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Steve Jobs' Endangered Second Act

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 7, 2008 1:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
With the fantastic success of the iPod and iTunes, the successful launch of the tectonically innovative iPhone and the rejuvenation of Mac sales, Steve Jobs seems about to prove himself an exception to the rule that "There are no second acts in American lives." But will he in fact pull it off, leading Apple to dominate the mobile platform of the future after losing the PC to his rivals? Given yesterday's announcements of yesterday, I'm afraid not.

Approaching the Singularity at Microsoft

And you thought all Microsoft ever did was roll out endless iterations of Windows and Office in between buying some competitors and threatening to sue the rest -- but there's something going on up in Redmond, Wash., that looks like genuine innovation. Yep, Microsoft has been working on a new operating system -- one they say is unencumbered by four decades of computing history -- called Singularity. They've been hacking away at the thing since 2003, but this week saw the first public release of the code. I can barely understand what they're talking about, but it looks as if installing the thing gives you a very Unix-like command line.

Spicebird: Thunderbird, Lightning, and a dash of collaborative flavor

Spicebird is a cross-platform email and collaboration client derived from Mozilla Thunderbird. If you are a fan of Thunderbird, but need more from it than the standard build provides, you may want to give this new bird a try.

Long time .. no blog

I’ve been long interested in the differences and similarities between Debian and Ubuntu. Many Ubuntu developers are current/former Debian developers and users but I think at this point probably a majority have “grown up” in Ubuntu like I have. Because Ubuntu is so heavily dependent on Debian, it behooves us developers to understand Debian processes, policies, and yes, even politics. I thought I’d just randomly share some thoughts on Debian from my Ubuntu-biased perspective.

[Despite the less-than-inviting title, the topic here is important -- Steven]

Use Drupal to empower your OSS project community

When I started my tenure as marketing lead for the Haiku project in 2006, my highest priority was to renovate the project's Web site. Haiku had been using a custom-coded site which was showing its shortcomings as the project and the community grew in size. The admins wanted a new site that was easy to add content to and maintain, preferably based on an open source content management system (CMS) with a proven track record. The Web team chose Drupal 4.7 for the task. After working with the web team and a few other contributors for a few months, I built Haiku a new Web site that included not only more content, but most importantly more participation from the community

Cooking XML with OOP

  •; By Hasin Hayder (Posted by bhushanp on Mar 7, 2008 8:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: PHP; Story Type: News Story
One of the great blessings of PHP5 is its excellent support to manipulate XML. PHP5 comes bundled with new XML extensions for processing XML easily. You have a whole new SimpleXML API to read XML documents in a pure object-oriented way. Also, you have the DOMDocument object to parse and create XML documents. In this article we will learn these APIs and learn how to successfully process XML with PHP.

Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron Alpha 6 Screenshots

Welcome to Hardy Heron Alpha-6, which will in time become Ubuntu 8.04. X.Org 7.3 with a new screen resolution utility that allows users to dynamically configure the resolution, refresh rate, and rotation of a second monitor; kernel based on bringing in significant enhancements and fixes that have been merged in the last few months into the mainline kernel.. Screenshots at The Coding Studio

Microsoft makes online Office play, but not for Linux

Microsoft yesterday announced a beta of its Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta, an online platform were users can store documents and share them with others. Reviews of Microsoft Office Live Workspace have been varied but if you’re running Linux you won’t get to use the Live Workspace at all.

Need for Java Business Integration and Service Engines in NetBeans

  •; By Frank Jennings, David Salter (Posted by bhushanp on Mar 7, 2008 5:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
To gain a greater understanding of concept of SOA applications, BPEL processes and JBI applications, and to enable us to develop enterprise level SOA applications, we need to understand JBI in further depth, and how JBI components can be linked together. This article by Frank Jennings and David Salter will show the JBI Service Engine is supported within the NetBeans Enterprise Pack.

Debian founder wants to 'reshape' OpenSolaris

In August 1993, Ian Murdock founded the Debian project and nurtured the free open source operating system into one of the most popular Linux distributions, supported by an established community of developers. Today, Debian is used by thousands of individuals and various large and small businesses worldwide, though no concrete numbers are available since users are not required to register.

How to: Create a Linux Box for Your Mom (50+ Resources)

For most computer literate children, a request from mom to get her set up on “this web thing” is met with panic and a feeling of drudgery. Are you about to expose your sweet mother to spam, phishing, viruses, or worse? Or perhaps more frightening, sign your life away as a 24/7 tech support center? Perhaps, but there’s a better way. By setting your mom up on a Linux machine, you can give her a safe, lean computing experience that will let her do all of the things she wants to do without giving you a nervous breakdown.

Ballmer pledges PHP love in Microhoo future

Microsoft has committed to becoming a mixed ASP.NET and PHP shop for the "foreseeable" future should its proposed Yahoo! acquisition succeed, rather than convert popular services like Yahoo! mail to Microsoft's .NET architecture. Chief executive Steve Ballmer confirmed, though, that overlapping online properties would be axed. Ballmer did not say what Microsoft ASP.NET or Yahoo! services based on the open source PHP Microsoft would keep, kill or merge, but he highlighted overlap in search, ad serving and mail.

A hands-on look at the Splashtop instant-on Linux environment

San Jose-based startup DeviceVM made waves last year when it unveiled Splashtop, a nearly instant-on Linux environment stored in the flash memory usually reserved for motherboard BIOS. The company previewed an upcoming revision to Splashtop at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in January, then gave us the chance to take a hands-on look at this intriguing system software.

OOXML: Why the debate?

  • Red Hat Magazine; By Jonathan Robie and Melanie Chernoff (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 6, 2008 11:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Red Hat
You probably don’t lose any sleep worrying that your word processor is saving files in the wrong format. You may have some old files that don’t open correctly, or someone might have sent you a spreadsheet that doesn’t work in anything but Excel, but you probably found some way to work around the problem.

Linux tool speeds up computer forensics for cops

Australian university students have developed a Linux-based data forensics tool to help police churn through a growing backlog of computer-related criminal investigations. The tool was developed by students from Edith Cowan University's School of Computing and Information Sciences and will help the Western Australian Police Computer Crime Squad process their forensic investigations.

Dasher: keyboard without keys

  •; By Daniel Koć (Posted by michux on Mar 6, 2008 9:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
Have you watched “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”? If the paralyzed Elle magazine owner used Dasher, he would have finished his book way earlier. Even with only one eye functioning. Read the Dasher story on

OSS document manager boosts features

South Africa-developed open source document management application KnowledgeTree has boosted its feature set to include full Microsoft Office 2007 support in its latest release. Built on Apache and PHP, KnowledgeTree also includes a new web services-accessible document search based on the Apache Lucene project and online visual comparison of document versions.

Microsoft indemnifies Novell Moonlight users

The Novell-sponsored project porting the Silverlight cross-browser plug to Linux is getting patent protection from Microsoft, indemnifying users from aggressive patent holders and litigators such as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Protecting filesystems and swap space with Cryptmount

Cryptmount allows you to encrypt both your filesystems and swap space. An encrypted filesystem can be stored on a block device like a normal filesystem -- for example, using /dev/sda2 -- or inside a normal file in another filesystem. This later method is especially handy when you would like to work with an encrypted filesystem without changing your partition tables or working with the Logical Volume Manager (LVM). Cryptmount can also encrypt your swap space so that information from an encrypted filesystem is not inadvertently made less secure by the Linux kernel swapping a process out to disk.

Monitoring Multiple Systems With munin (Debian Etch)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Mar 6, 2008 6:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
In this article I will describe how you can monitor multiple systems with munin. munin produces nifty little graphics about nearly every aspect of your server (load average, memory usage, CPU usage, MySQL throughput, eth0 traffic, etc.) without much configuration. I will install the munin client on all systems that are to be monitored (including the munin server itself); the munin clients will then report to the munin server.

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