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Introduction to Freedom

If you want to know what freedom is, read on, we will define freedom and explain some of the important issues regarding its preservation in our society, which we believe you should care about. We will also try to shed some light around some of the common misunderstandings regarding these issues.

Assessing the true cost of One Laptop Per Child

While Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has garnered a tremendous amount of support worldwide, it has also become a lightning rod for critics who have questioned the viability of its long-term success and impact. As the OLPC receives its first shipment of laptops and continues to formalize agreements with developing countries, the cost of individual laptops hover at about $130. Critics, however, suggest that the "true cost" may be several times that amount.

Zi Pencils Text Input into Trolltech’s Linux Greenphone

Some smartphone users are pretty adept at moving their thumbs at seemingly supersonic speeds to write SMS and e-mail messages with a traditional keypad when a QWERTY keyboard isn't present. Most of us tire quickly and would like to find a better way, however.

Putting openSUSE 10.2 through its paces

Sooner than anyone expected it, Novell Inc.'s openSUSE community Linux distribution project has delivered a new version: openSUSE 10.2. As a dyed-in-the-wool SUSE user since S.u.S.E Linux 4.2 first appeared in 1996, I decided to immediately give this version a try.

Mozilla commits to collaborating with Linux distros

The Mozilla Foundation has agreed to make changes to its development and distribution processes in order to better accommodate the needs of Linux distributors. The foundation says it will work directly with representatives of all interested Linux distributions to manage patches, create distro-specific packages, and make collective decisions on policy.

Release-critical Bugreport for December 8, 2006

Bugreport for December 8, 2006

Continuent Launches New Version Of Its Uni/cluster Software

Continuent, commercial open source middleware solutions provider, announced general availability of an updated version of its Continuent uni/cluster software. This new uni/cluster version includes among other things a new management and configuration tool. Continuent uni/cluster for PostgreSQL also now supports new PostgreSQL 8.2.

Open Source Code behind PoloMercantil

The article Open Source Code behind PoloMercantil describres a real life experience in picking and using the linux operating system, as well as libraries with Open Source Code licence, during the development of the brazilian electronic auction www.polomercantil.com.br. It is truly a testimony of successful use of Open Code Source softwares.

Open source booming in Asia

Open source code is now used by over 70 per cent of software developers in Asia, according to a new report. The number of developers using open source in the region has surged more than 40 per cent in just three years, Evans Data Corporation revealed in a recent survey of software engineers.

OSX more appealing than desktop Linux: Gartner

OS X is more appealing to enterprises as a desktop operating system than ever before and although it is unlikely to take market share away from Windows, the Mac could reduce the number of Linux-based desktops, according to research group Gartner.

Debian faces

  • Debian-News.net; By Christian Pfeiffer Jensen (Posted by cj2003 on Dec 8, 2006 4:20 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Debian
Scary or beautifull? Steve Kemp has setup a gallery of Debian developers, so you now have the opportunity to see what they look like. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Microsoft broadsides African laptop

Microsoft has challenged an altruistic scheme to get pared-down computers into the laps of African school children by preparing its own software for sale on the machine.

Buying A Linux Computer This Year?

If you're planning on buying someone a computer this year, why not get them a desktop or laptop with GNU/Linux pre-installed? If you don't know where to buy one, you can check out the Pre-Installed Linux Vendor Database. The database lets you filter on laptops or desktops, and you can see what city the vendor is in.

Unwise Hollywood laws hurting U.S. industry

The world plainly needs UNCRIPPLED TV's, VCR's, DVR's, COMPUTERS, CELL PHONES, and AUDIO/VIDEO players. Hollywood has been using its huge WAR CHEST to influence unwise legislation preventing U.S. companies from creating these needed products. If the U.S. cannot create them, then other countries will soon DOMINATE

Red Hat, Satyam Enter Into Open Source Partnership

Open source provider Red Hat announced Satyam, an IT service provider, has joined its Advanced Business Partner Program and plans to open a Center of Excellence (CoE) and open source lab in Bangalore for developing horizontal competencies and business solutions on Red Hat and JBoss platforms.

Travails of adding a second hard disk in a PC running Linux

Ever had to install a second hard disk on a machine running Linux? If it is an IDE hard disk, the jumper settings of the hard disk decide how it is detected by the computer. This article details the experiences of the author in adding a second IDE hard disk in a Linux PC.

Xen LiveCDs: Xenoppix versus Knoppix

  • SearchServerVirtualization.com; By Bernard Golden (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Dec 8, 2006 12:12 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
LiveCDs provide a quick and easy way to get started with Linux. If you're not already familiar with them, LiveCD distributions (such as Knoppix) are nifty CDs that can run Linux from the CD-ROM drive without installing anything. It's as simple as popping in the CD and starting up the machine. This neat technology not only lets you get acquainted with Linux; it also offers system administrators a back door method of accessing files on the hard drives of compromised machines – and this even works with Windows boxes.

Gnu/linux: anywhere and everywhere

There are many things about GNU/Linux which merit complaint. But it is extremely doubtful whether anyone can find anything to complain about with regards to the versatile nature of the operating system.

Linux-friendly DSP RTOS gains TCP/IP stack

Enea plans to market a small-footprint TCP/IP stack add-on for OSEck, its compact RTOS (real-time operating system) for DSPs (digital signal processors). The "DSPNet" stack should enable DSP farms running OSEck to connect via gigabit Ethernet to heterogenous, distributed systems running Linux and other OSes, according to the company.

Kontron spins Linux-friendly mini-ITX systems

Kontron is preparing a line of compact, customizable, multifunctional computers based on its mini-ITX motherboard family. The KIM ("Kontron intelligent mini-computer") series will ship in February, 2007, in custom and standard configurations, powered by Intel processors ranging from the Celeron M to Core 2 Duo.

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