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UK ISP devotes profits to foster OSS development

In 2003, Jason Clifford started an Internet service provider (ISP) in Hertfordshire, England, called UK Free Software Network. What sets UKFSN apart from other ISPs is the fact that it gives away its profits to fund students working on free and open source software (FOSS) projects.

Linux and The Desperate Need for Tax Apps

  •; By Matt Hartley (Posted by gsh on Jan 23, 2007 4:31 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
There is no question about it, Linux and tax software have not been the best fit over the years. As expected, the usual excuses were being used: there are not enough Linux users to warrant a Linux version, or if people want, there is always the online options made readily available to those who chose not to.

Damn Small Linux steps up to v3.2

The final iteration of Damn Small Linux 3.2 was released by the U.S.-based project team on Jan. 18. Version 3.2 squeezes a 2.4.26 kernel and the Fluxbox window manager in a compact, 49.7 MB package. Damn Small Linux is a thumb-drive-sized mini desktop Linux distro that, despite its minuscule size, strives to be functional and easy-to-use.

The Software Ecology Of Rui Nuno Capela

Rui Capela's software has appeared in this column many times. I've written about it directly (seeAt the Sounding Edge: Using QSynth and QJackCtl andHDRs and DAWs For Linux: The New Breed) and it shows up in almost every article I write. I'm not exaggerating when I state that Rui's programs have become indispensable components here at Studio Dave, so naturally I'm interested in the man behind it all. In this entry I'll recap the nature and state of Rui's software, after which we'll meet the man himself in another lively interview here at the sounding edge.

Battle of the operating systems

Microsoft launches its new operating system Vista on 30 January to consumers, promising the "wow starts now". As part of our launch coverage we are looking for a committed Vista user - you are probably someone who has been trialling Vista in beta or using it for your business - as well as a passionate Mac OS X user and a devotee of Linux. Tell us in 100 words or less, why you are such a supporter of your chosen operating system and what features you love about it. We will select three of you to go head-to-head-to-head on the subject of your favourite operating system and will be contacting you with further instructions - so don't forget to include your e-mail address in the form below.

PC-BSD vs. Linux Distributions: A Mega Battle

  •; By Matt H. (Posted by gsh on Jan 23, 2007 1:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
If you haven't heard of PC-BSD by now, then you must be living in a box. PC-BSD is perhaps the best thing to come to the desktop BSD world in a very long time. But unfortunately, it looks as if this fantastic distribution is following the rest of the pack and will be trying to locate funds by competing with Linux for business customers. Why should this matter? Check this out...

Linspire Standardizes Software Installation Across Linux Distributions

Linspire Standardizes Software Installation Across Linux Distributions

Top tech firms back Linux over Vista

San Francisco (dpa) - A week before the launch of Microsoft's new Vista operating system, its open-source competitor Linux received a giant boost Monday as prominent high-tech companies announced they were forming a consortium to promote the free challenger.

Cisco Fixing Non-Compliant iPhone

Company had not published all of the source code for the Linux-based phone.

SoCal Linux Expo makes final preparations

Final preparations are being completed for the Fifth Annual SoCal Linux Expo (SCALE 5X), to be held Feb. 9-11 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel. All speaker slots are full, and all exhibitor booths have been filled, according to the event's organizers.

gNewSense KDE 1.1 Screenshots

I am pleased to announce the 1.1 release of the gNewSense distribution and tools. This release brings a number of improvements: support for arbitrary meta packages; added optional support for updates and backports; added support for multiple live CDs; produce torrent files for live CDs; support for tracking mirror freshness; KDE variant live CD; fixed NTPL issue; enabled eepro100 driver (e100 was non-free); recompiled and rebranded Firefox so we could disable the offering of non-free plugins; new artwork; various other minor fixes and improvements. - DistroWatch. Screenshots of gNewSense KDE 1.1 are available at

On a Happy Feet fantasy

Final preparations are being completed for the Fifth Annual SoCal Linux Expo (SCALE 5X), to be held Feb. 9-11 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel. All speaker slots are full, and all exhibitor booths have been filled, according to the event's organizers.

[Nothing whatsoever to do with Linux, but who can resist a little info about penguins? And Gentoo fans will be delighted! - dcparris]

Microsoft Hires Programmer to edit Wikipedia Entry For OOXML

Microsoft is paying Rick Jelliffe to "correct errors" in Wikipedia's entry for OOXML

Cisco Responds to iPhone GPL Clusterlovemaking...

Yes, Cisco/Linksys has had problems with GPL before. From what we heard from the tech industry when that scandal hit (2003-ish), Linksys was borrowing freely from GPL and but not attributing it, a definite no-no. When Cisco purchased Linksys in 2003, they had a source code review and discovered the "oversight". After the obligatory "WTF do we do" meetings, Cisco decided to release the firmware into the open source community. This is why Linux hackers latched on and upgraded their router into a $600 beast.

Liberty Alliance courts open-source projects

The industry organization has created the "OpenLiberty Project" to provide tools and information for developing applications that use the Liberty Federation and Liberty Web Services standards, it announced Monday at the "Liberty 2.0" event here. Liberty Alliance was formed in 2001 to develop standards for online verification of identity.

OLPC details low-cost laptop Build 2 mods

The One Laptop Per Child project, which demonstrated the first build of the self-powered laptop to a roomful of reporters Jan. 8 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is now into its second build of the new green machine.

SoCs Enable Digital Content Revolution

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Sam Siewert (Posted by IdaAshley on Jan 23, 2007 7:56 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: IBM
In this article learn how SoC architectures could significantly accelerate digital video processing and enable the digital video revolution. In addition Sam Siewert shows how SoCs can uniquely accelerate processing.

SUNY Linux Learning Collaborative Offers Training

The SUNY Linux Learning Collaborative, a partnership between Millard Fillmore College (MFC) at the University at Buffalo and Just-in-Time Resources of Calgary, Alberta, is offering online Linux training leading to the Linux Professional Institute first level (LPIC-1) certification. LPIC-1 certification, administered by the Linux Professional Institute, is considered to be the industry standard for excellence in Linux skills and knowledge for information technology professionals.

Microsoft's After The Lotus Notes Crowd

The Redmond, Wash., company today introduced more free software tools to make it easier for customers of IBM's Lotus collaboration software to move to and work with Microsoft's competing SharePoint Services 3.0 suite. Microsoft Transporter Suite for Lotus Notes, role-based templates for SharePoint My Sites and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 application templates, come as IBM kicks off Lotusphere 2007 in Orlando, Fla. The software tools are Microsoft's latest shot across Big Blue's bows in what has become a spirited, protracted competition for signing up the most corporate users to use their collaboration services, which include e-mail, instant messaging, calendaring and Web conferencing.

Embedded Linux stack vendor acquired

A UK-based provider of digital pay-TV technology and services has acquired an Israeli specialist in embedded PCI/USB device-driver toolkits and Linux software stacks targeting residential and business edge routers. The NDS Group says its $107.5 million cash acquisition of Jungo Ltd. will help it compete in the converging broadcast/broadband market.

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