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An acquisition by Google last month has led to yet another free bit of software from the company. In March, Google acquired @Last Software. The Boulder, Colorado-based company develops 3D software. Its flagship 3D software product is called SketchUp. A new free version of the software will now be offered by Google under the name Google SketchUp. A professional version of the software will be offered as SketchUp Pro.
Enea, and MontaVista Software, Linux supplier to the communications industry, announced that they have joined forces to create the industry’s most comprehensive, highly integrated software platform for distributed telecom applications. The new high-availability, fault tolerant platform, known as the Network Application Services Platform (NASP), provides a telecom-in-a-box solution for developing, deploying and managing distributed telecom applications spanning multiple operating systems, CPUs, DSPs, interconnects, and shelf architectures.
Kids these days, with their lo-fi iTunes and iPods and ringtones (that they pay money for!!) and mp3 collections. Why, I remember the early days of the Diamond Rio, one of the first portable digital music players, and even then I stuck my nose in the air and scoffed. If I want to listen to horrid low-quality low-fidelity tunes, I said to myself, I’ll go fire up the 8-track in my antique Datsun. Lossy formats and crappy little tiny speakers, bah.
Drupal core developer, Adrian Rossouw, is starting a local chapter for Drupal users in South Africa. He has also announced a training camp for web developers who want to build "really kick ass websites" using Drupal.
IT Directors Find APconnections Appliance Requires No Maintenance
Last week, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, a Republican, gave a speech saying that data retention by Internet service providers is an "issue that must be addressed." ... Now, in a demonstration of bipartisan unity, a Democratic member of the Congressional Internet Caucus is preparing to introduce an amendment--perhaps during a U.S. House of Representatives floor vote next week--that would make ... data deletion illegal.
[Shudder! - dcparris]
Hearts for GNOME is an implementation of the classic card game for the GNOME desktop, featuring configurable rulesets and editable computer opponents to satisfy widely diverging playing styles.
[The Editor-in-Chief of Lxer apologizes for the delay in this announcement. I had promised it would run much earlier than this. - dcparris]
Coverity Inc., which makes source code analysis software, announced May 2 that the biggest X Window System security vulnerability of the last six years has been identified and fixed, thanks to developers working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Thankfully, the hole was plugged within a week, according to the company.
The Asterisk Boot Camp will be held May 6 in Indianapolis.
For several months ZNet, an activist website, has been exploring the possibility of converting to free software and so joining the 'free software movement', a movement that advocates for certain fundamental freedoms for computer users. Both ZNet and the free software movement will be described in more detail below.
NetDirector supported to run on Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Platforms
Research contract from US Department of Homeland Security results in rapid fix to “worst case scenario” security vulnerability in critical software system
"Most operating systems were developed for commercial or technical motives, but GNU was developed for the sake of giving users the freedom to cooperate in a community," said Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU Project. "If users don't know this, they will be in danger of losing their freedom."
Here is a unique opportunity for all students residing in the Indian subcontinent to win scolarships from one of the leading open source software product companies.
Specialist EPOS provider Viridian Sun and distributor DED Limited offers retailers cost savings when it comes to their EPOS systems with Open Source.
OpenBSD creator Theo de Raadt began developing OpenBSD in October of 1995. KernelTrap first spoke with Theo back in November of 2001 [interview], around the time that OpenBSD 3.0 was released, discussing much of the early history of the project. The project has continued to offer regular releases of their "free, functional& secure" operating system every six months, with OpenBSD 3.9 made available yesterday, May 1, 2006.
In this latest interview, Theo examines the past five years of OpenBSD development. He also discusses the OpenBSD 3.9 theme song, "Blob!", detailing what blobs are, why OpenBSD avoids them, and how OpenBSD developers work to reverse engineer them. Looking to the development process, Theo talks about recent and future "mini-hackathons", small and focused OpenBSD development gatherings. Finally, Theo also discusses the OpenBSD project's funding issues, and the response to requests for funding from users of the project's OpenSSH software.
Germany's Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) will present several new open source-based desktop and security applications on Wednesday at a local Linux event.
Anti-software piracy group the Business Software Alliance (BSA) is offering a £20,000 reward to anyone who informs on their employer using illegal or unlicensed software. The BSA already has an online hotline for people to report the use of illegal software within UK organisations but it has now doubled the reward from £10,000 to £20,000 until the end of June this year.
[The dirty rats! The nice thing about the FOSS community is that you get to resolve most disputes amicably. In other words, "we don't do that here." Apologies to Warren Woodford - dcparris]
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – It’s a rare day indeed when chairmen and chief executive officers go public with complaints about a rival, let alone a long-time partner. But when Larry Ellison of Oracle took some pot shots at Red Hat in an interview with The Financial Times two weeks ago, the Red Hatters’ CEO Matthew Szulik was quick to respond.
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