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December 4, 2006

skydome pics for XGL + Compiz

Filed under: Linux, SuSE, Uncategorized — rakeshvk @ 6:38 pm

Download them from moosy’s flicker. click here

openSUSE 10.2 Is Done!

Filed under: Linux, Software, SuSE — rakeshvk @ 6:26 pm

Great News … Andreas Jaeger sent an email to the openSUSE mailing list last night to announce that the new version of openSUSE Linux, that is, version 10.2 has gone gold and is ready for release.

Our build folks have created the first set of ISO images and will continue to create all of them — and the complete ftp distribution — early next week. We’ll start syncing soon the images to the ftp mirrors so that they have all files on thursday, 7th December, for the announcement.

CD production is starting now and I hope to see some shiny green openSUSE 10.2 boxes on the shelves before Christmas.

Waiting to get my hands on latest and greatest distro )

Checkout the announcement on Suse Mailing list openSUSE 10.2 is done!

GIMP is more powerful than most people think

Filed under: GNOME, Linux, Tutorials — rakeshvk @ 6:23 pm

 

These are the tutorials at the gimp.org site. They are arranged into categories including Beginner, Intermediate, Expert, Photo Editing, Web, and Script Authoring.

GIMP Tutorial 

November 8, 2006

NVIDIA brings Vista-esque graphics to Linux

Filed under: Driver, Hardware, Linux — rakeshvk @ 5:15 pm

NVIDIA has officially released a Linux driver that supports a compatible version of the AIGLX instruction set.

The new driver, which was released yesterday and comes in at 12MB, adds a whole host of other features for users of the open source OS, including GLX_EXT_texture_from_pixmap, a better display control panel and even support for Quad SLI.

The introduction of AIGLX-compatible instructions means that Linux users now have what is essentially a turnkey solution for Vista-level graphics. The latest build of Ubuntu, a consumer-oriented Linux distro, introduces desktop rendering with 3D hardware by combining the with Beryl window manager, in the same way that Vista does through the Aero glass interface.

Getting this desktop acceleration to work previous required some hackery, but now NVIDIA is providing the functionality for GeForce users in a far easier way.

This means that Linux joins Apple OSX on the list of operating systems supporting 3D hardware acceleration before Vista, which will finally join the fray on November 30 for business users and January 30 for consumers.

The increased stability and featureset will also be a bonus to those Linux users who have previously bemoaned NVIDIA’s approach to the platform.

You can pick up the drivers here    —bit-tech

Microsoft & Novell Enter Linux Partnership

Filed under: Linux, News, SuSE — rakeshvk @ 4:56 pm

Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. on 2nd of Oct announced a set of broad business and technical collaboration agreements to build, market and support a series of new solutions to make Novell and Microsoft® products work better together. The two companies also announced an agreement to provide each other’s customers with patent coverage for their respective products. These agreements will be in place until at least 2012. Under this new model, customers will realize unprecedented choice and flexibility through improved interoperability and manageability between Windows® and Linux.“They said it couldn’t be done. This is a new model and a true evolution of our relationship that we think customers will immediately find compelling because it delivers practical value by bringing two of their most important platform investments closer together,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. “We’re excited to work with Novell, whose strengths include its heritage as a mixed-source company. Resolving our patent issues enables a combined focus on virtualization and Web services management to create new opportunities for our companies and our customers.”

Under the agreement, Novell is establishing clear leadership among Linux platform and open source software providers on interoperability for mixed-source environments. As a result, Microsoft will officially recommend SUSE Linux Enterprise for customers who want Windows and Linux solutions. Additionally, Microsoft will distribute coupons for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server maintenance and support, so that customers can benefit from the use of an interoperable version of Linux with patent coverage as well as the collaborative work between the two companies.

“Too often technology companies ask their customers to adapt to them. Today we are adapting to our customers,” said Ron Hovsepian, president and CEO of Novell. “Microsoft and Novell are enabling customers to take advantage of each other’s products where it makes sense in their enterprise infrastructure. We jointly believe that our business and patent agreements make it possible to offer the highest level of interoperability with the assurance that both our companies stand behind these solutions.”

Time to go and bet on Microsoft and Novell stocks ) Think it is too early to come up with any objective analysis. Guess time will tell. Being frank, I don’t have time to read all this.Related:

Joint letter to the Open Source Community

From Novell and Microsoft

Over the past six years, we’ve seen the effect that the open source community has had on Microsoft. They’ve shared some source code, driven community projects like IronPython and WiX, and they continue to work with a number of open source software companies like JBoss, SugarCRM, XenSource, and Zend.

However, today’s news is a big step forward for the Linux market. Today, for the first time, Microsoft is collaborating directly with a Linux and Open Source software vendor. With this news, Microsoft is saying that Linux is an important part of the IT infrastructure.

More importantly, Microsoft announced today that it will not assert its patents against individual, non-commercial developers. Novell has secured an irrevocable promise from Microsoft to allow individual and non-commercial contributors the freedom to continue open source development, free from any concern of Microsoft patent lawsuits. That’s right, Microsoft wants you to keep hacking.

Why is Microsoft doing this? Because they recognize that customers today are deploying mixed source solutions – Windows and Linux – and they want these solutions to work well together. This will help Microsoft by making it easier for Linux customers to deploy Windows in their Linux environments. Microsoft is committing significant resources to promote joint Windows-Linux solutions. This is all about co-existence and giving customers greater choice.

The collaboration has multiple pieces:

  • Patent coverage
    • The concern over potential patent infringements makes some people nervous about the deployment of open source technologies.
    • To do this, Novell and Microsoft are providing covenants to each other’s customers, therefore releasing each company from the other’s patent portfolio.
    • What it really means is that customers deploying technologies from Novell and Microsoft no longer have to fear about possible lawsuits or potential patent infringement from either company.
  • Virtualization
    • Microsoft and Novell will collaborate in enhancing and developing the functionality required to efficiently virtualize Windows on Linux and Linux on Windows.
    • Both will now be first class citizens in data centers, addressing the needs of mixed environments. They will both enjoy optimized, supported and tuned device drivers to maximize their potential.
  • Virtualization Management
    • As a plus, the companies will work together to implement the necessary standards to manage data centers that run mixed environments (WS-Management).
    • Novell will develop tools to manage virtualized Windows machines, and Microsoft will develop tools to manage virtualized Linux systems.
  • Office Open XML
    • Novell engineers have been working for the last year together with Microsoft engineers through the ECMA TC45 working group in producing a complete specification that would allow for interoperability across office suites.
    • Novell will develop the code necessary to bring support for Office Open XML into OpenOffice, and we will contribute that support back to the OpenOffice.org organization. We will also distribute the Office Open XML plug-in in our own edition of OpenOffice. In addition, we will participate in the Open XML Translator open source project.
  • Collaboration Framework
    • One of the most important components of the collaboration agreement today is that we have setup a framework between Novell and Microsoft to discuss future collaborations.
    • Today’s announcement marks the beginning of a new era, and should not be considered a limitation. With the collaboration framework in place, we will periodically evaluate areas where we can work together improving the interoperability of our products.
  • Mono, OpenOffice and Samba
    • Under the patent agreement, customers will receive coverage for Mono, Samba, and OpenOffice as well as .NET and Windows Server.
    • All of these technologies will be improved upon during the 5 years of the agreement and there are some limits on the coverage that would be provided for future technologies added to these offerings.
    • The collaboration framework we have put in place allows us to work on complex subjects such as this where intellectual property and innovation are important parts of the conversation.
    • Novell customers can use these technologies, secure in the knowledge that Microsoft and Novell are working together to offer the best possible joint solution.

This is a watershed moment for Linux. It fundamentally changes the rules of the game. We’re really excited about this deal, and we hope you are too.

Why I’m sticking with Novell’s Linux desktop and Turning SLED into Practical User Desktop

Filed under: Linux, SuSE — rakeshvk @ 4:50 pm

Why I’m sticking with Novell’s Linux desktop

Someone just asked me whether, now that Novell’s become buddies with Microsoft, I’ll be turning away from Novell/SUSE as one of my favorite Linux distributions. My answer is no. I’m sticking with SUSE Linux on both my desktops and servers. Here’s why.

First, like many of you, I do think that Novell’s deal with Microsoft is a mistake. While in the short run, I think the deal will be good for Novell. It will, after all, get its Linuxes into shops that would otherwise turn up their noses at anything without Windows in the title. In the long run, I can’t think of a single software company that has ever done well in an alliance with Microsoft. Can you?

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Turning SLED into Practical User Desktop

The so-called “Vista Killer” may not be ready for prime time — but your customers may want it anyway. Here’s how to be prepared.

SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop version 10 (SLED10 for short) is sufficiently well known that any system builder who sells Linux boxes can be expected to know about it. In fact, SLED10 is so well known, clients who specifically want Linux computers are likely to ask for it by name. In my recent tests, I found SLED10 to be more reliable, stable and secure than I expected. But buying into the hype of SLED10 being a “Vista killer”—at least in its current stage of development—is wishing thinking. Why? Well, for starters, the distro has several usability issues. Also, availability outside of the usual office productivity software and programmer-oriented applications is problematic. For these reasons, SLED10, in my opinion, is not worth even its $50 price tag.

But what if your clients demand it all the same? In this recipe, I’ll show you how to turn SLED10 into a usable desktop.

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2006 OSDL Linux Client Survey – Help design tomorrow’s Linux desktop

Filed under: Linux, Poll — rakeshvk @ 4:45 pm

What should the Linux desktop of 2007 and beyond be like? That’s what the OSDL wants to know in its latest Linux Client Survey, which runs from now until Dec. 1. The results will help the OSDL’s Desktop Working Group work on the areas of development that are critical to users.The survey, while touching on consumer issues, such as iPod support, is really focused far more on business use. Besides general questions — how many desktop systems does your company use? — the OSDL also wants to know such specifics as what peripheral equipment needs to work with your Linux desktops. And, if you are going to run Windows applications on Linux, what method, such as virtualization or WINE, would you use.

If you fill out the survey and supply an email address, the survey results will be emailed to you when the survey is complete. The OSDL states that your email address will be kept strictly private and will not be used for any other purpose. Additionally, when you finish taking the survey, you offered the opportunity to view the results that have been compiled so far.
You can participate in the OSDL Desktop Working Group’s latest desktop Linux survey here.

– From DesktopLinux

October 19, 2006

Flash Player 9

Filed under: Linux, News, Software — rakeshvk @ 7:00 am

This is a prerelease version of the Adobe® Flash® Player 9 Update software for various platforms. It is being made available for developers and consumers to test their content to ensure existing content plays back correctly and that there are no compatibility issues.

The Flash Player beta is available in all languages; however, the beta installers are only in English and we can only accept feedback in English at this time. Flash Player beta downloads are now available for the Microsoft® Windows® Vista™ and Linux platforms.

click here to downlolad the Linux version

October 17, 2006

Writing to NTFS

Filed under: Driver, Kernel, Linux, Technolgoy, Tutorials, Utilities — rakeshvk @ 5:49 pm

The Linux NTFS project has released a beta version of its fully open source userspace (using FUSE) 3G-Linux NTFS support driver. According to the developer, this driver beats hands down other NTFS support solutions performance-wise (including commercial Paragon NTFS driver and also Captive NTFS, which is using windows ntfs.sys driver under WINE).” That’s right, writing to NTFS even works. Soon it’ll mean one less recovery disk to keep around, I hope.

How to access NTFS from Linux

Choose one of the following three options:
1) Linux has an integrated kernel driver. It allows reading of files, and rewriting existing files. It does not support creation of new files or deletion of existing files. It works out of the box in most modern Linux distributions except Redhat/Fedora. For details on how to use it, see the “How to mount NTFS” wiki page. Click here if you are a Redhat/Fedora user.

2) ntfsprogs includes an improved driver, ntfsmount, which provides the same functionality as the kernel driver. Additionally it also supports basic cases of directory, symlink, device and FIFO file creation, deletion and renaming. Note: That doesn’t mean it always succeeds, it is still experimental and might just as well refuse to complete an operation in order to prevent corruption. See the ntfsmount page for more details.

3) On 07/14/2006, project member Szabolcs Szakacsits presented a new version of ntfsmount and libntfs, currently given the project title ntfs-3g. This version has full read/write capabilities, many bug fixes and improved performance. It has already been downloaded over 45,000 times, tested and regularly used by users with satisfaction over the last two months. Despite of that it is still a strong beta, and will upon (in some way or the other) merge also into the linux-ntfs ntfsprogs package.

The beta version of the ntfs-3g driver can be downloaded from http://mlf.linux.rulez.org/mlf/ezaz/ntfs-3g-20070920-BETA.tgz

Open Source Goes Large in India

Filed under: Linux, News — rakeshvk @ 5:09 pm

One issue that has slowed the spread of Linux is counterfeiting. Since software is widely pirated in India, many users pay nothing for Windows. Also, since Linux is distributed free, it’s not always obvious whom to call for service. Companies such as Red Hat and IBM support the software — for a fee — but they’re having trouble finding Linux-trained engineers in India.

With 4,000 students and just 21 computers, the Cotton Hill Girls High School in the south Indian city of Trivandrum wouldn’t appear to be at the vanguard of anything related to information technology. Yet the 71-year-old school is abandoning Microsoft Windows software in favor of its free, open-source rival, Linux.

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