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SA's first full time Linux training academy

Linux Holdings have launched the country's first full time Linux training academy. Mixing theory with practical, students will begin with a four month curriculum, training them up to write the Linux Professional Institute level one exam. After that they will work for an open source company for six months

Consequences of Closed Source Software in Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jun 13, 2007 8:18 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
With the news of Linspire's CNR coming soon to Ubuntu, and Automatix now offering a limited number of closed source, commercial applications, what possible consequences will this have on the Linux community and open source as a whole?

It's Time to Consider Open Source Software

Free software gives everyone the freedom to run, study, change and redistribute software. It is these freedoms, not the price, that is important about free software. Free software advocates make the distinction between free, as in speech, as opposed to free, as in beer. Though many people would gladly accept a free beer, it is not one of the fundamental principles of democracy.

Linus' Take On Sun, OpenSolaris, and GPL v3

There is a very interesting back-and-forth going on between Linux creator Linus Torvalds writing on the Linux kernel mailing list and Jonathan Schwartz, President and CEO of Sun Microsystems writing in his blog. Despite the different fora the two actually seem to be talking to each other as well as their respective audiences.

Desktop publishing with

"Do you offer a program like Microsoft Publisher?" Some version of this question appears regularly on the mailing lists. Many people automatic answer "no," and say that Scribus is more suitable for desktop publishing. But, in fact, boasts two mid-level layout programs -- Draw and Writer -- each of which is far more versatile than its name suggests.

Live from the Linux Collaboration Summit at Google

I'm attending the Linux Foundations' first annual Linux Collaboration Summit from the Google campus in Mountainview California today and tomorrow, and will add periodically to this post as the day goes along.

Why are privacy and advertising strange bedfellows?

In A Race to the Bottom: Privacy Ranking of Internet Service Companies,Privacy International spray-paints the façades of landmark companies that line today's Main Street on the Web. The painted colors are assessments of each company's performance on privacy issues. Though the rankings are colorful, what they say isn't pretty. Nobody in the"interim rankings" (.pdf) gets the top (green) mark for"Privacy-friendly and privacy enhancing". The bottom (black) mark, for"Comprehensive consumer surveillance& entrenched hostility to privacy", goes to just one company: Google.

Xubuntu 7.04(Feisty Fawn) Screenshots Tour

  • (Posted by gg234 on Jun 13, 2007 3:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
Xubuntu 7.04(Feisty Fawn) Screenshots Tour

KnowledgeTree to offer software appliance

Open source document management system plans to user rPath's appliance platform to offer KnowledgeTree as a software appliance as it looks to expand its market share and reduce support costs.

What Microsoft Could Gain from OSS and Linux

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jun 13, 2007 2:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Microsoft
Last time, we discussed Microsoft, their approach to protecting patents and why the enforcement of this is going to cost them much more than just some market share. Today, we will be taking this a step further by examining what they are losing out on by continuing with their dinosaur approach to creative property.

Wizpy music player disappoints

Turbolinux's Linux-based wizpy music player is a beautiful device. It's slick, black, and slightly smaller than the smallest cell phones. Unfortunately, its value and functionality doesn't live up to its good looks.

Linuxchix coordinator resigns amidst controversy

The top leader of Linuxchix resigned yesterday in the midst of a controversy over her leadership style. In a statement released to all Linuxchix mailing lists, coordinator Mary Gardiner said her decision was a difficult one, but because of a "mismatch in goals, LinuxChix should be run by someone with a better relationship with its current (implicit) goals."

Installing And Working With eyeOS Under Debian 4.0

  • HowtoForge; By Julius Heins (Posted by falko on Jun 13, 2007 11:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian, PHP
This tutorial shows how you can install eyeOS on a standard Linux system. EyeOS is a kind of operating system which works online, i.e. it manages files on the server and enables the user to upload, download and edit files.

Microsoft recruits latest open source expert

If you can't beat em...Tom Hanrahan has left the Linux Foundation, where he was director of engineering, to work for Microsoft instead.

The Open-Source Apps That Missed Our List

You let us know--in no uncertain terms--which apps should have been on our list of the most important open-source apps of all time.

A (Ubuntu) Dapper day

I decided to connect the Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper) drive today, and I've spent quite a bit of time using it for work. Now this isn't the highest-spec machine (only 256 MB of ram, 1 GHz processor), but it's doing pretty well. Even IE under Wine performed swimmingly (as good as or better than on my Xubuntu setup). Same for the GIMP. I had a GIMP crash in Windows today, but the GIMP is generally rock-solid on both platforms -- and certainly was in 6.06 today.

Torvalds: Solaris could nudge Linux to GPL 3

The Linux leader is still skeptical about GPL 3, but open-source Solaris could be a draw.

MUSCLE - Movement for the Use of Smart Cards in a Linux Environment.

MUSCLE is a project to coordinate the development of smart cards and applications under Linux. The purpose is to develop a set of compliant drivers, API's, and a resource manager for various smart cards and readers for the GNU environment. Source code is now distributed by this site that supports the Schlumbeger Reflex 60 line of reader and all ISO-7816-4 compliant smart cards. I would like to see a Linux resource manager for smart cards and other cryptographic tokens such as Ibuttons or SecureI d. A good standpoint for this is the PC/SC specifications written for Microsoft OS. I try not to conform to Microsoft but it is VERY important that security tokens work in conjunction with other OS's. If you would like to contribute efforts to MUSCLE please contact me here

Preliminary opensource driver for the ATI R500-based cards

Jerome Glisse announced today that a small team of X.Org developers has managed to provide the initial support for ATI R500-based cards (ATI Radeon X1300 up to X1600 at the time) by reverse engineering. The released code is definitely not yet ready for the normal users, but it's the big step ahead nevertheless. Especially having in mind how ATI (now owned by AMD) has not provided specifications of their hardware to the open source community.

Eliminate Ruby on Rails Drudgery with ActiveScaffold

Save time and headaches, and create a more easily maintainable set of pages, with the Ruby on Rails ActiveScaffold plugin. ActiveScaffold handles all your CRUD (create, read, update, delete) user interface needs, leaving you more time to focus on more challenging (and interesting!) problems.

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