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Build a better mashups with XQuery

The new paradigm of Web application development goes far beyond the traditional Model-View-Controller (MVC) model. Unfortunately, many Ajax Web application frameworks, such as Direct Web Remoting (DWR) and JavaServer Faces (JSF), can present challenges. Learn how XQuery can be effective in facing these challenges, as you build a powerful mashup application.

Firefox users snap up Netcraft's antiphishing toolbar

Users of the Firefox Web browser have been flocking to Netcraft Ltd.'s Web site to download the security company's new antiphishing toolbar, a company representative said Thursday.

'just fix it' is not viable for complex problems

In recent months, my job -- running stateside IT for an international stock trading/brokerage house based in Zurich -- has started to feel a lot like being dropped into the middle of a gangster movie in which dangerous racketeers plot and scheme to kill one another. Or maybe it's more like a Shakespearean tragedy in which all the characters are dead at the end of the play. Either way, you need to watch your back.

[We don't have a "Story type" of "tragedy", but we do have "humor". As long as you're not in this situation, it's humorous, in a dark sort of way. -- grouch]

Commercial real-time Linux rev'd

FSMLabs has updated its real-time Linux overlay and toolsuite, adding real-time networking improvements, A/D drivers, an Eclipse-based IDE, and support for 2.6.16 kernels on x86, among other improvements. The RTLinuxPro Development Kit 2.2.3 targets hardware-in-loop (HIL) simulation, telecom and network equipment, enterprise/factory real-time, and mobile devices, according to the company.

[Looks like Linux and Eclipse are the only Free parts. I could be wrong. -- grouch]

Trolltech Releases Preview of Qt for Java

Trolltech has released a preview of the long awaited Java bindings for Qt 4. "Qt Jambi technology integrates Qt with the Java programming language, providing new possibilities for both Java and C++ programmers. This technology enables Java developers to take advantage of the powerful features of Qt from within Java Standard Edition 5.0 and Java Enterprise Edition 5.0."

Xandros tempts Windows 98/ME users with Linux upgrade rebate

Xandros, in responding to Microsoft's July 11 announcement that it will discontinue security patches and technical support for Windows 98, 98SE, and ME, is offering a 50 percent mail-in rebate to users who "upgrade" to either the Xandros Desktop Home Edition or Home Edition Premium versions of its Linux distribution.

Linux on the Mobile phones

  • Budapest Business Journal (Posted by grouch on Jul 28, 2006 10:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Linux
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., the world's largest consumer electronics maker, NEC Corp. And Texas Instruments Inc. will invest 12 billion yen ($104 million) in a venture to develop software for high-speed mobile phones. The venture, to be formed in August, will focus on software development for chips used in so-called third-generation, or 3G, cell phones.

Review: VMware's worthy new option for virtual servers

VMware announced in February that it would be releasing VMware Server, an "entry-level virtualization product," for free. After several months of beta testing, VMware Server 1.0 has finally gone gold. After spending several days testing the 1.0 release, I'm pleased with its performance and ease of use, particularly given the price.

[...]
The only thing that concerns me, and should concern any company investing in virtualization, is that VMware Server -- while "free" as in beer -- is still a proprietary product. VMware giveth, and VMware can take away.

OSCON day four: Zen and tomatoes

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The eighth annual O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) continued Thursday with updates on Perl 6 and Python, discussion of the Zen of Free, and the final day of exhibits.

Sun shines light on its open-source strategy

  • Computerworld New Zealand; By Todd Weiss (Posted by grouch on Jul 28, 2006 8:04 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview; Groups: Sun
We made Unix available for free with OpenSolaris 10, but customers want services for patches and help. We find that most customers want that service and pay us for it. By giving it away we have increased the use of Solaris in a large way and have [generated] larger revenue for support.
-- Simon Phipps

OpenDarwin Shuts Its Doors

What happens if you open an operating system but no developers come? The answer is: the project eventually dies. That's exactly what has happened to the OpenDarwin project. Darwin is the foundation of Mac OS X.

Ten Days Later: Tremendous Reception to SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 From Novell

Ten Days After Its Official Launch, Over 165,000 Downloads of SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Products

Open source in Singapore

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) Technology Group has positioned Linux as a medium term technology bet, which means one to three years to mass adoption.

Take Control in the Bash Shell

Get an introduction to the Bash shell, which you can use on nearly any UNIX-based operating system. Bash is a mature, powerful, yet easy-to-use shell that is freely available. This tutorial provides an overview of Bash, as well as how to work at a command prompt, with files and directories, customizing, and job control all within the Bash shell. Also learn more about the UNIX file system.

Little-known APT utilities for Debian desktop users

The Advanced Packaging Tool (APT) is a distinguishing feature of Debian-based systems. APT was the first major alternative in GNU/Linux to boast automatic dependency resolution. Most GNU/Linux users know it through the apt-get command, a utility that calls on the lower-level dpkg command. However, other APT-based utilities remain largely unknown to desktop users. Some of these utilities offer a range of functionality far beyond those of the basic tools.

African VoIP Forum attracts leaders to Lagos

The third African VoIP Forum to be held in Nigeria during August has attracted a number of international and regional organisations including the ITU and senior African government regulators ministers.

With Linux, enough is sometimes too much

There's a lot more to the Linux operating system than just the kernel itself. Each Linux distribution ships with compilers, utilities, small tools, and even full-blown desktop applications. Some of that software is essential; no Linux system could run without it. In other cases, however, it's superfluous. Sometimes it's even a hindrance.

Torvalds critical of new GPL draft

Linux leader maintains his objections to provisions against digital rights managment.

[At least Stallman is fighting DRM. I don't see too many others doing that. - dcparris]

Proposal for an OpenDocument Icon

The idea is that each icon maker (desktop environments, applications, etc) will make their own icon set, suitable for their environment, but will include this image so that the user can recognize the document as an OpenDocument file. Think of PDF. KDE and Gnome have different PDF icons, but both are recognizable as PDF because of the red squiggle that is associated with PDF. Wouldn't it be nice to have something like that for OpenDocument? Having such an image would significantly improve awareness of the OpenDocument format.

ATI Display Driver 8.27.10

Today, ATI has released new version 8.27.10 of its fglrx Linux display driver, part of the ATI CATALYST suite.

[ posted for the ones who need it. I know we don't like the proprietary drivers - hkwint]

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