Being on the Front page of the Business section of The Indianapolis Star was a big deal for Linux. Not just the story of Tux500...that's not the story that's being told. It's the story of a community working together to accomplish a common goal that is capturing the imagination of Hundreds of Thousands. Now, can we officially make that "millions"?
If you define the problem as “A product 100% binary, bug for bug, compatible with Excel that releases new versions at the same time as Excel” you kinda stop even the hope of migrating someday in the future, because that ain’t possible. — jmorris2 on LWN’s “A think tank’s view of free software” Proprietary software companies such as Microsoft have their own source code and they have unencumbered access to read any free software source code they wish—without incurring any legal obligation to distribute their source code. If they truly wanted interoperability, they could pursue it anytime.
Nine years after version 2.0 of the popular open source bug-tracking system was launched, Bugzilla 3.0 has been released with the same statement as its predecessor, "We like the new version much better, and hope you will too."
Rhodes University Students will this weekend join a day-long Translate@thon to translate the open source Horde webmail application into the indigenous Xhosa language.
Robin Cover's XML Daily Newslink yesterday included a note on the formation of the Concordia Working Group by the Liberty Alliance Project (LAP). The story caught my eye for three reasons: it addresses a real problem, it's using an increasingly common approach to do so, and it's advancing the state of the art at the same time in a new and interesting way. I'd like to look at each of those reasons in greater detail.
Linuxfest Northwest has been an annual event since 1999 held at Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham Washington which is approximately 90 miles North of Seattle. To allow for the largest participation, it is held on a weekend. Linuxfest Northwest 2007 was held on April 28-29th and was attended by approximately 900 people.
Hundreds of photos, most of them requiring post-processing before they can be published online. Tedious task often taking up hours, especially when you need to normalize the colors, brightness and contrast… Luckily there are some free magicians available. I’d like to proudly present ImageMagick – a set of command-line tools for easy and quick processing of bitmap images.
It seems that everyone and their uncle are doing a Linux deal at the moment, and the latest to hop into the same commercial bed are IBM and Red Hat. Today the companies have announced an initiative to encourage the dramatic growth of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM System Z mainframes.
This tutorial shows how you can set up a Mandriva 2007 Spring Free (Mandriva 2007.1) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.
After years of writing about open source software Jason Norwood-Young decides to start creating his own open source applications. Now that he's built it will they come?
The words "fault-tolerant Web hosting" bring to mind hosting centers with multiple redundant power supplies, complex networking, and big bills. However, by taking advantage of the underlying fault-tolerance of the Internet, you can get a surprising level of reliability for little cost.
In the wake of releasing Java under the General Public Licence Sun chairman, Scott McNeil, says the company is considering releasing OpenSolaris under the GPL as well.
Red Hat Inc. on May 9 announced the availability of a new client product, Red Hat Global Desktop, at its annual Red Hat Summit tradeshow in San Diego. This desktop aims to deliver a modern user experience with an enterprise-class suite of productivity applications. Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens stated, "Users, requirements and technologies have changed so dramatically over the past few years that the traditional one-size-fits-all desktop paradigm is simply exhausted."
Summit Red Hat, it seems, is all about open source and closed answers.
In keeping with its frantic pace of development and improvement, today the Puppy Linux team has released the beta of Puppy 2.16. The good news, for me anyway, is the "minimalist look" (see above), and the "Save" icon on the desktop for USB users. Also welcome are an improved Pmount drive-mounter -- an alternative to the MUT (Mounting Utility Tool).
This just in from Cape Town: Python fans can look forward to a Saturday afternoon of Python fun at the Bandwidth Barn.
There are many reasons at Fon for dropping Microsoft. The first one and by far the most important is to save time. I have tested Ubuntu and Mac for about a month now and while I like Mac to play I found myself using Ubuntu more and more for work. Ubuntu has the look and feel of Microsoft, but it´s like a Microsoft software that works fast, that turns on and off very quickly, that installs programs very easily, that lacks that atmosphere of paranoia that surrounds Microsoft and that is extremely easy to learn and use. With Ubuntu I forgot about the computer and got to focus on the work at hand.
Linux continues to make inroads into China according to the latest market research. A new report from Beijing-based CCID Consulting pegs Linux operating sales revenues up by nearly 31 percent in the first quarter of 2007 to 31 million Yuan (just over US$4 million), as compared to the same period a year prior. CCID's numbers are close to those of IDC, which, in its "China Linux 2006-2010 Forecast and Analysis" report last year, pegged the compound annual growth rate for 2006 to 2010 of Linux in China to be 34 percent, bringing revenues to $51.1 million.
Gentoo has long been a distribution aimed towards the power Linux user. It allows users to foray into the inner workings of their computers, and is not for those who need an operating system immediately. With this year's first Gentoo release, 2007.0, comes an updated LiveCD featuring a completely rewritten GTK+ based installer, but isn't a graphical installer defeating some of the purposes of Gentoo?
It is possible to mount your remote filesystem as a local filesystem on your Red hat/CentOS Linux system using sshfs.