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IBM, schools pursue open-source research

IBM, which has been a big backer of open-source software, is working with seven universities on new computing research projects whose fruits would be widely shared rather than held as intellectual property.

Mozilla Firefox Headed for Primetime

For the first time, Mozilla is introducing Firefox to TV viewers by airing four fan-produced videos beginning tonight.

Linux desktop architects map out plans for 2007

The Open Source Development Labs hosted the third Desktop Architecture Meeting in Portland, Ore., last week to continue discussions on how to move the Linux desktop forward. More than 40 developers were in attendance, from organizations such as Hewlett-Packard,, Red Hat, Nokia, Intel, OpenWengo, AMD, Xandros,, and many several others.

Symphony OS 2006-12 Beta

The Symphony OS Project is pleased to announce the release of Symphony OS 2006-12. This release, the first since May, brings more stability and enhanced features to the young desktop environment and Linux distribution. Based on Debian Testing, Symphony OS 2006-12 now includes the GNOME System Tools within its System target menu, finally providing GUI system management functions that were sorely missing from previous releases. The system also features Firefox 2, many other updated packages, and performance improvements.

Review: Virtualization and Linux--A Primer (Part 2)

From chroot jails to Xen, there are plenty of virtualization solutions to consider for sandboxed Linux services. Carla Schroder concludes her look at virtualization tools, with a look at the stars and the honorable mentions in the field.

The Free Standards Group to Standardize New Accessibility Software ...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 14, 2006 -- The Free Standards Group (FSG), the standardization and certification authority for Linux, today announced that it will be developing and maintaining software interfaces donated by IBM as an open standard, available for all to use. The standardized interfaces, IAccessible2, make it far easier for application developers to provide accessible applications to computer users with disabilities, regardless of their OS platform. IAccessible2 will become a crucial part of the FSG AccessibilityWorkgroup and is available immediately.

Open Source PS3?

  • Red Herring; By Ryan Olson (Posted by dcparris on Dec 14, 2006 11:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Given the time and money Sony has spent extolling the power of its pricey new PlayStation 3 and likening the system to a powerful PC, it was only a matter of time before hardcore users decided to open the system up and treat it like one.

RPM -- plans, goals, etc.

There has been a lot of discussion in the past few months about RPM -- its present state, its future plans, and its leadership team. In particular, the Fedora Project has received numerous requests asking us, "what are you guys doing about RPM?"

The future of RPM

There has been a lot of discussion in the past few months about RPM -- its present state, its future plans, and its leadership team. In particular, the Fedora Project has received numerous requests asking, "what are you guys doing about RPM?". Here is the answer, in a few words.

Under Emerging Patent Strategy, IBM To Open Source Research From ...

  • InformationWeek; By Paul McDougall (Posted by dcparris on Dec 14, 2006 8:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM and academic researchers will develop analytical techniques and tools to ensure better software quality, methodologies for more effective security and privacy programs, mathematical optimization software for use in various industries, and clinical decision support systems for the health-care field.

Introduction to NIS, the Network Information Service

  • NewsForge; By Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, and Trent Hein (Posted by dcparris on Dec 14, 2006 8:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux, Sun
NIS, released by Sun in the 1980s, was the first "prime time" administrative database. It was originally called the Sun Yellow Pages, but eventually had to be renamed for legal reasons. NIS commands still begin with the letters yp, so it's hard to forget the original name. NIS was widely adopted among Unix vendors and is supported by every Linux distribution.

Kerala On Linux Express Highway

India's most literate state is now generating a 'generation' which will be not only linux-friendly but also its promoter. Adoption and propagation are key to increased penetration. Microsoft knew it well, now Linux is treading the path.

Cryptocard Protects Over 2000 Schools in England

CRYPTOCard authentication technology developer for heterogeneous environments, has signed a deal with YHGfL Foundation (Yorkshire & Humber Grid for Learning) to provide two-factor authentication tokens to more than 500 people.

Volante POS Systems Announces Secure Linux POS Solution for ...

Volanté Systems announced a new Linux POS (point of sale) solution for the hospitality and gaming industries, where the demand for complete reliability and security is critical.

Grameen outsources open-source development to India

The Grameen Foundation has outsourced to Aditi Technologies Pvt. Ltd. the development of open-source software to meet the automation needs of microfinance agencies worldwide.

Free software audience is shrinking.

(Based on an article in Computer Weekly (U.K.) by Arif Mohamed) As I was reading through the latest paper edition of Computer Weekly I came across a story about Novell and their new interoperability drive with Microsoft. You've probably read more than I have on the subject. My tolerance for propaganda is thin on the ground.
Then I came across this statement from Microsoft's Bill Hilf. "I have seen in more than 13 years of working in Open Source that the free software audience is becoming smaller."

Showing the Accessibility Way: IBM Contributes Project Missouri to the Free Standards Group

Elizabeth Montalbano at ComputerWorld wrote a piece yesterday about a thus far little noticed project puckishly named "Project Missouri." How little noticed? I just tried a Google search of "'project Missouri' IBM ODF" and found…just Elizabeth's article.

Top Linux photo managers side-by-side

While a full-fledged image editor may be the best way to repair digital photos, most of the time users need only to make minor touch-ups; it is organizing, sorting, and finding a specific photo that eat up all the time. For that task, as is often the case with Linux, you have several options to choose from. Let's take a look at the major photo management applications, and compare them side by side.

What Can't Open Source Achieve in the Next 10 Years?

Exactly ten years ago I was sitting in a small but cosy flat in the west of Helsinki, waiting to interview its owner. He was busy in the tiny kitchen, which lay just past the entrance hall decked out with dozens of cups and shields won at Karate competitions, preparing a cappuccino for each of us. As you've probably guessed, his name was Linus Torvalds - the trophies belong to his wife.

Debian Networking Tutorial for Beginners and advanced users

  • (Posted by gg234 on Dec 14, 2006 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Debian Networking Tutorial for Beginners and advanced users.

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