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It's a wireless world

Everyone is scared of Google and rightly so, says Gartner analyst Nick Jones. "Internetisation" is going to prompt as big a shift in the wireless market over the coming couple of years as will high speed technologies like MiMo and Zigbee over the coming decade, he predicts.

NIST releases open-source kit for biometrics

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a new open-source middleware package that can be used to develop biometric applications.

Open-source research for nanotechnology?

The open-source research model continues to spread, now to biomedical research. An article by Sarah Everts in Chemical & Engineering News explores Open-Source Science, referencing a paper by Matthew Todd titled Open-Source Research—The Power of Us.

Free Software Program for CoreMP7 from Actel

Actel announced SoftConsole, a free software program development environment for Actel’s CoreMP7, a soft 32-bit ARM7 microprocessor core for field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

KDE at LugRadio Live 2006

"Wow, that's impressive!" was one of many comments made by visitors to the KDE stand at LUG Radio Live 06. Five of the KDE-GB crew attended the two day event in Wolverhampton demonstrating the latest Kubuntu distribution, Dapper Drake, and the finest KDE applications, including Digikam, to over 400 attendees.

Linux Gazette #129 is out!

August 2006 (#129):
  • 2-cent Tips
  • Mailbag
  • Talkback
  • Making XMMS Effect plugins, by Kumar Appaiah
  • Away Mission -- SEMTECH - The Semantic Web Technology Conference, by Howard Dyckoff
  • The Geekword Puzzle, by Ben Okopnik
  • Low-Fat Linux - Now with Less Cruft!, by Ben Okopnik
  • A Prisoner of Windows, by Lew Pitcher
  • Issues In Concurrent Server Design on Linux Systems - Part I, by Amit Saha
  • Ecol, by Javier Malonda

Market slide: SCO Group's stock falls to $2.28 per share

  • The Salt Lake Tribune; By Bob Mims (Posted by sbergman27 on Aug 3, 2006 3:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: SCO
In the months after the SCO Group's Linux-related lawsuit against IBM was filed nearly three and a half years ago, the tiny Utah software company saw its stock soar tenfold. But on Tuesday the Lindon company's stock was a long way from its October 2003 high of $20.50 per share. After a sustained slide fed by sustained poor earnings results and courthouse reversals, SCO shares closed Tuesday at $2.28 per share.

[Shareholders should sue for mismanagement. It's sad to see a good company in the hands of idiots. - dcparris]

Day one at Black Hat

LAS VEGAS -- If you've been concerned about the death of Black Hat -- either because of its purchase last November by CMP, or by the rumors you've heard of a "Microsoft track," -- you can relax. The place is jammed.

Xen 3.0 Is Open Source at Its Most Powerful

I chuckled over Xen's documented method for the ordinarily painful physical-to-virtual system migration: Use the "dd" command to copy the boot drive from another server to a local file, point Xen at that file, and boot the VM (virtual machine). Who needs consultants?

MA Lets Peter Quinn's IT Funding Bill Die; Romney Tries to Recall Legislature

The Massachusetts IT funding proposal that MA CIO and ODF champion Peter Quinn resigned in part to protect died on Monday when the State Senate failed to approve it before the 2005-2006 legislative session ended.

Nuremberg Hopes to Create 'Linux Valley'

The Franconia region around Nuremberg, Germany, hopes to establish Europe’s first "Linux Valley" with the launch of a new business campus focused on open-source innovation.

Network Management With OpenNMS

  • HowtoForge; By Saad Khan (Posted by falko on Aug 3, 2006 12:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
OpenNMS is an opensource enterprise network management tool. It helps network administrators to monitor critical services on remote machines and collects the information of remote nodes by using SNMP. Normally openNMS installation and configuration takes time, but this guide tries to cover the installation and configuration part in a few steps. switches onto Linux

Software libre for Spanish juntaThe Spanish region of Extremadura has pledged to move all government computers onto open source software within the next year. Officials will be mandated to use the open document format standard for office communications over the same time frame.

Is Your OS Spying On You?

Paranoia is becoming more common these days, and if you let yourself be engulfed by it, there's definitely not a shortage of things to be concerned about. We know that the governments have the technology to monitor our lives (wiretapping, satellites, other stuff we have no earthly idea about), but regular users are also using certain tools to invade our privacy.

[Hmmm... all that secret code. Wonder what else they're keeping secret? Never mind that, just replace your non-free OS with a libre OS, and you won't have to worry near as much about whether your software vendor is spying on you. - dcparris]

Free to Be GPL 3?

The second discussion draft of the GNU General Public License Version 3 has prompted some to question the Free Software Foundation's motives. eWEEK Labs' Jason Brooks finds the changes in keeping with the spirit of the GPL, but thinks some compromise may be in order.

[Oh, I get it. Let's all bow to master Linus. On the other hand, we can keep the DRM out of Free Software. I think someone's been taking lessons from Uncle Tom. - dcparris]

Triggering software events from hardware changes with HAL and Ivman

Traditionally on a Unix-like system like GNU/Linux you must mount a device such as a CD-ROM before being able to use it. This is one of the biggest complaints from newcomers, especially Windows refugees. The latest versions of the GNOME and KDE desktop environments offer automounting functionality, and some distributions (such as Ubuntu and its derivatives) have it enabled by default. If you choose not to use any of these environments, here's an alternative solution.

HP balks at patent provision in GPL update

So far, Hewlett-Packard prefers the earlier GPL, raising the specter that two versions of the license will survive.

[Look, businesses have to realize that freedom trumps profit because freedom ultimately offers profit. Software patents just kill the golden goose - dcparris]

Sgi reports Linux-aided world record

As the US computer manufacturer SGI reports, one of its Altix 4700 systems has outpaced the previous STREAM Triad benchmark record by a factor of 4, achieving a sustained memory bandwidth of 4.35 terabytes per second.

Linux: Reiser4 Internal Abstraction Layer

The ongoing discussion about the Reiser4 filesystem [story] continues on thelkml. Jeff Garzik discussed the complexity introduced by a plugin layer [story], suggesting it is really a second VFS, "furthermore, it completely changes the notion of what a Linux filesystem is. Currently, each Linux filesystem is a tightly constrained set of metadata support. reiser4 changes 'tightly constrained' to 'infinity'. While that freedom is certainly liberating, it also has obvious support costs due to new admin paradigms and customer configuration possibilities."Linux creator Linus Torvalds weighed in on the discussion, "as long you call them 'plugins' and treat them as such, I (and I suspect a lot of other people) are totally uninterested, and in fact, a lot of people will suspect that the primary aim is to either subvert the kernel copyright rules, or at best to create a mess of incompatible semantics with no sane overlying rules for locking etc."

The state of

It's been nearly a year since 2.0 was released, so I sat down with Louis Suárez-Potts, chair of's community council and community manager, at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, Ore., last week to see what's on the development roadmap. Suárez-Potts says that development is moving along nicely, but it will probably be a while before we see 3.0.

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