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In pursuit of code quality

Are your test coverage measurements leading you astray? Test coverage tools bring valuable depth to unit testing, but they're often misused. This article takes a closer look at what the numbers on the coverage report really mean, as well as what they don't. It then suggests three ways you can use your coverage to ensure code quality early and often.

Openmfg Launches Hybrid Open Source ERP Suite

  • TechWeb; By Laurie Sullivan (Posted by tadelste on Feb 7, 2006 10:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
OpenMFG LLC will launch this week a hybrid open source enterprise resource planning(ERP) suite. The developer says it has integrated credit card processing, financial reporting and integration with package delivery services.

OpenMFG's ERP platform is built on Linux operating system, PostgreSQL database and OpenRPT report writer. It runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and commercial UNIX systems.

From Russia with code

Blog entry talks about how software engineers and programmers in Russia are growing faster than perhaps anyplace in the world. What do you think this trend means to the programmers and software development companies worldwide?

CEO Interview: Jon S. von Tetzchner of Opera Software

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Feb 7, 2006 9:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Foreword -- This interview with Opera Software CEO and co-founder Jon S. von Tetzchner covers the Norwegian browser company's history, products, and roadmap. It sheds light on the growing importance of Linux in the embedded market, and the growing importance of the embedded market to Opera.

IBM serves up free "Linux Client Migration Cookbook"

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by bstadil on Feb 7, 2006 8:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
IBM's Redbooks publication arm has published a freely downloadable 260-page book on migrating to the Linux desktop. Linux Client Migration Cookbook: A Practical Planning and Implementation Guide for Migrating to Desktop Linux aims to provide a technical planning reference for organizations that are considering a migration to Linux-based personal computers

Extend Firefox Contest Finalists Announced

The Finalists for the Extend Firefox Contest have been announced.

Sun Microsystems Delivers Three-in-One Punch

Sun Sees Huge Demand for 'Galaxy' Sun Fire(TM) Servers Powered by AMD Opteron(TM) Processors

Novell's biggest open source competitor: Apple

A report by Gartner claims that Novell's stiffest competition for the small and medium business server space will come not from Microsoft, but Apple.

Free software for NGOs: a toolkit

  • Tectonic.co.za (Posted by tadelste on Feb 7, 2006 4:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Allen Gunn spends most of his time helping NGOs understand and use free software. In an interview with Richard Frank, he discusses the benefits - and possible pitfalls - of libre open source software.

Linuxchix Opens Doors in Africa

  • AllAfrica.com; By Ben Singer (Posted by bstadil on Feb 7, 2006 4:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
While much of the wired world has been swept off its feet by the free and open source software (FOSS) revolution, Africa has lagged behind. Certain barriers have hindered Africans from taking advantage of the benefits of platforms like Linux

My desktop OS: White Box Enterprise Linux

White Box Enterprise Linux (WBEL), a free Linux distribution, includes a number of user-friendly features that add up to a useful and functional operating system. Over the years, my Linux installs have progressed from Debian 2.0 to SUSE 6.3 to SUSE 8.0 to Red Hat 9, and finally to WBEL 3.0, and I'm extremely pleased with my latest setup.

Mobile phone stack developer seeks Linux partners

A mobile phone and telecom software testing and development services company with offices in Finland and China is seeking partners to help it create a versatile mobile phone reference design based on MontaVista Linux CEE (consumer electronics edition), Trolltech's Qtopia interface software, and Texas Instruments's (TI's) OMAP2420 SoC (system-on-chip).

Linux on Treo 650 gets real

Last time we checked, it was possible to run Linux on a Treo 650 -- barely. Back in December, we caught sight of a 650 that could boot Linux, but running actual apps appeared to be a distant dream. Well, it looks like the dream has come true. The pics above are part of a series that purportedly shows a Treo 650 running GPE Linux -- and running it well, from the looks of things. Of course, we'd still like to see it running Doom, but we suspect that can't be too far off.

Will public schools use Microsoft or open source?

THERE is now a brewing issue on whether government should use Microsoft or open source-based software in the second phase of the "PCs for Public Schools Project" of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), says a government source privy to the bidding.

[Ed: This article focuses on the battle for educational institutions in the Philipines. - dcparris]

Born: 'Mandriva Linux Inside' community-oriented e-magazine

Hi,

thanks to a few fellows effort, a community-oriented e-magazine dedicated to Mandriva Linux latest developments - "Mandriva Linux Inside" - was born today.

Security Watch: Windows, Firefox, Winamp, All Report Flaws

Vendors provide some fixes, and in some cases, just advice. Plus: WatchRight noses in on your instant messages.

Setting up international character support

Like other operating systems, GNU/Linux is starting to add increased support for international characters. The support is spotty in places, and varies between systems because of differences in keyboards, distributions, fonts, and program support. Even so, if you make a few configuration changes, you can use the keyboard to enter the characters for dozens of languages with only a few problems.

Linux: libATA PATA Status Report

Alan Cox [interview] offered an updated libATAPATA (IDE) status report. He summarized, "with the exception of HPA and serialize support its now pretty close to a straight replacement for drivers/ide on x86 systems (and boxes using PCI devices only). There is other stuff that wants improving still like error recovery on CRC, but its getting close."

He provides a list of recent changes then cautions, "please remember that functionality equivalence, and much cleaner code doesn't mean less bugs yet, there is a *lot* of testing and hammering on the code needed before it is production ready for switching." His current patch is for the 2.6.16-rc2 kernel.

Programmers Get Their Own Search Engine

A Silicon Valley startup claims to have come up with a search engine for source code and code-related information. (Linux-Watch)

Patent reform panel visits Hamilton LUG

Hamilton, Ontario, Linux and open source enthusiasts were privileged to hear former Red Hat CEO Bob Young, author and Unix historian Peter Salus, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Ren Bucholz banter about SCO vs. Linux and other patent and copyright issues at a meeting of the Hamilton Linux User Group last week. Outside of the discussion that went on, there were interesting dynamics among the speakers and also between the panel and audience.

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