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Open Source at CES: Your Phone, Your (Other) World

  • PC World; By Emru Townsend (Posted by dcparris on Jan 10, 2007 5:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
It almost seems like you can't swing a programmer around without hitting another open source project. I spent some time with Linden Lab CEO Philip Rosedale yesterday morning, and between an extensive Second Life demo and philosophical ruminations on Las Vegas architecture, he said that they would be announcing that the source code to the Second Life client would be released to the public under the GNU General Public License version 2. This is your chance to build that gravity inverter you've been dreaming of.

Adding new tools to your free software graphics toolkit

  • Free Software Magazine; By Nathan Sanders (Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Jan 10, 2007 4:54 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We can’t all afford four-figure priced twelve megapixel digital cameras with wide angle lenses. We can, however, all use free software to embellish the photographs taken by our modest equipment and belie their resolution and viewing angle. Set the GIMP aside for a moment and launch Hugin, a powerful cross-platform GTK frontend that will help you quickly and easily stitch individual photographs into one, large, seamless panorama.

Scribes editor focuses on the text

Scribes is a text editor for GNOME that focuses on usability. After 30 minutes of usage, you will either love it or hate it.

Mozilla Takes Aim at Opera Security

  •; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by dcparris on Jan 10, 2007 3:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mozilla
Opera Software may well be putting its browser users at risk by not properly disclosing security vulnerabilities to vulnerable users.

Linux phone market opening up?

Four vendors are helping change Linux-based phones from voice-focused appliances into multimedia computers, according to Sascha Segan of PC Magazine. OpenMoko, TrollTech, Nokia, and Motorola are each using open source to cut costs, add flexibility, and/or to attract community and commercial developers, writes Segan.

CrossOver Linux 6.0 Released

CodeWeavers have released their 6th iteration of their CrossOver application suite. It comes in different flavors, Linux, MacOS and Linux Server edition.

Glintech Helps Boost Nokia's Customer Service Capability with Open ...

Sydney, AUSTRALIA - 10 January 2007 - Leading Australian based solutions development consultancy, GLiNTECH, has helped revamp the core management system of Nokia Australia’s Care Centres.

Linux on BOM's radar

  •; By Ben Woodhead (Posted by dcparris on Jan 10, 2007 11:33 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
THE Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is beefing up its research and development capabilities with a Linux cluster that will support the weather agency's meteorological, oceanographic and space divisions.

Linux: Upcoming 2.6.20 Kernel, Tracking Regressions

Adrian Bunk posted a list of known regressions in the latest 2.6.20-rc4 Linux kernel compared to the previous 2.6.19 stable release [story]. In two emails, he listed six regressions that don't have fixes yet, and six regressions with fixes that haven't been merged yet.In another email thread, Linux creator Linus Torvalds noted that his goal for 2.6.20 is to focus primarily on stability. He also noted that he intends to release the stable kernel at some point after which is happening this year in Sydney, Australia between January 15th and 20th.

VectorLinux 5.8 Live Beta 1 Screenshots

  • (Posted by lqsh on Jan 10, 2007 9:58 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
The Vector development team is proud to announce the release of Vector Linux 5.8 Standard Live CD beta1. This release has everything that is making 5.8 Standard famous, like browser plugins, SeaMonkey, Firefox and Opera, the newest Xfce desktop, the Gimp and Xara LX, AbiWord and Gnumeric, vasm and vl-hot, wireless drivers and configuration tools, support for read and write to NTFS via FUSE and ntfs-3g, and lots of fun games. Then, for your added pleasure, we made a special Beryl edition just for fun. - DistroWatch. Screenshots of VectorLinux 5.8 Live Beta 1 are available at

Envisioning the next generation GNOME Baker

A new project is being launched to create the next generation CD/DVD burning program using the latest available technologies such as libburnia libraries.

Ajax tradeoffs and the right XML encoding for you

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Dethe Elza and David Mertz, Ph.D (Posted by solrac on Jan 10, 2007 8:24 AM EDT)
  • Groups: IBM; Story Type: News Story
This article gives you everything you need to decide which is the right way to encode your data for your Ajax application.

Key Indian IT services organization moving to Linux

The Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd. (ELCOT), a government-owned organization that delivers IT services to the southern India state of Tamil Nadu, has decided that its projects will be deployed on open-source software, including Linux.

BitTyrant questions assumptions about BitTorrent

Conventional wisdom says that BitTorrent achieves superior download performance over competing peer-to-peer (P2P) systems because the protocol discourages those who download without uploading in turn, creating an environment where all participants act fairly. A University of Washington (UW) research paper says otherwise, and its authors have a BitTorrent client to prove it.

Dell's secret Linux fling

Dell's love affair with Linux is a clandestine affair these days, conducted in secret, away from disapproving eyes. But now the pair have been spotted in China.

New backup software for Linux, AIX

Storix Inc. today introduced software that lets customers back up, migrate and provision new Linux and AIX systems. The Storix System Backup Administrator version 6 For Linux and AIX (SBAdmin) also provides bare metal restore capability for failed or new systems.

Aol preps Linux-based PMP

AOL is showcasing a Linux-based hard drive-equipped portable media player (PMP) manufactured by Haier, at CES this week. The Smartscreens Media Device packs a 30GB drive, plays MPEG4 and WMV videos over wired or Bluetooth wireless headphones, and can also receive Internet radio stations via WiFi.

Making Linux Happen - It all comes down to this.

All the words have been spoken. The Grand Ideals, the philosophical superiorities, the passionate and sometimes vitriolic debates on freedoms has all been said. Now it's time to do.

The silent victory of Linux-as-geology at CES 2007

Three years ago, out of more than 2300 CES exhibitors, the word"Linux" appeared in text associated with just 11 of them, in the show's online guide. This year atCES 2007 has more than 2700 exhibitors; yet"Linux" appears in text associated with just 3 companies:Interact-TV,Neuros Technology andPixel Magic Systems. Yet it is clearer than ever that Linux has become the bedrock on which more and more companies build their solutions.

Startup Promises First Linux Smartphone Based On Open Standards

OpenMoko, a Taiwanese startup that develops mobile hardware and software, next month plans to start selling what it claims to be the first Linux smartphone based completely on open standards.

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