The focus of the 22nd Annual Computer Olympiad, supported by the Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA) and Standard Bank, has shifted to the open source programming language Python.
The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox browser is without a doubt an open source software success story. One of its strengths is the active development community that works to expand and improve the browser's functionality through the development of Firefox extensions -- small applications that add functionality to Firefox. Here are a few of my favorite extensions, all tested with Firefox 1.0.1 on Windows XP and Mandrakelinux.
W3schools has updated their website browser statistics, and the good news is that Firefox has jumped up another 2% in the past month to just a tiny bit less then 24 percent of their overall visitors.
One challenge of Linux is finding a way to use it because few computers come with the operating system already installed. Using a Linux-based operating system such as Linspire (formerly Lindows) has its advantages, such as few worries about viruses and spyware. But most users must install it as a “dual boot” with another operating system.
SugarCRM is offering a new version of its core application this week that adds campaign management, E-mail marketing, sales forecasting, and wireless support.
Over the past several weeks, Tom Lane has been working on replacing our old Cache Management Alorithm (ARC) with a new, patent free one (2Q). In order to reduce the number of 8.x deployments out there that are using the old manager, we have just released 8.0.2, and encourage adminstrators to upgrade at their earliest convience.
As the market for software becomes bullish, a lot of attention is being showered on new open source development tools and frameworks. The star example today is the Eclipse Foundation's namesake IDE.
VIA has posted open source drivers for its graphics chipsets, part of its project to encourage the use of Linux with its EPIA embedded x86 platform. The chipset maker said it had made driver code available for S3 Graphics' UniChrome family of graphics cores integrated into its CLE266, CN400, PM800 and PM880 North Bridge components. The drivers support Linux kernel 2.6.x.
Being the best doesn't always mean being the most popular. We all know of many inferior products that are immensely, sometimes perplexingly, popular. However, this does not mean that one must forsake the pursuit of excellence when pursuing a broad market share. As proponents of open source software, it should not be beneath us to pursue popularity or to look to proprietary developers as examples. And by following the right examples, we can help spread the usage of open source software without sacrificing the goal of software excellence.
Following Friday's release of Ubuntu Linux 5.04, Ian Murdock, founder of the Debian project, told internetnews.com: 'Ubuntu's popularity is a net negative for Debian.' He explained: 'It's diverged so far from Sarge that packages built for Ubuntu often don't work on Sarge. And given the momentum behind Ubuntu, more and more packages are being built like this. The result is a potential compatibility nightmare.' Ian suggests a method for averting crisis on his blog."
I Have frequently been asked, "How did you get started with Linux?". The following is the near epic tale of my transformation from mindless Windows drone to open source zealot.
Linare Professional is a commercial GNU/Linux distribution based on Fedora Core. It is themed to look and feel like Windows XP and aims to be a full-featured well-integrated desktop OS. Sadly, I've found it offers little more value than Fedora Core, and that value comes at a cost.
Citing desires for both a "new identity" and an end to possible legal liability, Mandrakesoft changed its name to “Mandriva” last week, not long after announcing a merger with Conectiva and many details of a future product roadmap. Some members of the Linux community are unhappy about the changes, but Mandriva has plans to make the changes more palatable.
I'm sure that there is the occasional Windows user that strolls by here wondering "Why would anyone use Linux?". The answer to this question is obvious to most Linux users, but not obvious to Windows users. Most Windows users have never used Linux for a reasonable period of time to rule it out over Windows. I have used both of them and so far, Linux is proving to be better in more ways than one.
Template for open source code will handle international issues.
I have espoused the cause of Ingres for some time and, especially, I have commended Computer Associates' decision to take the Ingres database into the open source community.
One of the most famous Linux distributions, Red Hat, has all the reasons to be proud because of the association with several European top companies that operate in the financial and insurance segments.
The latest version of the Debian offshoot includes software for creating customised CDs you can run the OS from.
Most SMBs and enterprise customers deploying Windows Server 2003 find its quality, performance and reliability equal to or better than Linux, according to the Yankee Groups's latest study, its Linux-Windows 2005 TCO Comparison Survey. Yankee, reports Maureen O'Gara, "says that Linux is having trouble displacing Windows Server, XP and Office in both the SMB and enterprise markets - a finding that isn't going to win it any friends among the open source zealots, who tends to treat such observations about as impersonally as if you said their mothers wear army boots."
Microsoft and Canadian police launch an open-source system that helps find connections between cases of child exploitation.