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Celebrate the XML Decade

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Uche Ogbuji (Posted by IdaAshley on Nov 17, 2006 2:20 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
IBM Systems Journal recently published an issue dedicated to XML's 10th anniversary. Take a look at XML application techniques, and general discussion of the technical, economic and even cultural effects of XML. Learn why XML has been successful, and what it would take for XML to continue its success.

Winners and Losers in the New Linux World

Microsoft and Novell, Oracle and Red Hat, who are the real winners and losers after all these moves?

FFII face-to-face to solve patent problems

  • Reg Developer; By Lucy Sherriff (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 17, 2006 12:45 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial
In the debate on software patenting, there is one point on which almost everyone is agreed: the current system is not working well. How to solve the problem and fix the system is where opinions tend to diverge. The latest attempt to find a new way forward comes from the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII)

DebConf-7: registration and call for papers

Registration is now open for DebConf7, which will take place in Edinburgh from Sunday 17 to Saturday 23 June 2007.

FSF Attorney Says Microsoft-Novell Deal Won’t Last

The controversy over Novell’s partnership with Redmond is nowhere near over, but the Free Software Foundation’s general counsel, Eben Moglen, says the patent provision of the companies’ agreements will be “dead” before April.

XGL/Beryl: Showcasing Progress or Shortcomings?

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Nov 16, 2006 10:23 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
I just don't get it. Offering XGL and Beryl to the Linux masses is fantastic, don't get me wrong. However, I simply feel like too much emphasis is being placed on a “pretty desktop” versus functionality.

Open-source intelligence moving to the fore

The development and sharing of open-source information may be the first arena where true collaboration among all the agencies in the intelligence community — a requirement in the post-9/11 world — takes hold. At least, Douglas Naquin, director of the Open Source Center in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, is working hard to make it come true.

Bring back deleted files with lsof

There you are, happily playing around with an audio file you've spent all afternoon tweaking, and you're thinking, "Wow, doesn't it sound great? Lemme just move it over here." At that point your subconscious chimes in, "Um, you meant mv, not rm, right?" Oops. I feel your pain -- this happens to everyone. But there's a straightforward method to recover your lost file, and since it works on every standard Linux system, everyone ought to know how to do it.

Zack Rusin interviewed on the Linux Link Tech Show

Yesterday night Zack Rusin made a guest appearance on The Linux Link Tech Show. He discussed recent developments in the X.Org project, Qt, KDE, his life in Norway and some other Open Source related issues. It is a lengthy interview that should satisfy those who say Zack's not blogging and responding to questions often enough.

Networking a C Implementation of BEEP

The IBM BeepLite Networking Layer for C is an implementation of BEEP (Blocks Exchange Protocol), a generic application protocol kernel for connection-oriented, asynchronous interactions. It supports dynamic, pluggable application protocols for peer-to-peer, client-server, or server-to-server scenarios, allows multiple channels over TCP, and supports arbitrary MIME payloads including XML.

Ubuntu Developer Summit report: Desktop plans, PowerPC's future, and community

In this final report from the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS), held last week at Google's offices in Mountain View, Calif., we'll look at plans for the Ubuntu and Kubuntu desktops, the future of PowerPC, and how Ubuntu is working with local community teams.

Linux server virtualization gains live migration feature

The OpenVZ project, which maintains open source kernel patches aimed at enabling a single Linux system to host multiple "virtual server" environments, has added a virtual Ethernet device feature, along with a feature said to let admins migrate virtual servers between physical hosts without disrupting users or eating storage, among other touted advantages.

Show Me the Product

Microsoft and novell made big IT news on Nov. 2 by announcing a historic burying of the hatchet, the likes of which we haven't seen since Sun and Microsoft promised to work together on big interoperability stuff.

Python Phrasebook (Developer's Library)

Having recently reviewed JavaScript Phrasebook by Christian Wenz for the Linux Tutorial site and Wesley Chun's Core Python Programming for Linux Magazine (due out in next month's issue), I was excited to get the opportunity to review the brand-new Python Phrasebook. Apparently Brad Dayley was also excited about writing this book as he states in the Introduction: 'I was excited when my editor asked me to write a phrasebook on the Python language. The phrasebook is one of the smallest books I have ever written; however, it was one of the hardest.'

Firing up the Erudine engine

This is the next article in our occasional series on new, more formal (mathematically-based) approaches to system development. The first article looked at Bayesian analysis and formal methods (which are only "new" to the general development space, of course).

Mapping the universe with open source software

Astronomers at New York City's Hayden Planetarium and Rose Center for Earth and Space think space exploration should be easily accessible to anyone. To make that possible, they offer an interactive atlas of the universe that anyone can download for free.

IBM to Shift China Focus Toward Tech, Linux

Samuel J. Palmisano, chairman, president and CEO of IBM, said Tuesday that technology service, the fastest growing segment in the technology industry, will be a top priority for his company in China, which is one of IBM's most dynamic markets. IBM achieved year-on-year growth of 27 percent in China in the third quarter, compared with a corporate average of 5 percent.

Getting started with ParallelKnoppix, a live CD for clusters

ParallelKnoppix is a modified Knoppix live CD designed for use in creating HPC clusters. You can start up PK on multiple nodes to run a cluster, and customize PK to add or remove applications.

SCALE Announces Plans To Host Open-Source Health Care Summit

The Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) has announced plans to host an Open Source Health Care summit as part of their upcoming 2007 conference, SCALE 5x. The focus of this event will be on the use of open-source software in the health care industry. The goal of this event is to foster an awareness of the availability of open-source options to medical organizations, private practices, and hospitals. The Open-Source Health Care Summit will be held on February 9, 2007 at the Los Angeles Airport Westin Hotel.

The Sorry State of Massachusetts

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Nov 16, 2006 12:14 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I'm remiss in blogging on the transition in Massachusetts as Louis Gutierrez leaves his position as State CIO (Gutierrez announced that he would resign a month ago), and as Mitt Romney wraps up his single term as governor and looks forward, he hopes, to bigger political games than our small state can offer.

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