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2008 Olympics could go open source

  • ZDNet Australia; By Andy McCue (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 4, 2005 6:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games could switch to an open-source technology platform under proposals to be considered by the International Olympic Committee.

A Few of My Favorite Online Resources

  • MacdevCenter; By Matthew Russell (Posted by bstadil on Dec 4, 2005 5:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU
Thanks to liberal documentation licenses like the GNU Free Documentation License, initiatives by Creative Commons, and a variety of other efforts, the number of high quality online books/resources seems to be growing and maturing rather rapidly

[ED- This is a report from a Mac aficionado but useful for Linux buffs like us -bstadil]

NiMH Rechargable Batteries and Charger Review

  • The Changelog; By John Goerzen (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 4, 2005 4:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
A nice blog about NiMH batteries and chargers, and getting the most life out of your NiMH batteries. Good links to resources as well.

What Is Prefactoring

  • O'Reilly Network; By Ken Pugh (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 4, 2005 3:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Prefactoring is the application of past experience to the creation of new software systems. Past experience includes both your own and that of others, particularly lessons learned from refactoring. The experience is captured in a number of guidelines that can be easily applied to the development process.

Free Software Foundation Europe Leads Protest Against "Vienna ...

  • LinuxElectrons; By Tommy (Posted by tadelste on Dec 4, 2005 2:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:
UK – When FSFE's president first brought attention to the manipulation of the "Vienna Conclusions" published by the Austrian government for the United Nation World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) as part of the World Summit Award (WSA) in his blog, many people were shocked.

Zenwalk Linux 2.0.1 released

This release is based on the 2.6.14.2 kernel, with Reiser4 filesystem support and introduce many enhancements and updates. Zenwalk 2.0.1 is the biggest jump in Zenwalk evolution since the beginning of the project. By demand of the users the installer has been striped down to remove the package selection step, which was considered unneeded by many on a system that provides 1 application for 1 task

Open Source Forges Ahead in the Enterprise - User Experiences

The takeaways I got ... is that open source software (OSS) has clearly turned the corner in the enterprise and is now seated at the table with the software elite....Gall sees the action shifting quickly from infrastructure markets where the LAMP stack is already well-established into applications. ... Gall said, "By 2010, software companies that don't incorporate OSS into offered solutions risk becoming uncompetitive due to the cost of in-house engineering."

A very long chat with Debian's Branden Robinson

  • tuxjournal.net; By tuxjournal.net (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 4, 2005 1:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Hi Branden, thank you for your availability. Can you tell us something about you? How are you? What's your work? What do you do in your life and your sparetime? What are your hobbies? Well, let's see. I'm 30 years old, married, have no children, and live inIndianapolis, Indiana. I work for Progeny Linux Systems, the company co-founded by Debian founder Ian Murdock. I don't have much spare time, but for hobbies I enjoy playing the electric guitar, reading (overwhelmingly non-fiction), and playing Dungeons & Dragons, a hobby I had neglected for about 9 years.

Enterprise Unix Roundup Tips of the Trade: GraphViz

  • ServerWatch.com; By Carla Schroder (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 4, 2005 11:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
"A picture is worth a thousand words." When you need to display complex information in a graph, Graphviz might be just the ticket. Graphviz is a visualization program that takes almost any kind of structured information - such as traceroutes, TCP states, code structure, kernel state, relationships between database tables - and creates a graph. Graphs can be displayed in a number of different formats, such as PDF, SVG, and JPG.

Portable Linux 80G Desktop Drive GlobeTrotter 2.0 Introduced

Mandriva and LaCie introduce a mobile USB hard drive pre-loaded with a specially tuned version of the award-winning Mandriva Linux operating system: the GlobeTrotter2.0 in 40GB or 80GB. Combined with the power and unique design of LaCie hardware, GlobeTrotter allows users to turn any computer into their personal Linux desktop.

Jamcracker saves money with Linux

Established in 1999, Jamcracker has built its success around managed services that allowed its customers to consume applications like a utility. Since then, Jamcracker has become the pioneer in the ASP Aggregator space, supporting businesses in the financial services, high tech, and government sectors, among others.

Firefox revisions boost user experience

  • San Jose Mercury News; By Cleona Godinho (Posted by tadelste on Dec 4, 2005 9:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Firefox 1.5 features major enhancements such as an improved pop-up blocker and a new ‘Software Update’ feature, which lets users automatically download security and feature updates without performing a complete installation for each. Support for Mac OS X users has also been improved.

The Big Blue Yonder

  • MSNBC.com; By By Karen Lowry Miller (Posted by gryphen on Dec 4, 2005 8:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
By the time Sam Palmisano took over as CEO of IBM in 2002, the technology giant had become the undisputed king of patents. Each year it files more than 3,000 patents, more than any other company. And yet IBM had also begun to present a very different face to the world—as the leading proponent of so-called open-source software, a communal body of code that individuals and companies develop at their own expense and then share with each other freely.

HowTo: The Perfect Setup - Mandriva 2006 Free Edition

This is a detailed tutorial about the steps to set up a Mandriva 2006 Free Edition based web server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters (web server (SSL-capable), mail server (with SMTP-AUTH and TLS!), DNS server, FTP server, MySQL server, POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc.).

Making a SuSE DVD from SuSE CD ISOs

  • Linuxblogger; By larrydag (Posted by larrydag on Dec 4, 2005 7:16 AM EDT)
  • Groups: SUSE
OpenSUSE has a How-To for making a SuSE DVD iso from the SuSE CD iso images. This very issue was one of my only complaints about the SuSE OSS distribution which I mentioned in Review: SuSE 10.0 OSS Install. Needless to say I was ecstatic about the possibility of converting the CDs to just one DVD. This will make future installations so much easier.

Flashkard Printed Output

Enough with the slick GUIs and super-fancy applications--let's get back to the do-it-yourself aesthetic.

Openmotif 2.3 Beta Now Available for Linux Developers

OpenMotif is an often overlooked open source initiative that is literally running thousands of mission-critical applications such as the MBTA subway system in Boston, NASA Mission Control systems, FAA air traffic control systems, and innumerable homeland security and USA defense applications.

Battle of the Linux-Windows studies

Once again, the results of some recently released surveys on Linux and Windows manageability varied widely, depending on who was asking the questions.

Macedonia Deploys 5,000 GNOME in Public Schools

When the Republic of Macedonia decided to deploy Linux in 468 schools and 182 computer labs nationwide, they chose GNOME on an Ubuntu distribution. Arangel Angov met with Darko Arso, Technology Integration Manager at the Education Development Center, to find out more about their reasons for using GNOME. [Found on lwn.net site.]

Linux Nibbles On The Apple

  • LinuxElectrons; By ByteEnable (Posted by tuxchick on Dec 4, 2005 2:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
The only way for Apple to make serious inroads into the Desktop and Server market is to offer the MAC OS-X for all x86 hardware platforms. If you remove MAC OS-X from the equation, you are left with x86 commodity hardware. So the only value add, or premium that Apple commands is what the customer places on MAC OS-X. With Microsoft Vista looming around the corner and Linux constantly being fine tuned, Apple may find itself totally insignficant in the Desktop/Server market by this time next year.

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