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Firefox EduBrowser

Researchers at George Mason University are working on a new open source application meant to help users organize and cite materials they've found online. Called Firefox Scholar.

it's "incredibly smart bookmarking," "You're not just bookmarking the page, but you're automatically [capturing] author, title, all that info that scholars want to save."

More on IBM and SOA

  • Reg Developer; By Phil Howard, Bloor Research (Posted by tadelste on Dec 6, 2005 4:28 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Sun; Story Type: News Story
Comment: Further to my previous article resulting from IBM’s annual analyst Software Group conference, here are some more thoughts on what IBM was talking about.

One of the things that struck me, and which I am not sure that I have seen discussed anywhere, is that an SOA (service oriented architecture) solution is topologically equivalent to the earlier hub-and-spoke architecture employed by EAI (enterprise application integration) vendors such as Tibco, Sun (SeeBeyond) and WebMethods.

The Right Message, Wrong Subject

  • Onlamp; By Robert Cooper (Posted by bstadil on Dec 6, 2005 3:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
Now, first off, I can't express how low my opinion of Gartner is as an organization. As a consultancy they are all but worthless and as punditry they represent a more transparent Cash-for-Media organization than anything of which Armstrong Williams could dream

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Selects SGI Technology to Explore The Planet's Biggest Earthquake Zones

Scientists Will Use Silicon Graphics Prism to Interpret Active-Source 3D Seismic Data, Including Tsunami Evidence in Oregon

Red Hat takes wraps off Fedora

Red Hat has unveiled the first full release of its open-source directory server, based on Netscape technology acquired a year ago. Fedora Directory Server (FDS) version 1.0 open-sources two important components not included with a release earlier this year - the console and administration engine.

Sun delivers ZFS and Linux Containers to OpenSolaris

  • Computer Business Review (Posted by tadelste on Dec 6, 2005 1:36 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Sun Microsystems Inc has finally announced the availability of the "Project Janis" Solaris Containers for Linux Applications, which allows applications written for Red Hat Linux to run on X86 and X64 iron to run inside a Linux ABI environment that is encased in a Solaris container.

What is it about Ubuntu?

When looking at desktop Linux by itself, any analysis of the subject quickly leads to this question: why do users choose one version over another? There are as many answers for this question as there are users to give them, but ultimately it should boil down to just a few key decisions which must be made. Considering this, it may be surprising to some people to find out how successful Ubuntu Linux has been relative to other distributions. Many survey's are taken over the internet which attempt to gather statistics on desktop Linux, and most of these sources agree that Ubuntu is one of the, if not the, most popular version of Linux on the desktop.

User Review: Linksys WPC11 WiFi Adapter and FC3

  • LinuxHardware.org; By Evan Carew (Posted by dcparris on Dec 6, 2005 11:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Evan Carew writes "In the 2.4 world, there's hope to get your Linksys WiFi card going, in 2.6, ye who enter here, abandon all hope. My story starts innocently enough at my local computer store where I made the mistake of asking the sales person what WiFi card would be compatible with my Linux distribution. He said he didn't know, but since Linksys already had Linux on their routers, their cards might work. Well, that sounded logical, so off I went to see if it worked."

[Ed: Brief, but good to know - dcparris]

OSDL-sponsored conference targets Linux desktop development

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Dec 6, 2005 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: OSDL; Story Type: News Story
The Open Source Development Labs' Desktop Linux (DTL) working group hosted a "Desktop Architects" meeting last week, at which the group targeted three specific areas to improve to bolster Linux adoption on the desktop. John Cherry, OSDL's Desktop Linux initiative manager, said that the meeting was "wildly successful," and other attendees seemed to share that assessment.

Red Hat Plans to Deliver Certified Open Source Stacks Online

RALEIGH, N.C. – (NASDAQ:RHAT) Red Hat plans to offer a new service to provide full certification and production support for key open source software stacks, available online through Red Hat Network. Starting in early 2006, Red Hat will offer three new stacks aimed at simplifying and standardizing open source application stacks, so that developers can focus on their applications instead of configuring the underlying platform. Each stack will be certified and supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and delivered in a subscription model. This announcement highlights Red Hat's growing focus on improving time-to-market for customers' development projects by helping reduce the certification and testing burden.

Irish Eyes Are Smiling on Open Source

The Open Source Center of Excellence will provide Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland with expertise in examining the use of open source and will also host"the great open-source debate" next year.

[ED: Another reason to be read this is that the interests of the population are at odds with the EU Directorate, which when lead by a Irish representative almost successfully pushed to adoption software patentability (if my memory serves me correctly), later it was a Dutch representative pushing the same plan-HC]

Macedonia installs 5,000 Linux PCs in schools

Macedonia may be well known for its place in books on ancient history, but it's now on the cutting edge of desktop Linux adoption. The Republic of Macedonia decided to deploy about 5,000 Linux desktop computers in 468 public schools and 182 computer labs nationwide last summer, based on a Ubuntu distribution with a GNOME desktop, the GNOME Journal reports.

The deployment was part of a joint project called E-School.MK, involving the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Education Development Center (EDC), and the Macedonian Ministry of Education and Science (MoES).

Microsoft's Linux lab head takes on shared source initiative

  • Computer Business Review; By Matthew Aslett (Posted by dcparris on Dec 6, 2005 8:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
The head of Microsoft Corp's Linux and Open Source Software Lab is taking on responsibility for the company's shared source initiative after its former manager, Jason Matusow, stepped up to the role of director in the corporate standards strategy team.

New Firefox loses features

THE MOZZARELLA Foundation's new version of the open sauce browser Firefox is apparently shipping with reduced functionality.

Donald French, a Firefox user and President of the Institute for Advanced Professional Studies in Boston, Massachusetts said that the loss of functionality is only noticable if you read the release notes and who ever does that?

According to French, Flamingbadger 1.5 blocks the use of any plug-in that it thinks is incompatible with its operation.

Open source firm to challenge VMware

XenSource, the company founded to provide support and maintenance for the open source Xen virtual-machine monitor, is releasing its first commercial product, a set of tools that the company says will make it easier to virtualize servers.

Called XenOptimizer, the product is in beta for the latest release of Xen, a community-developed program that provides an alternative to commercial offerings from VMware and others.

The DCC Alliance Releases Common, Standards-Compliant Core for Debian GNU/Linux Distributions

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Dec 6, 2005 6:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Major Linux Vendors Reach Major Milestone in Advancing Enterprise Adoption of Debian GNU/Linux

international Debian work meetings in Extremadura, Spain, during 2006

  • Mailing list; By Andreas Schuldei (Posted by tadelste on Dec 6, 2005 6:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
The good people of one of the larger Debian deployments in the world (80k+ debian boxes) have generously offered to host a number of work meetings for debian during 2006.

Debian hosts growing fast on the web

Debian GNU/Linux, a free Linux distribution started by Ian Murdock in 1993, is the fastest growing distribution for web servers, according to figures collated by network services vendor Netcraft.

The British company, which releases a monthly report on the number of active websites, web server software and operating systems in use, said its latest survey had counted 1.2 million active sites hosted on Debian.

Netcraft chart


[ed: Please remember that Debian does not get counted in "sales" of Linux figures. - tadelste]

First look: BeleniX live CD

BeleniX is a free live CD based on the OpenSolaris kernel. With it you can have Solaris, which once ran exclusively on SPARC servers, powering your modest desktop computer. But with few applications and lacking an installation script, the Live CD does little more than slake a nerd's thirst for a taste of Solaris.

Moving elderly dad, mom from Windows to Linux

XYZComputing.com has published a human-interest story about helping Mom and Dad learn to use a Linux-based desktop computer. The author explains how he moved his elderly parents from a problematic Windows XP desktop system to Mandriva PowerPack 10, leaving spyware, viruses, slow performance, and myriad other problems behind.

"I did not write this to say that people who do not know much about computers need to be told what to do, or to assert that Windows is not a good OS for casual users, but rather to point out that Linux is a great choice for this," Author Sal Cangeloso writes.

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