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Blip.tv to become an open YouTube alternative

If you think YouTube is a great idea but its proprietary Flash implementation sucks, and if you think that the "alternatives" using Windows Media or Quicktime always leave out one platform - your favourite platform - just hear what the Blip.TV guys have in store.

OASIS ODF Accessibility Subcommittee Offers Recommendations

Begun at the start of this year, the OASIS ODF Accessibility Subcommittee has just completed its first assigned task: an accessibility evaluation of the ~700 page ODF 1.0 specification. Producing this evaluation was the formal statement of purpose of this subcommittee...

Majordomo Mailing Lists Configuration

  • debianhelp.co.uk; By debianhelp.co.uk (Posted by gg234 on May 31, 2006 2:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Majordomo Mailing Lists Configuration

PC-BSD 1.1 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on May 31, 2006 1:06 AM EDT)
  • Groups:
DistroWatch reports - An updated version of PC-BSD, now based on FreeBSD 6.1, has been released: PC-BSD 1.1 was released today, along with a PBI update file for users running 1.0, who wish to update to 1.1. This release brings the core operating system up to the latest version of FreeBSD 6.1, adds better driver support to the kernel, and improves the speed on many systems. OSDir has some fresh screenies of PC-BSD in the PC-BSD 1.1 Screenshot Tour.

My hardware toolbag

You don't need to be a super-geek to start diagnosing hardware problems. Diagnostics is an art. Specifically, it's the art of determining the source of a problem and troubleshooting a solution. No matter how good you are at diagnostics, the right tools in your hardware bag can make you better.

Bringing Open Source to Filmmaking, an Elephant's Dream

Elephant's Dream, an 11 minute animation which premiered on the Internet earlier this month, describes itself as an 'open movie'.

Congoo(tm) NetPass Now Available For Mozilla Firefox(R)

  • Yahoo! News (press release); By Press release (Posted by dcparris on May 30, 2006 10:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Mozilla
BRANCHBURG, N.J., May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Congoo(TM), the Web's first free premium information network, today announced that its NetPass downloadable toolbar is now available in beta version for users of the Mozilla Firefox® web browser. The development enables millions of Firefox users to locate huge amounts of otherwise unavailable, subscription-only Web content -- and to access that content free of charge.

UK Judge Explains Why He Sentenced A Software Patent To Death

So far, a programming lawyer seeking a patent for what appears to be a database-driven software application has been denied three times by UK patent officials and judiciary. The third rebuff instructively dissects both traditional and evolving UK Patent Law concerning software patents, before dismissing the supplicant's appeal.

FUEL DB turns 1.0

ITTIA, developers of a new lightweight database for embedded systems and mobile devices, announced today the official launch of version one of its FUEL DB cross-platform product.

Nextaction dumps Microsoft for Oracle and open source

"When I came in, my assessment was that we had run out of gas in a variety of fashions," Helle said. "We were having system failures, machines would crash, SQL Server would crash, the application would crash, and it was a production-critical application so it had a lot of impact on our revenues if the crash was significant."

Setting up Swiki

  • NewsForge; By Erik M. Keller (Posted by grouch on May 30, 2006 5:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Community
Swiki is a wiki written in the Squeak SmallTalk dialect. It's easy to install, easy to maintain, and a great tool for maintaining documentation.

The Free Standards Group Strengthens Linux Standardization ...

  • Market Wire (press release); By Press release (Posted by grouch on May 30, 2006 4:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Linux
The Free Standards Group (FSG), a nonprofit organization, today announced it is strengthening its activities in Asia.

Elive 0.5 Beta Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on May 30, 2006 3:16 PM EDT)
  • Groups:
DistroWatch reports - The Elive project has released the first beta build of the upcoming Elive 0.5 Enlightenment live CD. What's new? New live CD system - Elive has moved from Morphix to DSS; new kernel 2.6.15 with a lot more hardware support, also for wireless networking, make a look to the list of new drivers added; new installer features; Elive has new system of elive-skel, you can select 'night look' or 'elive look' in the boot of the live CD system; introductory tutorial to Enlightenment hot keys on E16... OSDir has some sweet shots of this Elive beta in the Elive 0.5 Beta Screenshot Tour.

Everything You Ever Wanted From Flow Control

  • developerWorks (Posted by IdaAshley on May 30, 2006 2:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
Flow control is usually straightforward: sequence, selection, iteration. And many programmers, having been raised on these primary control structures, have a difficult time seeing what other kinds of flow control might be necessary. This article introduces continuations and teaches you to think about flow control in radically new ways.

The Importance of Configuration Management in Open Source ...

As anyone who has used Linux systems for production systems knows all too well, there's an art to arriving at a stable configuration with all dependencies met. Linux distributors do an excellent job of delivering systems that meet this criteria, and keeping them there through their update processes as functionality updates, bug fixes, and security updates get laid on top of the out-of-the-box system. The amount of work and the success that they have in delivering both the base distribution and the stream of updates that follow is widely unappreciated.

A look at the FreeNAS server

  • NewsForge; By Gary Sims (Posted by grouch on May 30, 2006 12:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
FreeNAS, an open source NAS server, can convert a PC into a network-attached storage server. The software, which is based on FreeBSD, Samba, and PHP, includes an operating system that supports various software RAID models and a Web user interface. The server supports access from Windows machines, Apple Macs, FTP, SSH, and Network File System (NFS), and it takes up less than 16MB of disk space on a hard drive or removable media.

Importance of open source software underscored

Though the obvious benefits of OSS over proprietary software in terms of cost and usability are well documented and widely discussed among software engineers, the use in office and home environment remains low even in an IT-savvy country like India.

Open Source Developers' Conference 2006 - Call for papers is out!

We're seeking papers on Open Source languages, technologies, projects and tools as well as topics of interest to Open Source developers.

Report: Linux Computing at MIT

  • LinuxPlanet; By Rob Reilly (Posted by grouch on May 30, 2006 10:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
It is the institution that is arguably the home of free software, as well as so many other important technologies. So it comes as no surprise that the IT infrastructure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology depends on Linux. Rob Reilly takes a tourist's look at the nuts and bolts of MIT information systems.

Jim Gray, a genuine guru...

Deconstructing databases

Most companies have a tame "guru" - someone presented as a world authority on the subject in question and so amazingly intelligent that they are above the tacky world of commercialism.

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