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  1. Broadcom demonstrated an Android-ready tablet design that offers video-conferencing and DLNA streaming to IP set-top boxes and HDTVs. The Persona Tablet is equipped with a BCM11211 VoIP processor, coprocessors including one or two BCM11181 chips, and can process simultaneous 720p video streams, says the company.... via > http://www.linux.com/news/embedded-mobile/mobile-linux/289386-android-tablet-runs-simultaneous-720p-sessions
  2. And there we are, the KDE team has released KDE Software Compilation 4.4, formerly known as, well, KDE. Major new features include social networking and online collaboration integration, the new netbook interface, the KAuth authentication framework, and a lot more. One of the major additions is the Plasma Netbook interface, which has been in development for a while now. "Plasma Netbook shares many components with the Plasma Desktop, but is specifically designed to make good use of the small space, and to be more suitable also for touchscreen input," the KDE team writes, "The Plasma Netbook shell features a full-screen application launcher and search interface, and a Newspaper which offers many widgets to display content from the web and small utilities already known from Plasma Netbook's sibling." A lot of work has also been done to integrate social networks and other online services into Plasma, making it easier to manage those via Plasma widgets; there's a widget for posting to various social networks, as well as a widget for following what your friends are doing. full story > http://www.osnews.com/story/22851/KDE_SC_4_4_Released
  3. yes fedora is redhat based and not debian based (unlike ubuntu)
  4. For the longest time, the default search provider in Ubuntu Linux has been Google, but this is going to change in the next release, Lucid Lynx, scheduled to release April 29. The change comes after Canonical has signed a revenue sharing deal with Yahoo!, so you can imagine who the new default search provider will be. The change was announced on the ubuntu-desktop mailing list by Rick Spencer. The gist of it all is that the default search provider in the little Firefox search box will be changed from Google to Yahoo!. In addition, Firefox' default home page (the search page thing) will respect the user's choice of default search provider. Spencer was adamant to emphasise that users cans till change the default search provider to Google with just two clicks. "It's literally 2 easily discoverable clicks to change this setting, a simple matter of switching to that search provider in the [search box] by clicking on the icon and choosing the desired provider," he explains, "Note also that Yahoo! does not share any personally identifiable or usage information." The reason for this change is obvious and understandable: Yahoo! has signed a revenue sharing agreement with Ubuntu, which is good for the Linux distribution. "I am pursuing this change because Canonical has negotiated a revenue sharing deal with Yahoo! and this revenue will help Canonical to provide developers and resources to continue the open development of Ubuntu and the Ubuntu Platform," Spencer explains, "This change will help provide these resources as well as continuing to respect our user's default search across Firefox." sudo apt-get remove firefox-3.5 is my favourite command anyway, preferably executed right after installing Chrome, so it bears no relevance on me. I know I'm a minority though, so how about all of you? How do you feel about this change? via > http://www.osnews.com/story/22798/Ubuntu_To_Change_Default_Search_Provider_to_Yahoo_
  5. fedora can come with gnome or kde or xfce or all if you want, all you have to do is download a spin i havn't tried wubi, please post some screenshots of it
  6. ubuntu, suse, fedora, mandriva or pclinuxos are good for getting introduced to Linux, but it all depends on what you want to do further down the line, eg: if you are planning on managing linux servers then you have to think of what distro those linux servers will likely be running, and in most cases when it comes to server farms they'll be running either Red Hat Entreprise or Centos, (linux-noob.com runs on Centos) both of those distros are from the red hat family (one paid for one free, via the open source community), and both have in one way or another evolved from Fedora (free distro created by developers for free and with the help and support of Red Hat, my point is, if you try PClinuxos 2009, or Ubuntu 9.04 then you will be going down a path that will teach you different things about managing your linux boxes, I chose the fedora patch because it's new, exciting and free and everything i learn on my fedora distro can be pretty much mirrored on my 'business' linux server which runs Centos I use Fedora 12 at home on my laptop. ultimately, the choice is yours, so good luck, we'll try and help you whatever you choose, cheers niall
  7. LWN.net founder and kernel contributor Jonathan Corbet offered an analysis of the code contributed to the Linux kernel between December 24 2008 and January 10 2010. 18% of contributions were made without a specific corporate affiliation, 7% weren't classified, and 75% were from people working for specific companies in roles where developing that code was a major requirement. "75% of the code comes from people paid to do it," Corbet said. via > http://www.osnews.com/story/22786/75_of_Linux_Code_Written_by_Paid_Developers
  8. This week, both YouTube and Vimeo opened up beta offerings using HTML5 video instead of Flash to bring video content to users. Both of them chose to use the h264 codec, which meant that only Safari and Chrome can play these videos, since firefox doesn't license the h264 codec. Mike Shaver, Mozilla's vice president of engineering, explained on his blog why Mozilla doesn't license the h264 codec. Shaver explains that h64 is not a suitable codec for Mozilla, because of two main reasons: licensing cost, and the codec's closed nature. The h264 codec is patented up the wazoo by the MPEG-LA, and while Google, Apple, and Microsoft have paid for a license to include the codecs within their products, the Mozilla foundation has not, and will not do so. Without this license, it is illegal (in many countries) "to use or distribute software that produces or consumes H.264-encoded content. Indeed, even distributing H.264 content over the internet or broadcasting it over the airwaves requires the consent of the MPEG-LA, and the current fee exemption for free-to-the-viewer internet delivery is only in effect until the end of 2010." Mozilla has a number of clear and well-argued reasons for not buying the license. First, it's very limited. Google, for instance, paid for a license that transfers to users of Chrome, but if you build Chrome from source yourself or extend the browser, the license does not apply. What's even worse is that the license would not carry over towards, for instance, Linux distributors - not acceptable, of course, for Firefox. "Even if we were to pay the USD 5000000 annual licensing cost for H.264, and we were to not care about the spectre of license fees for internet distribution of encoded content, or about content and tool creators, downstream projects would be no better off," Shaver explains. The second important reason not to license the h264 codec is a more ideological one. "We want to make sure that the Web experience is good for all users, present and future," Shaver writes, "I want to make sure that when a child in India or Brazil or Kenya discovers the internet, there isn't a big piece of it (video) that they can't afford to participate in. I want to make sure that there are no toll-booth barriers to entry for someone building a whole new browser, or bringing a browser to a whole new device or OS, or making and using tools for creating standard web content." more > http://www.osnews.com/story/22787/Mozilla_Explains_Why_it_Doesn_t_License_h264
  9. Phoronix has covered some details on the progress of Fedora 13 development before and now has more details on the recently approved features. Features are approved by the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee, a fully elected community of members in the Fedora community. The full list of Fedora 13 features is here and it is planned to be released on May 11, 2010
  10. This month Boxee announced the availability of its public beta release, a major new version of the popular media center software. The update brings significant improvements to the user experience and delivers an impressive degree of aesthetic refinement, but the program lacks stability and will need more work before it is ready to conquer the living room. Boxee is a multimedia player application that is designed primarily to be used on home theater PC (HTPC) systems. It has a television-friendly user interface that can be seen easily from a couch and operated with either a remote control or conventional input devices. It is based on the open source XBMC media center application. One of the distinguishing features of Boxee is that it has an integrated social networking service that allows users to share what they are watching and see recommendations based on what their friends are watching. The program also has extensive support for playing audio and video content from popular streaming media Web services, including Hulu. via http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/reviews/2010/01/hands-on-boxee-beta-is-brilliant-still-not-quite-stable.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss
  11. "The Ubuntu development community announced today the availability of Ubuntu 10.04 alpha 2, a new prerelease of the next major version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution. This alpha is the first Ubuntu release to completely omit HAL, a Linux hardware abstraction layer that is being deprecated in favor of DeviceKit." via http://www.osnews.com/story/22743/Ubuntu_10_04_Alpha_2_Brings_Pitivi_Panel_Changes
  12. i'm just wondering why you did this rm -d -f -r / seems like a pretty complicated remove and one i've never used before, so please enlighten us noobs, why did you do it ? i hope you had a backup and i'm sorry for the amount of time i'm sure it's gonna take to restore
  13. A petition launched in December by MySQL creator Michael 'Monty' Widenius to 'save' the open-source database from Oracle has quickly gained momentum, collecting nearly 17,000 signatures. Widenius on Monday submitted an initial batch of 14,174 signatures to the European Commission, which is conducting an antitrust review of Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems, MySQL's current owner. The petition calls for authorities to block the merger unless Oracle agrees to one of three "solutions", including spinning off MySQL to a third party and releasing all past versions and subsequent editions for the next three years under the Apache 2.0 open-source license. via osnews.com
  14. well 2009 is about to close, and 2010 coming soon, I hope you all had a good year and that 2010 will be even better cheers from niall and the linux-noob.com crew
  15. This news is already a week old, but it only got submitted to us today, and I didn't notice it all. As it turns out, two malicious software packages had been uploaded to GNOME-Look.org, masquerading as valid .deb packages (a GNOME screensaver and theme, respectively). The two cases were discovered shortly after one another. First, it was discovered that malware was masquerading as a screensaver. It came as a .deb package, but instead of installing a screensaver, it would execute a script which would mess with some files and download a few other scripts which would make the affected machine take part in a DDoS attack, while also allowing it to update itself. Not long after, a similar problematic package was discovered, but I can find little information on that one, other than that it was a theme called "Ninja Black". Since only one removal instruction has been posted, I'm assuming it was the same .deb package/script uploaded under a different name. Speaking of removal instructions - if you've been hit, here's the fix: sudo rm -f /usr/bin/Auto.bash /usr/bin/run.bash /etc/profile.d/gnome.sh index.php run.bash sudo dpkg -r app5552 This minor incident highlights both the inherent strength of the repository system, as well as one of its weaknesses. First, though, let's make it very clear that this very minor incident in no way means that Linux, Debian, Ubuntu or other .deb-based distributions are insecure. This is a clear case of social engineering, and there's no remedy for that yet. Of course, GNOME-Look is partly to blame too, but I guess it's virtually impossible to keep such a large site clean. For what it's worth, they removed the offending packages very quickly. The inherent strength this little incident illustrates is that if you stick to the official repositories for Ubuntu, there's very little to be afraid of. Those packages are well-tested and secure (i.e., they contain no malware, but could of course still contain regular security flaws), and can be installed without fear of repercussions. The weakness this case illustrates is that quite a few times, the official repositories are simply not enough. A new version might not be there, a program you wan't isn't in the repositories, or whatever other scenario. In those cases, installing something from outside of the repositories is appealing, but it does mean opening yourself up to potential hazards. All in all though, this is a very minor case, but noteworthy nonetheless, as I think it's one of the first pieces of malware for Ubuntu. via > http://www.osnews.com/story/22625/Malware_Hidden_Inside_Screensaver_Theme_on_GNOME-Look
  16. wow ! easy knowing you are my son ! 11 years old and you are doing all that well done !!! I'm proud of you :)
  17. sorry i'll try and take a look at pclinuxos again soon, its all about time and i dont have much of that lately
  18. if you press Alt and Tab together do you still see the window
  19. is the firewall on the xp box open both ways ?
  20. anyweb

    My desktop

    cool stuff, what does the school use for an email server, is it exchange ?
  21. anyweb

    Hello

    welcome Martin ! nice to have you onboard, my 11 year old son installed Ubuntu 9.10 today so hopefully he will join in with some screenshots soon cheers niall
  22. Hello everybody out there using Linux - Google Chrome is go for beta on Linux! Thanks to the many Chromium and WebKit developers who helped make Google Chrome a lean, mean browsing machine. Here are a few fun facts from us on the Google Chrome for Linux team: 60,000 lines of Linux-specific code written 23 developer builds 2,713 Linux-specific bugs fixed 12 external committers and bug editors to the Google Chrome for Linux code base, 48 external code contributors Thanks for waiting and we hope that you enjoy using Google Chrome! Google Chrome Team http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/w00t.html
  23. ah i think the whole iphone thing is about being 'in with the crowd' rather than anything else, i recently sat in a restaurant with 3 colleagues waiting for lunch, they all pulled out their iphones while waiting for the food.... but of course i could be wrong, i don't have one and can hardly justify the price of them, i could buy a car for that...
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