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The Free Standards Group Strengthens Linux Standardization ...

  • Market Wire (press release); By Press release (Posted by grouch on May 30, 2006 4:13 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: Linux
The Free Standards Group (FSG), a nonprofit organization, today announced it is strengthening its activities in Asia.

Elive 0.5 Beta Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir (Posted by linuxbeta on May 30, 2006 3:16 PM EDT)
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DistroWatch reports - The Elive project has released the first beta build of the upcoming Elive 0.5 Enlightenment live CD. What's new? New live CD system - Elive has moved from Morphix to DSS; new kernel 2.6.15 with a lot more hardware support, also for wireless networking, make a look to the list of new drivers added; new installer features; Elive has new system of elive-skel, you can select 'night look' or 'elive look' in the boot of the live CD system; introductory tutorial to Enlightenment hot keys on E16... OSDir has some sweet shots of this Elive beta in the Elive 0.5 Beta Screenshot Tour.

Everything You Ever Wanted From Flow Control

  • developerWorks (Posted by IdaAshley on May 30, 2006 2:19 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
Flow control is usually straightforward: sequence, selection, iteration. And many programmers, having been raised on these primary control structures, have a difficult time seeing what other kinds of flow control might be necessary. This article introduces continuations and teaches you to think about flow control in radically new ways.

The Importance of Configuration Management in Open Source ...

As anyone who has used Linux systems for production systems knows all too well, there's an art to arriving at a stable configuration with all dependencies met. Linux distributors do an excellent job of delivering systems that meet this criteria, and keeping them there through their update processes as functionality updates, bug fixes, and security updates get laid on top of the out-of-the-box system. The amount of work and the success that they have in delivering both the base distribution and the stream of updates that follow is widely unappreciated.

A look at the FreeNAS server

  • NewsForge; By Gary Sims (Posted by grouch on May 30, 2006 12:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
FreeNAS, an open source NAS server, can convert a PC into a network-attached storage server. The software, which is based on FreeBSD, Samba, and PHP, includes an operating system that supports various software RAID models and a Web user interface. The server supports access from Windows machines, Apple Macs, FTP, SSH, and Network File System (NFS), and it takes up less than 16MB of disk space on a hard drive or removable media.

Importance of open source software underscored

Though the obvious benefits of OSS over proprietary software in terms of cost and usability are well documented and widely discussed among software engineers, the use in office and home environment remains low even in an IT-savvy country like India.

Open Source Developers' Conference 2006 - Call for papers is out!

We're seeking papers on Open Source languages, technologies, projects and tools as well as topics of interest to Open Source developers.

Report: Linux Computing at MIT

  • LinuxPlanet; By Rob Reilly (Posted by grouch on May 30, 2006 10:14 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
It is the institution that is arguably the home of free software, as well as so many other important technologies. So it comes as no surprise that the IT infrastructure at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology depends on Linux. Rob Reilly takes a tourist's look at the nuts and bolts of MIT information systems.

Jim Gray, a genuine guru...

Deconstructing databases

Most companies have a tame "guru" - someone presented as a world authority on the subject in question and so amazingly intelligent that they are above the tacky world of commercialism.

My desktop OS: Debian Etch

  • NewsForge; By Flavio Henrique Araque Gurgel (Posted by grouch on May 30, 2006 8:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian, Linux
Some people like to work in Linux distributions that are at the cutting edge of technology. Other prefers stability at any cost. I want both, and Debian Testing, codenamed Etch, gives me that. The Debian project's testing tree has up-to-date software along with good stability, since packages are highly tested in the Unstable branch before they move to Testing.

Hot skills: could Ruby be the jewel in the crown of scripting?

Ruby is a relative latecomer among scripting languages but it has developed a distinct niche for itself. In an increasing number of job adverts it is part of an either/or pair with Python. Like Python, Perl, PHP and Tcl, it is downloadable, and there are plenty of free online resources to help you learn it.

Developers weigh in on open-source Java plan

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Patrick Thibodeau (Posted by dcparris on May 30, 2006 6:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
The name of the conference says it all: JavaOne. For developers, the idea that there is one Java is a guarantee of consistency. But when Sun announced that it would open-source Java, developers offered a range of reactions, from applause at the initial announcement to later concerns over whether Sun can keep Java from taking different paths.

Mark Shuttleworth speaks with The 451 Group on Dapper and Ubuntu ...

Ubuntu Project Founder's Comments, Analysis and Insight From 451 Analysts, Available Online

Ubuntu coming soon to Sun's Niagara

Canonical to support Sun's T1000 and T2000 servers on upcoming release of Ubuntu, as Sun's embrace of Linux gains a key supporter.

2000 was the “year of the Linux Desktop” for me

  • Free Software Magazine; By Terry Hancock (Posted by dcparris on May 30, 2006 3:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
I still see people arguing about whether GNU/Linux is “ready for the desktop”. The truth is, it really depends... For me, I switched almost “cold turkey” from Windows 3.1 to Debian “Slink” in about 1999 or 2000 (at the time, I liked to say I “upgraded from Win 3.1 to GNU/Linux”).

The Free Standards Group: Squaring the Open Source/Open Standards Circle

Before there was Linux, before there was open source, there was (and still is) an operating system called Unix that was robust, stable and widely admired. It was also available under license to anyone that wanted to use it, and partly for that reason many variants grew up and lost interoperability - and the Unix wars began. The same thing could happen to Linux.

Get ready for the Vista/SUSE smackdown!

In one corner, we have the champ -- Windows. Come January, it will come out swinging with what Microsoft tells us is the latest and greatest version ever -- Vista.

In the other corner, we have the challenger -- OpenSUSE 10.1, the latest shipping version of Novell/SUSE's community Linux. Sometime this summer, its commercial version, SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, will come out looking to KO the champ.

Before this epic battle begins, let's take a look at their training camps.

Linux Brochure Project (LBP) version 1.3.0 released

  • lbproject.sourceforge.net; By Alan W. and Barbara E. Irwin (Posted by beirwin on May 30, 2006 12:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Community
Version 1.3.0 of the Linux Brochure Project (LBP) has been released. LBP is a GPL'd Linux advocacy and publicity project which documents key Linux information in a standard-sized brochure .

Tools: GCC 3.4.6, Final GCC 3 Release

Dave Korn announced GCC 3.4.6:

"This release is a minor release, containing fixes for regressions relative to earlier releases, but no new features. It is the final release from the 3.4.x series and the branch is now closed. It is thus also the final release from GCC series 3 overall."

GCC is the GNU Compiler Collection which includes C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Java, and Ada compilers. Download GCC 3.4.6 from a gcc.gnu.orgmirror.

Why should we care about open-source Java?

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Richard Hoffman (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on May 29, 2006 10:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Sun
Java expert Richard Hoffman put together this list of answers to frequently asked questions covering some of the basic history behind this decision, what it means and why you should care.

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