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Connection Telecom kicks off Asterisk bootcamp

Want to be an Asterisk guru? Then sign up for the first bootcamp to be run by Asterisk gurus Connection Telecom. The five-day course costs a whopping R23 400 but if you can get your company to cover the fees the course will be well worth attending. Connection Telecom has been involved with Asterisk since it first broke onto the IT scene. Rob Lith, director of Connection Telecom, says this training course will assist participants with gaining a high-level knowledge of Asterisk and its potential, with particular focus on the SIP network.

DistroWatch Weekly: First look at Dreamlinux 3.0, April Fool's PHR prank

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Apr 7, 2008 3:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 14th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! It was slow news week for distributions, but developers have been quite busy. There were lots of developmental releases last week, including a Slackware 12.1 release candidate. openSUSE and Mandriva announced discontinued support, Gentoo released a beta, and a Debian developer is trying to bring back the Debian Weekly News. I took a look at the new Dreamlinux 3.0 release and while it remained pretty and added some new features, I had mixed results. All this and more in this issue of DistroWatch Weekly - happy reading!

Ruby on Rails meets Yahoo!

Want Rails to interact with YUI, Yahoo’s web user interface? Then make sure you’re at the Bandwidth Barn in Cape Town on Wednesday 9 April. The Cape Town Ruby Brigade will be hosting a talk by Peter Retief on the YUI API and how it can be coupled with Rails.

Martian headsets for Earth people: How to fix Internet Explorer 8

  • Lone Wolves; By Sander Marechal ('s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands) (Posted by Sander_Marechal on Apr 7, 2008 1:03 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Joel Spolsky recently published a very insightful piece called "Martian Headsets". The core of his article is about the standards compliance of the upcoming Internet Explorer 8. IE8 presents a problem because, although it is pretty standards compliant, it renders a lot of websites quite badly. The IE8 team presented a controversial solution that would have IE8 render all pages as if it were IE7 unless the developer specifically told IE that it would render well under IE8. Web developers rejected this solution and the IE team reverted their decision. Joel argues that whatever Microsoft ends up choosing on this issue, it will be a bad choice because there is no right choice. I think that there is a third option. In this article I will present three changes that Microsoft could implement that will allow Internet Explorer 8 to be fully standards compliant and ensures that the vast majority of websites will work just fine.

2008 Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit - Whaddaya wanna say?

It's not every day some back-water blogger swindles his way into one of the most 733T Linux Collaborations to come down the Python Compiler. Since ya'll are buddies with this guy, take a look at the attendees list and see who you want to pester about something. Helios is just the guy to do it for you. Just leave your question or point in the comments and he'll do his best to get 'er done.

Dell Ubuntu Machines Offer Extreamly Limited Customization

On top of all the other complaints about Dell's Ubuntu machines, it turns out the options for customization do not include colors other than black and, on the desktop, no Core 2 Duo.

Sun fixes Java SE for a fee

Sun Microsystems is extending the working life of Java Standard Edition 1.4, through a support program to carry the software beyond this summer's official retirement and onto 2017. This is for paying customers only. Others must upgrade to the latest edition of Java SE, with free support slashed from six to three years - or fend for themselves using Sun's OpenJDK.

Phoronix Test Suite 0.2 Adds New Features

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Apr 6, 2008 7:39 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Less than a week ago we pushed out the first public release of the Phoronix Test Suite. This GPLv3 Linux benchmarking software had received a great deal of interest, but v0.1 did have a few bugs and a number of uncompleted features. Yesterday though we pushed out version 0.2 of the Phoronix Test Suite with a number of improvements, new benchmarking profiles, and other changes. In addition to noting some of the improvements made in this release, there are also other Phoronix Test Suite highlights to share from this past week.

Ubuntu 7.10 Linux Unleashed, 3rd Edition

You may be wondering why I'm reviewing a book on Ubuntu 7.10 ("Gutsy Gibbon") on the advent of the release of Ubuntu 8.04 ("Hardy Heron"). If I've waited all this time to review the Hudson and Hudson book (released last January), why not wait until 8.04 is released, and the 4th edition of this book is written and published (as I write this, there are 18 days to go until the 8.04 release date)? Good question. Originally, I had given serious thought to just that course of action. Then something changed.

Gartner: Open source will quietly take over

In a few years' time, almost all businesses will use open source, according to Gartner; even though IT managers may be unaware of it, and prefer to talk about fashions such as software as a service. Open source promoters have welcomed the endorsement by what is seen as a conservative commentator, but predict the changes will go further than Gartner assumes.

How Open Source (Ideas) Can Win the War and Save the Auto Industry

  • Socialized Software; By Mark Hinkle (Posted by encoreopus on Apr 6, 2008 12:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I am often dismayed by the misappropriation of the term open source. Companies apply the term to products that are free though not open source. It’s a classic marketing maneuver to leverage a brand that already has broad recognition.

Finding the Right Open-Source Savvy Lawyer

Some days, like it or not, you need a lawyer. For most business purposes, picking the right law firm isn't usually that big of a deal. Chances are you already have at least an idea of how to find a contract lawyer, a tax law specialist or a real-estate attorney. But what if your programmers are using open-source code that's licensed under two different licenses? What if you're concerned with how a patent might affect open-source software your company is already using? Or let's say a company based in Utah decides that you've put its proprietary code into Linux, who do you turn to then? Now, what should you be looking for in a law firm?

LXer Weekly Roundup for 06-Apr-2008


LXer Feature: 06-Apr-2008

In this week's Roundup we have all kinds of ISO and Microsoft related articles like Microsoft's Great Besmirching, OpenXML ISO approved and Microsoft's new weapon against open source: stupidity, amongst others. Also we have So why don't I run Linux?, Time is right for Linux PCs to emerge, Linux's Impact: The Return of XP and we have a tutorial written by Thomas King on how set up a letterhead in OpenOffice. With April fools just having passed I decided not to have a FUD section this week, it would have been just a little too much fun.

Etymology of A Linux Distro

Computing is fun! Well at least thats until Microsoft drove it out of the equation. I mean with Windows everything is just bland, monotonous, and just ordinary. Even it’s name is such a snooze-fest! The whole idea of window computing by no mean exclusive to Microsoft, it has been around for quite some time, one could argue that it isn’t that “earth shattering” of an invention. So why name your flagship product after a technology that’s not yours and has been around for quite sometime? Beats me!

Coaching the Next Generation of FOSS Developers

Each year it seems that there are more and more grumblings about how commercial Open Source conferences are moving further and further away from Free Software and Open Source communities. Incongruously, some of the loudest (or at least most noticed) complaining comes from some of the most consistent participants on the conference circuit. I myself have joined in the guilty pleasure of kvetching about how this year's iteration of a given conference just doesn't have the same soul as some previous year.

China opens access to Wikipedia

Chinese authorities appeared to have lifted a block on the English-language version of online encyclopedia Wikipedia, but politically sensitive topics such as Tibet and Tiananmen Square are still off limits. Internet users in Beijing and Shanghai confirmed today they could access the English-language version of one of the world's most popular websites, but the Chinese language version was still restricted.

Managing The GRUB Bootloader With QGRUBEditor On Ubuntu 7.10

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Apr 6, 2008 3:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
QGRUBEditor is a graphical frontend for managing the GRUB bootloader. By using QGRUBEditor, you do not have to mess around with the GRUB configuration in /boot/grub/menu.lst anymore. This article shows how to install and use QGRUBEditor on Ubuntu 7.10.

Why implement a Wireless Access Point with Linux Kernel modules from the MadWifi project?

Thanks to the use of the MadWifi modules by the Linux kernel, it is possible to implement a Wireless Access Point with a Personal Computer or an Embedded Device that has a WiFi network card (PCI or MiniPCI) with an Atheros chipset. This feature is available starting with version 1.0.beta8 of Zeroshell, which introduces WiFi support in either AP (Access Point) or STA mode (in which a Zeroshell router/bridge can be associated as a client in a Wireless LAN).

Factors in Making Linux Happen

The home computer user has spent a decade learning the intracasies and idiosyncrasies of Microsoft Windows. When faced with a different environment and many separate subsets of said environments, the user will balk where she once strode with confidence. Let's take a look at some of these reactions from different groups I have assembled over the years and see what we can learn from their reactions.

The hidden world of Linux

There are many great FOSS projects that utilise old PC hardware and give it a new lease of life. The best is desktop computing with various Linux distribution flavours like Mint, PCLinux, Ubuntu and countless others. In fact it is my considered belief that the best hardware to run Linux on is infact (almost) any machine that is at least 12 months old. It is possible, of course, to select components based on the degree (and maturity) of the specific support under Linux but this has two major drawbacks.

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