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Seven RFID Organizations Support Open-Source

A group of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology organizations today announced their support for the open-source development of EPCglobal-compliant Low-Level Reader Protocol (LLRP) software libraries, which enable EPCglobal UHF Gen 2 communications via the LLRP universal reader-to-network interface. Linuxlookup.com has more on the seven RFID organizations supporting Open-Source.

Inside One Laptop per Child: Episode 04

Episode 04 takes us on location in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Where the first batches of XOs have been delivered and deployed. Meet the teachers using the laptops in the classroom. Where besides doing daily assignments on the machines, some students have already learned programing. Local culture has permeated the project, and as a veteran school principal explains, an improved education is set to equip a new generation of Brazilian citizens.

Red Hat flags OSI offenders on partner site

Sometimes being the open source software leader means distancing yourself from open source claims. Red Hat has bowed to pressure and improved the way it describes partner software licenses on the Red Hat Exchange (RHX). The licenses of companies such as SugarCRM, Zimbra and Alfresco used to be buried on the RHX site, requiring interested customers to spend considerable time finding the documentation. This hide-the-license policy angered some open source advocates who argued that Red Hat gave the misleading impression that all RHX vendors had Open Source Initiative (OSI)-approved licenses. Now, Red Hat is working to banish broad "open source software" claims from the RHX marketplace.

Ubuntu Studio supports serious audio, adds little for video and graphics

Ubuntu Studio bills itself as the"multimedia creation flavor of Ubuntu," an official Ubuntu project"aimed at the GNU/Linux audio, video, and graphic enthusiast as well as professional." It is certainly flashy on the outside -- even if it is mostly the same Ubuntu Linux distro under the hood.

SugarCRM trades badgeware for GPL 3

SugarCRM has transformed from open source whipping boy to free software hero – in an instant. The software maker revealed today that it will release the upcoming Sugar Community Edition 5.0 – due in beta in two weeks – under Version 3 of the General Public License (GPL). This makes SugarCRM one of the biggest names to back the Free Software Foundation-led revision of the popular GPL. The move also distances SugarCRM from its own attribution-style license used with previous versions of its software, which has received criticism for failing to meet Open Source Initiative (OSI) approval.

Fork a kernel, kill an "OS" and revolutionize the desktop

"The news of Con Kolivas, a Linux kernel developer, quitting that role, along with an interview in which he explains why, could and should make loud noises around the Free Software community which is often touting GNU/Linux as the best operating system one could use, and not just because of freedom you have with it. In the interview he says certain things which should cause tectonic shifts in the mindset that we have all been having. Why didn't we realize these things before?"

Zero Configuration Computing: A Reality in Linux

  • MadPenguin.org; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 25, 2007 4:15 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Flash drives running Linux are not a new concept. Simply install the portable distro of choice onto the removable drive, connect to a target computer, set to boot from USB and enjoy. Earlier today, I came across Calao's USB-9260. Taking the ARM-based Linux approach, I found myself thinking about the possibilities of taking Linux computing to a completely different level.

The envelope, please . . .

  • Larry the Open Source Guy blog; By Larry Cafiero (Posted by lcafiero on Jul 25, 2007 3:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial, Humor
The Oscars. The Emmys. The Grammys. And the award for excellence in promoting FUD? The Elmers, of course. Larry the Open Source Guy makes his nominations, and more are requested.

Learn the Linux command line

Eight must-know Linux commands that will turn any Linux novice into an apparent command line guru. Go on. Impress your friends and family.

Confirm your seat for August LPI exams

Linux Professional Institute (LPI) exams will be held on August 11 and the organisers have asked that all people wishing to write confirm by the end of this week

Streaming Satellite Channels with Linux for IPTV

Nowadays the main source of digital TV channels is receiving them from satellites using DVB-S technology. This method is noteworthy for simplicity of deploying and variety of multimedia content available on satellites. You can create a Linux-based IPTV streamer (a server that receives satellite channels and multicasts them into your LAN) using some free and/or commercial tools.

Lafarge cements use of Linux firewall

Lafarge Africa have awarded a contract to Jeshurun Consulting to deploy the Linux-based Smoothwall firewall solution at its various sites through out Africa.

Filtering PDF-/XLS-/Image-Spam With ClamAV (And ISPConfig) On Debian/Ubuntu

There is currently a lot of spam where the spam information is attached as .pdf or .xls files, sometime also hidden inside a .zip file. While these spam mails are not easy to catch with e.g. SpamAssassin or a Bayes filter, the ClamAV virus scanner can catch them easily when it is fed with the correct signatures as ClamAV is built to scan mail attachments.

Building the ultimate Linux-based home entertainment system

This article describes how to build your own silent, fast, eco-friendly Linux-based PC for use in a digital music listening system. The PC is based on a high-end Via mini-ITX board, passively cooled case with heatpipe technology, Debian Linux, and a little creative embedded elbow grease.

Launchpad PPA: Service: Software Development the Ubuntu Way

During the Ubuntu Live Conference in Portland, Ore., Canonical announced the beta release of its Launchpad PPA (Personal Package Archive) service, a new way for developers to build and publish packages of their code, documentation, artwork, themes and other contributions to free software.

Linux Foundation names new CTO

The Linux Foundation today announced Markus Rex will become its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and lead its Linux Standard Base (LSB) initiative and other standardization and technical initiatives for the foundation.

Linux powered OLPC unable to hit $100 target price

Unfortunately, it looks as if the dream ticket price tag of $100 will not be reached during the initial production run. Despite using open source software and a back to basics Linux powered OS, the Taiwan produced machine will actually cost $175 it would appear.

Mandriva 2007 Spring Version Review: Part I

  • OSWeekly.com; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jul 25, 2007 5:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Mandriva
Considering the fact that everyone has Ubuntu-fever, with PCLinuxOS as a close second, I thought it might be fun to check in on Mandriva (once known as Mandrake), to see how their latest beginner-friendly distribution is doing.

Linux most prefered than Windows

LONDON, UK: Alfresco Software, Inc., provider of open source enterprise content management has announced the immediate availability of its first-ever global survey of trends in the use of open source software in the enterprise. The Alfresco open source barometer survey, conducted April through June 2007 using opt-in data provided by 10,000 of the 15,000 Alfresco community members, showed that Windows is increasingly a popular evaluation platform for open source software but most enterprises use Linux when they go into production. “The survey shows there is a clear leader at each level of the open source stack but also indicates an increasing trend for organizations to adopt a mixed stack, combining both open source and proprietary software, to enable use of best of breed components,” said Ian Howells, CMO, Alfresco Software Inc.

Next major PC company to go Linux will be HP

People used to think the very idea that a major PC vendor would offer desktop Linux was beyond a joke. It was, as Vizzini from The Princess Bride would have said, "Inconceivable!" But, as events turned out, to quote Inigo Montoya from the same movie, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." HP will soon be joining Dell in offering at least one Linux desktop line in its SKU sales listing. Here's why I believe this.

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