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Special session on OpenDocument is coming: Make your voice heard

  • http://www.fsf.org/news/odf-stimulus.html; By johns (Posted by henke54 on Nov 19, 2005 10:49 AM EDT)
We expect that the Legislature will return for a special session on December 19th or 20th to consider the economic stimulus bill, so we believe that is the deadline by which you should send your comments.

Linux Today Editor's Note: Putting Away the Welcome Mat

I'll admit it: I found some of anti-virus for Linux software announcements mildly interesting. After all, there seemed to be some logic in the notion that once Linux got more popular on the desktop, it would become a bigger target for the virus-writing crowd. And there seemed to definitely be a need for running AV software on Linux servers that dealt with Windows clients. No argument from me there.

Until now.

Now my attitude has shifted from a neutral "what harm can it do" stance to outright opposition.

Asterisk 1.2 Released

Asterisk 1.2 is now available for download. This is the second major release of Digium's open source PBX and telephony platform since the 1.0 release in September 2004. The latest release includes over 3,000 bugfixes and upgrades...

World's largest commercial Linux data warehouse runs Oracle ...

The survey, which identifies the world's largest and most heavily used databases, found that the largest commercial data warehouse in the world runs a 100 terabyte Oracle Database. That's more than triple the size of the largest database in the previous TopTen Program survey, which was also powered by Oracle.

[The complete results of the survey are here. -tuxchick]

'Literary' texts no more?

  • 'Literary' texts no more? (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 8:04 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
From the who-needs-silly-old-literacy-anyway dept.:

Dot mobile, a British mobile phone service aimed at students, says it plans to condense classic works of literature into SMS text messages....John Milton's epic poem "Paradise Lost" begins "devl kikd outa hevn coz jelus of jesus&strts war." ("The devil is kicked out of heaven because he is jealous of Jesus and starts a war.")

Richard Stallman Gets in Trouble with UN Security for Wearing a Tin-Foil Hat

  • http://perens.sourcelabs.com/; By Bruce Perens (Posted by henke54 on Nov 19, 2005 7:40 AM EDT)
Richard Stallman, Mark Shuttleworth, and I are in Tunis, Tunisia for the UN World Summit on the information society. We've had an interesting day :-) Richard is opposed to RF ID, because of the many privacy violations that are possible. It's a real problem, and one worth lobbying about.

[Link fixed. I love how low-tech foils high-tech. Foils. Get it? haw- Ed.]

SourceForge.net Gets a Facelift

  • internetnews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by VISITOR on Nov 19, 2005 6:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Sure, it looks better, but does it improve how it facilitates open source projects? So far, the answer is yes about the revamped SourceForge.net open source project site from users and some members of the open source community. The home to over 100,000 listed projects has freshened up its look and improved usability as part of a new site design

House Passes TV Digital Speed-Up Plan

  • Yahoo News; By Jennifer Kerr (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 5:21 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The House on Friday backed a plan to require television broadcasters to switch to all-digital transmissions by December 2008, three months earlier than they would have to under provisions of a Senate bill.

House lawmakers also voted to set aside $830 million to help millions of Americans with older, analog TV sets pay for converter boxes so they'll continue to get service in the digital era.

Enterprise Unix Roundup Tips of the Trade

You don't have to spend big money to get nice, robust, reliable RAID arrays for Linux. Linux's software RAID implementation lets you set up RAID arrays with almost any block device - SCSI, PATA, or SATA hard disks. You may create arrays with entire disks, or individual partitions, which is something you cannot do with a hardware RAID controller. You can even create arrays from arrays. This, in fact, is how you get RAID 10, and exotic RAID-5 over RAID-5 "matrix" arrays.

["Tips of the Trade" is a regular weekly feature highlighting useful FOSS applications, and various syadmin/netadmin tips and tricks. - tuxchick]

Getting the Video out of Your New iPod--for Cheap!

  • Mac DevCenter; By Erica Sadun (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 4:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
So I buy a video iPod, figuring it would be a cool toy. (Gotta get those toys.) It arrives and I'm ready to give it a whirl. I pony up my two bucks, download the pilot episode of Desperate Housewives, insert a standard A/V-to-RCA cable into the earphone jack and try to play it back on my TV.

No Luck. Damned Apple.

I'm here to tell you not to worry.

Scalix enhances free version of email/calendar client

  • DesktopLinux.com (Posted by tadelste on Nov 19, 2005 3:43 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Scalix Corp. this week introduced an enhanced version of the free, unlimited-use version of its open source-based email/calendar software. The new version of Scalix Community Edition increases the number of users with access to advanced enterprise functionality from five to 25 users, the company said.

Write a Webserver in 100 Lines of Code or Less

  • O'Reilly Network; By Jonathan Johnson (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 3:11 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
Network programming can be cumbersome for even the most advanced developers. REALbasic, a rapid application development (RAD) environment and language, simplifies networking yet provides the power that developers expect from any modern object-oriented language.

Enterprise Unix Roundup: Supercomputing Transformed

  • Enterprise Unix Roundup; By Amy Newman and Brian Proffitt (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 2:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Community
At this week's Supercomputing show (known by the catchy moniker, SC 05) in Seattle, Linux was king and Microsoft announced its plans to sell some supercomputing bling-bling, which is as sure a sign as any that supercomputing isn't what it used to be. Sure, it's faster and more powerful, but it's not contained solely in the exotic realms of academia. Redmond taking interest is perhaps the greatest litmus test that something has gone mainstream.

Distributing Content with BitTorrent

  • Linux DevCenter; By Robert Bernier (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 2:06 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
There are many peer-to-peer protocols, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Some of them are not well known, others are infamous, while still others have faded away and gone out of use. This article shows how easy it is to publish your content online by using BitTorrent.

Seven from IBM -- SHM, Cell, AJAX, AOP, basic Linux tutorial

  • LinuxDevices.com (Posted by dcparris on Nov 19, 2005 1:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM
IBM has published the following technical articles, tutorials, and downloads on its DeveloperWorks website. They cover a range of interesting (though not necessarily embedded) technical topics, primarily related to Linux and open source system development. Some require free registration. Enjoy . . . !

Sony, Amazon Detail CD Buyback

  • Washington Post; By Brian Krebs (Posted by tuxchick on Nov 19, 2005 1:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Sony BMG has just posted a series of Web pages that should help consumers who have purchased music CDs tainted with its flawed anti-piracy software exchange them for the same titles without the software.

[Isn't that special.-tuxchick]

Magnatune: We're not as evil as we could be

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Nov 19, 2005 12:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Magnatune is the Internet record company that rejoices in the slogan "We are not evil." One of the key planks of Magnatune's business model has been its commitment to what it calls "Open Music":

Third Firefox release candidate imminent

The third and potentially final release candidate of Firefox 1.5 is fast approaching launch, according to Mozilla Europe on Thursday morning.

"Release candidate three will happen very soon — in the next few hours or days," said Tristan Nitot, the president of Mozilla Europe.

16 papers on real-time and embedded Linux

  • LinuxDevices (Posted by dave on Nov 18, 2005 11:55 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
LinuxDevices.com is pleased to publish the proceedings from the Seventh Real-Time Linux Workshop held in Lille, France, November 3-4, 2005, at the University for Science and Technology of Lille (USTL). The papers span a broad range of topics, ranging from fundamental real-time technologies to applications, hardware, and tools.

As usual, the conference was organized by the Real-Time Linux Foundation. The links below will lead you to a summary of each talk, and to a link for downloading the associated paper (PDF file). Enjoy . . . !

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