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Kamloops school district gets an education in free software

  •; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by alc on Jun 6, 2007 5:09 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Kamloops/Thompson School District in British Columbia, Canada, is a free software success story. Gregg Ferrie, manager of information technology for the district, believes its infrastructure may be "the largest Linux on-the-desktop implementation in Western Canada"

DreamWorks Animation "Shrek the Third": Linux Feeds an Ogre

  • Linux Journal; By Robin Rowe (Posted by dcparris on Jun 6, 2007 4:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
DreamWorks Animation pushes the limits of CG filmmaking with Linux.

The Little Broadband Engine that Could: Using SPEs

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Peter Seebach (Posted by IdaAshley on Jun 6, 2007 3:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
Get a feel for programming models that work on the Cell/B.E. processor. In this first article, Peter Seebach introduces the API used to run programs on SPEs, focusing specifically on loading code on an SPE and sending data to it for processing.

DebConf7 Schedule available

The schedule is now available in various formats.

June | Liberation fonts | Microsoft "Be Very Afraid" tour

Did you miss the 3rd annual Red Hat Summit? Not to worry, this month's Red Hat Magazine synopsis has all the updates, blogs, and announcement coverage you need to stay informed. Also in May, Red Hat Magazine featured articles on open voting, video updates on the One Laptop per Child project, and the continuation of popular columns. More Inkscape anyone?

Microsoft/Xandros Patent Pact Deja Vu

Xandros gets a sweet deal from Microsoft by implying that there's Microsoft intellectual property hiding in Linux.

Lack of database trip-wires gives crooks an easy run

Leaked information from databases is becoming an increasingly serious concern, yet when it comes to plugging the wholes many organisations are running so many databases they hardly know where to start.

Dell *is* offering full Linux desktop hardware support

  •; By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols (Posted by dcparris on Jun 6, 2007 12:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
In the past several days, rumors have surfaced that Dell would not be offering extended warranty and CompleteCare hardware support options for its Ubuntu Linux desktop and laptops. And indeed, if you went to Dell's Ubuntu PC buying site, you'd find those options missing.

Salesforce bolts on Google ad management utility

  • Reg Developer; By Gavin Clarke (Posted by dcparris on Jun 5, 2007 10:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
So what was all the fuss about? and Google have announced an online ads and CRM alliance that'll have some in Silicon Valley feeling deflated this morning.

[Not specific to GNU/Linux, but may be of interest to some in our audience - dcparris]

Vulnerability found in Firefox extension, Google toolbar

A security researcher has found a remote vulnerability in the upgrade mechanism in the Firefox extension used by Google Toolbar and Google Browser Sync that could lead to a man-in-the-middle attack and covert installation of malicious software.

Former Microsoft Insider Speaks Out

He is considered a maverick where he works. Despite the environment being a Microsoft shop, he still manages to run Free and Open Source Software. After being inspired by Richard Stallman's message of Free Software in which people can modify it freely and compiling his own Linux kernel, he discovered for himself that he was free at last. He states that GNU and Linux are superior to Microsoft Windows, Office, and Internet Explorer. Here's where the irony comes into play: In the mid 1990's, he worked for Microsoft.

Saga of trying to buy an Ubuntu Dell with CompleteCare (tm) support

Good news, everyone! Dell is now selling PCs with Ubuntu Linux preinstalled. Read on to discover what happens when one man decides to buy one of these PCs, then chooses Dell's Complete Care solution to protect his new hardware. Chaos, or at very least, confusion, ensues.

Extended Warranties on Ubuntu Systems Back Soon

Dell replies to extended warranty claims on Ubuntu systems. "Recently, folks like Slashdot and others reported that we are no longer offering extended warranties or CompleteCare on Ubuntu-based systems. User johnnyk submitted an idea on IdeaStorm asking us to bring back warranty options for these systems. The short answer—we will soon."

Tip of the Trade: Bacula

  •; By Carla Schroder (Posted by alc on Jun 5, 2007 7:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Bacula is a sophisticated network backup program that really should be better-known. The robust and easy to use application runs on Unix-type operating systems, such as Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris.

Movable Type Open Source Project

The Movable Type Open Source Project was announced in conjunction with the launch of the Movable Type 4 Beta on June 5th, 2007. The MTOS Project is a community and Six Apart driven project that will produce an open souce version of the Movable Type Publishing Platform that will form the core of all other Movable Type products.

Micro$oft threatens its Most Valuable Professional

What's the best way to attract a pile of threatening lawyers' letters from Microsoft? Sell pirate copies of Windows? Write a DRM-busting program? Londoner Jamie Cansdale has just discovered a new approach. He had the temerity to make Redmond's software better. As a hobby, Cansdale developed an add-on for Microsoft Visual Studio. TestDriven.NET allows unit test suites to be run directly from within the Microsoft IDE. Cansdale gave away this gadget on his website, and initially received the praises of Microsoft. In fact, Microsoft was so pleased with him, it gave him a Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) award, which it says it gives to "exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who voluntarily share their high quality, real world expertise with others". However, his cherished status did not last.

Perforce collaborates with open source

Subversion is a very popular open source Software Configuration Management (SCM) tool and I've heard someone unkind say "Perforce is good too, but it's just like paying for Subversion when you do't need to".

Sad story of

One day I was made aware of a fine effort to give linux users with interest in clinical and nonclinical software a place to collaborate. This site used to be One of these days that site was hacked and defaced. They restored it but it was hacked again. They restored but it was hacked again. From what I've seen different forum software was used each time. They were fed up and decided to withdraw from public engagement I was told in an email from one of their members/admins. Now wtf. The crackers succeeded in taking down a fine site which helped many people in the community. I hope one day they will resurface and be left alone. It's a sad day.

They Will Be Known By Their Stripes

Distro developers and development teams are struggling greatly just to find the funding to purchase video cards and cheap scanners so they can test and build drivers for them. I can name three good distros that are on the brink of folding due to lack of money. Meanwhile, Microsoft is raking Linux money in with both hands like some rube on a winning streak at a gambling table.

GNUmed released

We are proud to announce the availability of GNUmed for GNU/Linux, MS Windows and MacOS X. The hooks framework has been extended. The bootstrapper transfers users and runs sanity checks for plausibility after upgrade. Encounter handling now allows a user to start a new encounter on demand. Simple data mining has been added. GNUmed now runs on Mac OS X and supports OsiriX DICOM viewer. Patient picture handling has been properly implemented. Debugging has been improved for better user feedback. The backend features an improved backup script and a new restore script, and now requires PG 8.1. A bug in the phrasewheel has been fixed. Details can be foundhere

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