microsoft, as Dell plans to sell OS-free PCs as well. With Linux becoming more popular, the company recognises there is a sizeable niche market that wants to choose which operating system to use.
Do you know who was responsible for telling Bill Gates about Linux for the first time? My dear husband offers up this question to aquaintances at regular intervals. Then, as they shake their heads, he replies:
A new distribution is in our midst and it clearly deserves some attention. Wolvix is a Linux distribution livecd based on Slax and is available as a 456M download. The site says, "It's a desktop oriented distribution made to fit the needs from regular to advanced desktop users." When the head developer wrote and asked me to take a look, I said, "sure." But I sure wasn't expecting quite what I found.
Trademarks are different from other types of intellectual property. A trademark can be a mark, a word, a color, a sound or some other "label" that functions as an indicator of the source of goods or services for which the trademark is used. When it no longer does so, the trademark is not doing its job.
Good analysts usually have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They socialize easily and can politic with the best. They generally make lousy technicians. If you pay an analyst to advise you about Linux desktops and they say that Linux is not ready, consider a second opinion.
A run of 100 Linux-powered humanoid robots goes on sale in Japan Friday, priced at 1.5M Yen (about $14,000), not including 10,000 Yen (~$90) monthly service fees.
Efforts to create a Linux standard gained some ground today with the release of the Linux Standards Base (LSB) 3.0 specification. The latest LSB standard is an effort to help prevent the fragmentation of Linux and is widely supported by major Linux vendors.
Open-source developers look to NVIDIA and ATI for all-important hardware driver support.