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A look into NepaLinux

  • Kathmandu Post; By Pawan (Posted by tadelste on Dec 28, 2005 8:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
- A common Nepali, for long, has had troublesome access to computers due to two main factors – the need to know basic English to use a computer and the high prices of Windows and other proprietary software required for running various applications. The introduction of NepaLinux 1.0 apparently promises to provide solutions to these problems. But is the software as attractive as its slogan to a desktop user?

Archive architecture qualification

Hi all, Following the successful attempt at establishing release qualification guidelines, next on the agenda is addressing the question of amd64, Debian BSD and so forth, by working out some archive qualification guidelines.

Why New Operating Systems Won't Stand A Chance

  • OSNews; By Thom Holwerda (Posted by bstadil on Dec 28, 2005 7:00 PM EDT)
There are many 'really alternative' operating systems currently in existence. Most of them are purely for research, personal enjoyment or as a coding sandbox. Some of them, however, want to achieve wider acceptance. Is that goal obtainable, in the current OS climate?

Ten predictions for the new year

  • Blakeross.com; By Blake Ross (Posted by bstadil on Dec 28, 2005 6:17 PM EDT)
#10

Due to a glitch in Windows Vista, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will mix up his notes at PDC ‘06 and declare: “Developers, developers, developers….We’re going to bury those guys!”

Top Five Open Source Events of 2005

BusinessWeek Online has rated all open source events of this past year, and narrowed them down to the five most important:

1. Red Hat makes money from free software....

Taking Advantage Of Open Source PHP MySQL Applications

One obvious solution is to approach a software development company and obtain a custom built product.

The Web: Fifteen years of browsing

  • United Press International; By GENE J. KOPROWSKI (Posted by tadelste on Dec 28, 2005 4:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
CHICAGO, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Fifteen years ago this Christmas week, Tim Berners-Lee, an obscure scientist working in a European laboratory, invented the Internet browser, now a fixture of the digital economy, experts tell United Press International's The Web.

Sir Berners-Lee today still lives a simple professor's lifestyle, bicycling around town, as his browser was supplanted by the Mosaic browser developed by a college student, Marc Andreessen at the University of Illinois, a few years later. Andreessen's invention led to the creation of Netscape, the Netscape Navigator and other technologies that enervated to the go-go 1990s run in investment in technology on Wall Street and the creation of millions of jobs and hundreds of Internet companies here and abroad, including now household-names eBay.com and Amazon.com.

Imation 4GB Micro Hard Drive: Still Micro on the Outside, More Giga on the Inside

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 28, 2005 3:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Drive Recognized as CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Honoree

Torvalds seeks Linux testers this Christmas

The creator of Linux claims that testing the kernel is the "perfect distraction" for techies who are bored over Christmas

Using Gnulib to improve software portability

Many, if not most, free and open source software projects are developed primarily on Linux-based systems using the GNU C Library (glibc). Projects that use glibc are likely to depend on functions that are not available on systems that use different C libraries, such as the different BSD flavors. When packages are built on systems that don't use glibc they often fail, because the other C libraries are missing functions found in glibc. The GNU Portability Library can help developers with cross-platform programming needs.

Better Than CAN-SPAM If You Live in the U.K.

  • Guardian (Technology area) site; By Paul Lewis (Posted by TxtEdMacs on Dec 28, 2005 1:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
In the U.S. stopping SPAM by central government connivance is really ineffective. Whereas a small precedent has been set in a U.K. court that if followed, the financial return on SPAM could be lessened. Or as the Guardian put it: "A legal claim against an internet marketing company which has been accused by the recipient of spamming could herald the end to junk-filled inboxes, it emerged yesterday."

Nokia to Help Develop Open Source Java Software for Mobile Phones

Nokia has recently announced its decision to join the Eclipse Foundation as a Board member and Strategic Developer. Nokia will contribute software and developers to support the work of the Eclipse open source community.

From Blogs to Media: News of Quinn's Resignation Spreads (Slowly!)

  • ConsortiumInfo.org; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 28, 2005 12:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
News reaches the Blogosphere quickly, and then takes longer than you'd expect to make it to the mainstream media.

Massachusetts CIO Resigns Over OpenDocument

  • eWEEK Linux; By Ed Oswald (Posted by tadelste on Dec 28, 2005 12:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
[Ed. Nothing new here, you can move on if you haven't already heard about this. tadelste]

Peter Quinn, the man responsible for bringing OpenDocument to the state of Massachusetts as CIO, will resign on Jan. 9, citing the controversy around the decision as well as personal attacks aimed at him as reasons for his departure.

Of bubbles and developers

  • Reg Developer; By Gavin Clarke (Posted by tadelste on Dec 28, 2005 11:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Silicon Valley is a different place these days. After years of dot-com fallout, 2005 saw tech companies regain their self confidence - a fact signified by rapacious M&A, guilt-free spending on marketing activities and bold strategic statements. Here are the events that made this year what it was, and that will have an impact on the coming 12 months.

Lock Down Desktops with KDE Kiosk

  • EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by bstadil on Dec 28, 2005 10:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian, KDE
KDE has a Kiosk mode that allows you to create and replicate a fully-customized desktop, with options to lock down various bits to prevent users from changing them.

Peer-to-peer coming to Firefox?

A new website is boldly proclaiming that they are close to providing "The best thing to happen to Firefox... since Firefox." Allpeers is a peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing application that is apparently integrated directly into the popular web browser as a downloadable plugin.

[ED: A large dose of skepticism might also be in order, which is a heavy subtext of this short article - HC]

A Watershed for Open Source

In 2005, the software movement finally gained traction in Corporate America and saw a new influx of VC cash. How will 2006 shape up?

[Ed- It's Businessweek not the worlds most enlightened rag but of interest since it is a PHB zine. -bstadil ]

China Open Source Community Created

  • SYS-CON Media; By Enterprise Open Source News Desk (Posted by tadelste on Dec 28, 2005 4:43 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Community; Story Type: News Story
The Open Source Community of China has been set up by the China OSS Promotion Union (COPU), China Linux Industry Strategic Alliance and CSIP (Center of Software and Integrated Circuit Promotion) of the Ministry of Information Industry.

The Open Source Community of China is aimed at creating an atmosphere for open source software development through government guidance, active participation of enterprises and individuals as well as domestic and international cooperation.

Debian Weekly News - December 27th, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Dec 28, 2005 3:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
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Debian Weekly News http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2005/52/
Debian Weekly News - December 27th, 2005

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