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Sa open source game developers' quest for glory

A group of South African game developers will meet in Johannesburg tomorrow to hammer out plans for the development of an open source adventure role-playing game that they hope will reinvigorate South Africa's game development industry.

Docco is boffo for document search

  • NewsForge; By Dmitri Popov (Posted by grouch on May 28, 2006 2:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
If desktop search tools like Kat and Beagle are overkill for your needs, then try Docco, a little application designed specifically to index documents and search inside them.

RubyGems

  • Linux Journal; By Dirk Elmendorf (Posted by grouch on May 28, 2006 1:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
A comprehensive guide to finding, creating and using Ruby resources called gems.

Fsmlabs & Infineon Demo Linux Mobile With Single ARM9 Core

FSMLabs and Infineon Technologies have prototyped a Linux mobile phone running FSMLab’s RTLinux real-time Linux operating system on a single ARM9 core.

Firefox snaps at Microsoft's heels

A not-for-profit company that uses software written by volunteers is proving a challenge to Bill Gates

Bon Echo Alpha 3 Milestone Released

Yesterday, Bon Echo Alpha 3 was released as scheduled. This latest milestone of the code that will eventually become Mozilla Firefox 2.0 adds new anti-phishing features and includes support for client-side session and persistent storage as specified by the WHATWG.

BSD Packaging Systems

  • informit.com; By David Chisnall (Posted by nixcraft on May 27, 2006 10:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups:
Whichever BSD you use, the basics of package management are similar. Each member of the BSD family has a slightly different approach in this area, but all share common themes, as David Chisnall discusses in this article.

Wallace Appeals Linux-Related Anti-GPL Suit

Daniel Wallace refuses to go gently into that good night. [I guess some people just enjoy embarrassing themselves. - dcparris]

The Word Trojan: Anatomy of an On-Line Story

The Word Trojan virus is reported to have infected only two targets - but it received extensive coverage for a week. Given the limited facts to work with, journalists were left to deal mostly with "what ifs."

Past success push for XLRI programme

“It is a certificate program designed to increase the technical knowledge on Linux and Linux-based solutions,” said A. K. Pani, chairperson of the information systems wing of XLRI, and the coordinator for the course.

Microsoft Disses OpenDocument As "Too Slow"

Microsoft threw an uppercut at The OpenDocument Format (ODF), saying it was too slow. The ODF Alliance says there's really no way to tell because Microsoft's Open XML isn't even supported by any application.

[A document format is too slow. Nope, still can't make sense of that no matter how many times I read it. -- grouch]

Open Content III: the code

  • LWN.net; By Glyn Moody (Posted by glynmoody on May 27, 2006 5:13 PM EDT)
Part 3 of a short series looking at the rise of open content - text, graphics, videos and music - and its relationship to open source.

Hp challenges IBM supremacy in oil, gas sector

Oil and gas sector contributes significantly to the linux on blade server and IBM has an edge with 50 per cent of that market share. HP is targeting to enter this market

Nuremberg Region Becoming Hotbed for Open Source

"Linux has long ceased to be a playground for tinkerers; it's a serious alternative on the commercial market," said Michael Nordschild, managing director of the Nuremberg Association for the ICT Sector.
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SuSE plans to conquer the PC next, making Linux a real alternative to Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Latest News about Microsoft market-dominating Windows operating system. "Cost savings there are even greater than on servers," Dyroff says. "Ninety percent can be saved in licensing costs alone, without factoring in the costs of Windows security problems."

Open source audio applications need to learn from listeners

  • NewsForge; By Nathan Willis (Posted by dcparris on May 27, 2006 2:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Ask anyone what they use their computer for, and "listening to music" will no doubt be high on the list. Regrettably, there aren't any Linux applications designed let us do that. Sure, there are applications designed to accomplish data-centric tasks like "play and manage digital audio files" and "control an FM radio tuner card." These are two very different tasks from a programming standpoint, but interchangeable from the point of view of a user who just wants to listen to music.

Free Information Free Software and Revolution

  • Znet; By Felipe Pérez Martí (Posted by grouch on May 27, 2006 1:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU
The purpose of this article is to put forward a thesis about a general tendency of what is coming worldwide in the near future in political terms, how it is going to come about, and what the revolutionaries should do to promote the changes and to shed light about the best way to do it.

The 25 worst tech products of all time

Still, even the worst products deserve recognition (or deprecation). So as we put together our list of World Class winners for 2006, we decided also to spotlight the 25 worst tech products that have been released since PC World began publishing nearly a quarter-century ago.

[Readers should note who had the most "products" on the list - dcparris]

Linux Setup a transparent proxy with Squid in three easy steps

  • nixcraft; By nixcraft (Posted by nixcraft on May 27, 2006 11:26 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Main benefit of setting transparent proxy is you do not have to setup up individual browsers to work with proxies. This nice and simple guide explains how to setup a transparent proxy with Squid and iptables (DNAT) firewall in three easy steps.

New Xara Xtreme for Linux

Xara has announced the milestone of Xara Xtreme LX version 0.5 - the Open Source version of the Xara Xtreme graphics and illustration software. The new release features many features that make Xara LX a functional, useful design tool

Compliance, Open Source Drive Database Market

Compliance regulations and rising open source software consumption made growth in the worldwide relational database management systems (RDBMS) market surge in 2005, according to research from Gartner and IDC.

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