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Grameen outsources open-source development to India

The Grameen Foundation has outsourced to Aditi Technologies Pvt. Ltd. the development of open-source software to meet the automation needs of microfinance agencies worldwide.

Free software audience is shrinking.

(Based on an article in Computer Weekly (U.K.) by Arif Mohamed) As I was reading through the latest paper edition of Computer Weekly I came across a story about Novell and their new interoperability drive with Microsoft. You've probably read more than I have on the subject. My tolerance for propaganda is thin on the ground.
Then I came across this statement from Microsoft's Bill Hilf. "I have seen in more than 13 years of working in Open Source that the free software audience is becoming smaller."

Showing the Accessibility Way: IBM Contributes Project Missouri to the Free Standards Group

Elizabeth Montalbano at ComputerWorld wrote a piece yesterday about a thus far little noticed project puckishly named "Project Missouri." How little noticed? I just tried a Google search of "'project Missouri' IBM ODF" and found…just Elizabeth's article.

Top Linux photo managers side-by-side

While a full-fledged image editor may be the best way to repair digital photos, most of the time users need only to make minor touch-ups; it is organizing, sorting, and finding a specific photo that eat up all the time. For that task, as is often the case with Linux, you have several options to choose from. Let's take a look at the major photo management applications, and compare them side by side.

What Can't Open Source Achieve in the Next 10 Years?

Exactly ten years ago I was sitting in a small but cosy flat in the west of Helsinki, waiting to interview its owner. He was busy in the tiny kitchen, which lay just past the entrance hall decked out with dozens of cups and shields won at Karate competitions, preparing a cappuccino for each of us. As you've probably guessed, his name was Linus Torvalds - the trophies belong to his wife.

Debian Networking Tutorial for Beginners and advanced users

  • debianadmin.com (Posted by gg234 on Dec 14, 2006 1:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian
Debian Networking Tutorial for Beginners and advanced users.

Accessing Windows Or Samba Shares Using AutoFS

  • HowtoForge; By Peter Funk (Posted by falko on Dec 14, 2006 12:59 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
You already installed Linux on your networked desktop PC and now you want to work with files stored on some other PCs in your network. This is where autofs comes into play. This tutorial shows how to configure autofs to use CIFS to access Windows or Samba shares from Linux Desktop PCs. It also includes a tailored configuration file.

Non-GPL Linux Kernel Modules Banned Starting January 2008?

"It's always an interesting day when you get to write a kernel patch, at the urging of Andrew Morton, that notifies the world that non-GPL Linux kernel modules will not work after January 2008 and write some poetry all in the same message." More here. Hopefully, many closed-source drivers will be opened during the next year if this patch goes through. Update: Linus responds.

Scribus Team in the Spotlight

Scribus is known as the most mature open source WYSIWYG page layout application. This interview with members of the Scribus core team focuses on upcoming releases 1.3.4 and 1.3.5, standards in pre-press, success stories and many other important issues. This article was originally published in Russian for linuxgraphics.ru.

OSDL touts Linux "serviceability" improvements

The Open Source Development Labs is touting recent advances that make Linux more "serviceable." The organization says its member companies worked with the open source community to improve kernel dump (kdump) and System Tap (stap), two utilities that aim to help administrators debug production Linux systems without taking them offline.

MySQL Quietly Drops Support for Most Linux Distributions

MySQL quietly deprecated support for most Linux distributions on October 16, when its 'MySQL Network' support plan was replaced by 'MySQL Enterprise.' MySQL now supports only two Linux distributions - Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. We learned of this when MySQL declined to sell us support for some new Debian-based servers. Our sales rep 'found out from engineering that the current Enterprise offering is no longer supported on Debian OS.' We were told that 'Generic Linux' in MySQL's list of supported platforms means 'generic versions of the implementations listed above'; not support for Linux in general.

Law In Business: Open source of confusion

There is more to free software applications than meets the eye. John Buyers looks at the legal risks of open source software

[Too many to quote..very funny. - Scott]

Taiwanese Linux mini-distro releases new live CD

The Taiwan-based PUD GNU/Linux project earlier this week released a new version of its Ubuntu-based mini-distribution. The live CD distro is based on a 2.6.15 kernel along with an LXDE desktop environment, rather than the more popular but resource-hungry GNOME or KDE environments, according to project team member Chen Pin-shiun.

Master Java classpath for UNIX, Mac OS X and Windows

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Elliotte Harold (Posted by solrac on Dec 14, 2006 7:27 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
The classpath is one of the most complex and infuriating parts of the Java platform, but mastering it is essential to becoming a professional Java programmer.

Rpath CEO lays out case for Linux virtual appliances

The role of the operating system is changing, says Billy Marshall, the CEO of Raleigh, N.C.-based rPath, whose rBuilder product is used by software vendors to create and maintain software appliances.

System Administration Toolkit: Get the most out of bash

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Martin Brown (Posted by solrac on Dec 14, 2006 5:53 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Ease your system administration tasks by taking advantage of key parts of the Bourne-again shell (bash) and its features.

JBoss mines richer Seam for Web 2.0 goodness

With the likes of AJAX coming to the fore in Java-based Web 2.0-oriented enterprise applications there is little surprise in companies like JBoss revamping development tools to match the changes. That’s OK then, for this is exactly what the company has done with the Seam application framework.

Create Atom-Enabled Apps with Apache Abdera

  • IBM/developerWorks; By James Snell (Posted by IdaAshley on Dec 14, 2006 4:16 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Earlier articles in this series provided an overview of the Atom Publishing Protocol and described the various ways it is being utilized in real world applications. This article demonstrates how you can start to implement Atom-enabled applications using Abdera, a new open-source project currently under incubation at the Apache Software Foundation.

Grab online videos with the All-In-One Video bookmarklet

Video download tools have been available since people have been uploading videos. Linux.com's CLI Magic column recently featured the Python script youtube-dl, which lets you download videos from YouTube using the command line. If instead you want the power of a Web-based application that can download from some of the major download sites at the touch of a button, get yourself the All-In-One Video bookmarklet.

Migrate Visual Studio C and C++ projects to Eclipse CDT

This article provides a step-by-step procedure for migrating Microsoft Visual Studio C/C++ (MSVC) projects to Eclipse. Along the way, we compare and contrast the benefits of using MSVC and Eclipse CDT.

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