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The State of Open-Source Wi-Fi Support

Fantastic article by Jem Matzan provides the background and specifics on why support for Wi-Fi in open-source, GPL, and free operating systems is so problematic:

Linux: Chasing Down Data Corruption

In a couple of fascinating threads on thelkml, Linus Torvalds has been working with several other kernel developers to try and track down a difficult data corruption bug [story]. Linus posted a test-program that's capable of consistently triggering the data corruption, so it's a matter of time before the bug is found and fixed. "I think the page-writeout is implicated," Linus explains, "because I do seem to need it, but the page-cache flush does seem to make corruption _easier_ to see. I now seem about to trigger it with a 100MB file on a 256MB machine in a minute or so, with this slight modification. I still don't see _why_, though. But maybe smarter people than me can see it." Earlier it was thought that new page balancing code added in the 2.6.19 kernel was to blame, but using Linus' test-program the data corruption has been reported as far back as the 2.6.5 kernel. "It's not actually a new bug at all," suggested Linus, "it's just that the dirty page balancing causes writeback to happen _earlier_, and thus is better able to _show_ a bug that we've likely had for a long long time." Before heading out to dinner to celebrate his birthday, Linus sent out a patch for tracing the areas of the kernel where the corruption bug is happening, "in the hope that somebody else is working on this corruption issue and is interested." He went on summarize the current status of the debugging effort:"What we need now is actually looking at the source code, and people who understand the VM, I'm afraid. I'm gathering traces now that I have a good test-case. I'll post my trace tools once I've tested that they work, in case others want to help."(And hey, you don't have to be a VM expert to help: this could be a learning experience. However, I'll warn you: this is _the_ most grotty part of the whole kernel. It's not even ugly, it's just damn hard and complex)."

“Commercial” is not the opposite of Free-Libre / Open Source Software (FLOSS)

As FLOSS has become more prominent in the computer industry, many speakers have tried to differentiate FLOSS from software released under other license terms. That’s fine, but some people have unfortunately been trying to use the term “commercial” as something distinct from FLOSS.

Gmail problem limited, Google says

A problem with Google Inc.'s free e-mail service that has users increasingly reporting that their data and accounts are being irretrievably deleted is an isolated one, the internet search giant says.

Novell: We're a 'mixed-source' company

New AP chief says company is targeting customers with mixed-source IT infrastructures; insists it is committed to open source developers.

Linux Tackles Old Foes With New Tools

Linux users have much to look forward to in 2007, beginning with the end of the SCO saga, which has raged on since 2003. The year will also mark the birth of a new GPL and a new flagship enterprise Linux distribution from the current enterprise Linux leader, Red Hat.

Linux + Wiimote = Music Bliss

What do you get when you combine a Wii, a Linux nerd, and some free time? A method for using the Wiimote as a music controller.

Linux group wants software patents made null

An open source advocacy group has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a Microsoft Corp. case asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate all software patents.

Firefox Making Sparks In The UK

Firefox the open source browser from Mozilla is gaining ground on Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the UK according to the latest findings from Nielsen//NetRatings. They have increased their market share by 768 percent since September 2004. Firefox is the browser of choice for 12 percent of the UK.

A Comedy of Spam

LXer Feature: 29-Dec-2006

You know, I hate to give spam any credence whatsoever, but some of it just too funny to pass up.

Startup is counting on open source to launch its MMOG

  •; By Tina Gasperson (Posted by dcparris on Dec 28, 2006 8:29 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
Brazil-based Hoplon Infotainment is a startup game developer and an open source shop. Its upcoming first product, Taikodom, is a "massively multiplayer online game (MMOG)" that includes elements of science fiction and magic. Hundreds of thousands of online users can play an MMOG at the same time, but that requires a lot of server power. Hoplon called on open source tools for its software development needs, and IBM to help it provide the bandwidth and CPU strength it requires.

Title: PHP-Update Multiple Vulnerabilities

Some vulnerabilities have been reported in PHP-Update, which can be exploited by malicious people to bypass certain security restrictions and conduct SQL injection attacks and by malicious users to compromise a vulnerable system.

Brief: Personal Information Showing Up On Google Notebook Search

Google Notebook users are apparently making personal information, such as Social Security numbers and e-mail passwords, available through the online bookmark service.

Google Data Joins PHP Zend Framework

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on Dec 28, 2006 5:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: PHP
With more than 200,000 downloads in just over a year, the Zend Framework for writing Web applications in PHP has emerged as an enterprise challenger to Java and .NET.

Red Hat's next Linux due before March

Company plans to ship its next major version of the operating system on February 28, two months after its earlier deadline.

Benefit of Microsoft and Novell "interoperability"

Companies such as Deutsche Bank AG, Credit Suisse and AIG Technologies have been taking advantage of Microsoft's recent agreement with Novell.

[Aren't these the same companies that have been taking advantage for a couple months now? Is this really news? - dcparris]

Mysql With WAS CE

  • WebProNews; By Savio Rodrigues (Posted by dcparris on Dec 28, 2006 2:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: MySQL
Suggestion: First, I've mailed the WAS CE product team asking for a short developerWorks article to address this configuration question. In the interim, you should know:

A Medical Open-Source Legal Hell Hole

Medsphere's open-source efforts has become mired in a lawsuit over the issue of whether the company's founders had the right to release some of its code under the GPL.

The Well-Tempered Debian Desktop

Opinion: Fresh from his positive experience of installing Sarge on an old home server, the editor of attempts to install an Etch desktop on an old Thinkpad. How does it turn out? Surprisingly well!

Programming Contest for Open Source Mac OS X Developers

BaseTen is a new, open-source Cocoa database framework for working with PostgreSQL databases. BaseTen has been designed with familiar, Core Data-like semantics and application program interfaces. To get the word out about the development environment, and to build a library of applications that show off its capabilities, BaseTen is running a competition for the coolest OSS app for its framework.

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