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Linux in Italian Schools, Part 2: ITC F.Besta, Ragusa

  • Linux Journal (Posted by dave on Aug 30, 2005 9:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Want to help a technical high school in Sicily develop open-source software? They're waiting for you.

Debian Weekly News - August 30th, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by dave on Aug 30, 2005 8:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 35th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Carla Schroder explained reasons to use Debian and gave an overview about several derived distributions. Sean Michael Kerner reported about Debian's debut in China with Sun Wah's enterprise Debian offering.

A Good Use for an Aging Linux Machine

  • IBM; By Peter Seebach (Posted by VISITOR on Aug 30, 2005 7:43 PM EDT)
Expensive groupware is simply overkill when all you want is to decide whose turn it is to do the dishes. This month, Peter uses his old Linux™ box to build a miniscule Web-based household calendar. In these Linux on board column installments, Peter looks at Linux running on various kinds of hardware -- PDAs, embedded devices, or just ancient hardware no one thought was useful anymore. He alternates between looking at specific Linux devices and showing you in detail how to use Linux on decrepit hardware that's past its reputed prime.

Major Bandwidth Donation To Expand Oregon State University Open Source Lab

  • CentralPointNews.com (Posted by on Aug 30, 2005 6:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Open Source Lab at Oregon State University has received a large donation of Internet bandwidth from TDS Telecom that will allow it to more than double the number of visitors it can serve, in the future helping up to 50 million people a day review or download free software. For a five-year period the Open Source Lab will receive 600 megabits of bandwidth - a volume of Internet connectivity that is more than five times higher than the total used by the rest of the university. The bandwidth is worth several million dollars, officials say.

MEPIS founder Woodford gets personal in MadPenguin interview

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by dave on Aug 30, 2005 5:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
MadPenguin.org has published a lengthy interview with MEPIS Linux creator Warren Woodford. The article offers insight into the two-year-old distro's rapid and widespread proliferation. Woodford's secret? "Give desktop customers what they want: a simple, reliable set of applications that are easy to acquire, install, and use," according to the article.

Beowulf's Becker on Linux trademarks, lawsuits and grid vs. cluster

  • Search Enterprise Linux (Posted by dave on Aug 30, 2005 4:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
IT shops are being bombarded by mixed and incorrect messages about the legal aspects of open source software and the current status of grid and virtualization technologies, says Donald Becker, Beowulf Project co-founder and founder and chief scientist of San Francisco-based Scyld Software, a subsidiary of Penguin Computing. Becker sounds off on these subjects in this excerpt from our interviews during and after the recent LinuxWorld Conference & Exposition in San Francisco.

SEC Filing Shows Microsoft Fears Firefox, Lawsuits Over Bugs

In recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Microsoft for the first time acknowledges that Mozilla's browsers pose a competitive threat and the software giant also notes that security vulnerabilities leave it open to legal action.

Open source part of bigger Cape plan

  • ITWeb; By PAUL VECCHIATTO (Posted by tadelste on Aug 30, 2005 2:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
“Using open source is not just a matter of being against any proprietary system, but rather one of overall development. We also need to move into developing practical projects that will help develop skills, core competencies and allow for cost-effective solutions to some of local government's needs,” he says.

Linux/unix e-mail flaw leaves systems open to attack

  • ComputerWorld; By Matthew Broersman (Posted by tadelste on Aug 30, 2005 1:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Two serious security flaws have turned up in software widely distributed with Linux and Unix. The bugs affect Electronic Mail for Unix (Elm), a venerable e-mail client still used by many Linux and Unix systems administrators, and Mplayer, a cross-platform movie player that is one of the most popular of its kind on Linux. The Elm flaw involves a boundary error when the client reads an e-mail's "Expires" header. A specially crafted e-mail could exploit the bug to cause a buffer overflow and execute malicious code on a system, according to security researchers.

Firefox Flash Blocker

I accept fully that many sites, including some I run, need advertising to operate. My Wi-Fi Networking News site has Flash ads on it right now, for instance. But I am, unfortunately, finding that Flash ads are now often highly intrusive even on sites I trust. They cycle endlessly. They use visual effects to knock my eyeballs on the floor. They play audio without my permission (even more annoying when I'm already playing music in iTunes or using voice over IP via iChat AV or Skype).

Manufacturer turns to open ERP software to run business

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 30, 2005 11:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Moline Bearing manufactures and sells metal bearings from its factory in St. Charles, Ill., and its warehouses in Mississippi, Texas, Colorado, and California. Owner David Fauntleroy has discovered that when it comes to the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software that keeps his business running smoothly, the open source philosophy works better.

KDE Light Screenshot Tour

gnulinux.de states - KDE light is a combination of several open source components that all togehter form a complete desktop environment. The main part of KDE light is kdesktop, which is responsible for drawing the desktop background and icons. As windowmanager we use openbox, because it´s very lightweight and easy to handle. To provide a kicker like panel, we have modified the gtk+ based fbpanel. We tried to provide a continuous look & feel on all, QT and GTK based applications.

OSDir has some nice screenshots of KDE Light.

GridShell extends the TCSH and BASH syntaxes

  • IBM developerWorks; By Edward Walker (Posted by VISITOR on Aug 30, 2005 10:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
GridShell is designed to incorporate grid concepts into well-known command shell environments. In this article, the author describes the motivation for GridShell and provides a high-level description of the extensions to the language interface the tool provides. GridShell extends the TCSH and BASH syntaxes. Users familiar with both will be able to write scripts that include these grid shell language extensions, and orchestrate and coordinate the execution of programs across the grid.

Open source simple computer for agriculture in rural areas

  • digital opportunity channel (Posted by tadelste on Aug 30, 2005 9:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Launched in January 2004, OSCAR looks at developing an open source weed identification software for the major weed species of Rice-Wheat crop systems which can be deployed on Simputers. The application will address extension workers, farmers/farmer groups, students in the Indo-Gangetic plains. The application will have 50 weed species in the database, their botanical characteristics, their incidence and ways to control them on field. It will also be ported in local languages like Hindi, Urdu and Bangla (if necessary in Punjabi and Nepali). The activities are designed in such a way that on one hand, the botanical/taxonomic work proceeds to enrich the database of weed species by collecting photographs for each character of every species, drawing the identikit and on the other hand, the development work progresses simultaneously benefiting from the botanical work.

Ohio Linux Fest Event Schedule

The Ohio Linux Fest event schedule has been posted! The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2005 Columbus, Ohio and Chris Hicks from IBM is doing the opening Key Note. The event, by the way, is still FREE (as in beer). Enjoy!

A Sincere Question for Developers: Would You Be Attracted to an OpenOffice project under the GNU GPL?

As a software developer (one who works in C or C++), how would you respond to a move by OpenOffice.org to opensource the OpenOffice code by releasing it under the GNU General Public License (presently the software comes under the SISSL and LGPL)?

Tutorial: Map Your Thoughts With Freemind

  • LinuxPlanet (Posted by on Aug 30, 2005 6:40 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Your group has been tapped to come up with a new process. How do you effectively record and organize your team's ideas in those critical first meetings? Make flowcharts with Draw? Post-It Notes? Or use your laptop and a program called Freemind.

Vendors Are Keeping Too Many Rights

  • ComputerWorld; By Dan Gillmor (Posted by Tsela on Aug 30, 2005 6:05 AM EDT)
Technology vendors strive for lock-in. They lock us in with obvious tricks, such as Microsoft with its file formats, a monopoly mechanism as pervasive as its Windows desktop control. They control us with digital rights management (DRM, more properly called digital restrictions management) schemes that force us to break the law to make backups or even to quote from other works. They forbid us from tweaking or substituting, as ink-jet printer companies try to do when they misuse copyright laws to make life hard for other companies that want to sell us cheaper ink. They create cartels and impose rules like the DVD regional coding scheme, which keeps us from watching a movie we buy in Europe on a DVD player we bought in the U.S. Governments do their part. They use regulations to keep vital technology from becoming ubiquitous, such as the U.S. government's export-control restrictions that still give most e-mail messages all the data security of postcards. It just goes on and on.

Palmsource stock spikes on acquisition rumor

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by tadelste on Aug 30, 2005 6:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Palm may buy back software spin-off PalmSource, according to rumors that have caused a 20 percent spike in the company's stock price, BargainPDA says. Unclear is how such an acquisition would affect PalmSource's focus on Linux mobile phones. PalmSource has struggled for the last year, after failing to interest PDA and phone vendors in Cobalt, its attempt at a multi-tasking successor to the venerable Palm OS. Long the marketshare leader for PDA OSes, Palm OS was supplanted in 2004 by Microsoft Windows CE in 2004, according to Gartner. At the same time, Palm OS benefits from a robust third-party software ecosystem and a tremendous amount of legacy vertical market software -- the single most important factor in PDA buyer considerations, according to Handango. Another bright spot for PalmSource has been industry reaction to the news that the company would embrace Linux, transitioning its Garnet and Cobalt APIs to libraries running on top of Linux. PalmSource executives Michael Kelley and John Cook said that the news actually increased interest in Cobalt, as well as doubling the number of attendees expected at the company's annual developer conference this year.

Parliament urged to restrain EPO's software patenting

The European Parliament should pass a resolution urging the European Patent Office to ensure that it complies with the existing rules on the patentability of computer-related inventions, according to leading campaigner Florian Mueller. Mueller, founder of Nosoftwarepatents.com, was prominent in the debate over Europe's proposed patent Directive earlier this year. In an guest column today on EUobserver.com, he argues that the Parliament should also call upon the European Commission to start a new legislative process on the controversial issue.

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