The Linux Week in Review
Free long distance
Skype is an up and coming popular Voice over Internet Product (VoIP). The software application is an easy install and runs on various different Linux distributions including SuSE 9, Gentoo 1.4, Fedora Core 2, and Xandros. Previously available in beta versions, Skype for Linux 1.0 includes free Skype to Skype calling and conference calling for up to 5 participants, cross-platform communications, rich presence and personalization features, and the pre-pay SkypeOut service, allowing users to call any landline or mobile worldwide for the price of a local call. Many on the TUX staff have installed and played with Skype quite a bit. We love it.
Linux is for kids
Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Garbee will be presenting at linux.conf.au, an Australian Linux conference, this year. According to her speaker's bio, her installation of Debian Linux on a server before she had reached 10 years of age "proves that installing Debian really isn't very hard," although it should be noted that "Dad is around to answer questions" if trouble hits. Read more at ZD Net Australia's site.
Add one million to the Linux user base
The Indian army plans to issue hand-held devices running Linux to soldiers in its million-strong army. The SATHI (Situational Awareness and Tactical Handheld Information and Hindi for buddy) is a 875-gram device that helps soldiers coordinate with one another on the battlefield. Read more at LinuxInsider.
Software is like sex
The editors of TUX's sister publication, Linux Gazette, are hosting a t-shirt design contest. The winning entry will become the official 2005 Linux Gazette t-shirt. If your creative juices are flowing or you want to take a peak at other's ideas, make sure to visit the site. The contest, which runs through February 7, has it's first entry already posted to the site and quotes Linux founder Linus Torvalds with the bold phrase, "Software is like sex; it's best when it's free".
If you're in the neighborhood stop on by
The third annual Desktop Linux Summit will be held February 9-11 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego. Conference programs run Wednesday through Friday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on February 9 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 10 and 11, 2005. There is still room left for attendees to register at www.desktopsummit.com. The registration price of $99 includes meals all days and a free T-shirt plus access to all exhibits and events.
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