Archive for the ‘Linux’ Category

Audex ist ein fantastischer CD-Ripper aber unter *buntu 10.10 ging plötzlich OGG rippen nicht mehr, das konnte man nicht mehr auswählen. Das ist aber nicht die Schuld der Programmentwickler, vorbis-tools hat in der Version 1.4 sein Interface einfach geändert. Die Version wird z.B. mit -V abgefragt vorher war es ein kleines v oder umgekehrt. –version gibt es auch noch. Patchen und kompilieren ist angesagt.


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The platform wikileaks published committee draft documents from an industry working group on a European Software Strategy, a blogger Javier Carrete puts the document and internal comments in a certain lobby context. I am a very sceptical about the wikileaks platform. Documents are put out of context and get politicized. The document is part of larger stakeholder contribution process for the European Software Strategy initiative of Vivianne Reding.

Here is the official final report and here you find the whole process to get the larger picture. I could add more.

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The Mandriva developer community founds a new project “Mageia”, a fork of the popular distribution.


As you may have heard, the future of the Mandriva Linux distribution is unclear. Most employees working on the distribution were laid off when Edge-IT was liquidated. We do not trust the plans of Mandriva SA anymore and we don’t think the company (or any company) is a safe host for such a project. Many things have happened in the past 12 years. Some were very nice: the Mandriva Linux community is quite large, motivated and experienced, the distribution remains one of the most popular and an award-winning product, easy to use and innovative. Some other events did have some really bad consequences that made people not so confident in the viability of their favourite distribution. People working on it just do not want to be dependent on the economic fluctuations and erratic, unexplained strategic moves of the company.

Apparently they want development be governed by a non-profit organisation or developer cooperative. A main concern of them seems to be the past business decisions of the Mandriva management. The business model looks unclear.

Consider that Mandriva currently competes with a Russian consortium on a Russian National Operating system contract.

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Microsoft has shot the .NET ecosystem in the foot because of the constant threat of patent infringement that it has cast on the system, Novell vice-president and Microsoft MVP, Miguel de Icaza, is quoted…

Indeed, it is not about actual risks but platform confidence. That is a real pity because the Microsoft .NET platform overcomes certain limitations of operating systems and offers a path to cross-plattform standardisation.

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ELIVE is an Englightement based debian live CD distribution which is configured in a plain beautiful and user friendly way.

The current development version 1.9.56 .

Less successful is an Elive special edition for the Zeitgeist movement, a kind of esoteric conspiration theory used to promote the retrofuturist ventures of Jacque Fresco.

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Kanotix preview

A preview of the new Kanotix “Excalibur” is ready for testing. The upcoming Kanotix release Excalibur will be based upon Debian in its Lenny version. It is packed with new stuff such as:

* Kernel BFS patched
* Kde 3.5.10
* Openoffice 2.4.1 (im ooo3 iso 3.1.1 mit den Paketen von http://www.openoffice.org/)
* Grub2 (1.97 beta 4)
* Wicd
* Wine 1.1.35
* Iceweasel 3.0.6 (xulrunner (~unbranded Firefox)
* Icedove (~unbranded Thunderbird)
* Kanos scripts for installing the nvidia and ati drivers

You can test Excalibur right now by downloading an iso cd image, a version with openoffice 3.1.1: Excalibur OOO3 2009 32 bit

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