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Release-critical Bugreport for March 2, 2007

Bug stamp-out list March 2, 2007

A Modest Proposal for Michael Dell

For anyone who has been using open source for a while, the current commercial enthusiasm for communities, collaboration, and all things Web 2.0, is rather amusing. After all, the idea that users are not to be regarded simply as passive and grateful recipients of whatever is handed down to them from on high, but need to be treated as partners and participants who can make valuable contributions to the formulation and development of new products, is central to the way that free software works. But some companies that are starting to dabble with Web 2.0 ideas are discovering that you have to be careful what you wish for when you solicit this kind of user feedback. Just ask Michael Dell.

Two short and clear messages from Germany to Steve B.

Chairs, anybody?

FSF wants to partner with hardware makers

The Free Software Foundation is hoping to engage hardware makers to work with the free software community to "establish a mutually beneficial relationship".

Fault-tolerant Linux can compete with Windows

If you ask any IT manager if they would want an operating system that was ‘guaranteed’ to be available and supporting applications running continuously twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year, then the answer would probably be very simple. However, if you want to measure how much this level of availability is worth to the organisation, then you’ll probably get a very different response.

Preinstalled Open Source: The Next OS Battleground?

The consumer response to Dell's request for product suggestions showed a large interest in PCs preloaded with open source operating systems and applications. Negligible financial benefit has often stood in the way of such offerings. Unknown interest among consumers has also been an obstacle, but now that Dell has asked them directly, can it afford to ignore their replies?

Network appliance runs Linux on multi-core MIPS64 NPU

Taiwanese board- and system-builder Lanner Electronics is sampling a 2U network appliance that supports Cavium's interesting multi-core MIPS64-compatible network processing units (NPUs). The MR-950 runs Linux, and targets devices running multi-service security applications, such as UTM (unified threat management) appliances.

2007 HIMSS Wrap-Up

This yearsHIMSS conference in New Orleans is over. Here's the conference wrap-up:CCHIT certification is being emphasized.Interoperability progress is occurring but is still confusing.Open source has a presence at HIMSS now!Read more for details.

Playing Classic Games Under Ubuntu

Computing has evolved over the years the computers are becoming more and more powerful and the best example of this is how games have evolved over the years from 2D Side-Scrollers to present day ultra realistic 3D games . Todays gaming console possess as much processing powers as yesteryears supercomputers . However many of us do still remember the "Alley Cat"(DOS) and "Mario"(NES) and "Contra"(NES and SNES) and other classic games we used to play whether on Nintendo NES or DOS or SNES, these games were simple compared to todays games but were very entertaining nonetheless . Now if you still want to relive your old days and play these classics whether they belong to NES,SNES , or plain old DOS games Ubuntu provides a way of playing these classic on your Linux box .

Métamorphose your file names en masse

Métamorphose is the graphical equivalent of the mv command combined with some of the functions of the chattr command for multiple files. While Métamorphose seems intended mainly for use with mass numbers of music files, to judge from the examples in the online help, anyone who takes file organization seriously can benefit from its attention to work flow and detailed options.

Using Amfphp 1.9 with the Adobe Flex 2 SDK

  • HowtoForge; By Michael Ramirez (Posted by falko on Mar 2, 2007 8:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: PHP
This article shows how you can make PHP interact with Adobe Flex. Adobe Flex is a technology to support the development and deployment of rich internet applications based on their proprietary Macromedia Flash platform.

Sometimes a CGI script is the most elegant solution

Web developers find themselves struggling to learn a GUI toolkit, and descover that

Sun's Latest Turn With Open Source Nuts And Bolts

Sun Microsystems has updated its Java Enterprise System, a software suite the company offers to prop up customers' Web services, composite applications and collaboration tools. Java Enterprise System is Sun's answer to IBM's WebSphere and BEA's WebLogic infrastructure software suites. The three rivals try to lure customers with building blocks for service-oriented architectures that support newfangled Web 2.0 services, such as wikis, blogs and mashups.

SIDUX 2007-01 Linux LiveCD Screenshots

Three months of development has created SIDUX 2007-01, which is now available for download. New in this ex-KANOTIX developer release is a rewritten distribution framework, further efforts dealing with hardware support/detection, and lite and full editions of SIDUX. Check it out at Phoronix.

[I just downloaded and burned a CD if Sidux, I will be putting it on my Duel Boot macine in the next week or so, I'll tell you all how it goes. - Scott]

The Road to KDE 4: Dolphin and Konqueror

As some of you who monitor the KDE news sphere may have noticed, there has been a recent addition to the kdebase module. The Dolphin File Manager has been added to complement Konqueror's browsing capabilities. Read on for more information about this new File Manager and its relationship to Konqueror and the rest of KDE.

Graphics Made Simple with SWG for Eclipse

Simplify the task of including business graphics in rich-client applications with Standard Widget Graphics (SWG), a set of standard graphic objects built into the SWT from Eclipse. SWG provides new widget controls and an animation framework that share a common programming model with the existing controls in SWT.

Tresys Nails 'Hardened Security' With Brickwall & Upcoming Razor

After releasing Brickwall Security Suite in January, open source security specialist Tresys Technology is forging ahead on a user symposium slated for March, plus work with IBM around Razor, its second commercial product for smoothing implementation of the SELinux "hardened security" now included in the Linux kernel. founders share lessons learned for working with OSS's founders, Daniel Nelson and Robert Reeves, used an open source infrastructure to develop, maintain, and market an application that makes Java deployment easier and more streamlined. For these entrepreneurs, open source was a means to creating the best possible product with the least amount of startup capital.

Open Ireland - Open Source Software in Ireland

OpenIreland, a partner of OpenForum Europe, is officially launching its online portal,, on Friday, 2nd March at Westbury Hotel.

Fedora cleans its repositories, considers move to Free Software

The Red Hat-sponsored Fedora project is undergoing several changes before the release of its next version. In preparation for Fedora 7, which will fuse the Core and Extra software repositories, Fedora's developers are auditing the repositories for non-free and non-open software that doesn't meet the project's guidelines. Eventually, the project may change its package guidelines to only allow Free Software.

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