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STMicroelectronics Releases OpenMAX IP Open Source Sample

The Khronos Group, a member funded industry consortium, has confirmed that STMicroelectronics has released an open source implementation of OpenMAX IL, a standardised API (Application Programming Interface) that will enable Linux software developers and ISVs to develop their own OpenMAX components, including video I/O and audio mixers.

Eclipse comes last in quality vote

Joins NetBeans

The increasingly popular Eclipse open source tools framework has finished in last place, with Sun Microsystems' NetBeans, in a developers' vote on quality of features.

Trolltech Releases Qt 4.2 Technology Preview

"Trolltech announced the release of a technology preview of Qt 4.2 – the upcoming new version of its leading framework for high performance cross-platform application development – to its commercial and open source developer community for feedback. The final release of Qt 4.2 is currently scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2006." 4.2 adds a new canvas, SVG support and improved integration with GTK, CUPS and DBus. Their What's New document includes the full details or just download it directly.

ReviewLinux.Com: Xandros 4 and Codeweavers Crossover Office

  • ReviewLinux.Com; By Michael Perks ( (Posted by ReviewLinux on Jul 5, 2006 12:57 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups: Linux, Xandros
Installing Microsoft's Word on Xandros 4 Home Edition - Premium with Codeweavers Crossover Office. Still using Word but want the security of Linux? Get Xandros 4 bundled with Codeweavers Crossover Office and all your problems will be solved.

[I just don't use Microsoft Word. That solves all my problems. But hey, each to his own - dcparris]

KDE Edition of GUI Testing Tool Squish

  • KDE Dot News; By Harri Porten (Posted by dcparris on Jul 5, 2006 12:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: KDE
froglogic GmbH today announced the availability of Squish/KDE. Squish/KDE is a free of charge edition of the Qt GUI testing tool Squish to create and run tests on applications developed for the popular K Desktop Environment. Squish offers a versatile testing framework with a choice of popular test scripting languages (Python, JavaScript and Tcl) extended by test-specific functions, open interfaces, add-ons, integrations into test management systems, a powerful IDE aiding the creation and debugging of tests and a set of command line tools facilitating fully automated test runs.

Music industry prepares lawsuit against Yahoo China

World's biggest music companies preparing a copyright infringement lawsuit as part of effort to crack down on piracy.

Suselinux Desktop ready in July: Novell

It appears that we're not having a good week with vendors. Novell has expressed mild annoyance at our article alleging that the company is late with the release its latest whizz bang desktop product, Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 10. In fact, the product is dead on time, according to Novell.

Debian Weekly News - July 4th, 2006

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze (Posted by dcparris on Jul 4, 2006 9:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter; Groups: Debian
Welcome to this year's 27th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. Andreas Barth [1]announced that four more assistants have been added to the release team. There are [2]rumours to start a port of Debian to the recently freed [3]Minix 3 operating system. Steve Kemp [4]noted that he has become a full member of the security team recently which now consists of four full members.

Open Source Lab Simile Releases AJAX Timeline Tool

Simile, a joint project between W3C and MIT, released an AJAX tool for vizualization of time-based events. Creators of the appropriately named Timeline describe it as "DHTML-based AJAXy widget... like Google Maps for time-based information."

Vcs expect open source to be default option

Open source software represents a better bet for venture capital firms than traditionally licensed software, according to representatives of three VC firms gathered at the recent Open Source Business Conference in London.

Bluedot PMP runs Linux, loves people

  • Digital World Tokyo; By J Mark Lytle (Posted by dcparris on Jul 4, 2006 6:17 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Japan's Bluedot and Korea's Digital Cube have put their heads together and come up with a rather nifty Linux-based PMP with a 30GB hard-drive and lots more goodness inside.

Univention goes GPL

Univention, a Bremen-based integration and consulting company, today announced that it will release its Univention Corporate Server under the GPL from now on.

IBM 182, SCO 0

Linux enthusiasts breathed a huge sigh of relief last week as almost two-thirds of the SCO group's case against IBM was booted out of court because of lack of specific evidence.

[Sigh of relief? Try something more along the lines of "In your face, SCO!" Possibly some un-informed CIO's were relieved. However, the rest of us fully expected as much. - dcparris]

Happy Independence Day

We're taking the day off to celebrate the US Independence Day holiday. We intend to reflect on traditional American values such as freedom of speech and religion, fairness, justice, respect for the rule of law, the right to pursue happiness, standing up for the underdog, and taking responsibility for one's actions. We suggest other US residents do the same, and hold their elected leaders to the same if not higher standards. Then we suggest everyone have a barbecue and watch some fireworks.

LugRadio Live returns

More geekiness than you could shake a light-sabre at

After the success of last summer's bash, the founders of the geektastic* radio show LugRadio are holding another live event for the open source community.…

Gtk+ 2.10.0 Now Available

The latest stable release of GTK+ is now available for download at

Thin clients and network desktops

  • Free Software Magazine; By David Sugar (Posted by dcparris on Jul 4, 2006 2:10 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: GNU, Linux
I read an interesting article in LinuxJournal on setting up thin clients recently. I have always liked the idea of having a server and using X in one of the ways it was originally meant to be used, but so far, no article has offered a clear idea how to integrate and support serving a mixed environment of thin clients and traditional desktop or laptop machines together conveniently.

Postfix Monitoring With Mailgraph And pflogsumm

This article describes how you can monitor your Postfix mailserver with the tools Mailgraph and pflogsumm. Mailgraph creates daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly graphs of sent, received, bounced, and rejected emails and also of spam and viruses, if SpamAssassin and ClamAV are integrated into Postfix. These graphs can be accessed with a browser, whereas pflogsumm ("Postfix Log Entry Summarizer") can be used to send reports of Postfix activity per email.

IT set to dominate European patents debate

Initial findings published, hearing next week

The European Commission has published the initial findings from its public consultation on Europe's patent system, revealing deep divisions within the business community on how best to proceed, but also a consensus that something must be done.

Linux cuts Kent Police system costs by 90%

Kent Police has cut the cost of running its major criminal investigations system by 90% using Novell Open Enterprise Server, the company's version of SuSE Linux.

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