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VoiceXML Interpreter for Firefox Tadpole Extension

VoiceXML library enables the Firefox Tadpole X+V Extension, bringing the benefits of web programming to the design of interactive voice response systems. Learn how VoiceXML allows you to write applications that interact with the user through audio dialogs, employing synthesized speech, pre-recorded audio, and automatic speech recognition of the users' spoken input.

Updating your system the Smart way

All Linux distributions have things in common, but many differ in software installation and updating. Gentoo Linux is based on Portage, SUSE uses YaST, Red Hat and Fedora opt for yum, Linspire prefers CNR.... Oh, and don't forget the different package options: RPM, Debian, source, and more esoteric options. Smart Package Manager works with all major distributions, replacing native tools and installing different types of packages. As an openSUSE user, I've tried YaST, Zen, zypper, apt-get, and Synaptic, but I finally settled down with Smart. My first step after every installation and update is to install it and getting rid of all alternatives. Smart is currently at version 0.52 and is available under the General Public License (GPL).

Ars Technica's newish open-source journal

Ars Technica is one of the best Web sites out there in the technology space. Period. Their Apple, Microsoft and gaming "journals," as they call them, are of high quality. I refer to them often. OK, not the gaming one, but the other two, definitely. I've said for awhile that they need to get a Linux journal. Now they have.

Build Java projects with Raven

Say “nevermore” to inexpressiveness and use Raven, a build platform built on top of Ruby, to build your Java applications. Learn about the other installments of Automation for the people for other Java technology techniques.

Red Hat Releases RHEL 5.1 with Greatly Improved Virtualization

Red Hat announced Nov. 7 the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1, with integrated virtualization. In claims that Red Hat representatives were well aware are extremely broad reaching, they said the new release will provides the most compelling platform for customers and software developers ever, with its industry-leading virtualization capabilities complementing Red Hat's newly announced Linux Automation strategy. It offers the industry's broadest deployment ecosystem, covering stand-alone systems, virtualized systems, appliances and Web-scale "cloud" computing environments.

Babbling Babel Fish sparks international incident

A word of advice: Never use Babel Fish to communicate with the Dutch Foreign Minister. Last weekend, a group of Israeli journalists used the popular online translation site in sending an email message to the Dutch Consulate in Tel Aviv. They wanted to discuss an upcoming visit to The Netherlands for a seminar on Dutch politics, but they ended up asking the minister several nonsensical questions about his mother.

Red Hat has massive Linux fluidity moment

Red Had has answered the virtualization bandwagon's call in a major way by ushering in a new era that could be described as "Linux on the move." A cavalcade of company officials held a press conference today to detail various plans for letting customers run the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system in a more fluid way. Buzzwords? Grand promises? Talk of things in clouds? Yes, they were all present during the conference call, but they are some concrete plans afoot to complement the marketing speak.

What's up at the OpenDocument Foundation?

The OpenDocument Foundation, founded five years ago by Gary Edwards, Sam Hiser, and Paul "Buck" Martin (marbux) with the express purpose of representing the OpenDocument format in the "open standards process," has reversed course. It now supports the W3C's Compound Document Format instead of its namesake ODF. Yet why this change of course has occurred is something of a mystery.

I am Fedora, and so can you!

I am writing this article on a Windows laptop borrowed from a friend. But fear not, dear reader, for I have not abandoned my free software principles. For while the hard disk of this laptop contains the Windows operating system, I have used a USB key as the boot device, and the laptop is currently running Fedora 8, codenamed “Werewolf.”

Paragraph and page spacing in Writer

Document design is all about space -- the space allotted to an element, and the space between and around elements. This concern is especially obvious when you are setting up paragraphs and page more

Bugs targets Linux devices

Open source is moving beyond the real worlds of business and consumer systems into the more experimental sphere of personal gadgetry. Start-up Bugs Labs has said it plans to base the software element of its forthcoming range of "plug-together" hardware modules on Linux with Java and OSGi used further up the software stack.

EVE Online Available to Linux Users

CCP, one of the world’s largest independent game developers, and TransGaming Inc., a leading developer of software portability products for the electronic entertainment industry, today announced the availability of EVE Online, a leading massively multiplayer online game (MMOG), on the Macintosh and Linux platforms. With this release, EVE Online is now available on the most widely used operating systems – Microsoft Windows, Macintosh and Linux.

This week at LWN: GNOME and OOXML

The OOXML document standard being pushed by Microsoft has caused a certain amount of stress within both the development and commercial sides of the free software community. In some quarters it is seen as the latest attempt by a monopolistic firm to co-opt free software and the move to more free file formats; they would like to limit our involvement to opposition to the adoption of OOXML as a standard. Others see it as an attempt by Microsoft to come to terms with the demand for more open formats and to promote, in its own special way, interoperability.

Archlinux tools: AUR

  •; By mikrobart (Posted by michux on Nov 7, 2007 10:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
You already know Pacman, the Archlinux software manager. Now it’s time to meet AUR and yaourt, the extra tools that can bring a fistful of apps on your desktop within just a few console commands. This article is part of the “Arch tools” series on

Larry Lessig: How creativity is being strangled by the law (video)

Larry Lessig gets TEDsters to their feet, whooping and whistling, following this elegant presentation of “three stories and an argument.” The Net’s most adored lawyer brings together John Philip Sousa, celestial copyrights, and the “ASCAP cartel” to build a case for creative freedom. He pins down the key shortcomings of our dusty, pre-digital intellectual property laws, and reveals how bad laws beget bad code. Then, in an homage to cutting-edge artistry, he throws in some of the most hilarious remixes you’ve ever seen.

VistA - The First Amputation

In an unprecedented announcement, the VA has signed a 9 year deal with Cerner to replace laboratory information system at 150 hospitals and 800 clinics.

Giving the Lie to Patents and Innovation

One of the enduring soap operas this year has involved the ongoing patent infringement threats by Microsoft against “Linux, OpenOffice, email, and other open source software.” According to Microsoft, 235 of its (unnamed) patents are being infringed, and it should be entitled to be paid for this use of its intellectual property. Steve Ballmer believes that Microsoft owes it to its stockholders to file patents to protect its innovations, and then to assert these intellectual property rights in this way, and at this time.

Against data retention

Yesterday, thousands of people in Germany gathered in about 40 towns and cities to protest and demonstrate against data retention. I was one of them.

Setting Up A High-Availability Load Balancer (With Failover and Session Support) With HAProxy/Heartbeat On Debian Etch

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Nov 7, 2007 6:56 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
This article explains how to set up a two-node load balancer in an active/passive configuration with HAProxy and heartbeat on Debian Etch. The load balancer sits between the user and two (or more) backend Apache web servers that hold the same content. Not only does the load balancer distribute the requests to the two backend Apache servers, it also checks the health of the backend servers. If one of them is down, all requests will automatically be redirected to the remaining backend server. In addition to that, the two load balancer nodes monitor each other using heartbeat, and if the master fails, the slave becomes the master, which means the users will not notice any disruption of the service. HAProxy is session-aware, which means you can use it with any web application that makes use of sessions (such as forums, shopping carts, etc.).

Synaq scores Linux hole-in-one

South African Linux and open source specialist Synaq has been contracted to manage and maintain the Linux-based network infrastructure for The Pro Shop, a national supplier of golfing product and services. The Pro Shop is one of several divisions of MoreGolf. Each division of MoreGolf runs off a Linux-based infrastructure and connects with head office in Woodmead through ADSL VPN. There are ten sites that form part of this VPN and each site runs a Linux firewall.

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