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August 2007

Short-Term/Long-Term: The Battle of OOXML

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Microsoft

Linux Today: It was, for me, a fascinating study of short-term versus long-term as I watched the proceedings surrounding the standardization process of Microsoft's Open XML document format unfold this week. But then, I am easily fascinated.

Speed up Debian with Xfce (or Fluxbox)

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Linux

CLICK: I've probably written the following line a hundred times: "The Xfce desktop didn't seem any quicker than GNOME." After running the Xfce-based Xubuntu, Vector and ZenWalk, as well as running Slackware with Xfce, I decided to try it in Debian.

OLPC parts shortage manageable, says maker

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OLPC

computerworld: The company manufacturing the One Laptop Per Child notebook played down the impact of component shortages, rebutting local reports that the shortages will affect supplies of the computer when it ships in October.

Browser betrayals

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Software
Security

Tux Love (PC World): Most people don't realise how their browsers betray them. It's not so bad at home, but in a work context it could cost you your job.

Also: FileZilla 3 brings Windows FTP goodness to Linux

Entire city of Vista users can't access the internet

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Microsoft

the inquirer: PEOPLE in the city of Lund in Sweden that use the Microsoft Vista OS can't connect to the Internet. The reason is because Lund is a Linux city which has a a Linux server that doesn't like Vista.

Microsoft's ISO manipulation will hurt us all

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Microsoft

jem report: I've always resisted the urge to blindly bash Microsoft -- indeed it does make a few really nice products, and has had a positive impact on the computing world in some important ways. Today I'm writing about something that all computer users need to be aware of, and Microsoft's at the forefront of the effort that goes against user interests.

Also: Microsoft and Its Rivals Take 'Office' Politics Global
And: When the standards are this low, no one wins

Some howtos:

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HowTos
  • Linux backups powered by Tar

  • Working with GNOME in Fedora 7
  • How to install/use packages in UBUNTU 7.04 DVD?
  • How to use Squid as an easy web filter
  • Ubuntu: Huawei E220 for the sake of Celcom 3G
  • Software audio mixing in Ubuntu
  • Delve deep into drives

Stable Linux Kernel 2.6.22.6 Released

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Linux

PCBurn: Greg KH and the -stable team have tagged another release of the 2.6.22 stable kernel. 2.6.22.6 fixes PCI, USB, and TCP bugs which will affect most users along with a handful of more specific issues.

Mandriva Demonstrates KDE/Linux Desktop on the New Intel MID platform

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MDV

Mandriva PR: Mandriva showcased the first prototype of the Mandriva Linux distribution with KDE running on the new Intel Mobile Internet Device (MID) platform at the aKademy 2007 conference.

Ubuntu Release Parties

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Ubuntu

JonoBacon: Well folks, we are getting closer and closer to the release of Ubuntu 7.10, the Gutsy Gibbon, and it is going to rock like a good ‘un when it comes out. Now, I need to draw your attention to something that is always important.

More in Tux Machines

Graphics: Intel Gen12, Navy Flounder, Sway and DRM-Next

  • Intel Gen12 Graphics Bring EU Fusion - EUs Fused In Pairs

    While we remain eager to find out more about (and benchmark) Intel Gen12 graphics in Tiger Lake and Xe discrete graphics with this generation bringing the biggest changes to the ISA since i965, Linux patches and bug reports do continue offering new tid-bits of information on Gen12. One bit that I don't believe has been reported publicly or at least not widely is that starting with Intel Gen12 graphics there is "EU Fusion" or the execution units now being paired for yielding a larger warp size.

  • "Navy Flounder" Is The Newest AMD Navi 2 GPU Being Added To The Linux Driver

    In addition to the "Sienna Cichlid" support recently published for the open-source AMD Radeon Linux kernel graphics driver, there is another new graphics processor being added to their driver: Navy Flounder. Sent out this week were patches for Navy Flounder as another Navi 2 part, Navi 22 to be exact. The patches mostly reuse the existing Sienna Cichlid code paths. The codename, like Sienna Cichlid, is the Linux naming convention currently being used by the AMD Linux team of a color followed by a fish species.

  • Sway 1.5 Wayland Compositor Released With Adaptive-Sync/VRR, New Protocols

    Sway 1.5 is out as a big feature update to this Wayland compositor inspired by the i3 window manager. A big user-facing feature with Sway 1.5 is support for Adaptive Synchronization / Variable Refresh Rate, such as AMD FreeSync. Up to now the FreeSync/Adaptive-Sync has been principally been in place for the Linux desktop when running on an X.Org session. However, Sway now supports Adaptive-Sync/VRR for reducing stuttering and tearing within games.

  • Early Intel DG1 Graphics Card Enablement Sent In To DRM-Next For Linux 5.9

    As we have been anticipating for weeks, initial (but still early) enablement of the Intel DG1 graphics card on their open-source driver stack will indeed be sent in for the upcoming Linux 5.9 cycle and is currently being queued in the DRM-Next repository. It was in late May that Intel sent out the DG1 patches to light up the graphics card on Linux and building off all the existing Gen12/Xe graphics code already mainlined within the kernel. Since then the kernel work has continued with other features getting squared away.

Record, Edit and Mix Audio Using Latest Ardour 6.2 Release

Ardour Digital Audio Workstation aka DAW application recently released the first maintenance release version 6.2 after its major release Ardour 6.0 which was released earlier. Read more

today's howtos

OpenCV Project Announces Raspberry Pi-like Hardware Kits to Make Embedded AI Projects

If you are interested in this field, you must have heard of OpenCV. OpenCV is a popular open source project aimed at real-time computer vision. The OpenCV project has announced its hardware project: OpenCV Artificial Intelligence Kit (OAK). It is basically a Raspberry Pi like single board computer specially focused on Computer Vision. This project is running a Kickstarter funding campaign. If you’re someone already working on computer vision, you may have heard of Nvidia Jetson Nano developer kit as one of the Raspberry Pi alternatives tailored for AI projects. Even though Jetson Nano could be a better option for AI projects, it looks like OpenCV AI kit actually makes it easy to get started with building projects with OpenCV out of the box. Read more