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Editorial: Is Medsphere an Open Source Company or Not?

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Ignacio H. Valdes, MD, MS (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 13, 2006 5:42 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Community; Story Type: News Story
After years of publicly saying they are an Open Source company, and the 'leading provider of Open Source software for the healthcare industry',Medsphere Corp. has yet to release their core product OpenVista® as Open Source. It is entirely their right to use the Veterans Affairs VistA codebase, modify, rewrite and not release it to the VistA community. However, holding forth as loudly and as publicly as they have that they are an Open Source company while not releasing their core software, makes me question the sincerity of their claim of being the 'leading provider' of Open Source. Especially in the face of suing the founders of the company for many millions of dollars because they actually released company developed software as open source on Sourceforge.

OpenSSH with Public Key Cryptography Tutorial

  •; By a_thing (Posted by Libervis on Oct 13, 2006 4:54 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU, Linux
This tutorial is intended for people with at least basic Unix knowledge, such as mounting file systems and copying files. OpenSSH, an OpenBSD project, is an incredibly secure implementation of the SSH protocol, a way of logging into a remote machine. For users of outdated protocols such as RSH, rlogin, and Telnet, it's an updated, secure replacement. For those who have never used anything like it, SSH can become a very valuable tool.

Waldo Bastian and John Cherry Speak About Akademy on LugRadio

The latest LugRadio episode features interviews with Waldo Bastian and John Cherry from before Akademy 2006 speaking about what they hoped to get from the conference and what they'll be talking about in their keynotes. Waldo talks about the Portland Project and what desktop cooperation is all about, and John talks about the state of the Linux desktop from OSDL's point of view.

Linux XP Desktop: A Windows face on an old Linux base

Late last month Linux-Online launched the English edition of Linux XP Desktop. The screenshots look pretty and amazingly similar to Windows XP. As a commercial distro for non-techie desktop users, does it do enough to challenge the likes of Linspire and Xandros?

Sunbird and Lightning 0.3 Released

Simon Paquet wrote in to inform us of the release of Sunbird 0.3 and Lightning 0.3, both of which are available immediately in 17 different locales from the project page. Sunbird is a standalone calendar application, and Lightning is a calendar extension for Mozilla Thunderbird.

Eyes Inside the Silicon

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Sam Siewert (Posted by IdaAshley on Oct 13, 2006 2:39 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Hybrid SoCs employing PA technology-based software interfacing to highly customized hardware state machines can help designers unlock the power of application-specific hardware acceleration. Continuing the SoC drawer series, this article provides an overview of on-chip debug hardware and software tools to make SoC design, implementation, and test easier.

Penelope the Thunderbird

Actually, it was never quite clear why Qualcomm bought Eudora, the old market-leading email program, but it would have been quite understandable if it had been because it foresaw the growth in mobile email, and wanted to bundle something with BREW phones.

Video Interview - Former NASA Engineer Bringing FOSS and Internet to Remote Brazilian Villages

Marco Figueiredo used to design supercomputers for NASA, but now he's bringing FOSS and Internet to remote villages in his native Brazil. Find out how and why he's doing this.

Linux/UNIX Easy date manipulation with yest

Sometime it is necessary to run a command or script on the last day of a month. There is old good hack that will decide whether tomorrow is the first day of the next month. All these years I was using *dirty shell script hacks* to create my own date manipulation utilities for backups and other admin task. Thanks to this project no more dirty work. yest is highly recommended tool for all seasoned UNIX admin.

SnowMed Opening Up?

  • GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News; By Fred Trotter (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Oct 13, 2006 12:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: GNU, Linux
Neil Versel is reporting that Snowmed International might be giving up the proprietary nature of Snomed Clinical Terms.

Linux gaming/PMP handheld gets more hackable

Gamepark Holdings is shipping a breakout board for its GP2X, a sub-$200 Linux-based handheld gaming platform and portable media player (PMP). The "Breakout Board" adds standard PC I/O, helping hobbyists build GP2X-based home DivX systems, MAME cabinets, MP3/OGG sound systems, or classic computer set-ups, the company suggests.

Novell will switch from ReiserFS to ext3

In September, Jeff Mahoney from the SUSE Labs sent out an email to the opensuse-factory mailing list analyzing several issues with the ReiserFS filesystem. In the message he proposed changing SUSE over to another filesystem. The responses must have been positive, as Novell today confirmed it will be changing SUSE's default filesystem in the next version from ReiserFS 3 to ext3.

Linux kernel gains new real-time support

Additional real-time technology will be incorporated into the mainline Linux kernel starting with version 2.6.18, TimeSys reports. The real-time support, which previously had to be installed as kernel patches, was developed in part by TimeSys senior open source developer Thomas Gleixner, the company says.

Linux XP Desktop: A Windows face on an old Linux base

  •; By Mayank Sharma (Posted by tuxchick2 on Oct 12, 2006 10:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Late last month Linux-Online launched the English edition of Linux XP Desktop. The screenshots look pretty and amazingly similar to Windows XP. As a commercial distro for non-techie desktop users, does it do enough to challenge the likes of Linspire and Xandros?

This review is unintentionally funny- a long litany of flaws, yet it ends on a positive note.--TC2 Podcast - 10.12.06

The latest Podcast. Topics include an LQ numbers update, Microsoft on warding off the Linux threat, Oracle to bring Siebel CRM To Linux, Making sense of the One Laptop Per Child proprietary software row, Libya purchases 1.2M OLPC laptops and Microsoft shown involved with Baystar and SCO.

Entry-level 4-port IP power switch runs Linux

Opengear has launched a low-cost, Linux-based, four-port remote power switch with serial and browser control interfaces. Combined with the company's inexpensive remote access server, the IP Power 9258 lets administrators securely monitor and control all the servers, PCs, routers, switches, and devices at small branch offices, the company says.

Red Hat Linux rises over Chicago

The City of Chicago had always been a Sun shop, but when it was time to begin a hardware replacement cycle two years ago, platform architect Amy Niersbach knew the city needed to reduce costs without sacrificing quality. That's why she turned to Linux.

The ultimate Mashup with RDF and OWL

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Nicholas Chase (Posted by solrac on Oct 12, 2006 8:08 PM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
Two good tutorials to help you build the ultimate Mashup using RDF and OWL.

Libya to buy 1.2 million Linux laptops?

Libya reportedly plans to purchase 1.2 million low-cost laptops, after signing a deal earlier this week. Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) non-profit association, told the New York Times that the deal had been reached in Libya on Tuesday.

Mozilla to Free Up Eudora

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on Oct 12, 2006 6:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
There was a time when Qualcomm's (Quote) Eudora e-mail program was one of most-used applications in the world. That time has long since past. The company announced today that it would cease producing commercial versions of Eudora, which it has been using and developing since 1991 when the project started as a freeware effort.

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