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Device Profile: Drew Tech DashDAQ car engine computer

A Linux-based, dashboard-mounted data acquisition (DAQ) device was named "Best New International Product" at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) tradeshow this week in Las Vegas. Drew Tech's "DashDAQ" interfaces via ODB2, displaying a rich variety of engine diagnostics information.

Apache Derby databases, Part 1: Converged provider environment

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Stephen B. Morris (Posted by solrac on Nov 9, 2006 5:59 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Discover how you can use Derby as a managed element, including working with the database's unified utilization and management requirements and how using FCAPS can help you design an IT management solution.

Virtualization, wireless and open source: It's time to grow up

Virtualization, mobility and open source are among the most promising technologies for enabling companies to become more agile, but these network and IT advances still have a lot of maturing to do, according to analysts at an IT conference in Boston this week. "There are parts of [the virtualization] market that have matured…and when I say parts of this market, I mean VMware," said Rachel Chalmers, senior analyst of enterprise software at The 451 Group, a New York-based industry research and analysis firm that orchestrated the Enterprise IT Innovation Summit.

The Mother of all Mashups

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Nicholas Chase (Posted by solrac on Nov 9, 2006 4:24 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
This Ultimate Mashup series will show you how to use Java programming and a combination of servlets, JSP, software from the open source Jena project, and new native XML capability called pureXML to build the Mother of all Mashups.

Qt Jambi Developer Contest Announced

Trolltech has announced the Qt Jambi Developer Contest, which is now open to all developers following the release of the third Technology Preview (TP) of Qt Jambi. The contest is aimed at encouraging both Java and Qt programmers to try out the new features available in the Qt Jambi TP3. This third and final technology preview is built on the newly-released Qt 4.2, giving Java programmers access to powerful new Qt features like the powerful 2D graphics canvas (Qt Graphics View) and simplified application styling through Widget Stylesheets.

Dell customer gets Windows refund

Thanks to Dell, one UK Linux user has succeeded in the perennial quest to buy and use a laptop without paying for an unused bundled OS.

A five year deal with Micosoft to dump Novell/SUSE

Wake up little SUSE, Wake up. No, that's not good enough. Wake up SUSE customers, wake up. Novell is jeopardizing the future of Linux for its own short-term rewards. If you want to see Linux flourish, let alone survive after Novell's five year deal with Microsoft expires, I suggest we make an alternative five year deal with Microsoft. In this case, our part of the deal is to spend the next five minutes, months, or years migrating away from every shred of Novell/SUSE software in our home, office, or enterprise.

Novell Is Not SCO

Novell is not SCO. Novell is not the great anti-GPL. Get over it. I'm getting a little tired of the constant Novell-bashing. Do I think that Novell made a smart long term move by partnering up with Microsoft? No, I don't.

Nokia's open source director on community Linux development

At the inaugural "Open Source in Mobile" conference this week in Amsterdam, Nokia's director of open source, Dr. Ari Jaaksi, compared community- versus corporate-controlled distribution and middleware development for mobile phones. Jaaksi generously agreed to share his presentation with readers.

A New Open Document Standard: This time from China

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Nov 8, 2006 11:28 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For over a year, ODF has been duking it out with Microsoft's OpenOfficeXML. Now there's a new kid on the block from China: the Uniform Open Format, with GUI, format and API specifications for work processing, spreadsheet and presentation modules, and plans for "related standards, such as physical storage format, application integration, etc."

Firefox gains ground on Internet Explorer

A recent study suggests that Mozilla's Firefox is continuing to gain ground on Microsoft's Internet Explorer following the launch of new versions of both browsers.

[Seems like they might have waited to see a full percentage point, but that's just me. - dcparris]

Sun Expands Ubuntu Linux Support

Sun Microsystems is making its Java Enterprise Edition 5 programming platform available on the open-source Ubuntu Linux distribution.

Charities shun open source code

In the computing world, open-source software is often taken to mean free - so why would a charity choose to fork out good money for proprietary software?

Greenplum and SitePen team on open source warehouse monitor

GreenPlum Inc has teamed up with web-development firm SitePen Inc to offer real-time data charting capabilities into a systems administration component planned for its Bizgres open source data warehousing platform later this year.

Open-source Ventures: Where’s the Money?

  • CIO; By John Blau, IDG News Service (Dusseldorf Bureau) (Posted by dcparris on Nov 8, 2006 7:44 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
Open source has plenty of supporters—among them venture capitalists who view the software as a disruptive technology with huge potential. But that doesn’t mean they’re about to throw cash at open-source startups as they did at new companies during the dot-com rush.

Guide to all things Open

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Ignacio H. Valdes, MD, MS (Posted by dcparris on Nov 8, 2006 7:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community, GNU, Linux
Douglas Goldstein and co-author Peter Groen have anarticle entitled: Understanding Open Solutions and Terminology in Healthcare in Virtual Medical World that compares and contrasts all things that call themselves Open:'Having heard so many people recently using the terms"open systems","open computing", and"open source" interchangeably, believing they all mean the same thing, the authors felt it was time to once again get back to basics and write a short article defining some of these terms and pointing out the critical differences between them...' Anotherarticle in the same issue on the future of healthcare predicts that by the year 2020:'...The EHRs in use will be interoperable, standards based and many will be Open Solutions that are supported by an international network of companies and community of users and developers, e.g. WorldVistA EHR, OSCAR, OpenEMR...'

Microsoft Linux Part 2: Red Hat Responds

It didn’t take long for Red Hat to comment on the Microsoft-Novell agreement, which will pit the leading Linux distributor directly against the software juggernaut.

Shake Some Sense into Your Linux ThinkPad

Place your computer on the leading edge of cathartic interfaces by modifying the kernel to reset your Linux laptop automatically when shaken during a kernel panic. Implement a shake-detection algorithm in the kernel and user space to perform automatic shutdowns and restarts when certain kinetic conditions are met.

Linux man gets his Windows money back

A LINUX FAN has managed to get a refund from Dell for supplying a Windows operating system he would not be seen dead using.

[Glad to hear it finally happened. - dcparris]

Linux printing: much done and more to do

  •; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 8, 2006 5:01 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
In the last seven years, printing on Linux has undergone a metamorphosis. Barely adequate printing support, provided on a program by program basis, has been transmuted by a half dozen projects into a wealth of options comparable to those available on Windows or the Mac OS. Where printer manufacturers once ignored Linux, a growing number support it and the rest are watching closely. Standardization and support for multiple distributions remain major problems, but community and corporate interests have recently started working together to address these last remaining problems.

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