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Binary blobs mean few apps are purely open source

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Neil McAllister (Posted by dcparris on Aug 27, 2006 4:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
My column last week on virtualisation and the Linux kernel drew some flak from readers who didn’t agree that VMware’s VMI (Virtual Machine Interface) proposal offered a better approach than that of the open-source Xen project.

[And then he mislabels Free Software purists as 'Linux' purists. Oh the irony! - dcparris]

Kerala logs Microsoft out

THIRUVANANTHAPRUAM, AUG 25: After the cola ban, it is now the turn of Microsoft to log out of Kerala. Children in 12,500 high schools in the state, India’s most literate, will not be taught Windows. Instead, instructors are lining up Linux for them. This is because Kerala has chalked out a plan for migrating its high school students to free software platforms in three years.

Linux On Laptops: Pre-installed Systems Avoid Problems

Retrofitting a laptop with the Linux operating system is not always problem-free. Users who are not computer experts but who wish to use Linux are advised to look for laptops onto which the system has already been installed.

Wall Street, Oracle and Game Theory

The folks over at RHAT haven’t wasted time putting me to work. I just spent two weeks working with investors, touring with Dion Cornett, the VP of Investors Relations. I don’t know how he does it. I used to see investors as a private company, mainly due to the impact we had on public companies at the time, but nothing like what I went through recently -- roughly 60 investors in three days.

Realplayer, Linux

The Free Standards Group (FSG), a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and promoting open source software standards, announced that two applications on Linux -- RealPlayer and the MySQL database -- are certifying to the Linux Standard Base.

Intel to help Vietnam's communists go open-source

The Vietnamese Communist Party's decision to move its computer systems to open-source software got a boost on Friday from Intel, the world's largest chip maker.

Installing A Bind9 Master/Slave DNS System

  • HowtoForge (Posted by falko on Aug 27, 2006 10:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
In this tutorial two Bind DNS servers will be installed, one as the master and the other as a slave server. For security reasons Bind9 will be chrooted in its own jail. Using two servers for a domain is a commonly used setup and in order to host your own domain you are required to have at least two domain servers. If one breaks, the other can continue to serve your domain.

GNU/Linux for Christians: Kubuntu-based Ichthux Beta5 is out

LXer Feature: 27-Aug-2006

The beta ISOs should be available Sunday evening or Monday, with the first major release, Ichthux 6.09, due out in early September.

Solved! Converting an OpenOffice.org Calc Sheet to OOBase

LXer Feature: 27-Aug-2006

I had developed a fairly hefty OpenOffice.org Calc sheet, which was great for quickly entering data I've been working with lately. However, it soon became clear that a switch to ooBase would be necessary. I'm not a big user of ooBase, so wasn't sure how best to go about converting my data. Fortunately, a tutorial someone else had written showed me just how simple it is.

Ibm Buying Spree Continues; Business 2.0 thinks HP should buy ...

For the third week in a row, IBM has spent in the neighborhood of a billion dollars on software acquisitions. This time it's the upscale neighborhood of $1.3 billion cash, which is what it intends to lay out for Internet Security Systems (ISS) in the name of IBM Global Services.

Linux on the desktop - Much relies on Novell. Can they make it ...

Michael Farnum discusses how Novell can make GNU/Linux a serious contender in the desktop market. However, I strongly disagree with the author's assertion that apps need to be developed by mainstream vendors, as opposed to Joe Hacker working in his basement. Linus wasn't a mainstream vendor when he started hacking out Linux. The GNU tools were not developed by mainstream vendors. And I sure hope Michael doesn't mean we need more non-free crap. Weigh it for yourself, though.

Eric Raymond on desktop Linux

Eric S. Raymond is one of the founders of open-source, and a good deal of Linux's early popularity came from his non-stop beating of the drum for the free software operating system. Then, a few years ago, he bowed out of the limelight to live his own life.

[Well, what can we say? It's classic ESR. As always, you have to think for yourself. - dcparris

Sun Solaris update for mozilla

Sun has acknowledged some vulnerabilities in mozilla for Sun Solaris.

Microsoft Offers Support to Mozilla

In a rather unusual move, Microsoft has issued an open invitation to the Mozilla Corp. to bring both its Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail application into the Windows fold.

[Talk about scary! - dcparris

Writing on the web

  • Sydney Morning Herald; By Bill Bennett (Posted by dcparris on Aug 26, 2006 11:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Community
At first sight ajaxWrite is a simple, free alternative to Microsoft Word. But this could be misleading - while the program has its uses, it's no substitute for the real thing.

[Microsoft Word? Doesn't he mean OpenOffice.org Writer? Of course he does. He just had a flashback, that's all. - dcparris]

Open-Xchange Publishes Web 2.0 Collaboration Position Paper

Note: this is a PDF file. - dcparris]

What are the three critical elements of a Web 2.0-based collaborative solution?

GIMP 2.2.13 Released

Version 2.2.13 of the GNU Image Manipulation Program is a bug-fix release in the stable 2.2 series.

Cipherfunk Shutdown by GPL Police

The cipherfunk web site, which made extra packages available to Ubuntu and MEPIS users, was shut down in response to complaints from Ubuntu team members Matthew Garrett and Philipp Kern. It is my understanding they alleged that cipherfunk was not making modified GPLed source code available in a timely fashion. You can read about it at http://64.71.152.24/index.html and try to figure it our for yourself. If you used the cipherfunk repository, please make a donation to cipherfunk while you're there--or at least send a note of support and thanks.

[You know, the FSF offers the source for free, and charges a fee for compiling the binaries for you. Perhaps more people should take that approach. - dcparris]

The Inevitability of the Universal, Portable Document Format

In addition to its successful synthesis of the timeline and the grasp you get of why the Commonwealth is doing this, and how this poor company, Microsoft, is struggling to catch up, what stands out from this piece is the sense of confidence in the inevitability of the universal, portable document.

Southern Caliornia Linux Expo Issues Call For Papers

Bigger and Badder! The Fifth Annual Southern California Linux Expo is coming! It will be February 10-11, 2007, at The Westin Los Angeles Airport.

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