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Tuning the Linux kernel for more aggressive network throughput

The Linux kernel and the distributions that package it typically provide very conservative defaults to certain network settings that affect networking parameters. You can tune then to optimise your network performance.

GPL v3 Q&A with Luis Villa

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the Free Software Foundation finally ratified and released the new version of the GPL at the end of June. This marks the newest chapter in the history of one of open source (and free) software’s oldest and most venerated licenses.

Illegal Codecs Put Me Off Linux

"Linux has a number of really strong points that go beyond the price (reliability, ease of use and low hardware requirements to name but a few), but the operating system falls short when it comes to legally supporting file formats such as MP3, WMA/WMV and DVDs. It’s not that you don’t have support for these formats available, it’s that adding support means entering into some really shady legal territory."

The future of Windows should be open source

In a recent interview with Microsoft's COO Kevin Turner, the executive was asked about the future of Windows. In response, Turner had this to say: "Certainly, this last year has been an unprecedented year for Vista and Office and the launch," Turner said. "And we are still committed to the desktop. There will be another release and launch of a Vista-type operating system. [And] there will be another release of Office."

Open-source vendors: Monopolies waiting to happen?

JBoss developer Roy Russo wonders if all open-source companies are de facto monopolistic. Like many others that I respect (Dave Rosenberg, Lonn Johnston, President Bush, Oscar the Grouch), Russo says any market ultimately has room for only one purveyor of free software. He writes:

Dell Offers NEW Ubuntu Linux Notebooks: Faster, more RAM and 8 colors

Processors as fast as Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 (2.2GHz/800Mhz FSB/4MB cache). Up to 4GB of RAM. Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100.

Flash Player 9 Update 3 Beta

Check out the new Flash Player 9 Update 3 beta, also available in Linux flavor, available here. The most notable features of interest to Linux users: Fullscreen mode works on Linux, and the entire thing has been reworked as a native GTK app that communicates with the hosting web browser using the XEmbed protocol. Hopefully, your favorite Linux web browser also holds up its end of the bargain by hosting XEmbed applications.

Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum Releases Specifications and Roadmap

Demonstrating the growing momentum of the mobile Linux market, The Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum announced today the publication of specifications, that are part of LiPS Release 1.0, whose complete delivery is planned by the end of 2007. In addition, LiPS unveiled a roadmap of additional specification areas to be developed through 2008.