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Speeding Up Free Software Adoption: External and Internal Routes to Success

The Free software sector and its twin branch, open source, have grown quickly in recent years. Yet there are still factors that, if changed, would further speed adoption.

Journalism in a world of open code and open self-education

Think about the differences between stories and facts. Between generating interest and pursuing knowledge. Between grabbing attention and building out what we know. Then think about the connections between the freedom to build code and the freedom to inform one's self and others. Because the former is a model for the latter.

Tracking the Man with the Gavel: Alex Brown on the BRM

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jan 30, 2008 1:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
Alex Brown will be the "Convenor" of the OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) that will run from February 25 through 29 in Geneva, Switzerland. In that role, he will have a variety of important powers, including interpreting various vague Directives and other ISO/IEC JTC1 rules and practices that were created for what might be described as kinder, gentler times (not to mention for shorter specifications).

Search file servers from the Web with libferris and PHP

Libferris allows you to index and perform full text search on a number of file formats, including PDF, manual pages, and office documents. The recent availability of packages of libferris and its dependencies for Fedora, Ubuntu, and openSUSE makes it simpler to use the library to provide a file server search interface for the Web. Libferris was initially created to provide a virtual filesystem interface, similar to GnomeVFS and KDE's KIO. Over time libferris has gained sophisticated support for indexing and searching filesystems

French police plan Windows-free jails, offices

The French gendarmerie has blown a big framboise at Microsoft by ditching Windows XP in favour of Ubuntu. The paramilitary police force is to switch 70,000 desktops over to the Linux OS, two years after switching its browsers to Firefox, and three years after dumping MS Office for OpenOffice. Deputy director of the force’s IT department Colonel Nicholas Geraud said the change will be gradual, according to the AFP. 5,000 to 8,000 machines are to make the switch this year, with the rest swapping over the next four years.

Brightside - Screen Corner Actions and Edge-Flipping Made Easy

This Ubuntu application adds actions to the corners of the screen in GNOME, such as switching virtual desktops and controlling the volume. You can even enable the screensaver and control the screen brightness on your laptop.

Interview With Mandriva CEO, François Bancilhon

In mid-January of 2008, the French Linux distribution maker Mandriva and its Japanese counterpart, Turbolinux, announced a partnership to create a common base Linux system, as well as a joint development lab, logically dubbed "Manbo-Labs". As each each player in the distribution game seeks to offer a compelling product that sets itself apart in a competitive, innovation-packed marketplace, we are curious to know how the players themselves view their strategies. Linux Journal Products Editor, James Gray, recently caught up with Mandriva CEO, François Bancilhon, to find out his take on the new partnership.

What is up with Barracuda, Trend Micro, and ClamAV?

What was a standard law suit between two companies, Trend Micro and Barracuda, has been turned into a complicated situation involving open-source software by FUD.

GNUmed server package available

Yesterday I had a nice surprise in my email inbox. Paul Grinberg from PCLinuxOS contacted us with a the announcement that he had built a server rpm which provides a painless setup of the GNUmed server backend. Imagine my surprise when a few tweaks to the spec file were enough to make this work on openSUSE. Wow. We now have the full end to end solution available for users. All it takes is: 'zypper install gnumed-client gnumed-server'

Open source project: zmugfs

In April 2007, I bought my wife a digital SLR for her birthday. I also took this chance to install Fedora 7 on her computer. I am familiar with using digital cameras under Linux and had no desire to figure it out on Windows. Within a couple hours, Fedora 7 was installed, and I was able to download images from the camera to her computer. We tried several photo management programs like gthumb and f-spot. We stuck with gthumb, using the standard directories, as this was more natural for how we worked.

Bordeaux WineTricks Manager 0.3 released

This is the third release (0.3) of Bordeaux, this release has many fixes and improvements over the 0.2 release. The Application Manger and Winetricks manager are now merged in to a single UI for ease of use.

R500 XAA/EXA RadeonHD Performance

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jan 30, 2008 3:37 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
The public release of AMD's "tcore" sample code is imminent, thereby steering the open-source development efforts toward R600 2D acceleration and the basis of the 3D support for the RadeonHD driver. However, in somewhat of a surprise, this afternoon XAA and EXA support was added to the RadeonHD driver for the R500 series. For those that aren't X enthusiasts or Linux veterans, XAA and EXA are architectures for providing 2D graphics acceleration. With this accelerated 2D support, we have benchmarked both XAA and EXA on the xf86-video-radeonhd driver as well as with the xf86-video-ati driver and the binary fglrx driver.

Core Driver Patches in the 2.6.25 Merge Window

Prefacing a series of 196 patches, Greg KH noted, "due to the low level nature of these patches, and because they touch so many different parts of the kernel, a number of the subsystem maintainers have asked me to get them in first to make merging other trees easier." Linus Torvalds agreed and quickly merged the patches into his tree.

Eight Interesting Improvements In GNOME 2.22

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jan 30, 2008 1:43 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNOME; Story Type: News Story
Back in November we started sharing some of the exciting features planned for the GNOME 2.22 and 2.24 releases, and now that the first GNOME 2.22.0 Beta release is planned for later this week, we have taken another look at the packages set for inclusion and the changes that have actually been made. While nothing groundbreaking will be introduced in GNOME 2.22, this desktop environment does have some moderate changes worth noting. In this article are eight interesting packages that either have noticeable changes since GNOME 2.20 or are new to GNOME. This list isn't all-inclusive or ordered in any particular fashion, but just eight changes that had caught our attention.

Final Beta of Escalante, Name Change to Moab Cluster Builder™

Cluster Resources releases final beta of Escalante, their full HPC-stack deployment solution for Novell 's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, and announces product name change to Moab Cluster Builder™

HowTo: Secure your Ubuntu Apache Web Server

LinuxSecurity.com: Setting up a web server with Apache on a Linux distribution is a very quick process, however to make it a secure setup takes some work. This article will show you how to make your Apache web server more secure from an attack by effectively using Access control and authentication strategies.

Project Planning

I love planning but I hate planning software. It's an interesting problem. When I am working on something alone I tend to outline the project, estimate each piece and be done with it. My estimates tend to be accurate and the project gets done.

Over the air software customization first for Linux mobile

Is this the first Linux based mobile phone complete with fully over the air customizable software capability?

Using mouse gestures across Linux

My first brush with mouse gestures on the Opera browser was an accident, but the ability to quickly move backward or forward in the browser history, open new windows, close tabs, and more without using the menus or moving the mouse toward the navigation toolbar won me over immediately. Nowadays, this feature is available in Firefox and Konqueror too, and you can even configure mouse gestures for GNOME and KDE desktop environments.

Open Aerial Map project is collecting free data

The OpenStreetMap (OSM) project is well on its way to producing a free, user-editable street-level vector map of the world. OpenAerialMap (OAM) is similar in scope, committed to building a free, bird's-eye photographic map of the world. But it faces a unique set of challenges. The project's browseable world map uses a JavaScript-powered zoomable interface similar to OSM's, and can even render OSM data as a layer on top of its own photographic tiles.

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