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openSUSE 10.2 Beta 1 Report

As you know openSUSE released the first beta in the 10.2 developmental cycle on the 26th and tuxmachines has been checking it out in preparation for our report. This feature and version freeze release came with quite a few annoying bugs, but most didn't apply to my testing. I did encounter a coupla problems of my own and little or no new eye candy was found. But how did the system perform overall?

IBM Releases Free Application Server for Linux

New WebSphere Application Server Community Edition Version 1.1 is now available for download. Version 1.1 preintegrates Tomcat and offers support for Ajax, PHP, and JSE 1.5 to accelerate your application development.

Fedora Weekly News Issue 64

Welcome to our issue number 64 of Fedora Weekly News.

The Linux Action Show! - Episode 20 - OGG

HP says there be money in Open Source, Novel gets OEMs to preload Linux. Sun drops the open Java bomb, Ubuntu Edgy is out we discuss some of the highlights, Unbreakable Linux - Just what is up with it? The City of Chicago switches to Linux and saves a ton doing it.

Linux leaders call for open source license simplification

The free and open source software industry should follow the lead of the Creative Commons project to make it easier for developers to understand and choose open source licenses.. That was one of the main messages that emerged from a debate on open source licensing at LinuxWorld in the UK last week, with Jono Bacon, Ubuntu community manager at Canonical Ltd, leading calls for the simplification of open source selection.

This week at LWN: GPL-only symbols and ndiswrapper

The "ndiswrapper" module has been featured on this page before. It is a special sort of glue module which allows Windows NDIS drivers to be loaded into a Linux kernel. It can be found on systems using hardware (wireless adapters in particular) which is not well supported by Linux drivers; by gluing in the Windows driver, ndiswrapper allows this hardware to operate. But, since it is a mechanism created to stuff the most proprietary of binary modules into Linux, ndiswrapper was always going to raise some eyebrows.

Two Million Firefox 2.0 Downloads in First 24 Hours

Firefox 2 is reported to have over 2 million downloads in the first 24 hours with demand as high as 30 downloads a second at times. The Firefox team is well on the way to overshadowing the 3 million in 4 days that downloaded IE7. It takes a few days to update the statistics, as they need to get the figures in from the mirror sites, the company said.

Pointers and memory leaks in C

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Manish Virmani (Posted by solrac on Oct 30, 2006 3:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
In this article you'll learn about the types of pointer operations that can cause memory corruption and you'll also examine some scenarios that show what to consider while working with dynamic memory allocation.

Does free software taste great, or is open source less filling?

  • Free Software Magazine; By Scott Carpenter (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 30, 2006 3:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Which do you like best: the satisfying, rich taste of principle in free software? Or do you prefer the less morally filling and pragmatic goodness of open source? Do you wish people would stop endlessly rehashing the whole question of "free" versus "open source?" Or do you enjoy the chance to talk about goals and philosophy? As you might suspect, since I'm bringing it up...

ZyabaCafe alpha version out

ZybaCafe, a complete, multiplatform tool for managing internet-cafes and cybercafe's, has been released as an alpha version. Developer A.J. Venter has said that he would like to give user a chance to try and test it out for themselves before he declares the release stable.

Options galore for software to tweak photos

Heaven knows that I've written a lot of stuff about ways to find software that lets computer users crop, enhance, adjust and otherwise tweak digital photographs, but I continue to get asked about this. It's understandable considering that not only are digital cameras replacing traditional film ones, but cell phones are replacing digital cameras. I wonder what will replace cell phones? Hmmmm. Sorry for the digression.

Geekcorps: A Peace Corps for the rest of us

Freelance software consultant Renaud Gaudin longed to parlay his passion for free and open source software into something that would help developing countries access and use technology. In March, he joined Geekcorps. Now he brings information and communication technology (ICT) into communities, helps them get hardware and software up and running, and then teaches local users the technical skills they need to sustain their new equipment for the long-term.

Citizendium: A Kinder, Truer Wikipedia?

They say that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but over the last year, the venerable (in Internet time) Wikipedia online encyclopedia has faced an international furor over its reliability and accuracy. The collaborative processes used to create the service have been tweaked, but concerns still rumble through the Web. Now one of the co-founders of Wikipedia, Larry Sanger, has begun development of a competitive service, the Citizendium or “Citizen’s Compendium”.

Eastern Cape set for broadband rollout

UniNet and Ilizwi Telecommunications (ITel) recently concluded a deal that will see the rollout of a broadband network in the Eastern Cape. ITel is a licenced "Under Serviced Area Licencee" (USAL) for the OR Tambo district, which includes the towns of Umtata, Mqanduli, Libode, Tsolo, Qumbu, Ngqeleni, Tabankulu, Port St Johns, Lusikisiki, Flagstaff and Bizana.

How to advocate for FOSS in schools

  • ITManagersJournal; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 30, 2006 11:29 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As in business, free and open source software (FOSS) is spreading rapidly in educational systems. Yet, despite the growing acceptance, experienced advocates are unanimous in observing that significant barriers remain. FOSS advocates in schools in Canada and the United States not only need to face the innate conservatism of those around them, but also need to plan their campaigns carefully, choosing tactics that will work and avoiding counterproductive ones. Success is more likely to come slowly, and from starting small, than from any overnight success.

Free Accounting Software From Microsoft Loaded with Upsells

Microsoft has made an interesting move into the free software market with its announcement this morning of Office Accounting Express 2007, a stripped-down version of its small business software kit. Office Accounting Express 2007 is available as a free download at http://www.ideawins.com. A report at SmartPros describes the offering as “software as a service,” but the giveaway is a traditional client-side program, not a Web-based service. However, it does include multiple tie-ins to Web-based services that can be added for a fee.

Exclusive 90 minute interview with Slackware creator Patrick Volkerding

  • http://tllts.org; By Patrick Davila (Posted by hackmeister on Oct 30, 2006 10:21 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Slackware
In this exclusive 90 minute interview, Slackware creator Patrick Volkerding talks about the history of Linux and why Slackware is the oldest surviving distribution. He addresses some of the so-called shortcomings of Slackware and goes into why he still loves what he does. Definitely worth a listen.
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I was brainwashed by Open Source

When I hear "Open Source PBX", my knee jerk reaction is to think the A-word. Pingtel’s SIPxchange software is an open source PBX solution, but it has no code from A-word. After all, when you say Linux, there's twenty different flavours of Linux, but they all have some core commonality.

The Influence of Google on Apple

  • OSWeekly.com; By Brandon Watts (Posted by gsh on Oct 30, 2006 8:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
When I first heard the announcement that Google's CEO Eric Schmidt was added to Apple's Board of Directors, I, like many others, instantly went into brainstorm mode about what this collaboration could mean for the future of Google and Apple. When you take two massive companies and combine them in even the smallest way, then you're sure to see some interesting results.

Set up a MySQL backup solution in 15 minutes! (all using open source bits)

  • zmanda.com; By Shailen Patel (Posted by mysqlbackup on Oct 30, 2006 8:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
MySQL becomes pervasive by the day, with increasingly important data being stored in it. This detailed article discusses how to quickly set up and verify a backup process for MySQL within 15 minutes (using open source Zmanda recovery manager)

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