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A French company called Aldebaran Robotics has released several video clips of a new robot they're developing, called Nao. They claim their humanoid robot will include voice recognition, vision, speech synthesis, "emotional expressions", a WiFi connections, and will be based on Linux. Nao stands 22 inches high and has 23 degrees of freedom.
Virtualization, the ability to run multiple "virtual" systems on a single host, is nearly as old as solid state computing. But it's been all the rage again in recent years, with more than a dozen large-scale Linux virtualization projects -- and while they require special custom kernels, patches, and software, the first steps toward OS-level virtualization have been implemented in the Linux kernel.
The viewer application of the online game Second Life has been released as open source.
Robust Systems Management Suite Maximizes Value for Turbolinux Users in China
President commits Rwanda government to providing each primary school pupil with a Linux-based laptop within five years.
I've just uploaded a transcript of a recent talk by Stallman where he explains why free software is defined the way it is, how the GNU design was chosen, what problems we face, and what's coming, etc.
This article is about resizing ext3 partitions without losing data. It shows how to shrink and enlarge existing ext3 partitions and how to merge two ext3 partitions. This can be quite useful if you do not use LVM and you realize that your existing partitioning does not meet your actual needs anymore.
The Dreamlinux project, a Brazilian distribution based on Debian, Knoppix, and Morphix, last week released its v2.2 Multimedia Edition live CD for free download. Dreamlinux boots directly into an XFce desktop, which provides access to a "substantial" collection of desktop applications and a central control panel for system configuration, according to the project.
Sonos has added support for Windows Media formats to its Linux-based whole-house audio distribution system, via a "one-button" firmware upgrade. The new "Sonos System Software 2.1" for the Sonos Digital Music System brings better interoperability with Windows Media Player 11 for Vista and XP users.
I'm a developer. I spend my time sitting at a computer, working on our IT infrastructure. Contrary to stereotype, I have just a cheapo computer and no fancy gizmos. I take pride in the Apache hat I wear to write this column. But sometimes we need to take a step back, and look at the why of it. As we enter a new year, let's share a glimpse into that question.
Beset by customer defections to Microsoft Corp. and open-source vendors such as MySQL AB, Oracle Corp. is making a bid to win back users by enhancing its free tools for migrating data and applications from non-Oracle to Oracle systems. The software maker today announced the release of SQL Developer 1.1. This latest version of the free database development tool allows users to browse and manage three non-Oracle databases: Microsoft Access, MySQL and SQL Server.
The recent release of Windows Vista poses the question of whether it's time to buy a new computer.
Python made metaprogramming possible, but each Python version has added slightly different -- and not quite compatible -- wrinkles to the way you accomplish metaprogramming tricks. Python has recently grown “decorator,” which are the newest -- and by far the most user-friendly way, so far -- to perform most metaprogramming.
The concern raised by a Vendor is yet another statement which is too broad and misleading. This technical commentary will prove conclusively that ODF v1.0 or ISO 26300 clearly supports BiDi (Bi-Directional) Multilanguage fidelity mixed in a paragraph. The source of this concern was due to the fact that the Vendor selectively chose an application which is still in development in the support of the full specification of ISO 26300. We can demonstrate this unfair choice by using a more mature application and can show that true interoperability and fidelity is possible, proving that ISO 26300 has excellent capabilities for multi-lingual usage, and suitable for multi-lingual usage in countries such as Malaysia.
A survey of 133 IT executives by Saugatuck Research found that while only 18% were using Linux in critical server deployments presently, almost half these executive said they’ll have their top apps migrating to, or running full steam on, the open source platform in the next four years.
You can leverage your existing programming skills to build .NET applications using a number of alternative languages (besides C#, VB.NET, or J#) for the .NET Framework.
[I am learning .NET on the fly at my work, as soon as I get 'some skills' I will see if I can try some of these others. - Scott]
If Microsoft is willing to make a legal deal with Novell on Linux, why shouldn't it do the same with the global 2000 customers it sells to? Novell might be gone in a few years, but General Electric will still be around. So will Russia, China, Brazil, India and Massachusetts.
HONG KONG, China, Jan. 8, 2007 - At the company's global developer meeting in Hong Kong, db4objects (www.db4o.com), creator of the open source object database db4o, today announced the appointment of German Viscuso as Global Community Host. Viscuso manages the db4o Hispanic community (db4oHUG) and has built it into one of the most active non-English user groups. In his new role, he will manage the interface between the db4objects company and the fast growing open source community of the db4o project, which now has more than 18,000 registered users from 120 countries.
PyCon 2007 is a conference focusing on the Python programming language that will be held February 23-25 2007 in Addison, Texas.
EMI has stopped publishing audio CD's with DRM. It is the last publisher to do so. This means no DRM audio CD's will be released anymore.
[Not FLOSS or Linux related, but definately good news. DRM hits us all, even in FLOSS-land -- Sander]
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