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Using Gnulib to improve software portability

Many, if not most, free and open source software projects are developed primarily on Linux-based systems using the GNU C Library (glibc). Projects that use glibc are likely to depend on functions that are not available on systems that use different C libraries, such as the different BSD flavors. When packages are built on systems that don't use glibc they often fail, because the other C libraries are missing functions found in glibc. The GNU Portability Library can help developers with cross-platform programming needs.

Better Than CAN-SPAM If You Live in the U.K.

  • Guardian (Technology area) site; By Paul Lewis (Posted by TxtEdMacs on Dec 28, 2005 1:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
In the U.S. stopping SPAM by central government connivance is really ineffective. Whereas a small precedent has been set in a U.K. court that if followed, the financial return on SPAM could be lessened. Or as the Guardian put it: "A legal claim against an internet marketing company which has been accused by the recipient of spamming could herald the end to junk-filled inboxes, it emerged yesterday."

Nokia to Help Develop Open Source Java Software for Mobile Phones

Nokia has recently announced its decision to join the Eclipse Foundation as a Board member and Strategic Developer. Nokia will contribute software and developers to support the work of the Eclipse open source community.

From Blogs to Media: News of Quinn's Resignation Spreads (Slowly!)

  •; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 28, 2005 12:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
News reaches the Blogosphere quickly, and then takes longer than you'd expect to make it to the mainstream media.

Massachusetts CIO Resigns Over OpenDocument

  • eWEEK Linux; By Ed Oswald (Posted by tadelste on Dec 28, 2005 12:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
[Ed. Nothing new here, you can move on if you haven't already heard about this. tadelste]

Peter Quinn, the man responsible for bringing OpenDocument to the state of Massachusetts as CIO, will resign on Jan. 9, citing the controversy around the decision as well as personal attacks aimed at him as reasons for his departure.

Of bubbles and developers

  • Reg Developer; By Gavin Clarke (Posted by tadelste on Dec 28, 2005 11:17 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Silicon Valley is a different place these days. After years of dot-com fallout, 2005 saw tech companies regain their self confidence - a fact signified by rapacious M&A, guilt-free spending on marketing activities and bold strategic statements. Here are the events that made this year what it was, and that will have an impact on the coming 12 months.

Lock Down Desktops with KDE Kiosk

  • EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet; By Carla Schroder (Posted by bstadil on Dec 28, 2005 10:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian, KDE
KDE has a Kiosk mode that allows you to create and replicate a fully-customized desktop, with options to lock down various bits to prevent users from changing them.

Peer-to-peer coming to Firefox?

A new website is boldly proclaiming that they are close to providing "The best thing to happen to Firefox... since Firefox." Allpeers is a peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing application that is apparently integrated directly into the popular web browser as a downloadable plugin.

[ED: A large dose of skepticism might also be in order, which is a heavy subtext of this short article - HC]

A Watershed for Open Source

In 2005, the software movement finally gained traction in Corporate America and saw a new influx of VC cash. How will 2006 shape up?

[Ed- It's Businessweek not the worlds most enlightened rag but of interest since it is a PHB zine. -bstadil ]

China Open Source Community Created

  • SYS-CON Media; By Enterprise Open Source News Desk (Posted by tadelste on Dec 28, 2005 4:43 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Community; Story Type: News Story
The Open Source Community of China has been set up by the China OSS Promotion Union (COPU), China Linux Industry Strategic Alliance and CSIP (Center of Software and Integrated Circuit Promotion) of the Ministry of Information Industry.

The Open Source Community of China is aimed at creating an atmosphere for open source software development through government guidance, active participation of enterprises and individuals as well as domestic and international cooperation.

Debian Weekly News - December 27th, 2005

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Dec 28, 2005 3:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - December 27th, 2005


Study: Embedded Linux a $100M Affair

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by tadelste on Dec 28, 2005 3:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Linux, once thought of as just a server play, is poised to reap $100 million this year as an embedded operating system, according to a new research report.

Managing an Open Source Application Stack with Aduva OnStage

  • SYS-CON Media; By Philip Peake (Posted by tadelste on Dec 28, 2005 2:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
One of the most serious problems facing larger organizations considering using Linux and Open Source application stacks is managing the software environm

An Evening with Jeff Waugh

The inside scoop on upcoming additions and changes to GNOME and Ubuntu.

Firefox Gets File-Sharing Extension

  • WebProNews; By Jason Lee Miller (Posted by tadelste on Dec 28, 2005 12:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A new Firefox extension has been debuted that incorporates peer-to-peer capabilities into the browser via a sidebar. AllPeers "combines the strength of Firefox and the efficiency of BitTorrent" to add media sharing to the long list of available extensions.

Red Hat CEO begins stock-selling plan

Matthew Szulik, chief executive of Linux seller Red Hat, has filed a plan that sets a schedule for him to sell company stock so it can be sold in the future regardless of what material information the executive knows about the company. Red Hat disclosed the plan Tuesday, saying the executive wanted to diversify his financial investments. The 10b5-1 plan, when combined with other stock sales planned for January 2006, won't exceed 27 percent of Szulik's common stock.

'we are strong supporters of the open source movement'

  • Business Standard; By Rajesh S Kurup & Leslie D'Monte (Posted by tadelste on Dec 27, 2005 11:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Red Hat, Sun
Stuart C Wells joined Sun Microsystems in 1988 and has served in a number of key management positions. At present, in his role as the executive vice-president (Utility Computing), Wells’ task includes driving the utility grid computing initiatives and remanufacturing programmes. Reporting directly to Sun’s President and COO Jonathan Schwartz, he led the Sun ONE product development and product marketing functions for three years.

After 24 years in the industry, Wells holds five US patents in multimedia, video, 3D graphics and imaging, and has numerous international publications. In a teté-e-teté with Business Standard, Wells talks on myriad issues, including Sun’s renewed Wall Street attack and maps it against his present mission to now gradually increase adoption for Sun’s utility computing business. Excerpts:

Henry's Sysadmin Toolbox

My name is Henry the Adequate, and I am a superhero. Recently I have seen several very interesting articles on software utilities of use to sysadmins, such as

/dev/null - Definitely deserves a place here because it provides a source of unlimited storage. For example typing "mv ~ /dev/null" will free up a whole lot of space on your home partition. And the good thing is you can just keep putting stuff in /dev/null and it will never fill up.

2005 Picks for Linux and Windows Computer Gifts

  • MozillaQuest Magazine (; By Mike Angelo (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 27, 2005 9:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Roundups
Are you looking for something to buy with a gift certificate or for a gift exchange -- or just something neat for your computer? MozillaQuest Magazine (MozillaQuest.Com) reports: "Today we take a very quick look at live CDs, flash memory, digital music players, open source software, some books, and a digital camera that make nice gifts for almost any occasion. All work with both the Linux and Windows."

Creating Accessible Applications with Eclipse

  • IBM (Posted by VISITOR on Dec 27, 2005 8:49 PM EDT)
From The Rational Edge: This first article in a new series on building accessible applications with Eclipse begins by looking at assistive technologies and disabilities. It then discusses the functions and features that make Eclipse well suited for creating accessible applications on Windows or UNIX.

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