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Google's gives the world (another) Linux phone OS

Google has unveiled its phone platform, Android. It's yet another Linux OS, freely licensed, that will appear in devices in the second half of next year. Google has signed up over 30 partners including Qualcomm, Motorola, HTC and operators including Deutsche Telekom for the "Open Handset Alliance".

Manage your music tags with EasyTag and Picard

When you listen to digital music, your software or hardware player usually shows information about the current song, which it gets from MP3 tags or Ogg Vorbis comments. Most ripping software supports acquiring this metadata from the CDDB or FreeDB services based on a CD's disc ID. But you can also can fill in and edit metadata with tools such as EasyTag and Picard.

Introducing: "The Monday Witness"

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Nov 5, 2007 1:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Regular readers will know that my interest in standards is not limited to those that help make information and communications technology work. Over the years I've written about standards created to address concerns more directly relevant to the human condition, such as human rights standards, social responsibility standards, and much more. The world being what it is, I think that it's time I did so on a regular basis, and that's what this blog entry is all about.

Why I Dumped Beryl for Metacity

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 5, 2007 12:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNOME
For a number of reasons, I have opted to leave my cube spinning days behind me, as it just did nothing for me. Certain applications ran poorly in Beryl, and while no fault should be placed on its development, I was finding myself booting into Metacity more and more for my GNOME desktop.

Now it’s Open Document Format’s turn for the FUDmeisters.

  • HackFUD (Posted by itron on Nov 5, 2007 11:49 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Okay, lets get one thing straight… Repeat after me : “The Open Document Foundation has nothing to do with the Open Document Format” “The Open Document Foundation has nothing to do with the Open Document Format” “The Open Document Foundation has nothing to do with the Open Document Format”

Connect Firefox to TiddlyWiki with TiddlySnip

If you're using TiddlyWiki as your note-taking tool, you ought to give TiddlySnip a try. The idea behind this Firefox extension is simple: it allows you to add the currently viewed Web page or selected text snippet to your TiddlyWiki as a new tiddler. But TiddlySnip adds a few clever twists to this basic idea, which turn the Firefox/TiddlyWiki combo into a powerful and extremely useful tool.

Watching DVDs in Linux: A Fight with MPAA

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 5, 2007 10:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Has anyone really, and I mean really, spent hours researching the issue of using libdvdcss in Linux to watch DVDs? What would you say if I told you much of what you are reading about this issue is complete bunk? Want the truth? Using libdvdcss is only illegal if, and I say if, it needs to implement DeCSS to allow for encrypted DVD viewing.

Vodafone Mobile Connect Card Driver For Linux

  • HowtoForge (Posted by falko on Nov 5, 2007 9:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Vodafone Mobile Connect Card driver for Linux is a tool that allows you to establish a connection to the Internet using 3G cards. It also allows to send and receive short messages from your computer. The cards currently supported are: Huawei E620, Huawei E220 and Option GlobeTrotter 3G+ EMEA.

Automatically generate PHP documentation from Subversion with phpDocumentor

The longer I program, the more structured my programming methods have become. Currently I am busy playing with generated documentation and unit testing. Generated documentation is an all round great idea, but it has a drawback: You need to generate it all the time. So I set out to use Subversion’s post-commit hook to generate fresh documentation for my PHP projects using phpDocumentor. I have written a little Python script that you can call from Subversion’s post commit hook. This script scans your subversion project for files that have the phpdoc property set. If any of these have changed, then it regenerates your documentation using phpDocumentor. It can also deal with files that are not kept in your Subversion repository and supports anything also supported by phpDocumentor.

Angolan govt to store documents on OSS

The Angolan government, which is firmly in favour of open source software (OSS) solutions, has implemented an OSS enterprise content management system.

The Future of Flash in Linux

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 5, 2007 6:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
For the most part, I have been fairly content with the release of Flash 9 for Linux, with the possible exception of occasional Flash-related browser crashes. Even with this bug, just the move from Flash 7 to Flash 9 has made the usability of any modern browsing experience a lot more attractive, especially when watching Flash video.

US federal departments move more to OSS

The Federal Open Source Alliance has released the results of a study into the adoption of open source software OSS by the US' various federal departments, the Federal Open Source Referendum. The findings show that both open source uptake and appetite are progressing, with 71 percent of respondents having noted that their agency could benefit from open source.

DistroWatch Weekly: Look at Ubuntu Studio 7.10, Project Indiana, gOS

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Nov 5, 2007 1:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 45th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! An excellent week for open source software enthusiasts as it finally brought the first public preview of the OpenSolaris-based Indiana, a new operating system trying to take over our desktops. Will it succeed? Although the release was marred by controversies and heated discussions on the project's mailing list, the first reviews indicate that Indiana is on the right track. In other news, a new distribution called gOS gets bundled with a US$199 Linux computer, Mandriva's François Bancilhon writes an angry open letter to Microsoft, Debian introduces a new KDE4 live CD, Fedora prepares for a big release day, and Kubuntu developers ponder the future of the project. Finally, don't miss the featured article which looks at the recently released Ubuntu Studio 7.10. Happy reading!

Cygwin/X install Oracle 10.2.0.1 on OpenSolaris (build 75a) DomU at Linux Dom0 (64 bit)

Starting with Solaris Express build 75(75a) xVM/Xen are included as a standard part of Solaris Express for x86/x64. Oracle's installation procedure seems to be a kind of evaluation performance and reliability for next generation Solaris Xen Drops running as DomUs on top of Linux Dom 0. Preferably CentOS 5 (RHEL 5) or Debian Etch 4.X .

Monitor your drives to extend their life

Last week saw a slew of articles suggesting that Ubuntu Linux was damaging hard disks. The truth is a little more complicated than that but just in case, try this trick for monitoring the state of your hard disk load/unload cycles before you make any rash decisions.

CCHIT Goes Back to the Future

An illusion in the minds of many is that Center for Certification of Health Information Technology (CCHIT) certified EHR systems are interoperable. The reality is that this is something that CCHIT does not currently test for but will ostensibly test in the future. This CCHITannouncement is interesting in that CCHIT will"...begin building a testing resource to evaluate compliance of electronic health records (EHR) and networks with certification criteria for interoperability. This new initiative will make it easier for health information technology companies to add standards-based information exchange capabilities to their products and prepare those products for certification. The testing software will be developed under an open source license so that it is free and publicly available, and the Certification Commission will use the software running on a secure platform during its inspection of a product's compliance..."

MP3s On Ubuntu - The OGG Alternative

  • Lockergnome's Linux Fanatics; By Matt Hartley (Posted by extradudeguy on Nov 4, 2007 6:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Have a CD collection sitting around waiting to find its place in your new Ubuntu lifestyle? Maybe you have existing non-DRM protected MP3s on Ubuntu and are looking for way to listen to them on Ubuntu without resorting to using MP3 considering its gray area of use.

Adding Ajax

  • MCSEWorld; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Nov 4, 2007 5:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I suppose you could call this a "specialty" book. I mean, most people "add" Ajax to their web applications when they initially develop their web applications. On the other hand, most people who have pre-existing web applications without Ajax and who think Ajax would add something, either re-develop the entire application or figure it's not worth the effort. Wouldn't it be great to be able to add Ajax to a pre-existing site and make it more interactive without having to take the whole thing apart and reconstruct it? According to author Shelley Powers, now you can.

Bumps on the road to document exchange nirvana

The OpenDocument Foundation has announced its plans to sever itself from participation in or further advocacy of its namesake office document format in favor of the World Wide Web Consortium's XHTML (Extensible HTML)-based Compound Document Format. Although the OpenDocument Foundation is a fairly small organization, the group sports a certain cachet that stems from the ODF-to-MS Office plug-in that the group announced--but did not release publicly--about a year and a half ago.

Connecting OpenOffice.org to PostgreSQL Via SDBC - An Overview

Connecting OpenOffice.org to MySQL has been well-documented for some time. For those who use PostgreSQL, however, finding good documentation on using OpenOffice.org with it has been like finding a needle in a haystack. Fortunately, it's much easier now.

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