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Graphite: Smart font technology comes to FOSS

Smart font technology, which automatically inserts advanced typographical features in the right context, has existed for a decade, but it is still only partly implemented in most operating systems and programs. Now, a project called Graphite is not only introducing smart font technology to GNU/Linux, but offering it in a form more advanced than any previous implementations. For typographically straightforward languages like English, Graphite delivers a higher level of sophistication in document design without any effort by the user. However, for non-European languages, Graphite's smart font technology is even more important, because it simplifies their use on computers.

Keeping Free Software Free

ANTs Software to Exhibit at the IBM Business Partner Pavilion at LinuxWorld Boston

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Mar 28, 2006 11:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
ANTs Data Server Supports Linux 64-bit Operating Systems on AMD Opteron and Intel Platforms

Maddog says desktop the final frontier for Linux

First Linux took over in the supercomputers space, then Linux moved into the dot com space of internet servers and finally about the year 2000 Linux started to be deployed as the operating system, of choice in embedded systems. Now, in an exclusive podcast interview Linux evangelist Jon “Maddog” Hall says the Linux desktop era is upon us.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 39

  • Mailing list; By Thomas Chung (Posted by tadelste on Mar 28, 2006 12:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Fedora
Welcome to our issue number 39 of Fedora Weekly News.

CLI Magic: Playing music from the command line with mp3blaster

Ever since my first Linux install 10 years ago, I have been hooked on the command line. The Bourne Again Shell (BASH) has been my first choice for moving or copying files, writing text, browsing through my home folder, and lately, even for reading email. When I realized I was depending on graphical players to listen to my MP3 collection, I searched for a command-line MP3 player -- and found mp3blaster.

Open source software aids healthcare leader

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW), the largest not-for-profit healthcare provider in California, needed to consolidate its IT systems and bring greater efficiency and consistency to the infrastructure. CHW decided the best way to do that was to move away from proprietary solutions and toward open source.

Mastering podcasts with Audacity

Open source software makes podcasting easy -- too easy. Listening to a playlist of first-timer podcasts can leave your ears ringing from sudden changes in playback volume. The problem is audio mastering. Recording sound is simple, but mastering that sound -- compressing volume differences, maintaining a decibel ceiling, and similar operations -- is anything but. Fortunately, an open source tool offers everything you need for mastering podcasts and other spoken-word recordings. Audacity is well-known among podcasters on all platforms for its ability as an editor; here are some tips and tools for mastering and adjusting volume, aimed at podcasters, but they could apply to anyone who needs to produce a spoken-word recording under less-than-perfect conditions.

Linux: Merging In 2.6.17

Andrew Morton interview offered a list of patches in his mm tree, summarizing for each his plans as to whether or not they will be pushed to Linus for inclusion in the upcoming 2.6.17 kernel.

AJAX, LAMP, and liveDVD for a Linux-based camera

  • (Posted by tadelste on Mar 27, 2006 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Foreword: This article explains how a small, Utah-based company used asynchronous Javascript and XML (AJAX) to add advanced features to the user interfaces in its Linux-based cameras. The article was written by Andrey Filippov, a Russian physicist who emigrated to the US in 1995, and founded Elphel six years later.

Lightning strikes Thunderbird down

At last, an integrated calendar for my favourite mail client, Thunderbird. But don't break out the champagne just yet, chaps – Lightning still has a long way to go.

Userful Inc, Linux Computers and Administration Company

Useful, the company might be described by what some commentators describe as a despicable business model: hybrid. Partly Free - Linux, partly proprietary - their administration code. Nonetheless, Useful's Ben Li was refreshing open in his initial email pointing out they were only a partly "Open Source" company. Despite your reservations give our interviewee the benefit of the doubt and listen to his words. You may wish at the end that there more companies like his or hope they had even greater success. If not, rant afterwards.

Snort on OpenWrt: Guarding the SOHO perimeter

If you're edgy about security for your SOHO LAN, you might want to consider moving your first line of defense out past your firewall. How about on your router, for example? If your router runs OpenWrt, you can do exactly that, by running Snort, the open source intrusion detection system (IDS) project that has become the most widely deployed IDS in the world. Throw in the firewall that comes out of the box with OpenWrt White Russian, and suddenly the perimeter seems a lot more secure.

Google Tests New Image Ads In Google Local

  • Search Engine Watch (Posted by tadelste on Mar 27, 2006 8:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Shimon Sandler found that Google Local is testing another form of PPC ads in Google Local. Reportedly, if you search on booksellers nyc at Google Local, and if you look at the map you will notice some results have little coffee icons. If you click on the coffee icon within the map, as an example, you should notice a AJAX pop up floats up. This pop up contains a header named "Sponsored Link" and with local information and a large Barnes and Noble logo.

Auctioneer Bonhams opts for Linux

To operate and serve clients effectively, Bonhams needed to consolidate to one system. Bonhams was interested in the scalability and stability of Linux, and knew IBM well.

Owned and run by British auctioneers since 1793, London-based Bonhams ( is the fastest-growing fine art auction house in the world.

Magazine Preview: Web Warrior

The browser market has seen some of the bloodiest battles in technology. Microsoft’s victory over the once-dominant Netscape branded the pioneer an also-ran and planted Internet Explorer firmly at the top of the browser market. But Microsoft’s lack of IE development caused the program to stagnate under its inattentive parent.

Schools to adopt open source subjects

  • Manila Standard Today (Posted by tadelste on Mar 26, 2006 11:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
SOME 80 universities and colleges will incorporate open source subjects into their computer science (CS) and information technology (IT)-related courses later this year under a program that seeks to help schools develop more employable graduates.

Open source SOAP stacks getting revamped

  • Pierceland Herald (Posted by tadelste on Mar 26, 2006 6:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
San Francisco (InfoWorld) - LAS VEGAS -- XFire, an open source SOAP stack used in SOA, is being fitted with enhancements for security, binary attachments, and XML object binding, the developer of the stack said at TheServerSide Java Symposium conference on Friday.

Microsoft Breakup Imminent? GNU/Linux Wins

Who will buy the pieces of Microsoft after the final breakup? No one would want the operating system. A leveraged buyout for the Office group seems likely. Oracle looks like the winner in the business services business and it's the auction block for the rest of the company. The DRM and codecs go to Real Networks.

Text of the CDC v IBM case in the article body.

The Production of Security

  •; By Gustave de Molinari (Posted by tadelste on Mar 26, 2006 12:00 PM EDT)
Never has laissez-faire thought been as dominant as it was among French economists, beginning with J.B. Say in the early nineteenth century, down through Say's more advanced followers Charles Comte and Charles Dunoyer and to the early years of the twentieth century. For nearly a century, the laissez-faire economists controlled the professional economic society, the Societe d'Economie Politique and its journal, the Journal des Economistes, as well as numerous other journals and university posts. And yet, few of these economists were translated into English, and virtually none are known to English or American scholars — the sole exception being Frederic Bastiat, not the most profound of the group. The entire illustrious group remains unstudied and unsung.

Thanks to Bob Robertson for the link

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