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Get This About Open Source

You like packaged apps because they're standard, but is standard performance what your company is gunning for?

April Fools' Day Selection

A roundup of IT April Fools jokes, including Google, IT Wire, Debian, KDE and others.

Nat Friedman: "Flamewars are part of the community culture"

Novells CTO / Open Source doesn't see long term problems from the Microsoft deal - an interview with the online edition of the Austrian newspaper "Der Standard" about the future of the Linux desktop, legal DVD-support and the mistakes of the Hula project

Building DVD Images Of Debian/Ubuntu Repositories

This article offers a simple way of creating DVD images of Debian or Ubuntu http/ftp repositories. Ubuntu does not offer DVDs ready to download with its main, universe, multiverse and/or restricted repositories. With the contents of this guide you can do it yourself. Having the Ubuntu or Debian repositories on DVD can be useful for those users who do not have access to the internet where they have their Ubuntu installed but have access somewhere else to download the repository and build and burn the DVDs.

American Dental Association Sues FSF, Linux Foundation over FLOSS Acronym

  • Linux Online; By Harry Zass (Posted by h00pla on Apr 1, 2007 12:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor
The American Dental Association announced Friday that they are suing both the Free Software Foundation and the Linux Foundation over the use of the acronym FLOSS.

Bash Shell Keyboard Shortcuts For Linux Users

  • Only Ubuntu (Posted by gg234 on Apr 1, 2007 12:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Bash Shell Keyboard Shortcuts For Linux Users

The Genesis of the Linux Foundation

On January 21, the New York Times published a story on Linux. This wasn't an article on technical advancement: no new kernel or distribution had been released. It wasn't financial; there wasn't yet another impressive quarter from one of the many companies that build their business around Linux. Thankfully, it wasn't another piece of FUD about open source legal issues and dubious patent assertions from desperate competitors. Instead the article simply stated: "The Linux industry has united to compete against proprietary platforms." The Linux Foundation was born.

Simple geo-location with Python and CC-licensed data

  • ergo.rydlr.net; By Pandu Rao (Posted by raopm on Apr 1, 2007 10:08 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Ever wonder how they calculate businesses within a 50-mile radius of an input ZIP code? There are some expensive solutions out there. This one show you how to do it for Free (note capitalization).

LXer Weekly Roundup for 01-Apr-2007


LXer Feature: 01-Apr-2007

A weekly recap of the big stories concerning Linux and Open Source.

KDE4 gets HOTTER Hot New Stuff

  • Technoblogical; By Ben Hay (Posted by nebyah on Apr 1, 2007 8:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Humor; Groups: KDE
Since KDE 3.3 was released in 2004, KDE applications have used the KnuDELibs library KNewPorn to implement a simple interface for downloading and installing nudie pictures from a centralized server...

LWN.net: KDE 4 Gets More Hot New Stuff

This week's LWN looks at Get New Hot Stuff in KDE 4. Improvements currently being made by lead developer Josef Spillner include new options for uninstalling content, content synchronisation, the ability to rate content directly from the application interface, a dramatically faster interface and more. Get Hot New Stuff is now a specification on freedesktop.org and used throughout KDE in apps like Amarok and KOrganizer.

Search on for SeaMonkey Slogans

In a newsgroup message, Robert "KaiRo" Kaiser has requested feedback on possible SeaMonkey slogans. KaiRo is interested in comments on his own proposals as well as original suggestions. Current proposals include "the suite, reborn", "browse. mail. compose. chat." and "suite life".

Python Elegance and Warts

  • IBM/developerWorks; By David Mertz, Ph.D. (Posted by IdaAshley on Apr 1, 2007 5:23 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM, Linux; Story Type: News Story
Python has greatly increased its number of syntactic features and built-in functions and types, making it no longer a language that experienced programmers can pick up "in an afternoon." This article discusses the new features that have been added to Python, and weighs in on which ones are truly valuable and which just add unnecessary complication.

Raising Linux Awareness: A "Bottoms-Up" Approach

One of the main problems facing GNU/Linux is that it simply is not known by the majority of the computer-literate users in this world, and is used on a daily basis by even fewer. It is an excellent Operating System which can satisfy the needs of most demographics bar certain specialised ones, such as gamers, so there is nothing stopping it from hitting the mainstream except marketing funds. You know what? These might not be needed.

Taking heath information and giving it back to consumers - www.whoissick.org

http://www.whoissick.org recently launched a free new website focused on bringing heath information to the public by tracking and monitoring current and local sicknesses. Essentially, it is Web2.0/User generated content meets Healthcare through a very simple Google Maps interface. Given the relatively slower adoption of internet and"web 2.0' technology by much of the healthcare industry, we set out to create a simple, user-friendly, and valuable website for the average consumer.

Ulteo The easiest Linux in the world

Gael Duval, the creator of Mandrake (now Mandriva) and now fired from its own company, has recently released the Ulteo project.

Texas Tech Medical School Deploys VistA

Texas Tech University Medical School will deploy a possibly proprietary version of VistA by Document Storage Systems, Inc. According to several news reports like this one: 'The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine has begun deploying a public domain version of the Department of Veterans Affairs' electronic health record (EHR) system developed by Document Storage Systems, according to the vendor... 'Some articles are saying that this is an open source deployment, however that may not be the case. The vendor, Document Storage Systems, is noted for being a very proprietary vendor selling its own, not Free or Open Source Licensed, proprietary version of VistA.

What Apple gets right and why Linux keeps slipping behind

The leader of the Open Graphics Project comments on the state of UI development in Linux: "I fear that Linux developers also don't grok these [User Interface] ideas either, and they're too afraid to change, sticking to out-dated methods in the name of backward-compatibility or inertia or both."

Ballmer joins Linux Foundation board

In what many long-time observers of free and open source software consider a natural progression, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer is to join the board of the Linux Foundation.

[What day of the year is it? ;-) - Scott]

Mozilla Corporation Collaborating with eBay in France, Germany and the UK

The Mozilla Corporation and eBay International have announced a Mozilla Firefox partnership to "improve the online auction experience for people in France, Germany and the United Kingdom". According to the press release, "Mozilla and eBay are collaborating on new technology and approaches to enable eBay users to stay up to date with their auctions more easily from within Firefox regardless of where they are on the Web."

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