Keyto in his article Understanding the Common User points that "everything should be as simple as it is.. or even simpler" and warns that converting a common user to Linux without giving him enough protection leads to a imminent failure. Karol Trojanowski, in a rebuttal Get Real or How NOT To Convert Your Grandma to Linux stresses that dumbing down is not the key to success, understanding is. Both articles are a must-read for Linux nerds trying to convert anyone on their way.
Psst. Want to buy a zero-day? A Swiss startup called WabiSabiLabi Ltd. has some for sale, but to qualified buyers only. On Tuesday, the company launched a security vulnerability marketplace, where details on unpatched software flaws can be bought and sold. By Thursday, the site was offering details on four bugs in products such as the Linux kernel and Yahoo Messenger. No bids had yet been registered, and asking prices for the research ranged between $681 and $2724. An 0day vulnerability is a previously undisclosed bug that has not been fixed by the vendor.
The obvious question that any open source "business" needs to address is how to get people to pay for offerings. Being that the code is out there and customers can theoretically support themselves and/or never pay there needs to be a compelling reason for them to give you their money. Every open source company struggles to figure out what these "value triggers" are.
When Evans Data released its survey on Tuesday showing a sharp shift toward Linux (and away from Windows) among developers in North America, the Linux world went wild. Wistful penguin heads heralded the coming Open Source Age. There are several signs that the coming year could bring a sea-change among end users, making 2008 the year of the Linux desktop.
One of the unsung features of GPLv3 is its grant of compatibility to the Apache and Eclipse open source licenses. Apache or Eclipse licensed code can now be combined with GPL code without creating a violation of the GPL. That wasn't possible in the past, or at least, not sanctioned by the Free Software Foundation. GLPv3, wrote Brian Behlendorf, "is good news, from my perspective."
I just watched Mark Shuttleworth’s Keynote on aKademy. The discussion afterwards was mainly dominated by his suggestion to switch KDE’s development cycle to a 6 month release cycle. Here is a closer look at what Mark said - and what KDE did in the past.
Aewin has announced a highly integrated 3.5-inch form-factor single-board computer (SBC) that accepts either Pentium M or Celeron M processors. The EM-7302 runs Linux, offers modular PC/104 and optional mini PCI expansion, and targets embedded applications such as interactive kiosks, parking gate control, and medical equipment.
The board members of the Florida Linux Show 2008 have elected Jacksonville, Florida as the city to hold the 2008 Conference and Exhibition. This year's show will focus on moving from IPv4 to IPv6, Greener PCs, Linux and your desktop, Linux Certification, and much more.
Thanks to generous sponsorship you can promote your Open Source project, group or campaign FREE in the .ORG village (sponsored by uklinux.net) at LinuxWorld Expo 2007 (London Olympia 2, 23rd & 24th October 2007). Closing date for applying for space in the .ORG village is 31st July 2007.
Do you find yourself constantly being bogged down in programs that leak memory, violate memory bounds, use uninitialized data, and devote an excessive amount of run time to memory management? Use this article to help you conquer these pesky memory defects.
One of the many uses of having a Red Hat Consultant on site is to provide “best practices” in regard to using or deploying Red Hat Linux or any of Red Hat’s applications. These best practices come from the way a product was written as well as how the product was originally intended to be used. Although we lean towards sticking to these best practices and procedures, sometimes they need to be modified and adjusted to meet the special needs of a client. Knowing how to make a product work within a customer’s specialized environment is also a great use of a Red Hat Consultant.
Red Hat wants to talk interoperability, but Microsoft's reluctance says much about real objectives behind recent patent agreements. Microsoft's childlike "that's mine" attitude about intellectual property and patent violation claims against open source doesn't explain the company's resistance to Red Hat. The question to ask: Whose intellectual property rights is Microsoft seeking to protect?
Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE) has long been one of my favorite features on Linux systems. Using FUSE modules, you can mount all sorts of innovative resources -- Gmail, your Flickr photos, a remote SSH server -- directly into your local machine's filesystem and use their contents exactly as if they were normal files. Now you can do the same thing on Mac OS X, courtesy of MacFUSE.
Linux-powered robots are flocking to Atlanta this week to compete in the Robocup scientific competition. The eleventh annual event has attracted at least two Linux-based designs aiming to replace Sony's Aibo as the de facto hardware platform for standard Robocup league play.
Alan Cox posted an updated LibATA PATA (IDE) status report on the lkml. Improved from a previous status report [story] he noted, "current kernels now support HPA (Host Protected Area) but default to honouring it. Probably a wrong default for PATA but we need to decide the right way to expose it nicely." He went on to note, "no PATA hotplug support yet. Need warmplug helpers for some chipsets (eg some intel ICH) to avoid risk of hangs."
Microsoft cleared the air July 5 on its obligations to GNU General Public License Version 3 support, declaring it will not provide support or updates for GPLv3 under the deal it penned in November with Novell to administer certificates for the Linux distribution. Microsoft also said July 5 that its agreement with Novell, as well as those with Linux rivals Xandros and Linspire, were unaffected by the release June 29 of GPLv3 by the Free Software Foundation.
A small company near Torino, Italy is shipping a tiny ARM9-based processor module designed for use with low-cost carrier boards. Elpa's RD129 comes pre-installed with the latest Linux kernel (currently 18.104.22.168), and is available with a handy development board.
There's probably more open source in your organization than you think, which makes it critical to put some governance standards in place.
After interviewing Axel Dorfler yesterday, in this second installment of Five Questions, we interview Robert Szeleney, the main driving force behind SkyOS. SkyOS has been in development since the late '90s, but for the past few years, it has seen rapid development.
Should you believe Red Hat's claims that its new Exchange marketplace for "open source business applications" contains nothing butopen source business applications? We say "no" - since not even Red Hat appears to have a good answer for this question.