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Epatec dwarf PC makes a capable thin client

  • NewsForge; By Michael 'STIBS' Stibane (Posted by dcparris on Nov 17, 2006 7:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: GNU, Linux
What can you do with a tiny 200MHz computer? We tested such a computing dwarf, the Epatec eTC thin client, and found you can save big money with this box by using it as a thin client.

Running Linux on Sony's PS3

Running Linux on Sony's PS3 console isn't just allowed, it's encouraged. PCBurn has a quick overview of the PS3, Linux, and links to the relevant information.

Black Duck Welcomes Sun's Decision to Open Source Java

Black Duck, the provider of software compliance management solutions, has given the thumbs up signal to Sun Microsystems’ decision to open source Java. Many organisations are using open source code to develop software, and the Sun announcement means that any company using Java will need to understand the implications of the licensing terms of the open source General Public License (GPL) and the impact on software that is developed with Java, the company said.

Foundational Model of Anatomy (FMA) Ontology Released as Open Source

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News (Posted by dcparris on Nov 17, 2006 4:51 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
The Foundational Model of Anatomy (FMA) Ontology has been released under an open source license locatedhere. From the announcement:'In response to the increasing demand from the life science and biomedical informatics communities and the private industry for an anatomy ontology that can empower computer applications in biomedicine and provide a basic science framework for the integration of biological data from different sources, the University of Washington and the FMA Ontology Research team hereby release the open source license for the Foundational Model of Anatomy (FMA) ontology and grant licensees a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free, copyright license to reproduce, publicly display, publicly perform, prepare modifications of, and distribute the FMA ontology with or without modifications. For more information on the availability, terms and conditions of the license and on how to access and download the Release version of the FMA ontology please visit the FMA Ontology Research Project site [url=at']at'[/url]

The implications of Sun open sourcing Java

  • Computer Business Review; By Staff Writer (Posted by dcparris on Nov 17, 2006 4:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Sun
The long-awaited open sourcing of Java is finally upon us, with Sun announcing the first of a set of releases planned through into 2007. The question of which license Sun would adopt is now settled: it's the GNU General Public License version two. However, key questions are yet to be answered - namely whether the move will help Sun's revenue, and whether open sourcing Java may be a step too late.

Mapping the Future of Open Source Data

Some time toward the end of this year, FortiusOne plans to open a public data repository and social network for data sharing to encourage the creation of dynamic online map mashups that combine multiple data sets

An open platform for Linux

In its attempt to educate its existing customers as well as prospective clients about the evolving role of Linux, Novell organised a multi-city event. We had covered the Mumbai leg in an earlier issue. Here we write about what happened at Delhi and Bangalore—there were different speakers in each city.

Gates on Vista, Linux and more

In the second part of his interview with, Bill Gates talks about his favorite feature in Vista, why he'll keep pushing for a new file system and the role of open-source software.

Seven tips for leading FOSS programmers

  • IT Managers Journal; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 17, 2006 12:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Books about management techniques rarely mention how to lead computer programmers. The few that do sooner or later reach for a cliché and compare the effort to herding cats -- J. Hank Rainwater, for instance, uses the phrase as his title. Partly, the comparison reflects how much the topic is outside the corporate mainstream. However, the comparison also reflects the conflicting nature of the job. The typical IT department represents a separate culture within a company, and a successful manager must both understand that culture and act as a bridge between it and the rest of the company, trying to explain each to the other.

Open Letter: Questions about Microsoft Corp. Intellectual Property

In a question-and-answer session after his keynote speech at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conference in Seattle last Thursday, [Steve] Ballmer said "Linux[™]"uses our [Microsoft Corp.] intellectual property" and "Microsoft Corp. wanted to "get the appropriate economic return for our shareholders from our innovation."
Now, as a Linux user and editor of a Linux users site, I have some questions about this remarks.

[ I sent the thing to WagEdds Rapid Response Team, look forward to hearing from them - hkwint ]

O'reilly Radar: System76, Linux Hardware for Everyone

Last week at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, I spoke with Carl Ritchell, co-founder of System76. For years I've been seeking the Nirvana of a company that would ship me professional, high-quality, Linux-only hardware. Various large companies offer half-hearted Linux options. Several sketchy-looking resellers offer brand-name hardware with Linux installed over the top, but it's either a distro I don't want, or it's all old hardware.

Obsidian inks deal with Zend

SA Linux company Obsidian partners with international PHP company Zend to market products, training and services in the local market.

Open Source MP3 Player By MAKE

Phil and the other do-it-themselfers at MAKe have hooked up with artist and designer Raphael Abrams to make their own open source MP3 player. How it works: the Daisy, the mp3 player, can be interfaced and built pretty much however you like. It's licensed with "minimal protections reserved via a Creative Commons license", which means you can use it to build your own iPod look-alike.

LinuxBIOS - A truly GPLed Free Software BIOS

LinuxBIOS is a project which aims to replace the normal BIOS found on PCs, Alphas, and other machines with a Linux kernel that can boot Linux from a cold start.Recently it made news with Google deciding to sponsor the LinuxBIOS project. This article takes a look at what is so unique about the LinuxBIOS project. You can also watch a video of Linux BIOS booting Linux on a rev board.

Ballmer: Linux users owe Microsoft

  •; By Eric Lai (Posted by henke54 on Nov 17, 2006 8:07 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux, Microsoft
In comments confirming the open-source community's suspicions, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Thursday declared his belief that the Linux operating system infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property.

RedHat's response to Novell - Interview with Mark Webbink (RedHat)

  •; By Cypress (Posted by Cypress on Nov 17, 2006 7:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Red Hat
There's an interview on with Mark Webbink, PR at RedHat, concerning the Microsoft-Novell deal. It's a response to the Novell interview posted just to days ago on the same site. Mark Webbink tells the Linux crowd if RedHat would have accepted a similar deal with Microsoft, "Why "Open Source Assurance" and why now?" and what will the company do now that RedHat is facing competition from two sides...

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 beta 2 arrives

Red Hat Inc. had planned to release RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) 5 Beta 2 on Nov. 21, but engineering finished the job early and the beta is already being released to the company's partners and customers. The release boasts the latest open-source technologies for improved performance, security, and flexibility, according to the company.

Novell and Microsoft: Working for or against Linux?

  • Open for Business; By Josiah Ritchie (Posted by tbutler on Nov 17, 2006 5:45 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft, Novell
Is Novell’s deal with Microsoft ultimately something that boils down to a corporate agreement to restrict the free flow of information and understanding about Linux? Or, perhaps, could it be that this agreement will actually serve the purpose of getting Linux out to more users? Those are the questions Josiah Ritchie seeks to consider and come up with answers to.

Red Hat ponders new JBoss strategy

In an effort to increase revenue from its JBoss server software, Red Hat is contemplating splitting the product into two versions--a free, unsupported product and a subscription-based supported one.

Sugarcrm supports full open-source stack

The applications vendor Thursday unveiled Sugar FastStack, a service to set up and support a stack of its Sugar Professional or Enterprise On-site product releases as well as the Apache Web Server, the PHP Web scripting language and the MySQL database. FastStack can be installed on the three operating systems SugarCRM supports -- Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. The installation process uses a wizard approach to walk users through installing each piece of the stack.

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