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07.21.10

Links: Linux News (SSHFS, Drivers), Applications, Instructionals, Unigine Game, and Distributions

Posted in GNU/Linux, News Roundup at 11:06 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Accumulation of Linux and GNU news including a Zenwalk 6.4 review

Graphics Stack

  • Here’s The 3dfx Banshee, Voodoo DRM/KMS Driver

    Last month we reported on the status of kernel mode-setting with the Glint driver that’s being done as a Google Summer of Code project to provide KMS support for the ancient 3Dlabs Permedia 3 and Permedia 4 graphics cards and to better document the Linux KMS/DRM driver writing process. As part of the Glint KMS discussion, it emerged that an independent developer (James Simmons) happened to hack together a 3dfx DRM driver. This was interesting as the work was never published or accepted into the mainline kernel, but today we finally are able to lay our eyes on this open-source 3dfx driver for the Banshee, Voodoo 3, and Voodoo 5 graphics cards.

  • Cool User File Systems, Part 1: SSHFS

    Userspace file systems are one of the coolest storage options in Linux. They allow really creative file systems to be developed without having to go through the kernel gauntlet. This article presents one of them, SSHFS, that allows you to remotely mount a file system using ssh (sftp).

Applications

Desktop Environments/WMs

  • Alternative desktops: Fvwm

    This time around, in our Alternative desktops series, we’re going seriously old-school Linux with Fvwm. Although using Fvwm will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time, it still has it’s place in today’s world. Where speed and simplicity are the single most important desire on a desktop, you really can’t go wrong with Fvwm. The only problem with this wonderful little desktop is getting used to the configuration.

  • K Desktop Environment (KDE SC)

    • Clementine 0.4 Rocks! I Love Open Source!

      Most of you probably haven’t heard about Clementine before. But every linux music enthusiast must be aware of Amarok 1.4, which for many like me, was the best open source music player for Linux. Even though it was KDE app, I used it as my default music player in Ubuntu Gnome. It was that good. But everything changed once KDE developers decided to rewrite Amarok.

  • GNOME Desktop

    • Probably The Best 5 GnoMenu Themes

      I can’t stand the default menu Ubuntu comes with and I only keep it because I have to know under which submenu the user can find an installed application when posting on WebUpd8. This wouldn’t be needed if people used a menu with a search function but anyway. Also, since I install quite a few applications, half of it requires scrolling and makes it almost unusable.

Distributions

  • How Many Types of Linux Do We Need?

    There are gazillions of people on this planet right now. Not all of them will ever care to build their own flavor of Linux. But Linux gives you the ability to choose how YOU want things, and then share it with the world. I’ve talked before about where you can go to build your own version of Linux. It’s not as difficult as you might think it is… so what are you waiting for?

  • Reviews

    • Zenwalk 6.4: Simple yet Awesome

      It’s been a long time since I last took a look at Zenwalk. I’ve always had a sweet spot for it, though I haven’t had a chance to really give it a full spin in quite some time. Although I am primarily a KDE user, there’s something about Zenwalk that always keeps my attention: It’s simple, fast, and gets the job done. Not only that, but its one of the best lightweight distros around.

      Zenwalk uses XFCE as it’s desktop of choice (though other versions are available) and from the past times I’ve used it, it appears to be focused on allowing your system to run free, rather than bog it down with unnecessary eye candy and bloat. Zenwalk manages to pack a punch with a large variety of useful applications preinstalled, without slowing you down in the process.

  • Red Hat Family

    • Is Red Hat the New VMware?

      Red Hat Enterprise Linux now comes with built-in virtualization (KVM) but is Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) about to go to the virtual mat with VMware? If you look at their RHEL video, you’ll come away with a resounding ‘Yes’ to that question.

      Red Hat purchased Qumranet in 2008 to acquire their KVM-based virtualization solution and SolidICE product based on the SPICE protocol.

    • Fedora

      • Cantarell

        As Ian and Ryan already blogged, the Fedora Design Team is evaluating new branding fonts: Comfortaa for headings and either Cantarell or Droid Sans for body text.

  • Debian Family

    • DebConf10: the Debian Project

      After ten editions in nine countries spanning four continents, and for the first time in the US, the Debian project is holding the annual Debian Developer conference, DebConf, at Columbia University in New York City on August 1.

    • Canonical/Ubuntu

      • Ubuntu Manual Project core philosophy

        I believe such a philosophy, like Ubuntu’s code of conduct, is important and every project should have one.

      • Flavours and Variants

        • Netrunner Blacklight Released!

          Huzzah! So, the official (and huge) ISO for the second release of Netrunner is up, out and available right now! (torrent)

          Here’s the distrowatch announcement.

          Moving to KDE

          The biggest change in this version is moving to KDE for the desktop.

          Something important to understand about that: when I say “KDE for the desktop”, that doesn’t mean Netrunner is running all KDE apps. There are a lot of GNOME (and other) apps in there, because we are trying to present the best selection of applications and for some reason some people like some of the non-KDE apps better.

        • Peppermint Ice – Press Release!
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