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A Secret Xandros-Linspire Pact?

A report surfaced yesterday from a minority shareholder and former Linspire exec that the company has secretly sold itself to Xandros. more>>

ICANN Gives In To Vanity – For A Price

If you've ever wanted your very own top-level domain — ima.geek or noobs2.pwn — it's you're lucky day, because the guardians of the internet have opened the floodgates — provided you've got the cash. more>>

Nokia Open Sources Symbian

Nokia — the pulp-miller cum cellphone powerhouse — made a bold stroke for the Open Source world last week when they announced the purchase of Symbian Ltd. — then gave away its flagship product. more>>

Audio/Visual Synthesis For Linux: The New Art, Part 1

The Linux Journal recently published an article I wrote on Jean-Pierre Lemoine's AVSynthesis, a program designed for artists working with the computer as a medium for the synthesis of image and sound. I'm fascinated by that program, so I decided to research the existence of similar software. This article presents the current findings from that research. more>>

Everex Opens Up to Newmarket

Ultra-low-cost Linux laptop maker Everex — best known for the Cloudbook, a competitor to the popular EeePC from Asus — has attracted itself attention, and a buyout, from an emerging player in emerging markets. more>>

Pucker Up: LiMo Gets LiPS

The Mobile Linux market became a slightly more intimate group last week, as the parallel-path LiMo Foundation and LiPS Forum — that's Linux Phone Standards, you know — announced their merger into a single, powerhouse producer. more>>

The Dawn of a Post-Gates, Post-Microsoft World

The depth of Microsoft loathing among our clan is perhaps only second to our penguin loving. This loathing makes sense, given that Linux and open-source people are so fiercely merit driven, and great products have failed to end Microsoft's hegemony. But times they are a changin', for a post-Gates, post-Microsoft age has already begun. more>>

Greg Kroah Hartman on the Linux Kernel [Video]

Google Tech Talks brings us this presentation describing the rate of development for the Linux kernel, and how the development model is set up to handle such a large and diverse developer population and huge rate of change. more>>

Call For Articles - HPC (High Performance Computing)

Does a system with dual Quad Core processors, 128GB of RAM, and a Tera-Byte RAID array seem pretty tame to you? Does writing a program with a dozen threads seem about as complex as an abacus to you? Does a database with a million records seem like something you'd put on a USB memory stick? Do you know who John Backus was? Are you cleared for ridiculous by the US Government? more>>

Sherman Crank Up The WayBack Machine

If you don't get the title, you're probably too young to get the rest of this. If you don't know who John Backus was or what his contribution to computer science was then you're also, probably, too young. more>>

Latest CentOS Hits the Shelves

The latest version of CentOS — the Red Hat Enterprise Linux without the Red Hat — is now available, based on the newly-released RHEL 5.2. more>>

An Introduction to Gnome-Inform7 - part 2

This is the second in a two-part introduction to Gnome-Inform7 (and by extension, the Inform 7 language). I'm not going to spend much time re-capping what we covered last time, so if you haven't read part one, please do so now. more>>

OpenMoko Unleashes Freerunner on the Mobile Market

OpenMoko — the project behind the Neo line of Open Source mobile phones — has released its latest creation into the wild. The Neo Freerunner, successor to the Neo 1973, brings a host of new features to the hackable handset. more>>

How Can We Harness the Firefox Effect?

Three things are striking about the recent launch of Firefox 3. First, the unanimity about the quality of the code: practically everyone thinks it's better in practically every respect. Secondly, the way in which the mainstream media covered its launch: it was treated as a normal, important tech story – gone are the days of supercilious anecdotes about those wacky, sandal-wearing free software anoraks. And finally – and perhaps most importantly - the scale and intensity of participation by the millions of people who have downloaded the software in the last week.

But the question has to be: what now? How can we harness that amazing spirit, to make the Firefox Effect permanent, not just a media event that comes around once every few years? more>>

Validating an IP Address in a Bash Script

I've recently written about using bash arrays and bash regular expressions, so here's a more useful example of using them to test IP addresses for validity. more>>

What is Your Position on Net Neutrality?

In an effort to get to know you better, we thought we'd find out your thoughts on something pretty relevant this election year. Please elaborate on your position in the comments. We'd love to hear from you!

I am for network neutrality regulations 58% (344 votes) I am against network neutrality regulations 19% (113 votes) What's net neutrality? 22% (131 votes) I don't care either way 1% (6 votes) Total votes: 594

Nokia N800 for Geeks

Yeah, I know, the N810 is the "modern" system and, well, the N800 is too "consumer" for us geeks. Well, hype aside, I am seriously impressed with the N800. Here's why. more>>

Virtualization In Meatspace

Computer virtualization is all the rage these days. Heck, in the video I shot last week, I installed about 12 Linux distributions on a VM, because it made recording a lot simpler. more>>

Do Not Pass Pwn, Do Not Collect Your Diploma, Go Straight to Jail

It sounds like the plot from a bad teen movie — or an episode of MTV's High School Stories — but a kid from Orange County actually managed to get himself arrested for hacking the school's computer system to prop up his less-than-perfect grades. more>>

HP Gives the Gift of Innovation

Reinventing the wheel is nothing new to Linux development. Part of creating an Open Source operating system is re-discovering — and in the case of patents, working around — what proprietary developers have already discovered and locked away. more>>