“Public-funded software must be open to the public and sharing of knowledge only enhances its richness,” said Italian senator Fiorello Cortiana at a four-nation international conference on Free Software which began at the Technopark here on Saturday. The two-day conference is being organised by the Society for the Promotion of Alternative Computing and Environment (SPACE), Hipatia and the Free Software Foundation-India.
This article by Howard Fosdick, author of the Rexx: Programmer's Reference, tells you everything you need to know to get started using Rexx on your Linux desktop. Linux features powerful scripting languages like Bash and Perl, but these may not be suitable for end user scripting. Rexx, on the other hand, has proven ideal for desktop Linux users, according to Fosdick, yet it combines both ease of use and power, and is available in a three basic forms including procedural ("classic" Rexx), object-oriented, and Java-compatible versions.
It's obvious -- Linux has become an attractive option for non-x86 platforms. Why? In the early days, Linux ran on just a narrow range of systems, mostly processors compatible with the Intel 80386 processor. But the drive to get the first shell prompt on a new piece of hardware motivates people to do crazy things, targeting a variety of processors that "everyone knows" are not viable Linux platforms, such as handheld computers, watches, game consoles, and a variety of workstations and servers.
Microsoft and the entertainment industry's holy grail of controlling copyright through the motherboard has moved a step closer with Intel Corp. now embedding digital rights management within in its latest dual-core processor Pentium D and accompanying 945 chipset.
A couple of weeks ago we were speculating about the possibilities of a Certified Novell Engineer educational track for Open Enterprise Server. I mentioned the possibility of somehow combining the NetWare 6 CNE with the Certified Linux Engineer certification Novell offers for SuSE Linux (NetWare and SuSE are the two components of OES).
O'Reilly has published a book on the classic Unix art of shell scripting. "Classic Shell Scripting" describes common Linux tools and shows how to use bash to combine them into scripts that can automate simple and complex tasks.
This installment in LinuxDevices.com's "Executive Interview" series explores PalmSource's plans with respect to morphing Palm OS into a middleware and application stack that runs on top of Linux, with an aim of targeting mobile phones and other wireless-enabled devices.
The Linux based tools from IBM’s software group uses the Eclipse framework as a vehicle for delivering a number of Security Management solutions.
Founder Larry Lessig joins African counterparts to launch South African chapter of organisation working to challenge and re-define the notion of intellectual property rights.
The amazing creative frenzy that characterizes Linux is both a blessing and a curse: a blessing in providing a multitude of different Linux distributions to choose from, and a curse in providing a multitude of different Linux distributions to choose from.
The next edition of the most popular open-source software license, the GPL, may show up sooner than expected and will cover patents, says primary author Eben Moglen.
First-round voting now open.
Daniel Molkentin, from the beautiful city of Königswinter in Germany, is one of the maintainers of Kontact and has also been involved in many other parts of KDE. He is one of the developers visiting the NL-PIM meeting this weekend. This meeting, sponsored by NLnet, Trolltech, NLUUG and many more companies, will allow Daniel and the other KDE-PIM developers to get together to further improve the KDE-PIM applications and framework. In this interview we talk about Daniel's involvement in Kontact development, the NL-PIM meeting and future plans for KDE-PIM.
One of the biggest difficulties in migrating from Windows to Linux is the lack of knowledge about comparable software. Newbies usually search for Linux analogs of Windows software, and advanced Linux-users cannot answer their questions since they often don't know too much about Windows :). New list of Linux equivalents / replacements / analogs of Windows software is ready to use.
Can't we all just get along? The answer is no, we can't, so we'd better at least be polite about it.
Did you know that your new WiFi-equipped iPAQ can be used as a VoIP communicator? How about your Linux notebook? Rob Reilly continues his series on PDA/Linux interoperability with this look at Skype.
Open source software is gaining favour among developers so much so that even the government departments are now looking at getting into this development mode. As a prelude, the Anna University in Chennai, too has announced its plans to set up the first national resource centre on free and open source software soon.
The move away from one-size-fits-all licensing is a hot topic at the LinuxWorld show. However, analysts say that the real changes in open-source software development may be coming from the enterprise businesses that support it.
Ah, the days of plain-text everything are long gone, what with media files (hooray!) and encumbered binary blobs (boo!). Is the solution to give up your comfortable, efficient, and effective text-based tools? No way. Philip Hollenback proposes that you can render any data format to meaningful text for mail reading, indexing, and more. Here's how.
IBM, Toshiba and Sony plan on releasing full specifications and software libraries in an attempt to get support from the Open Source community.