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The Sorry State of Operating Systems

  •; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Sep 25, 2006 2:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
If you mention the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) to a Windows user, they will probably begin to sigh and groan, and they may even shudder at the very thought of seeing one of these horrific images on their computer monitor. If you haven't experienced a Blue Screen of Death yet, then you're not a true Windows user.

Mobile Linux OS eyes lower-cost cellphones

MontaVista has upgraded its Linux-based software platform for mobile phones. Mobilinux 4.1 supports lower-cost hardware, the company says, thanks to footprint improvements aimed at lessening DRAM and flash memory requirements. The OS includes advanced real-time capabilities, and is suitable for use on single-chipset, mass market phones, according to the company.

Is the future of desktop Linux going thin?

Last month, thin-client software provider released its 2X TerminalServer for Linux, an open source terminal server that lets Linux desktop users run both Linux and Windows applications over dial-up and LAN (local area network) connections.

Democracy Player: A Superior Multimedia Alternative to iTunes on Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Sep 24, 2006 11:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Linux users have found their options limited, as iTunes is to this very day still not available on the Linux platform natively. Apple is foolish for ignoring this, but we believe that we have located a better alternative in the video podcast realm than what iTunes was offering anyway - Democracy Player.

GPLv3 is to preserve Free Software, not kill it

A group of important Linux kernel developers have recently published a position statement on GPLv3, as reported by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in a story with a rather alarmist title: "GPLv3 could kill open source, top Linux dev's warn". In truth, the goal is exactly and essentially just the opposite.

Website Review: The Family Guide to Digital Freedom

TheFamily Guide to Digital Freedom is a website and an accompanying book created by Marco Fioretti, a part-time journalist who writes about free and open source software (FOSS). The site is interesting for its attempt to do things at once: to provide a guide for non-technically inclined computers users to the advantages of open standards and free software, and a critique of the FOSS communities.

Interview: MandrakeLinux and Ulteo founder Gael Duval

Gaël Duval, the founder of the popular MandrakeLinux (later MandrivaLinux) project, was fired from Mandriva last spring in an effort to cut costs. Almost immediately afterward, Duval began work on a new GNU/Linux distribution, Ulteo. As of this writing, Ulteo has not yet released its first beta edition, but it should be available soon. While we're all waiting, I figured I'd ask Mr. Duval some questions about Ulteo, Mandriva, and starting GNU/Linux projects in general. Answers are below.

Linux Internet Cafe Software Allows Multiple Users To Share Single ...

Omni Technology Solutions and its partner in the UK, Blueloop, have partnered to deliver LinuxWorld London's Internet cafe. The Internet cafe will consist of 12 independent Linux workstations running on two Intel Pentium 4 3Ghz desktops with 2 GB of RAM.

Openoffice Extension Support Coming

While it has gained the attention of many governments and organisations through its philosophy and OpenDocument file format, has not to date enjoyed the same enthusiastic take up that Firefox has. This could be set to change, however, as the next version of the open source office suite will, like its web browsing brother, include plug-in extension support.

'open' chat on Linux

Novell recently launched version 10 of SUSE Linux Desktop. eWorld caught up with Revathi Kasturi, managing director, West Asia SUSE Linux, to check out the level of activity amongst users of open source software. Excerpts from the conversation:

KDE Commit-Digest for 24th September 2006

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: The KDE World Conference, Akademy 2006, kicks off in Dublin. A rewritten version of KTurtle, an educational programming tool, is imported into KDE SVN. ThreadWeaver is moved into kdelibs. Hebrew sounds are added to KLettres to add learning support for the language. Improvements in the OpenDocument format and XML Paper Specification format support in okular...

AMD Augments Servers With Open Source Architecture

AMD has taken a leaf out of the open source community’s book and has released the hardware specifications for its Opteron server processor, prompting big changes from players such as IBM.

Using Spring and Hibernate with WebSphere

  • IBM/developerworks (Posted by solrac on Sep 24, 2006 2:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Both open source projects are gaing more and more popularity with developers. This article explains how to configure these frameworks for various scenarios with WebSphere Application Server.

Open source and .Net aren’t mutually exclusive

Python developers had reason to celebrate this week, with the release of IronPython 1.0, a full implementation of the Python language for Microsoft’s CLR (Common Language Runtime). With IronPython, Python programs can run as first-class managed code on the .Net platform.

aKademy 2006 kicked off

KDE's annual world summit aKademy has been kicked off at the Trinity College Dublin to work on the next-generation desktop, KDE 4, and desktop standards. The aKademy conference will run through Saturday, September 23, through Saturday, September 30.

Mandriva Launches Linux Corporate Server 4.0

With version 4.0 of Corporate Server, Mandriva enables its current and future customers in all types of enterprise to benefit from the best of Linux (reliability, security, low administration costs) along with the best of Mandriva (ease of use, exclusive Mandriva utilities, and professional services) for the administration and integration of servers. In designing this all new version, Mandriva's team have retained all the features that made version 3.0 a success while adding more strong points.

Web 2.0 Industry and Ajax Community Boosted by OpenAjax Alliance

OpenAjax Alliance, an open industry collaboration dedicated to developing and expanding Ajax, today announced new partners and initiatives around the Ajax Community, signaling continued momentum for Ajax-based Web technologies.

Sun & others join open source carrier platform alliance

  • iTWire; By Stuart Corner (Posted by dcparris on Sep 24, 2006 8:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
set up to promote carrier-grade base platforms based on commercial off-the-shelf building blocks, has added Sun Microsystems, Wind River, GoAhead Software and Interphase to its membership.

GPL passes acid test in German court

In a landmark victory for the GPL license, a civil court in Germany has ruled against D-Link Germany GmbH for violating the terms of the most popular free software license. The lawsuit was filed by Harald Welte, a respected Linux hacker who tracks and eliminates illegal use of software protected by the GPL through his project. In a brief email exchange, Welte explains the nature of the violation and how he went about collecting evidence.

Google Sulks in Wake of Belgian Court Decision

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Sep 24, 2006 6:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In what seems to be a petty display of childishness, Google at first refused to post at its own Websites in Belgium the news of a recent defeat it suffered in a Belgian courtroom - at the cost of paying a $640,000 per day fine. A day later, it caved, saying it would appeal instead.

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