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Make Internet Better By Killing Anonymity

  • CoolTechZone.com; By Gundeep Hora (Posted by gsh on Mar 29, 2007 12:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
You may have heard about the Kathy Sierra case, which has been spreading in the blogosphere like wildfire for the past couple of days. In case you haven’t heard about the news, here’s a quick synopsis. Sierra, a prominent female blogger, decided to withdraw from participating in a workshop at O’Reilly’s Emerging Technology Conference and decided to stop writing on her blog because of the death threats and crude sexual comments that she has received in the course of four weeks.

Pure servlets: Designing Web UIs for Simplicity

This article demonstrates the advantages of an unorthodox alternative: using simple helper objects to build a Web interface based on servlets alone. This is an invitation to think outside the framework, if you will, and imagine a Web interface built directly on the Java Servlet API.

'Boring' SAP dismisses open source threat

  • Computer Business Review; By Angela Eager (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 28, 2007 11:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Despite evidence of open source creep, Kagermann thinks it is still a database and OS-level model. He tackled the rise of open source in a recent interview with Computer Business Review. "It is an option for operating systems and databases but not at the business application level," he said. "There are no open source ERP products that are any good for the high end, although it could be argued that they could be developed for the low end."

AMD 8.35.5 Display Driver Released -- New Catalyst Control Center

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Mar 28, 2007 10:15 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Ch-ch-ch-changes... Not expecting to hear that with today's driver release? Well, we had not expected much improvement for the March ATI Catalyst Linux driver either until we saw the driver first hand. Today's 8.35.5 release has implemented one major change: a new Catalyst Control Center! AMD is eliminating the fireglcontrolpanel in favor of the brand new AMD Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition. In this review we will be looking at the new 8.35.5 display driver along with taking a very close look at this much improved control area.

GPLv3 latest draft adds extra protection

This afternoon the the third draft of the GNU General Public License version 3 (GPLv3) was released. This improved draft of the GPLv3 aims to better protect the open source community. Accompanying this delayed draft is a 60 page rational for the draft (PDF) featuring a large section responding to the Microsoft-Novell deal in November, which was a key factor in the draft's much overdue release.

New Linux Arrivals

You can almost set your watch by it nowadays: Twice a year, we have a new version of Ubuntu Linux to explore. April will bring the release of Feisty Fawn, also known as Ubuntu 7.04. (The "04" indicates April; the "7" stands for 2007.) I've been running prerelease versions of Feisty for about a month. In a moment, some notes on what I've discovered. But first, a bit of context and history.

Open source IT management reporting

GroundWork Open Source, the leader in open source systems and network management software, has announced that it has purchased support from Actuate Corporation, the leader in Business Intelligence, Performance Management and Reporting Applications, to create the first Open Source reporting framework for IT infrastructure monitoring and management.

AXIGEN Releases ISP Edition with Clustering Support

Bucharest, March 27, 2007 - At the end of an extensive beta testing campaign, AXIGEN, the professional messaging solution vendor announced today the commercial release of its ISP-dedicated version, AXIGEN 3.0 ISP Edition.

Open Source, the only weapon against "planned obsolescence"

Firms would love to have you dump your computer every year, and your accesories, and your MP3 player, and your DVD, and your entire movie collection, and replace it with new ones. The software world is getting closer.

Torvalds 'pretty pleased' about new GPL 3 draft

Linus Torvalds, leader of the Linux kernel project and a major figure in the open-source programming movement, said Wednesday he's "pretty pleased" with changes in a third draft of the General Public License (GPL) released Wednesday.

Rent Your Operating System

  • OSWeekly.com; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Mar 28, 2007 5:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Although a lot of software is free these days, unless you’re using Linux, you’re still going to have to drop some cash on an operating system upgrade.

SpaceNavigator: An affordable 3-D controller for Linux

3Dconnexion's SpaceNavigator is a compact, programmable USB input device designed for 3-D applications. It's a six-axis controller that senses tilt and rotation as well as x, y, and z linear motion. The product was released in November, and this month 3Dconnexion (a subsidiary of peripheral specialist Logitech) announced initial Linux support, including preliminary application functionality and a software development kit.

Open Source Desktop: Xfce’s Advantages

  • Earthweb; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by SamShazaam on Mar 28, 2007 4:10 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Community
Most GNU/Linux users choose GNOME or KDE for desktops without thinking. However, many alternatives exist, ranging from minimalist graphic environments in window managers like IceWM to entire alternative desktops, such as ROX. Of these alternatives the best-known and most polished is Xfce.

And Oregon Makes 5 for ODF - With a Twist

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 28, 2007 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In what is beginning to seem like a legislative drumbeat, Oregon has become the fourth US state this year to see an open document format bill introduced in its legislature. Taken together with pioneer Massachusetts, which led the way with an administrative rule adopted in 2005, this means that individual legislators in 10% of all US States have thus far taken steps to require that governments must be responsible stewards of public records.

ClearHealth + CK-ERP Demo

I have just completed a preliminary version of a (ClearHealth+CK-ERP) connector. [CK-ERP is a CRM/ERP/MRP/accounting system.] A demo of CK-ERP operating within ClearHealth 1.0RC3-2006-10-24 is available at http://ck-erp.org/clearhealth/ .

The Future of Linux is in Schools, Not in the Office

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Mar 28, 2007 2:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I have been watching the trends being set forth by Linux vendors for sometime now. While keeping a close eye on public reactions, I have seen great reaction from the educational sector, while observing lukewarm results from the office space.

How To Set Up suPHP On A Debian Based ISPConfig Server

With this guide I explain how to set up suPHP on a Debian based ISPConfig server with PHP 4. When you have configured suPHP on your ISPConfig server, you are able to run the PHP scripts under the admin user of the website instead of the Apache user.

Fast forward with a Kazehakase web browser

Kazehakase aims is to be lightweight (small memory footprint) and yet modern, user friendly, fully functional and innovative alternative to Firefox. And in its early releases it seems to be accomplishing just that.

Installing desktop Linux

Does it pass, or should I? It's funny how you can find yourself transported back, when faced with a set of stimuli. Pick up an old book, listen to a piece of music, or put on a jacket, and sometimes a wealth of memories and feelings can come rushing back. It can be slightly disorienting and it's not always pleasant, but for me at least, it never ceases to marvel.

Adware within Healthcare: Software Free Dumb

Scott Shreeve, MDweighs -in on the recent Practice Fusion announcement:'All this"paradigm shifting" and"revolutionary" talk is good - way good - and part of the fulfillment of the vision that so many within healthcare IT have had. However, the means by which they are able to deliver it FREELY raise the inevitable red flags. I have several major issues with the enabling mechanism of this"free"dom (or more appropriately Free Dumb). While I have never been a huge privacy guy, and not being an information conspiracy theorist, I am still pretty concerned about how personal health information can be utilized...'

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