Independent journalist Frederick Noronha blogged his way through the Asia Source open source developer workshop in India earlier this year. Now he has collected all his writings over the entire workshop and released them as a small book which offers a fascinating insight into the state of open source software, not only in Asia, but throughout the world.
Whatever happened to LinuxFund, the fund that was supposed to support Linux through credit card use? LinuxFund was begun as "a fun project by a bunch of kids," according to LinuxFund founder Benjamin Cox, who has not been involved with the project for nearly three years. Today the project has been largely abandoned, but payments into the fund keep on coming.
Microsoft has made one of its most direct overtures to the open-source software community to date, in the form of an invitation to Michael Tiemann, president of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), to begin a "productive conversation".
Mark Webbink, deputy general counsel for Red Hat, announced in his keynote address this morning at the Red Hat Summit that Red Hat is freeing the Fedora project from its direct control. Red Hat has created the Fedora Foundation -- to be run by an independent board of directors -- which will direct and control the project from now on. Webbink said Red Hat made this move because it listened to the Fedora community when it said it would be more comfortable about the project if it were not directly owned by a commercial firm.
This is the sixth and final update of Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (codename ‘woody’) which mainly adds security updates to the stable release, along with a few corrections to serious problems. Those who frequently update from security.debian.org won't have to update many packages and most updates from security.debian.org are included in this update.
...computers here now use the Linux operating system. It has many similar functions to Microsoft's Windows - but unlike Windows, it is available for free. Increasingly, Brazil's government ministries and state-run enterprises are abandoning Windows in favour of 'open-source' or 'free' software, like Linux.
Linux vendor Red Hat is adding virtualisation technology to its offering of open source applications, chief executive Matthew Szulik told vnunet.com in an interview at the Red Hat Summit in New Orleans.
Some observers attribute the growth of Linux servers to the migration of lower-end platforms, such as old Windows NT or Novell file and print boxes, to Linux. The open source operating system is still at the periphery in enterprises and not in large data centers, they say.
From the Libranet website: Important Notice June 1st 2005 Libranet is sad to inform you that its founder and President, Jon Danzig, passed away this morning. In keeping with our traditions we will be closed until June 13th 2005 at which time Libranet will reopen. During this time emails may not be responded to and delivery of pre-ordered CDs will be delayed. Thank you for your understanding. Libranet GNU/Linux
Free and open-source software enthusiasts from around the Northwest headed to Bellingham recently for this annual event.
Like nearly every other person who has contributed to this series, I have tinkered around with my share of Linux distributions. I happened on Linux From Scratch (LFS) about an year and a half ago. With LFS, my choices run deep into the system -- into matters such as which shell to run, what feature of glibc to use, and how to tailor boot scripts. LFS 6.0, which is what I have built my system around, comes with gcc 3.4.1 (which is used to build everything else), a fairly recent CVS build of gcc 2.3.4 (which the LFS team provides for download), kernel 184.108.40.206, and udev.
Although not as versatile as a spreadsheet, table formulas in OOo Writer can help you automate more of your work.
Red Hat opens its first partner and customer get-together with a song, an announcement of the open-source rebirth of the Netscape Directory Server, and an odd dig at Sun.
The potential importance of open-source models is beginning to dawn on mainstream business and government. How companies and nations respond could help to determine who thrives in the growing know-ledge economy. Yet a high proportion of decision-makers is only dimly aware of what open-source is and why it matters.
Developers have been urged to pay more attention to issues such as support, documentation and roadmaps if they want companies to trust open source
At the Red Hat Summit, KeyWest Bank says open-source software has brought cost savings.
Search giant Google has announced a contest that is intended to introduce aspiring developers to open source software. To sweeten the pot, Google will give $4,500 to each student who completes an open source project. Several groups are participating, including Gnome, Apache and The Wine Project, among others.
Hear ye, hear ye: Over the last week, 20.02 percent of visitors to PCWorld.com have been using Firefox as their browser. I believe that's the first seven-day period in which the Little Browser That Could has surpassed 20 percent usage here. (It shot up to about 18 percent usage very quickly after its official release, and has been gaining more users at a much more leisurely pace in recent weeks.)
Application NewsThe Summer of Code is Google's program designed to introduce students to the world of Open Source Software Development. The open source model of software development is one of the most effective innovations of all time. Who doesn’t love the idea of great programmers working on their own time to crank out elegant code that benefits us all?
"At one point we had three separate network monitoring systems, three separate performance management tools and a plethora different scripts, web pages and command line tools. We sent out critical alerts by email, pager, and SMS, often to completely inappropriate people. The company was growing, and it looked like it was beginning to need a grown-up systems management tool, but which one...?"