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Who Else Gains from a GPL'd Java?

Sun'sannouncement that it would be releasing Java under the GNU GPL confounded many of its critics (including myself) who had feared that the company was incapable of making such a bold move.  Quite rightly, it has garnered praise from across the hacker world.  But Sun's relationship with free software has not always been so idyllic.

Release of OpenClinica 2.0 - LGPL platform for clinical research

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News (Posted by dcparris on Nov 15, 2006 4:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Akaza Research is pleased to announce the availability ofOpenClinica 2.0, the open source clinical research software platform. OpenClinicaâ„¢ is an open source web-based software platform that enables sponsors and investigators to manage clinical research data in multi-site studies. It facilitates protocol configuration, design of case report forms, electronic data capture, and study/data management. OpenClinica supports HIPAA and 21CFR Part 11 guidelines and is designed as a strictly standards-based, extensible, and modular platform. OpenClinica was initially released in October 2005 and is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).

Free software developers get protected

Legal advice for all. Free software developers now have a "legal guardian" they can turn to for advice and guidance on GPL copyright law and patent infringements.

What Does Free Software Really Cost?

You've probably seen the many articles infesting computing publications that blather on about comparing TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and ROI (Return on Investment) for Linux and Windows, and trying to figure out which one costs less to run. I'm no analyst, nor am I a Fellow at some Institute, nor am I a pundit who is paid to pontificate. I'm just an old country system and network administrator who has been running mixed Linux and Windows networks for lo these many years, and since everything works OK and my customers keep sending me checks that don't bounce, I figure I'm entitled to a punditry or two of my own. The bottom line is Linux costs way less to run and works better. That's why I prefer it.

Usability Focus in New Release of Poseidon for UML 5.0

Superior user interface speeds up UML modeling, boosts productivity.

Study finds Firefox 2.0 better placed in detecting phishing attacks

A study commissioned by Mozilla Foundation claims that the anti-phishing filter in Mozilla's Firebox 2.0 browser has outclassed similar tools available in Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7. The study found that Firefox 2.0, which is said to be a more secured version than the earlier browsers, had blocked 81.5 per cent of all phishing websites, while IE7 prevented 66.35 per cent of the phishing operations.

Oracle's Fusion Applications strategy: what the customers think

Reg Technology Panel Not yet convinced. Following the acquisition of PeopleSoft and Siebel Systems, only a short time after PeopleSoft had itself acquired JD Edwards, software giant Oracle became the proud owner of four ERP and three CRM product lines, all originally developed on different platforms and having different tooling to manage configuration and implementation.

Enhanced Middleware Supports Multiple Linux OSs

Optimized for distributed network infrastructure applications spanning multiple processors and operating systems, version 2.0 of the Element high-availability middleware from Enea is now available for MontaVista Carrier Grade Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora Core, and CentOS (Community ENTerprise Operating System). Element 2.0 also works out of the box with Kontron's XL8000 AdvancedTCA system and provides standard interfaces for AdvancedTCA and the SA Forum's Hardware Platform Interface

Treachery in the Trenches

This "Covenant" is designed for nothing but to instill fear and doubt into millions of enterprise Linux Users...the fear that if they do not use Suse, the Linux tainted by Microsoft, then they just may be open to lawsuits for IP violations. This barely if at all, falls short of rape.

Open Linux Based, ARM Powered Mobile In Wings

First International Computing (FIC) is to ship a completely open, Linux based, ARM powered GPS-equipped quad-band GSM/GPRS mobile in the first quarter of 2007. The Neo1973 is the first phone based on the open-source OpenMoKo platform and is expected to ship direct, worldwide, for around $350. OpenMoko is an integrated open source mobile communications platform which its developers claim will create an explosive growth in mobile applications to rival the diversity and size of the ringtone market and foster new income models for carriers.

Lineo Adds Sourcery To Strengthen Support For ARM Platform

Lineo Solutions has confirmed that it will begin including CodeSourcery's Sourcery G++ development tools in Lineo ELITE development kits for the ARM architecture. Sourcery G++ includes the entire GNU Toolchain, including the GNU C and C++ Compilers, GNU Binary Utilities, and GNU Debugger.

Transition of Icedove/Enigmail complete

A few days ago, I got the new ‘icedove’ package, which succeeds the not-so-free Mozilla® Thunderbird® in Debian. What was still missing was the integration with / the packaging of a new Enigmail package for encryption. Now that step is done as well.

For Funambol, open source software makes business sense

Funambol, an open source Java-based SyncML application, reached a milestone in September with the release of v3.0. The software provides calendar and address book linkage for groupware and mobile devices. Funambol started out more than three years ago as Sync4j, with a project on From humble beginnings, Funambol has today become a company that sells commercial support contracts, but still makes its software available under the GPL.

Novell: "Negotiations on the Microsoft agreement started in Spring 2006"

In an online interview on, Justin Steinman, Director of Marketing for Linux & Open Platform Solutions for Novell declared that "negotiations on the Microsoft agreement started in Spring 2006." Find out what Novell's point of view is on the buzz the recent agreement they signed with Microsoft started on the Internet. Justin Steinman explains what this deal means for Linux and Novell and how does this affect the competition between Novell and Microsoft. Novell sais there's no link between Oracle and their recent announcement.

This week at LWN: On Novell and Microsoft

Depending on who is commenting, the recently announced agreement between Microsoft and Novell is either the ultimate victory or the beginning of the end for Linux. If there is anything that is clear about this new arrangement, it's that nobody really understands what it means yet. Perhaps, in the end, it means less than most people hope or fear.

Linux powers single-chip digital TV processors

Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) is sampling its second-generation processors for mid-range and low-end digital TVs having single-chip designs. The TC90407XBG and TC90407XFG chips feature 64-bit MIPS-based host processors and dual DSPs, along with on-chip function blocks aimed at supporting the North American ATSC standard, and come with Linux support.

Spot-Swap Among The World's Fastest Supercomputers

  •; By Clint Boulton (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 15, 2006 7:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
IBM's BlueGene/L system is still king of the supercomputing heap, according to the 28th list of the world's 500 most powerful supercomputers unveiled at the Supercomputing 2006 show in Tampa, Fla. today. The annual "TOP500" list is compiled by Hans Meuer of the University of Mannheim, Germany.

This isn't exactly FOSS-related, but I think it's an interesting peek at the real Big Iron--TC

Point-of-sale device runs from Linux flash

One of the first POS (point-of-sale) equipment vendors to adopt Linux will now become one of the first to offer solid-state storage. Wincor Nixdorf's new X-Series, due in January, will be offered with an Msystems mModule uDOC embedded flash disk.

Spanish Linux distro update goes gold

Mayix XLiveCD 2006.2, a Gentoo-derived Linux distribution, was released last weekend by its Guatamala-based project team. Mayix, which is produced only in Spanish, includes the so-called "stage 4" binary Gentoo packages and sports a 2.6.17 Linux kernel, X.Org 7.1, and a GNOME 2.14 default desktop.

Build a Web Spider on Linux

Web spiders are software agents that traverse the Internet gathering, filtering, and potentially aggregating information for a user. This article shows you how to build spiders and scrapers for Linux to crawl a Web site and gather information, stock data, in this case. Using common scripting languages and their collection of Web modules, you can easily develop Web spiders.

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