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Quest for the Non-Evil Open Source Business Model

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Mar 8, 2007 5:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
I’m sure that I have spoke of open source business models in the past - both from the user and corporate point-of-view. However, the one thing that I don't believe has been fully explored is whether there is a viable way to monetize one’s efforts, and do so in such a way that your offerings remain accessible to all.

Hands on: Linux disaster recovery

The time you come to realise just how dependent you have become on your computer is when things go terribly wrong. Your partitions won’t mount, your files seem corrupt or, worst of all, your entire hard drive seems to have become unreadable. The first and most obvious piece of advice, as anyone would tell you, is to make regular backups. It is surprising how many people who have years worth of valuable files have few or none of them backed up.

Opinion: Linux-kernel virtualization finally on the fast track

Progress in the virtualization world sometimes seems slow. Xen has been the hot topic in the paravirtualization area for some years now -- the first "stable" release was announced in 2003 -- but the code remains outside of the mainline Linux kernel. News from that project has been relatively scarce as of late, though the Xen hackers are certainly still out there working on the code.

Internet Radio on Death Row

Internet Radio has been sentenced to death.In a move that recalls the Vogons' decision to destroy Earth to clear the way for a highway bypass through space (a thankfully fictional premise of Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), the judges comprising theCopyright Royalty Board have decided to destroy the Internet radio industry so the Recording Industry won't be inconvenienced by something it doesn't know, like or understand.

Tiny surveillance camera has Linux smarts

Nuvation is demonstrating an ultra-compact, Linux-powered, intelligent IP camera reference design, at the TI Developer Conference in Dallas this week. The engineering consultancy firm says its camera can encode and stream D1 (720x480) video over Ethernet at 30fps.

Oracle shows no momentum in Linux effort

Oracle Corp. promised to take the Linux software world by storm last October, but the major expansion by one of the world's largest software companies so far has failed to show momentum. Tiny rival Red Hat Inc., which over a decade built a services business around Linux and legitimized the free, cooperatively developed operating system for corporate computing, has survived the onslaught and even grown.

Dell and Linux: just another fan dance

Dell is down on its luck a bit and recently decided that it needed to look like a good citizen. So the company put out an invitation seeking ideas from the "community" on a new website called IdeaStorm which apes the model created by Digg.

Linux powers dual-mode multimedia smartphone

Taiwan-based phone designer and manufacturer Accton Technology Corp. is marketing a Linux-based dual-mode phone design said to support both quad-band GSM and 802.11b/g networks. The VM3228T offers rich multimedia capabilities, and features seamless cellular/WiFi switch-over based on 3GPP standards, according to the company.

Linspire: Give Up On Linspire 5.0+?

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Mar 8, 2007 12:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linspire
It's a fair question, I think. Should Linspire give up Linspire 5.0+, contribute time and resources to Freespire (amongst other distribution projects) and concentrate on making Linux services the core aspect of their company? Before we try and answer this on their behalf right away, let's take a look at the current state of the market.

How To Install Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) On Ubuntu

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Mar 8, 2007 11:48 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This guide shows how to install the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) on Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) and 6.06 (Dapper Drake) server systems. Zimbra is a full-featured, open source collaboration suite - email, group calendaring, contacts, and web document management and authoring. It has a feature-rich AJAX web interface and is compatible with clients such as Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail, and Novell Evolution so that mail, contacts, and calendar items can be synchronised from these to the ZCS server. It can also be synchronized to many mobile devices. ZCS makes use of many existing open source projects such as Postfix, MySQL, and OpenLDAP.

An Inconvenient Ctl Alt Del

Many will be given a soothing but worthless salve...a bottle of snake oil that heals wounds and at the same time, treats the burning, itching condition known as a guilty conscious.

A New Breed of Free Desktop Companies

  • GNOME Journal; By Sri Ramkrishna (Posted by claus on Mar 8, 2007 10:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNOME
In the past two years, GNOME and the GTK+ projects have inspired many enterprising hackers to start companies and risk investing capital into a market that surprisingly has shown to be robust, providing not only adequate funding for these companies but room enough to expand operations. This article discusses where Fluendo has been and where they are going.

The Road to KDE 4: Oxygen Artwork and Icons

One of the big visual changes just happened in KDE 4, the transition of kdelibs to the Oxygen Icon set. This transition is still in progress, and it includes a massive icon naming scheme change that affects thousands of files. But, the Oxygen artwork project much is more than just an icon set, it's a unified way to do artwork for KDE 4. SVG an essential part of Oxygen, so many applications that are now capable of SVG display are also using Oxygen styled artwork. Read on for more...

Debug your Web code with Firebug

Developing Web sites isn't as straightforward a task as it used to be at the turn of the century. With an influx of new tools, technologies, and development methodologies, a Web page is no longer a string of plain ol' HTML, but instead a complex mix of stylesheets, markup languages, and scripts. Debugging this complicated blend is no easy task. Firebug is an open source add-on to the Firefox Web browser that lets you edit and debug everything from simple CSS and JavaScript templates to complex AJAX applications.

Develop Powerful Application for IDS with Perl

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Daniel Hebert (Posted by IdaAshley on Mar 8, 2007 8:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
This tutorial takes you through the process of setting up the Perl Database Interface (DBI) to work with the IBM Informix Dynamic Server (IDS). See examples of how to exercise a variety of DBI features and learn how to configure CPAN module installation, driver installation, script automation, data structures, pitfalls, and Perl interaction with IDS.

Avoid Another HAVA Train Wreck: Software Disclosure Requirements

Software Disclosure Requirements in Representative Holt and Senator Nelson's bills (HR811 and S559)

Report: Upstart Plans to Ease Linux Management

Ubuntu has an interesting project called Upstart, which is a replacement for the traditional Unixinit system. The goals of Upstart are ambitious: to modernize and streamline the boot process, control user tasks, and manage services. Carla Schroder examines how this new project will work.

Linux Streaming Wins Respect in Europe

Sometimes in the public sector, reaching almost everyone isn’t enough. The European Commission (EC) found this out the hard way in late 2006 when it launched a streaming service that supported Windows and Macintosh users but not Linux users. To make matters worse, when citizens across Europe complained, the EC claimed it was illegal to support Linux streaming.

Ingres, Wipro team on open-source enterprise software

Indian outsourcer Wipro Ltd. is set to develop open-source business software and offer systems integration services around the open-source database from software vendor Ingres Corp., which will be marketed jointly by the two companies. The tie-up with Wipro is one of a number of systems integration partnerships that Ingres plans with Indian outsourcers, said Vivek Bhatnagar, Ingres' country director for India, on Wednesday.

Tories want open source Whitehall

The government could save more than £600 million a year if it used more open source software, the shadow chancellor has estimated.

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