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Novell takes Microsoft’s InfoCard technology open source

Novell is developing an open source implementation of Microsoft’s identity card technology that is functionally equivalent to the Windows software but will run on both Linux and Macintosh.

Open source... hardware? Someday, say ETech attendees

If sci-fi author William Gibson’s claim that "the future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed yet" is correct, then how we will manufacture physical goods tomorrow may be augured by how we make software today. Open-source, object-oriented development, personalization, even hacking, are presaging and inspiring new manufacturing methods that will overhaul today’s plodding techniques born during the Industrial Revolution, according to panelists speaking Monday at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego.

Viacom Hates Open Source (and Small Children in the Third World)

Some of you may be visiting this blog to read about the OLPC running an NES emulator. To accompany that article, Brad Morgan uploaded a video to YouTube. When you try to watch the video, however, you’re presented with the following message: This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Viacom International Inc.

The Linux Foundation has a First, Diverse Board of Directors

Just last month, the Free Standards Group and Open Source Development Labs announced that they had merged. That union brought together two of the most important resources supporting the Linux ecosystem, and promoting the growth of Linux operating system in the marketplace. Today, the product of that merger - called the Linux Foundation - announced the members of its first, diverse Board of Directors, fulfilling a promise to give a voice on the Board to all key stakeholders in the Linux ecosystem, including the kernel, legal, user, distro and vendor communities.

Linux Kernel to Add VMI

The next stable update to the Linux kernel, Version 2.6.21, is slated to include a new feature submitted by VMware called VMI. VMI will provide a common protocol across which multiple hypervisors can communicate with the Linux kernel instances they paravirtualize.

First experimental KDE 4 svn rpms for Fedora

Chitlesh Goorah has prepared a set of Fedora rpm packages containing a checkout of the KDE 4 development trunk of the KDE svn. Of course these packages do install KDE 4 only to some /opt/ directory and are strictly for demonstration and development only.

Open Season on Women

"...tolerating poisonous people is the same as taking a big hot steaming dump on the cool sane people you want to have around. I cannot fathom the spineless mentality that would rather suck up to psychopaths than stand up for friends."

Turning Gold to Manure: Best Buy Acquires Speakeasy.net

"Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) has agreed to acquire Speakeasy, Inc., one of the largest independent broadband voice, data and IT service providers in the United States."

[Say good-bye to one of the best data and voice service providers in the world, now that they are in the clutches of one of the shoddiest, dodgiest retailers in existence-- TC]

Review: Dreamlinux 2.2

When it comes to choosing a Linux distribution, people tend to stick with the major players, such as Ubuntu, SUSE, or Fedora. However, every once in a while a distro comes along that offers a look at Linux in a new and fun way. One such distribution is Dreamlinux, a Morphix-based implementation of Linux that can be run from a single CD or installed on a hard drive. Dreamlinux 2.2 aims to offer a full range of desktop applications while providing a wealth of multimedia tools for easy production of professional-grade media.

Oracle licenses 'open' patents

Oracle has licensed patents of the Open Invention Network, a group seeking to give open source allies some clout in an intellectual property realm that favours the incumbent proprietary software powers.

OpenID-enable your WordPress blog

Last time, I gave a users' perspective overview of the OpenID decentralized single sign-on system, and described how to take the first step: getting your own OpenID identity. Once you are comfortable with OpenID as a login method for the sites that you visit, you can look at implementing it for the sites that you run. Plugins for WordPress make the process easy to understand.

SAMBA (Domaincontroller) Server For Small Workgroups With Ubuntu 6.10

  • HowtoForge; By Till Brehm (Posted by falko on Mar 27, 2007 11:10 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This is a detailed description about how to set up a Ubuntu based server (Ubuntu 6.10) to act as a file- and printserver for Windows workstations in small workgroups. This howto uses the tdb backend for SAMBA to store passwords and account information. This is suitable for workgroups for up to 250 users and is easier to set up than an LDAP backend.

Novell builds open-source CardSpace

Novell is developing an open source version of Microsoft's InfoCard identity technology that will run on both Linux and Mac.

Oracle Signs License Agreement With Open Invention Network

Open Invention Network (OIN), the company formed to spur innovation and protect the Linux System, has said that Oracle, the world's largest enterprise software company, has become a licensee. By becoming a licensee, Oracle is demonstrating its commitment to a secure, fertile Linux ecosystem, ensuring choice in the marketplace.

OpenOffice 2.2 RC4 resolves security problems

The OpenOffice.org project team said today that three security vulnerabilities, which had been reported in the last week, have been fully addressed in OpenOffice.org 2.2. The latest release candidate (RC4) of v2.2 -- including all the security fixes -- is now available for download.

Case study: Clustering the penguins

The humble personal computer has a well-deserved reputation as a giant-killer. After all, it was the virus-like spread of PCs which spelled the beginning of the end for the mainframe dinosaurs. Because the first low-cost servers emerged from high-end PCs being asked to look after more than one user at once, it took quite a few of the diminutive workhorses to match the capacity of the mini-computers they were slowly but surely replacing.

Second call for votes for the debian project leader election 2007

At the time of writing, half an week into the second week of the vote, we have the the following statistics gathered at the beginning of the week..

Product: Open Source OGRE Engine Gets 1.4.0 Release

OGRE Team, the developers behind the Object-Oriented Graphics Rendering Engine (OGRE), have announced the latest release of OGRE, codenamed 'Eihort,' including improved advanced lighting and shadowing techniques and more. According to the engine's official website, OGRE is “a scene-oriented, flexible 3D engine written in C++ designed to make it easier and more intuitive for developers to produce applications utilising hardware-accelerated 3D graphics.”

Tech Tip 118 - Test Driving Linux Using a Live CD

So you've heard about Linux, and you’re itching to try it out. Why? Maybe you want to breathe some life into an older computer that can't run Windows XP or Vista. Maybe you want to stretch your technical skills a bit. Or, maybe you're just tired of Windows and need a change.

Vista's long goodbye

Deleting files can take forever. Windows Vista suffers from a bug that causes many machines to stall while deleting, copying and moving files, a flaw that has provoked consternation in online forums.

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