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Submission + - Best Seller Refuses $500k; Self-Publishes Instead (techdirt.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Barry Eisler, a NY Times best-selling author of various thriller novels, has just turned down a $500,000 book contract in order to self-publish his latest work. In a conversation with self-publishing afficianado Joe Konrath, Eisler talks about why this makes sense and how the publishing industry is responding in all the wrong ways to the rise of ebooks. He also explains the math by which it makes a lot more sense to retain 70% of your earnings on ebooks priced cheaply, rather than 14.9% on expensive books put out by publishers.
Linux

Submission + - 35,000 Linux benchmarks in a week (openbenchmarking.org)

G3ckoG33k writes: Openbenchmarking.org has received 37,027 benchmarks (mainly Linux, and some Macs) in the first week since its inauguration. 241,384 completed tests using 468,344 components from 438 hardware vendors. All results submitted by end users. I guess the hardware support for Linux must become even better thanks to this effort. Yes, the benchmarks are easy to install and run, and you can readily compare your own system anonymously with the results already submitted, using any or all of hundreds of free applications in 47 categories.
Graphics

Submission + - Inkscape 0.48.1 released! 2

ScislaC writes: This version of the SVG-based vector graphics editor contains over 80 bug fixes as well as improves stability and performance on all platforms. Check out the release notes for a brief summary about what has changed, view the milestone page for a comprehensive list of fixed bugs, or just jump right to downloading your copy for Windows, OSX Leopard & Snow Leopard, or Others.
Image

German Kindergartens Ordered To Pay Copyright For Songs Screenshot-sm 291

BBird writes "Deutsche Welle reports: 'Up until this year, preschools could teach and produce any kind of song they wanted. But now they have to pay for a license if they want children to sing certain songs. A tightening of copyright rules means kindergartens now have to pay fees to Germany's music licensing agency, GEMA, to use songs that they reproduce and perform. The organization has begun notifying creches and other daycare facilities that if they reproduce music to be sung or performed, they must pay for a license.'"
Businesses

Skype Outage Hits Users Worldwide 167

Hugh Pickens writes "The LA Times reports that millions of Skype phone users worldwide couldn't make calls or were dropped in mid-conversation because of a network connection failure that began about 9 AM Wednesday PST. 'For a communications system this large to go down, it's almost unheard of,' says Charles S. Golvin, a Forrester Research analyst. 'Usually when phone lines are disrupted, the blackout is confined to a specific geographical area. This is worldwide.' In theory, Skype, which is based on peer-to-peer networking technology, shouldn't see an outage, but that is not really the case — the company has a massive infrastructure that it uses for purposes such as authentication and linking to the traditional phone networks. 'The outage comes at a time when Skype is starting to ask larger corporations for their business,' writes Om Malik. 'If I am a big business, I would be extremely cautious about adopting Skype for business, especially in the light of this current outage.'"
Debian

Debian 6.0 To Feature a Completely Free Kernel 283

dkd903 writes "The Debian Project has announced that the upcoming release — Debian 6.0 'Squeeze' — will have a completely free Linux kernel. This means that the Linux kernel which ships with Debian 6.0 will not have any non-free firmware. The Debian Project has been working on removing the non-free parts since the last two releases. With Squeeze, they are finally realizing that goal."
Television

President Obama On Mythbusters Tonight 416

elrous0 writes "As was previously reported, President Obama mentioned back in October that he would be appearing on an upcoming episode of the popular Discovery Channel series Mythbusters. Well, the episode is finally airing tonight. In the episode, the President helps Jamie and Adam test the 'Archimedes Death Ray' myth for a 3rd time (the myth having been 'busted' the first time, and that bust surviving a challenge from MIT students the second time out). Though the President only appears in a couple of brief scripted segments, the actual test (using 500 schoolkids doubling as mirror-bearing soldiers) is purportedly pretty interesting."
Linux

Submission + - openSUSE To Offer A Rolling Release Repository (digitizor.com)

dkd903 writes: While the rumors of Ubuntu moving to a rolling release has been brought to a halt, another major Linux distribution is looking to provide a rolling release.

In a message to the opensuse-project mailing list, openSUSE developer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced a new project – openSUSE Tumbleweed. openSUSE Tumbleweed will provide a rolling release for those openSUSE users who wishes to have a rolling release. It will essentially be a repo containing the latest stable versions of the applications.

Linux

Submission + - Adobe Flash 10.2 Brings GPU Acceleration To Linux (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Mac OS X and Windows users have already had GPU video acceleration with Adobe's Flash plug-in, but now Linux users can have in on this support too. Adobe has released Flash 10.2 beta and it introduces Stage Video for complete video acceleration across all supported operating systems, faster Internet Explorer rendering, text improvements, and proper multi-monitor support. The Stage Video support on Linux is implemented with OpenGL and NVIDIA VDPAU. Phoronix tests of this new Flash plug-in show the CPU usage now dropping sharply when playing 1080p H.264 content on a netbook.
Linux

Submission + - Ubuntu moving to rolling releases (theregister.co.uk)

formfeed writes: The register claims that "Ubuntu is moving away from its established six-month-cycle and potentially to a future where software updates land on a daily basis."
While this sounds like a sudden change, it is apparently more of a long-term thought. The Register quotes Shuttleworth:



"Today we have a six-month release cycle," Shuttleworth said. "In an internet-oriented world, we need to be able to release something every day. "That's an area we will put a lot of work into in the next five years. The small steps we are putting in to the Software Center today, they will go further and caster than people might have envisioned in the past."

But given that many of Shuttleworth's thoughts became decisions later on, it might be interesting to see, where this one leads.

Interestingly enough, 5 years is about the time, when Ubuntu will run out of letters.

AMD

Submission + - AMD Releases Open-Source Fusion Driver (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: AMD has just released open-source Linux driver support for their Fusion APUs, primarily for the first Ontario processor. As detailed on Phoronix, this includes support for kernel mode-setting, 2D acceleration, and 3D acceleration via both Mesa and Gallium3D graphics drivers.
Intel

Submission + - Intel Launches Atom CPU With Integrated FPGA (thinq.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Intel is quite clearly serious about offering competition to ARM in the embedded market, and has just announced a new Atom processor series that offers a unique selling point: an integral FPGA processor.
Billed as 'the first configurable Intel Atom-based processor,' the Atom E600C series combines an Intel Atom 'Tunnel Creek' chip with an Altera Field Programmable Gate Array — offering, the company claims, significantly more flexibility for ODMs and OEMs.

Linux

Submission + - Linux Mint 10 is out!

crhylove writes: "The fourth most popular OS in the world, and the Second most popular Linux Distro "Linux Mint" is out!! Gotta be an article somewhere!!!"

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