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Market research firm Venture Development Corp. (VDC) has published its annual re-cap of the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), held in Boston the week of Sept. 18. VDC's report highlights several announcements of potential interest to developers and companies in the embedded Linux market.
The long-term solution is a better-quality Internet, with fatter backbone pipes and real QoS (quality of service.) We should see considerable improvement as IPv6 is implemented, because it offers genuine QoS, more efficient routing, and less reliance on NAT (network address translation). QoS in IPv4 is pretty much a joke; many routers don't support it, and even where it is supported, there are several competing, incompatible implementations. If your friendly neighborhood service provider offers real IPv6 service, hop aboard and start getting familiar with it.
The Companies Office, a unit of the Ministry of Economic Development, has launched a new website. What is special about the new website is that it is based on ‘Open Source’ software. It is only the third government department to do so but the first one of the “top five” Government sites in NZ (by number of visitors).
You might never read a more complete, detailed comparison of Linux distributions tested on one old ThinkPad than our own executive editor Rick Lehrbaum's new article published here at DesktopLinux.com. The comparison pits Freespire, Kubuntu, Linspire, Mandriva One, SimplyMEPIS, PCLinuxOS, and Xandros against each other.
The Linux Link Tech Show
was in attendance at this year's Ohio Linux Fest
this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio.
In cooperation with Aaron Newcomb of the source
, the boys conducted several notable interviews with John "maddog" Hall, Jeff Waugh, Joe Born and Ted Haeger.
As always the files are free to download for your listening enjoyment: ogg
For years, most Linux distributions have been using an init daemon based on the one found in Unix System V. The init daemon is spawned by the kernel itself, and tasked with booting the rest of the system, starting all other processes, and taking care of them when they need to be stopped or when they die. While the System V init setup has worked well for Linux in the past, it hasn't aged well -- which is why we're replacing the aging init system with Upstart in Ubuntu 6.10, codenamed Edgy Eft.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Free software advocates rallied against certain limits on copying music and films on Tuesday in a global "Day against DRM" (Digital Rights Management), saying consumers are robbed of their fair-use rights as entertainment goes digital and online.
FOREST HILL, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 04, 2006 -- Speakers Include Luminaries from Accenture, the Apache Software Foundation, Apple Computer, CNN/Turner Digital Media, CollabNet, Covalent, eBay, E*Trade, Google, Grenoble University, IBM, IETF, Intel, IONA Technologies, LogicBlaze, MIT, Novell, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, Ticketmaster, Virtuas, Yahoo!, and more.
Delta, CO, October 2, 2006: Technalign, Inc. has announced it has released a version of Frontier Simply to include a 1 gig USB drive at no additional cost for a limited time. The release is to promote the OnTheGo feature of the Frontier products. OnTheGo is a live CD or DVD and has an added benefit over other live distributions by allowing a user to take their desktop settings and data with them. OnTheGo is a powerful tool that allows individuals to use the product on another computer while using their primary settings. Files can be copied and shared between Windows, MAC and Linux systems.
Q&A: Microsoft's head of platform strategy denies that open source is a credible threat to the software giant's empire, and rules out porting MS Office to Linux
[So what do you think? I say we'll see MS Office on GNU/Linux by '08 or '09. If they're saying it ain't gonna happen, it's bound to happen soon. - dcparris]
As it faces new competition from Xen-based solutions, VMware updated its recently released platform to offer support for 64-bit operating systems and other tools and services to ease migration for its customers and partners.
October 4th, 2006: As of Monday this week, Tibco software has begun offering its General Interface Rich Internet Application (RIA) toolkit as open source.
[LXer applauds Tibco's decision. It is refreshing to see businesses decide to treat their users with some semblance of respect. - dcparris]
In the olden days Linux administrators had a static /dev directory. It was inflexible and obese, containing 99% irrelevant entries, and we liked it that way. We didn't mind hassling with makedev and struggling with major and minor numbers to enter the devices we actually wanted, or manually deleting the 1,000 useless /dev entries, because Real System Administrators love doing things the hard way. It makes us feel close to our hardware. The best part of the job is spending years acquiring and hoarding arcane bits of knowledge, which are then passed on to eager, fresh-faced noobs with the magical incantation, "RTFM, luser."
Japanese computer giant NEC will attempt to promote the use of open source software on its servers with a new testing and certification regime, it was announced today. The US$41bn a year corporation will cooperate with US-based open source services firm SpikeSource to protect its customers from potential incompatibilities between open source applications.
It's been six years of Dillo project, but we need the core developers working full-time to make our tiny browser thrive. A web browser is too complex to be undertaken on a spare time basis, so we need your help and support.
Microsoft Office Word is a candidate for the world's favourite program, provided you accept BA's use of "favourite" as a synonym for "ubiquitous" (me neither). One app may bind them all, but its users come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Here is the Reg's kut-out-and-keep guide.
MagpieRSS, affectionately known as Magpie, is an RSS and Atom parser for PHP. It allows you to display the newest articles from websites with RSS or Atom feeds on your own site. This is a great way to add new, fresh, and relevant information to your site. It parses RSS 0.9, RSS 1.0, and has some support for RSS 2.0 as well as Atom 0.3.
George Weiss, Gartner's open-source analyst, recently said that Microsoft Windows will not suffer irreparable damage on the server side at the hands of Linux over the next five years. He's right. Microsoft will fall flat on its face all by itself, and Linux will pick up afterwards.
Infrant will soon ship a Linux-based storage device designed specially for serving up digital media files, including videos and music files. The Repertoire has no playback capabilities, but can store up to 3TB of media, and stream or transfer it using most common, standard, open protocols.
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