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Avoiding BSD v. GPL licensing issues

  • JoeBarr.Org; By Joe Barr (Posted by warthawg on Nov 30, 2007 4:18 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Fedora, Linux
In the wake of recent flareups over the inclusion of BSD licensed code in GPL licensed programs, a little extra vigilance can go a long way. Recently, Fedora package managers manually reviewing code licenses in a new version of Joop Stakenborg’s popular XLog program — used by amateur radio enthusiasts around the globe to record their contacts — discovered a change in the licensing of one of the included files which impacted the licensing of the program as a whole.

Notebook-style computing appliance runs Linux

Zonbu has started shipping a laptop version of its Linux-based computing appliance for home users. The Zonbu Notebook or "Zonbook 1" is based on a power-efficient Via processor, runs Gentoo Linux and 20 open source applications, and sells for $280 with a managed service plan.

Six CHM viewers for Linux

Even if you work only in Linux, you'll likely have to use Microsoft Compiled HTML Help (CHM) files at one time or another. Several open source projects use this common format, including Apache, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Python, and PHP. Microsoft developed CHM as a proprietary format for Windows 98, leaving behind the previous WinHelp (HLP) format. CHM is still alive and kicking in XP and Vista, though some applications use the newer Microsoft Help 2 format.

File permissions in GNU/Linux

  • PolishLinux.org; By Adam Zieliński (Posted by michux on Nov 30, 2007 2:09 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
In PolishLinux.org Command Line Tricks series they have described Getting help and Processes management. Now it’s time to understand how the file permissions in Linux work. The article covers topics such as the basics of Linux file access rights, useful commands that allow you to manage file permissions, as well as numerical and special access modes.

Create impressive charts with Open Flash Chart

Creating a high-quality chart for the Web can be a challenging task, but open source software like Open Flash Chart (OFC) makes it a cinch. As you might guess from its name, the core engine of OFC is written in Adobe Flash. Although this means that users need a Flash browser plugin to view charts created with OFC, this approach has a significant advantage: it allows you to produce professional-quality graphs with minimum effort, because the core engine does all the heavy lifting, and all you need to do is to specify configuration options for your chart and feed data into it.

Profit From Open Source Desktops And Managed Services

If you're a technology consultant who serves small businesses, you can drive your profits higher by combining open source desktops with managed services. It's the perfect business model: You promote Ubuntu Linux PCs running OpenOffice and you manage those systems remotely for a monthly fee. That's right: You can actually bill customers on a monthly basis to support hardware that barely needs any support. Here's how it works.

Holiday Helper

  • Good Computing (Posted by cberlo on Nov 30, 2007 10:59 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux
Ready to face your mother-in-law's corrupt NTFS file system this season?

Ubuntu Full Circle - Required Ubuntu reading

Issue #7 of Full Circle, the community-driven Ubuntu Linux magazine, is out with features on Ubuntu Studio, Wabi the Windows Ubuntu installer, and the best audio and video apps.

Slackware's "magic package maker"

Slackware Linux today features a powerful and easy-to-use package management system, but making Slackware packages has not always been straightforward. Now Slackware application developers have a tool for easily making Slackware packages from source code and precompiled binaries. Src2pkg, now in version 1.6, very nearly lives up to its author's tag of being Slackware's "magic package maker."

OpenSolaris follows Linux to the mainframe

Free-wheeling Linux was an improbable enough operating system to be used on IBM's mainframe line, but now an even more unlikely operating system is making an appearance there: Sun Microsystems' Solaris. Sun and IBM have been arch-enemies for decades, but through the combination of open-source flexibility and something of a detente between the companies, the operating system has arrived.

You've got OpenSolaris in my System z

Bitter adversaries IBM and Sun Microsystems have been adding a little sugar to their parley. Their corporate fisticuffs have even recently given way to hand-holding. In August, the two companies revealed that IBM will offer Solaris x86 as an option to some Xeon- and Opteron-based servers. IBM's systems chief Bill Zeitler also hinted at seeing Solaris on the System Z mainframes.

Intermediate widgets with Perl/Tk module, Part 2

Although Perl-based Web interfaces have limitations, Perl is one of the most commonly used Web development languages. UNIX users who have a programming background in shell scripting, Perl, or another language can breathe new life into Perl-based Web interfaces by using the Perl/Tk module. In this second article of the series, learn about intermediate widgets, including radiobutton, checkbutton, menu, menubutton, and scrollbar.

RadeonHD 1.0.0 Driver Released

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Nov 30, 2007 4:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It was just a week ago that the RadeonHD v0.0.4 driver was released, but today it has been replaced by v1.0! RadeonHD 1.0.0 was just pushed out to the public, and while it's still lacking 3D support and isn't bug-free, it's matured quite a bit over the past two and a half months that it's been available to the public.

The Major Metropolitan Dallas News tells its readers how to use BitTorrent to share

I opened the morning paper and turned to the front page of Business - Section D. Right in the middle of front page at the top, four columns wide and headlined with major graphics a story line asked "Mind if we share?" The lower headline read, "BitTorrent pours out movies, TV shows - and controversy".

Develop a Grid App with Open Source Tools

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Martin Brown (Posted by IdaAshley on Nov 30, 2007 3:17 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, PHP; Story Type: News Story
Create a rapid development process using open source tools for grid applications. For optimal results take advantage of scripting languages like Perl or Python and deployment environments like Apache. For more rapid development possibilities try this Project Zero and PHP tutorial and build a simple web application.

A Quick Look at Mono Licensing and Microsoft Licensing

When .NET went Shared Source Miguel de Icaza talked about what it all meant. Looking at the Microsoft Reference License you find some very brow-raising phrases discussing software patents.

Eaton Announces UPS Support for Ubuntu

On the face of it, it's hardly news worth noting. On Nov. 27, Eaton announced that its Personal Solution Pac for Linux and Network Shutdown Module v3 are the first UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) power management solutions to receive Ubuntu's IHV (independent hardware vendor) Certification.

Skype 2.0 vs. Ekiga for Linux Reviewed

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 30, 2007 12:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Many of us wonder, why is there so much excitement over Skype when, at its core, Ekiga is a more robust application with even more maturity behind it? The answer to that is rather simple - provide a compelling reason to use something besides Skype.

Using KonsoleKalendar to Interact With KOrganizer

  • Blue GNU; By D.C. Parris (Posted by dcparris on Nov 30, 2007 12:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: KDE
KonsoleKalendar lets you interact with the calendar application in KDE's Kontact from the command-line. Aside from possibly using this handy utility via SSH to remotely add an event to your calendar, you could probably also use it in a Bash, Python, or other script.

Tip from RHCEs: Cows in the Linux kernel

While you deal with your daily chores, you may not have much chance or time to dig deep into Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® source code. When you face a problem, unlike other proprietary software, RHEL lets you access its source code freely as a last resort. Let’s go through how to access RHEL source code so that you will be well prepared when something calls for it. This guide will show you how you can enjoy the archeology of the linux kernel by digging into source code.

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