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In memoriam: free software projects of 2007

Recently I looked in on the project Web site for a small application I use, only to find the wiki completely filled with spam. The project itself was clearly in disrepair, and the code abandoned for six months or more. I wondered: how many other apps that I use have halted development without my realizing it? I decided to look back at the projects I've written about over the past year to see which ones are no longer with us.

The Real Sun Ubuntu Linux Connection (and why Reuters got it wrong)

  • InternetNews.com; By Sean Michael Kerner (Posted by red5 on Apr 3, 2008 9:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux, Sun, Ubuntu
Reuters is now reporting that Sun is the first of the world's major server computer makers to certify that its hardware works with Ubuntu Linux. The only problem with the Reuters report in my personal opinion is that it's not exactly accurate and is somewhat misleading.

Android alternative delivers partial Linux package

The LiMo Foundation has announced the first version of its Linux based mobile alternative to Google's Android is "complete". Except that it isn't. Although release 1.0 - announced at CTIA in Las Vegas, Nevada - provides a basic mobile Linux platform, it comes with limitations. It includes C and C++ versions of the middleware software development kit. Those who want Native, Webkit and Java SDK's will have to wait until later in the year.

Interview with the Vista Pwn2Own contest winners

Nate: The flaw you discovered was in Adobe Flash, was this truly a cross-platform attack? Shane: Yeah, there’s a stack issue, where a type is accepting 3 parameters when it is defined to accept 2, possibly some polymorphism/name mangling bug, but either way, this object get’s called through the 3rd invalid/uninitialized memory that winds up jumping wherever we had pre-filled memory to. Nate: So then, do you have exploit code for all three of the operating systems, or are you certain that you could’ve written exploit code given enough time?

Microsoft Certifying Open Source Apps for Windows Server 2008

A tiny but strategic Silicon Valley company is helping Microsoft to certify open source applications for Windows Server 2008. It’s a super-smart move by Microsoft, The VAR Guy believes, as the software giant strives to compete effectively with Linux and ensure Windows Server remains popular in the age of open source. Here's the scoop.

How to populate content on a disconnected Red Hat Network Satellite server

Red Hat Network Satellite server allows users to locally host subscribed content from Red Hat Network and custom content in user-managed channels. An example configuration could include a server syncing content updates directly from RHN, while another mission-critical server could be disconnected from the external network, yet still receive updates via manual syncing. In the latter case, these offline servers must be manually updated regularly.

Libre Graphics Meeting ‘08, Plea for support

The organizers of the 3rd Annual Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) 2008 in Poland are making an urgent plea to raise $20,000 to pay for conference expenses and travel of open source developers so they may attend and have a productive face-to-face conference. The funds are critical to keep the momentum of success from previous conferences and to pave the way for the future development of open source graphic applications. There are 16 short days left to raise the necessary monies to ensure the developers’ travel is paid so they may attend this important meeting.

Gartner et al Fixing the Price for the Entire Industry?

“Microsoft did sponsor the benchmark testing and the NT server was better tuned than the Linux one. Having said that, I must say that I still trust the Windows NT server would have outperformed the Linux one.” –Windows platform manager, Microsoft South-Africa

Red Hat, Novell get more competition on servers

Red Hat Inc and Novell Inc will soon face more competition from a small rival, Ubuntu Linux, in the market for open-source software programs that run server computers. Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux, said on Wednesday that Sun Microsystems Inc would soon certify that his software is compatible with some Sun products.

Tutorial: Corraling Linux Hard Disk Names

The Linux kernel is a restless beast, and must continally evolve and change. Especially in ways that mystify us poor end lusers. A recent wrinkle, as of kernel version 2.6.20, is changing the /dev names for ATA devices, so that all ATA and SCSI devices are named /dev/sd*. This is a result of using the shiny new libata subsystem. Carla Schroder guides you through the new nomenclature in this tutorial.

Integrating XCache Into PHP5 (Debian Etch & Apache2)

  • HowtoForge; By Falko Timme (Posted by falko on Apr 3, 2008 2:38 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial; Groups: Debian, PHP
This guide explains how to integrate XCache into PHP5 on a Debian Etch system (with Apache2). From the XCache project page: "XCache is a fast, stable PHP opcode cacher that has been tested and is now running on production servers under high load." It's similar to other PHP opcode cachers, such as eAccelerator and APC.

Keep tabs on documents with Referencer

While desktop search engines like Beagle and Recoll can quickly find any file on your hard disk, they can't help you organize documents and files into neat and easy-to-manage collections. That's why we have tools like digiKam for managing your photos, BasKet Note Pads for keeping tabs on your notes, and Referencer for filing and tagging your documents. The latter is not only a handy tool to herd your documents, it also makes an excellent research and bibliography tool.

Renoise for Linux

  • Free Your Media; By Pawel Wolniewicz (Posted by pwlw on Apr 3, 2008 12:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews
Renoise is a digital audio workstation (DAW) based on the design principles of the module tracker. It supports instrument plugins, effects, MIDI input and output, synchronization capabilities, and parameter automation. Several weeks ago a first version of Renoise for Linux appeared. The article presents some screenshots of Renoise 1.9.1 running under Linux.

It's time to learn Scheme

Have you ever peeked into one of those bazillion .el files in your Emacs installation's lisp folder and wondered what it meant? Or have you ever looked at a GIMP script .scm file and scratched your head over all the parentheses? Lisp is one of the oldest programming languages still in common use, and Scheme is a streamlined dialect of Lisp. Many universities use Scheme as the language to introduce students to the Computer Science curriculum, and some of their teaching methods are based on the assumption that Scheme is the one language they can count on their students knowing.

Is Ubuntu becoming the generic Linux distro?

Has anyone else noticed an increasing number of Linux newbies who seem to think that Ubuntu is Linux and Linux is Ubuntu?

This week at LWN: Bruce Perens and the OSI board

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) was formed almost ten years ago to safeguard the "Open Source" name. Over the years it has approved licenses and attempted some other activities while, generally, having little relevance to the wider community. It has often been seen as a relatively closed and non-democratic organization. Now one of OSI's founders is trying to get back into the organization and change its direction; the outcome of the resulting discussion may (or may not) change the direction of the OSI.

IBM Open-Source Expert Criticizes Standards Process

Any of the ISO and IEC national bodies can lodge a formal appeal over the next two months, before the Office Open XML standard is published. Criticism and calls for an investigation have come close on the heels of the formal announcement that Microsoft's Office Open XML file formats had received the necessary number of votes for approval as an ISO/IEC international standard.

Update: Sun Getting Cozier With Ubuntu

In an interview with Reuters, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth confirmed what The VAR Guy already knew: Sun Microsystems is increasing its bets on Ubuntu Linux.

What the OOXML fiasco can teach us

The late Charles M. Schulz, the genius behind Peanuts, could make a much more telling comment on human foibles through one of his cartoon strips than many a writer can in 1000 words. One of my favourites is the one where Lucy is attempting to persuade Charlie Brown to kick the pigskin while she holds it down. From the conversation one is able to gauge that she has done this numerous times and always pulled the ball away at the last minute, so that Charlie Brown lands flat on his back.

ReviewLinux.Com: DreamLinux 3.0 in action

Quick tour of the latest DreamLinux 3.0 Linux OS. Check out the short flash video of DreamLinux 3.0 in action.

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