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LXer Weekly Roundup for 01-Apr-2007


LXer Feature: 01-Apr-2007

A weekly recap of the big stories concerning Linux and Open Source.

KDE4 gets HOTTER Hot New Stuff

  • Technoblogical; By Ben Hay (Posted by nebyah on Apr 1, 2007 8:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor; Groups: KDE
Since KDE 3.3 was released in 2004, KDE applications have used the KnuDELibs library KNewPorn to implement a simple interface for downloading and installing nudie pictures from a centralized server...

LWN.net: KDE 4 Gets More Hot New Stuff

This week's LWN looks at Get New Hot Stuff in KDE 4. Improvements currently being made by lead developer Josef Spillner include new options for uninstalling content, content synchronisation, the ability to rate content directly from the application interface, a dramatically faster interface and more. Get Hot New Stuff is now a specification on freedesktop.org and used throughout KDE in apps like Amarok and KOrganizer.

Search on for SeaMonkey Slogans

In a newsgroup message, Robert "KaiRo" Kaiser has requested feedback on possible SeaMonkey slogans. KaiRo is interested in comments on his own proposals as well as original suggestions. Current proposals include "the suite, reborn", "browse. mail. compose. chat." and "suite life".

Python Elegance and Warts

  • IBM/developerWorks; By David Mertz, Ph.D. (Posted by IdaAshley on Apr 1, 2007 5:23 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Python has greatly increased its number of syntactic features and built-in functions and types, making it no longer a language that experienced programmers can pick up "in an afternoon." This article discusses the new features that have been added to Python, and weighs in on which ones are truly valuable and which just add unnecessary complication.

Raising Linux Awareness: A "Bottoms-Up" Approach

One of the main problems facing GNU/Linux is that it simply is not known by the majority of the computer-literate users in this world, and is used on a daily basis by even fewer. It is an excellent Operating System which can satisfy the needs of most demographics bar certain specialised ones, such as gamers, so there is nothing stopping it from hitting the mainstream except marketing funds. You know what? These might not be needed.

Taking heath information and giving it back to consumers - www.whoissick.org

http://www.whoissick.org recently launched a free new website focused on bringing heath information to the public by tracking and monitoring current and local sicknesses. Essentially, it is Web2.0/User generated content meets Healthcare through a very simple Google Maps interface. Given the relatively slower adoption of internet and"web 2.0' technology by much of the healthcare industry, we set out to create a simple, user-friendly, and valuable website for the average consumer.

Ulteo The easiest Linux in the world

Gael Duval, the creator of Mandrake (now Mandriva) and now fired from its own company, has recently released the Ulteo project.

Texas Tech Medical School Deploys VistA

Texas Tech University Medical School will deploy a possibly proprietary version of VistA by Document Storage Systems, Inc. According to several news reports like this one: 'The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine has begun deploying a public domain version of the Department of Veterans Affairs' electronic health record (EHR) system developed by Document Storage Systems, according to the vendor... 'Some articles are saying that this is an open source deployment, however that may not be the case. The vendor, Document Storage Systems, is noted for being a very proprietary vendor selling its own, not Free or Open Source Licensed, proprietary version of VistA.

What Apple gets right and why Linux keeps slipping behind

The leader of the Open Graphics Project comments on the state of UI development in Linux: "I fear that Linux developers also don't grok these [User Interface] ideas either, and they're too afraid to change, sticking to out-dated methods in the name of backward-compatibility or inertia or both."

Ballmer joins Linux Foundation board

In what many long-time observers of free and open source software consider a natural progression, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer is to join the board of the Linux Foundation.

[What day of the year is it? ;-) - Scott]

Mozilla Corporation Collaborating with eBay in France, Germany and the UK

The Mozilla Corporation and eBay International have announced a Mozilla Firefox partnership to "improve the online auction experience for people in France, Germany and the United Kingdom". According to the press release, "Mozilla and eBay are collaborating on new technology and approaches to enable eBay users to stay up to date with their auctions more easily from within Firefox regardless of where they are on the Web."

Guide to Deploying Mozilla Firefox in an Enterprise Published

Mozilla developer Michael Kaply has written a six-part series of weblog posts describing how to deploy Mozilla Firefox 2 within an enterprise or similar institution. The series is aimed at organisations that cannot deploy standard Firefox releases for some reason and need to distribute customised builds to their users. It focuses on the Microsoft Windows version of Firefox.

Pramari and Uni. of Arkansas Form Open Source RFID Partnership

Pramari and The University of Arkansas have announced a strategic partnership to further integrate their RFID Open Source Products and create a comprehensive open source offering for RFID. Under this partnership both organizations will work closely by integrating their products, and leverage their collective knowledge in helping some of the most influential RFID users. With this free exchange of ideas and tools, Pramari and the University of Arkansas seek to create an Open Source community that can further advance RFID infrastructure and create products that fill the needs of the rapidly evolving RFID software market.

State of the VNC art

Are you adept with Virtual Network Computing (VNC)? If not, you'll find that learning even a little about this desktop sharing system pays off big in your daily development or system administration responsibilities.

Portrait: GNOME Foundation's Dave Neary

Many free software advocates make a name for themselves by being involved with a single project. Dave Neary casts a wider net. He is a GNOME Foundation member, community manager of the OpenWengo project, and a former contributor to the GIMP project.

Diy embedded Linux service deemed "disruptive"

Embedded Linux development services provider TimeSys is among seven companies chosen for a new Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) attraction designed to showcase innovative startups. The "Disruption Zone" honors startups that significantly "speed electronics design and development, and improve digital signal and memory performance," CMP said.

ChangeLog: HP clarifies warranty under Linux

We received the following today by email from Hewlett Packard, which clarifies their warranty policy for customers running Linux on HP hardware, at least in the specific case we reported on recently: "HP is committed to supporting its customers and backs its PCs with a solid hardware warranty regardless of the operating system."

Ready? Set? Port an App From Windows to Linux!

Thanks to the Novell-sponsored open source Mono effort and its contributors, the idea of cross-platform ASP.NET development isn't a dream. It's a reality. But how quickly can you go from being only conceptually possible to becoming a reality and then deployed? For the winner of the first round of the Race to Linux 2 contest, it is five hours and 26 minutes.

OpenGL Hardware 3D Acceleration for Virtual Machines

OpenGL apps running inside a Virtual Machine (VM) can use VMGL to take advantage of graphics hardware acceleration. VMGL can be used on VMware guests, Xen HVM domains (depending on hardware virtualization extensions) and Xen paravirtual domains, using XVnc or the virtual framebuffer.

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