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Free software developers do it to learn new skills

Despite an increase in the number of corporates involved in the development of free and open source software applications, the majority of FOSS code is still being developed by individuals and the vast majority of these do it primarily to learn new skills. Rishab Ghosh of Maastricht University said this during the opening of the Idlelo 2 conference in Nairobi, Kenya this morning.

Review: Easing Into Linux With Xandros Desktop OS 3.0.2

If you have a fairly standard platform, the Xandros Desktop distribution may be a good fit for you. Rob Reilly files his review of the latest version of this Debian-based distro.

Ubuntu Linux 6.04 Alpha 4 Screenshot Tour

  • OSDir; By OSDir (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 23, 2006 7:44 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ubuntu
DistroWatch reports - This week brings us Dapper Flight 4, the fourth alpha release of Ubuntu 6.04 - The Dapper Drake. Dapper Flight 4 is the product of over 3 months of tremendous effort to mold the latest and greatest software the open source community has to offer into a coherent easy to use whole.

OSDir captured this hot release is their Ubuntu Linux 6.04 Alpha 4 Screenshot Tour.

JBoss is not Linux

Most Linux people don't know much about JBoss, the open source firm reported in talks with Oracle about a $400 million purchase. That tops any free software deals I can recall. Novell paid $210 million for SUSE in cash. So, what about this JBoss company? They did it without any initial outside funding, generated revenue and self-funded and stayed true to open source 100% while selling services.


Historic Libre Graphics Meeting set for next month

The Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM), a first-of-its-kind conference for developers of free and open source graphics applications, is scheduled for the weekend of March 17 through 19. LGM will feature speakers from the GIMP, Inkscape, Scribus, and other graphics projects teams, and will showcase the public premiere of Elephant's Dream , the 3D animated film created in Blender by Project Orange.

IDC Server Report Generates Opposing Spins

  • LinuxToday; By Editors (Posted by tadelste on Feb 23, 2006 5:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Depending on what you read, IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker report shows that either Linux server revenue grew by record levels or Windows just bumped off Unix in server sales. Pick your flavor within.

Aten Technology clears way for new 16-port 'hideaway' LCD KVM

  • Cisco World Magazine (Posted by tadelste on Feb 23, 2006 4:20 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
ATEN Technology Inc. (, a provider of KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) and remote connectivity solutions to manage servers and other network devices, announced Feb. 21 an addition to its line of rackmount LCD KVM solutions. The new KL1116 Hideaway LCD KVM Switch is a 16-port KVM unit that allows access to multiple computers from a single LCD console and is available in 15-inch or 17-inch display model.

Tux on Niagara

Kernel developer Dave Miller made it: He successfully booted an Ubuntu 6.04 Dapper Drake prerelease (with kernel 2.6.16) on the Sun Fire T2000 with the UltraSPARC T1.

Shared Resource Management on a SoC

  • dW (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 23, 2006 2:45 AM EDT)
The goal of a system-on-a-chip (SoC) is to provide a single-chip system, and therefore SoC resource analysis and sizing is critical. Failure to properly size processing, memory, or I/O needed by software services can kill an SoC project. But all too often, SoC design analysis focuses on processing at the expense of memory or I/O sizing. Any mis-sizing or mismanagement of memory and I/O on an SoC can at the least cause significant project delay and rework.

Linux finds potential in the cell phone market

Judging from comments made at last week's 3GSM World Congress (see below for Linux-related 3GSM stories), the future of Linux and other open source operating systems as a core cell phone platform are bright, but also filled with challenges.

Winners chosen in phase one of Tor GUI contest

Two entries made the cut in the first phase of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF) Tor GUI competition. The user interface designed by the CMU Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory took the "Best Overall" award, and the entry from April3rd scored the "Most Aesthetically Pleasing" award.

Domain names as mobile phone numbers

Why not take the Domain Name System (DNS), which is used primarily on the Internet, and implement it in mobile phones. It turns out that its not that crazy of an idea after all.

The OpenLaszlo Javascript advantage over normal Flash and Ajax

OpenLaszlo is a rich client application architecture that uses Macromedia to build Flash widgets with XML and JavaScript logic. This article details the basic concepts of OpenLaszlo, and gives examples of situations in which an OpenLaszlo solution might be beneficial and it also details how it compensates for the shortcomings of Ajax dynamic web development.

The Death of Telephone Companies As We Know Them

  •; By wjl (Posted by wjl on Feb 22, 2006 10:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Yes. And “The Death of Fiber-Optic Networks As We Know Them”. These are chapters in a book called the WiMAX Handbook, written by Frank Ohrtman.

Company to fund project, release source code for systems management software

Qlusters last month announced that it would release its Qlusters Resource Manager (QRM) software as open source and start a SourceForge project called openQRM to develop the application.

Innovation Hub hosts OSS showcase

1 April is the date set for an open source event to be held at the Innovation Hub near Pretoria. The event will include LPI certification exams, guest speakers and an open source technology showcase.

Widespread Linux Practice May Violate License; Study Addresses ...

A common practice among embedded Linux developers almost certainly violates the Linux license, according to research conducted by software attorneys Jay Michaelson and Christopher Holst. Wasabi Systems Inc., a leading provider of embedded operating systems, today released a white paper entitled Closed-Source Loadable Kernel Modules Violate the GPL, which is the second in a series of white papers focusing on the myths and facts about open source licensing.

Systems Solutions Teams with Open-Xchange to Deliver Easy-to-Deploy, Easy-to-Use Collaboration Server

Complete Hardware/Software platform with no open-source experience required

A Giant Must Be Slain As He Sleeps

"At this time, Microsoft may not be sleeping, but then again it may be. If nothing else, it is distracted and we have a chance to gain some advantage here. Microsoft finds itself in quandary and a series of legal distractions."

Ever talked to SCO? - asks IBM

Then tell us what you said

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