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People Behind KDE: Pino Toscano

For the next interview in the fortnightly People Behind KDE series we travel back to Europe, visiting Italy to meet someone who wants to enable you to read your documents and help you to do the math, who's "fiery" passion for KDE may be linked to his location - tonight's star of People Behind KDE is Pino Toscano.

Kubuntu-based Pioneer Linux turns 2.0

Techalign has released version 2.0 of its Kubuntu-based Pioneer Linux desktop. The new version features a 2.6.17 kernel and the KDE 3.5.4 desktop, extensive support for multimedia, and Automatix, which automates the installation and uninstallation of many popular applications.

OpenMRS to Participate in Google Summer of Code 2007

TheOpenMRS organization isannouncing they they are participating in the 2007 Google Summer of Code:"Computer science students, need a summer job? Have you ever imagined that writing code could save lives? Why not apply to OpenMRS for the Google Summer of Code 2007?..." Read On for the complete announcement and how to apply.

Google SoC 2007 - we're in, sign up quickly!

We've been notified today that Debian has been accepted again as one of the mentoring organisations for the Google Summer of Code[1]. There's now just over a week for students and mentors to find each other and work out the projects that will be worked on this summer. If you want to get involved as a mentor or a student, you don't have very long. We're also still actively looking for more project ideas - what would you like somebody to spend several months on, working full-time to help improve Debian?

New MA Governor Proposes New – and Smaller – IT Bond Bill

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 16, 2007 4:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type:
Deval Patrick, the Commonwealth's new governor, yesterday introduced a $1.47 billion "emergency" bonding bill, intended to cover a broad range of local and statewide projects, including a measure of funding for upgrading the state's IT infrastructure. This is the funding that State CIOs Peter Quinn and Louis Gutierrez resigned over - and that the legislature failed to provide last year. But the new bill would only restore a fraction of what is needed.

Lightning Fast Programs with the SPU of Cell BE

Write optimal code for Cell BE processor’s synergistic processing unit (SPU) and have your programs running lightning fast. This installment of the Cell BE processor series covers SIMD vector programming, branch elimination and hinting techniques, loop unrolling, and instruction scheduling. Part 1 gives an introduction to Linux on the PLAYSTATION 3, while Part 2 shows you how to program the SPE’s of Sony PS3, and Part 3 dives further into the SPE’s of Cell BE.

Analysis: Why EABI matters

  • LinuxDevices.com; By Andres Calderon and Nelson Castillo (Posted by dcparris on Mar 16, 2007 2:31 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Debian
Foreword: -- This article describes the floating point performance benefits of the ARM EABI (embedded application binary interface), which now has its own Debian port. The authors use an open source floating point benchmark to compare how compiling with EABI support can improve floating point performance.

Report: Symantec Takes On Virtualization Management Across Environments

With its announcements this week around virtualization and Red Hat Linux, Symantec is moving beyond a past strategy of providing tools for multiple OS to a new vision of managing multiple virtualization environments. In this emerging area of heterogenuous virtualization management, Symantec is also bound to face plenty of competition from companies ranging from Microsoft to VMware and XenSource. But Symantec is well up to the challenge, according to some analysts who are deeply steeped in virtualization technologies.

Ubuntu 5.10 reaches end-of-life

  • http://debian-news.net; By Christian Pfeiffer Jensen (Posted by cj2003 on Mar 16, 2007 12:37 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Ubuntu
Ubuntu announced the release of 5.10 almost 18 months ago, on October 13th. The support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 5.10 will reach end of life on Friday April 13th 2007.

Libervis Network joins the open mobile revolution

"This announcement marks the official launch of the third web site being added to Libervis Network, MobiLiberty.com, a project of promoting Free Software and Free Standards in the world of mobile devices, from phones to mp3 (and ogg) players to various other mobile gadgets."

Novell-Microsoft agreement delays GPLv3

The November 2006 agreement between Microsoft and Novell is delaying the release of the final draft of the third version of the GNU General Public License (GPLv3), says Peter Brown, the executive director of the Free Software Foundation (FSF).

Early Bird Ends March 22 for Gelato ICE

Register now for Gelato ICE: Itanium(r) Conference & Expo, which will take place April 15-18, 2007, at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, California.

Open source video editing still has a long way to go

  • Linux.com; By Robin 'Roblimo' Miller (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Mar 15, 2007 8:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Once or twice a year I look at FOSS video editing tools to see if they're ready for everyday use by advanced amateur and low-end professional video makers, which is where I classify myself in the video production hierarchy. There have been several notable improvements recently that have moved FOSS video editing tools a little closer to practicality, but FOSS desktop video editing still has a long way to go before it can be taken seriously by people who need to turn out high-quality video productions on tight deadlines.

Pharmacy system using Ubuntu to fight AIDS

Written in Java and released under the GPL, iDART (intelligent Dispensing of Antiretroviral Treatment) is a pharmacy system designed for use at antiretroviral (ARV) pharmacies in the public health sector. Initially distributed only as software, it was generally implemented on machines using Windows. Due to issues of reliability and security, Cell-Life have created iDART-in-a-box, which is a complete system running on Ubuntu Linux.

Server via Plug-and-Play: The Collax Software Development Kit

The SDK enables a fast and simple integration of Linux-based applications in the Collax Solution Platform

EFI and ZFS

I have a 1TB RAID array that has to be moved from my one remaining Solaris machine (which will no longer boot) to a Linux machine. I was expecting that - as with the other disk which has undergone the same process - this would appear as a SunOS usr disk and partition, which I could then mount read-only and dump elsewhere before reformatting the disk as ext3 & dumping it back again.

Flash and Search Engine Optimization

Many web pages nowadays are embellished with Flash animation products and then the problem of Flash Search Engine Optimization arises and it is indeed a very serious matter in terms of conversion and web site profitability.

Shopping with the Mozilla Amazon Browser

Amazon.com is the most popular online retailer. While you can, of course, access the site with any browser, developer Fabio Serra has created Mozilla Amazon Browser (MAB), a browser-based application that relies on Mozilla's XML User Interface Language (XUL) technology to implement its graphical user interface.

XML and Java: Data binding in 1,000 varieties

Beyond using XML as a simple data format, data binding is one of the most popular uses of XML. It allows even beginner programmers to work with XML in a native programming language, and in many cases doesn't require any XML expertise at all. This article introduces some discussion topics to start you thinking about how you use XML and data binding with Java.

Foresight Linux 1.1, with GNOME 2.18.0

  • foresightlinux.org; By Ken VanDine (Posted by kenvandine on Mar 15, 2007 2:41 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNOME, Linux
Looking for GNOME 2.18? Find it in Foresight 1.1 or just try out the Live Demos.

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