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The open source software movement has been gaining supporters around the globe as a low-cost community-supported effort that provides an alternative to proprietary software. As the name implies open source gives users access to the source code of software programs, something that commercial software companies keep a closely guarded secret, so that users can make improvements or alterations to the software that are then shared with the rest of the community.
Linux Torvalds calls for more regular performance tests on the Linux kernel in hunt for inefficient code.
VoIP is changing the face of telephony. The Telephone was the first electrical instrument to enter the home. In over 100 years, wireline service (with many internal improvements) has remained the same; Until now! The Internet and VoIP, Voice over the Internet, is changing the definition of: what is a telephone call? We need to understand how this new technology will affect our business and personal lives. What effect will it have on: Service providers; Charges; Tolls; Quality of Service; Safety; Etc? This presentation will cover how the old wireline services worked. How VoIP works, what's different, what's the same. And how do we transition. The meeting will have it's technical points, but should be accessible to everyone. This meeting is free and everyone is welcome.
The open source database company says it is 'fixing 10 years of criticism in one release', and is aiming at boosting enterprise take-up.
Sun Microsystems intends to make Java Enterprise System available as an open source product that will define the company as truly committed to open source, according to a report.
"The interest in Solaris 10 has exceeded our highest expectations – this is a significant milestone for Sun," said Tom Goguen, vice president, Operating Platforms Group, Sun Microsystems. "We're seeing approximately one download per second and our Solaris 10 customers and partners are achieving huge performance gains when leveraging powerful new features like Dynamic Tracing and Containers."
In episode 5 of The Linux Box Show, the following subjects are covered:
- A Desktop Bonanza: GNOME 2.10, KDE 3.4, Thunar for Xfce
- Mind Mapping on GNU/Linux
- Colin Wilson is covering a story on Torvalds switching to Apple
- Nero introduces NeroLINUX for CD Burning
- Puppy Linux Provides a World First With a Multi-Session Live-CD
- A Book Review of Free as in Freedom
There's no place for GNOME in the standard build of the Linux distro, but lovers of the desktop environment can still get their fix in other ways.
The Kleinhenz German company achieved a more unusual performance: a Linux system connected to a local area network which is not bigger than RJ-45 Ethernet jack. “Picotux” is based on the DigiConnect ME module produced by NetSilicon and includes a 2.4.27 uClinux port produced by the FS Forth Systeme company specialized in integrated systems.
In the mean time, I would also like to remind a very important point on the licensing scheme: although a jre has to be used to run some features, OpenOffice.org 2.0 is STILL FREE SOFTWARE and complies with free software ideals and legal requirements. Java is a separate software platform that doesn't belong to OOo itself, and is only used to run some selected features. Of course, what I, and apparently many others, find cumbersome is that this list of features tends to grow rather than to diminish.
While open source software (OSS) is gaining a higher profile in Thailand, many experts claim that the government sector here has not been doing enough to seriously spearhead its adoption. To counter that view, the Software Industry Promotion Agency (Sipa) on Monday held a seminar _ "Open Source Software Promotion in Thailand" _ to emphasise the government's role in this area.
General News Intel has recently made a request to withdraw its "Intel Open Source License" from OSI. They still fully support Open Source. The OSI email from Intel legal is below. Intel basically asks that the Intel Open Source License be removed because its not being used. They are just tidying up some legal loose ends.
External peripherals are not all that common, and external sound devices are even less so. We're so used to having competent sound capabilities built into our systems that most of us don't give it any thought. The Hercules GameSurround Muse Pocket USB is a unique external sound card that communicates through a USB port. It doesn't work as well with GNU/Linux as we'd like it to, but it still may be useful if you have a need for a portable sound card.
Red Monk Analyst Stephen O'Grady said the security updates in Gentoo 2005.0 are a key improvement. "The most important facet of the 2005.0 release to me is the attention that has been paid to securing the release out of the box; this emphasis on security is time well-invested," O'Grady told internetnews.com.
Mozilla said it coughed up $2,500 to German bloke Michael Krax after he found five bugs in its Firefox browser. The payment comprises five 'bug bounties' that the Foundation offers to users who report bugs in its software so that they can be fixed.
The path to a Microsoft-free home requires many steps. Our blueprints for a home file server and basic client PC will guide your first steps.
A look at why open source is a good fit for companies needing IT management solutions and what kinds of companies are making the switch.
In their benchmarks, 2.6.9 performed 6% slower than their baseline in database transaction testing, 2.6.8 performed 23% slower, and 2.6.2 only 1% slower. Kenneth noted that going forward the plan is to benchmark each officially released kernel.
Highlighting the growing popularity of the Linux operating system among designers, Xilinx Inc. has for the first time included Linux support on its free, downloadable development system.
Welcome to this year's 13th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the Debian community. James Troup announced the addition of two developers to the ftpmaster team, who will work on new packages in particular. Rob Bradford eventually announced the founding of a an Debian UK society that will deal with donations in the UK.
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