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GNOME focuses on accessibility -- with a little help from Mozilla and others

The GNOME Foundation has turned its attention to accessibility for people with disabilities. To help improve both Web accessibility within GNOME and the project's long-term direction, the Mozilla Foundation is joining the GNOME advisory board, and plans to help improve integration of the XUL development platform with GNOME. Even more significantly, the GNOME Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Canonical are jointly sponsoring a $40,000 outreach program to help improve accessibility in GNOME.

Keep an eye on your system with Log File Basics

A typical UNIX or Linux machine creates many log files during the course of its operation. Some of these contain useful information; others can be used to help you with capacity and resource planning. This article looks at the fundamental information recorded within the different log files, their location, and how that information can be used to your benefit to work out what is going on within your system.

GNOME Foundation gets serious about a11y

The GNOME Foundation has announced a new initiative to further boost the development of a11y in the open-source world. A11y stands for accessibility (there’s 11 letters between A and Y.) Development of a11y solutions has important ramifications even if you aren’t an a11y user. Oftentimes a11y solutions become mainstream usability solutions. For example, onscreen keyboards are making their way to embedded applications. Use of keyboard shortcuts and gestures are becoming more mainstream. Screen magnifications, and the list goes on. Myself, I’ve been working on a project recently with FunkyPenguin on getting Cheese to work well with openSUSE. While Cheese has mainstream applicability, it is a tool that directly can benefit Deaf users

Gplot simplifies gnuplot graph creation

Gnuplot can generate sophisticated graphs and output them in vector or bitmap image formats. It can produce many graph types, and you can customize the way the output will look to a great extent. But the customizability of gnuplot can work against it when all you want a simple line graph comparing two series of data points. In those cases, gplot lets you use gnuplot to create simple graphs using more semantic options to customize the appearance of common graph objects.

Best Buy Sells Linux

  •; By Christopher Mead (Posted by amazingkip on Feb 27, 2008 7:21 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Best Buy is just one more PC seller that has turned their attention to Linux. They are now selling three versions of the popular Asus Eee Laptop (in pink, white, and black) on their website. The Asus Eee is expected to sell several million copies this year after selling 300,000 copies lat year.

Running Abyss, a small but feature rich web server

If you need to set up a compact, secure, easily configurable Web server in as short a time, then we recommend installing Abyss Web Server. The software is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and FreeBSD operating systems. Depending on your needs, you may choose one of the two available editions. The free personal edition (X1) is a fully usable web server with no limitations. The professional edition (X2) includes an immediate access at no additional cost to new minor and major versions for a small amount of money. Abyss isn't open source software, but it is an interesting product and can provide a full web server with no cost, on older hardware, and with high-performance results.

Microsoft Fined Record EU899 Million by EU Regulator

  •; By Matthew Newman (Posted by bigg on Feb 27, 2008 5:26 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Microsoft
European Union regulators fined Microsoft Corp. a record 899 million euros ($1.35 billion) for failing to comply with a 2004 antitrust order, the largest EU fine ever imposed against a single company. Today's fine brings the total penalties against Microsoft to 1.68 billion euros in the case.

NVIDIA 169.12 Linux Display Driver

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Feb 27, 2008 4:27 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
We know NVIDIA has been working on a new Linux display driver release, with the GeForce 9 series having been introduced just this past week, and today a new driver release has arrived for Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD. However, this new 169.12 display driver doesn't introduce support for the GeForce 9600GT and its official changes are limited to maintenance items.

Using "shred" to Securely Delete Files

  •; By Donnie Tevault (Posted by mweber on Feb 27, 2008 3:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
When you use the "rm" utility, you may think that you're deleting a file, but you're not. All you're doing is removing the file's index--or, inode number--from the hard drive. The file is still there, and can still be recovered, as long as you don't overwrite the space that it occupies with another file.

Music Notation Programs: Recent Releases

A few weeks ago I promised to bring in some more general news from the world of Linux audio software development. Alas, my plans were ambushed by the happy intrusion of the release of Renoise for Linux, but I'm back on track. As promised, here's more straight reporting on the world of Linux sound and music software, starting with some news about recently released music notation programs.

Third African FOSS conference heads to Senegal

Time is running out to register for Idlelo 3, the third African Conference on Free and Open Source Software and the Digital Commons. The conference will be held in Dakar, Senegal between 16 and 20 March. Previous Idlelo conferences were held in South Africa and Kenya.

Why Do We Need Specialist Security Distros?

  •; By Mayank Sharma (Posted by bhushanp on Feb 27, 2008 12:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Many popular distributions, community-oriented and otherwise, take security very seriously. They have dedicated security teams that go over individual packages before they're rolled into a final release. To make sure you don't have any loose ends, these distributions and many other individual Open Source projects also publish an endless stream of security advisories and updates. Add to this security mechanisms like SELinux, AppArmor, and the upcoming TOMOYO Linux, and SMACK, and you know they mean business. So what room does this leave for specialist security distros?

Use Kaffeine to receive free-to-air TV on your Linux box

Free-to-air (FTA) ethnic television in a variety of languages beamed from satellite straight to your Linux PC? No problem -- here's how. FTA provides programming that is quite different from the channels beamed by the regular commercial providers. Looking for the latest news from Germany or Spain or Greece? How about a program describing the Canary Islands, the news from Radio France International in Portuguese, or a channel from Argentina dedicated to the tango?

Lots to Learn in the Land of the Legal

Technology news comes in many flavors— product debuts, security revelations, acquisition antics, et cetera et cetera— but one of our very favorite is legal wrangling. Today's news is filled with items of interest from the legal side of the tracks, so lets get our wigs on and get more

When Microsoft Corporation Met Debt

  • Boycott Novell; By Roy Schestowitz (Posted by schestowitz on Feb 27, 2008 9:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft
As pieces start falling into place, it becomes clearer why Microsoft's time to recover is running out. For a fact, Microsoft might soon enter debt and we have been studying for quite some time the true story behind Microsoft’s PR and accounting walls. Not so long ago we returned our attention to the issue of misconduct, including systematic kickbacks. There is more to bribery then just kickbacks, which themselves as a subtle form of bribery more severe than lobbying, which is legalized to a greater or lesser degree.

Design an Ajax Super Page with

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Tyler Anderson (Posted by IdaAshley on Feb 27, 2008 9:05 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, PHP; Story Type: News Story is a social bookmarking Web site that allows users to create and share browser-independent bookmarks. Surf the Web and have your tags, links, and functions handy, or a single page where you can save the site you're browsing directly into your account. This tutorial shows you how to use Ajax to build such a page using a PHP script as the server-side proxy.

Google: OOXML 'insufficient and unnecessary'

Google has claimed that Microsoft's proposed Office Open XML document standard is unnecessary and should be rolled into the rival OpenDocument Format. In a Monday post on Google's official blog, open-source programs manager Zaheda Bhorat said the issue affects everybody who uses editable documents.

19-year-old Mac doing server duty with NetBSD plus even older Macs serving up Web pages

A Macintosh IIci -- with 25 MHz of CPU power -- equipped with NetBSD is currently serving up Web pages and somehow surviving.

Novell Ships SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service for Retailers

SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service reduces hardware and software costs while increasing system flexibility and reliability

FOSS at HIMSS, Dr. Janice Honeyman-Buck

The FOSS healthcare community is very small, and we all know tend to know each other. We go to many of the same conferences, we track the same mailing lists (mostly openhealth) and we track the same blogs (you are reading it...). One of the refreshing things about our movement is that once in a while, someone will have the same ideas, for the same reasons and start working without any contact with the blogs and mailinglists that I follow. For me, meeting Dr. Janice Honeyman-Buck was one of those moments. I meet Janice about 30 minutes before her talk and we immediately hit it off.

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