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FOSS a business opportunity for SMEs

Free and open source software is not only becoming increasingly relevant for Africa but is also a compelling business case for start-up companies. This is according to speakers at the Cape IT Initiative's FOSS seminar held earlier this week.

A day in the life of a MySQL documentation team member

As I mentioned here, I’m a member of the documentation team at MySQL, a job I started back in April. I’ve just completed a major tranche of documentation, and thought it would be interesting to let you guys know exactly what happens in a typical day for a member of the documentation team.

Novell Contributes Polish Translation of KDE Docs

In the good spirit of cooperation between Novell and KDE, Novell Poland contributed a large number of translations of KDE documentation to the Polish localisation team.

Mobile phone companies join forces on Linux

  • CNET; By Marguerite Reardon (Posted by grouch on Jun 16, 2006 1:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Four mobile handset makers are teaming up with two cellular operators to develop a new Linux software platform for mobile devices.

Taleo Corporation Recognized By CIO Magazine as One of the CIO 100 Award Honorees

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by grouch on Jun 16, 2006 1:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Taleo's Bold and Successful Migration of Core Data IT Infrastructure From UNIX to Linux Recognized by Editors at CIO Magazine Migration Enables Taleo Talent Management System to Deliver Optimal on Demand Performance and Achieve Record Customer Uptime of 99.9 Percent at Less Cost

Microsoft Forms Interoperability Council

Interoperability has been a sore subject for Microsoft, and the company has formed a council of customers to identify areas to improve interoperability within its products.

Scratching that itch: Sander Jensen

By day, 27-year-old Sander Jensen -- originally from Holland -- works for ESI Group in Alabama, a company that produces sophisticated software for the aircraft and automotive industries. In his personal time, he scratches his own itches by creating free software. I discovered Jensen's Goggles Music Manager recently and decided to try it out, and pick Jensen's brain to see what motivates him to write free software. Here's what I found.

Flock releases 0.7 beta

Finally, after months of small alpha version bumps, Flock, the social web browser based on Firefox, has unleashed a 0.7 beta with a whole slew of updates, improvements and bug fixes.

Ibm to Open Source More WSDM Code

IBM is contributing more code to the open-source community based on the Web services distributed management (WSDM) standard, the vendor said Wednesday.

Open-Xchange Inc. and NextObject Announce Mobility Partnership

Open-Xchange Server and ChatterEmail extend Smart Collaboration™

Microsoft's ME/98 Patch Dilemma: A Golden Opportunity for FOSS

Here’s almost a textbook example of where FOSS triumphs over proprietary ware. If ME and 98 were FOSS, then other programmers could patch the flaw (assuming there was sufficient demand). However, it’s not in Microsoft’s interests to do so, so they leave their users with little choice: Buy or die.

This week at LWN: Google Earth for Linux

Sometimes, when a fun toy becomes available, your editor has no alternative but to go off and play with it. Later on, when LWN deadlines loom, the next step is obvious: justify all that playing by writing an article. One of those moments came when Google finally made its Google Earth application available for Linux under a free-beer license.

[Corbet provides some free-speech alternatives, too. -- grouch]

Risc/dsp-based surveillance camera runs Linux

Nexvision has produced a prototype IP network video security camera targeting large area surveillance applications such as public transportation, utility plants, and medical centers. The "Nexdome Dragonfly" prototype is based on a Texas Instruments (TI) "DaVinci" processor, measures 5.1 inches (13cm) square, and runs embedded Linux.

Linux Brochure Project (LBP) version 1.4.0 released

  •; By Alan W. Irwin and Barbara E. Irwin (Posted by beirwin on Jun 15, 2006 8:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Announcements; Groups: Community
Version 1.4.0 of the Linux Brochure Project (LBP) has been released. LBP is a GPL'd Linux advocacy and publicity project which documents key Linux information in a standard-sized brochure . A Spanish translation has been added for this release. French and Italian translations are also available.

Obsidian, Stratus partner to build Linux servers

Obsidian Systems joins with high-availability server builder Stratus to launch a range of Linux-based fault-tolerant servers for the South African market.

Beachhead - Sinking of the USS Proprietary

There isn't much to salvage from the sunken hulls of proprietary design.

[That's Jon 'maddog' Hall. -- grouch]

DNS: The Bind Leading the Bind

  • Linux Journal; By Tom Adelstein (Posted by dave on Jun 15, 2006 7:24 PM EDT)

Hiding beneath the surface of your web browser, email and instant messaging lies a phone book for computers on the Internet. We call it Domain Name Services or DNS. It looks up the names of other computers and calls them to chat, shake hands or whatever PCs do with their own kind.

Aside from hiding beneath hundreds of millions of people's awareness, some people know that DNS seems to like Linux. In fact, they're sort of made for each other. You can get Linux for free and the software for DNS comes packaged with Linux distributions and it's also free.

AFPL Ghostscript 8.54 released -- and 8.54 is now GPL'd as well!

  • Advogato; By Raph Levien (Posted by pipitas on Jun 15, 2006 7:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups:

We nearly missed the news... but already a week ago Raph Levien put some exciting news into his blog (Raph is the lead developer of Ghostscript since Peter L. Deutsch stepped down a few years ago): Ghostscript's latest release 8.54 is available. And it is not just under their commercial license (AFPL) -- they also put it under the GPL! In the past, AFPL versions were "made free" after about a year (and when again a newer leading edge version of AFPL Ghostscript was out). Now it looks they put even their development branch under GPL. Read more....

Google Earth for Linux

On the 12th of this month Google released version 4 of the Google Earth software with support for Linux. It can now be downloaded from here:

Four alternative operating systems

Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, SUSE, and Linspire are making headway in the desktop market, but if you want to try something really different, you can find other, less-well-known alternative operating systems. While these OSes may not be the most stable, or have the greatest hardware support, they offer some unique ideas.

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