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Embed the NASA World Wind Java SDK in Eclipse

The open source World Wind Java (WWJ) SDK by NASA creates new possibilities for the open Geographic Information Systems (GIS) community. This article explains how GIS developers who want to enhance their Eclipse-based applications can embed the WWJ SDK as an Eclipse plug-in.

Controlling your camera from your computer with gPhoto

Both of the big powerhouses in the digital SLR camera market -- Canon and Nikon -- make software with which you can control your camera from your PC through an attached USB cable. It is a nice tool for situations when manually triggering the shutter might cause shake (such as long exposures), or for automating multiple shots at timed intervals. But, naturally, the camera makers don't supply this software for free operating systems -- and just as naturally, the open source world has an answer. You can perform the same remote operation functions using gPhoto.

Your Brain: The Missing Manual

  •; By James Pyles (Posted by tripwire45 on Jun 6, 2008 9:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews

This isn't the sort of book I usually review. I don't know if you can say it has much to do with the computing industry, but it is on a topic that we all have in common (hopefully). I don't always consider myself the brightest bulb in the ceiling, so when I saw this book was available and read the subtitle, "How to get the most from your mind", I couldn't resist and asked for a review copy. Here's how it goes. One of the first things I do when I get a book for review, is to take a look at the back cover. The material there usually offers a nice summary of the content contained therein. I didn't find this back cover blurb to be particularly helpful. It seemed too "general", saying in part, "One part science guide, one part self-help concierge...grounded in...neuroscience, psychology, and nutritional wisdom..." I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's in Counseling, so I have something of the necessary background to review the material, but a neuroscientist, I'm not. What's the average reader going to make of it?

The Open Collaboration Revolution

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jun 6, 2008 8:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last week I sent out the latest issue of Standards Today, my bi-monthly eJournal of "News, Ideas and Analysis." This time around, my topic is what I call "The Open Collaboration Revolution," by which I mean the unprecedented ways in which the Internet and the Web are allowing communities to form around projects of all types. The benefits that can be enjoyed as a result of such collaboration are leading those involved to reevaluate the traditional rights of creators and content owners.

Handler and Phase in Apache Axis2

The fundamental goal of any given Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) processing framework is to deliver an incoming SOAP message to the target application. However, if we consider today's Web Services or any other application, just delivering the message to the application is not sufficient. We need to provide quality of service, such as reliability and security. To provide these features, most SOAP processing frameworks have the concept of pipes, where, any incoming or outgoing message goes through the pipe, and the pipe gets divided into smaller pieces. Each piece is known as an interceptor. "Handler" is the Apache terminology for "message interceptor".

AMD Talks About Stream SDK On Linux

  • Phoronix; By Michael Larabel (Posted by phoronix on Jun 6, 2008 5:57 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Late last month AMD had announced the release of the Stream SDK for Linux. This Stream SDK brings support for the CAL and Brook+ libraries on Linux. The version released was Stream SDK 1.1 Beta, which arrived at the same time as the SDK for Windows XP. With this new Linux support, we ran a small Q&A session with Michael Chu, who serves as the product manager for AMD Stream software. In this article are AMD's answers to some of the questions asked by members of the Phoronix Forums.

A utility for sending complex email messages from the command line

When the need arises to send email from the command line, many folks first think of the mail(1) command. A better choice might be the email program, which gives you the ability to send email to an SMTP server over SSL, offers MIME support including ability to attach one or more files to your emails, uses an address book to store your recipients, and lets you digitally sign and encrypt your messages. 2008 Community Choice Awards

Hey! You! Are you sick of letting the big hardware companies, tech blogs, and mainstream media decide which open source projects deserve widespread attention? So are we. That's why we created the Community Choice Awards, and we need your nominations!

XEN On An Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04) Server System (amd64) - High Performance

  • HowtoForge; By Sidhartha Mandal (Posted by falko on Jun 6, 2008 3:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Ubuntu
This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions on how to install XEN on an Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04) Server System (amd64) without compromising on disk I/O and network throughput. You can find all the software used here in the Ubuntu repositories, so no external files or source compilation are required.

What Makes Software High-Quality?

  • Shlomi Fish's Home Site; By Shlomi Fish (Posted by shlomif on Jun 6, 2008 2:05 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Community
Which parameters make software applications high-quality? And which parameters or methods, while desirable, are not directly "quality"? This article, inspired by someone else's post, aims to answer this question.

Robot that can build itself to be unveiled

A new robot is in the works that will be able to "print off" various objects and devices, including duplicates of itself! Because of this, the designs will be freely available.

Piped Variable Scoping In The Linux Or Unix Shell

  • The Linux and Unix Menagerie; By Mike Tremell (Posted by eggi on Jun 6, 2008 1:00 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Taking a look at variable scope, pipes and while-loops in various Linux and Unix shells.

Why Google should embrace OpenOffice

If Google really wanted to deliver a knockout punch to Microsoft, it would integrate OpenOffice with Google Docs, and sell support for the combined suite to small businesses, medium-sized business, and large corporations. Given the reach of Google, the quality of OpenOffice, and the lure of free, it's a sure winner.

Pentaho Releases Business Intelligence Platform Under GPL License

Pentaho Corp., the commercial open source alternative for business intelligence (BI), today announced that its current version 2 alpha release of the Pentaho BI Platform, as well as future versions, will be distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License Version 2 (GPLv2). GPLv2 is a software license published by the Free Software Foundation. Pentaho will also provide a “FLOSS Exception”, which simplifies distribution of Pentaho BI Platform with certain other open source licenses approved by the Open Source Initiative ( The Pentaho BI Platform is the underlying infrastructure that provides integration of Pentaho’s reporting, analysis, dashboard, data integration, and data mining capabilities into the Pentaho Open BI Suite.

Install Java 5 EE on openSUSE Linux Part 1

  • IBM/developerWorks; By Paul Coates (Posted by IdaAshley on Jun 5, 2008 10:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: IBM, Linux
This demo shows how to extract and install the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 5 (Java EE 5) SDK that is bundled with IBM WAS CE on the openSUSE Linux platform. It also highlights key parameters required to configure a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) in the .bash_profile, and how the default JVM and WAS CE installation enables access for multiple users.

Use mod_deflate to compress web content delivered by Apache

  • G-Loaded Journal; By George Notaras (Posted by raoulsland on Jun 5, 2008 9:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Linux
One of the most efficient methods to reduce the usage of bandwidth by the web server is to compress the content that is returned to the clients. This article describes how to use the mod_deflate module to compress Apache’s output on-the-fly.

Performance Simulator for Linux on POWER

Discover the Performance Simulator for Linux on POWER, a suite of performance models based on the POWER series of processors. Learn to examine how your code executes on various POWER processors so that you can identify and avoid common performance hazards on these processors.

Portrait: Pia Waugh

Pia Waugh is a leading advocate for FLOSS in her home country, Australia, and all over the world. In addition to running a consultancy in partnership with her husband, she is the vice president of Linux Australia, the president of Software Freedom International (sponsor of the annual Software Freedom Day events), and on the board of directors of the OLPC Australia program. Perhaps because her activities are born out of a love for open source software, or maybe because her husband Jeff is also a major figure in global FLOSS, Waugh says the balance between work and life for her right now is "nonexistent. But we love what we do."

An Introduction to Gnome Inform7, Part 1

It all started in 1975 with a man named Will Crowther who wanted to create something for his daughters that tied together two of his loves: role playing games and cave exploration. The result was a game called "Adventure" (also sometimes called "Colossal Cave"). He wrote the game on the mainframe he used at work and while his daughters loved it, others who discovered the game did to, and they shared it far and wide. Stanford student Don Woods discovered the program on one of the university computers in 1976 and with Crowther's permission extended the Fortran original, adding more rooms and treasure.

The year of the Linux … Mini Laptop!

  • An alien’s viewpoint; By rm (Posted by rm42 on Jun 5, 2008 5:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
Linux is making great strides in the consumer market lately. Although there had been forays by different companies before, when Dell came out with their Linux line, it was clear that Linux for the general consumer had arrived. Since then, other companies have followed suit, like Lenovo, and even Wallmart.

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