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Brazil's free software forum: wrap-up

When you go to any hotbed of free software development in Latin America, such as the Fórum Internacional Software Livre (international free software forum) I attended this week in Brazil, it’s clear that Richard Stallman is the hero and the flagship personality. Quotes from his speeches turn up first on every web site discussing the conference, stereotyped likenesses of his signature hair style appear on posters, and supporters line up to pay five reais–a bargain compared to what he charges in Europe!–to get their photo taken with the real article. (The money all goes directly to the Free Software Foundation, so the charge is meant as a fund-raiser, and also–I suspect–to cut down on tiresome time-wasting.)

Brazil's free software forum: cooperative is more than an attitude

  • O'Reilly & Associates; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Apr 21, 2006 11:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Yesterday I arrived in Porto Alegre, in the South of Brazil, and introduced my readers to the Fórum Internacional Software Livre. At that time I had met some of the animals but had not yet attended the circus. Today I experienced the full excitement of being with thousands of people with many different interests: free software developers, students, government leaders, and more. I estimated a full two thousand people in today’s keynote presentation, which featured a range of government leaders and a little video in which the Brazilian national anthem was played by a variety of musicians from different regions and ethnic backgrounds.

Brazil's free software forum: background and arrival

  • O'Reilly & Associates; By Andy Oram (Posted by tadelste on Apr 20, 2006 2:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Brazil, when it comes to IT development, suffers more than nearly any other country from a gap between aspiration and capability. A huge number of talented developers want to contribute to the world’s software, and to their own country’s development, but they’re hampered by difficulties of obtaining hardware, software, and (of particular interest to me as an editor) documentation.

KDE Interacting With the Browser Community

Recently I've been on a mission to raise awareness of KDE and Konqueror in the wider Internet community as well as prepare to make the KDE 4 web browser a top-tier secure application. As part of those ongoing efforts, I have been attending and participating in various workshops and conferences. Recently I had the opportunity to participate in the W3C Workshop on Transparency and Usability of Web Authentication in New York City. Read on for the report.

Red Hat Ends Fedora Foundation

At FUDCon Boston on Friday, the members will discuss the dismantling of their Foundation

Wyse Technology Extends Thin-Computing Leadership With New Linux Solutions

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Apr 5, 2006 11:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
More Than 10,000 LinuxWorld Attendees Will Register on Wyse Thin Clients for Second Consecutive Year

Wind River's Linux Platform to Support Intel's Family of Next Generation Application Processors for Handheld Devices

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Apr 5, 2006 8:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Wind River Enhances Commercial Grade Quality Linux Consumer Device Software Platform with Support for Intel's New Monahans Processor Family

Free Download of Open Source Software CD-ROM for Windows

Tired of the strangle-hold Microsoft has on the software world? There is a viable alternative that people are turning to: open source software. What do open source applications look like? Download this CD-ROM and install some of the applications on your Windows computer to see. The idea behind the CD-ROM is that all the applications are open source, and they also exist to run on Linux computers. Linux is a ubiquitous operating system that can be found in everything from home electronics to personal computers to some of the world's largest and most powerful computers.

Red Hat Linux Desktop

If Windows is a family sedan and basic Linux is an armored car, then Red Hat Linux Desktop is a mainline battle tank.

Using the Security-Enhanced Linux subsystem, this version of Linux looks at security on a program-to-program basis and not a user-to-user one. This means that an admin can set the security levels and permissions of an individual program on the network regardless of who the user is. A word processor, for example, may be able to do basic functions and save and load files to a local disk, but be restricted from accessing network drives or running macros. And default settings can be configured so that if a virus should arrive, it will find itself restricted and unable to do anything outside the security protocols, such as replicating itself throughout the network.

Mozilla Org Donates 10G to OpenSSH/OpenBSD

Frank Hecker from the Mozilla Foundation contacted Theo to inform him that the foundation decided to donate $10,000 USD to the OpenSSH project.

...The OpenSSH project truly appreciates this gesture of solidarity from such a respectable open source project.

Besides this sizeable donation we also received hundreds of smaller donations, mostly from individuals and small companies. Thanks everyone for stepping up to keep OpenBSD/OpenSSH ticking.

Linux Leaps Toward KDE/GNOME Compatibility

The two leading Linux desktop development groups have started burying the hatchet by creating a set of common APIs for the GNOME and KDE desktops. (

Fedora Foundation

To my fellow Fedora community members: As many of you are aware, FUDCon Boston is this Friday. One of the most important topics that we will be discussing there is the future of the Fedora Project, specifically with regard to the Fedora Foundation.

Virtually Speaking at LinuxWorld

Opinion: Why is virtualization the big early news from LinuxWorld? Because enterprises want to implement it sooner than later and Microsoft is all too aware of this trend.

March of the penguin

Linux is gradually gaining acceptance and credibility in Indian enterprises. It has been over a year since UTI Bank set up its call center that handles over 7000 calls per day. The bank was looking for a robust platform that could guarantee it “high availability of services and uninterrupted call traffic”. It had options but finally decided on Linux for its core business applications.

Trolltech spreads Linux reach with Wind River, Zi partnerships

LONDON — Trolltech AS, whose Qtopia platform and Qt framework have helped to develop more than 70 Linux-based embedded devices, has inked separate deals with Wind River and Zi Corporation aimed at simplifying and extending the development of device software on Linux based consumer devices.

Osdl forges link between battling desktop Linux factions

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and have launched the Portland project that will let developers create a single application that works on both the KDE and Gnome Linux desktop environments.

Intel pumps cash into Red Hat Linux venture

RED HAT and Intel have set up a worldwide programme to help corporations and other enterprises plan and optimise Linux deployments.

Get the Facts: Microsoft Says Recovery from Malware Becoming Impossible

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—In a rare discussion about the severity of the Windows malware scourge, a Microsoft security official said businesses should consider investing in an automated process to wipe hard drives and reinstall operating systems as a practical way to recover from malware infestation

Debian Weekly News - April 4th, 2006

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Apr 4, 2006 11:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 14th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Robert Millan [1]reported that he has built a CD installer images for GNU/kFreeBSD on [2]AMD64. Joey Schulze earlier [3]announced that the changelog files have been regenerated on the new [4] system.

MIT Professor Dismisses Laptop Criticism

  • The Associated Press; By BRIAN BERGSTEIN (Posted by tadelste on Apr 4, 2006 10:44 AM EDT)
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who hopes to distribute $100 laptops to the world's children dismissed recent criticisms Tuesday and said his project could begin distributing the computers by early next year. Kicking off the LinuxWorld conference in Boston, Nicholas Negroponte said he was undeterred by skepticism from two of the leading forces in computing, Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp. "When you have both Intel and Microsoft on your case, you know you're doing something right," Negroponte said, prompting applause from the audience of several hundred open-source software devotees.

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