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Camino 1.0 Released

Version 1.0 of the Gecko based native Mac OS X browser, Camino, has been released.

Introduction to CalDAV

Calendaring software, and in particular Microsoft Outlook, is frequently cited as a killer app that keeps would-be Linux users on Windows. As open source developers assault the calendaring problem, you will hear more and more about CalDAV, the calendaring and scheduling extensions to the WebDAV protocol. Let's see what makes it tick.

Eclipse CruiseControl and EPIC Perl debugs

This Eclipse tutorial gives you a high-level overview of how to use CruiseControl, Luntbuild, and Anthill with Eclipse. This tutorial shows you how the Eclipse Perl Integration (EPIC) plug-in for Eclipse can help you test Perl applications. One is a traditional Perl debugger, the other tests Perl regular expressions.

Finding the key to unlocking the Windows desktop

  • DesktopLinux.com; By Jan Stafford (Posted by tadelste on Feb 15, 2006 2:53 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Microsoft may not make flawless software, but its proprietary strategy is hard to fault, writes columnist Jan Stafford in a newly published TechTarget.com article. Specifically, Microsoft has mastered desktop lock-in, undermining users' confidence in alternatives and creating a slew of minor difficulties that irritate those who do switch, she added.

"Two themes dominate the stories I hear about the tribulations of using and adopting non-Microsoft business desktops: the difficulty in finding compatible hardware, and the stranglehold Microsoft Word has on users. In the last week, IT pros have shared their experiences with these two adoption inhibitors. They're representative of other stories I've heard," Stafford writes.

Sun's McNealy: Open Source Key To Security

Open source development is key to solving data center security problems, says Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy. Speaking Tuesday at the RSA conference in San Jose, Calif., McNealy said the world is becoming less private, with people's personal information flowing on all levels of day-to-day life.

Shuffle your music the smart way

Think of all the ways you interact with a computer each day. Any action you take, or even don't take, conveys some meaning. For example, when listening to your music collection, you might sometimes skip songs. What does that mean? There are a number of possibilities. Maybe you do not like the song that was playing, or it does not suit your current mood, or, possibly, you've listened to this song too much and would rather it be played less often. Is it possible to build a system that uses this information to learn which music you prefer and play it more often?

Does Open Source Matter? To IT, It Does, Says Nicholas Carr

  • InformationWeek; By Charles Babcock (Posted by tadelste on Feb 15, 2006 12:01 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Nicholas Carr, the Harvard Business Review editor-at-large who in 2004 authored the book "Does IT Matter?" said Tuesday that open source code is much more than a passing phenomenon and will form the base of future IT departments.

HP, Novell sign new open-source agreement

Novell will supply hardware maker with new Linux package.

When the Ombudsman Becomes Part of the Story

My mistake - I used the same link in both places for this article. The second link - to the new information - is as follows: http://www.consortiuminfo.org/newsblog/blog.php?ID=2044 My apologies

Palmsource Unveils New Linux-Based Palm OS

  • PC Magazine; By Sascha Segan (Posted by tadelste on Feb 14, 2006 9:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
PalmSource on Tuesday announced their long-awaited Linux-based handheld operating system, the Access Linux Platform (ALP), which will bring full Palm compatibility to handhelds with a Linux core.

Open-source chronicles: Oracle buys, Gentoo founder flies

Oracle wakes up to the charms of Sleepycat Software, Gentoo's Daniel Robbins exits Redmond's embrace, and more.

The X Window System

  • IBM DeveloperWorks (Posted by VISITOR on Feb 14, 2006 6:55 PM EDT)
In this tutorial (the last in a series of five tutorials on exam 101 topics), Ian Shields introduces you to the X Window System on Linux, and in doing so, continues preparing you to take the Linux Professional Institute Junior Level Administration (LPIC-1) Exam 101. Put the power of X into Linux by installing an X server, setting up an X, GNOME, or KDE display manager, and creating a window manager environment.

Developer: SQLite "Blunder Might Cause a Deadlock"

Arguably one of nature's more beautiful creations, SQLite has been a blessing for harried network managers and developers across Techdom. The combination of freeware with quality, elegance, scalability and an "anything goes" license, SQLite is a very hard act to follow. It has just one little problem that sounds like it's driving SQLite's developer nuts: multithreading. Here's hoping this weeks' revision fixes it.

When the Ombudsman Becomes Part of the Story

It was on December 12, 2006 that Boston Globe ombudsman Richard Chacon promised to investigate how the article by Steve Kurkjian that helped to drive Peter Quinn from office came to be written. What's happened since then? As the reporters say, "Repeated requests for comment have remained unanswered"

Sun GPLs Latest UltraSPARC

The company is releasing its UltraSPARC Architecture 2005 and HyperVisor API specifications to open source under the GPL. (Linux-Watch)

About the Firefox "memory leak"

A lot of people complain about the Firefox "memory leak(s)". All versions of Firefox no doubt leak memory - it is a common problem with software this complicated. We look to fix the issues where we can. David Baron and others have done a huge amount of excellent work in this area.

Oracle Bags Sleepycat

Oracle said Tuesday it bought open-source database company Sleepycat for an undisclosed sum, marking another step by the company known for its proprietary database software to expand its open-source offerings, which are typically lower cost.

Microsoft and Open Source: Two Tales

  • http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/; By Glyn Moody (Posted by glynmoody on Feb 14, 2006 3:40 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Gentoo
Two recent stories – the decision of Gentoo creator Daniel Robbins to leave Microsoft, and the latter's "technical collaboration" with the open source company SugarCRM – have something important in common.

Debian Weekly News - February 14th, 2006

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by tadelste on Feb 14, 2006 3:39 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Debian Weekly News

Postgresql's enterprise adoption boosted

Further evidence emerged today of Open Source software's move from its traditional stronghold, network infrastructures, into the mission-critical application space. Sirius Corporation, leading European Open Source services provider, has been charged with supporting PostgreSQL for global datawarehouse Pindar Set, in the UK and US.

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