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Free software is nothing to fear

Nat Torkington stirred up some controversy when he asked, "Is 'Open Source' Now Completely Meaningless?" He has a good point, however. With so many companies claiming to be "open source" -- despite seemingly disparate business models and licensing schemes -- it's getting hard to tell what is legitimate open source and what isn't. The mere fact that so many voices have begun to weigh in on the issue is proof of how murky these waters have become.

Red Hat frees Exadel

Red Hat announced today that it is making Exadel's Eclipse-based tool set available as open source through its JBoss division.

The easy, Wine way to run Windows apps on Linux

Many would-be Linux users don't make the leap because there are one or two Windows applications they just can't live without. That doesn't have to hold them back anymore.

Writing Java code that interfaces with DB2

Learn about writing Java code that interfaces with DB2 databases. You will acquire the fundamental skills required to develop Java applications for DB2.

Using Java 5 language features in earlier JDKs

Java 5 added a number of powerful language features: generics, enumerations, annotations, autoboxing, and the enhanced for loop. Even if you're stuck on JDK 1.4, you can still use generics. Use Java and theory to learn how.

AXIGEN Becomes Sun Associate Partner

Bucharest, March 5, 2007 – AXIGEN, the professional mail server vendor, announced today a new technological partnership with Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Make invoices easy with Simple Invoices

Linux users can choose from several big, bulky financial packages to manage their finances, but what about consultants and freelancers who just need to whip out a few basic invoices by the end of the month? For that niche, Simple Invoices, a Web-based, GPLed invoicing system, is a winner for folks with a bit of tech savvy.

RU: New Russian Pligg-based Book Social Network

New Russian book social network site just has opened for beta-testing: It's like, but for books, not for news. The site is based on open source CMS Pligg:

[The website is all in Russian, I could not find a English language link. - Scott]

Fedora Weekly News Issue 79

In this issue, we have following articles:

1 Announcing Fedora 7 Test 2 (6.91)
2 Reduction of Fedora releases (in Bugzilla)
3 Phoronix: Fedora 7 KVM Virtualization How-To
4 IBM DeveloperWorks: Build a Fedora Live CD
5 Fedora cleans its repositories, considers move to Free Software
6 LWN: Who wrote (Linux Kernel) 2.6.20
7 FOSDEM 2007 KickOff & Pictures
8 Security Week in Review 2007-02-25
9 Fedora Weekly Reports 2007-02-26
10 Fedora Core 5 and 6 Updates
11 Contributing to Fedora Weekly News
12 Editor's Blog

Eric Raymond: Yes, "open source" is still meaningful

Writing in O'Reilly's Radar, Nat Torkington argues that the term "open source" is becoming meaningless. He points to SugarCRM's badgeware, through which, he claims, only two-thirds of their code is downloadable, and rPath and MontaVista, which "sell software that works on Linux but the software itself isn't actually open source." Open-source leader Eric S. Raymond replied to Torkington's essay in a letter to O'Reilly and several journalists, in which he asserted that the open source "label is still valid and important. I'm a pragmatist, so I'm not going to wave any flags or sing any anthems to argue this, just point out what has worked and continues to work."

ODF threat to Microsoft in US governments grows

California has introduced a bill to make open document format (ODF) a mandatory requirement for agencies when acquiring software, turning up the heat on Microsoft. The bill follows similar legislation in Texas and Minnesota and adds further to the pressure on Microsoft which is pushing its own proprietary Office Open XML (OOXML) document format in the recently released Office 2007.

vtiger CRM 5.02 on Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Server (Dapper Drake)

This is a detailed description about how to set up a vtiger CRM 5.02 on an Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake) based server. vtiger is an Open Source Customer Relationship Management solution built over LAMP stack and other third-party open source packages.

KDE Commit-Digest for 4th March 2007

In this week's KDE Commit-Digest: KSplashX, a potential replacement for the KSplashML engine is imported into KDE SVN. Continued progress in the Solid and NetworkManager integration. More refinement, including better keyboard shortcuts, in Konsole. New keyboard layouts in KTouch. Icon and undo support in Step, the educational physics simulation package. KBounce becomes the latest game to move to a scalable interface and graphics. More work in KSquares, Konquest, KSpaceDuel and KReversi. KSudoku starts to be ported to KDE 4...

Syncing magic with GCALDaemon

Need to sync data between Google Calendar (Gcal) and your desktop calendaring application? GCALDaemon, a nifty Java-based utility, provides two-way synchronization between Gcal and virtually any iCalendar-compatible application. Besides the ability to sync calendaring data, GCALDaemon can act as a Gmail notifier, and can pull your Gmail contacts via LDAP.

DistroWatch Weekly: The future of DWW, Ubuntu Muslim Edition

  •; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Mar 5, 2007 12:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 10th issue of DistroWatch Weekly! This is the most enjoyable part of the year for those Linux users who enjoy testing the development releases of Linux distributions - Fedora, Mandriva, Ubuntu, SimplyMEPIS and PCLinuxOS all delivered brand new test builds last week and the first impressions of all them are highly positive. In the news section, a start-up project releases Ubuntu Muslim Edition, Sun Microsystems joins the Free Software Foundation, and Linux and open source software makes a serious impact on education. Finally, don't miss our commentary on the future of DistroWatch Weekly where you can have your say over the direction your favourite publication takes over the next few weeks. Happy reading!

Tamil Nadu gets dual-boot Win-Linux desktops

Indian state provides Windows XP Starter Edition for those who want it, but will continue to encourage Linux use.

Gaisler Research's LEON 3 CPU Supports Linux 2.6 SMP

Gaisler Research AB has announced Linux 2.6 Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) support for the LEON3 processor. The Linux 2.6 SMP is able to automatically load balance applications across multiple LEON3 cores. The SMP support also enables developers to realize the performance potential of multicore architectures while maximizing software reuse. The combination of Linux 2.6 SMP and the LEON3 multiprocessor capability yields the most advanced hardware/software architecture for high performance systems.

EPEL Repository Open For Business

For those running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (well, once it's out), the EPEL repository has opened this past Friday. EPEL, or Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux, is an RPM repository similar to the Fedora Extras project for community-built packages.

The Fun of LDAP - objectClass Attributes

OK - I actually like and enjoy LDAP, but do not allow that to cloud your judgment. LDAP took much more of my time and effort to learn than Bind and/or DNS. And I recall sitting in front of DNS chapters wondering why we needed another language to do something as easy as mapping a friendly name to an IP address. This jargon stuff has value though such as constraing insomnia.

To Cut Code and Other Pet Peeves

It finally happened. Someone finally said it. I was attending a recent talk by a nameless major speaker in charge of a large Health IT organization. I had to get up and walk out on the speaker. I'm not normally one to get up and walk out on people in a huff, but long ago I made a contract with myself that if anyone uttered 2 fateful words again I was going to get up and walk out. Those two words are:

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