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There's nothing like a good paradigm shift to get you out of bed in the morning, don't you think? The forces are massing for some big changes in IT industry dynamics. We need this. The tech landscape has been pretty dry these last few years. It won't be a year of epic events, but change that is already under way will accelerate. Here are my annual 10 predictions of what to look for in the next year:
We all owe Peter Quinn a vote of thanks. And some peace and quiet.
Column The contract metaphor is an effective way of approaching API design, says Kevlin Henney
In the latest in a series of moves aimed at getting Korean government institutions to move away from their reliance on Windows and Unix and adopt open source software, two state-owned financial institutions planned to launch the country's first Linux-based Internet banking services in December.
How would you like a PSP that would support not only games, pictures, music and video but also e-books and the ability to snag free emulators including MAME for most older gaming systems on the open source Linux OS? Oh yeah, all of the above for only $179?
The last few years, there's been a lot of talk about this new Windows XP thing (to quote Bono at a 1984 concert: very, very too much talk!). What's all the buzz about, and how can you turn Windows XP to your advantage, if this is possible at all? Is MS Windows really that hard to install and manage, or is that story just the usual Red-Hat FUD? Your editor, though new to the whole Windows-movement, will try to figure this out for you today!
The entertainment industry has put itself on the fast-track to destruction, using well-proven tactics as explained in Preventing DVD Playback on Linux Like Prohibition in the 1920's
. Are their heavy-handed tactics to lock up and control everything we touch signs of plain old human stubborness? Stupidity? Insanity? A bit of each? How else do you explain their inexplicable actions?
A year ago, Linux seemed poised to take on the living room, in the form of home media center PCs and systems. But last year's product announcements have not materialized into this year's Linux-based consumer systems.
Peter Lampione writes "I recently installed Debian Stable on the following motherboard: ECS Elitegroup K8M800-M2 with a Sempron 2800+ (socket 754) processor. Everything works perfectly - even sound and embedded video (I get the 1280x1024 resolution I needed; I haven't tried other resolutions). The only drawback of the board is that there is no way, from the BIOS, to slow down the CPU fan speed."
Revolutionary Advance in Media Center Technology to be Showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
Talking with Arnold about his new book series that targets open-source programmers of all varieties.
LXer Review: 29-Dec-05
LXer editor, Don Parris, reviews the iAudio U3 he got for Christmas. If you've never heard of iAudio, it's about time you did. Diggable
A new report from Venture Development Corp. cliams that Linux will generate revenue of $100 million this year in the embedded systems market. The report further states that although embedded Linux was strongest in the Americas in 2005, it will grow most quickly in the EMEA region through 2007.
The Free Software Foundation Europe claims that the fines that the European Commission is proposing to levy against Microsoft are too low to break its monopoly.
If anyone still doubts that Big Business and Politics are bedfellows, catch up with the Peter Quinn Saga.
The Linux-powered Nokia 770 Internet Tablet offers convenient Internet browsing and email through built-in WiFi, or via a Bluetooth connection to a compatible mobile phone. The device boasts a 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 pixel touch-screen, plus integrated WiFi, Bluetooth, and a reduced-size MMC (RS-MMC) card slot.
Dr. Ronald E. Diener, the systems librarian for the Supreme Court Library of North Carolina, has spent his career developing cataloguing systems. His work on a complex library catalogue for the legal profession, where reliability is de rigeur, provides insights into why the Apache/MySQL/PHP combo was his software of choice.
With a fast-growing presence in everything from servers to cell phones, the Linux operating system appears ready for prime time. But is it ready for real time? MontaVista Software thinks so. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company is adding real-time features to its version of the popular software, making it speedier and more rugged. The idea is to have Linux crunch data and deliver results reliably and instantaneously — in real time, so to speak.
Opinion:CIO Peter Quinn's story tells us that if you go up against Microsoft, you can expect everything and the kitchen sink to be thrown at you.
All that glitters is not gold. Those way cheap prices you see on new computers are cheap for a reason. If you are considering a new computer in the near future, you might want to take a look at this.
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