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Don't Forget The 'C' in Objective-C

Part 2: Runtime efficiency issues in Mac Cocoa programming: Last time round, we looked at the way an unnamed developer had used Cocoa routines to chop up a simple C-string in order to determine whether or not it contained a particular, named OpenGL extension name.

[Not necessarily GNU/Linux-related, but Cocoa and OpenGL may be of some interest to our audience. If not, go ahead and holler. We'll unpost it. - dcparris]

Getting beyond Brad's Paradox

The always provocativeBrad Templeton, whohung out with a large cadre of geeks at the Internet Identity Workshop (IIW, orIIW2007) last week, has some cautions about new identity systems, even if they are all"user-centric". These cautions lie in a paradox:"The easier it is to give somebody ID information, the more often it will be done. Andthe easier it is to give ID information, the more palatable it is to ask for, or demand it." The italics are his.Here he hits on the problem of market power asymmetries (vendors strong, customers weak) that have been with us for the whole Industrial Age, and are with us still. I think we have a way to overcome those, and that Brad's Paradox may provide exactly the conceptual hurdle we need to see before we can make progress.So let's start with Brad's explanation:

VA Software Corporation Announces Name Change to SourceForge, Inc.

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by dcparris on May 26, 2007 8:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups:
Change Reflects the Company's Inherent Strengths and Sole Focus on Online Network of Properties

Overwhelming opposition to adoption of OOXML as standard, Canada wants ODF

  • The Standards Council of Canada; By Various (Posted by JLP on May 26, 2007 7:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Standards Council of Canada is seeking comments on a proposal to adopt Office Open XML (Open XML or OOXML) as an international standard. So far there are over 130 comments to this proposal and the message is clear. People don't want OOXML. They want a truly open standard that isn't controlled by only one company. People want OpenDocument Format (ODF).

Are we winning the war?

  • a developer and FOSS advocate blog; By Andrea Ratto (Posted by soulrebel on May 26, 2007 4:15 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
In these days lot of good things for GNU/Linux are happening or about to happen. Is the future of GNU/Linux looking bright for the first time? What good stuff is arrived and what is coming?

Linux 101: What's all the Fuss?

Dell promotional video discussing Ubuntu Linux

Xubuntu Gets Feisty

The third release of Xubuntu, the variant of Ubuntu with the lightweight Xfce desktop, appeared last month. Feisty Fawn (version 7.04) uses the final gold code of Xfce 4.4.0 rather than the release candidates in Edgy Eft (version 6.10) and Dapper Drake (version 6.06). I had very positive experiences with both Edgy and Dapper so I had very high expectations for Xubuntu Feisty Fawn. In some ways the new release does take a step forward but in some truly important areas it took a couple of steps backwards and has been something of a disappointment.

Linux: The Case Against Crash Dumps

In a recentlkml thread the concept of dumping an image of the kernel's memory to swap when the kernel hits a bug was discussed.

Create a Multicluster Environment using GPFS

  • ibm.com/developerWorks (Posted by IdaAshley on May 26, 2007 1:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
Learn how to construct and deconstruct a simple multicluster using the General Parallel File System (GPFS), and remotely add an existing GPFS cluster to another cluster. GPFS is the parallel file system from IBM for AIX 5L and Linux clusters made up of System x and System p computers.

Hugin developer launches photographic distortion correction database

  • Linux.com; By Nathan Sanders (Posted by dcparris on May 26, 2007 12:18 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The lead developer of the Hugin panorama-stitching application, Pablo d'Angelo, has proposed a new open database for collecting camera lens information that could be used to correct systematic distortion in photographs. The database would be populated by user-submitted calibration data and some data donated from a competitor, but the exact format and licensing of the database are still under consideration. One developer's suggestion would make proprietary software that uses the database pay for the privilege.

Microsoft, Linux same side of patent fence?

Redmond itself will be up against software patents in a few years, says Ubuntu founder who believes Microsoft's real threat is the same as everyone else's.

TrueCrypt HOWTO — Truly Portable Data Encryption

  • http://polishlinux.org/; By Marcin Lipiec (Posted by michux on May 25, 2007 10:43 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
TrueCrypt is free software that encrypts data “on-the-fly”. You can create an encrypted hard drive, a separate partition or a directory with TrueCrypt. It doesn’t encrypt simply the content of files but their names and the names of the directories as well. Moreover there is no way to check the size of the encrypted volume. TrueCrypt is available for Windows and Linux. |

Transferring files with gFTP

gFTP is a complete, easy-to-use file transfer tool for the Linux desktop. In spite of its name, gFTP can transfer files using more than standard File Transfer Protocol; it provides several features that make it more than just another FTP client.

Develop Spring apps for WebSphere: Spring MVC

Develop and deploy a sample application using the Spring MVC framework.

ECS NF650iSLIT-A On Linux

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on May 25, 2007 8:21 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux
Elitegroup Computer Systems is known for their array of products from desktop computers to graphics cards and motherboards. At hand today we have their NF650iSLIT-A motherboard, which is powered by NVIDIA's nForce 650i Chipset and caters toward the computer enthusiast crowd, but can it really deliver?

OSS hits the beach in Florida

Driving to your favorite beach only to find it covered with dead fish is no fun. Scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, have eliminated the guessing game by using Linux and open source software to give surf seekers some cool online tools for picking the best beach.

OpenBSD: Copyrights versus Contracts

"ANY rule which reduces your rights is unacceptable," explained Theo de Raadt [interview] in a brief discussion on theOpenBSD -misc mailing list,"especially when the full consequences of such a set of rules may be unclear -- which it always is." The comment was in response to a query about why Intel's firmware was considered non-free. Theo went on to explain:"Normal free software has no'contract law' issues, because it is simply given away under'copyright law with almost all author's rights revoked'. Contract law works differently, because it is based more on the principle of'you got something, now you have to give something back'. The minute you see a URL like that explaining things in such a way, you should realize that the addition of'rules' means you are in a different legal system."Copyright has no way to apply such rules, therefore [the Intel firmware] is not free."read more

Learning Microsoft how to get the facts

  • VNUnet; By Hans Bezemer (Posted by theBeez on May 25, 2007 5:59 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft
The recent survey of Associate Professor Alan D. MacCormack proves again statistics are lies with his study "Developers Do Not Want GPL 3 to Police Patents". Still, eWeek found it important enough to mention. Knowing a thing or two about statistics and how to manipulate them, I thought let's see how well the professor does.

Dell's Linux Forum is up and running

... it's just a subset of the overall Dell forum, but it has a Linux logo, complete with Tux (that's it above). And here's the Dell Linux Engineering Web Site, where the project's Wiki lives.

The Linux Foundation Speaks

Last week you may have read a number of articles quoting Jim Zemlin, the Executive Director of the Linux Foundation, responding to a Fortune article appropriately titled Microsoft Takes on the Free World. The big news in that article was to be found in the gnomic statements by Microsoft's General Counsel, Brad Smith, in which he articulated (after a fashion) its current patent intentions in relation to Linux and other important open source software. You can read the Foundation's formal response now in a Viewpoint piece written by Jim and just posted at the Business Week site.

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