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Importance of Community in FOSS

The GPL says that you must provide source code to the recepients of any application you distribute under that license. This is really meeting the legal requirements of that license. However, is that"all" that is needed? If you say that you have an open source application (especially in healthcare) but you do not attempt to engage the wider community to get feedback on your application or allow other developers to review the data structures and application code. Is it really an open source application? As I stated above. It is clear that all you"have" to do (legally) is give the source code to the recipients of the application.

OpenStreetMap project imports US government maps

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative project in the process of building a free, Web-accessible, user-editable map of the world. So far, most of its map data has come through user-contributed GPS traces, but OSM has recently undertaken the bulk import of government-collected data covering the entire United States. The massive import will jump-start OSM's US map coverage, but its sheer size poses an interesting challenge to the project's resources.

The LXer Interview: John Hull of Dell


LXer Feature: 12-Oct-2007

It has been over four months since Dell started shipping computers preloaded with Ubuntu GNU/Linux to home consumers in the United States. Lets take a moment to look at the progress that has been made so far. John Hull, manager of the Linux Engineering team in Austin was kind enough to let me interview him by e-mail. Besides commenting on the current state of affairs with Ubuntu on Dell machines, he also offers some insight in how the Linux team at Dell works and opens a small window into the future of Linux at Dell.


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Open source CMS - promise without pitfall

  • Reg Developer; By Bayarsaikhan Volodya (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 12, 2007 2:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Open source has changed operating systems, application servers and databases. Now, the benefits of open source are being realized in content management systems (CMS), traditionally a vendor-controlled world of expensive licensing and closed APIs. Open source is putting CMS into the hands of developers and organizations previously unable, or unwilling, to use CMS. Early adopters include national and local governments and media companies.

Security Monitoring with Cisco Security MARS

  • certforums.co.uk; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Oct 12, 2007 1:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story

Cisco's MARS (Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System) is a hot topic just now. This book's back cover touts it as the "next-generation Security Threat Migration system (STM)" and further states, "easy-to-use family of threat mitigation appliances enables you to centralize, detect, mitigate, and report on priority threats by leveraging the network and security devices already deployed in the network, even if the devices are from multiple vendors". That's a tall order, but Cisco Press would have to be out of its collective mind to publish something and not be able to deliver...wouldn't it?

LPI announces new African affiliates

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the largest independent Linux skills certification institute,, has announced several new affiliates in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria.

Patent Infringement Lawsuit Filed Against Red Hat & Novell - Just Like Ballmer Predicted

IP Innovation LLC has just filed a patent infringement claim against Red Hat and Novell. It was filed October 9, case no. 2:2007cv00447, IP Innovation, LLC et al v. Red Hat Inc. et al, in Texas. Where else? The patent troll magnet state. The first ever patent infringement litigation involving Linux.

Linux is Not Ready for the Desktop? Really?

Some technology analysts feel that Linux is still not ready for the desktop. Please don't tell that to any of the community members who last year logged in 40,000 times to the 28 Linux stations in our small town library and community center.

Ubuntu chief talks on Microsoft threats

Ubuntu founder, Mark Shuttleworth, has commented on Microsofts renewed IP sabre rattling, saying that the company should "back off on its claims".

Expand OpenOffice with XSLT and rich text XML

Transform any XML-based data to and from the OpenDocument format with XSLT-based filters.

The FOSS Project Marketing HowTo: Press Releases

In my first FOSS Project Marketing Howto article, I wrote about the importance of using your project's home page as an effective marketing tool. So let's examine a few press releases to learn how to write our own.

The Perfect Server - Mandriva 2008 Free (Mandriva 2008.0)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Oct 11, 2007 6:22 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Mandriva
This is a detailed description about how to set up a Mandriva 2008 Free (Mandriva 2008.0) server that offers all services needed by ISPs and hosters: Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Courier POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. This tutorial is written for the 32-bit version of Mandriva 2008, but should apply to the 64-bit version with very little modifications as well.

Geubuntu: When a Gnome marry Enlightenment

The power and flexibility of Ubuntu and Gnome. The magnificence and beauty of E17. Perfect and fast even for a Virtual Machine. Finally a fully functional Enlightenment Desktop. Geubuntu is a complete and fully functional operative system, available as a Live CD, based on the popular Linux Distribution Ubuntu. Geubuntu, a project started and designed by the Italian artist Luca D.M. (aka TheDarkMaster) is perfect for any Desktop, Laptop PC or even for a Virtual Machine. Geubuntu mixes the power and simplicity of Ubuntu and parts of the Gnome Desktop with the wonder and astonishing eye-candy of Enlightenment DR17

Mozilla mobilizes for mobile Firefox browser

Mozilla is prepping a mobile version of Firefox, the world's most popular open-source web browser. "People ask us all the time about what Mozilla's going to do about the mobile web," reads a blog post from VP of engineering Mike Schroepfer, "and I'm very excited to announce that we plan to rock it."

Zero to Z-Shell: Learn what all the fuss is about with Z-Shell

By and large, most Red Hat Linux systems will have Bash as the default shell. Bash is a darn great shell, but this article is about another equally great shell, called Z-Shell, that has most of the attributes of Bash, but in some cases goes the extra mile to give you the flexibility to customize your shell more than Bash allows. This article is somewhat advanced, but if you’re very patient, with some effort, you will do just fine. Remember to make small changes, test them, and then make more small changes, test, and repeat.

Linux for Business: 50 Apps to Get your Office on Open Source

Open source software has a lot to offer the business world. Aside from the fact that they’re generally free, many open source programs are more secure, reliable and customizable than their proprietary counterparts. In fact, many large companies, including big names like Amazon, Google, and Yahoo, run their servers with Linux rather than Windows. Open source software is often some of the best software for the job, even when cost is no consideration. So how can you make open source software work for your business? Here are 50 apps that can help your office get on track to join the growing numbers of businesses that have made the switch to open source.

Office shootout: OpenOffice.org Calc vs. Microsoft Excel

In earlier articles, I compared OpenOffice.org 2.3's and MS Office 2007's word processors and slide show programs. It seems appropriate to round off the comparison with a look at spreadsheets, the third of the core programs in any office application. I spent a couple of days testing OOo Calc and Microsoft Excel features for formatting, list-making, formulas, and formula tools. Since the range of user expertise in spreadsheets tends to be much wider than in slide shows or even word processors, I considered the programs largely from the perspective of an average user who might require a spreadsheet for home or business use.

Red Hat Linux in professional portal push

Has Red Hat finally grown up in terms of global sales potential?

Insecure by Default

Guess what, I can walk up to your Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, Debian, etc desktop installation and take complete control over it without needing a single password. Thats right, root access simply by sitting down at your computer. Why is it nearly every single distro by default leaves this gaping security hole open?

k3b and permissions

We have k3b installed locally for users to burn CDs/DVDs/etc. This only gets used very infrequently, and it seems that something else has broken every time it does get used. This time it was a “Cannot find writer” error. I checked for the presence of cdrecord and dvd-rw-tools; all fine. Eventually it turned out to be a permissions error - that /dev/cdrom was set to be only user- and group-writable; and the user was not in the relevant group. Added them, log in & out, all well.

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