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A look at the newest Python Metaprogramming

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.

Bi-Directional Multilanguage Fidelity ODF Concerns

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.

Almost half of users will move to Linux for critical apps in 4 years

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.

Explore alternative languages for .NET development

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]

Microsoft, Novell and Unintended Consequences

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.

db4objects appoints German Viscuso as Global Community Host

HONG KONG, China, Jan. 8, 2007 - At the company's global developer meeting in Hong Kong, db4objects (, 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.

Events at PyCon 2007 (Feb. 23-25, Addison, TX)

PyCon 2007 is a conference focusing on the Python programming language that will be held February 23-25 2007 in Addison, Texas.

DRM on audio CD's abolished

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]

The Road to KDE 4: New KOffice Technologies

  • KDE News; By Troy Unrau (Posted by JLP on Jan 9, 2007 5:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: KDE
In this weeks' edition of The Road to KDE 4, we'll take a look at the up and coming KWord 2.0 as part of the KOffice project. KWord 1.6.1 is already a powerful KDE-integrated word processor, but with KDE 4 technologies, KWord 2.0 promises to be among the most powerful free word processors available.

Fedora Core 6 reaches the 1 million mark in just 74 days

A mere 74 days after its release, Fedora Core 6 (Zod) has been downloaded over 1 million times, according to the project's leader. That works out to approximately nine downloads per minute for more than 10 weeks straight.

The Open-Source Solution

As you read this, countless programmers worldwide are collaborating to write, refine, and debug open-source software. Open-source pioneer Richard ­Stallman estimates that a million programmers now contribute to these efforts, in which the original written form of the code--the source--is made freely available for everyone to work on and worry over. Once a fringe phenomenon, the practice has grown into a major force in software development.

SCALE To Host Women in Open Source Mini Conference

The Southern California Linux Expo announces plans to a 'Women In Open Source' Mini-conference. The goals of the conference are to encourage women to use technology and open source and free software, and to explore the obstacles that women face in breaking into the technology industry.

Nokia 's new N800 Linux-based Wi-Fi centric device to feature easy ...

Nokia and Skype to collaborate on mobile Skype experience using the newly designed Nokia N800 Internet Tablet portable device based on Nokia's desktop Linux-based OS.

Second Life to go open source

The creator of the burgeoning 3D virtual world expects it to grow even faster with outside programming help, David Kirkpatrick reports in a Fortune exclusive.

Code Craft: The Practice of Writing Excellent Code

There are plenty of books on the market that can teach you how to program in various languages such as JavaScript, Python, Perl, C++, ad infinitum. There are relatively few books available that can teach you how to program well, regardless of the programming language. Code Craft: The Practice of Writing Excellent Code touts itself as a book that can turn a good programmer into a great programmer. Let's see how closely the map matches the territory.

Former Intel Senior Fellow to Join SWsoft as Senior Technical Advisor

Richard Wirt to Bring Technical and Business Leadership to Leading Virtualization and Automation Software Company

Installing Linux-VServer

  • NewsForge; By Marc Abramowitz (Posted by dcparris on Jan 8, 2007 11:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Linux-VServer offers a simple way to run several virtual servers on one piece of physical hardware. While it lacks some of the flexibility of more complex virtualization schemes, it is simple to implement and is capable of excellent performance.

Html Forms and PHP

  • informIT; By Larry Ullman (Posted by dcparris on Jan 8, 2007 10:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: PHP
This chapter covers the basics of creating HTML forms and how the form data is transmitted to your PHP script. It introduces several key concepts of real PHP programming, including how to debug and manage errors in your scripts.

Linksys Dual Bay NAS Drive has a Hackable Linux OS

  •; By Louis Ramirez (Posted by dcparris on Jan 8, 2007 9:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Ok, so it's not as exciting as the gaming router we saw earlier, but if you're looking for a home to stash all your pr0n, Linksys debuted its entry-level NAS drive at CES tonight. And, since it's built on a Linux OS like their infamous Linux based router, it'll be hackable, too. The NAS200 can house two 3.5-inch SATA drive bays while two rear USB slots give you further expansion. Meanwhile, a one-touch back up button keeps your digital collections safely stored. It'll go for $179 when it comes out later in Q1 2007.

Clean Open Source Billing Software for Free

Coming with the catchphrase “Download, Invoice and Prosper” is a startup company, jBilling, located at offers free to download open source billing system. Robust architecture and enterprise features offered by jBilling easily became the choice of businesses of all sizes. Built on Java 2 platform, it ensures security and maximum scalability.

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