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Linare Unveils AMD-Based Laptop for $498
Linare Corporation, a manufacturer of software and hardware focused on the Linux platform, is proud to introduce its newest product, a high-quality AMD-based laptop for $498.

Features of the laptop include an AMD Athlon 1800+ processor, 40 GB Hard drive, 128 MB RAM, CD ROM, Ethernet Interface, and Linare Linux OS. It also comes with Open Office suite, a full office suite compatible with Microsoft Office documents, which includes word processing, spreadsheet and presentation tools.

Linare’s decision to produce the laptop was based on the success of its very popular and affordably priced PC, launched in July of 2003. Read More @ LinuxTimes.Net

( Permalink: Linare Unveils AMD-Based Laptop for $498      Submitted by Editor Mon Feb 7, 2005 )

GNUSTEP 0.9.4 Release
Release of the GNUSTEP LiveCD version 0.9.4 Following the NeXT tradition with mixed case, GNUSTEP is a livecd/distribution while GNUstep is an implementation of the OpenStep api. GNUSTEP is based on morphix, and use the GNUstep libraries and GNUstep-based applications to provides a NeXTSTEP-like environment that people can easily test and use. This new release comes 8 month since the precedent 0.5 release, and brings a lot of new GNUstep applications with it, as well as an upgrade of the GNUstep libraries and the development tools. Check it here ! On other news, a small demonstration of GNUstep development tools is available in Flash or divx ! The old dream of having a GNU OS with Hurd and an OpenStep implementation doesn't seems that far now ;)

( Permalink: GNUSTEP 0.9.4 Release      Submitted by Gürkan Mon Feb 7, 2005 )

Is iPod the Razor or the Blade?
"To me, it seems that Apple has reversed the relationship of razors and blades, and eliminated the loss leader role entirely. Apple makes very little money from selling songs, but it does make some profit. Apple makes a LOT of profit from selling iPods. So the song is the razor, not the iPod, and that's because the price sensitivity is currently about the content, not the player."

( Permalink: Is iPod the Razor or the Blade?      Submitted by Noel Sat Feb 5, 2005 )

FOSDEM 2005: KOffice Interview
"Please introduce yourself and your role in KDE
I was born in 1983 and I live in Austria, somewhere between Linz, Salzburg and Passau (Germany) in the countryside; I am also a vegan (strict vegetarian) from birth on. The quiet place we have at home is very precious to me and I enjoy it a lot - sitting in the garden or in the woods, reading books or... working with my laptop."


( Permalink: FOSDEM 2005: KOffice Interview      Submitted by Noel Sat Feb 5, 2005 )

Distro-Junkie settling PCLinuxOS P8
I have been using a lot of different GNU/Linux distributions during the past one-and-a-half years. I started with so called “newbie friendly” distributions such as SuSE, Mandrake or Fedora Core.

I wanted more, started playing with Debian, Slackware, Arch, Gentoo and some others that required more than just navigating through GUIs. It was a great experience and indeed a steep learning curve. I would not say that I am a guru now, but I know my way around.

Lately, I started looking at distributions that “just work out-of-the-box”. There are quite some products of this kind so it should not be hard to pick one that fits my needs, I thought. However, if you don't want to spend your hard earned money buying a GNU/Linux operating system, there will not be many left too choose from. Of course you can do a SuSE ftp installation (limited updates), download Fedora Core or Mandrake, but even then you will have to install some software, such as multimedia codecs or Java yourself. Read More @ LinuxTimes.Net

( Permalink: Distro-Junkie settling PCLinuxOS P8      Submitted by Editor Sat Feb 5, 2005 )

GTK+ to use Cairo Vector Engine
GTK+ is now the first major toolkit to have added support for the Cairo 2D vector graphics library, which is designed to provide high-quality display and print output. GTK+ project leader Owen Taylor has commented on the X/GTK integration of Cairo. To put it in perspective, Cairo is similar to OSX's Quartz engine and Longhorn's Avalon (PPT analysis). The 3D hardware accelerated image compositing OpenGL part of Cairo will be provided by the Glitz library. Cairo is 'possible' to be part of Qt 4.x at a later date, according to Trolltech's Qt 4 technical preview document.

( Permalink: GTK+ to use Cairo Vector Engine      Submitted by Anonymous Sat Feb 5, 2005 )

Overclocking Apple Mac mini
"The speed of 7447 CPU chip is defined by logic levels of its five PLL_CFG pins. This sets Bus-to-Core multiplier that together with bus (SYSCLK) frequency produces CPU core clock. These pins have internal pull-up resistors so the CPU clock in practice is set by leaving each pin either floating or grounded with zero Ohm resistor (call them jumpers if you wish)."

( Permalink: Overclocking Apple Mac mini      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 4, 2005 )

Tool of the Month: ManEdit
"This month, I'll introduce ManEdit, which is a very useful tool for sys admins and *nix developers who need to create manual pages for their programs. Whether you're working on a popular open source program or a homegrown set of scripts for systems administration, good documentation is essential."

( Permalink: Tool of the Month: ManEdit      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 4, 2005 )

Detecting hardware from outside the box
"You're looking at new systems, or installing Linux on a box that used to run a different OS, and you're wondering if all the components -- video, modem, Ethernet, sound -- will work on Linux. The vendors can't, or won't, tell you if their products will work on Linux. You need to know what the chipsets are, to find out if there are Linux drivers."

( Permalink: Detecting hardware from outside the box      Submitted by Noel Fri Feb 4, 2005 )

Heterogeneous Cluster with coLinux and openMosix
You can create a cluster using any of three basic approaches: full migration to a single platform, partial migration, or a mixed or hybrid creation. In this article, learn how cluster agents fulfill the latter approach, and see how coLinux and openMosix can combine to offer a high-performance cluster middleware in a heterogeneous environment. In this heterogeneous environment, Linux provides the stability and performance, and Windows users continue to use their apps and never notice the difference.

( Permalink: Heterogeneous Cluster with coLinux and openMosix      Submitted by Anonymous Fri Feb 4, 2005 )

Hide Your IPod, Here Comes Bill 
"About 80 percent of Microsoft employees who have a portable music player have an iPod," said one source, a high-level manager who asked to remain anonymous. "It's pretty staggering. The source estimated 80 percent of Microsoft employees have a music player -- that translates to 16,000 iPod users among the 25,000 who work at or near Microsoft's corporate campus."

( Permalink: Hide Your IPod, Here Comes Bill       Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 3, 2005 )

Is the PowerBook G5 Vaporware?
"Although Apple managed to pack the G5 chip into the iMac's - by portable standards - thick case, the Silicon article argues that a PB G5 would be so thick and heavy that the compromises would render it unsuitable as a laptop. "

( Permalink: Is the PowerBook G5 Vaporware?      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 3, 2005 )

Reviews: BeatrIX - A Non-Linux Linux
Of all the distros that I have used, Beatrix has got to be one of the most interesting. The title of this article is derived from something I read in the Beatrix Design Goals.

"The goal is very simple: We want to provide as many end-users as possible with an interface that they are familiar enough with to use without or with little aid from instructions.

It is definitely Linux. But that's secondary to the end-user. "

What the Beatrix team has done is think out of the box. They did not sit and say, "Let's make the biggest, baddest Linux distro". They didn't say, "What the world needs is a simple Linux distro". Nope. They started from a simple premise. "Make an OS which lets people actually WORK on their old machines. Make it small, make it simple, make it easy to use." Read More @ Linuxtimes.net

( Permalink: Reviews: BeatrIX - A Non-Linux Linux      Submitted by Editor Thu Feb 3, 2005 )

"At SUSE Linux Openexchange Server's most basic level you'll find the UnitedLinux 2.4.19-64GB-SMP Linux kernel, which is old but time-tested, stable, scalable, and reliable. It held up under our stress-testing, running four instances of SETI@home while loading four years' worth of email into IMAP without even slowing down the Web-based interface under load. The system we used for testing was a Dell PowerEdge 2400 (dual 1GHz Pentium III CPUs, 1GB RAM, mirrored 36GB 10,000rpm SCSI-160 drives), a production server in a 50+-node network at a financial services company."

( Permalink: OpenExchange      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 3, 2005 )

Deploying Enterprise Web Applications
"Managed hosting services provide an extra level of support for people who don't want to deal with buying a machine, configuring it, and maintaining it. Although these services are much more expensive per month than basic co-location services, they provide many advantages for a budding e-business. Many start-ups do not have employees with the knowledge and/or time to configure and maintain servers. Managed hosting providers have staff on-hand to debug networking problems, apply patches and updates, and reconfigure hardware."

( Permalink: Deploying Enterprise Web Applications      Submitted by Noel Thu Feb 3, 2005 )

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