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People Behind KDE: Frans Englich

Tonight the People Behind KDE interview series brings to you a half-interview with Frans Englich, only half because he could not find a photo to submit. This man is a KDE developer whose most recent work is on KDOM and XSLT. Because the Commit Digest is back at the weekend, People Behind KDE will be moving to a new mid-week slot from now on.

Brazil's free software forum: wrap-up

When you go to any hotbed of free software development in Latin America, such as the Fórum Internacional Software Livre (international free software forum) I attended this week in Brazil, it’s clear that Richard Stallman is the hero and the flagship personality. Quotes from his speeches turn up first on every web site discussing the conference, stereotyped likenesses of his signature hair style appear on posters, and supporters line up to pay five reais–a bargain compared to what he charges in Europe!–to get their photo taken with the real article. (The money all goes directly to the Free Software Foundation, so the charge is meant as a fund-raiser, and also–I suspect–to cut down on tiresome time-wasting.)

Home News New Version of Open Source AJA ...

  • JavaScriptSearch (press release); By Press Release (Posted by dcparris on Apr 23, 2006 1:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
ZK is an open source Web development framework that enables Web applications to have both rich user experiences and low development cost. ZK includes an Ajax-based event-driven engine, rich sets of XUL and XHTML components, and a markup language. Live demo is available at .

Beyond Plug& Play

Monday at 1:00, at theDesktop Linux Summit in San Diego, I'm going to give a talk titledPlug'n' Pray to Plug'n' Play: What's it Going to Take? If you follow that last link, you'll find no details. I'm looking for your help with that, fellow Linux Journalistas.

Solaris Whoops Red Hat Linux 4 in MySQL Benchmark

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – (NASDAQ:SUNW) Sun has announced new benchmark results involving the performance of the open source MySQL database running online transaction processing (OLTP) workload on 8-way Sun Fire™ V40z servers. The testing, which measured the performance of both read/write and read-only operations, showed that MySQL 5.0.18 running on the Solaris™ 10 Operating System (OS) executed the same functions up to 64 percent faster in read/write mode and up to 91 percent faster in read-only mode than when it ran on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Advanced Server Edition OS.

Open Source Strategy Unveiled by Data Management Platform Firm

  • (Posted by dcparris on Apr 22, 2006 10:35 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Cupertino, California - (The Hosting News) - April 21, 2006 - Data management platform company, Solid Information Technology (Solid), has released a new open source strategy. Solid is adapting its transaction processing (OLTP) storage engine to work with MySQL Server, in order to allow businesses to adopt open source relational databases for mission-critical applications.

When Microsoft-Lovers Bash Microsoft

Opinion: If you think I'm hard on Microsoft, just wait until you see what Microsoft's employees and friends have to say about it!

Rightnow CEO Brings Bootstrapping Message to MySQL Users ...

  • Yahoo! News (press release); By Press Release (Posted by dcparris on Apr 22, 2006 8:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release; Groups: MySQL
Greg Gianforte Encourages Next Generation of Software Entrepreneurs to Start and Grow Market-Driven Businesses Without Venture Capital

My Computer, Isn't The Computer, Anymore

Protecting non-technical users from the Linux file system tree and simplifying their ability to find and access their network, disks, drives, and documents is a primary concern. So too, is increasing their perception of knowing where they are at all times. A simplified method of achieving these goals on all GNU/Linux based systems is suggested in this article (w/screenshots). to Support Open Source Web Builder, Ruby on Rails

  • Cheap Web Hosting Directory (Posted by dcparris on Apr 22, 2006 5:42 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Scottsdale, Arizona - (Cheap Web Hosting Directory) - April 21, 2006 -, the No. 1 registrar of domain names worldwide, now supports open source framework, Ruby on Rails.


We're thrilled to announce that free software movement/GNU project founder Richard Stallman will be giving the Friday keynote at HOPE Number Six, scheduled for July 21-23 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. To register for the conference, head over to our registration page.

Why you shouldn't wait for the perfect open source Windows-apps replacement

Last issue we began to explore the issues involved in moving from a Windows-based desktop with Microsoft proprietary apps to a Linux desktop with open source apps. Novell had announced a project to do that internally back in March 2004, and has now moved all of its employees to a Linux desktop - albeit for the majority of them one that can dual boot to Windows. One reason could be the unavailability of open source apps that include all of the functionality of the Microsoft apps they would replace, and we talked about that in the last issue.

Open Letter: How the FOSS Community May Help Disabled Users

Accessibility is crucial for FOSS to succeed. Here is a practical proposal for all FOSS supporters worldwide.

Will Oracle Really Do Linux? (podcast)

"Hi, my name is Oracle and I'll be your Linux company today." In this Cyber Cynic podcast, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols asks, will Oracle really try to become a Linux power?

Mozilla Receives Over 280 Community Produced Videos

Mozilla announced yestreday that it has received over 280 community-created videos promoting Firefox as entries to the Firefox Flicks marketing campaign. Firefox is the award-winning, free Web browser from Mozilla that has been downloaded over 160 million times.

Open source provides opportunity, challenge for developing world

Open source software and development can push governments of developing nations ahead in the world, but only if they participate as producers of the technology themselves, United Nations University (UNU) researchers say. While they say developing regions such as China, East Asia, India, and South America are among the biggest markets for open source software, UNU officials worry that there may be too few open source developers in those regions.

[Sure. Let's keep the proprietary software vendors in there so we can keep them in a state of dependence. Let's teach them now to depend on vendors who break promises and fail to solve problems. Throw some money at them to placate them in the meanwhile. Free Software is a reaction against proprietary software. To miss that is to miss the whole point. - dcparris]

What Would You Do If You Found a GPL Violator

What would you do if you found someone who was violating the GNU GPL? Would you report them? I should probably tell the story first.

[This guy wants to bring about a peacful resolution to a violation of the GPL. Click the Read More Link to see what LXer says. - DC Parris]

Linux Consortia, Take 3

This week, three East Asian companies announced a joint venture to create a new enterprise-level Linux distro called — are you ready? — Asianux.

How Google is pushing the Linux envelope.

  LXer Feature: 20-Apr-06

I am a member of the Phoenix Linux Users Group or PLUG, and at our last meeting Google gave a presentation on how Linux is used at Google. Vince and Pat explained what Linux is used for and many of the challenges they have faced in pushing the Linux envelope.

FOSS Community to Microsoft: Earn Our Trust

  LXer Feature: 21-Jan-06

Last week, LXer Editor-in-Chief, Don Parris had strong words for Microsoft's Port 25 project. He suggested that Microsoft's appalling behavior has left a credibility gap that would hurt their Port 25 effort. The question remains whether Microsoft can or will change their behavior. Can Microsoft earn the trust of the FOSS Community? Will they even try?

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