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Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."
Software

Submission + - Skype For Asterisk

extremescholar writes: The folks over at Digium are now selling

Skype For Asterisk Single Channel

for $66.00 USD each. According to the description:

Skype For Asterisk is an add-on channel driver for Asterisk based systems. Adding Skype for Asterisk to any Asterisk server enables complete access to the Skype network, including low cost PSTN access and free calling to over 440+ million Skype users.

It can be bought at their store here.

Linux Business

Submission + - Skype For Asterisk beta software

extremescholar writes: On the Digium site, the last mention of Skype for Asterisk is in the Skype For Asterisk Update. At the end, there is a note stating that

We are pleased to announce the open beta of Skype For Asterisk is ready to begin and we look forward to you participation. To obtain your copy of the software, please visit Digium's web store and purchase (for zero dollars) the Skype For Asterisk product... The beta version of software and license keys will only be available for download through August 7th. License keys will expire on August 31st.

Comment Re:It's not the eye color screening that bugs me (Score 3, Interesting) 847

I agree. There are also some practical considerations. My wife and I are fairly intelligent people; and I sure most slashdotters would same the same thing about themselves. We therefore have high expectations for the natural children we have. We've decided to stop having our own children (don't really want to take care of babies); but we have looked into adoption. One of the concerns I had and do get addressed in some of the adoption classes; are what to expect about children that aren't naturally yours. This included, but was not limited to, "damage" from pre-existing families/homes; realistic scholastic expectations; and the idea of "ownership". Adoption isn't for everyone.

Comment Re:Bright side (Score 4, Funny) 10

The first rule of lawsuits is to sue everyone. You sue the wrecking company, the people who hired the wrecking company. You also sue the gps maker for giving faulty coordinates. You sue the manufacturer of the equipment used in the demolition, the local government, the local police force, all of your neighbors, and microsoft.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Boost Linux performance on old hardware

IndioMan writes: The ideas in this article may help you breathe life (and some additional security) into your old machines and make better use of Linux on aging hardware. A lack of physical memory can severely hamper Linux performance. Llearn how to accurately measure the amount of memory your Linux system uses. You also get practical advice on reducing your memory requirements using an Ubuntu system as an example.
Mozilla

New Firefox Project Could Mean Multi-Processor Support 300

suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Mozilla Links "Mozilla has started a new project to make Firefox split in several processes at a time: one running the main user interface (chrome), and another or several others running the web content in each tab. Like Chrome or Internet Explorer 8 which have implemented this behavior to some degree, the main benefit would be the increase of stability: a single tab crash would not take down the whole session with it, as well as performance improvements in multiprocessor systems that are progressively becoming the norm. The project, which lacks a catchy name like other Mozilla projects (like TaskFox, Ubiquity, or Chocolate Factory) is coordinated by long time Mozillian, Benjamin Smedberg; and also integrated by Joe Drew, Jason Duell, Ben Turner, and Boris Zbarsky in the core team. According to the loose roadmap published, a simple implementation that works with a single tab (not sessions support, no secure connections, either on Linux or Windows, probably not even based on Firefox) should be reached around mid-July."

Comment They'll die (Score 0) 234

Oracle will stop funding all "non-value added" work. If it doesn't contribute to the bottom line, it's gone. Look at their recent acquisition of Primavera. they used to have good support, great customer service, and a reasonable Annual User conference. They're short changing support and more or less cancelled the user conference. It's all about the dollars; and those project don't generate any.
Image

How To Have an Online Social Life When You're Dead 187

A wave of new companies are springing up to offer such things as virtual cemeteries, alerts to remind loved ones about the anniversary of your death, and even email services that send an alert to your sinful relatives in danger of being left behind when the Rapture carries you away. "People have a desire to perpetuate not only for themselves, but for their loved ones, the story of their lives, and technology has all these new great ways of doing that," said John McQueen, owner of the Anderson McQueen funeral home.

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