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Year in review: Grappling with open source

As open source becomes pervasive, software giants like Microsoft, Oracle and Sun are adapting in different ways.

[Slow news day for them too, eh? - dcparris]

Naming Apache Geronimo JNDI and connection pools for Java resource, Part 2

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Dale de los Reyes (Posted by solrac on Dec 19, 2006 6:46 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Eclipse; Story Type: News Story
This article, the second installment in this series, shows you how Apache Geronimo, JNDI, and Java Message Service (JMS) resource groups interrelate.

A survey of Linux file managers

Linux file manager ontogeny encapsulates the history of GNU/Linux. File managers began as command-line and generic graphical tools and progressed to desktop-specific ones, gaining sophistication along the way, with mouse controls, for example, replacing buttons. Today, the more than a dozen options highlighted here will suit users with widely varied interests.

Should Javascript get more respect?

JavaScript is often ridiculed as the black sheep of programming languages. But JavaScript is becoming increasingly important. See why it remains the most broadly available scripting language for Web development and a better choice for developing modern applications.

Scalix, SugarCRM Team Up on Integration

The move lets their mutual Linux customers move between their primary Outlook desktop email client, SugarCRM software and Scalix's Linux-based Mail Server.

The Business of Free Software: Enterprise Incentives, Investment ...

  • Working Knowledge; By Marco Iansiti and Gregory L. Richards (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 19, 2006 4:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In this paper, we examine the motivations of large information technology vendors, to invest in open source software. What drives companies with large, proprietary software portfolios to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in OSS? We approach this question by grouping a sample of OSS projects into clusters and examining vendors' motivations for each cluster. We find one cluster has received almost no investment. Contributions to projects in this cluster are confined to the voluntary effort of the vendors' employees, and vendors are likely altruistically motivated. By contrast, the other cluster has received over 99% of vendor investments.

Opera browser adds phishing filter

Opera Software ASA has added a filter that blocks phishing sites to its Web browser software, following the example set by rivals Microsoft Corp. and Mozilla Corp. In Version 9.1 of the Opera Web browser, released Monday, the company introduced a phishing filter that uses information from PhishTank and GeoTrust to help protect users from being duped by phishers.

Pepper Pad offers Linux Web tablet for sofa surfing

It seems like a great idea: making a computer that's somewhere between the size of a cell phone and a laptop, for people to carry around and surf the Web. It's such a great idea that about a dozen companies have tried it, but most of these gadgets have met with such complete apathy among consumers you'd think they were made of ignoranium.

Review: Xandros Desktop OS 4.1 Professional

A few weeks ago, Xandros released an update of its Business Desktop OS with a number of new features, including 3-D effects and desktop search. The 3-D effects fell flat in my tests, but I found the distro to be a pretty good OS if you're looking for a Windows replacement.

Open-source Car Project Gears Up

he open-source movement responsible for software like Linux and Mozilla's Web browser, Firefox, is proving contagious: A German entrepreneur is applying the same approach to automobile design.

Debian delayed as community loses interest

The next version of the Linux distribution was due to be released by 4 December, meaning it is already over two weeks late at the time of writing. Now one of Debian's release managers has started pointing his finger at key individuals. In a blog posted on Monday, Andreas Barth wrote, "Some people who used to do good work reduced their involvement drastically. There was nothing I could do about that, and that happened way before I started full-time on release, but on the global picture that still counts."

Sample chapters introduce new OpenOffice 2 book

The OpenOffice.org 2 Guidebook was published this week, and author Solveig Haugland is sharing some of its contents. Haugland takes a matter-of-fact approach to all the tools within the OO.org application suite, as she explains how to create, amend, and save documents in various formats.

Ubuntu Christmas Edition Screenshot Walkthrough

Ho ho ho, Ubuntu Christmas Edition. Great news... I have bit the bullet & purchased a website http://ubuntusoftware.info/ to host the release please excuse the cheesie webpage better is coming you can learn more about the current release... I have built a version of Feisty Fawn (the release is based on Edgy) should work with all versions of Ubuntu, Edgy+ 100%, will do dapper etc the same way please post negative results so I can fix them; that has...

Review: Thunderbird 2.0 Beta 1 Adds New Look And Feel

Mozilla, the developer of the free Thunderbird e-mail client, has taken a good program and made it better with the release of the version 2.0 beta 1. It's rare that a beta release isn't buggy, clunky, and generally a mess -- especially when, as word has it, the developers are changing the code base -- but I was pleasantly surprised by its stability and the dearth of issues.

Sub-$10 ARM9 SoC runs Linux, boasts fast data transfers

Atmel is shipping a low-cost embedded processor claimed to offer more bandwidth than other ARM9 chips, thanks to parallel buses and distributed DMA. The AT91SAM9263 targets data- and graphics-intensive applications, and is available with an AT91SAM9263-EK evaluation board that supports Linux.

GNUmed 0.2.3 released

Today we are releasing a new GNUmed version. Version is up to 0.2.3 Version features and bug fixes are explained in our Wiki http://wiki.gnumed.de/bin/view/Gnumed/ReleaseStatus http://wiki.gnumed.de/bin/view/Gnumed/RoadMap Packages available as usual for GNU/Linux and MS Windows Debian packages will follow soon I hope, MacOSX packages didn't make it yet due to unexplained problems with the Mac port. In general it looks like the code is getting much more stable and easier to fix and extent. Maybe one day we will even see an alternative GUI client :-)

You change the World 2.0

There is some significant symbolic and historical value in the gesture that the popular Time Magazine exercised this month. It may be remembered as one of the signs of historic change for decades to come. Time Magazine declared you the person of the year because you changed the world. Internet opened its doors to you and you dared to enter, raise your voice and cooperate on making the magic happen. You connected, sent the signal and the conversation ensued.

VoIP services vendor offers open source SIP softphone

Hosted VoIP (voice-over-IP) infrastructure provider Solegy is promoting its custom softphone development services by offering free downloads of a softphone (software phone). The Solegy Softphone is based on open-source software and codecs, is fully customizable, and can be integrated with Solegy's "ServicePDQ" hosted services framework, the company says.

Giving some Juce to cross-platform tools

Hands onLast month I looked at Qt, the popular C++ cross-platform framework which underpins the KDE desktop, and a whole lot more. This time, I'm continuing that same theme by taking a look at another cross-platform C++ library called Juce (OK, no jokes about Apple Juce!)

Linux based IP telephones

This LinuxDevices Quick Reference Guide includes pointers to our coverage of IP telephones that run embedded Linux. For Linux-based mobile phones and smartphones, click

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